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So, this is Tuckerville

Spring has finally sprung here in Central New York.  I spent the last week in March in North Carolina with Deb Tucker and my fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors (CI’s).  We meet up every year to continue our Studio 180 education.  It is one of my favorite gatherings.  It is so good to see everyone again.  We learn so much from each other.  We are more like a family than CI’s.

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This is Carla Alexiuk and I with Dan Perkins photo bombing us!

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Some blocks from a pre-cut challenge.

The best part was we got to play with Deb’s new tool coming out at Spring Market, it’s fabulous!

The other best part of my trip was spending time with my Sons Jason & Josh, whom I love and adore!

On the way home I stopped in Virginia Beach and taught a Northern Neighbors class.  We had such a good time!

I sure miss you guys!

When I got home it was my determination to paint my quilt studio aptly named “Tuckerville”!

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Painting paneling is horrible!  But this room was so dark I couldn’t stand it anymore.  I chose what I consider to be a happy color “Aqua Chiffon”!

The stairwell is bright now!  You can see the Joyce McCorduck (my mother) memorial Shultz & Dooley display.  The girls to welcome you at the bottom of the stairs, along with one of my brooms for a fast get away!  And, Grandma Bessie’s quilt watching over me!

It is a long room, with places to sew and 2 cutting stations, a design wall, not to mention a comfortable couch and big TV.  I love the new color.

I want to introduce you to the “Mayor of Tuckerville”

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Her name is Tucker, Tuck for short, because she has already tucked herself in my heart.  I pick her up in a few weeks, there will be more pictures to follow.

Go quilt something!

How Do You Store Your Threads?

I was read reading a recent post in “The Inbox Jaunt”.  Lori was discussing and wondering how everyone stored their threads. I’m a quilter and I machine embroider custom quilt labels. Needless to say I have thread coming out of my ears. Before I moved I had built in drawers in my quilt studio, I couldn’t bring them with me so I bought a chest of drawers. 3 drawers are for quilting threads and 3 drawers are for embroidery thread. It works pretty well! How about you, how do you organize your threads?

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The Grass is Always Greener…..

…under the tarp. There are 3 dachshunds in my house and they are adjusting to winter. These girls are beach babies and don’t quite know what to do when it’s time to go potty. But they are getting used to it. So we put a tarp down when it snows and then whip it off so they can smell the grass. So far it is working. We are prepared with a snowblower for the big snows?

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Autumn Colors in the Adirondacks

I’m still unpacking and do not have my quilt studio set up yet. But last Friday was going to be the last day for good Fall colors.  There was a storm coming so my sister and I played hooky from unpacking and drove about 50 miles to Old Forge and took the ski lift up McCaully mountian for some spectacular views.  I thought I would share some beautiful views with you.

Autumn Colors

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Turkeys, Trenton Falls & the Barge Canal

This morning was very cool, somewhere in the 40’s. My sister Mary and I were heading out for a day spent outside. I kept hearing about the wild turkeys, and this time I saw them! There in the yard a Tom and Mom and about 10 teenaged turkeys. They took one look at me and ran into the woods.

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If you look hard you can see what appears to be turkeys on the run.
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Trenton Falls is only open 3 times a year.  It is a main water source for Utica, NY.  Trenton Falls was founded by the Sherman/Moore family in the early 1800’s.

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This is the Sherman/Moore Cemetery located along the path to the falls.

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A barn also along the path.

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The water is level is low this time of year.

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It is a beautiful path.  It is about a mile up to the high falls.  I plan to come back next month when the leaves are changing to take more pictures.

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Next we went to Barge Canal Bike and Walking path in Marcy.  What a great path.  There were many bikers, joggers and walkers out today.

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Lock 21.  When we were kids is was summer time entertainment to get  an Ice cream cone and go to one of the locks and watch boats or barge be lifted by water along the canal.

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Here the lock is being filled so this boat from Naples Florida can continue on its journey.

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I find this fascinating to watch.

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The lock if full and the gates are opening.

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Here he comes.

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And there he goes.

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These paths go from Lake Erie to Albany!

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Map Legend.  I’ll be moving into my new house in a couple of weeks.  I can’t wait to get my studio set up and get back to quilting!

Overcome By Events

Have you ever been overcome by events?  It’s been two weeks since I last checked in with you guys.  I have been busy at work and have been unable to indulge in my passion of quilting.  This week-end I made a tote bag for my fellow Battgirl Neva.  She is a Wizard of Oz enthusiast as am I.  Neva wanted the Wicked Witch on one side.

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And Dorothy on the other.

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I was at a Sew-A-Thon Friday night and Saturday and managed to get my next hexagon quilt blocks sewn together.  This fabric is from the Georgia O’Keefe line by Alexander Henry.  This will be OBW number 54!

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I also made a quilt label for my friend Paula.  She made a T-Shirt quilt that will raffled at the 2014 Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach.

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Next Sunday I will be teaching the demo class for the Studio 180 Design Corner Beam & V Block tools.  We are getting ready for the Deb Tucker “Double Charmed” class coming up at Sew EZ in Virginia Beach.  Below is the 20″ block we will make to help us get comfortable the tools.  The supply list can be found with the Class Schedule.

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Holiday Ramblings

I have had a lot of new visitors to my blog, and I just wanted to say WELCOME & Thank You for visiting!
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I don’t know about you guys, but I have been completely overcome by events. Thanksgiving was wonderful. I cooked dinner for 12. I brine my turkey, and it was great! Right after Thanksgiving I went to spend a couple of days with my granddaughter Samantha.
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I already have many Studio 180 Design classes scheduled for 2014. I’m ending 2013 & beginning 2014 teaching a One Block Wonder class. In January I’ll be teaching the Hunter Star, SueNami pattern, the Square/Squared tool demo and Southern Hospitality pattern by Studio 180 Design. I’m working on new class samples. In the Spring I’ll be teaching Atlantic Flyway pattern by Studio 180 Design.
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Fabric choices for Atlantic Flyway.
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I’ll also be teaching the Twister pattern by Studio 180 Design. This is a great pattern to build your skills with the Tucker Trimmer. I want to use Lucky Penney fabric by Alison Glass as my focus fabric and choose solids pulled the Lucky Penney fabric. I think it will look cool.
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