Monday, March 24, 2014

Time for a Winner!

Thank you everyone for participating. The winner is Lori of Humble Quilts ! Lucky gal! Please send me an email with your home address and I will get your gift certificate in the mail! Congrats Lori!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Giveaway to Celebrate 300 Posts!

Hi Gals!  Time to celebrate 300 posts on Library Gal Quilts!

cover generated  by
Over the years I have purchased many a pretty journal hoping to gather my thoughts and dreams, and now by some magic, I have a journal of sorts that I would never have had if it hadn't been for blogging.

Welcome Post in 2008

 When I look back through the titles of the blog posts, I hardly remember what I was rambling about until I go and check up on it. Blogging has chronicled many quilt starts and finishes, family events, and friends galore. I cherish that I have a written record of so many good times, good people, and fun places. And you. I am so happy to have had you gals stop by and comment and share with me. It's hard to describe to people who don't blog, but I believe it is a very special means of connecting, and I thank you so much!

my blog printed in hard cover
Posts Titles Table of Contents

 So that  you can also have the fun of printing your blog, my giveaway to you is a gift certificate to Blog2Print. They do a great job of presenting your blog posts in book form. You will get to choose your own covers and format with a little help from them. It is really a great day when your "book" arrives and you sit down to admire your handiwork!

How to win? Leave me a comment and say hello. To have a second chance to win, leave a second comment and tell me the name of your library! 

I will pick a winner on Monday, March 24th at 12 noon.  Good luck!

Happy Quilting! Love, Pam

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Fabric Privacy Please

Just when I think I have calmed down and figured out my stash and what to make next and next and next a little thought goes like this while scrolling for something sensible like background fabric for a project. "Oh, look at THAT fabric! Who is the designer? Wow! Okay, maybe just some fat eighths so I don't miss out on it." Hahaha. And that is the story of my burgeoning closet of cloth.

I can't help it and sometimes I just don't want to help it. Except when my newly retired husband says, "you got some MORE little packages in the mail today" what the heck are they? "Oh just fabric". Gulp. I feel like I want a P.O. Box. Some fabric privacy please. I have been known to curse the mailman for coming around late in the day but now I kind of hope for it. And that I am at the kitchen window when he goes down the first side. Stroll on out now to the driveway to clip some it as it is delivered and swoop it into the house. La Ti Da.  So here is what is on my want list currently.

This package will be coming from Australia!

Oh I could go on and on but really Pinterest keeps me sane by just pinning some of my favorites instead of guilt and or secret trips to the post office. And so we have some money left over for, you know, food.

Now that I have that off my fabric mind, I want to announce that very soon I will be having an anniversary to celebrate my 300th post on Library Gal Quilts and I will be having a giveaway so you too can add to your stash and have a little parcel come to your house! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Sweetheart of a Month!

Starting the month out right with giant cookies

February is such a sweet month at our house. It's heart filled and that means lots of cheerful red and pink and it's also our daughter Paloma's birthday.
Make a Wish!
 A big one this year as she turned 30 ! We made a trip out of it and went to San Francisco for a couple days. We took in the new Georgia O'keeffe exhibit at the DeYoung Museum on Valentine's Day and the Chinese New Year was also in full swing on Saturday night as we walked through Chinatown on the way to North Beach for dinner. wow! The fireworks were amazing and loud! Cheerful all the way though and energizing!

My sweetheart on Valentine's Day

Union Square Chinese New Year

Michael and Paloma at the Sir Frances Drake

The Little Man and his Mama! Happy Birthday!
The Cake with fresh Violets!

And there has been some sewing going on too. I made a cute little mini quilt for a friend that was retiring from the library. We often make a big quilt for friends as they leave the world of books behind but this time we had little notice and so this size gift was perfect.
As a quick method (for me at least) I made all the hearts with the "do-sew" technique. Have you used this technique before? Do-Sew is an interfacing and/or tracing material. It is simple enough but I am sure excellent needle turn appliquers would cringe at the prep! Let me give you a quick run down of the steps in case you'd like to give it a try.

First, cut a piece of lightweight interfacing (I actually use "Do-Sew" from this catalog) and put the right side of your fabric against it. trace a heart onto it from a template and then using a very small stitch, carefully sew all around the drawn line.
Everything you Need

Point turner, small scissors, template and Do-Sew

Now when you have finished sewing you have to "turn" the heart inside out. Ahhh. It doesn't hurt as bad as it looks!
Cut a slit into the Do-Sew and then carefully begin turning the heart inside out.
This is a heart. Trust me!
Getting better

almost there!
Ta Da!
And finally you have your hearts all turned, carefully finger pressed and a little touch of the iron and ready to hand stitch down. I used some nice creamy neutrals from my stash and after individually sewing down each heart, I stitched them together in a mini quilt format. I stitched in the ditch between squares, and put on a little binding and a sleeve. I had a tabletop quilt frame from Connecting Threads that worked out great!
Twelve Hearts for Susie

Thanks for stopping by, and hope your month was filled with happiness and hearts xoxo

Friday, January 24, 2014

Tide Pools in January

Happy Friday, gals! This is a version of "Glorify" that I made for my daughter Carmen and her boyfriend. They have a darling little house in Berkeley where they have made their home a cozy and welcoming place. It is fun to see your children make things their own, right? And nice when they ask for a quilt just for them. Jo of MoonBearDesigns quilted it beautifully and I was able to give it to them right before we left for Italy. 
 I realized I never shared it here, sooo today we are flashing back to August!

