Thursday, June 22, 2017

DO IT

I wouldn't be exaggerating if I said I was in a sewing slump.  Lots of ideas, just can't get around to doing it. Combine that with the decidedly dungeon like quality of light in my sewing room  and you have my own recipe for the doldrums.   
 
I am not immune to all the cute and inspiring projects out there, and I feel buoyed by looking at them.  Sometimes all you need is to start, so I did. I have seen so many cute little fabric boxes made using Ayda's book Made for Baby. Try over here at Krystine's blog and then here at Lauren's Blog.  Well you should go there anyway to be honest, the photos are wonderful. 


Made for Baby
 
Not as wonderfully photographed is my little box.  I am way too excited about it.  It was so easy, and it went together so fast.  I was happy for the opportunity to use the cute bias tape with crocheted edge that Roseann sent me as a surprise. Honestly I want to make a thousand and litter every surface with them. (hahahahaha like I have surfaces with room for them I crack myself up) 
 
I guess while I'm in the mood I should go try and accomplish something.  There's some binding half sewn on that I moved aside to sew this up.. that seems easy, right?
 
HAPPY DAYS FRIENDS! xoxo

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

#RIP Reliable

HI there!  What's new with you?  Those of you that follow me on Instagram know what's new with me... my beloved Reliable iron started smoking up a storm on Monday and now is a goner.  I'm pretty sure the  steam generator burned up for some reason, it was only on a few minutes, I was making some binding for a small quilt, and I was just giving it the finishing press in half when it started.  So much smoke!    Later I plugged it in and it didn't steam  and I didn't hear the generator working.  It did get hot but yikes, now it's too risky to use I think.

Reliable iron
 
I   feel like it was  the best iron I've used, the heat, the steam... the soleplate.. everything.   I babied it, never using tap water, always turning it off and unplugging.   Even after months went by. I  haven't sewn as much as normal the past 9 months to be honest. I'm torn about sending it back, do I want to invest (and it's a shipment to Canada so we're talking $40 - $50) in an iron that only lived 9 months?  That makes it a pretty expensive iron no matter how great it is.     It does have a nice warranty, you can see it here.
 
Regardless of what I decide, I needed a new iron.  I feel conflicted about investing in another premium iron and realize that I am lucky I have the means to do so.  Elizabeth had just replaced her iron, so she told me what she purchased and I went out and picked one up today. 
 
 
new iron
 
$40 and I'm back in business.  I haven't unboxed it yet, we're on a Flex Alert due to the heat, and aren't supposed to use unnecessary appliances till after 9pm. It's a California thing, like Spare the Air days!  I'll keep you posted. 
 
Ok time to turn off my computer!  I like to do my part.  Happy sewing!

Friday, June 16, 2017

The one where I still don't complain about the weather.

Morning friends!  How are you?  We're heading into the weekend and around here it's going to be a scorcher!  I've got my fans out  and my window monitoring schedule is in place so I'm ready.  I'm not going to complain YET, but I make no promises about the future!


WIP
 
Yesterday I was feeling really cheerful while doing some blanket stitching! This is a peek at a small part of my submission for volume 16 of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine.  I really like this block and I'm crossing my fingers it is accepted.  I've been feeling very inspired to sew lately and I'm always happy when I'm blanket stitching!  It's probably my favorite thing.
 
Hope you're all doing well!  xo
 
 

Thursday, June 08, 2017

All Stars!

Hi there friends! What's new with you?  I've been doing a little of this and that, some sewing, some stitching with friends, some little bits of yardwork, the usual stuff for this time of year.
 
I was very lucky to receive an e-copy of  Lissa's new book from Martingale Lucky Charm Quilts.  The photos by Brent Kane  are courtesy of Martingale, you can see more quilts from the book on their website.



Lucky Charm Quilts
 
Like all books from Martingale they have clear and concise instructions with great illustrations, perfect for those who read every word and those who like to follow the photos!   I love the cheerful colors of the quilts, but if you like a country look there are projects for you too.  The book features lots of Moda designers we know and love, Bonnie Olaveson  who made Flying Geese.

