Monday, October 17, 2016


Hi - here are just a few teasers of the new piece I am working on............ 

This is a pillowcase - quilted and  partly beaded.

can you see the small spot I forgot to quilt?  just to the right of the beads...  amazing how it shows up in a photo - I'll get right on that !

This piece has incredible lacework - so I'm not sewing it down, just holding it in place with one gazillion beads !
 And just to make sure this takes as long as possible, I decided to hand-embroider all the stitch lines on the flower trim - to make it show more.............  oh heavens, this is going to take forever !
Next week I will be traveling - and this is going with me - planes, trains, surely I can put some beads on and do some embroidery during those hours !!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

wow, mid-October !!!

I don't know how the fall can be flying by so fast !!!!

I apologize for not blogging much recently, but there's just a lot of "stuff" going on.  You know - a busy job, a busy life - and some extended family illnesses that have demanded trips to the east coast to try to work through care issues and legal issues.......... 

But - let's focus on quilts - that is much more fun !!!!

I have been making a Christmas quilt for my neice, Kelly, who has a lovely new house.  I want it finished by December 1, so she can use it as part of her holiday decorating.......

 (sorry for the glimpse into my messy sewing area - I need a bigger design wall - and a bigger room !!!)

This is kind of a kit - I just needed a design and fabric FAST - so ordered a kit from Missouri Star, and then did some swapping out to suit my own taste - added a few solids to calm down all the prints, and to make some areas for nice quilting......  I'm hoping to get the center all sewn together this weekend, or close - then just some nice borders... it's a good size for a couch quilt... near the Christmas tree, don't you think?

I've also got TWO new linen quilts in progress - I'll be back soon with photos... they are going to be gorgeous, gorgeous !

happy weekend,



Friday, September 16, 2016


OH MY GOODNESS...........

ANNABELLE'S WEDDING FEAST won a prize.........

"Best Sewing Machine Workmanship", Wall Quilt Division

and it's hanging there with a ribbon on it , at the Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza !!!!

no photo yet....

BUT - you can see all the winning quilts by going to, then click on Upcoming Shows, then Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza,  then 2016 Winners...... they are fabulous..... wow it is amazing how many great quilters there are out there.......

I am so tickled, and so excited.......

and I even get a check, too !!

Can't wait till it ships home to see the ribbon...

.....  Kate

Monday, September 12, 2016

From Sea to Shining Pennsylvania

Hi !!!

My quilt is traveling !!!

 I named it "Annabelle's Wedding Feast"...  Wedding Feast, because it was, after all, originally a tablecloth... Annabelle?  I don't know.  I seem to be in a pattern of naming my linen quilts after a woman, with an old-fashioned, three-syllable name.  Like Victoria, or Elizabeth -  or Annabelle.  somehow it seems to fit.  Here's the photo - which I should crop, but it's a long story about three different computers, and none of them wanting to crop tonight, so here it is, as is.

It will be in the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, which opens on Thursday.  And today I just learned that it has also been accepted to the Pacific International Quilt Festival in October - yippee !!!! 

oh it's fun to see my pieces journeying around and sharing their beauty with everyone... to be honest, its a little nerve-wracking, too..............  (ok just get over it).

Oh it's just inspiring - I need to go sew another one !!!

take care,  Kate

Monday, August 29, 2016

Guests and Good News !

Greetings !

Good news on several quilty fronts :

1.  My linen quilt just got juried  into the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza !!!  hooray.  Now I must put on a hanging sleeve....  (somehow it seems like jinxing a quilt to sew on the hanging sleeve until it is accepted in a show to hang , so I wait, and then do it at the last minute - lol !)

2.  I just got home from a four-day quilt retreat - got soooooo much done, ate too much, slept some, and for four wonderful days did not hear the names Hillary or Donald............. 

3.  I've been selected as a Board member of the Northern California Quilt Council.  I am very excited.  NCQC works to support and elevate quilters across Northern California, and to support local quilt guilds.  I think this is going to be a lot of fun. 

on the non-quilty side:  we have COMPANY:

Her name is Evie.  She was rescued by firemen in a drain pipe under a 10-lane freeway.  Now she is in the hands of are her "intake fosters".  We are giving her the first safe, comfortable place to be.  She had a choice between sleeping in her carrying cage or a cardboard box - she chose the box (works every time)... and has a couple of friends to keep her company.  She weighs 1.1 pound ! 

Even with the trauma she experienced, she is gentle and likes to be held.  She is very tired now, and just wants to sleep, especially with a full little belly.  She will likely perk up and play once she has slept and eaten her fill of both.  And tomorrow another kitten, a friend of hers, will join her so she will have real company. 

We will keep her a week, then she will be up for adoption.  Oh she will make a super-wonderful pet for some family. 


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Long-Awaited Finishes

Hello hello - I do hope you are all having wonderful summers... I've been just wrapped up with mostly happy stuff.... travels, special projects, and, of course, some quilting..............

and we had COMPANY....................... look at these faces !!!!  ten weeks old... we kept them for a week while their foster mom went away... we tried to teach them some "manners" - basics like "don't climb up the human's leg !!!!"...............  that one is really important.

They have since been adopted, and gone to their forever home.  Hopefully, they are not climbing up any legs !!!

I tore into a stack of unfinished quilts...........  I'm just not very good at actually finishing quilts - I get close, and then lay them down...  so

this is a Bonnie Hunter mystery from a couple of years ago - called "Easy Street" I think.  I remember I picked these colors and thought "oh this might be a disaster" - and I love it.
We will actually sleep under this one !

and another finish:

this is a kit from Connecting Threads that will go to a sick friend.   Hope it snuggles her well.

Today I submitted my white linen quilt to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Show... wish me luck - I will find out if I am accepted by August 24.... 

enjoy August -   oh I love summer.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Released From the Bone Pile Yippee !

Well.... Hallelujah !

Remember this piece ???  I found this photo on my Blog from September........ SEPTEMBER ??? OH MY...surely it wasn't that long ago.

there was lots left to do at this point................
I loved these corner feathers..............

But I really wasn't happy with the center...............that mess in the middle just doesn't look right at all........ way too formless for the rest of the center medallion.  oh yuck.  That stitching is way too dense to rip out..................
So it went in the Bone Pile.
The Bone Pile is where stuff goes that isn't working.
It was sad to put this in the Bone Pile...................
But NOW - an idea.................when something doesn't work - well, cover it up with something else !!!!
So, this is three doilies.  the bottom is the biggest, the second one is the pale yellow/orange color, and then the smallest one on top.  I love how the pale orange peeks through !


And there will be BEADS, too ! They hold the lace down.
Oh I am so happy this piece is released from the Bone Pile .
Now to get it finished up.  Mostly that means finishing up this center medallion, and then finishing the binding, hanging sleeve, and label...
Deadline for the New Quilts of California Competition is August 1...  I'm just gonna make it, I think.
Stay tuned for finished photos.
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