April April April – it’s half over already?

Hey cupcakes!

Machine Quilters Exposition

This Thursday I leave for the Machine Quilters Exposition, MQX,  in Providence, Rhode Island . . .

. . . and I can’t wait! I’m taking the Amtrak to the venue on Thursday morning, and returning to New Joisey on Friday night!

Chooooo! Choooooooooooo!

I’m super excited to debut my new MQX Mystery Quilt (seems me debuting a mystery quilt there is to be a tradition).

This one is called, Textured Frenzy, and is going to be a blast — lots of new techniques and design possibilities.    Like all of my mystery quilts, they are designed according to fabric values and not color.   For this quilt, students needed to choose a light, a medium and a dark value.   Here are the fabrics I chose for my sample.

Wait until you hear this, MQX-ers!

Aurifil SUPERSTAR, Alex Veronelli,  wrote to me letting me know that he will also be at MQX this week and will be giving away some Aurifil to a lucky student in my class!  How schweet is that!?!

As promised . . .

The Easter Bunny stuck around last week and we have a couple of Aurifil winners!

Drumroll please . . .

Congrats to Cory Murphy of Riverbank, California

And congrats to Marsha Parris of Spring, Texas!

And congrats to my  last  blog comments winner, Fran Vanderveer from Rome, NY!

More Aurifil to give away!

The Aurifil winner from my Pickle Posse will be drawn next week!  (are you a member of my Yahoo Pickle Posse group?)  Keep watching!

I can hardly believe April is almost over  . . .

Before it’s over, I took some pics of the daffodils in my yard. They are fading fast!

It would have been nice if I got at least 50% of them in focus!?!  Donchathink?

Speaking of  Gardens . . .

Yes, dumplins, I found me yet another Fairy Garden house at a local garden center.  Of cour$e, I had to have it. It’s only my third!

Now you can’t get a fairy house without buying a few of the little trees and shrubs that go with it, can you.  So, lookie here . . .

$200+  bucks later – – more work to do!

Next I have to order the solar Christmas lights.

I stuff those inside my houses so that they light up from the inside at night.  Love them!

Book ’em!

A fantabulous book tour launch for Kaffe and Liza!

On Friday, Jeff and I were invited to a small gathering at my bud, Liza Prior Lucy’s (Click –> HERE to get to Liza and Kaffe’s  Glorious Color),  house to kick off the national Liza & Kaffe Fassett book tour!  It was a blast!

Here’s the new book.

As usual, it is a sensational, must have, book.   Click —> HERE to get your copy or click HERE.

CONGRATS LIZA & KAFFE!

Here’s me and Dame Liza

Everyone was there . . .

Here’s Kaffe (with a gaggle of lettuce I brought for Liza’s garden).  Looking at this picture, I’m thinking my buddy Kaffe could use a MarkLipinskiMade drag name —   Hmmmmm.   How ’bout —

Bokayah Lettuce

Sorry, Kaffe — I just COULD NOT resist!

More from Liza’s —

Fabric Design-ah, Brandon Mably, with my lil’ Jeff Turner!

My good buddy and current Madame President of Alliance for American Quilts, Miss Meg Cox!  (by the way are you guys working on your NEW FROM OLD challenge for the Alliance yet?)

Sitting here with Kaffe is Linda Ayre, the founder of Quilts for Kids (a magnificent charity organization).  Click  —> HERE to check them out!

Miss Bobbi Penniman et moi!

and random shots of friends, collegues and new aquaitnances from around the rooms . . .

Liza showing some quilts —

Now, someone (who did not bring lettuce) brought THE most DELICIOUS lemon cookies to the party.  Everyone was yakking about them.  Anyone have a good lemon cookie recipe?   I just have a taste for lemon.   As a matter of fact, I just made a lemon meringue pie this afternoon for dinner!

I had two cookies.  One to eat and one to hold up in front of my face (for photos) to hide a SUPERSIZEME ZIT I grew that morning  — apparently just for Liza’s event!

