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Meeting The Locals

While filming Creative Living in New Mexico I couldn’t help but notice how friendly everyone was. My sister and I were having lunch outside enjoying the beautiful day when one of the locals stopped by to say hello. I could tell by his “lack of fear” that he had been working this stretch of sidewalk for quite some time. He sat on the arm of the chair right next to me. He looked up and tilted his head as if to say “can I have a bite of your sandwich?”. I told him that if I could take his photo I would share my lunch. So he posed for a photo, took his handout, and was on his way!

What a sweet little guy!

Road Trip!

I had so much stuff to bring to the taping of Creative Living that I decided to drive. I enjoy long car trips especially to places I’ve never been. We live in such a beautiful country and there is so much to see. If you fly, you miss all the landscapes along the way. This was my first trip to New Mexico and it was lovely. My sister and I had so much much fun driving, talking, eating, shopping, and soaking up the scenery.

My sister and I are both so busy that we don’t get to just hang out together like we did when we were younger. Exploring the towns along the way home was so enjoyable. We walked the streets and went into all the little shops.

We were walking past the Sister Blandina Convent in Albuquerque and we came upon a man sitting out front. He was painting the building which is attached to the historic San Felipe de Neri Church. The convent was built on the west side of the church in 1881. The convent was occupied by the Sisters of Charity until the late 1970’s. We didn’t want to intrude on his work so we just watched quietly as he painted.


It can be difficult to find a fabric especially if it is an older design. If you want to make the “Mallory” doll that appears on the cover of my book, try cupcakes! RJR Fabrics has a line by Dan Morris called “What’s Cookin”. The colors are pink, brown, and teal. One of the fabrics in the line is covered in cupcakes. Another one of the fabrics in that line has cherry pies. There is also a complimentary fabric with cherries and another with checks. Liz was at the retreat and found the fabric at Fiddlesticks. So Liz, if you are listening, we’d all love to see your doll when you are done! Send me a photo to share!

A Great Time At The Retreat!

We all had a wonderful time at the retreat! The staff at the historic Boulder Dam Hotel, (in Boulder City, Nevada) took good care of us. The retreat was hosted by Fiddlesticks Quilt shop. Shop owner, Merry Summey, worked hard to make sure all was in place and we had everything we needed. I can’t thank her enough for all her hard work!

A fun group of ladies gathered to create some unique characters in cloth. I hope they took a bit of my enthusiasm home with them and I have inspired them to go on and create more dolls with their own personal stamp on them. We laughed a lot and sewed a lot. Did I mention that we sewed a lot! Whew!

We all enjoyed watching Liz Kellch's doll evolve into quite a character!

Charlotte McDavitt busy creating her own Emily Ann doll.

Peggy Olliges puts her special touches on Phyllis.

Karon Rufenacht creating the Estelle doll with her own unique twist.

Juliana Stratton sewing the Emily Ann rag doll.

Isha Walker gives Abby a whole new identity!

Nadiji Struble busy sewing away!

Deep in concentration, Becky Johnston works on the Estelle pattern.

Merry Summey (at left) helping to pick out fabric for doll bodies when the group visits Fiddlesticks. It's their anniversary this month. Happy Anniversary Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop!

Exhausted - but enjoying myself - here I am signing copies of my new book for the group. I had a blast spending the weekend sewing and laughing with this great bunch of gals!

Doll Making Retreat

The Doll Making Retreat will be held the weekend of September 10th. Wow it’s almost here. I’m busy getting ready for it now. We will be making projects from my new book, Make Cloth Dolls. The retreat will be at the historic Boulder Dam Hotel in Boulder City, Nevada. The retreat is being hosted by my favorite shop Fiddlesticks. You can call the shop at 702-293-2979 for more information if you would like to join us. I know it’s going to be a great time and I am looking forward to it.

Gregory is currently hanging out in the lobby of the beautiful Boulder Dam Hotel announcing the retreat!

Rag dolls from the book Make Cloth Dolls

These rag dolls are made with the “Emily Ann” pattern in my new book, “Make Cloth Dolls”. They have a button-jointed body.

With endless possibilities for color and fabric choices you can have a lot of fun with this pattern.

My new book will be released in September!

I’m very excited to tell you that my new book, “Make Cloth Dolls” will be released in September. It was truly a labor of love for me. Keeping everything under wraps was hard – but now I can share. So here’s a peek at a few of the characters from the book.

Estelle, Jilly, and Phyllis

Welcome to my new site

We’ve given the site a little face lift. I hope you like it!

I will be adding posts regularly to let you know what I’m working on. There’s a new page called “Ask Terese”. I’m often asked some interesting questions and I’m also asked many of the same questions repeatedly. I will post these questions and my answers for everyone to share.