Sunday, Sunday

Hey Cupcakes!


It’s just a few days before I leave for California! Can’t wait! I have a lot of last minute things to wrap up (like printing patterns, handouts, and stuff like that). I also have to pack the quilts I’m sending west for my lecture. I needed them yesterday for a trunk show/lecture with The Empire State Quilt Guild in Manhattan.

Here are the Katmandu kits that were shipped out yesterday. Jeff is filling out the Fed Ex forms in the dining room.


vingn.jpg  While I was in our dining room I took a pic of this little vignette. I love this butterfly head. It really works with the wallpaper and is just kinda weird. We found it in Frenchtown, NJ (which is right on the Delaware River, north of Lambertville and across the river from Bucks County, PA.)

Ah, Manhattan. How I love the smells and energy and the buildings. I always get a tad homesick when I’m there. I don’t go often enough anymore despite I live a stone’s throw from the Hudson River. I told Jeff that we’re going to do a once a month trek to the city to keep up with the trends, etc. Hell, Evan learned to walk on 43rd Street and ate his first SAND-wich (literally) at the playground in Central Park. He used to walk around Manhattan like he owned it and, at three, could tell you how to get from midtown to Chinatown without missing a beat.

Here’s me driving into the Lincoln Tunnel.

into-lincoln.jpg   inside-lincoln.jpg

Here’s me inside the Lincoln Tunnel (which kinda sounds like the title of a gritty NY porn movie).  mark-in-car.jpg  Can you imagine what the cars all around me thought as I snapped my own fat-faced picture while I sped through the tunnel?  

I actually got on the street parking right across the street from the guild’s meeting location!  A miracle!  I almost licked the ground in appreciation!


fit.jpg   This is where the guild meets.  8th Floor.  Very New York!  LOL

The hall at F.I.T. was packed. It was hard to maneuver as a speaker as there was traditional audience seating in front of me, then lots and lots of tables and chairs, like a dinner theater, beside me. So I was never sure quite where to look, how to play the crowd, and if they could even hear me.

Here’s the room (kind of blurry – I screwed up my camera – Evan fixed it for me later that night but too late for the NY experience).  You get the idea. 

 empire-front.jpg  side-empire.jpg  empire-room.jpg

I don’t know why, but I was nervous. Talking in public rarely affects me that way. Maybe because it was a hometown crowd. And wherever I lecture (and even when I was doing standup comedy or stripping) the audience is always the same. You have those who embrace you and get into the spirit of it. Then there are those who want you to prove yourself to THEM. They sit there stone faced and just kinda stare at you – psychically mocking you – make me laugh, you’re not so hot, I’m above all of this. There were a few of those. Ironically, dispite the “New York reputation” real Manhattanites aren’t like that. They are some of the most generous, fun, easy going people I know. Now transplanted Manhattanites are a tough bunch and it takes them YEARS before they become less frenetic like their native New York neighbors.

Here’s the drive out of Manhattan last night….

First, I had to get on the George Washington Bridge on the way back to New Jersey. 


Then I stopped in Fort Lee (where we owned our first house) and took a photo from the street behind our old house).


This is a random photo (meaning I didn’t take it) but it’s so lifelike that I wanted to show you how New York really looks from New Jersey).




Click this for a link to a review of my lecture that showed up in my email this morning. I’m not sure how I feel about it (she nailed me on some levels– which I find amusing) –

sc00001c531.jpg     —  but I think this broad fits into one of the “I’m above it all” transplant groups. Actually, as I read more of her blog, I did like some of her writing and her musings.  This is one of those examples, however, where your average blogger juuuuuust starts to boarder on QUILTZILLA!  Oh well, I guess I AM a public figure now and open to whatever people want to write.  So, in that spirit, I’d like to say:  I HATE DR. PHIL!  LOL


empire-quilters-023.jpg Before I got home I met Jeff and Evan at the Longhorn Restaurant. It was an hour wait (for heart attack food no less) but we LOVE the 9 Pepper Steak Salad. I hadn’t had a thing to eat all day (besides two diet Cokes and two coffees) I was starving (although if I ate off of my own body fat I’d live for another 3 ½ years).

cloves.jpg  Cold and over the wait among screaming babies and out of control running/climbing toddlers (with parents who weren’t watching them), we loaded up the truck and we drove to Cloves – our favorite Indian restaurant in Mt. Olive. It’s sure as hell not what you’d call affordable (and a long shot from Longhorn prices)—over $100 for 3 of us.


No matter the cuisine, Evan always chooses something that looks like or could double for Fajitas!

vindaloo.jpg  jeff-india.jpg evan-food.jpg

I had to take a photo of Jeff. He’s always wearing a baseball cap. I think he’s too old for the “Leave it to Beaver” look 24/7.

He disagrees.  jeff-hat-copy.jpg


I got the books that I ordered from the last Pickle Road Yard Sale from Terri (the first of every month). I am really, really happy with the books I got. Here they are for your drooling pleasure. 
Click on them to see larger images. 

book1.jpg book2.jpg  book3.jpg 

 book4.jpg book5.jpg  book6.jpg

We bought a new supersize printer this weekend for fabric designing.    It’s an Epson R1800


It has 8 color cartridges (which sucks) but photos printed on it will last 200 years!  No fading.  You can also print really super long things.  As a matter of fact, rather than using regular paper we’ll be using ROLLS of paper!  Neat-0.


