Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WAY TO GO, MACY'S


Are you ready for one of those 'feel-good', make you cry stories?

Well, Macy's in San Francisco has done it again...




This is Union Square at Christmas - packed with people, pretending that it is cold, and Santa's shaking their bells - and an ICE SKATING RINK !!!! 

Macy's has fabulous windows on the square, and the crowds shop the gorgeous windows...

For the secon year, Macy's has set aside one of their fabulous windows, on the very busy Union Square section of the city,  for the SPCA, who brings kitties and dogs there for adoption, during the Christmas season... 

And it works - nearly 300 adopted last year !

Grab a tissue... and click below.

http://www.examiner.com/article/union-square-macy-s-features-spca-holiday-windows


Kate


Monday, November 24, 2014

What Happened to November ???

What Happened to November ?  Where did it Go?  Goodness it's been a while since I posted !

Boy have I been busy... work, travel, AND sewing...........

Very soon I will have some finishes to share with you... 

But today I get to start something new, which is always fun....

I've been trying to get some small pieces finished that I can use as class samples... 

Look at this little piece of gorgeous linen I found on eBay...

 Isn't it just gorgeous?   And it has lots of nice detail...



I like this sort of raspberry background - not a color I usually use, but I have vowed to try to vary my color schemes a bit with my linen projects... 

Stay tuned for more updates on this lovely project...

Finishes?   Yep, finishes - coming soon... lots of gorgeous stuff is near completion... 

What else have I been doing?  Charity quilts...  let's see....this one was a little piece I quilted, from a friend's top - Miss Bit thought it was a picture of her - looks like her, doesn't it???


This one is from Bonnie Hunter's pattern - in fact, I was originally going to make a full-size, then never finished, so found the blocks and made a kid-size from it - love it love it!
 
It's been a little nippy, even here in California -  so Bit is staying warm -  she has 'trained' DH to put a dishtowel on her for a blanket when she naps...  in this photo, she seems to have THREE blankets on, but she looks very comfy !! 
 
 

Hope you are all enjoying preparations for Thanksgiving...  my preparations include getting a new dishwasher today - yippee - finally the old one died...  and DH is doing the cooking - we decided not to travel - too many people, costs too high, you know........

So, I will be QUILTING !!!!

Kate








Sunday, November 2, 2014

New Toys and Lazy Sundays

Hello my friends...

Today I have a new toy to share with you.

I don't know if it's just me, but I find cutting a truly square block the very hardest thing to do, especially if the block size is larger than my rulers, or is an unusual size.  

And, since I do a fair amount of applique, I just MUST be able to cut a block square... darn it ! 
I took a wonderful class in New York with quilter and teacher Sharon Stroud  (hi, Sharon)   about rotary cutter techniques - and I got a LOT better - but I still am always on the lookout for just the right tool.

So, last week I sprang for this beautiful box:

Even if there was nothing in it, I would want the box - gorgeous, isn't it?

It's Karen Kay Buckley's tool, called "  Perfect Square ".  


Inside the box are lots of pieces of cut plastic that snap together to make a ruler the size you want it to be...  almost any size...  with a cut out in the center... so it looks like this:


 In the center, you thread some strong thread or string through some holes, so you get a perfect X for the center of the block. 

After trimming, a perfectly square, centered block !!!


I have a few more to go !!!  And this isn't even all of them!  This is Sue Garman's design called "Sarah's Revival"... 
Can't wait until they are all neatly trimmed...  yippee............................

I've also been playing with these:


oh I do love crumb blocks, and I love them even more with black to set them off !  

What will I do with these next?  I really don't know... stay tuned.

Happy Quilting,

Kate

Monday, October 27, 2014

Still Quiltin'

Hello my friends

It's been a while since I have posted on this blog - life has just kept me pretty busy ! 

But, I have been plugging along on several big projects -

Remember this piece?  The final details are just taking a long, long time............





All the little cut-work windows have been stitched down, one by one - oh wow did that take a long time !!




And a lot of little tiny beeds have been added - with more to go.


 Yes, that is hand-embroidery around the feather... I decided it just didn't stand out enough, so I am hand-embroidering with a stem stitch around the feathers - I think it is just going to be gorgeous... you can see in this photo how the feathers show on the right, but are not noticeable on the left...  lots more to go !

Working on something like this tends to make me feel color-deprived, so I often sew on something for kids just to enjoy using some screaming color...  like THIS - just the beginning of a heartstrings quilt... 


 hmm, do you think the sock adds to this photo ???  Boy this is bright !!

Everyone take care, and keep quilting and quilting, and then quilt some more !

Kate


Saturday, October 18, 2014

PIQF - IMAGINATIVE AND WONDERFUL


Hi everybody - 

I spent yesterday at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara... a fabulous show.

I took a class on "Drawing for Quilters" - we played with color, and markers, and tearing up paper...  oh, it was so stress-releasing... I need more of that !!

For some reason I was not in the mood to take photos -  and only came home with three photos - - so here goes:  I am sorry I don't know who made this, but I thought it was unique and different - which is hard to find sometimes at a big show like this.

 
 
Here's the Best of Show - for some reason I didn't get a full size photo - the close up detail was so amazing, I just got closups, it seems !!



 
and here is my own little quilt (yes, the same one !!  it gets around)
 
It was a great show !  And well-attended - and I think it's still going on !!!! 
 
 
I got to go sew something   - right away !
 
Kate
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, October 4, 2014

It's a Quilting Weekend - Yippee !


I do love a quilting weekend.  I have no reason to go anywhere this weekend - DH is doing the shopping and the errands, and I have no appointments or meetings...

So, here we go sewing and sewing.........

These are my blocks for "Sarah's Revival", pattern by Sue Garman.  Well, I got to the end of the patterns, and was four blocks short - so I had to copy out the patterns, pin them to the blocks, figure out what I was short, and then get new patterns...  sometime I get very frustrated at my lack of linear process... but, oh well, I'm back on track now...  have a few more to go !

Mostly I worked on this linen quilt

I have completed all the edge stitching, around every flower, every cutwork hole, yep, all of them..

Now I am adding detail...lots and lots of detail... so fun  !!!!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unless I lose my sanity , I'll show you this next after I have stitched down the rust colored fabric - can you see on the circle at the left it is flat?   yep, stitched down... got to do ALL those little cutworks that way - yep, there goes my sanity... for sure.

Ooh, honey just said "come here, we have to trim the cat's nails"  - - OH BOY !

got to run... life duties.

Have a good weekend,

Kate

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Obsessively Tiny Piecing - - How Fun !!!


Hi all, and happy Saturday night !!!

It's snowing in the California mountains, which is good, good... so I am a happy happy lady....

I've been playing all day... on this tiny block:

 
That's a five-inch block... and all those small squares are 1/2 inch...  cute, huh?   It's the first block of a quilt called "Omigosh", pattern by Sue Garman.   I'll show you how it looks as I go along... probably not going to finish it right away !!!!
 
Kitties helped  lot today with the quilting...
 
Miss Bit ironed some charity quilts.  She has to sit on them a long time to get them nice and flat!

 
I'm not really sure how this is helping, but Mystic found a little space in this basket, which used to be brimming full of tops waiting to be quilted, and he snuggled right down !!!!  A nice way to spend Sunday afternoon...

 
and, believe it or not, DH ironed on a plastic bin of scraps that I discovered recently.  I had shoved them in a bin the last time we moved - these scraps are seriously wrinkled after four years of being crammed in the bin !  But oh they look lovely after ironing !!!!
 
Can't wait to see what I can get done tomorrow...
 
Happy Quilting,
 
Kate

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