Hey Kids! What a summer!

It’s been a whirlwind summer on Pickle Road.  I got to travel a lot and to meet a ton of Quilter’s Home fans.

I gave birth to my November/December issue and I can’t wait until you get to read it (I’m pretty sure that this is my favorite issue to date sans the baby-weight that I continue to carry around on my bloated bod. Has anyone else besides me felt like they’ve totally let themselves go? I’m thinking I need to call Jenny! You know what Jenny I mean). The next issue will be released in mid October.

In July, I visited The Quilt Patch in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, where I taught classes and lectured to a full-house banquet in the ballroom of their world-famous spa resort! 
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Here’s the shop in Moose Jaw. Moose Jaw is as quaint and as as sweet as Mayberry—only better. There’s no Goober or Gomer! 

I had a blast and think that Moose Jaw is one of Canada’s best kept secrets. Now, here’s the queen-sized drama of the trip: The town has erected this giant Moose statue near their tourist center (they just put a fence around it so that the local teens would stop spray-painting Mr. Moose’s “jewels”). My hosts Jeanne and Shelly took me to see it directly from the Regina airport.

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Jeanne and Shelly before I lost my passport and when we were still friends! LOL I know it’s a lousy picture and you can’t see them, but you can see that darn moose! I had such a good time with these two, er, three! I never laughed so hard as with this group!

Anyway, after I retrieved my camera from one of my suitcases in the back of Shelly’s pick-up, we drove off without closing the gate. That suitcase fell out of the back of the truck and onto the road, and was gone forever. My passport was in that damn suitcase, so getting back to the good ol’ USA was daunting. I felt like I had to spend the rest of my trip plotting for a Von Trapp family trek across the border! 

My next stop was about 6-hours away at the fab-o Lori’s Country Cottage in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada!  Fabulous!  

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This is Lori in front of her shop in Sherwood Park, Alberta

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Just one of the rooms at Lori’s shop!

 

More classes, more fun, and a pierogi and stuffed cabbage roll all-you-can-eat banquet at my next sold out ballroom lecture! I was in Frankie Yankovic HEAVEN, dudes! Lori’s is another great Canadian shop and I had a blast. 

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This is me with Lori and her staff standing in front of my califon fabric collection!  Really nice people. I make people stand in front of me so I look thinner. Are there any Quiltzillas in Canada, you ask? Not that I can tell!

In August I visited the CK Media offices in Colorado and had lunch in Golden with McCall’s Quilting editor, Beth Hayes

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This is what the outside of the CK Media compound looks like. They even have a quilter’s gallery in their lobby which I love to browse through when I visit!

 

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This is downtown Golden, CO. Very cute and where “Buffalo Bill” Cody is buried. Ironically, the CK Media editors are also buried there (in work, that is!)  LOL  It’s all good! And who can pass up McCall’s Quilting, Quick Quilts, Quiltmaker and the grande dame of them all, Quilter’s Newsletter?

 

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Here’s Beth Hayes, the talented Editmatrix of McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts after our Nicoise lunch in Golden, Colorado!

I spent one hot August afternoon in Dallas with the Pfaff company looking at all of their latest and greatest machines. There are some phenomenal new machines hitting the marketplace so make sure you keep your eye out for them. 

 

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This me with Jill (she’s my buddy and the Pfaff marketing queen) in front of some stuffed cow in Dallas! This girl is a riot and we had a lot of laughs! 

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I loved this balloon sculpture of a Pfaff sewing machine. If only it were that easy, right?

As it turned out I walked out of there owning a new, sensational Pfaff Creative Vision 5.0! I’m now learning how to do some rockin’ machine embroidery, so stay tuned (OK, it might be 2023 before you see anything, but I’m going to die trying to learn this stuff!)  

Next, I flew into Alpena, Michigan (like Regina, it’s another one of those kind of names) on a propeller airplane to teach at the Thunder Bay Resort for one of the most fun quilting retreats I’ve ever experienced. I’ve been invited back next August and I’m going! What a quilter’s heaven! Full days and nights of quilting in their “quilter’s barn,” massages, facials, pedicures, pizza parties, dessert parties, horse-drawn carriage elk sight-seeing tours and a gourmet dinner cooked on antique wood burning stoves. 

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Here’s the inside of the Quilter’s Barn where I taught. All you heard was chatting and laughing!  Totally a hit!

 

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This is a view from the horse drawn carriage that I was riding in on the way to find elk!

And here’s what we found—oodles of them!

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Here’s a pic of me with just a few of the Thunder Bay retreaters in the beautiful cabin where we had our gourmet dinner!

I’m thinking of asking John Edwards to come along with me on my next trip so that I can push his deceitful butt into the fire for cheating on his sick wife! The scenario worked for Hansel and Gretel, so I say why not give it a try? I know it’s old news but I just can’t get over it. 

I just put my next issue of Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home to bed yesterday. I love this November/December issue. I really believe that it’s my best one so far!   It is packed full of all kinds of new, fun and funny things— and it’s also 8 pages bigger than normal! 