Here are Liza’s adorable hounds (cute, huh?)

Yes, a Tulip Marie Lipinski imposter and this one . . . (I love me some bulldog)

. . . and back to the party

So here’s me and the Kaffe-ster.  I adore him.  Honestly, I do.

Half Squares Avail Us F-U-N!

So I finally finished all of my half-square Friendship Triangles for the swap at my local quilt shop, Kindred Quilts and turned them in.   You should join because you still  have lots of time.  It’s only $2.50 a package (I did 5) and it’s really picking up momentum.   Click — HERE for more information or to be a part of the swap.

Found another book I like . . .

I’m not a great fan of the locker hooked rugs, but I do like all of the different kinds of things this chick, Theresa Pulido, did with the craft.  She took something so-s0 and made it useful.  Props to Miss Thang!  It’s published by Krause and you can read more about it on Amazon by clicking — HERE.

More next time.  Until then, I really have to find a way to get Tiger Woods to stop texting me for a hook up!  Damn, he just won’t take “NO” for an answer!

xoxom

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39 Comments on “April April April – it’s half over already?”

  1. Cindie
    April 11, 2010 at 7:51 PM #

    Your life is so fabulous – and I’m so glad for you!

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  2. Robin in DE
    April 11, 2010 at 7:59 PM #

    Mark! Thanks for letting us live vicariously through you! That looked like a fun party!! Congrats to the winners of the Aurifill! I’m envious!! Guess I might have to loosen the purse strings… but there’s still a chance to win as a Pickle!
    I hope you are enjoying your sunny Sunday!

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  3. Jackie Dundon
    April 11, 2010 at 8:00 PM #

    I love this latest post! Looked like it was a great party. Thanks for sharing with us Mark.

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  4. April 11, 2010 at 8:00 PM #

    Can’t wait for your class on Friday. It will be my first time meeting you!! Sounds like it is going to be a blast.

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  5. Fredda Odum
    April 11, 2010 at 8:12 PM #

    Thanks for all the wonderful pictures. Wish we could all be there!
    Speaking of lemon – I just had the most wonderful lemon ice cream. If you can get Yarnalls ice cream, it’s their Lemon Icebox Ice Cream. But be careful – you might just had top hide it so no one else can try it (ask me how I know this!)

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  6. Sherry
    April 11, 2010 at 8:22 PM #

    Looks like you guys were having too much fun! Where was my invite?

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  7. Kristin
    April 11, 2010 at 8:33 PM #

    Those cookies really do look fabulous! Did you ever find out who brought them and if the recipe is sharable???

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    • April 11, 2010 at 8:41 PM #

      Kristin, dude,

      I did not get to the bottom of the lemon cookie mystery. HOWEVAH, I remember my Aunt Pauline making a cookie recipe using a lemon box cake mix and then putting the store-bought lemon icing on them and they were DE-VOOOOOON! I’m sure I have that recipe somewhere. This cookie tasted like that recipe! I remember making them in imitation orange, and imitation spice, imitation chocolate, any imitation flavor Duncan Hines made (what can I say, it was the 60’s – nothing was real and nothing to get hung about . . . ) xoxom

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  8. Peggy
    April 11, 2010 at 8:37 PM #

    I laughed so hard I cried when I read the Tiger Woods comment. I will need to remember to tell dear hubby that one.

    Looks like you had a wonderful time at the party.

    Check Suzanne McMinn’s blog for the lemon cookie recipe opps sorry it was lemon cake pie and lime cookies. http://suzannemcminn.com/blog/2010/04/02/lemon-cake-pie/ and
    http://suzannemcminn.com/blog/2010/03/29/sweet-sugary-lime-drops/

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  9. Bert in Rice, WA
    April 11, 2010 at 8:39 PM #

    My daffodils are barely breaking through the ground here on the western edge of the Rocky Mountains.

