Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Hi there, how are you guys? We were rudely interrupted by a pre-market cold which I didn't appreciate one bit. But good news is, it's just about gone. It hit the whole family and for a few overlapping days it sounded pretty bad around here. Lots of coughing. There's still a lot of coughing but the worse is over. Phew. That was close.
Next up, packing. Making a list, checking it twice. That kind of thing. I'm so excited about seeing everyone! If you're coming to Quilt Market I hope you'll stop by and see what's new at the LakeHouse booth #704. Holly is presenting at School House Friday at 11:15 - 11:45 Room #371 D&E. Hope you'll stop in for that. There's plenty of new Sunrise Studio coming, those scallops are killing me!!!
Here's a totally cute quilt designed by Holly using Pam Kitty Garden and the aqua Scallops from Sunrise Studio. We're going to be sharing a lot about using the scallop fabric after market, so stay tuned for that. There's lots more colors of those scallops coming!
Well I'm sure there is more.. and I'll let you know as soon as I remember it. Be sure and check in with me on Instagram for those more impromptu shots. But don't worry, I have my camera! The hardest part is trying to remember to use it! Of course now days there's plenty of photos everywhere so less pressure to get all the news.. you'll have it all before I do I'm sure!
Ok, see you later alligators ! xo
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Hi there! Today I'm makin' some cute stuff here with my super fun friends Barb and Mary and Fat Quarter Shop! They've got some new Makin' it Cute templates, hearts and butterflies. I couldn't resist those hearts, especially the scalloped ones!
PINK! I love pink and so I gathered up some pretty pinks to get started. Last time I made flowers with the first set of Makin' it Cute templates, I found that free motion stitching worked the best for me, and I found that again, especially going around those little scallops! It's a great way to practice your skills too!
I knew first thing I was going to gussy up my apron from the Modern Prairie Sewing blog hop. I put it on and pinned it on and it's super cute. What? You don't have an apron hanging on your fence?
Frankie asked for the tiniest heart to be sewn to a hair clip, so I did that. I just whip stitched it on, it's just for decoration and not for function.
I think the shapes are adorable. Don't you think they'd be cute cut from scrap paper and used for decoration on a package? It's almost time for the holidays! I love he scalloped hearts, and think they'd make perfect appliques.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Happy Birthday Quilty Fun! You're an awesome book and I've enjoyed lingering over your pages and feasting on your pretty photographs. I love how you lay flat and stay open so that I can follow your instructions! And so many great projects! You're a great book Quilty Fun! Happy Birthday!!
To celebrate Lori has designed a new cake block for us! It's super cute, with a candle and a fancy bow on the cake stand! It's fast and fun to make.
Make some coffee mugs to go along with it and you're ready for a party!
Congratulations to Lori and the Fat Quarter Shop on a great book!
I hope you head over to the Jolly Jabber today to see who else is baking a cake for the party! It's a great list of people and I'm positive there are some delicious cakes just waiting!
Monday, October 13, 2014
Good morning! I haven't been out back with a coffee cup in a while but yesterday I went out for a bit, the sun was shining and it was a lovely morning. Perfect temperature. Everything is dried out and I'm ready for fall and winter, when hopefully we'll get plenty of rain and see some green. My pretty mug is from cousin Linda, I love periwinkle color and when I drink out of it I think of her and how I wish we were closer (geographically) so that we could share coffee time more often. I'm happy I'll be back in Minnesota for spring Quilt Market. In the mean time still to come, fall Quilt Market!
As usual it was a busy weekend. I did make time to refold the aqua grouping of Pam Kitty Garden.
My photos just don't do it justice, but for now that's what we've got to work with! I'm already dreaming of what project to make first.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
First things first, this post was brought to you by this finished Sunrise Studio table runner! I spent far too much time thinking about it and then actually doing it? It was a snap! Sometimes my brain doesn't do me any favors when it gets going. This runner takes a just takes some simple cutting and piecing.
