Thursday, March 31, 2011

CESAR CHAVEZ DAY


Happy Cesar Chavez Day to you.


Cesar Chavez day is celebrated as a state holiday in eight states...


And, if you don't know, Cesar Chavez was an activist in labor practices, and founder of the American Farm Workers. He was an important leader to bring about fair labor practices for the field laborers in the agriculture business - people who had long been mistreated and underpaid.


So today, when you buy or eat some vegetable or other farm product, think of the people who plant and pick - and who work so hard so that all of us can have fresh, safe food.


So I have the day off from work - and am celebrating by - what else - quilting !!!

I put the tables up in my garage , opened the door to a beautiful 75 degree day, and am making quilt sandwiches - have a whole stack of charity quilt tops that need to be sandwiched! This one uses some great denim squares, which makes the quilt all heavy and especially snuggly..





Happy Quilting, AND Happy Cesar Chavez Day!


Kate

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I Discovered Napa Today



Gee - did anyone know they had lots of vineyards in California??? geee... lots and lots.








So - this recently transplanted East Coaster discovered Napa Valley today - now, mind you, the photos above are stolen from the web - it's not quite that green yet...


But wowee is it a great place - palatial wineries - all the famous names I have seen for so long... and fabulous restaurants... we had a terrific lunch at one of the wineries - some of that california 'haute cuisine', which translates into "tiny portions"... but we found an ice cream shop later!!!



I can't wait to go back - a great place for a day trip, although I hear the traffic gets beastly in the summer when the touristas arrive...


OH - THERE'S A QUILT SHOP, TOO!!! It's in Sonoma, and it's a fabulous place - full of great fabrics and quilty activities!

And I found some lovelies to bring home... I want to make a new Mariner's Compass quilt...

All in all - a lovely day!

Hope everyone is well...

Happy Quilting,


Kate




Thursday, March 24, 2011

Endless Binding



Hello everyone!!!!


Yes, it's the endless binding... I don't really know how many yards of binding this is, but it's more than five yards of fabric, all cut to 2.5 inches, folded in half, and neatly pressed.


And, yes, it all fits in that box - although I will have to have DH hold it shut while I tape it up, as the binding keeps trying to jump out..

I'm sending the binding to Australia, to Jan MacFadyen...
If you don't know Jan, jump over to her blog, http://sewmanyquiltstoolittletime.blogspot.com
Jan is one of those amazing quilters who puts together amazing quantities of donation quilts for people who have been in fires or floods, or have some other pressing need. Yes, she has help from others who donate, but I think she secretly has elves who live in her basement and assemble quilts...
She has been collecting and distributing quilts for those in the Australian floods - and I wanted to help, but it's just impractical to mail quilts that far...
So, instead, Jan, here's an (almost) endless supply of binding for you...
Happy Quilting,
Kate

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hexagon Madness Continues


Hi everyone... I am completely hooked on making these little 3/8 inch hexagons!!! I'm just having a blast with them - everywhere I go I take a little bag of fabric pieces and make hexies, then come home and attach them to the mother ship!
I've started keeping a diary of photos - today I titled the photos not only with the month, but with the year! Guess that signifies how long I think this will take to finish!!
Happy Quilting,
Kate

Saturday, March 19, 2011

COLOR CAMP WAS FUN!!


COLOR CAMP WAS GREAT !!
Christine Barnes... Thimble Creek Quilt Shop, Concord, CA
Enjoy the photos.... a great way to spend National Quilting Day

























Happy National Quilting Day to you...
Kate


Friday, March 18, 2011

GOING TO COLOR CAMP


I'm going to Color Camp tomorrow !
It's a class with Christine Barnes, who wrote the book, above, on color, and value, and , well, all that good stuff...
The class is at ThimbleCreek Quilt Shop in Concord, CA. I just discovered ThimbleCreek shop recently - it's just delightful.
And I can't wait to spend a whole day playing with color and fabric... yummy way to spend a Saturday...
I promise lots of photos..
Kate




Thursday, March 17, 2011

Summer Festivals !!!

OH MY , I am having so much fun!!!

I am planning my summer... and I am going to two quilt festivals (at least!)

In June I am going to the National Quilt Association show in Columbus, Ohio. I have long wanted to take the two-day class they offer in quilt judging - and I am signed up for it... I would love to do some judging... but figure I will also learn a whole lot about quilting at the same time... how fun that will be! I also have a dear friend in Columbus...

Then in July I am going to Quilt Odyssey in Hershey , PA.... I'll be taking a class with Cory Pepper plus two drafting classes - drafting is something I love to do, and these look fun... AND, one of the best things about Quilt Odyssey is that one can make a side trip to shop in the lovely and inexpensive Amish fabric shops!!

OH, yippee - it's going to be a fabulous summer for the Quilting Professor!

Kate

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hexagons and More

Well, four days of couch potato and hot tea, and I think I might survive the flu. I
found enough energy to stop by the quilt guild meeting for a bit today.
And, while laying on the couch, I sewed on the hexagon quilt... here's a month ago:

And here's now:
Wow this is going to take a long, long time.
Happy Quilting,
Kate

Friday, March 11, 2011

MISERY INDEX

HACK

COUGH

SNEEZE

SNIFFLE

MOAN

GROAN

I HAVE THE FLU, AND I HATE IT .... I AM NOT A PATIENT PATIENT...



But these are blooming outside my sewing room window, where I finally got to sew a little bit this morning - now it's naptime and time for more meds...

YUCK...

Kate

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Proclamation

LET the WORD go out unto all the Quilting Lands





that the Quilting Professor has officially taken LEAVE OF HER SENSES...





She has begun a giant hexagon quilt..........

At the moment it's a tiny hexagon quilt:::


Those are 3/8 inch hexies - and it will probably be bed-sized when finished...

OFFICIAL WAGERS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THE FOLLOWING:
1. Will she ever finish the giant hexagon quilt?

2. In what decade will it occur?

Stay tuned........... and tuned.....................and tuned.................

Photos are promised as it progresses!

Happy Hexies...

Kate
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