Back from Writing Hell!

Hey, kids!

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

This past week has been wild with both the next issue of Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home due as well as 2 chapters of my book — and fabric meetings with Northcott.    Just an FYI:   My new line Northcott line, califon, will be in shops in September!   I’ll be giving you sneak peeks here on the blog and on my website, so stay tuned. 

 On Sunday, I attended the ‘book party’ for Meg Cox, whose book, The Quilter’s Catalog, has finally come to the bookshelves!  It really is a good book and well worth the money.  

party.jpg  This is just a small area of Pennington Quilt Works turned into Party Central.

 pennington-signing.jpg  Meg signing autographs! 

 The party was totally FIRST CLASS and hosted by Jan Crane, and held at her shop, Pennington Quilt Works, an incredible quilt shop in Pennington, NJ.   This is a shop NOT to be missed if you’re in the NJ or PA areas.   A visit will be well worth your time.   

me-jan.jpg   This is me with Jan Crane!  She’s so cute and I loved the color of her top!

It was a crowded affair and Meg sold and signed over 200 books just that evening!  She’s also doing some kind of contest with another favorite fabric company of mine, Benartex.  Keep your eye on the lookout for promotional stuff! 

 Liza Lucy was also at this par-taaay.   

liza-meg-me.jpg  Liza Lucy, Me and Meg Cox!

In case you missed it (I know that it was making the rounds on the ‘net) but here’s just a shot of Hillary Clinton making press statements in front of a quilt that had been designed by Liza and her partner, Kaffe Fassett!   I believe she told me that this was at Yale.   Now, Liza and Kaffe did not make this particular quilt but Liza tracked down the quilt maker  — but what an honor — whether you’re a Hillary fan or not. 

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Speaking of television appearances, I hope you caught the rerun of me on Simply Quilts last week.   It’s show number 1101 if you want to check it out on the HGTV website

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I know that you guys haven’t seen Lily in the magazine since she was a kitten.  Unlike Tulip, Lily is a lot to handle and won’t pose for photos the way we’d need her to for the magazine.  So, for you cat lovers, here’s the adult, “fixed” , Lily Lipinski.

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 I was feeling romantic the other day and bought something that I needed like I need another hole in my head.   Take a look:

 img_0575.jpg  Yup, an old fashioned, almost mint condition, portable typewriter! 

Holy smoke!  I had forgotten how labor intensive they are.  Each key stroke burns a few calories (who needs that?).  And you must really be deliberate in your stroke.   Boy, have we become spoiled by computer technology.   That said, I’m going to write a short story on it for old time’s sake!  Anyone know where to get typewriter ribbons?

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Poor “New Generation” didn’t know what hit him!

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Of course, I leave you with more friends and foes.    Check them out!  xoxom

Moneik’s Blog  

Babyquilter’s blog

Crowning-Touch blog

Quilted with Love blog

Abby May’s blog

Idaho Beauty’s blog

Feed Dog blog   (This is Kevin, a regular writer for Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home!  I just found his blog!)

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7 Comments on “Back from Writing Hell!”

  1. Ramona G. Monoskey
    February 14, 2008 at 3:51 PM #

    hey mark!

    u might be able to find typewriter ribbon on ebay or a office supply store. also wanted to let you know i was just reading my march/april issue of quilter’s home and i was plesantly surprised to see the winston fabric in there — i won some last spring on ebay and i am debating rather to use it for a quilted totebag or maybe using it for a sundress– any suggestions??? thanks for the wonderful group on yahoo i just joined yesterday and i am having a blast ….. happy valentine’s day ~~~~~~ Ramona

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  2. Patty Skypants
    February 14, 2008 at 6:39 PM #

    Happy V-Day! Thanks for showing Lily-puss!

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  3. Colleen
    February 14, 2008 at 7:55 PM #

    My DD (age 20) had to use an IBM Selectric at work last summer. She had no idea how to work it. It hadn’t occurred to her supervisor (50ish) that she had never seen one of those antique items before! Luckily, both have a sense of humour and got a good laugh out of it. Times change, eh?

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  4. Anjea
    February 15, 2008 at 12:02 AM #

    While I’m not yet 30, I learned to type on a typewriter. We had a computer in our house since I was about five years old, but my mother made me take typing classes at school in junior high despite already knowing how to type. It was more of a PITA learning to deal with the ribbons, margins, and whatnot! Thank goodness for word processing, right!?!??!
    -Anjea

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  5. Julee
    February 15, 2008 at 3:24 AM #

    Two summers of typing classes down the drain…. I keep forgetting to hit the Return key! I have an old Royal that is a thing of beauty, too and my husband wants to develop a computer sound card so it sounds and feels like you’re typing on a manual, when you’re on a computer.

    You know how I love tabby cats, so thanks for the pictures of your kitty all grown! Love ya, Julee

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  6. February 15, 2008 at 12:47 PM #

    Lily looks like the Queen of my house – Bailey. Bailey is 13 years old and knows she is the center of the universe. She despises all other cats. She trained the dog (chow-mix) to be well behaved as a scratching post. Bailey allows me to wait on her and worship at her little furry feet. She also does an excellent job testing out quilts for their softness.

    The old typewriter looks cool. I remember first year typing and how much trouble it was to type any letter requiring the pinky fingers. My hands weren’t large enough and the keys were so tough. Try to find some carbon paper to show to Evan. I tell my 16 year old son about the olden days of typing 20 page term papers with carbon, no corrections and no errors, WITH footnotes at the bottom of the page. It’s my version of walking to school in the snow uphill both ways. 🙂

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  7. February 20, 2008 at 9:41 PM #

    Thanks for the link, Mark! I’ve just joined a blogring for guy quilters–we’d love for you (and any other quilting men) to join too! Here the link and the list of other Quilt Blogs by Men.

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