Friday, December 09, 2016
Good morning, how are things in your world? We are having a couple of rainy days here in PamKittyVille and I love it. The gloomy days are well worth it when there's some rain to show for it.
This week had exciting news for me. Lindsay Mayland from American Patchwork and Quilting emailed me to let me know she included my storage tip in the February issue article about the #honestsewingroom. My quote is really more cautionary than advice but I sure stand by it. I forget I have stuff and what I don't forget about I've lost, as most of your long time friends here know. But to be included with so many people who do have great advice was awesome and I appreciate it!
In the mean time there's a million more packages of rick rack where those came from.
I haven't been sewing, more like wandering around from room to room doing a little of this and that without anything to show for it. But for the most part I'm cool with it. I always come back to sewing and fabric, I can't help it.
Hope you are enjoying whatever you are up to! Happy Weekend! xo
Monday, December 05, 2016
Hi there friends! How was your weekend? Weather was lovely here Saturday and we went out in the convertible with the top down and got some fresh air and some sun on our faces! I'm just getting over a bit of a cold, so it was nice change from being curled up in my chair under a quilt all week. All that's left is the obnoxious cough. I suspect that will hang on for a while.
Recently Fat Quarter Shop sent me a copy of their Quilter's Patch BOM book by Edyta Sitar. Edyta has designed a lovely quilt with many unique blocks to fill her garden! The first blocks begin with easy construction and as the months progress the blocks become more complex to challenge you. I love that this quilt includes some applique and some embroidery. What I really love are all the garden photographs sprinkled throughout the book. I love flower gardens and this is the most water wise garden for me right now!
Feeling cooped up I wanted to make something fun so I chose the butterfly block, which was fast and easy to make. I used the opportunity to practice getting that perfect center... but even if I couldn't make it I knew is was going to split my block in half to add the butterfly body. Cute. It just needs some corners and a touch of embroidery to complete it.
I hope you have a fantastic week friends! I'm happy to feel good so I'll pour another cup of coffee and get busy! xo
Monday, November 28, 2016
Good morning friends! How are things on your side of the internet? Things are perking along over on my side. Last week Bret had the week off, so we had some fun heading up to Twain Harte one day, and then visiting Frankie another day. Of course Thanksgiving was thrown in there and we kept it seriously low key this year. And now we're back to things as usual. Today I'm off to Alex's to help out with a project she's got going and that will be a fun way to shake up my schedule.
But before I drink all the coffee and head out, I wanted to share my Splendid Sampler block Minnesota Maze! This block is designed by my pal Roseann and it was very fun to make.
Head over to Roseann's blog to read all about her inspiration for the block. Roseann has had a very busy year this year and you can find out about it there.
I guess I better get ready to go. Hope you guys have a good week. Did you head out and join the crowds for Black Friday or did you stay home? I admire all those brave souls out there braving the crowds! Hibernation time for me.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Hi there! Hope you had a great weekend! I always think of this coming week as the start of the holiday season, don't you? A lot of you have your Christmas trees up already... some years it's hard to resist the siren call of the decorations I know. We just came off birthday celebrations for both Bret and Frankie so the timing is perfect. This year, Bret has the whole week off, and after a week long business trip it's a welcome chance to relax and unwind.
While he was gone, I had a chance to try some new things. The Fat Quarter Shop sent me one of their new 30° Starburst Ruler to try, so I pulled out my First Blush Block of the Month book and got busy. I had some of Shari's pretty Wistful Winds floral in red and I paired it with some of Riley Blake's new Confetti Cottons in Peacock and used The Riley Blake Swiss Dots I had on hand in Aqua.
Using the ruler and book in tandem is a snap. There are so many great blocks included in the block of the month program. This is a fairly simple block. I love how cute the book is with Elea's adorable illustrations as companions to the great diagrams and instructional material.
The block went fast, and I feel like I had successful results. They have tips for piecing and trimming so you get a nice meeting of the points in the center. I don't have the large square to trim it up yet, but I can easily make myself a template with ... you guessed it, template plastic. I think if you were going to make the quilt the 12 1/2 inch ruler would be a great investment in convenience.
My center isn't quite perfect, but perfect enough for me. I'm using these blocks as an opportunity to try something new and to work on my basic skills like accurate cutting and piecing. I tend to get lazy and then throw caution to the wind. Time to focus think about it. Plus I finally found a replacement bulb for my task lighting. Wow. SO MUCH BETTER.
