Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday

Good morning friends! How are you? I am enjoying a wonderful Minnesota vacation with Linda and Mark! Its beautiful and green here, so lovely.  And best of all the company! So great.  Today we are headed over to see Pat Sloan at Barnes and Noble, shes doing a trunk show there and that should be fun. 

Barbara Bailey, you are my Quiltmaker 100 Blocks winner, so please email me your address so Quiltmaker can send your magazine.

OK super friends! Time to get another cup of coffee!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Snapshots Month 5

Hi hi good morning!!  Rev up your Alphabitties, it's May 15 and that means it's time for this months Snapshots Block, Kindred Kitchen!  I think this apron block just might be my favorite block, so far anyway! 

Snapshots apron
 
Do you wear an apron?  Growing up my mom always had an apron on, usually one that had long ties that criss crossed in the back or that tied around the neck.. classic fifties style aprons that all the neighborhood moms wore.  I didn't own an apron again for many years, but now I use one around the kitchen for cleaning up and cooking, you know, the job that aprons do best! 
 
Snapshots apron2
 
This apron reminds me of my mom's aprons growing up, it's cute right?  And this Snapshots quilt is all about memories and so it's absolutely perfect! I used my cute Pam Kitty Garden Birdies in aqua and the Gingham Rings in navy, with picnic plaid for the pocket.   Every apron needs a pocket! 

snapshots apron3
 
Head over to the Jolly Jabber to get your pdf for this cute block! Kimberly has a great video to show you how to make it, just head over here to the Fat Quarter Shop you tube channel to see it. Then download your block and get busy stitching.  We're also hoping you'll donate $5 a pattern to the St. Jude's Reasearch Hospital, it's a great cause!
 
I'm looking forward to seeing your blocks on Facebook and Instagram!   Be sure and tag them with #fqssnapshots and #fqsfun so we can all see them!   You can also join the Facebook group and post them there! 
 
Ok, today I'm in Minneapolis at Quilt Market!  It's the first day and I am looking forward to seeing all the new things!
 
 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday

Good morning!  I hope everything is coming up roses where you are!  I've now entered the pre-market-panic-zone.. not even sure why really.  Nothing seems right about my clothes and do I have all the chargers for my devices???  I NEED MY DEVICES.  Today is the trip to the salon to refresh my disguise as someone younger than I am.  Or at least someone with brown hair.

drawstring bag
 
Yesterday I made a little bag to surprise Holly, she has some cute pins, and they're chunkier than my little round pins so  she needed a bigger bag to tote them around with her. I adapted the laundry bag I made last summer to add a contrasting band.  My sewing machine is having a bit of a mental breakdown, it doesn't like anything but a regular straight stitch, so no cute applique.   It's headed to the shop while I'm gone. 
 
Ok, that's about it really. See you when I get back! And if you're coming to quilt market, see you there! xo
 

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Monday before Market!

Good Morning.. welcome to what will be a fast paced week for a lot of us attending Quilt Market.  I head out of here on Wednesday morning, but not too early, thank goodness.  Normally I'd want to be on that earliest flight but I decided to switch things up and take a more relaxed approach to travel, and take a midmorning flight.  Too soon to tell if I'll regret that. 
 
You may remember when I made a small camera case to hold my then new point and shoot Canon camera.  That black case seemed to make sense at the time, I mean it matched the camera, but didn't match my bag, so I had to remedy that before market. I love the aqua Pam Kitty Garden prints in my new Farmer's Market Bag, so I pulled out some more and got busy. 

cameracase1
 
My friend Roseann sent me a box of happiness recently, and included, among other things, was some adorable crochet edge bias tape we'd seen when we went to CHA.  Turns out the pink is  a nice match to the PKG and it pleases me each time I open that little case to get my camera out.  Need some?  You can catch Roseann on Facebook and order it from her!

cameracase2
 
 

cameracase3
 
The case is a nice snug fit, and believe it or not, even without an buttons or magnets, that little flap stays put.  I can pull that camera strap out and  carry the camera that way. You ask why not a cuter strap?  Well the spot that the strap slides into is so minuscule I'm not sure I could make that happen.  I barely could get this one in!   It doesn't bug me.  Honestly.

cameracase4
 
Quilt Market has a bonus side this year, since it's in Minnesota.  Not only will I see all my quilt market friends that I see just once or twice a year, but I'll have  a week to spend afterwards with my cousin.  I don't know if we'll find anything more exciting than this guy..  or for sure this! But there will be plenty of coffee drinking and catching up. 
 