Beautiful Quilting by Jo.
   The pattern is called Glorify by Aardvark Quilts and I have made it once before. It's a simple
quilt really but takes many different fabrics. Possibly more than 50!
Deep into the stash even to the Tula Pink!
  Carmen and Taylor picked out most of the fabrics from my stash when they visited in June, but I made some additions and Carmen picked out the inner border and the binding "because it looks like wet sand!" well, okay!

detail of corner
The amazing thing was we found the outer border fabric that I used for some of the setting squares (purchased years ago and found "in stash") when we visited her local quilt shop New Pieces in Berkeley. Like that EVER happens!  Meant to be! By the way, it is a wonderful store full of every kind of fabric. I highly recommend it!

 As we laid out the pieces she said "This is just like looking into a tide pool." So there you have it! Enjoy!

Sea Urchin
Tide Pool Quilt Finished!
the real deal!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Library Gal really does Quilt

Good Sunday morning gals! I have been wanting to show you some of my recent sewing but got carried away with the travel log! You won't have to endure any more of that business until August when we go to Scotland and Ireland. Yep. It's on the calendar!

I had a couple of great sewing days making a cute table runner called "Sophia" by Valori Wells.
Valori Wells pattern
 a Christmas quilt for my friend Joanne,
Basic Grey and Essex Linen Zig Zag throw
 and a Santa mug rug to hold my grandson's note to the jolly ol soul.
this photo needs cookies!
Also in the works after Christmas was all done and put away, I got busy on a baby quilt that needs to get in the mail within a few weeks. It's the smallest version of Hugs and Kisses by Jaybird Quilts. I took Julie Herman's class at Sisters this past July and wanted to have something to show for it, so I cut into my Heather Ross, threw in some Tula Pink, and even my Lizzy House pearl bracelets.

Hugs and Kisses
I also had purchased some wonderful Australian Aboriginal prints at the Quilt Show in October and wanted to do something kind of different with them. So, I thought I'd incorporate them into a quilt I have wanted to make for a long time, The Peony Star from Remembering Adelia by Kathleen Tracy.

Peony Star in Aboriginal Prints
Quirky, I know. But I think it will be fun when it's all put together. I am adding an extra row and leaving off the distinct border. My other fabrics are black and white prints that I have had around for sometime.

And one more start this new year with a sampling of the new Downton Abbey prints. I wanted a lap sized throw for watching the latest season and honestly probably won't get it done till they do in another cast member, but I have good intentions. Unlike Thomas. hee hee.  I only used a wee bit of "Lady Mary" (the dark smaller squares), and mostly the "Lady Sybil" and "Lady Edith".  I added some bits of silk I had from ages ago to give it a little dressing up. Can you see Highclere Castle? Just a touch of the signature print.
"Lady Mary" here and there

Highclere and a bit of silk
So that is all for now, gals, hope your week is a good one! Let's hope we get some rain here in Northern California. We need it!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Last Post (card) of the year Sorrento!

From Orvieto we traveled by train to Naples. We were met at the Naples train station by a nice young guy who drove us on a quick tour of the region before settling us in Sorrento.
The Amalfi Coast
The ride was intense to say the least! I know you have heard it before but these drivers are insane. Vespas passing trucks and coming right at us and curves and people backing up to make turns. Mike said it was probably called the Mamma Mia highway for all the "mamma mia!!!" that probably were yelled out during travel on this road. We could see the lovely views of Capri from the vistas and we did stop in Amalfi for just a short time and I searched out the most lovely paper shop of all and made some quick purchases.

Coastal Amalfi

hand marbled paper journals
Finally arrived in Sorrento for the last 5 days of our trip and found we had been upgraded to a suite with a beautiful view of the Sorrento landscape and the Bay of Naples. 
View from our patio

Mount Vesuvius from our patio
The whole idea of Sorrento for us was to spend our 25th Anniversary relaxing by the ocean and that is exactly what we did. Sorrento was also hosting an incredible Salvador Dali exhibition that not only had a museum full of his works but the entire town had installations of Dali sculpture and it was just spectacular.

Sorrento is really a lovely place. Strolling, eating, shopping and relaxing is truly what it's about here. There were some unique types of craftsmanship too. Inlaid wood music boxes and every imaginable table top filled with exquisite designs. I spotted a display of porcelain known as campodimonte that is something I remember from my childhood.
so darling!
I guess you might know that Sorrento is popular for it's signature liquor "Limoncello". Yellow goodness!

It is served in small glasses and is perfect for taking life slow and sweetly in this dreamy yellow place. Lots of sunny spots to sit and dream and smile. No rush at all in this time zone!

I spotted a painting in a window full of antiques and I was so taken with her I asked my dear sweet husband if it could be my Christmas gift.
Theodoro and my painting!

He may have rolled his eyes but I could tell he liked it too and in we went. The shop owner "Theodoro" was very easy to get to know and we found that he and my husband shared the same birthday. I saw this as a perfect reason to purchase the painting! A little back story for why I loved her, I have a house full of paintings of women. Some other themes such as hands and landscapes and fruit for sure but the dominant theme is women. So there she was the old lady smiling and she was wearing sparkly earrings. Must Have. So the deal was made and Theodoro wrapped her in brown paper and she flew home with us. She was painted by Vincenzo Petrocelli a native of Naples and she now resides on our mantle and smiles at us each day as a reminder of Sorrento.

We had an amazing Italian vacation. I feel so lucky to have shared it with my sweet husband of 25 years.
I have a very sweet life, or as they say in Italy living la Dolce Vita!
Gelato and heart shaped cookies on the last evening! Ah!!