It is heating way up. 100 plus today in Chico. In other heat related news, I had two friends over to fuse some fabrics and make little pillows and coasters the other day.
Didn't get photos of the finished projects yet. But look what Joan makes with her target bags.
Cool Huh? They are super strong and don't off gas when you make them which is awesome.
In sewing news, I am working on my reds. all 90 of them. Don't judge. It's a collection. Yes, one of many! Red Centre is the class I took with Kathy Doughty at Sisters this year. The background is a very pale gray from Moda solids. Super pretty. Can't wait to sew this together and see how it looks.
If you are out and about in Southern California at the Long Beach International Quilt Show, go see my friends at Morning Star Quilts Booth #1622. They will have amazing wool and batiks and some necklaces you may have heard of her before!
Stay tuned for our giveway...it will be for both of our birthdays in September. You just knew we were Virgos didn't you?
Bye for now and stay cool!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I was standing in front of Monica's lantern quilt listening to 3 ladies talk about it. Oh, how they loved it. It looked slightly familiar to me although I hadn't read the tag yet. I also hadn't had any coffee yet as the line across the street at Sisters Coffee Company was way out the door. So I stood and admired with them. I began to recognize the fabric. (seriously not your sharpest cookie without that morning caffeine) when I said to them, "oh that is a fabric designed by The Happy Zombie!!" "Oh, that is a quilt she made!!" "Oh, here let me write down her blog address for you!!!" "She is so fun and talented...you'll love it!" And we all cackled away and talked for a couple minutes. Then I head left and boom. There was Monica. My happy zombie. My tell it like it is zombie. Talent galore zombie. And I said Monica!! WOW!! and when we figured it out, we had a big ol' bear hug...and THEN there was Bari Ackerman!! And Violet Craft. And Elizabeth Hartman.
Well by gosh the brain trust of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild right in my sights. I was embarrassingly uncool. You might have seen me like this as a teenager when I had a Monkee sighting in Hollywood. Or went to see David McCallum (my teen crush to the max) But now that I am older and more mature....I went a little goofy on my quilty crushes. If PamKittyMorning had been there I might have had to have medical attention. Y'all make the world so fun, accepting, and fresh. Love you all. I forgot to get autographs. Next time.
p.s. My super score was that I was the top bid for Bari's Wendy's Wish postcard beautiful little stitchery of a make believe moment. With tiny shoes. and a chandelier!! As this day proves, dreams do come true.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Well gals it has been a wonderful week. I went to Sisters and took classes from Kathy Doughty from Material Obsession in Sydney. The woman is not only a fabulous color maven, design guru, but a really good teacher. And that means a lot. Trust me. And as class started, we had a visit from Freddy Moran. A Red Centre all on her own! What an extra treat to see her! The day just got better and better when Lori from Humble Quilts (my fav!) made an extra special trip to Sisters to meet up with me and of course to meet Kathy! Well what a treat that was! Lori is a bubbly happy lady! What a great moment it was! I really wished I could have spent hours with her and had her in class too. Maybe next year?? Let's hope so! Lori brought me a darling "humble" red white and blue pin wool cushion that is already in use. Thank you so so much Lori!
Here is Red Centre a pattern Kathy designed that really lends itself to scrapiness and is a great way to begin to see color as it works it's magic in hue and scale.
I have always loved the way Kathy puts great big ol prints in quilts in small pieces. Changes the entire way the fabric looks. And we all have scraps of those don't we? Then the way she worked with each of us to make our bundle of colors turn the wheel.
Crazy good. And we even went shopping with Kathy (okay you know I loved this!) as the Sisters Quilters Affair classes have a small but fabulous store in the lobby. We found some extra reds for my Red Centre as I was making it all out of my stash. Stash my eye. I have a small fabric shop myself in that closet! Anyway, the mood was fun and we all were very happy with our results. Kathy spent alot of time working the more difficult combos. She sat down and made it happen. She gave encouragement. She gave it her all. She shared her quilts, her humor, skill, and stories. Thank you for a wonderful day Kathy!
More fun to come blogging friends. And perhaps a giveaway in your future! xo Pam
Friday, July 1, 2011
Well gals, just as I was all packed and ready to head out for "mecca" aka Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show...I dropped in on my friends at Morning Star Quilts and found a treasure in "Paradise" of wonderful things to show you! The newest Lecien fabrics ready to become treasured heirlooms...
known as "whitewash" by Meg Hawkley of Crabapple Hill is just so beautiful I had to have it. 12 fabrics to ponder and love!
Oh, and tea towels. Don't you love tea towels? Especially hand stitched ones. They are the things that make our life so sweet during those tedious days in the kitchen, with endless cooking, washing, and doing it all over again. What did I see on a little sign once? Housework is like stringing beads on a thread with no knot. So, happy little stitched tea towels for Christmas is definitely worth a summer afternoon of stitching. Probably with a glass of pinot grigio. Ah. Bliss.
Plus all the new wool wall of hand dyed wools, threads, and patterns to go with it all.
The projects full of wool and thread being created by those Sew Sisters up there is just fabulous.
Oh, and new stitchery books to drool over too.
So if you can't get to Sisters, and even if you do, you will love the new things do at our Happy Place!