Archive for June, 2008


Growing up in the Detroit suburbs, I know bagels. After Mom moved in with us we would drive back to the old neighborhood to buy bagels: 120+ miles roundtrip. (We bought 3 dozen at a time and froze them. Sacrilege, but what could I do?)

Quite the versatile food group, bagels are. Fresh with lox, cream cheese, and lemon; toasted with butter; or peanut butter. Broiled with melted cheese…

I also like a toasted bagel with a fried egg on top, but this can be problematic. It is the very definition of the “square peg in the round hole.” More to the point, it’s a lot of egg yolk falling through the hole in the bagel. 

The only way around the hole-in-the-bagel dilemma is to make a closed-hole bagel. (Heaven forbid!) Or, to cook the egg to match the bagel! 

 This is not as easy as it look. Therefore I would like someone to INVENT a cooking tool that would automatically make a hole in the egg to match the bagel. Perhaps a heavy, metal cone-shaped structure that sits in the frying pan. One would crack the egg on the tip. The egg would drip down around the cone and cook with a premeditated hole in the center. Or, the dumb metal cone would heat up and the egg would cook on the way down and you’d have to bit the egg off of it and throw away the bagel. OK, scrap that idea and get to work on something else, would ya?

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June 30, 2008 at 11:24 am 6 comments

Where In The World? (Hint #4 and #5)

This has been so much fun! Thank you all for playing. I actually have TWO winners…I’m feeling generous. Their useless gifts will be on the way next week. BUT, I’m not revealing the answer because I wrote more “hints.” Here’s the last two.

Here’s hint #4. If you’ve been in this room, you’ll know the city I visited.

OK, Hint #5 should give it away for sure… 

One of the most famous skylines in the world. And if you ever get a chance to fly there, make sure you get a window seat on the LEFT side of the plane.Let’s see how many people know where this is. If you know, add a comment on the blog. (Emails don’t count.)

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June 28, 2008 at 5:33 pm 14 comments

Where In The World? (Hint #3)

Lot’s of great guesses. If you haven’t figured it you, here’s another hint.

Have a guess? Send in that comment. Maybe get the prize. 

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June 28, 2008 at 8:00 am 14 comments

Where In The World? (Hint #2)

All great guesses, but no. Here’s another hint. You didn’t think it would be EASY, did you?

Have a guess? Tell me in a comment. Don’t forget about the insignificant and probably useless prize for the first person to guess correctly.

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June 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm 13 comments

Where In The World?

Did you miss me? I took a little vacation. Can you guess where? Here’s a hint:

Make your guess as a comment.  The first person to guess correctly will get a small yet paltry gift. Have at it!

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June 26, 2008 at 10:43 pm 33 comments

And At The End We Took A Picture

QCNYS Twisted Sisters Workshop 2008

Helena, Ann, Julie, Patty, Liza, Susan, Wendy, Peggy, Ann, and Joan—thank you for spending the day with me making Twisted Sisters blocks. I hope you had as much fun as I did. (Click the picture to see a larger version.)

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June 13, 2008 at 9:52 pm Leave a comment

Quilting & Caring: The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative

Purple Patches at the Quilters Consortium of New York StateLast night I had the privilege of sharing information about the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative at the opening festivities of the 2008 Quilting Consortium of New York State quilt show. Organizers made Purple Patches for participants to wear in honor of someone they know with Alzheimer’s disease. It was so wonderful to see the people wearing them last night and again this morning.

The Purple Patch project is one way quilters (and others) can contribute to the AAQI.

I also had the honor of meeting Paula Foerder of Williamsville, NY who had one of her quilts, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” in the June auction which just ended. Her little quilt which measures just 8″ x 10.5″ raised $120 for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.

Peggy Mages I also got a chance to see Peggy Mages again. She’s the AAQI volunteer who registers all the Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts and the  Little Treasures quilts and assigns them their numbers. She also harvests the information from the registration emails and inserts it into forms that Niki Gottesman, another volunteer, uploads to the web page.

Got a few more minutes of my lunch break left. With any luck at the end of class today I’ll remember to take a photograph of the Twisted Sisters quilts we’re making in today’s workshop.

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June 13, 2008 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

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