Sunday, June 28, 2015

Born at Retreat

Hello everyone, and happy days of summer..........  The Quilting Professor is finally on a lessened, summer schedule.  I am on a 12-month contract, so work goes on, but at a much more relaxed pace.

So - let the sewing kick into high gear ...............

A few weeks ago I went to my first ever quilting retreat - in charming Auburn, CA, with the extraordinary quilter and teacher Cindy Needham.  It was a fabulous four days of sewing, eating, laughing, and relaxing. 

Mostly I worked on that pile of "in progress" stuff - and made some headway, but no finishes...

But there was a START  - ie., to me, it feels like a 'birth', thus the title of this post.




oh my, this is a lot of fun !!!

This linen is a piece of Madeira linen, which has become my favorite.  I found it on eBay.  It was in pristine condition.  It is mounted on a piece of gold Hoffman Radiance. 

Stay tuned for more photos !!

(and yes, I have another one in progress.... no its not finished.....  I just needed a break from it.....)

Kate

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I HAVE A FABRIC PROCESSOR !

WOW - -

Now, you may ask... "What is a Fabric Processor?"

Well - a Fabric Processor does the following:
1.  Assists with fabric shopping and transport;
2. Picks up boxes from the post office, mails squishies and other boxes away;
3.  Washes new fabric, and folds it neatly;
4.  Cuts scraps into pre-set sizes - for me it's 8.5, 5, and 2.5 inch squares.

Wait  - - it does more: 
5.  Enthusiastically "oohs"  and "aahs" about finished quilts;
6.  Transports large boxes and bags of charity quilts;
7.  Helps assemble hanging frames for quilts;
......... and best of all.....
IT IRONS - ESPECIALLY CHAIN-PIECED SQUARES...

Yep - I HAVE ONE....

Where did you get it??  you may ask...
Did you buy it online??
Did you find it at Joann's??
Did the creative folks at Martelli make it?

awwww, shucks,  I FOUND IT IN MY BED !!!!

yep, it's   DH....  
here are some photos of his most recent work:  cutting scraps into squares

 
loading up the car for me to go to quilting retreat !


Resting !!!  With Cat, of course !




I think i'll keep him !!
 
 
Kate

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Things Finished....

Hi all - just a quick post - life seems to be going by awfully fast lately !

I finished up my Hands2Help quilts with these two "masculine"  cuties...


then completed a blue/yellow heartstrings, also for charity


And to I went to my first-ever quilting retreat !  Sewed my brains out for three days - what great fun !

Pretty soon, I'll have some more photos from work accomplished at the retreat - just you wait and see!

Now it's unpack, do laundry, and rest up a little before work tomorrow - ugh !

Kate

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Guest Blogger

Hi everyone, and Happy Memorial Day Weekend................ 

I hope you'll stop over to Sarah Craig's blog,  "Confessions of a Fabric Addict", where I am a guest blogger....  how fun was that !

And I'll be back in this space in just a few days !

Kate

Friday, May 8, 2015

Progress, Progress, Progress

Good Friday night to everyone...............

I have not been an active blogger lately - one reason is because I have been busy at work.   But, truth be told...............

I just have so many BIG projects, and they are moving VERY SLOWLY................

But they ARE moving..............................

So, here's some PROGRESS TO REPORT.... (doing the happy dance)


One more row to add on the bottom.........................

Of that row, four are appliqued - I have two more to go..............

I'll show you again when I get the bottom row on..................

AND THEN I'LL THINK ABOUT THE BORDERS - -

Don't you love this pattern?  It's by Sue Garman, called "Sarah's Revival"...and it's soo much fun to applique................

stay tuned for MORE PROGRESS.


Kathleen

Friday, May 1, 2015

HANDS 2 HELP


Oh It's A Happy Friday

I just put the last stitches on my Hands2Help quilts  - -

Have you been watching this initiative ?  If not, go HERE   to learn more.    It's an annual initiative by Sarah, at her blog "Confessions of a Fabric Addict"...  She organizes quilt donations to several different charities each year.

I'm signed up for two, and I'm tickled that they are completed BEFORE the deadline !




I'll be packing these up to go to Emily at Happy Chemo !

Oh these have been fun... glad to get them finished, though... Finishes are always nice.


Let's see - what else can I sew on ??  Surely there must be some fabric around somewhere.................:)


Kate



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Oh My What Came in the Mail !

Hello hello everyone - 

Somehow every day goes by and I just feel busier and busier... 

But this week I got a great box , and just want to share.............



Did I tell you that I am hosting a quilting retreat in Lake Tahoe ???

now, I ask, am I nuts or what   ???   yes, nuts, completely.

I found a wonderful place in Lake Tahoe called the "SewHeavenly Retreat" house that can be rented for quilting retreats - Google it, its fabulous - will accommodate TEN quilters!

So, I wrote my quilty online friends, and a few months later, the lease was signed, and eight people are going to connect in Tahoe in August to work on charity quilts for the Sunshine Online Guild...........

Let's see - four days with eight quilters, most of whom I have never met.....YIKES! 

But I know it will be fine - no, not fine, fabulous... and I can't wait.

So this week, one of the members of the Guild sent this box of goodies for us to sew on, since she can not attend...



 
 
 
ooh, ooh, aren't they wonderful ????  It's going to be SOOOO much fun, I can't wait...
 
Kate
 
 
 
 
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