Here’s Jeff trying to figure it out in his office!  jeff-office.jpg



Oh, I got a note from podcaster supreme, Annie Smith!  She wants to do a telephone interview with me tomorrow – I’m going to reveal something that you budding designers and textile dreamers will be very interested in.  Stay tuned!

 Later, Pickles!  xoxom

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16 Comments on “Sunday, Sunday”

  1. Mary Wallace
    January 13, 2008 at 6:23 PM #

    Wow !!!!!!!
    Mark i feel like i spent the whole day wth you! Thank you. Tell jeff its ok we like his picture!! I dont’ think that lady is comfortable with anything less then perfection in her own work so tends probably to analize everyone in the sameway. if its not totally perfect she can’t or wouln’t understand it. but she didn’t say anything horrible so its all good!!! And she didn’t walk out so even better!! i love the printer too jut bought an hp to do fabric sheets with!
    Mary in H. Va


  2. January 13, 2008 at 6:45 PM #

    Oh my Mark geeshhhhhh! Well we both know in any business and yes quilting is a business! We can’t please everyone. That said it sounds like you had a great lecture and I know first hand how animated you are and how wonderful your quilts are. I also believe that there are some people that truely believe they are making Heirloom quilts and that not one person should touch or use them. Pleaseeeeeeeeeee I have made about 2 or 3 special quilts and even those have been touched and used. I love making quilts and quilt patterns and sharing quilting with quilters and non quilters any where I can.
    I love your magazine and promote you and your businesses as much as I humanly can.
    Enjoy Road to CA and have FUN!!!!
    Love Ya


  3. Kim
    January 13, 2008 at 7:30 PM #

    First of all congrats on the new fabric line 🙂
    Tell Jeff as long as it’s a Life is Good hat, he can wear it 24/7.
    As for the link, Quiltzilla for sure. I have found your lectures higly amusing- half the fun is watching the older womens reactions :p


  4. ABB
    January 13, 2008 at 8:03 PM #

    Oh, quit picking on Jeff! I love the look. He doesn’t have to look as mature as you, just behave it 🙂

    Great photo essay, felt like a passenger!!

    Have a GREAT time in California!


  5. Sue
    January 13, 2008 at 11:04 PM #


    The picture of NY that you didn’t take is actually of the South Street Seaport – which means it’s the view from Brooklyn! Sorry, people tell me I have a freaky memory of NYC geography… 🙂

    Sue in NJ

    You know, I looked at it again and YOU ARE RIGHT! IT IS FROM BROOKLYN! Wanna spank me? xoxom


  6. January 13, 2008 at 11:20 PM #

    I think Calendar Pages may be a little too jaded. Not sure why she didn’t leave so she could have her 15 minutes? I mean, really, someone who makes me laugh is someone I will stick around to hear. Laughing is good for you and what could be better than laughing about quilts and quiltmakers? It is probably a tax write off since laughing is good for your health! Health tax write-off? Gets you out of going to the gym for one day? Something! Keep ’em laughing and thanks for the pix of your trip into and around Manhattan.


  7. January 13, 2008 at 11:21 PM #

    PS WHERE will you be in CA?

    The Road to California show in Ontario! See you there? xoxom


  8. January 14, 2008 at 12:05 AM #

    She’s appointed herself the quilt police!!


  9. Sue
    January 14, 2008 at 12:56 AM #

    you wish…(hee hee)


  10. Suzy Novoselac
    January 14, 2008 at 3:07 AM #

    Hey, the Quiltzilla wannabe could have at LEAST spelled your name correctly! You could always say that wasn’t you, it was your stalker, Mark Lipski. LOL


  11. Gina
    January 14, 2008 at 6:01 AM #

    L-i-p-i-n-s-k-i Damn, she could’ve at least spelled your name correctly. (rolls eyes).

    Hey, haven’t I been in that tunnel with you before? And, um, stop mocking Jeff and his ballcap. I :::heart::: him.


  12. Chelley
    January 14, 2008 at 7:48 AM #

    What a “B”! She obviously lost her sense of humor along with her spell checker.

    Love ya, babe!


  13. Susan Acevedo
    January 14, 2008 at 1:41 PM #

    HI Mark just have to put my 2 cents in as well – i was probably the laughing hysterical person that the blogger didnt like – you are a refreshing funny and delightful man who makes our life- blog and magazine – lots of fun –keep the “fresh” outlook and we will continue to be proud to be pickles!!!!
    Love ya !!


  14. Vicki Quint
    January 14, 2008 at 2:29 PM #

    Doesn’t everyone have their favorite restaurant on speed dial? We always have a “call ahead” in to reduce that wait time.


  15. January 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM #

    Thanks for the NYC memories ! I grew up there and have not been back in so long ! Your blog is quite amazing. How can you keep up with yourself ! Share that energy !


  16. Michael G
    January 21, 2008 at 8:54 PM #

    Mark – Empire Quilt Guild loved your presentation. It was one of the best attended meetings in years. You had us rolling on the floor laughing and you love/joy of quilting was contagious. Reading June Calender’s blog (you tagged it) I can assure you this bitter pill was in the minority. She has been taken to task by a couple other bloggers for her bias. She crossed the line between objective critique and prejudice. Onward and upward Mark, we are here to help support you!


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