I have always considered Judy Laquidara as one of Blogland's quilting royalty, not only for her wonderful website but as the ringmaster of our Stash Quilts ring, the author of Nine-Patch Extravaganza and many individual commercial patterns, and the generous provider of lots of free patterns and directions. Imagine my surprise and joy when I attended my guild meeting this morning and found that she was our speaker!!! I had missed last month's meeting so didn't really know what was planned for today (should have read my newsletter more closely, huh?) Let me tell you, her quilts are even more gorgeous and amazing in person than they appear in the book and on the web. They are just stunning. And her machine quilting is to die for. We all enjoyed her program so much. And--she is working on a second book! Yay!
I came right home and got out my copy of her book and tried to decide which one to start on first. The patterns lend themselves so well to stash-busting.
Thank you so much for all your positive and encouraging comments about our kitty Natasha's fight with diabetes. You'll never know how much I appreciate it. I kinda just knew there were lots of animal lovers out there in quilty blogland! She seems to be doing pretty well, although her blood sugar count is higher than the vet would like. But her ketones are back to normal and that's a good thing. I'm sure it will take some tweaking of her insulin dosage to get things just right.
Natasha is the blondie in the first photo. She has reclaimed her favorite chair and is recuperating near the window where she can also keep an eye on the robins who have been very active in the backyard lately. Of course, alpha cat Rocky would not be ignored LOL! He's not happy with all the attention Natasha is getting, but he is putting up with it!