Throughout the year I guest-blogged for Stencil Girl products.
I love all the amazing ways I can use their exceptional stencils in my work!
Tim and I traveled back to Europe for Art Basel.
"Tim's Vermeer" was a featured film at the festival.
If you ever find yourself in Basel, Switzerland, you must go to this museum.
We also took in a Paul Chan exhibit. He is Iris Karp's nephew!
I love trains! I convinced my husband to take an adventure with me into the Alps on
the Bernina Express! It just seemed right, don't you think?
We boarded this great observation car and had it all to ourselves.
The train is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Take the trip if you ever have the chance.
We ended up in the small Italian town of Tirano,
where we spent the night.
It is so breathtaking these pics seem fake.
What a great adventure!
Late June/early July:
I was honored to be present for the birth of these identical twins
in Los Angeles just a few days after I returned from Switzerland.
These girls held hands in the delivery room!
We had babies closer to home: this is our great-niece.
Later, I bumped into this wild animal, er, I mean Mark Lipinski!
We both serve on the board of the Quilt Alliance.
Here I am with a rare "blow-out" Straight hair? Only for a few minutes...
Back to Europe! This time for the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham UK.
I was honored to have a quilt in the Art Quilt Masters category.
Tim accompanied me. His first quilt show. Ever.
We traveled into London as Tim had a business meeting.
I tagged along and went my own way, as I was anxious to see the Matisse Cut-Outs
exhibition at the Tate Modern. Amazing!
I turned 60!
What do you think of my new crown, made for me by Jamie Fingal?
My curator's piece for "Whats For Dinner?", entitled "local flavor".
Inspired by my trips to London, I created "Matisse and the New London Skyline"
My amazing "Bizzi At the Bernina" birthday cake!
The creation of a dry creek bed through my garden...
A trip to Cleveland to tape episodes of Quilting Arts TV.
On to New York for Quilters Take Manhattan. We filled every seat.
late September/early October:
Then we went back to Italy! We met Jeannie and Mike Moore in Tuscany.
I love all the old surface textures.
Beautiful tomatoes on the vine.
I came back to Texas and met Ringo Starr prior to the All Star Band concert.
Then, I traveled back to Ohio and took a week-long workshop with Nancy Crow.
Here is a work-in-progress.
Then, on to Quilt Market!
Jamie and I pose in front of "Selfie" by Kristin LaFlamme
We ran into our friend, Marie Bostwick!
And, after almost 2 weeks of work and play, we returned to San Antonio.
Tim and I traveled to Puebla Mexico to another conference,
where I met Piper Kerman, author of "Orange Is The New Black".
In early December the Modern Quilt Guild had our holiday party and gift exchange.
I am the fortunate new owner of this beauty by Allison Chambers.
And a photo booth at the Newtek party.
There were extreme highs and deep losses in my life this year.
Tim and I lost family members so there was profound sadness mixed into all these bits.
It was a crazy, creative year.
Let's hear it for the year ahead! A very Happy New Year to you all.
What does the new year hold in store for you? Do you have artistic goals? I would love to hear about them. Drop me a line! xo Leslie