It was late enough in the day that I just snapped on quick picture of my pile of advance yardage. I love it so much, and want to take the time to take some nice photos to share, but right now like everyone else, I'm heavy on market prep. This is the first time in ages that I did any stunt sewing and I'm out of practice. WAY out of practice.
I haven't even unfolded them yet.. pretty sad right? Well don't worry, soon enough. I just want to enjoy it and take my time, so I can wait. I hope you can too! They're so pretty. I think this is the prettiest Pam Kitty collection so far, and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work with Holly.
There's exciting things coming soon, I was emailing with Melissa yesterday and she said something about it being just about two weeks till market. HOLY COW. There is just two weeks!
Better get busy! Have a great day people! xo
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Hi there! So I know it's Tuesday but how was the weekend? I hope good. We had a busy weekend around here. You think you have things in control and then suddenly you're doing something that isn't even on the list. You guys know how that is. It's regular life.
I managed to finish Holly's Sunrise Studio quilt Monday morning and it's pretty cute! It's so easy, just 5 fabrics fussy cut into rows and sewn together! Sure you have the rick rack and leaves, but there's just 3 leaves per row, piece of cake. I top stitched the rick rack but shhh don't tell, you could totally use that fabric glue and glue it in place. I don't remember the name but I've seen it at the fabric store. It's so cute and whimsical, and you can't help but feel happy working on it. I'm dropping it off with Darla today and she'll quilt it for Holly and we'll have it in the booth for quilt market.
The mail carrier brought some Sew Sweet Bee Blocks to me.. first up is Renee's block. I love her fabric selections. She wrapped the block up with pattern tissue, and included a cute flower made from my friend Elizabeth's fabric. So super sweet.
Heather's block is up next, love her fabrics too. So many of my favorites in there. She sent her block in that trick or treat bag, so cute!
Missy's block arrived late Monday afternoon, a nice bonus surprise. Perfect timing, I was due for a little break. I love the nice contrast she has going and of course it's filled with a lot of my LakeHouse favorites.
The bee has been super fun. Thanks to everyone who's sent blocks and who are working on blocks. I need to get on this month's block for Renee, we're making churn dash blocks in pink! I bet I have some fabric!
Ok, I know I know, my shipping samples are sitting in my kitchen and I've yet to show them to you! As soon as I finish my next Sunrise Studio project I'll be all over that!! It's my motivator for getting things done! Have a great day. xo
Friday, October 03, 2014
Hi there sweet friends! How are you! The end of another week is upon us, can you believe it? The time has just flown by, can't believe it's October already! And now we're 3 days closer to MARKET.
This week I had some happy mail from my friend Donna, it's the first of my Sew Sweet Bee blocks! I chose the Sunny Lanes block and I love how Donna's turned out. She included some super cute treats in with it. I can't get over how clever that little crochet flower is, she uses them under her thread on the sewing machine. It really is miles cuter than that little felt donut right? Anyway I had everyone sign their block so I can remember this year sewing along with everyone!
Yesterday I got my rows cut out for the quilt I'm sewing for Holly and I spent the afternoon working on it. Everything cut like a dream and I can't wait to show off the quilt. But first! This morning I am headed over to the studio to collect my advance yardage! Soon you'll be inundated with photos of Pam Kitty Garden, so stay tuned! Have a happy weekend peeps! xo
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Good morning! This week is a busy one, so much going on this time of year, right? Yesterday I went over to the studio to pick up the Sunrise Studio yardage to make a couple of projects for market. My picture doesn't do it justice, it's so bright and cheerful.
I love the projects, and I will take some photos along the way so you can see what I'm making. As with any project, preparation is the key, so I'm getting everything all pressed up nice. My own early sample yardage should arrive at the end of the week, and I'm excited about that. I can't wait to see it all again!
Hope you're all having a good week!
