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Jazz Brunch Cruise of Salem Harbor

Daylight. Warmth. Shaking it up! That’s what summer’s all about. In my case, water reigns as an essential summer element. So when Mahi Cruises sent out a discount coupon for a Sunday brunch cruise as the first rays of summer pierced my still chilled bones, you bet we jumped! I’m sitting on the upper deck […]

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Miss at your peril: Boston MFA’s “Quilts and Color”

Tactile Travel quilts MFA Pilgrim Roy collection

I may never go to a quilt show again. Carefully selected and beautifully curated, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston exhibit “Quilts and Color” runs from April 6 to July 27, 2014.  Featuring an excerpt of the Pilgrim Roy collection and the MFA treasure trove, this exhibit is a far cry from the cramped, poorly lit, creatively […]

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My own Ark of Cheese

Vermont Cheese Tasting at Tactile Travels

You may recall my wistful description of the 2013 Slow Food Cheese extravaganza south of Turin. The 9th edition of Cheese brought more than 200,000 people to Piedmont during September 19 -23.  Holy Cats! My attitude this year was, “If you can’t join them, imitate them.” So hub and I called friends and neighbors to create […]

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Rolling around Vermont

Camping, kayaking, and college visits framed my all American Independence Day celebration. As I rolled around Vermont with my family last week, nature and human creativity renewed appreciation of my own “back yard.”  This quote, discovered at the National Gallery a while back, states my belief in my country. There are undoubtedly readers who may […]

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New Bedford for Textile Lovers

One sunny autumn Saturday, Adrienne Sloane  and I went rope shopping a couple years back.  Unfortunately for us, the rope place was closed on weekends, but historic New Bedford was just a few miles down the road.  It was one of those places always on my hit list.  Let’s face it, there are plenty of New […]

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New England Quilt Museum: SAQA Masters II

Winter is a brighter place when Lowell’s New England Quilt Museum puts up its new exhibit. This time, the brightness comes from members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).  Curated by Martha Sielman, “Masters: Art Quilts 2” features work of 34 quilters from the US and around the world (including Italian Daniela Dancelli).  Martha gave a […]

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New York Sheep and Wool October 20

In New England, the colors are changing and leaves are beginning to fall. We’re pulling out the woolies which makes many fiber lovers very happy… time for the fall sheep and wool festivals!  The next month offers plenty of opportunities to hang out with other knitters, spinners, felting fiends, hookers (the crochet kind, of course!). […]

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Vermont Quilt Festival Wrap Up 2012

Delirious from the quilt and chocolate fumes, we rolled contentedly home from the Vermont Quilt Festival on Sunday.  After years of leading tours to the Festival,  I relished jumping in with both feet, focusing when I wanted, distracted when it pleased me.  Our car load decided to add an extra day to our usual 3 […]

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Vermont Quilt Festival 2012

"With this ring" by Janet Guay from the 2010 Vermont Quilt Festival

It’s almost that time of year again!  Vermont Quilt Festival, here I come! This year, it’s completely leisure.  No organized tours (although I will be with my Just Sew friends who were on tours in years past).  Here’s a little video I put together a few years ago, which unfortunately I don’t seem to be […]

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Meandering around New Hampshire

Last Friday was an oddly warm and sunny April day… perfect for detour along the I89 corridor between Concord, NH and White River Junction.  It’s easy to engage cruise control, enjoy the spotty cellular coverage and roll by the White Mountain scenery.  Today was different. Today, no one would complain if I deviated from the […]

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