Ok, hope you have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving super friends!! I am so thankful for your friendship these past TEN YEARS!!!! xoxo
Friday, November 18, 2016
Good morning and happy Friday! Welcome to PAT'S MEGA FUN BOOK TOUR! I'm here today to tell you about Pat's new book Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt.
First of all the photos today are courtesy of Martingale and they're fantastic. That's something I like about Martingale books, lovely staged pictures as well as a great flat shot. I may be old fashioned but I like seeing a photo of the whole quilt.
While this is a technique book, which covers topics like threads and tension, walking foot and free motion quilting, and of course my beloved spray basting shown here, there are also lots of great projects to utilize your skills.
One bonus with this book are the online instructional videos that add onto the information found in the book. I love the additional content.
As far as the projects go there are both applique and pieced projects, and projects for every level.
Physical Copies for US residents, digital copies for all other winners. Be sure to enter by Midnight Dec 1 and then visit the others on her Mega Fun Tour to learn more about Pat's book, some have interviewed Pat, a few might have a giveaway, or have made a project... it's all listed on Pat's page!
Today's stops on the Mega Fun Book Tour are:
- Bonnie Hunter in Wallburg, North Carolina a suburb of Winston-Salem quiltville.blogspot.com/
- Alyce Blyth in Melbourne, Australia www.blossomheartquilts.com/
- Kimberly Einmo in South of Washington DC in Virginia (my neighbor!) www.kimberlyeinmo.com/blog
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Hi there friends! The latest Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine is out again! This is Vol. 14, can you believe it? As usual the magazine is chock full of great blocks by a lot of your favorite designers, including me! This is my 14th block for the magazine I'm excited to say.
Here's my block, Summer Impatiens. It's a combo of fusible applique and basic piecing. Like a lot of the blocks I've done for Quiltmaker, it's floral inspired.
I appreciate a chance to participate in the publication! It's a fun way to share my love of quilting. You can read about other blocks and designers over on the Quilty Pleasures blog. The blog hop is going strong, and there's magazines to be won! Skedaddle on over check it out!
Friday, November 11, 2016
To say that's its been quite a week is undoubtedly an understatement at this point. I'm glad we have our shared interest in sewing and quilting here as common ground.
Iron update... STILL LOVE IT.
Scrappy project planner... still love it. I dove in to the tulips this week. For me sewing is the perfect way to gain control of my brain's over activity.. focus in on the task at hand. Sometimes housework does that, but lets face it, sewing is a lot more fun!
What do you use for task lighting in your sewing room? I have an Ott desk lamp with a long arm, but now the bulb needs changing and I'm curious what other people use. My black desk lamp is not attractive but it sure does the job. Why can't form and function meet more often. I want to have all the cute things. But also to see them.
These tulips are so cute. I love their chunkiness. I'm making them for the fun of it, with no plan or schedule. I'm in love with chunky zinnia's in Lori's IG post here, and think it would be fun to have a garden of chunky flowers. Next up maybe red. I'm going thru my admittedly disorganized baskets for the fabrics, so maybe red is up next, maybe aqua. Not sure.
Hope you have a great weekend! xop
Hey P. S. Did you see they've announced the cover of the Splendid Sampler Book? Check it out here on Facebook! So excited to see it and be a part of this project!
Monday, November 07, 2016
Good morning! I don't suppose you're quite acclimated to the time change, I'm not. Sunday seemed like the day that lasted forever, although I don't really know why. It's just an hour, but it's like the hour that never ends! I didn't notice the darkness so much Sunday, but today when it gets dark early the time will stretch on into eternity while I wait for Bret to get home for dinner. But luckily by the end of the week it will seem like the usual thing.
Anyway, nice weekend. It was Bret's birthday Saturday and Frankie came home to celebrate. Always fun to spend time with her. I didn't sew at all, but I did manage to get this Splendid Sampler block done Friday. This block is by Jennifer Albaugh from Quiltique.
Super cute, and super easy which was what made it a no brainer choice for me. Early on I decided that I wanted to do 16 blocks out of the hundred. Then I upped the game to 25. I've had 24 blocks done forever. I chose mostly the easy ones and I'm cool with it. I realize I have my limitations and I really wanted to finish this. I truly believe that it's a great opportunity to try new things, like paper piecing or applique or embroidery. I'm JUST TOO LAZY TO DO IT.
