Monday, December 5, 2011

The Quilt Show Episode 912

Well, after a year and a half after taping an episode focusing on landscape quilting with The Quilt Show online with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson, my episode (#912) begins airing today and can be viewed for the next two weeks - there will also be a new project for members available later on as well as more slides of my quilts......It was so much fun being on the show and I am very humbled to have been asked to be a guest!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall Happenings

After a fairly non-existent summer, Fall has arrived, turning the leaves on many trees vibrant golds, reds, yellows, and oranges. It seems the temperatures are dropping faster than normal and we are already into the 20's some nights! Time for my flannel sheets and flannel jammies!
We have a puppy now, Blondie - who is now seven months old. This little girl has such a personality and is so loveable and likes to play that I am totally in love with her!!!! Having my six-year old granddaughter her with us after school on many days and having Blondie crazy about her too are the highlights of my life!
Yes, I am still traveling now and again to teach, lecture, etc., but I am taking fewer "gigs" as I want to spend more time at home with my husband, granddaughter, dog, and family!
I am currently working on a fairly large landscape quilt incorporating photos from my garden that I "tiled" (enlarged) and printed on computer ready fabric that also has a large arbor with grapes, grape leaves and vines twisting and turning around the arbor (I'll put in a photo). I am still in the designing phase and need to incorporate something in the distance (currently auditioning some benches), and then begins my thread-play.
My other passion, writing, is taking a new turn. I've began a quilting novel - It's my first attempt at fiction but I am having a blast with it - trying to make it humorous even though the subject material is serious. I'm only done with one chapter thus far as life seems to come before time to write or design quilts, but I am not complaining.
Something I've learned the hard way this past week is: Cherish your friends and loved ones and tell them how important they are. I lost a dear friend on October 12th. I never got to say goodbye as she died suddenly and I miss having her in my life. So, hug your friends, your family, your dog - anyone or anything that you love and thank God they are in your life!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Alert for missing quilt

Dear friends,
It is with a heavy heart that I report the loss of my quilt, Dryer Lint, ETC. This quilt, along with three other created by C&T authors, are cover quilts for new books. They were last seen at Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, May 17, 2011 in the C&T booth. There is a $4,000 reward for these quilts (go to www.ctpub to see all the missing quilts. If you see any of the quilts, please call the police and call Amy Marson at C&T Publishing. Please notify me as well if you see my quilt! Thanks so much, Joyce

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Quilt Camp at Sea Cruise to Mexico 2011

Fantasy Forest by Joyce R. Becker
Joyce - leaving San Diego on cruise (on our veranda)
It's been so long since I blogged - I should be ashamed of myself, but, I'm not! Life tends to overtake us now and again. We had a lovely time on the Quilt Camp at Sea cruise leaving from San Diego to Mexico. I get seasick, so I wore "the patch" but it made me certifiably crazy, shaking, scary,etc. So, I took it off and went on sea-sick pills! Then, I got seasick - So, back on the patch!!! It was a great cruise - great students, wonderful food, and a great time with family! Here are a couple of photos from the cruise and a quilt I am entering in the Pacific Northwest QuiltFest in August. Love, Joyce