Friday, April 19, 2024


This is a SPECIAL EDITION of my blog with timely news you might enjoy:

The news is out! My story of how I lost 110 pounds is featured in an upcoming issue of Woman’s World magazine. The April 29, 2024 issue hits newsstands very soon for just one week. 

Here are teaser photos of the issue:

My son, professional photographer Joshua Black Wilkins, was the photographer, hired by the magazine. Hair and makeup was done by the incomparable Chelsea Thompson. I felt like a model and the images are superb.

Here are some “behind the scenes” shots my husband took at the recent photo shoot in Joshua’s studio in Nashville TN:

The clothes had to be approved in advance. We were sent suggested poses which is why I seem to have “attitude” in some of these shots. 

The article is very well written, it is easy to understand the health/nutrition information being discussed. The quotations are close enough to what I actually said and it’s all true so I am happy with the final product. They included several things I really wanted included and nothing I didn’t. And there is even a link to my August 20, 2023 blogpost “How I Lost 100 Pounds” in tiny letters at the bottom of the page.

When we finished the photo shoot for the magazine, we hung “Garden Party Down Under” as a backdrop for some professional quiltmaker images. I am thrilled with the amazing job my son did, he really knows his stuff!

If I ever write that book, I have my book jacket photo ready.

It was a thrilling experience I will never forget. When I saw the first images I said to my son “Wow! Those are beautiful. It looks nothing like me.” He said “Mom, that is EXACTLY how you look.” Good boy. 

Look for the issue at local supermarkets/booksellers or, perhaps, online. 

Now, let’s quilt.


Sunday, April 14, 2024


 My local guild, the Heritage Quilters of Huntsville AL recently had our every-other year quilt show. Held at the Von Braun Center, this show has a great reputation as one not to be missed if you are anywhere in the Southeast USA.

This show didn't disappoint. More than 200 quilts were entered in the judged show. There were several Special Exhibits, and a lot of great vendors. Here is a sampling of the quilts and the show. In no particular order:

Core Values  Elaine Wick Poplin

Blue Star Baby Sam Swieszcz

Karma  Trish Harmon

Best of Show Patty Wilson quilter, Karen Measels made the top

Spring Fever  Cyndi Russell

Kiwi Peel  Ben Darby

Full Circle Cyndi Russell

Cosmic Curves  Ben Darby

Christmas Delight  Donna Daniel, Robin Ruth design for The Quilt Show

Main Event  Ben Darby

Quilting 101 with Barbara    Maureen Griffin--student work made in my beginner class

Mandala  Elaine Wick Poplin

This quilt, "EMPTY" by Elaine Wick Poplin, got a lot of attention and was awarded the Judges' Choice Ribbon. Elaine is a retired high school teacher. Elaine says "It features the names of all 175 innocent victims of every mass school shooting since Columbine. I created the graphic and had the fabric printed by Spoonflower. Red quilting, backing made of red solids, raw edges and sutured letters all reflect the sadness of mass school shootings". It is a moving piece of art:

There were LOTS of quilts made from recent Block of the Month quilts featured on  As I work for The Quilt Show, helping those who are working on these quilts over the course of a year, I feel like they are my "babies". 

COLOR MY WORLD, 2021 BOM, designed by Wendy Williams:

Sally Wright

Anne Clough

Beverly Penaranda

Marci VanderGriend

detail showing the quilting, awarded Best Machine Quilting -- Track Machine

Evelyn Spaulding

Lynda Kronenberger

GARDEN PARTY DOWN UNDER, 2022 BOM, designed by Irene Blanck:

Evelyn Spaulding

Cyndi Russell

Amazingly talented Longarm quilter Patty Wilson quilted many of the quilts in this show. This is just a peek at her work.

Judi Hollingsworth

HOMEWARD BOUND, 2023 BOM, designed by Sarah Fielke: 

Beverly Penaranda

Detail showing quilting

AFTERNOON DELIGHT, 2020 BOM, designed by Sue Garman: 

Patty Wilson

My only entry this show was Full Circle, quilted by Patty Wilson:

Another favorite was "Finding Teal Mountain" by Suzie Wilbanks. She worked on this for many years, gathering every teal fabric she could find. I added a few to her stash:

Suzie and I in front of our quilts for the "photo op":

One other quilt I made was at the show. SUNRISE SUNSET was on display in the Southern Charm Quilting booth. I taught this class there and they had a few kits left so this was a good place to sell them. The name of the quilt pattern is "Aether" by Patty Murphy:

One of the vendors had a wonderful antique quilt on display. It wasn't for sale, it just captivated me.  To be as old as it is and in such fine condition, oh, wow. The hand quilting is awe inspiring:

I wish I had taken a few "overview" shots, but I didn't. Fortunately, Kari H did so I snagged these to share with you. It was a great show!

Let's quilt!