    The best thing about a locker hooked rug is how it feels underfoot. It makes a great kitchen rug in front of the sink. It’s a lot better for the feet/legs/back than standing on hard flooring.

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  10. April 11, 2010 at 8:40 PM #

    Love this blog, makes me hyper just by looking at the pictures. Mmm lemon cookies, I love them! Have you tried this recipe yet?
    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/The-Best-Lemon-Bars/Detail.aspx.

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    • April 11, 2010 at 8:53 PM #

      I have not but Daddy loves him some lemon bars. It looks like this might be the recipe to try. xoxom

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  11. Carole
    April 11, 2010 at 8:43 PM #

    Mark…those fairy house with the solar lights intrique me…can you elaborate a little bit more on them?

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    • April 11, 2010 at 9:24 PM #

      I have a “fairy” garden (no comments from the peanut gallery, please). Little concrete houses that I set up throughout my garden and faux landscape in miniature. I did a segment on it on Quilt Out Loud on qnntv.com. Check it out! oxom

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  12. Paula in VaBeach
    April 11, 2010 at 8:46 PM #

    Could almost taste the cookie. Looked like a wonderful party and so glad you had a good time.

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  13. April 11, 2010 at 8:51 PM #

    What a fun filled post! If you have the time, visit the RISD museum in Providence – they always have amazing exhibitions going on!!!

    Love your teeny tiny fairy trees! I’ve been spending way too much at those evil garden centers myself!!!

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  14. weze aka louise Raymond
    April 11, 2010 at 9:02 PM #

    Hi I loved your blog as of late . nice shot of RI as I live on Cape Cod.
    As to the Easter Bunny if he is still giving away some Aurifil Thread I would love to try it .I don’t have any shops near me that carry it al all. as I just drool over your collection . hugs ((((()))))) Mark and can’t wait to see you on Quilt out load again. weze

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  15. Cheryl Nimmo
    April 11, 2010 at 9:32 PM #

    Not sure what a URI is— however I live in Prov and URI is the University. I live here and don’t know a thing about this quilt show. Where is it/?? Can anyone go?
    Am a huge fan and I have the new Kaffe Fassett book already.

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    • April 11, 2010 at 9:36 PM #

      Go back to the blog listing and click on the colored MQX. It will link you to the MQX show information. xoxom

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  16. Luann
    April 11, 2010 at 9:48 PM #

    Mark Dearest,
    I am tired just reading that! Wow oh Wow! I love being in the know about you and all the wonderful Super Stars of Quilting! I am a Super Star wanna be I guess. Maybe somday I will rub elbows with the best of the best! One can Dream! Love ya Big Daddy!

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  17. sara Volk
    April 11, 2010 at 10:06 PM #

    Re TigerBaby: As long as his daddy don’t talk to you I think you will be just fine. Have a great week, Oh Busy One!

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  18. Nancy L
    April 11, 2010 at 11:27 PM #

    I don’t have a lemon cookie recipe but I have a recipe for a wonderful lemony cake. I just made it for the QFK retreat and people were requesting the recipe. Let me know if you are interested.

    Have fun this week in Rhode Island! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

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  19. bettina elliott
    April 11, 2010 at 11:29 PM #

    okay, just the pic of that darn lemon cookie had my mouth watering….now i’m gonna have to go find some suitible substitue….great blog entry, lots of fun. i’m ready to get back into my groups too for some quilt community fun. if y’all still haven’t bought at least one spool of AURIFIL….what’r ya waiting for??? just do it…..

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  20. Joyce Sinclair
    April 12, 2010 at 12:20 AM #

    It would have been nice if I got at least 50% of them in focus!?! Donchathink?

    Mark, the pictures are fine. You’re going through your impressionism period.

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  21. April 12, 2010 at 1:00 AM #

    Here in Alabama, the daffodils are just a memory. Redbuds are in full bloom, and so are the dandelions. (My pug Ozzie tries to eat the white puffs.) I’m going to have to look for a fairy house for our yard. We have lots of little hidden, shady spots that would work.