Here’s just some of what’s inside:

Just wait until you see the pattern and directions for a batik tuffet. You are totally going to want to make one! I also got a tour of quilt designer, Diana McClun’s Walnut Creek, California home. There are instructions for 3 terrific quilts, not to mention the latest in patchwork shoes, 10 quilty holiday gifts for under $10-bucks (you can stop pretending you’re going to actually make something for all of your quilting friends this December), and hysterical stories of what our travelling quilting teachers have had to put up with during their teaching gigs. Also, how to make money from your quitting, how to get started designing notions, a revealing article on why quilt appraisers die young (you won’t believe what some people bring to them), and a look at my personal, quilt-themed, international collection
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Well, it’s jam packed! I wish I had room to tell you everything!

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On the home front, subscriptions are going through the roof—so much to the chagrin of a certain Quiltzilla shop owner from Pittsburgh, Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home is a bona fide hit!  

 

Now that I think about it, maybe I’ll take two people with me to that luscious wood stove burning dinner! I can eat for three! LOL

 

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As a matter of fact, a copy of the premiere issue just sold on eBay for over $35-bucks! Take that, ‘zilla!  

 

I want to thank all of you for putting a new, fun and sassy magazine like Quilter’s Home on the map. I know, like you, that we quilters are more than just a bunch of patchwork automatrons—we love our quilting but we have lives and interests outside of the sewing room, too. We love to laugh and have a good time! So every home is a Quilter’s Home, right?

Anywho, here’s a sneak peek at the next cover! 

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And don’t think it was easy for me to get Tulip to sit on my shoulder! 

Don’t miss this issue, turnips! It’s quintessential Quilter’s Home—The only magazine for quilter’s that’s fun to read! 

Well, the hot weather is almost over. I can already feel the chilly night air on Pickle Road. The bad news is that summer is coming to an end. The good news is it’s just about Quilting Season again, and I can’t wait!

So, tell me, what kind of quilty things did you do on your summer vacation? I’m dying to know! Just pop me an email at QuiltersHomeMag@aol.com or visit me at www.marklipinski.com!  

To subscribe to Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home, telephone (866) 429-0133.

Until next time, dumplings!

 Do what you love!  xoxom 

P.S. My spring chickens have finally started to lay eggs! Now, where’s my Frittata recipe, baby?

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21 Comments on “Hey Kids! What a summer!”

  1. August 29, 2008 at 10:24 PM #

    Awesome! A new blog post from you, finally. Don’t feel that your posts have to be always quilt-related. Most of us are much more than just quilters! We eat, we drink, we have fun, etc.

    Looking forward to the next issue, as always!

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  2. Sue
    August 29, 2008 at 11:03 PM #

    Glad you posted a new blog. I’m sure all of us quilters at the Thunder Bay retreat were dying to see what you would write about! It sure was fun – can’t wait until next year!

    So you’ve been busy, but let’s see – moose, buffalo, longhorn cattle and elk?? I’m noticing a trend here. Hmmm… what would a therapist say about that, lol?

    And if you want to avoid the propeller plane to Al PEEEE na, Beth and I would be happy to pick you up in Detroit. What a choice – a rickety prop plane or 4 1/2 hours on Michigan freeways with fun quilters!!

    Love the Rusky hat – but I still think it looks like hair!

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  3. Melody
    August 30, 2008 at 12:09 AM #

    So glad to see a fresh blog! Sounds like you had a great summer. I for one think maybe the Pittsburgh Quiltzilla should just get over it and get some therapy to help her with her problem. As usual You, MLQH and Pickle Road all ROCK! Keep on stitchin’ and dishing. Love Melody

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  4. mary's cottage quilts
    August 30, 2008 at 3:21 AM #

    Hi Mark! It is great to see what you have been up to. I have missed you terribly! I love the cover of the next issue – it is super!
    mary

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  5. BCQuilter
    August 30, 2008 at 6:16 AM #

    Wow, Mark… what a summer!

    Welcome back to blogging! Have missed you, and I’m glad you had fun and enjoyed parts of my country! One more province West, and you’d be close to where I am. *grin*.

    Aren’t fresh eggs wonderful? We may have to get new stock… we have one gal that is almost 13 years old… not so sure if she’s laying every day during laying season, but she’s a trooper. When she was setting on eggs… she had a 90%+ hatch rate. The biggest clutch she had was 17 eggs, and all but 2 hatched.

    -Alice

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  6. Janice
    August 30, 2008 at 11:33 AM #

    Shame on you Mark! How can you mention Thunder Bay and not show off your classy name badge!
    While the rest of us dutifully appliqued an elk, you took the pattern to such a charming (albeit pornographic) level! It is your duty to share your inspiration with the world!

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  7. ABB
    August 30, 2008 at 12:13 PM #

    That’s a good boy. Aren’t you glad you finally got all your summer escapades out into blogland at last? I’ll make a note to send you another nagging email if you let another 2 months go without posting…… everyone needs a loving nag every now and then 🙂

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  8. August 30, 2008 at 1:28 PM #

    Wow, Mark! What a fabulous trip! Glad to see you posting again. Missed your humor and pics. The mag. doesn’t come out often enough!

