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Becky
Quilter, better known as half of the Piece O' Cake Designs team.
Interests: Family, friends, quilting,sewing, art, craft
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And he wears them!
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2014 on A short post… at Professor Steven Goldsmith
Its a button, up near the top. It looks like a thought bubble that you might see in a cartoon. Ill see if I cant make it more prominent.
Be sure to leave your comment on the NEW blog! Sorry to make you click again :-). Becky
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My blog has moved—I have packed my posts and moved them to Wordpress. Yay! All of my posts from Typepad have followed me there. Yay, again! If you follow my blog via email, and you want to continue to do that, be sure to click the 'follow Piece O' Cake blog' button on the new blog. But now, you want to know about the giveaway! To find out what it is click here to go to the new blog where you can read all about my 'crumb'y' giveaway :-). I look forward to seeing you there! PS—This is my last... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog
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My 11-year-old granddaughter, Elanor, is seriously into rainbow loom bracelets. If you are not related to, or friends with, a pre-teen girl you have no idea what I'm talking about. These are bracelets made with small, colorful rubber bands on a loom. They are so much better than the potholders I made in my youth :-). Elanor wanted to make a how-to video. She tried to do it with her phone but the results did not make her happy so she asked me to help. I am the Nana with video equipment, after all. I provided the equipment and the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog
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Im not surprised... JoAnns and other stores are likely to have stock of it. What they tell me, though, is that there wont be more coming when this is gone. Of course, thats now—it could change if the manufacturer decides to make it again.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2014 on Magenta! at Piece O' Cake Blog
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I subscribe to Now I Know, written by Dan Lewis. I get an interesting email about 5 days a week and on Feb. 4 I learned more about magenta. We all know that magenta fits in between red and blue, so why don't we see it in a rainbow? Now I know! The short story is that when visible light is broken down into colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, Indigo, and violet), red is at one end and violet is at the other. They don't connect so the blended color between them (magenta) isn't there. Click here to read... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog
Yes, I do think you are going to love having the clamps! They make me happier when I am machine quilting :-). Becky
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2014 on I'm still quilting... at Piece O' Cake Blog
Whats coming is a book on color and how to use it in quilts and it is my hope that it is a very good book. You all will be the ones to decide that :-).
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2014 on I'm back! at Piece O' Cake Blog
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I can't tell you how happy I am to report that the color book quilts are made and quilted, and the manuscript is finished. I'm smiling, Steve is smiling, I heard my first cardinal of the year this morning and the sun is shining! Oh happy day! I have been working non-stop on this book for more than a year—could it be two? I don't even want to think about that now. My editor tells me that I wrote way too many pages but that's better than too few. I suddenly have some free time. Not really 'free' but I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog
I have to say that it really is looking good :).
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2014 on How to decide... at Piece O' Cake Blog
Its going to be fun!
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I'm quilting the last big quilt for the Color book. Before I could begin, I had to figure out what pattern to quilt into it. I pinned vinyl over a block and started doodling. First I tried a curvy pattern with some flow. Not a stipple, but something maybe with leaves or curls, or flowers... It didn't take long to decide that that was not it. Next I tried vertical lines. I've used this before to good effect but there is a lot of moving around shapes. That means a lot of sewing over lines of stitching and I didn't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog
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Have you heard about this new quilt show? I'll be teaching, along with many other nationally known teachers, June 26-28. Now is the time to make plans to attend! It is going to be held in a beautiful spot, the luxurious Zermatt Resort and Spa in Midway, UT. A luxurious resort combined with quilting—sounds perfect, doesn't it? Click here to see a list of all the classes and to register. Below, you will also find links for the Small Town Quilt Show teachers. I hope to see your smiling face there :-). Jina Barney Cat Beckstead and Shantelle Cox Natalia... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog
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I know I do stupid dangerous things and I've gotten hurt because of them. Thankfully, I have lived and learned. But (thanks to Charlotte Warr Andersen) I found this page from Buzzfeed titled '25 Completely Scientific Reasons Why Women Live Longer Than Men". This is just one... I promise that in my most crazy moments, I would never do this. Or use a tractor and a crane to trim a tall hedge. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog
Hey Connie: I didnt know youd have surgery. Im so glad you are fine! Stay that way :-). Becky
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2014 on Cute or just OK? at Piece O' Cake Blog
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I've been trying to come up with an image of objects arranged to represent a color wheel. I've seen color wheels made out of sneakers, flip flops, cocktail umbrellas, hair bows... all very cute. However, I want to make one out of objects that I already I own, which is harder. So far, I've got this: I don't arrange flowers well—perhaps this is a similar skill? If I had more time to give it, I'd go out and about to shops and use objects there as props but I really don't have the time it would take. I was visiting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog
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Oceanic art is that made by native peoples from the Pacific islands, including Hawaii and Easter Island, and Australia. I briefly visited the Oceana room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last week and took this photo of carved sheilds mounted on the ceiling: And a closer look: There are some good ideas for quilting patterns! Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog
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I'm cleaning up my desktop, filing photos into folders where I hope I can find them again. As I look at images from our trip to NYC, I am struck once again by how different it is from Sherman, TX. This is not the view that Steve and I see on a daily basis and it's interesting for me to imagine what it would be like to actually live in a city this large, with so very many people. For one thing, I would not take so many pictures :-). I hoped that I would not look like a tourist... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog
Im always happy to hear that quilters enjoy my videos! Thanks for telling me :-).
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2014 on Yes, but is it art? at Piece O' Cake Blog
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We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's huge and great fun! We spent most of our time with the modern art. Again, I'm not sure exactly why this is museum-worthy, but I did love this wall of canvases that make a rainbow. And guess what? This is something that we could all reproduce at home! You can't say that about most things you see in the Met. We've walked in Central Park... And Top of the Rock... We walked on the High Line, even though is was cold and wet... We've shopped, and eaten well. I've taken pictures... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog
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Steve and I have been visiting Jeff and Celia in NYC. The Guggenheim was our first museum stop. The building is famous for good reason. We all really enjoyed out time in it. Christopher Wool is the artist featured in the special exhibit now hanging along the curved walls on the walkway from floor to ceiling level. What can I say? His works are visible from a distance which is good in this space. I did like several of the pieces... However, I enjoyed watching people look at the art more than I actually enjoyed the art itself. It's easy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog
Hi Cyndi: I havent used the rulers so cant say one way or the other how they work. You might try googling Sweet Sixteen (or Handiquilter) rulers to see if anyone has written reviews that would be helpful. Happy stitching, Becky
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2014 on The sweet sixteen.... at Piece O' Cake Blog
You may have seen this before, but it's both interesting and fun: Have I mentioned that my walking partner, Laurie, has joined a group of folks here in town who are hoping to log 1000 miles this year? I think I can do it but I am not officially joining the group because I'm too competitive. I know this about myself and it can get out of hand. That said, I've begun paying more attention to my own actual miles walked. I work standing up (except when sewing). I walk a lot through the day but I'm sure I over-estimate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog
I love this video. Not because of the skill involved, although this young girl is doing something I would never in my life have attempted. I love it because I know the feeling. We all do. Doing something for the first time can be very scary. How do we make ourselves do scary things? We summon our courage, that's how. It's so good to know that we can all be courageous. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Piece O' Cake Blog