Monday, December 09, 2013
So how was the weekend? I had a great one starting off with Friday's trip out with Holly to Wendy Addison's Theatre of Dreams. As you can see it was wonderful. In case you're local-ish it's open Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday's till Christmas. Holly and I had a lovely time chatting with Wendy. You can see my instagram photos here, Holly's here and this is Wendy's account here.
It was really a fun time. I'm not sure that Holly and I have gotten together for a fun girls day in ages, mostly it's mixed in with a work day, so it was extra good. We topped it off with a late lunch/early dinner and it was great.
So what's on this week's agenda? Today is the week 6 post for the Quilty Fun Sew Along! My day is MONDAY NEXT WEEK!! Also on this week's agenda is finishing up some binding for quilts to take to the PKM Open House at Prairie Queens Quilt Shop! Holy cow! I better get busy! Have a good day peoples! xo
Friday, December 06, 2013
How are you all this morning? I'm off on an exciting adventure with Holly today! We're headed over to Wendy Addison's open house. I've been there once before with Elizabeth, and you can read about it here.
I follow Wendy on Instagram, you can see her feed here. I loved my last visit there. The town brings back a lot of childhood memories for me and I love a ride. As far as I know, that part of Contra Costa County hasn't changed as much over the years.. or maybe it has, holy cow it's been 7 years since I went???? Well who knows what's happened in 7 years. (it doesn't seem like that long ago, Honestly, I should go back and look over my blog again for things I might be missing. And after 7 years how sick of me are you guys?)
ANYWAY.. it should be a fun day! Hope you guys have a great weekend! See you back here next week! xo
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Hi there hoppers, welcome to my day on Kathy's Strip-Smart-Quilts II book tour! Holy cow I am following some tremendous people, far more entertaining than me! Like Carrie. Did you read her post? Yeah, you should do that. And then come back! Then there was Barb and Mary. More great reading, more great photos and another great block! Yesterday was Pat Sloan, she really went to town on the Mall quilt block! Lots of great in progress pictures.
Like everyone so far on the list, and like Pat, who will be on deck tomorrow, one thing we share is our friendship with Kathy and our admiration of work! This is Kathy's second Strip Smart book, and I was lucky enough to make a quilt in the first book, so I'm familiar with that really cool ruler.
It's hard to pick a favorite quilt in the book, I'm drawn to all brightly colored quilts. The photography and staged shots are really so nice. I also really like reading the inspiration behind the quilt, particularly The Mall, pictured below.
Kathy shares lots of anecdotes along the way, and I think it makes the quilts even more special. Of course the instructions are wonderful, Kathy knocks it out of the park.
Like everyone else, I had to get out some fabric and get reacquainted with that ruler! I happen to have some fabric laying around!
I cut my strips and got started on a block from Calm Before the Storm. Kathy's instructions had me back in business in no time!
And before too long I had a nice block! (with my incorrect center I know.. I'm not perfect by any means!)
Kathy is awarding a grand prize, so be sure and leave a comment here for a chance to win! I've already won, I have a great friend in Kathy!!
I hope you're all having a great week! xo
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Hi there, how's the week going so far? I'm having a busy but fun week, later today I'll be heading over to Alex's house to tape my ClubHouse segment for Christmas. Feeling excited and nervous at the same time! I'm not the greatest at it, but it's fun.
Something else is making me excited and nervous!!! I'm going to be at Prairie Queens on December 14th for a Pam Kitty Morning! It's going to be low key, just hanging out, meeting and greeting!! If you're local, I believe Prairie Queens is the only close-to-me quilt shop carrying Pam Kitty Picnic, and it's the perfect opportunity to see it in person, and hey, hang out with me! I hope you'll consider heading down there to say Hi!
Prairie Queens is located in San Jose at 14922 Camden Avenue! I'll be there at 10am, so please don't leave me hanging out on my own!
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Hi there Tuesday! I haven't sat down to my sewing machine in days it seems like, but I do have things ready to sew. I have those deer all ready for blanket stitching, and I did manage to cut out some baskets for the Quilty Fun Sew Along... sure I'm behind, I know. I saw Kristyne's adorable flying geese, did you? I would love a pretty book of her photos, all the sweet details. Did you see that little spool of thread with the pretty matching label? And what was in that Hello Kitty box? Anyway moving on..
Have you seen these little Alphabitties? I think they're not only cute but really handy for cutting out all those Quilty Fun pieces. Just put your alphabet tile with the corresponding pile of cut pieces and carry them to the sewing machine. Extra perfect if you have made yourself one of Lori's Mini Design Boards.
I think they're pretty fun not to mention adorable! Now all I need is some time to sit and stitch these up!
Ok, better refill my coffee and get busy. This week I'm taping my third ClubHouse installment, can't wait to share what I've made! Have a great day! xo
Monday, December 02, 2013
How was your weekend? We had a fun busy time here. Yesterday I woke up with a start thinking OMG! I didn't finish my blog post.. raced out, made coffee (duh, first things first) then came back to the computer to get it finished. It was then I realized, it was only Sunday! Good gravy! But it got me up and running, so that's good right?
Daisy Cottage Quilting
Donna's Lavender Nest
Farm Road Quilts
Fat Quarter Shop
Lemon Tree Fabrics
Pink Castle Fabrics
Prairie Queens Quilts
Sew and Quilt Co.