Lucky Charm Quilts

This is Spring Mosaic by Sandy Gervais.  I love this cute small quilt on a chenille bedspread! 
Lucky Charm Quilts
 
I love this one by Laurie Simpson, Tea Time.  This is the quilt  I wanted to make right away when I flipped through the book.  Of course there are many other friends included featured, these were just three quilts that popped out when I looked.  Next time I'd pick three different, the projects are all so cute. 

Lucky Charm Quilts

I wasn't kidding, I did get busy and I started cutting and sewing right away.  I didn't have charms so I just pulled out my scrap bin and chose all the white background things available.  While I didn't have the variety I would have with a charm pack of fabrics, it still is cute.  I liked that the red was a single fabric aside from 3 charm squares, easy cutting! 
 

Tea Time Quilt
 
I think it does capture the same look even though I didn't have some cool linen to include, instead choosing a blue and red plaid. 

Tea Time Quilt
 
I would have had this quilted but shocker, I had no more small pieces of batting laying around, which means thank goodness I've used it all up! I'll head out for more this weekend.  This will be so easy to machine quilt, but if I was a hand quilter it would go fast as well, it's pretty small and the small squares will lend themselves to a diagonal grid with out marking. 
 
The book is full of projects for those charm packs but you can easily use yardage or fat quarters... it's all fabric! I really think you might enjoy it! If you pick it up let me know which quilt is your favorite!
 
Hope it's all good with you friends. Happy weekend!


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Hi there!

Morning friends, how are you?  Been busy?  I recently picked up one of the new Olfa Endurance refill blades for my cutter, and man does it make a difference!  I had seen it in the quilt market photographs and was excited to give it a try.  I thought I'd post about it so I can remember when I put it in and I can decide if it really does last a long time.  I'm notorious for not changing my blade, what about you?  I was curious about the cost and it turns out to be around a dollar more, so not a huge investment in a test run. 


Olfa Endurance Blade
 
I put it to good use on cutting some strips of fabric for a small project. More on that later.  It's a pattern that calls for a charm pack so just went thru my scrap bin and pulled a bunch of fabric that way.  Do you do this?  Or do you use a lot of precuts?  Just curious.


American Patchwork and Quilting
 
Did you see this cute quilt in the June American Patchwork and Quilting magazine? It's by Emily Herrick.  Super cute.  I was so motivated after seeing Sharon's cute baskets on Instagram, I ran right out to get the magazine. The blocks are large and my attention span is small, so I reduced the size 50% and I think it's adorable.  That doesn't stop me from loving the big baskets and Sharon's are so wonderful, be sure and check out her Instagram feed to see them all. (You'll need to scroll a bit.) 

Ok, that's what's up with me.  What about you? 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Coffee Break Reading

The other day I was listening to the Fresh Air  while out on my errands and it was a great show with Pamela Paul of the NY Times talking about her book  My Life with Bob.  I really enjoyed the interview.  She spoke about being a life long reader, and there were so many things about her childhood reading that reminded me of my own experience.  I remember in seventh grade English we were tasked with listing each book we read on a 5 x 7 card, including a short review.  During that school year I read almost 400 books  and received a certificate, which was pretty cool in 1968.
 
I also loved the segment on book reviews and writing.  I've always love writing but am not very good at it, mostly just writing in the same manner   I speak.  Anyway, during the interview she shares a favorite  review  by Michael Lewis.  She remembers   the first sentence being something  like "he's written a good book, let's get that out of the way."
 
Which brings me to Blue and White by Minick and Simpson.  Let me get it out of the way, it's a great book, and I loved every page.
 

Blue and White

Blue and White is a  coffee table style book,  with wonderful photography by Brent Kane, published by Martingale. It's the perfect book to linger over, and to return to time and again.  It's divided into three sections, Americana, Coastal and Classic, and feature quilts and hooked rugs in a variety of settings through out the home.


Blue and White
 
I enjoyed the narrative that accompanies the pictures, insights into the creative process, and personal stories. 

Blue and White
 
And I'm not going to lie, I'm a complete fan-girl for the sisters, and I'm not afraid to admit it.  Meeting them at quilt market and having the opportunity to chit chat now and then has me barely able to control myself on most occasions, just hoping I won't say something stupid.
 