Monday, September 29, 2014
Hi there! How was your weekend? It was hopping here in PamKittyVille... I spent all day Saturday at the studio with Holly. She's got so much in store for fall Quilt Market! Sunday I had a chance to spend a few hours at Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery!
I like the thoughtful way the quilts are displayed, with an eye for color and design.
I was lucky to spend some time with my pal Alex Anderson and her lovely daughter Adair. I just don't get to see Alex enough even though we live near each other.
I like going early in the morning, there's something about the quality of the light then. The weather couldn't have been better, although it did rain in Livermore in the late afternoon.. not much though.
These two ladies were super nice, they stopped by to say hi to Alex, the mom was the quilter, she lives in Woodland, about 1 1/2 hours away and her daughter lives in Las Vegas. I caught them contemplating that wonderful log cabin star quilt. I really loved it too.
I like the thoughtful way the quilts are displayed, with an eye for color and design.
The sunshine at just the right angle illuminates the seams giving the quilts a stained glass quality.
This totally cracked me up.
This was a very clever display of little balloons. The quilts selected to go in this area coordinated with them and it was quite cheerful.
These two quilts together were so pretty, the front of one and the back of another..
Thanks for another great show Alden Lane!
Next year's featured artist is Freddy Moran! That is going to be on spectacular show!
If you'd like to see more people pictures, head over here.. I saw some famous people!
So, what did you do this weekend?
Thursday, September 25, 2014
So what's shakin? It's been a long kind of restless week so far here. Lots of photoshop sewing and some regular sewing.. and you know, waiting. My fabric should be here the beginning of next week.. you know the early bits before market. The rest will arrive sometime later, after it's long cruise.
I've had some small projects to keep me busy. I am not sure why I even made that churn dash.. I was testing out a little idea.. but now I can't even think of what it was. I worked on a purse that did not work out as I had hoped. I need to take some time to explore interfacing options and find a store that caters to garment makers. The 'usual suspects' just aren't doing the trick for me. Something for Future Pam to worry about I guess.
Tell me about your week! What's new? What's happening? Are you as excited about TV shows coming back? BLACKLIST! I love it! Did you try any new shows? I love TV and want to hear what you think.
Ok, I guess I better get busy, these projects won't sew themselves. (will they?) xo
Monday, September 22, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Sharon invited Bret and I to an open house at her friend Terry's house. I knew Terry had a pretty sweet train set up but holy cow people! We couldn't believe how incredible it was. Here's Sharon standing in front of "Sharonville".
..you might have stopped at our friend Ann's Photography studio, or maybe picked up a new outfit at Sharon' s Glad Rags.
The trolley runs on a regular schedule making stops all around town.
Camp Snake-o is right around the corner to the east.. stay out of the pond, there's snakes and alligators there.
There are larger towns along the tracks, and there's a lot of different trains that run through town and out into the countryside, both passenger and freight.
There's even an industrial section with some hobos living under the tracks. Every now and again the rum factory emits smoke, which totally cracked me up.
There are several churches in the area, and this one has it's own graveyard. I didn't see any zombies though.. wouldn't this be fun at Halloween?
There apparently is a bit of crime in the bigger towns, you can see a police officer apprehending a suspect down at the Harley Dealership.
Nearby in Lake Louie there is a lot going on.. a small wedding, boating, church and a luncheon spot.
There were seats in the shade for watching the trains go by, and there were a lot of different kinds of trains, which was pretty interesting. There were quite a few kids there, and the older ones enjoyed a treasure hunt around the tracks looking for a long list of items.
It was a great open house for friends and neighbors and we saw quite a few people we knew. Terry and his friends work on the trains during the summer, and then end the season with an open house. After this weekend the trains and all the many details will be packed back up and nicely labeled for next year. I honestly don't know how they the do it, there were thousands of tiny little pieces , how are they not finding little people or animals all through the winter?
We had a great time, thanks Sharon for inviting us over! Terry, your 'train set' was amazing! I really enjoyed seeing all your hard work on display! It really is pretty incredible!
Have a good week everyone!