2012 / 2013

I have just returned From The International Quilt Festival where my new book
Free-Form Embroidery
With Judith Baker Montano

(C&T Publishing)
was introduced. You can order
an autographed copy on my
website along with my other
This is the third in my stitch dictionary series and I am very pleased with the colour and presentation. It is a larger book that delves into a chapter on measurements, needle sizes, ribbon, threads, fabric types and stitch tools. Sixty traditional stitches are featured along with my watercolour illustrations, which show the reader how to distort the stitch into organic shapes.

The final chapter covers “Thinking Like a Painter” and features some of my land/seascapes and underwater projects. I hope you will enjoy this book and that you are encouraged to explore the world of free-form embroidery.

One of the highlights of my teaching session at the International Quilt Festival was visiting with my dear friend Kaffe Fassett and his wonderful writing partner Liza Prior Lucy. Kaffe was autographing his autobiography “Dreaming In Colour”. Kaffe is a very important influence in my needlework journey and I will always be grateful.

This past year has been an exciting adventure with lots of travel.

In March Ernest and I celebrated my birthday and our anniversary by taking part in Quilt Camp at Sea with a three-week cruise on the Oosterdam, Holland America. We started out in San Diego at the San Diego Zoo and Sea World. It was a lifelong dream of mine to visit these two sites and it was everything I thought they would be and more.

The first week of our cruise we toured the coastline of Mexico. It was wonderful and my students were terrific. They created Crazy Quilt postcards and beautiful Mexican seascapes.
The cruise had something to offer everyone. While we were busy in the classroom, Ernest was off to cooking classes, dance lessons, spinning sessions and Trivial Pursuit contests. We met each night for dinner and dancing which was great fun.

The last two weeks were spent cruising the beautiful Hawaiian Islands where I taught more classes and enjoyed every minute on board.

I enjoyed being with the students and organizers of Quilt Camp at Sea so much that I have agreed to teach for them in 2014. Ernest and I will join the group for an
11-day Southern Caribbean – Panama Canal cruise, April 11 – 17, 2014.
Already fifty people have signed up for the exciting upcoming cruise.
If you are interested in joining us please contact Kathy Domkoski, cruise coordinator at
253-238-7866, 800-935-0454 or Kathy@travelcenter4u.com

In June we travelled to Anchorage, Alaska to meet up with Maret Anderson of Seams Like Home Quilt Store. We travelled to Homer, Alaska and then took a boat to Halibut Cove and Still Point Lodge to meet up with 19 wonderful women for a three-day underwater seminar.

It was a wonderful experience and I was lucky enough to take kayaking lessons, adventuring out onto the very cold Alaskan inlet with a guide and two student friends. I also took over 800 photographs and I am still editing!

On a personal note…... our daughter Madeleine Montano and Tony Morack were married in a beautiful afternoon ceremony October 20, 2012 in La Veta, Colorado. It was a three-day celebration with family and friends coming in from all over the United States, Canada, Japan and Italy. The dinner and dance was held at The Tim’s Art Studio.

We are so happy for them both and so pleased to welcome Tony to our family.

One of the joys of the wedding was that all my grandchildren were gathered together. They range from age 26 to 17 months. I am a very proud grandmother and could not resist posting this photo.

I wish you all the best in the months to come. Hopefully our paths will cross while I am on the road or you will venture to the La Veta area.

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