So that's done. This week I've crossed off pick last Splendid Sampler block and make it from the list and added pick sashing and finish quilt. Maybe I should have broken that into several steps so that I'd have the joy of crossing something off more often. We'll see.. the list is in pencil and I have a nice eraser. Hope you guys have a great week.
Friday, November 04, 2016
Happy Friday friends! Did you have a good week? We started out here with some rain and we're ending with a nice few sunny warm fall days. Typical California.
I had the pleasure of pattern testing for my IG friend Mariana. (@sewmariana) I've been following her sewing adventures for quite a while, if you're on IG take a look at her feed, lots of lovely projects.
Anyway... her pattern is Dear Dear, and it's going to be available today. I'll have a link for you as soon as she puts it up. The pattern is in full color and it's well done and easy to follow. HERE'S THE LINK TO THE PATTERN!
For those of you curious, I LOVE MY IRON SO MUCH. Never have my blocks been so nice and flat. Honestly, best money spent. Of course I know, I know... it could turn on me like all the others but I have a good feeling about this one!
That nose was just happenstance.. I didn't even realize it till someone pointed it out. Serendipity.
What a fun pattern. Thanks for asking me to test out your pattern Mariana. I really enjoyed it. It's adorable for sure. Be sure and check out the #deardearquilt hastag to see more deer!
Happy weekend friends!!!
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
This morning is my day on the Quilts for Scrap Lovers Blog hop. When Judy asked me to participate in her blog hop for her new book, I asked her to tell me a bit about it. When she began to talk about her frustrations with leftovers pieces of fabric from garments that were odd shaped, I thought of my own box full of pieces from clothes I had made for myself and for Frankie. Odd ball armhole scraps was my first thought!
Reading Judy's introduction, I see that she's had a similar background growing up with parents raised in the depression, where saving something for later was pretty much an art form. We never threw away old patterns or chunks of fabric, you might need a repair to your garment, collars from one pattern might look good combined with another. And if you toss something, surely you'll need it later.
Judy developed a system using templates to cut and save fabric. She also shows you how to use your existing rulers to cut with her method. And of course she has 16 projects in her book using her method. She's showing you projects not made from precuts, but honest-to-goodness leftover scraps. Revolutionary!
There are several projects that caught my eye , including Snap Cracker Pop. I whipped out a block using Judy's methods in a matter of a few minutes. Here's my block using some Pam Kitty with the cute apples from Elea's Apple Farm fabric.
You can see more here at the C&T website. It was fun to look at all the quilts and find bits and pieces of a sewing life well lived. The more I go through my sewing stuff the more happy memories I see lurking among all the saved pieces. Wouldn't it be fun to cut them up and actually use them? Reading Judy's book will help you do that!
To follow along on the hop be sure to visit these friends and read what they have to say about Judy's book this week. Thanks to Judy and C&T for my copy of the book to read and review!
*** Edited to add: Leave a comment, C&T publishing is giving away a free e-book to one of my readers! Let me know what you think about scrap quilting!
*** Edited to add: Leave a comment, C&T publishing is giving away a free e-book to one of my readers! Let me know what you think about scrap quilting!
Nov 1 Christa Watson
Nov 2 PamKittyMorning
Nov 3 Mary Abreu
Nov 4 Diane Knott
Nov 5 Kim Lapacek
Monday, October 31, 2016
Good morning! It was a lovely few days here in PamKittyVille with lots of rain! We had some pretty clouds and sunshine between storms and it was glorious. I couldn't appreciate it more. Doesn' \t the day seem cozy when it's gloomy?
Since it's Halloween today, I thought I'd share the last of this trip to Joyce's with you. She does some wonderful Halloween decorating and I thought you might like to see it. She'll change it out for fall later this week, maybe even tomorrow! I love how she layers in so many things to look at, each time I see something different when I look at the pictures. Her formal dining room is on the left when you walk in, formal living room on the right.
This is her hoosier in the kitchen/dining/family room area.
These mini skulls kill me.
And just for fun a picture of the quilt ladder up in her bedroom. So many pretty quilts here, and rolled in baskets. Joyce has had these antique ladders for years.
So that's it for my trip to Joyce's home. I hope you enjoyed it. I can't stop thinking about it and omg her wonderful backyard. Thank you Joyce for having me. Remember you can check out more of Joyce's home here.
