Thursday, January 1, 2015

Looking Back at 2014, Part 2

Happy New Year!  I'm hitting some of the things that happened in 2014.  It was a crazy-busy year with more travel and events (mostly good) than I have ever packed into a single year.  Here is the second part of the year....
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.

Two of my favorite women:  Melly Testa and Yvonne Porcella

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.
Breakfast outdoors!

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


  1. Hi Lesley I really enjoyed reading about your year and wow to me that looks like a lot that you managed to fit in. Thanks for the creative inspiration that I hope to work with more as I enter 2015.

    1. Happy New Year, HeathersSewingRoom, and I hope you have a creative year!

  2. What a year you and Tim have had!! Happy New Year!

    1. Happy New Year to you, Gerrie! Let's hear it for a great 2015!

  3. What a great series of photos! Thank you so much for sharing this tour. Happy New Year and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

    1. A very happy new year to you, too! Here's to a creative 2015!

  4. What a whirlwind of traveling for you and Tim! Do you have any tips for dealing with jet Lag? When I go to Europe I am always out of it for at least 3 days. Coming home is much easier.

    1. I used to try to "tough it out" the arrival day but anymore I just crash if that is what feels right. We take melatonin & a half benadryl when we sleep. It works.

    2. Thanks - I like melatonin too. If anyone ever comes up with something that really helps it will be a huge help.


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