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  22. Rosemary Strube
    April 12, 2010 at 2:09 AM #

    I was so tickled to get the latest from your blog with all the happy smiley faces, just made my day a tad bit brighter, make that a whole lot. Loved the daffydil pic as I’m a native of Puyallup, Wa and miss it “bunches”!

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  23. April 12, 2010 at 2:25 AM #

    Tiger’s texting you! I thought I was his one and only. :^( Nice Pics, I’ll be at MQX too, going down on Friday and coming home on Saturday. My sister Judy will be there most of the week. Caught you at the banquet last year. Maybe I’ll see you there.
    Enjoy.

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  24. Amy
    April 12, 2010 at 3:16 AM #

    Those little trees with the fairy house are ridiculously cute.

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  25. Kari Huber
    April 12, 2010 at 4:23 AM #

    All I can say, babe, is lucky you have long arms… one to hold the victim, er pal, and the other to take the pic! Love love LOVE all the fun pics and gabble. xoxo from ND

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  26. Ann in NC
    April 12, 2010 at 4:44 AM #

    Great post, Mark! I miss reading your blog when you don’t get a chance to blog very often.

    There is an incredible lemon cookie recipe on the Paula Deen website. I forget the name of the cookies, but you make them in a mini muffin pan.

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  27. becky
    April 12, 2010 at 5:01 PM #

    Another lemon head here! Here’s my favorite…been making them for years!

    Cream:
    2/3 cup shortening
    1 cup sugar
    Add:
    1 egg
    1Tbsp lemon juice
    1Tbsp lemon zest (peel)
    Mix then add:
    2 cups flour
    1tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup chopped pecans
    Mix, divide in 2, shape into 2 “logs”, refrigerate a few hours (if you can resist eating the dough raw), then slice crosswise into thin rounds, bake at 350 until done (12-15 minutes), enjoy!

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    • April 12, 2010 at 8:53 PM #

      Sounds delish! I’m gonna try them! In the meantime, I’m searching for Aunt Pauline’s recipe! LOL xoxom

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    • Susan
      April 12, 2010 at 11:42 PM #

      Hi Becky, I just copied your recipe it sounds wonderful, can’t wait to try it, thanks for sharing!

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  28. April 12, 2010 at 9:32 PM #

    OMG that looked like Too Much FUN!!! Green with envy..I am, I am! Go YOU!!!

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  29. Lisa
    April 12, 2010 at 11:24 PM #

    I love your blog. I don’t have a lemon cookie recipe but I have a kick ass drink recipe that you really should try called Sgroppino. 2 cups lemon sorbet, 1/2 cup lemoncello, 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 cups chilled Prosecco.
    Place the sorbet, lemoncello, and whipping cream in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Add the Prosecco and blend until just combined. Pour into chilled fluted glasses and serve immediately.

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  30. Susan
    April 12, 2010 at 11:25 PM #

    Hey Mark! I LOVE the fairy house, please post a picture after you get it landscaped and with the lights on inside too! I would love to do this too!

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  31. deb
    April 15, 2010 at 12:25 AM #

    i am so glad that i joined this group. it has gotten me inspired to go out of my comfort zone and i will learn this summer on my school break to machine quilt even if its just a mini one. i love working with colored fabrics and maybe a mistery quilt will also be a project to work on as well as those wonderful lemon cookies!!! so much to do and its not time yet to start. 34 school day left till extreame fun starts!

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  32. Jenny B
    April 16, 2010 at 11:32 AM #

    I’m feeling jealous, the leaves are all falling here and we got our first frost yesterday!! It is very pretty though. I love anything citrus so will have to try some of these. Jen Bathurst NSW Australia

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  33. carol
    April 19, 2010 at 1:48 PM #

    Can’t wait to get the latest Kaffe Fassett book! thanks Mark.

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