Last month I started this newsletter about my quilting adventures.  The reaction was overwhelming and so positive I figured, hey, I just might as well continue.   So thank you for all the wonderful comments and encouragement.  Here’s the second installment. 
In the past month, I’ve been to a both a large convention center quilt show and a small gallery quilt show.  The spectrum of work that is being done in this medium never ceases to amaze, entertain and inspire me.  
Suzanne Zizzi Photography
San Diego Quilt Show
In mid-September, I went to the San Diego Quilt Show.  There were all sorts of wonderful quilts on display, but two really caught my eye, both inspired by famous paintings.  The first was a quilt inspired by the work of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian.  This quilt measured about 6 feet x 4 feet. 
The other was an homage to one of Georges Seurat's most famous works, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.  Measuring about 2' x 3', this quilted piece is much smaller than the original (which is about 7' x 10'), but it certainly had a lot of the same details and figures.  I regret that I did not capture the names of these talented quilt makers.
Serena Brooks
Last weekend, I attended the solo gallery show of a friend I met in a quilting class years ago, Serena Brooks.  She does wonderful, colorful pieces and it was fun to compare and contrast how she makes her quilts with how I make mine. 
For me, the standout piece in her show was a kaleidoscopic quilt (made in the One-Block Wonder way, for you quilters).  Believe it or not, this quilt was made from only one rather crazy fabric that she cut up, manipulated, and sewed back together to result in this fabulous overall effect.  You can see more of Serena’s work on her website by clicking here.
I made a pair of One-Block Wonder quilts myself a few years ago and though the instructions suggested using a fabric with only "two or three colors", I too used a crazy fabric as a jumping off point.  You can see it in the border of my quilt, Galaxy 1, on the right. Then, the cut, manipulated and sewn blocks make up the center of the quilt.  To see Galaxy 2 and other quilts on my website, click here.
What I’m Working On
Even with triple-digit heat lingering on, I’m thinking Christmas and designing the quilt that will be featured on my upcoming Christmas card.  I'm continuing with the idea of taking a holiday motif and turning it into another holiday motif -- a wreath.  Last month it was pine trees.  This month, I tackled candy canes.  And in the center, I added an eight-pointed star different from the one used in the block I featured last month.  Another block down!
I’ll be going to the quilt show put on by the Village Quilters of Lake Bluff/Lake Forest (IL) this weekend at the Libertyville Sports Complex, 1950 N. Highway 45 in Libertyville.  Their amazing batik raffle quilt is shown on the right.  Details about this event can be found here.
And I want to remind L.A. folks of the Glendale Quilt Guild’s upcoming event -- “Midnight at the Oasis” Bazaar on Saturday, October 10th at the First Congregational Church of Glendale at 2001 Canada Blvd, Glendale.  It’s going to be great!  For details about the Bazaar, click here.
Also, L.A. folks, please note that the Wandering Foot Quilt Guild will be having their wonderful annual boutique on Saturday, October 24th at the Arcadia Presbyterian Church, 121 Alice Street in Arcadia, from 10am - 3pm.
Another Country Heard From
Last month, I listed the foreign countries in which my digital patterns had sold to date via either my shop on or the one on  This month, I can add Norway to the growing list.  My plans for world domination slowly, but steadily roll forward!
To see my shop, here's the link.  My pattern store on can be found at this link
Lectures and Workshops
I had a delightful time giving my trunk show and teaching my “Whimsical Garden” workshop at the Wandering Foot Quilt Guild in Arcadia, CA last week. What a great group of people!

For information on my lectures & workshops, click here.
Thanks for reading this newsletter and have a great October!  And hey, if you didn't sew something last month (during National Sewing Month), consider doing something else creative this month.  After all, they say there is an artist in all of us.
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