Ok super friends have a good week! xo

Friday, May 08, 2015

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks!

Hi there !!! Welcome to Day 5 of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks blog tour!  I'm very excited to be included in Volume 11!   I'm so happy to be one of a handful of people who have been included in all magazines! 

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My block was inspired by this cute vintage canister I saw on vacation.  Love everything about it, the cute heart shaped leaves, simple posy shape and the little scallop border it's sitting on! 

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I love the simple vintage style, and I feel like I captured that in my block!  I can just see this little pot of flowers sitting on the window sill of an little old cottage! 

quiltmaker11
 
Thanks for including me in your  magazine Quiltmaker!  It's a great publication, so many interesting blocks, applique and pieced, all techniques included!   If you have collected these magazines you know what I'm talking about, if you're new to Quiltmaker's 100 blocks then I encourage you to pick one up!  If you'd like a chance to win a copy from Quiltmaker, leave a comment here and we'll pick a winner next week before I leave for Quilt Market!   You can have another chance to win by heading over to the Quilty Pleasures blog and seeing what they're up to! There's always great content just waiting for you to discover it! 
 
Happy weekend everybody!

Monday, May 04, 2015

Farmer's Market Tote

Good morning sweet friends!!! How was your weekend?  It was such a nice weather weekend here, warm but not too warm, and sunny!  I sewed all day Saturday and then soaked up all the happiness outside on Sunday afternoon.  We're in for a cooling trend this week, so to me, perfect weather.  Sunny but not hot.

Farmers Market Bag
 
Finished my latest Farmer's Market Tote Bag.  Gosh that aqua on the sides is my favorite print, favorite color.  Of course I love it almost as much in the pink and peri and super excited for the white that's coming with Fog City Kitty.  I used my new faux patent hot pink handles from Emma Creation which are a great with the pinks in the collection!  Super excited about the handles, I think they just add a nice touch to the finished product. 
 
Next up is a cute little coordinating camera case. I'm thinking pink.  What's on your agenda? 

Friday, May 01, 2015

Farm Girl Friday

Good morning and welcome to the first Farm Girl Friday!   I'm excited to be part of Lori's farm girl friends sewing along with her new book, Farm Girl Vintage!


Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along
 
I hope you're going to sew along with us.  Each #farmgirlfriday  two bloggers will be showing off farm girl blocks.  There's lots of super cool people on the list so you're going to want to check in over at the Jolly Jabber each Friday to see who's sewing! It's going to be motivating and #farmgirlfun.   I hear there's even a cute farm hand  playing along! 
 
There's lots coming your way and while you wait, check out this great video from Kimberly talking about how to use your backing fabric  as your binding!  I'm glad I saw this, I've never don't it before and can't wait to give it a try.  It's an old school technique that would be prefect for potholders!


 
Happy Friday my sweet friends!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Checking in!


Hi there!  How is the week  treating you?  All these sunny warm days we're having have given me senioritis.. or marketitis or whatever it is  that drives you to play hooky!!!  Holy cow,  can't believe anyone still pays attention to me anymore.

Farmers Market Bag
 
Anyway when I'm not totally goofing off I'm doing a little sewing here and there.  I'm well into the Farmer's Market Bag process finally, but I am at the point I hate, working with all that fusible.. it's not even hard, I don't get why I'm such a slacker.  Lazy I guess. That's no secret!
 
Ok, what's doing with you guys?  Hope you're having fun! xop
 
 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pinterst is Sew Fun- The Posey Edition


Hi there! I can't believe it's taken me till today to get back here. I guess I've been busy, but mostly it's boring stuff.   But yesterday I decided to take a few minutes and make something for the heck of it. 
 
Months ago I was on Pinterest and I saw the cutest vintage quilt.  Quick go take a look and come right back, here's the link.  I just loved that quilt. Ok, maybe the layout is kind of funky but I love it, and  what a  cute scallop border. I bet I know where I can get some easy scallops!  I tried a bunch of different ways to get something that had the same visual appeal without the curved piecing for a couple of reasons.  1. I'm pretty lazy and not always the best piecer so that project seemed doomed from the start.  2. I don't want to cut all those pieces out because I have the dexterity of a toddler when it comes to templates. And don't even get me started with my attention span.  Nonexistant.

