Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mermaids for a New Little Gal

Good Morning Gals, I am so happy to say that we are going to be grandparents again, and this time it will be a girl! Deakin will have a little sister and that little sister will have as many little quilts as he does. 

In the meantime, Paloma loves mermaids, and with Heather Ross reprinting Mendocino, it was an easy theme to go with. I used a nice pattern "Something Positive"  from Villa Rosa Designs that calls for 8 fat quarters and a background. Such a good thing with all the cute lines of fabrics these days that you want to make into something. This pattern goes together easily once you have all your components made, and I think it really is just the perfect size for a baby quilt or a lap quilt 50x50.


I fussy cut some of the fabrics and I like how that gave the blocks a little more emphasis. In doing that, I purchased 1/3 yards of some of the fabrics and that worked out great.

Little mermaids, big mermaids (which will also be the back!) and fish and seahorses in orange, pink, and blue. Off to the quilter today!

Monday, April 18, 2016

I am a Cat Lady

Good Afternoon, Gals! I have completed a really fun quilt that has a lot of fun techniques.
Meow
The cats are paper pieced and the little kitty face is embroidered.

Fluffy Yarn
 The yarn balls are "fluffy" and have a bit of extra wool batting underneath the quilting (thanks to Jo Schreiber  of MoonBearDesigns for the suggestion) and the quilting pattern is "Mid Century Modern" which really is a good fit with the yarn and string motif. The quilt finishes at 60 x 60.

nice modern motif

I made this quilt as a shop sample for Honey Run Quilters, and pestered Ronda until I got to help pick some fabrics from the Cotton and Steel lines. It is a lot harder than you might imagine to make those decisions! I am always looking to make things my own, so although I used many of Sarah's Cat Lady fabrics, I also added in a perfect piece from Sarah Holland from Art Gallery Quilts line Sketchbook. A few pieces of a pale silver pink dupioni silk are also a good way to make it sparkle.

The pattern is a free download thanks to Sarah Watts and Cotton & Steel.  You can find it here if you'd like to make your own.

 
Cats always love a sunny spot!
I am entering Cat Lady in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show this year, so if you are there for the show you can look for it!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Jelly Roll Potholders

Good Morning! I am going on a short trip by car and my husband luckily does the driving. The traffic in the Bay Area is not my cup of tea. So, I always want a little binding project to keep me busy and not focusing on the hundreds of cars going way too fast.

 This time I decided to open up a jelly roll and make a few potholders. I have been making them for a few years now with the method shown here. This time I decided it was possible to sort the entire line of Mon Ami by Basic Grey for Moda into colorways and start there.

 I use QuiltSmart fusible 2 inch interfacing (the kind people use for those watercolor type quilts) and cut my strips down to 2 inches. I even fussy cut the adorable little kitties, words, and houses from the strips.
2 inch squares from a jelly roll strip
Next I arrange all the cute little squares onto the QuiltSmart and using a pressing cloth, iron them into place.
Now you just crease your QuiltSmart from the backside first going down each "seam" and then when that is finished press a bit and go the opposite direction. Your little squares are perfectly matched at each corner and your center for your potholder is done.
Sew down the seams
Sew across the seams

Perfect little matching squares
Now all you need is a border and the front of your potholder will be done. I used 2 inch strips and then cut them down to about 1 1/2 inches once I have sewn the onto the center.


Now I use a 9 1/2 inch square of Insu-Bright batting for the inside of the potholder and a 9 1/2 inch square of coordinating fabric for the reverse of the piece. I use Sulky KK 2000 for a nice little secure sandwich before I stitch in the ditch and around the outside of the little squares. I also do some vertical and horizonal stitched lines to make it more firm. Sometimes I do a little decorative stitching in the borders to keep it all flat. I trim the whole square now by cutting down each side border to 1 1/2 inch. This is easy and the oversized batting and backing are now all flush.

