Monday, September 27, 2010

I'm 65!!!!!

I hit the big six five today.....Last night my incredible husband threw a huge surprise party for me with close friends and family. We ate, drank, told lots of jokes, and some guests shared a funny story about me - after a yummy chocolate cake for desert, every toasted me with some delicious champagne and a good time was had by all.....My dear friend Rosy, volunteered her home and my step-daughter, Bev, helped my husband get everything ready! I'll share a photo soon! xxoo Joyce

Sunday, September 19, 2010

E-mail message

If you received an e-mail from me saying to view my photos and give your cell number please disregard - I did not generate this e-mail and I am afraid it is a virus or spam or whatever.....xxoo Joyce

p.s. My friend Winne Burt is visiting me from Alaska - Winnie in her "mini" - she drives a mini-motor home to get away from the harsh winter in Alaska. Winnie is a quilter and we have fun hanging out. Yesterday we went to the Innovations Quilt Show/Conference in Tacoma and had a fun day, followed by lunch out and a little window shopping!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Happenings with Joyce

Off to see Innovations 2010 in Tacoma tomorrow - My quilting pal, Winnie, from Alaska will pull into Kent tomorrow in her RV and spend a couple of nights here. I'm trying like mad to get my health back (bad reaction from cholesterol medication - i.e. painful and weak thigh muscles) and working on getting my thyroid levels back to a normal vs. normal level. Gotta get some mojo by Oct 11th when I fly to Little Rock and then for IQA Houston on November 2. I will be teaching and lecturing there so come by and say hi!!!! Here's a photo of one of the projects I'll be teaching in a kit form. xxoo Joyce

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Joyce R. Becker Landscape Quilter blog: C&T Publishing

C&T Publishing

For those of you that don't know, I have authored four books - my latest one will be available on my web site (Pay Pal) or from C&T Publishing, and of course, at your local quilt shops. The name of my new book is: Quick Little Landscape Quilts and it about creating quick little matted and framed landscape quilts. Often, when I teach, students are looking for a project they can complete in one sitting and these little darlings are perfect for gifts for family and friends. You can make seasonable or themed little landscapes, or poignant memory quilts of beautiful places you've been, or be inspired by photos or greeting cards. Once you make a Quick Little Landscape quilt, you'll be hooked - I am!
My other books published by C&T are: Beautifully Embellished Landscapes and Luscious Landscapes. They are available on my web site: and through C&T Publishing, and My book Nature's Patterns, The Quilt Digest Press, is out of print but you can find copies on Amazon sometimes.....

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What a blast!

I adore teaching on cruises with Quilt Camp at Sea!!!! Here's a photo of my husband, Donald and I at formal night during our recent cruise to Alaska. Pat and Len Tobin run the best quilting cruises - They are major organized and the days speed by because you are having such a darn good time. Go to to see future quilting cruises and see an earlier post today for the photo! xxoo Joyce

Joyce and Don on recent Alaska Cruise

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Red Rocks

Red Rocks

O.K. - I've bloody well tried getting this next photo to load for days - let's hope by some miracle, it will pop up today. This is a photo taken in at the Colorado National Monument of my silver fox hubbie, Donald and I. I do plan on making a Colorado landscape, possibly for the APWQ Invitational exhibit, Spirit of the West.....
Had a lovely day with my quilting chums today at our "Thursday Group" get together. I felt like poop all day but they managed to cheer me up - my blankety blank thyroid is obviously low ONCE AGAIN and this time, the muscle pain in my thighs is beyond anything I've ever experienced. I got a blood draw yesterday, so hopefully, when the results are in, we can up my dose once again......
I am busy making kits for teaching at International Quilt Festival in Houston for my Quick Little Landscape class. Talk to you all soon. xxoo Joyce

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fantasy Forest

Here's a recent quilt I've completed. I used a lovely hand-dyed Just Imagination fabric for the background sky and another amazing hand-painted Mickey Lawler fabric for the foreground. I didn't have enough of the redwood tree fabric for all the trees, so I created others with inks and wax pastels. It seems like it took forever to cut out all of the foliage both for the trees and the ferns, and even longer to stitch them using free-motion machine embroidery. This photo isn't the best but I'll take another shot soon and replace it.....Today I am "inking" areas on a whole-cloth quilt I hand quilted - it's looking pretty darn good! I love trying new stuff.....xxoo Joyce