I received a lovely email note from someone who saw my quilt Ghost Orchids, hanging at Fairchild Gardens in Coral Gables, Florida, during the Orchid Festival there. The quilt was my donation to Everglades National Park following my Artist in Residency. The viewer inquired if I accept commissions. Absolutely!

What a coincidence! I went to the Orchid Show at Longwood Gardens yesterday and my head was full of ideas for an orchid quilt. 
Over the years of seeing the orchids, I surely must have taken zillions of photos but I can’t stop taking more. 


I love the way all these different colors and varieties are grouped together, each more beautiful than the other.

These hanging spheres of orchids were enormous.
Simple white orchids in an amazing arch. How does Longwood get that water so dark and reflective? They add black dye! Perfectly organic and biodegradable, I’m sure. If you are in the area, I highly recommend Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza, now until March 27.

If you do visit Longwood on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, look to see if the Bread Sign is up on the corner of Conservatory (Doe Run) and Street Road. (Rt 926)  I part with this secret reluctantly because the best baguettes– In. The. World. are only available until sold out– tho you might be saving me a lot of calories. And if it is your first time there, make sure to tell them. They will treat you to a warm from the oven “Bap.” If it’s not your first time, just buy one, and if you don’t know what a Bap is, google it. 

And because I just divulged this tasty tip, I will also mention, I am teaching my Quilting in Layers Workshop for Newtown Quilters Guild this Tuesday, with the “Inspired by Adventure “lecture that evening. There are spots available and they accept visitors. Contact information is available on their website. 

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  1. Susie Racobaldo says

    Love it

  2. Lynne Laino says

    Fabulous photos! How nice to receive a note and commission from an admirer, such a big deal! Thanks so much (I think) for the bakery info!! We have such limited bread bakeries in our area.

  3. Now I want a bap and a trip to Longwood!

  4. Love those ladies that make the BEST bread in the world! Orchids have been on my mind too. Must be mental telepathy.

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