Thank You NATJA for Recognizing Quiltripping with 8 Awards

Once again this year,the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) has recognized my work on this website in their annual awards competition.  Last year, in 2017, my new website received a bronze and three Finalist recognitions (you can read the list of winners here). This year, the 2018 competition recognized my work in eight different categories, rewarding both my writing and photography. I am honored to be in the company of winning journalists, writers and photographers from publications such as National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, and  the Washington Post, as well as many seasoned travel bloggers.

The links to this year’s winning submissions are listed below.

Honorable Mention – Historical Travel – Online Publication

The Hiroshima Peace Park – A Continuing Classroom For Peace

Honorable Mention – Illustrated Story – Online Publication

Camping Like a Vaderbilt – The Illusion of Roughing it at Camp Sagamore

Bronze – Featured Photo, Illustration, Online

Hunting for Gold in Colorado – Aspen Gold

Bronze – Portrait, People, Online

PhotoPOSTcard: A Study in Contrasts

Bronze  Architecture, Online

PhotoPOSTcard: Reflecting on a Perfect Morning in Istanbul

Bronze – Nature, Online

PhotoPOSTcard: Can You Count to One Million?

Honorable Mention – Photo Essay, Online

http://Photo Essay: Washington D.C. in Black and White

Honorable Mention – Arts and Culture, Online

PhotoPOSTcard: The Dogs of Istanbul


Thank you NATJA for validating the quality of my work and for the continuing support. Thank you also to all those of you that keep coming back to read my stories and look at my photos.


Be a Quilt Volunteer – A List of Places to Donate Quilts

Do You love to quilt but don’t know what to do with everything you make? Is your fabric stash getting unmanageably large? Do you have too many UFO’s (unfinished objects)? Do you have fabrics you are no longer thrilled with? Do you have  bins full of scraps? There are a large number of organizations that are thrilled to receive finished quilts or quilting supply donations. I’ve put together a list of places to donate your quilts or  unwanted sewing supplies.

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Reflections From 2018

2018 was an especially good year for travel. I was fortunate to be able to travel somewhere fun almost every month, both in the US and overseas. Many of the locations were new to me, including a new continent-Africa. I also revisited some of my favorite cities-London, Istanbul and Washington D.C. I have written about my experiences for many of these destinations-but some are still sitting in my draft que, waiting to be finished (one of the resolutions for 2019 before I start traveling again).

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Project 70,273 – One Amazing Quilter’s Global Legacy

X marks the spot. On a treasure map, a large X means potentially good things in the form of gold coins or jewels. On a contract, X indicates where you sign your name which makes the requirements on that piece of paper legally binding. For the Nazis in WWII, two red X’s on a disabled patient’s medical form meant death.

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“My Merry Christmas Quilt” – Original Quilt Design

Like my treasured Christmas ornaments, my Christmas quilt comes out once a year. When it finally hangs on my family room wall, then I know that the Christmas season has finally begun. And like many of my quilts, I made the back interesting so that I can display it also.

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Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus and I Met Him in North Pole (Alaska)

Like many children around the world, I grew up believing in Santa Claus. As an adult, I discovered that there is a Santa Claus, and I met him in North Pole (Alaska).

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PhotoPOSTcard: In Majorelle Garden

The Majorelle Garden in Marrakesh was  created by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920’s. The garden’s is famous today though because it was purchased and restored by Yves Saint-Laurent in the 1980’s. Regardless of of its high profile owner, the garden is a visual treat. Cobalt blue accents are a punctuation of color amid the green and silver foliage. That particular shade of blue was developed and patented by Jacques Maorelle and is named after him – Majorelle blue.

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PhotoPOSTcard: El Badi Palace Refelction

The El Badi Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco was built in the late 16th century by Sultan Ahmad Al-Mansur, and was supposedly built and decorated with the most expensive materials of its time. The complex is believed to have had as many as 360 rooms built around a large central courtyard that contained a large pool. Subsequent rulers from other dynasties later stripped the palace of all its grandeur, so that today it sits as a romantic looking ruin that is home to storks and tourists.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Storks in Marrakesh

An unexpected sight in Marrakesh, Morocco are the resident storks that nest on the high walls of the ruins of Badi Palace. They seemed completely unperturbed by the many tourists milling about below them.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Morocco’s Zellij Tiles

Throughout my wanderings in Marrakesh, I saw the characteristic Zellij tile decoration. Whether it was a museum, an old restored historic building or in the narrow lanes of the Medina, this typical Moroccan mosaic tile work in shades of blue, tan and green was prevalent. The combination of small hand chiseled tiles laid in intricate geometric patterns seemed infinite. I definitely got a few ideas for a quilt or two.

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