Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Today you can find my interview with Lisa Ruble on the Fabri-Quilt blog.

It's not too late to leave a comment to win a free copy of my new book, A Russian Journey in Quilts. ends August 31st.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

What are you doing today?

First, I want to remind everyone that I am running a BLOG GIVEAWAY for my new quilt book, A RUSSIAN JOURNEY IN QUILTS:  THE STORY OF NICHOLAS AND NINA FILATOFF. 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog (or any blog dated between August 15th and 30th).  If you are not already a follower, become a follower, and leave another message telling me that you are now a follower and you will be entered a second time.

If I get lots of participation, I'll even give away a copy of my first book, ORPHAN BLOCK QUILTS!

So, please let any and all quilting buddies know about the GIVEAWAY! 


Today I started a new project for an upcoming Annie's (formerly House of White Birches) book.  I can't show you the project (shhh  -- it's a surprise until the book comes out), but I can show you the delicious fabrics that I'm working with.  Yum Yum Yummy!  Pink and brown batiks.  Aren't they just too sweet?  If I close my eyes and concentrate really hard, I can almost smell them (ummmm, like cotton candy, I think). 

Sigh.......I admit it, I am addicted to fabric.


I am also working on designing some more projects for two more Quilter's World/ Annie's publications.  More on these later, of course.  I have several quilt design submissions out right now with several other magazines and I'm just waiting to see what happens.
The other night I had my first runk show and book signing with my new book.  It went well, I think.  At the beginning, I felt a bit nevous because I wasn't sure what all I wanted to say.  My friend Leslie went with me and she said that I did seem a bit nerous at first but when I got going, I wasn't hesitant at all.  There were between 25-30 people for the Lecture on the Lawn at Quiltessentials and they seemed to really enjoy my talk and the quilts.  One listener even told me that she wasn't much into history but she enjoyed my story.  WOW!  That made me feel very good.

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Okay, Okay......  I promised some time ago that I would be giving away a FREE COPY of my new book, A RUSSIAN JOURNEY IN QUILTS.  Well, the time has finally come.

Here's what you need to do:

1)  Leave a comment on my blog.  Please make sure that I can contact you or else I can't notify you if you are the winner.

2)  You can get a second chance to win the free book if you become a follower AND leave a second comment telling me that you're a follower.

Here's what you need to know:

3)  The winner will be selected randomly.

4)  This FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY will run from August 15th until August 30th.

5)  If I get a lot of comments and new followers, I may just be inspired to give away a copy of my first book, too -- ORPHAN BLOCK QUILTS.  So, share this Giveaway with all your quilting pals!


Now onto other fun stuff!

Recently I've been cleaning -- no, make that organizing -- my studio.  Truthfully, I haven't done this since April so I really had stacks and stacks of fabric and supplies to put away.  I sorted my fabrics, choppped up the smallish pieces into charms and strips, and even folded the yardage into uniform-sized bundles.  Then I put the nicely folded yardage into my storage drawers, which are of course mostly organized by color.  I do organize some fabrics by collection, however -- Americana, Halloween, Christmas, and a few places where I put "special" things such as kits or collections.

I even sorted through my batting scraps -- putting the cotton in one bin and the poly in another bin.

The studio is looking better, but there's still too much stuff in my small dungeon space.  Sigh.....I guess I'll have to keep working at it.  But now I have to get back to actually quilting.  I have two projects for an Annie's Crafts book and a baby quilt to quilt for a friend.  Of course, I also have several new submission in with a couple of quilt magazines, so we'll see what happens.

To make quilting even more enjoyable, yesterday I treated myself to a new dream sewing machine -- a Janome Horizon 8900.  Have you seen this machine yet?  It has an 11" throat!!!!!  How wonderful that is going to be for my free motion machine quilting.  The machine is on layaway right now, but the time will hopefully go fast until I will be ready to bring it home.

Tomorrow I have my first trunk show and book signing for my new book at my friend Melanie's shop, Quiltessentials,  in Pittsfield, PA.  This will be my third year participating in her free Friday Night Summer Lecture on the Lawn series.  Wish me luck!

In the meantime, don't forget to leave a comment to have a chance to win a copy of my new book, A Russian Journey in Quilts!  Good Luck to everyone!!!!