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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.


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


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”!


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”


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!

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?




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







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.

If you look hard you can see what appears to be turkeys on the run.

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.


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


A barn also along the path.


The water is level is low this time of year.


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.


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.


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.


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


I find this fascinating to watch.


The lock if full and the gates are opening.


Here he comes.


And there he goes.


These paths go from Lake Erie to Albany!

Trenton Falls

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.

Overcome by Events

And Dorothy on the other.


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!


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.


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.


Anniversary’s & Birthday Wishes

This has been a busy summer so far. This week marked my one year Blog anniversary. I am overwhelmed by your response to my blog. I just want to thank you so much!

Today is my sister Mary’s birthday. Happy Birthday Mary. I made her, her favorite cake. It is a chocolate pumpkin cake. The recipe is from Country Living Magazine several years ago. it is soooo good I thought I would share the recipe:

1 1/2 cup(s) flour
2/3 cup(s) cocoa
2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1/2 cup(s) buttermilk
1 cup(s) canned pumpkin
2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
3/4 cup(s) butter, softened
1 cup(s) dark brown sugar
1 cup(s) granulated sugar
3 large (plus one yolk) eggs

• Line the bottoms of two 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper and lightly butter.
• Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
• Stir the buttermilk, pumpkin, and vanilla extract together in a small bowl.
• Beat the butter and sugars together using an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and yolk, one at a time.
• Reduce mixer speed to low and alternately beat in the flour and buttermilk mixtures in thirds.
• Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake until a tester, inserted in the center, comes out clean–about 35 minutes. Cool layers completely before icing.
Beat 6 ounces softened cream cheese using a mixer on medium high until fluffy
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
2 ¼ teaspoons cocoa
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
(If you want this cake for Halloween add a scant ¼ teaspoon orange food coloring)

In a separate bowl beat 1 ½ cups whipping cream with ¾ cup powdered sugar to soft peaks.
Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until well combined. Spread 1 cup frosting between the layers, finish frosting the cake. Chill 30 minutes

Place 4 ounces of chopped bittersweet chocolate, 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, 3 tablespoons corn syrup I a medium heatproof bowl. Bring ½ cup heavy cream to a boil, pour it over the chocolate and let sit for 3 minutes. Gently stir, using a whisk until smooth. Let sit for 3 to 5 minutes, until the glaze thickens slightly. Pour the glaze unto the center of the frosted cake and smooth out to the edges to drip over the sides.

The Cake is chilling in the fridge. Now I’m making her baked Ziti for dinner. See you in a while Mary!

I usually make Mary a quilt for her birthday. This year she is getting a Civil War Doll Quilt. I hope she likes it.
Marys Quilts

The back is a panel I had left over from another quilt I made her.

An of course, every quilt needs a label!

I thought I would share a decade quilts I have made for my sister:
04 2004 Marys First

05 2004 Marys Memory quilt

06 2005 Marys Rose Quiilt

06 2005 Marys stars

07 2004 Marys Hanky Quilt

07 2006 Mary Blue Christmas

08 2005 Marys Communion quilt

08 2006 Marys spools and bow ties

09 2007 Marys baskets

10 2007 Marys Spiderweb

11 2008 Civil War Crossing

12 2008 July 1776

13 2008 Marys Belgium

14 2008 Marys OZ Back

14 2008 Marys OZ Front

15 2008 Marys Tulips

16 2008 marys Williamsburg

17 2008 soaring Eagles

18 2009 Civil war Presidents

19 2010 Crows in the Garden_crop

20 2010 Yankees in Tara 001_crop

21 2011 A Dolls House

22 2011 Mary Quilt

23 2012-8 Presidents and Generals

24 2012-11 Blueberries and Cherries

Woo Hoo!!!!

I have been completely overcome by events. I haven’t posted since June 22nd. I found out today that I have been accepted to participate in Teacher Certification Training for Deb Tucker Products. Several months ago I posted that I was a Deb Groupie! I love and use all her rulers! I’m so excited! I can’t wait till September!

Mean while I have finished the One Block Wonder top “A Walk in Frida’s Garden” I should receive the backing I ordered today so I can get it quilted next week. I can’t wait to find out what you all think. I just finished a baby quilt for my new granddaughter due very soon. I will share a picture after the baby shower.

I’m getting ready to be very busy teaching quilting classes this summer at Sew EZ in Virginia Beach. First a Spider Web quilt, then One Block Wonder, and half square triangle fun with a Chevron Quilt and Big Star Quilt.