Little Cherries
 
But I had what I thought was a pretty genius idea.  I have a Go! Baby, so I ordered the  Drunkard's Path 3 1/2 inch finished die. I cut 4 squares of blue fabric and put fusible web on the back and then ran them through the cutter.  The die has little notches for matching up to the coordinating pieces for the background, but I just nipped those off with my scissors.  Then I fused it to a square and I had the center of the block!   Of course I used my favorite die for the leaves and circles, the Go! Rose of Sharon.. I use that die a lot.   I know, you think the red circle is too small, it might be, I have to wait to trim down the block to decide. The stem might be too long, the circle too small, there's still tinkering to do, but ohmygosh it's cute.  Ok, to me anyway. 


Little cherries
 
Imagine my surprise when looking through my cool Japanese block book that I found almost same block. I also looked it up in the Barbara Brackman Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns and there are several names for this block and similar blocks, Posies Around the Square, Dandelion Quilt,  The Posey Quilt,  Spice Pinks and Sweetheart Garden. 

Little Cherries
 
I found another picture on Pinterest that lead me to Pinkadot Quilt's blog.   You can see a post here where she's working on the quilt and it's adorable in cheerful colors.  You can check out this fun post by Barbara Brackman  about the Posey Quilt! More setting ideas.  I am super thrilled with my block and if I end up making a quilt out of it I'll share my instructions here.  It  won't be the traditional method, but it might be a method the average quilting toddler could make.  Like me.
 
Ok, have a super week friends!!! I hope you're having fun! xop
 
 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Crafty Crap

Hi there Happy Friday!  I hope the week treated you well.  And if it didn't, phew, it's the weekend!  Time to kick up your heels and head into sew, outside in the sun, or just to your comfy chair for a piece of quiet!
 
Frankie helped me out this week with a little organizing.  I confess to having that kid-like overwhelmed feeling when it comes to organizing my own stuff.  I just want to plop myself down and have a kid style tantrum.  She'd given me this cute 'Crafty Crap' tin and it totally inspired me to get busy.  It's like my new glue gun was made for it.  


Crafty Crap
 
And now it's one thing off my sewing table that didn't belong there.  Maybe this weekend I'll get the rest of the stuff cleared off.
 
Crafty Crap
 
HAHAHAHAHA.  Who am I kidding?
 
Hope you have a super fun weekend my crafty friends!  You're the greatest. xo

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bow Wow!

It's time for this month's Snapshot Block Puppy Love. So far this might be my favorite, I love that cute dog, even if right now he's without his eyes.  I've always wanted a dog that would ride in my bike basket and I think this just might be as close as I get!


SnapShots Month 4
 
In PamKittyVille, all cute dogs are pink.  Nothing wrong with that, right? RIGHT?

SnapShots Month 4
 
And look at the cute bow!

SnapShots Month
 
The whole thing is adorable!!! 

SnapShots Month 4

If you haven't heard about the Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots quilt you can click here to get the whole low down, click here to watch a video tutorial on this cute Puppy love block, download the pdf pattern here, and donate to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital here. 

Just for fun, check out what everyone else is up to this month!


Ok, hope you're having a good week! Happy Sewing!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday

Back in the groove today!  We released mom back to her own habitat over the weekend. Sorry to see her go, but she's back with her own stuff, and her books and knitting.   I know I can lure her back with the promises of tea and cookies and toasted cheese sandwiches for lunch. 


farmersmarketbag
 
I didn't do much in the way of sewing while she was here... just little bits of this and that.  I did prep a purse for quilt market.  I am so in love with these wonderful faux patent leather handles from Emma Creation.  Emma very kindly sent me the pink and  vanilla colored handles to try out.  The pink is a perfect match for my favorite aqua tulip fabric and the vanilla will work perfectly with the Fog City Kitty gray fabrics coming soon.   Emma Creation is a wholesales site, and your local shop can order from them directly, or they can order from a wide variety of distributers.  The handles are by Inazuma  and I love their style and their quality.    And don't you think a nice handle really makes a difference in the look of a bag? 
 
Now what I need is for my friend Keiko to show me how to properly sew those little tabs onto my bag.  I'm really just faking it at this point.   In the meantime I better get busy on this bag, market is creeping up on us faster than we think. 
 