 Then I add a little binding. I have found doing these that a 2 1/4 inch binding is pretty cute. Lots of people like 2 1/2 inch though, so it is up to you. I use the nice little binding tool called the Mini Binding Tool to do my invisible binding match up.

So here is a photo of all my pieces and tools.
 I hope you enjoy these and email me if you have any questions. I will be in the passenger seat so I can get right back at ya!

Future Potholder Gifts

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Wayyyyy Overdue! Hi Gals :)

I am way overdue (library humor laughter). I hope if I have any blogging friends out there still, that you will catch up with me over a cup of morning coffee or a glass of evening wine and I'll tell you the story of the last many months.Yikes. Just kidding! ll probably just skim over most of it and get right back at it, that is if my iphone images would just upload to my new computer. So challenged with this dilemma that it has been most of the reason I haven't blogged. It doesn't recognize my phone so I am at a loss to blog without images. One of the many reasons getting older can be so frustrating! 

Cat Lady Quilt
Here is a portion of a quilt I really love that is now at the quilters. This is a paper pieced kitty with appliqued face and yarn and a bit of embroidery for the sweet face. I love this line of fabric by Sarah Watts of Cotton & Steel. I even got to meet her at QuiltCon in Pasadena this year. You can find the pattern free at the RJR website here. 
Oh such a sweetie Sarah Watts
So many other wonderful quilty peeps at this show that I was a little star struck. They are the talent that keeps me excited about this wonderful lifestyle known as Quilting!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

The Queen of it All Gwen Marston

The wonderful Jenny Doan

Heather Givans of Crimson Tate

The amazing Violet Craft

So fun to meet Anna Maria Horner
My friend Dorrie and I just made the best of our time scouting out all the quilts and taking classes from these lovely women.  QuiltCon was amazing and the quilts were so great! Here are just a few for you to look at but I encourage you to seek out more online. Our community of quilters is so fresh now and full of young minds doing important things with fabric, it really makes up for a lot of the crazy things happening in our world! 




Saturday, September 26, 2015

Hello Gals!

It has been an instagram summer! I have had many computer mishaps and I am just now getting things back in order. So, if you are still following along many things are in the making and doing here on Meadow Road.

I retired from the Library after 37 years!
I retired in April and this fall has been filled with wedding plans for my dear older daughter Paloma so I haven't missed it as much as I probably would have. I loved my job. It was very interesting and all the students made it very vibrant and young. Frustrating at times but hey, that's life on a university campus.


It was a wonderful life there and I appreciate that I was entrusted with all those fragile documents, photographs and souls. Yep, souls. You are a mother of sorts to all of those 17-25 year olds that come through your doors and I don't think I had but one in all those years that was a problem. I believe in young people. There are so many good ones. Hey, I was one of them once!


We had a fun and sweet shower for Lulu in late June and it was so nice to see all of her good childhood friends gathered again in our house celebrating LOVE! Woohoo! All of these young ladies are still in touch with my daughter and I think that is the best gift of all. 
Paloma


Shower Decorations!

 In sewing there has been alot going on wedding wise and otherwise. I have made all the centerpieces from Kaffe fabrics and all the ties from various quilt shop fabrics...voiles and cottons.

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these fabrics!

And Deakin with his new pup Rudy

Currently making a Modern Maples!

I have made some shop samples for Honey Run Quilters which is fun and challenging. When you are used to "work" this is as close as I plan on coming to it for some time, but it is a help in transition to the retired universe.

Garden Roses from Summer on Meadow Road!

 So for now until I can figure out this computer conundrum this is all I can share. It is going to take getting a new system and that will have to wait until after the big day!  Love, Pam




Wednesday, August 5, 2015

An Apple a Day Makes for No Blogging

Hello Gals! Well my computer is really in bad shape. I had it upgraded and with that came a very irritating quirk. My photographs show only as a black thumbnail. In order to see them I have to open each one and then close it. Not going to happen in this lifetime! So it has been miserable trying to blog and share all the fun things I have been doing and quilting since I retired. I have been quilting and planning my daughter's wedding reception. It has been alot of fun. I also went to Sisters again and enjoyed classes with Tula Pink Elizabeth Hartman and saw old friends and made new ones!