Have a great week everybody! xo
Friday, October 28, 2016
Happy Friday friends! Hope you had a great week. It was a good one here. Wednesday, as I mentioned Monday, I had a coffee date with Joyce. You might remember Joyce from this post, she's a long time local friend. I met Joyce at Going to Pieces, a quilt shop in Pleasanton, where I took a lot of classes from Joyce and ended up working for quite a few years. The weather was wonderful, warm but not hot, and we sat outside and enjoyed her spectacular backyard. I'm all about those outdoor spaces and Joyce's backyard has me totally wowed with the potential of having a nice backyard that's still nice even in the drought. Joyce and Mike, her husband, built that fire place last year from a kit. WOW. Totally dying over it.
They removed some of their lawn and added paths and a lot of mulched areas to cut back water usage. I love the path that goes all around the patio, perfect for her grandkids to run around. She's got lots of interest with birdhouses and garden statuary and fun seasonal elements like the pumpkins. California has the perfect weather for this kind of outdoor living.
Joyce is still a prolific quilter and you can find TONS of quilts of all sizes through out her house. I thought you might like to see part of her sewing room.
I love this mini quilt hanging in the sewing room.
These are just a few of the quilts she's made recently.
Joyce does all her own machine quilting too. She loves sewing and knows how to squeeze progress into the tiniest slivers of time. More on my visit to Joyce's next week.
It rained yesterday, and it was glorious. I love that cozy feeling all day. Hope you all have a great weekend. No big plans here, what about on your side of the screen? xop
Monday, October 24, 2016
Good morning! I'm very excited to show you the box of Scrappy Project Goodness I received from Fat Quarter Shop. The box was packed to the brim (in adorable packaging I might add) with Lori Holt's new Scrappy Project Planner and all the accessories that go with it.
I can't get over how cute it all is. And what I really like it that it all goes so well with the cute tins. You'll be completely accessorized.
I don't know what to talk about first, the pens to color in your quilt layouts? There's plenty of spots where you will be using them to design blocks or quilts or make quick sketches in the project planner. You can tape your fabric swatches in there with the washi tape and mark the page with the sewing machine book mark.
Lets talk about the STICKERS! So many cute little designs, way more than you see here, there's coffee cups and cocoa cups and phones and sewing machines and airplanes.. holy cow. There's a whole section in the book for weekly planning, and these stickers would be perfect for those days.. or on your regular calendar. I keep a kitchen calendar, and the years dates for birthdays and anniversaries, appointments, vacations, they all go on the kitchen calendar. This would be a great way to make a note with a birthday cake or a cup of coffee to tell you have a coffee date with a pal! (Wednesday 2:30 with Joyce)
Other sections of the planner include Tips and Organizing... I can tell you that's going to require some study time, better mark the day in my planner! Lori includes not only a description of her method of scrap management, but a list of all her shortcut methods, including handy charts showing you cutting size charts.
Then it's time for the Scrappy Patterns. There's 6 cute patterns, my favorites being the Scrappy-Apple Quilt and the Patchwork Tulip Quilt. It's cozy time and that's the perfect time to get started on something new, right?
I love my planner and all the wonderful things that came with it. It's the perfect spot to record your projects and your coffee dates and check for cutting sizes and find some pretty quilts to make. Thanks Fat Quarter Shop for sending me all the tools that I need to make my life more cute and more organized! If you'd like to see more pictures of the quilts and the goodies check the instagram hashtag #scrappyprojectplanner! There are lots of pretty photos of everything there!
I hope you have a good week ahead friends!!! I'm off for another cup of coffee! xo
Friday, October 21, 2016
Happy Friday! I had a busy week! Not doing anything in particular, but busy none the less. What about you? What did happen here this week? I got some great surprise mail from Fat Quarter Shop. This is First Blush, their Block of the Month book.
First off it's adorable. All diagrams are full color and the instructions are clear and easy to understand. The illustrations are buy Elea Lutz, and they're super cute.
I love the layout here, where each fabric is listed by month. Organization for a big project is key. And don't forget to order your Creative Grids Starburst 30 Triangle Ruler.
My trees are ready! Yeah, I bet you thought I forgot. Well, didn't. But to in an effort to be transparent I just finished them in time for this picture, yesterday!
During the week I've continued to discover some little treasures. I am in love with the apple tape measure, with the little leaf as the pull. And the decals on the machine.. adorable. More things for the shelf!
Next up the weekend. Do you have any plans? I suspect I should soldier on with the Legendary quilt, the pieces are cut and waiting! Have a happy weekend! xo