There are no instructions included for projects, but many of the quilts and rugs do have patterns and they're listed in the back for easy reference. You can find them on their website and you an follow along with their exploits on their blog.  
 
So to recap. LOVE THE BOOK. I highly recommend it!
 
Ok that's all for me today!

Monday, May 22, 2017

What's new?

Morning friends!  How was your weekend?  The weather has warmed up a lot here (no complaints yet.. but lets face it they're coming) and so it's perfect early morning porch weather.  Coffee and magazines or quilt books are a must. 

coffee
 
This past weekend was Quilt Market and I enjoyed watching the sights and scenes on Instagram and Facebook. Did you follow along? It's so exciting to see what's new and coming our way soon. 
 
I have had fun visiting with peeps lately.  My friend Joyce needed some fresh greens  the other day and I went thru my stash to send some her way.  She asked me over to show me the cute quilt she made for a baby shower and you can see it here. I also had lunch with Holly last week, it's been far too long since I'd seen her.   I've missed being out and about with people so it made for a fun week. 
 
Hope you have a good week friends! xo

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Good intentions

HI there!  How are you?  What's new on your side of the screen?  Same old thing around here.  Lots of sunshine this week, and I've spent time outside working on deadheading roses and trimming back things that need trimming.  My roses all bloomed out at once, in a beautiful showing.  The rain has been wonderful for them!
 
Last week did you see the really cute tea towel over at Boughs of Holly?  I saw it on Instagram and LOVED IT.  So totally had to have it.  We'll see if I make even one flower. 


Wishful thinking
 
Also saw these low volume prints on Sharon's Instagram and had to have them.  Since I began quilting background prints have been my favorite.  These will make a nice addition to my own fabrics.  I saw Amanda's Irish chain quilt and fell in love with it so I'm thinking about that. 

Low volume

And to really mix things up I saw something out and about that gave me some ideas, so I have something else that I want to do.  We'll see how it works out.

chalk board
 
I have good intentions to all of these things.  We'll see how it all works out.  Tell me what you're working on!  I'd love to hear.

Friday, May 05, 2017

TGIF

Hi there!  How did the week go for you?  Hot here, and I'm not complaining, YET, because today is a cool down.  I thought we had some rain coming too but looks like they took that off the schedule. 

Star of Hope
 
I haven't done much sewing lately.    I know my problem is fear of commitment. Every time I look online I see something I want to make but then before I can do anything there's something else.   So for now I just made a little star.  I was looking through my block book and found this pretty Star of Hope so yesterday I made it. Not perfect by any means, but I enjoyed making it.  It's a 4 in finish, and features my biggest challenge, making those inner triangles meet nicely. I made it from scraps on my cutting table.. tiny pieces  used up.  

A Little Something
 
Just in case you missed it on Instagram, I did finish my cute scissors fob from Monday! Super fun.  I'm not used to doing that type of sewing and it was fun, Roseann encouraged me to get busy and probably thought that was the last she'd see of it.   Thankfully her book A Little Something,  had everything I needed to know to complete it.  So cute.  I've got it tied onto my red scissors as you maybe saw on Instagram. 
 
Hope the weekend is fun!  Thanks for stopping by friends! xo

Monday, May 01, 2017

A Little Something Delicious

Hi there friends, how are you?  We've had some lovely sunny spring-into-summer weather here in PamKittyville.  The rain has stopped for at least the coming week so it will be perfect for coffee drinking out back in the morning.   


A Little Something
 
My friend Roseann sent me a copy of her new  book A Little Something and it's super cute. (check the Martingale site for more images from the book.) I'd had a few sneak peeks here and there but wow it's filled with the most adorable projects.  All the photography and graphics in the book are wonderful, I love all the details.  It's so nicely done.   Roseann also snuck in an adorble kit for the scissor fob on the cover, all I had to do was cut out the strawberry pieces and the flower.


A Little Something
 
And believe it or not, I'm on it already.  In fact, after I took these photos I stitched the little seeds on the strawberry, and now I need to find just the right red and green for sewing those together. I'm not a sitching genius but there are nice little photographs of all the stitches used so you can get going fast.