Hope you had a good weekend!  The weather was nice here and that infusion of Vitamin D is just what I needed to boost my spirits.  Fingers crossed we're all in for a great week! xo

Hey PS!  Holly is on Pat Sloan's radio show today!!! Be sure and check it out here!  You can get it live or the recorded version. Exciting! Nerve Wracking! Always fun!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Gone and Back Again

Good morning!  Long time no see!  How was your weekend? Did you celebrate?  Was it fun?  We had an eventful few days, my mom took a tumble on Saturday and she banged up her knee, so we've been had her here where we can keep a watchful eye on her.  She's fine thank goodness! We're spending our time visiting and relaxing and not much else.  We'll release her soon, but for now we're enjoying the company.  (and the good excuse to be lazier than normal!)
 
But in the meantime I thought I'd show you my pictures from Quilter's Cupboard in Atascadero, California!  We had a love visit there  during the retreat, which seems like eons ago! 

Quilter's Cupboard
 
It's my favorite kind of shop, one with little nooks and crannies where you can find all kinds of treasure.  They have a wide variety of fabrics for their customers, which is great.  There are tons of samples all over which is always inspiring.  And they're nice.  I really like that.  They have a lot of books and patterns, and you could easily find everything you needed for a project there.  I even spied some Pam Kitty Fabric there which always is thrilling to me. 

Quilter's Cupboard

Quilter's Cupboard

Quilter's Cupboard

Quilter's Cupboard

Quilter's Cupboard

Quilter's Cupboard
 
So cheerful! I would really recommend a visit if you were in the area! Tell them I sent you!
 
Pretty soon I need to show you my less than stellar photos of the wonderful show and tell from the retreat.  I just keep getting distracted!  And speaking of distracted, the other evening Bret lackadaisically said "wanna see a raccoon?"  I thought he'd taken a picture of one with his phone. Nope. This guy on the fence. 


neighbors
 
What the heck?  Luckily he stayed on  Alice-Jane's side of the fence.  Probably not as lucky for her. 
Hope it's good on your side of the screen! xo

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Appliqué

This morning I'm going to share a little about my friend  Pat Sloan's Teach me to Applique book.  Published by Martingale, it's filled with beautifully styled photos and expert instruction.   I'm lucky that Martingale provide this  e-book for me for review. 

Teach me to Applique by Pat Sloan

Often people ask me about  fusible appliqué, because they know I love the blanket stitch and would happily sit for hours with tv and my sewing machine.  Finally  I have a reference to suggest to them.  Of course machine applique starts with the application of fusible web and Pat  shows how to create beautiful soft applique with her method.  There's also in-depth instruction about stitching, including inside and outside corners, alternatives to the blanket stitch and ohmygosh a huge section about threads! I tend to go with matching thread these days, back when I got started I used black like so many people did.  I love all the looks and Pat shows you a lot of options.  As any great instructor would do, Pat breaks it all down for  us, including a section on stitching sequence.  So many things that I picked up over years of machine applique are all written down here in this book.  Plus a ton and a half things that I didn't think about!

Teach me to Applique by Pat Sloan
 
There are a lot of fun projects in this book.  Right off I loved Sweet Bea's Bouquet.  Pat shares her inspiration for the project and I always enjoy reading those stories that include tidbits about family members, in this case Pat's great-Aunt.

Teach me to Applique by Pat Sloan
 
I traced the shapes and had them fused post haste.  I like to get projects ready to pick up at a moment's notice, so this block will be ready when I am looking for something fun and mindless to work on.  I think it would make a cute pillow, so that's how I will probably finish it! 

Applique
 
Do you follow Pat?    You can catch her on her Creative Talk Network radio show, on her blog, on Facebook, on you tube, and in her forum. I know there's a ton of other places too, but you get the idea, Pat Sloan is everywhere! And a lot of times she's traveling to teach, you can catch her schedule here. You can buy an autographed copy of her book here.
 
In other words, Pat is everywhere!  
 
Ok everybody, hope your week is going well!  Can you believe it's April!!! I can't ! 
 
 
 
I do receive Martingale e-books for free, but I only review and recommend books that I like and I think would make a good addition to your quilt library!   Pat's book is definitely one of those books!
 
 
 
Book Photos courtesy of Martingale Publishing
Photos by Brent Kane


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