If you have an instagram account I have been sharing that way lately. Please follow me and as soon as I get this computer problem figured out (I really think I will be buying a PC) I will blog again. I miss hearing from people and catching up on friends and quilting buddies.

You can find me on Instagram at : https://instagram.com/heymadre/
so go and find me and let me know you came from the blog. I will have a giveaway soon and anyone that lets me know will be entered! Love to all and Happy Quilting! Pam


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Offically Discarded!

Library peeps will know the term Officially Discarded as the absolute last bit of effort that goes into a worn out or weeded out title. 

They were replacing the old wooden signs. So this one came home with me!
  
The Chico State Administration Logo Today Decides Tomorrow!
 
Sad sometimes. Necessary for sure when information has changed or the book is replaced with a new edition. Kinda like me right now...I have officially retired from my job in Special Collections at CSU Chico. It's quite the leap after 35 years!  I estimate that I have cataloged about 20,000 photographs. Holy Moly.  I have worked about 70 semesters in school years and while I have gotten older, the main population stays the same age...from about 18-30 with a few exceptions. It's an interesting concept. It definitely keeps you young.  I will miss the searching for clues and helping students and researchers find that special information they need. I imagine I will find a way to continue that with volunteer work eventually. Eventually. For now I am sewing and reading and gardening and walking and all those things that the hours of work took up. Wonderful. Really wonderful and kind of magical. Today I didn't even know what day it was. Bliss.

In crafty sewing news, it  has been a super fun 2 months! I have had some great quilting fun including a wonderful class with Sue Spargo right here in Chico!
basic start with paper shapes

Getting the hang of it and filling in the flowers
Sue was just so encouraging and our class was filled with great women and their imaginative wool projects.

Dorrie!
Right after that in mid April Dorrie and I headed north to Sisters to take a class with Violet Craft at the Stitchin Post. and professional. Every single aspect of the class was so thoughtful.


Violet in Violet

Forest Abstractions
 
  
Jean Wells introducing Violet
  
Smiling Gals

Violet Craft was an enthusiastic instructor and it was important to her that everyone was tended to and made to feel comfortable. Awesome. Really Special.  We were starting our Forest Abstractions quilts and it will be amazing once we finish. It takes time to paper piece but it is so satisfying. I loved hearing all about fabric design and Violet's journey with the industry. Michael Miller Fabrics seem like a great company and they appreciate her vision. Win-Win!!


So for now, I am choosing my projects and activities rather randomly. It's a good feeling to learn to relax...And like the song so perfectly says, "The rest is still unwritten" !

Just about to fly away after a lovely farewell party



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sew Irish

Happy St. Paddy's Day, Gals! Hope you are wearin the green and enjoying some fine spirits or other good Irish treats.

  

Tea at Bewleys

good for you! 

 I went to Ireland this past year and I found a couple of lovely shops to purchase fabric.

 The Cloth Shop was really fresh simple and had loads of Liberty of London and Amy Butler.  The sweet shop owner's daughter had a little friend under the cash counter and he looked just like our little Teddy. It is on south King Street if you are ever so lucky as to go there.

The Cloth Shop
Lovely window 
New Friends in Dublin

Gorgeous Liberty.

Murphy Sheehy
 And on to another fabric shop Murphy Sheehy Fabrics quite by accident down an alley and full of sale Liberty and other wonderful rolls of fabric. They have a wonderful little Sewing Academy upstairs.

Sale!
Also, very near here was an absolutely fantastic Ribbon shop full of spools and spools of glorious trim. This darling window display was so adorable! 

Ribbons and More Ribbons

And on the way back to the hotel crossing the big boulevard near the River Liffey, a fashion statement indeed! 
Out and About

So, here's wishing you happy March sewing and in the words of William Butler Yeats:

 "Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
 Enwrought with golden and silver lights,
 The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
 Of night and light and the half-light..."