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Dear Friends:
It’s great to be back in Virginia!  Everything is starting to grow, and I can see that my much-neglected flower beds need a good weeding.  That will have to wait until next week, because right now I’m getting ready to drive up to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with my daughter Patty for the Quilters’ Heritage Celebration.  The quilt convention will be held at the Lancaster Host Resort April 2-5.  I’ll be available to meet collectors and sign my work as follows:

Friday, April 3
12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 4
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
We’ll have a good selection of my quilting-theme prints, as well as my other prints and gift items, available for you to purchase, and I’ll be happy to sign them for you.  You are also welcome to bring two previously purchased prints for me to sign.  I’m really excited about participating in this wonderful quilters’ convention.  Event organizer Rita Barber puts on a fantastic show!
This past weekend I was in Marietta, Georgia, for a show with my Atlanta area friends at The Framery.  Gallery owners Barry and Pam Watson asked me to create a print edition featuring The Margaret Mitchell House, and my collectors and Gone With the Wind fans alike really turned out in spite of forecasted severe weather.  Thankfully, the worst of the storms missed us.  It was a fun show, and it really is true what they say about Southern hospitality.

The wonderful team at The Framery—standing, L. to R.:  Mel Abramovitz, Patty Moss, Pam and Barry Watson (owners), me, Suzanne Abramovitz, and Terri Collins; kneeling, Beth Garrett.

Friday, Patty and I had lunch with the Mossaphile Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society at the famous Swan Coach House in Atlanta.  The Mossaphile girls are such fun!

Mossaphile Chapter member Ladye Buckner (left) is a superb quilter and has made two quilts, incorporating my hand-painted fabric centerpieces, which have raised around $2,000 each for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.  During Friday’s luncheon, she presented me with a third quilt, made just for me with my favorite colors.  I am tempted to be selfish and keep it for myself, but I guess I’ll do the right thing and donate it to the Foundation.  Announcing it in the newsletter ensures that I’ll have to do it, right?

When I returned to Mathews earlier this week, I found another quilted wall hanging waiting for me.  This one was made by Janet Amlin and Phyllis Alder of London, Ohio.  Last fall I donated one of my fabric centerpieces with a breast cancer theme to be made into a quilt by Janet and Phyllis for Madison County Hospital’s Breast Cancer Initiative’s fundraising auction.  The fundraiser was held in conjunction with my show with Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville, Ohio, and I had a chance to meet Janet and Phyllis.  They graciously offered to make another quilt and donate it to the Foundation.  It turned out beautifully!

Isn’t it lovely?  This quilt was made by Janet Amlin, left, and Phyllis Alder, right, of London, Ohio, to be used in a future fundraiser for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.

Before I left St. Petersburg, Florida, last week I attended the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s 2009 Women of Distinction Luncheon.  What an inspirational and uplifting experience!  I came away with an even greater appreciation for the role that Girl Scouts have played in my life—the values, morals, and work ethic I learned from them.  Girl Scouts teach so many valuable lessons, and those of us who have been blessed with their influence are better friends, sisters, wives, and mothers.

In good company!  These lovely young ladies are Senior Girl Scouts.

The keynote speaker was Lee Woodruff, co-author of the New York Times number-one bestseller In an Instant and freelance writer and contributing editor of ABC’s Good Morning America.  In 2006 Lee’s husband, ABC’s newly appointed co-anchor Bob Woodruff, was seriously injured when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq.  Lee shared with us her experience of being a wife and a mother and having a career while dealing with a crisis.  She spoke of how women today are multi-taskers, under pressure to do everything well.  We juggle everything; but, one mistake, crisis, or unexpected event can make it seem like all the balls are going to fall.  She gave us her insight on how to parent through a crisis, how to forgive ourselves for not being perfect, and how to put family and self above all else while keeping the important balls in the air.

I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to hear Lee Woodruff speak.

My next gallery show will be with Kenneth Paul Gallery at its new location in Des Moines, Iowa, April 18.  I’ve created a new print featuring the Iowa State Fair that will be released during the show, and I love its vibrancy.

Remembering the Iowa State Fair will be released April 18 during my show with Kenneth Paul Gallery in Des Moines, IA.  For more information, please contact the gallery at 515-278-4378.

I’m also looking forward to seeing all my friends at my next Barn Show and Museum Open House that will be held in Waynesboro, Virginia, April 24-26.  I’ll be releasing a special new print titled Valley Mill that weekend.  It features Osceola Mill in Steele’s Tavern, Virginia, which is near Lexington.  The water-powered mill was built in 1849 by Cyrus McCormick, who is famous for inventing the reaper.  McCormick also built McCormick’s Mill, which I have featured in several prints.  The Osceola Mill was originally part of McCormick’s farm and was the largest of seven mills.  Only two of the seven mills remain.  Osceola was active as a mill from 1849 until 1969, when Hurricane Camille put an end to its use as a working mill.  Today, the mill is a bed and breakfast and fine dining restaurant.

Valley Mill will be released during my April Barn Show and Museum Open House, April 24-26.


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