    TerriW

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  9. Mary Lou Eustace
    August 30, 2008 at 4:21 PM #

    Glad to see you back. Missed your blogs!

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  10. Nancy
    August 30, 2008 at 8:30 PM #

    Loved hearing about your trip to Canada! AND I can’t believe somebody still knows Frankie Yankovic besides myself! 🙂

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  11. August 30, 2008 at 11:48 PM #

    What a fun post Mark, it is great to see where you’ve been traveling. I love the new issue cover picture, what a crackup! Thanks for such a terrific magazine, you’re doing a bonza job.

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  12. Sandie
    August 30, 2008 at 11:59 PM #

    Hi Mark!
    Glad to see you posted again, was starting to worry! Since I live in the Pgh area, and can almost guarantee I can accurately guess which LQS owner is so nasty, I can tell you that not everyone thinks as highly of her as she thinks of herself! Life is about so much more than being so petty! Also, next time you are in town and allow yourself to cheat a little( on Jenny, not Jeff!) 😉 I will make you some Pierogies and Haluski that have given me honorary Polish status at the local chapter of the PNA. Can’t wait to get the next issue, not fair to tease us so early!

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  13. Stephanie
    August 31, 2008 at 3:06 AM #

    Hi Mark,
    New to your site. Boy am I glad I found it. I just listened to your conversation with Anne Miller. I had my earphones in and was cracking up.My husband thought I had lost my mind. I just love you! You mentioned that you don’t like chocolate. Here’s a simple recipe that you might want to try. I melt semi sweet chocolate and then add some cayenne pepper to it. (As much as you like). Pour it out on wax paper, let it harden and break pieces off. My hubby loves it with Red Wine. Me, I like it with Mexican food and Margarita’s. You know what they say about chocolate and hot peppers.
    I love everything about you and your magazine. I want your life.
    XXXOOO
    Sis

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  14. August 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM #

    Hey Dude! Welcome back to your blog! I thought you forgot where you left it! LOL I Love the next cover…that is a hilarious picture….you are such a goofball! 🙂
    We are looking forward to fresh eggs too….can hardly wait! Duck and chicken eggs are what we are hoping for!
    Thanks for encouraging us all to to Do what we love!

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  15. Flatlander
    August 31, 2008 at 9:52 PM #

    Mark ~ was glad to see a recent posting on your blog. Enjoy the mag and it sounds like you had adventures enough to fill a book … hopefully you’re relate more of them to us in the blog and/or upcoming issues of the magazine. Welcome back! The recipe that Stephanie (above) submitted for the chocolate with cayenne in it sounds intriguing … though I do NOT need another way to love chocolate. Seriously … if you need a fritatta recipe I have one that is AMAZING!! I think it was an Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) one and we’ve made it a million times with variations each time. Just let me know and I’ll be glad to share 😉

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  16. September 1, 2008 at 12:59 AM #

    So glad to see you’re back, we all missed you as you can see!
    Sorry to hear about the Pittsburgh thing, the pic of the incline made me feel home sick though. I grew up there, well, not on the incline LOL! In Greentree.
    Can’t wait for the next issue, Happy Labor Day!

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  17. September 1, 2008 at 1:51 AM #

    Boyfriend, I love you. That’s not a cow, it’s a flipping longhorn! We Arkansas girls are raised to hate those Texas longhorns, ya know; so of course I recognized it right off the bat and recoiled in horror 😉 I’m so glad you blogged. I love reading it. I can’t wait to see the next issue – love that cover.

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  18. September 2, 2008 at 12:08 PM #

    Hello stranger! No wonder you’ve been away from blogland, crikey – what an adventure!!

    Thankfully for me (and my fellow Aussies!) winter is all but over and spring is in the air – yay!

    🙂

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  19. September 7, 2008 at 11:19 AM #

    Awww, Moose Jaw, I have quite a soft spot for Moose Jaw myself! I first visited in 1979 after my schoolfriend moved there. Who knew the moose’s jewels were a target for teens? And I wonder if your suitcase is now rolling across the prairies like tumble weed? Glad you had a good visit. Saskatchewan is full of good people.

    My quilting friend just directed me towards your site and blog. Love it! And God help me, I once spent six weeks in Sherwood Park…

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  20. linda liddiard
    April 14, 2009 at 12:38 AM #

    I just read the April-May issue cover to cover! where the heck can i get the listing of the quilt shops (your favorites) in picksburg that you mentioned in the article??? gotta go and “rid up” my sewing space

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  21. kay wilcox
    September 3, 2009 at 9:25 PM #

    Mark, what a great time I had at Thunder Bay. You were so much fun. My quilt was the black and brown and beige one.[curves and ribbons}I have never been to one where the guest stayed with the group as you did. Thank you. Im ready to do it again. giving you your advice QUILT NAKED- I TRYED IT AND IT WAS WONDERFUL——AS YOU MIGHT SAY NIPPLES UP LOL

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