Skye Reve Fabrics
Spun Sugar Quilts
Stitch Craft Boca
If your shop, or a shop that you know of, carry's Pam Kitty Picnic, please let me know. I hope that I have a nice big list for people to use as a resource!
Ok, have a great week everybody! Tell me what you did this weekend, dying to know about shopping! We didn't go out much, hardware store, pet food store, grocers. What about you?
Friday, November 29, 2013
Woo hoo, Friday! Are your people home or back to work. My people have the day off to recover from the turkey coma. Our holiday is pretty simple with a limited menu and so it makes for an easy cooking day. I have enjoyed everyone's wonderful food photos! So many beautiful and elaborate dishes. I hope it was awesome.
Are you shopping today? Good luck to those who are, and extra good luck to those who are working. I feel sorry for all those people working on Thanksgiving. I hope they have nothing but happy customers, because wouldn't it just be the worst to work when everyone coming is a grouch?
Ok, enough of that. I have my deer all ready for blanket stitching. Thought I'd get around to it yesterday during down time but didn't, so maybe later today. Hope you guys have an awesome weekend!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Grab your coffee and head over to the Jolly Jabber!!! I get to talk a bit about Pam Kitty Picnic, working with Holly and cool stuff like that.
Meow! Another day when I feel like the luckiest person ever!
Monday, November 25, 2013
Ohh did you have a good weekend? I did a lot of stuff, nothing ready for pictures of course. I have a ton of deer parts and a plan, but that's as far as I got with that. Oh and I have a turkey. Important this week.
Today is another day of the Quilty Fun Sew Along hop. Check out Nanette's blocks over on her blog. I know they'll be adorable, and I'll want to copy-cat her! Be sure and check out the flickr group as well, so many pretty blocks and the photography! I'll be stepping up my game for sure.
Busy week for a lot of us for sure!!! Tell me your plans!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Well here we are at Friday! Phew, thank goodness. I had a rather exciting day yesterday, I went out to pick up a few things at Target and my car key battery died. I had put all my stuff in the trunk, naturally I had frozen food, and then the battery gave up the ghost and wouldn't let me in. I did manage to free the actual key from the little case, whatever that's called... but of course the car was alarmed and to be honest I was afraid that it would lock up if I used the key and didn't disarm it. Frankie came and saved me with the spare key and a latte. I could have worse problems, for sure and waiting in the parking lot gave me that extra dose of Vitamin D I'm sure I needed.
So after all that I got home to some really sweet mail! My friend Sharon sent me the cutest package! She's been sending me the special Holiday Junior Mints since forever! She knows I love red and she sent me the most adorable red stork scissors and the sweetest little needle minder to match! That little stork comes with a magnet and you stick the magnet behind your fabric and the stork on top to hold your needle in place. I'm dying over them they're so cute. So what a cheerful day! I feel so lucky to have a great friend like Sharon! Now I just need to get in and put those scissors to work!
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!! I'm hoping to get more sewing in! What about you?
p.s. here's the link to the scissors just in case you're like me and need these kinds of things!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Hi there! What did you do yesterday? It was a cozy day here, lots of rain rain rain! We've had a pretty dry summer and fall, so the rain is a welcome sight. And we all know a rainy day is a good sewing day. Just turn on some crime solving tv and get busy!
I have my cute courthouse steps blocks done as well, but it was pretty dark around here, so no photographs. Maybe tomorrow. Are you working on the Quilt Fun Sew Along blocks? The flickr group is chock full of blocks and I love to see them. It especially makes me happy to see blocks with Pam Kitty fabrics!
Ok, hope the week is treating you well. I better get to work! xo
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Good morning, happy Wednesday! Hope your week is progressing along nicely. We had a fun day with Frankie yesterday. I'm sure like most parents, we're often caught of guard over how much time has flown by. How in the world could we have a 26 year old daughter?
Pam Kitty Picnic has show up in stores, so now is the perfect time to make the Tick Tac Tulip pattern available! You'll see I've added the icon to the side bar and all you need do is click and you'll be whisked away to pdf-land! I hope to see some tulip quilts out there soon!
Ok, that's it for today! xo
Monday, November 18, 2013
Hi there, how was the weekend? I had a good one, busy with all kinds of stuff, but good. The weather was sunny but it's sure feeling cool at night. I love it.
Back in the day when I used to sew for Elizabeth a lot, she'd make up little kits for me to work on. All the pieces cut out and piled up really nice. I could just sit down and sew, and that always seemed like a dream. So I cut myself a kit. I had seen a version of Kathy Brown's Bread and Butter quilt over on Pinterest and suddenly had to make it! I have an appointment with the quilter this morning and thought it only made sense to bring one more along with me. It's my first finished Pam Kitty Picnic quilt. And that little project does sew up in just a few episodes of Longmire. (or as I like to call it, Justified: The Golden Years) I'll show you a picture when I get it back from Diana. I LOVE HOW IT TURNED OUT SO MUCH. It's such a simple quilt but just one of those that will look so lovely quilted. Cozy and soft.
In the mean time I have several things in progress, I need to turn back to them, like my baskets and the deer. I also want to make a block for Pat's birthday. Are you making one? I think it sounds fun and one of those immediate gratification kinds of things. What else?
Most important this week, tomorrow is Frankie's birthday! Love that girl and we're devoting the day to celebration. What are your plans for this week? Sewing, Thanksgiving planning? TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT! xo