A Little Something
 
You can order an autographed book from Roseann here.  Roseann has a great Wool Workers group on Facebook you can join and keep up to date with Roseann and a other wool working friends! I love seeing all the projects. 
 
I hope you check out Roseann's book.. it's super cute.  I'm lucky to have such a clever friend! Thank you Roseann for sending it to me!
 
Have a great week everyone!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Double Wide!

Good morning friends! How has the world been treating you?   Lots of alternating rain and shine here in PamKittyVille.  I LOVE IT. There's just enough sun to get me through the gloomy days.  The hills are green and my plants are thriving.  Lots of time puttering around in the yard, doing nothing really but admiring all the spring growth. I make no excuses, I have to enjoy all the benefits of the rain while I can.  I know it won't last forever. 
 
A couple of weeks ago my friend Barb from Me and My Sister sent me their new Double Wide Dresden Ruler and a a bunch of super cute patterns to try out. And holy cow look at that cute little pack of Frolic!  

Me and My Sister Double Wide Dresden
 
I wanted to try it right out, so I pulled out that cute Dragonfly pattern and got busy! I really love these, those cute pieced antenna and the easy  appliqued wings.  It's a snap to make.  I used invisible machine applique to stitch them down, but you can use any method your like.. straight or blanket stitching or even hand stitch them down.   

Double Wide Dresden
 
I'm so lucky to have such clever friends who brighten my day with their generosity.  Barb and I are long time pals and I wish we were geographically closer so that I could hang out with her on a regular basis.  Those sisters, Barb and Mary, are hilarious, and I love all the fun things they do on their blog, you should take a peek.
 
Hope you hop over and check out what Barb and Mary are up to, and check out their cheerful fabrics and all their amazing patterns.  So many clever  and cute projects!  Have a great weekend everyone!  Thanks for meeting me here! xo

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Charming

Sometimes you happen upon something that is so sublime you have to stop what you're doing and make one.    I love little mushrooms, as you friends know.  Anyway, I was cruising around on Instagram when I came across a bunch of little mushrooms cropping up.  I found the original pattern at Larisa's blog, Stitching Notes.


mushroom
 
You too can download the free paper piecing pattern.  Don't paper piece?  Well it's not hard, I was able to do it.  So you should try if you're a fan of little mushrooms as well.  If you need some inspiration, check out Instagram here on the #stitchingnotespattern hashtag.. so much cute!  And check out Larisa's IG feed here.  Lots of  adorable things to be seen there.
 
What are you up to? 
 
 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

When good ideas good bad

Over the years I have been the recipient of some lovely items from blogging friends.  Blogging has changed over the last ELEVEN years, and while I love the new social media platforms, I remember the old days with great fondness.
 
Old friends may remember when I received this wonderful owl made by Laurie of Old School Acres.   I have carefully guarded it over the years after I blogged about it here in 2008, keeping it from harm and by harm I mean DUST.  Because I AM THE WORST.

owl
 
He's still in his pristine condition.  I've looked for good display solutions over the years and today I figured I'd hit on pay dirt with this cute cupcake stand at the Dollar Spot at Target.   It's got scallopy edges, and for those that can resist those cute scallops there's plain ones.  And then also larger cake stands.  Just an FYI.


Target cupcake stand
 
I've been looking for a cute cupcake stand figuring if I could find a nice dome, my owl could stand on it and be safe. 


cupcake stand and wide mouth jar

After months of fruitless searching for domes, enter my bright idea, the wide mouth mason jar.

owl in captivity
 
Ooops. Maybe not my best idea.
 
Hope you have  a nice week friends. I appreciate your visits! xo
 
 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

SEW SPLENDID!

Exciting times !!!    Today we're celebrating the release of The Splendid Sampler book! 

Vintage-Flower-Basket-PAM-VIEIRA-MCGINNIS
 
I was so excited to be inclulded in this great project by Pat and Jane.  Today on  the Stitch This! blog there's a great Q&A post with Pat and Jane and I hear rumors of  big give aways prizes by  sponsers Martingale, Moda, Aurifil, Schmetz Needles, and Reliable Irons that are up for grabs!
 
You can check out more images from the book here!
 
 


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