Sunday, November 20, 2022

Shark Tank Shark

 Fun times lately in PamKittyVille.  My friend Jodie, long time quilt market pal and all around fantastic person, sent me her amazing pattern Shark Tank.  Maybe it was because I could not stop commenting on it.  I mean it, couldn't love it more.  It really brought back so  many memories about when Jaws first came out in 1974.  We all loved the movie so much, and my father, my brother and sister and I would put up a fin and make the shark music in a way that I am sure was so annoying to just about anyone around us.  I mean we did it for years.  My Aunt Mary Jane game me a shark necklace even. Insanity.  

Ric Rac Shark Tank

But back to the shark I made.  I totally love it. What will I do with a shark? Who even knows, it was just so much fun to make.  This is the jumbo size, the pattern comes in several sizes and the smallest looks like it would make an adorable pin cushion for your shark loving friends.  

Ric Rac Shark Tank

Took my shark downtown and held it up like it's the catch-of-the-day in front of the @onlyup_team mural on 2nd street in Livermore. My shark has a cute smile.  And some side-eye but you can't tell, just know it's there.   

You should follow Jodie in Instagram, she has a great staff meeting every week.  And she's got a ton of cute patterns if you like making toys. 

Ric Rac Shark Tank


vintage shark necklace

Love you guys.  Hope you're doing well!   Have a good week everyone! xop

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Little Tulip Tote Bag

 Hi friends!  How are things going with you?  Finally cool here in PamKittyVille and I feel a lot more like doing something, like sewing!  I know most of your are probably already following along on IG, so this is old news, but Jean from Little Mint Designs  came out with a new bag pattern, the Little Tulip Tote Bag, and she very kindly sent me the pattern in case I'd like to try it!    

Little Tulip Tote

I had recently ordered some of Cathe Holden's new fabric (Leather and Lace and Amazing Grace for Moda)  from Sunny Day Supply, and decided it would be perfect for Jean's new bag, so I pulled some linen  and ticking I had hoarded for a long time out of my stash  and got busy.  

I like the way Jean lays out her patterns.  This patterns comes with 3 sizes and I made the medium size.  She breaks out each step with great photos and instructions, so it's easy to follow along.  I'm someone who likes the paper pattern to work off of, so I print with ink savings turned on, then if I need a better look at the photos I can come to my computer and blow them up for whatever detail I need.   

I really love the details in the bag.  There are two inside pockets and the lining has top stitching details that I think upscale the look.    The shape is cute, and the interfacing and fusible fleece are just enough to give it  good structure and there is no interfacing or fusible fleece in the seams which makes it much easier to sew together.


This is my darling medium size tote.  Perfect for anything really, I went on an archeological dig in my sewing room and unearthed some natural color cotton webbing I've had for ages for the handles, and I'd ordered some very nice cotton twill tape from Jeni Baker which I used for the  ties.  I love the look. Jeni also carries the cotton webbing in her shop in case you're going to need some! 

I loved sewing this bag, Jean's patterns are so nice.  She also designed the cute Little Wisteria Pouch I made, you can see it here on my IG .  Everything finishes so nicely.  I hope you give it a try.  Thanks to Jean for sending her pattern for me, I sure appreciate my sewing friends! 

Hope all is well with you!  xop

Monday, September 12, 2022

Cherry Pillow

Hi friends!  In a shocking turn of events, I finally finished my cherry pillow.  I'm afraid to even go back and look to see when I posted this little group of fabrics, and my inspiration piece, because I know it's been a long long time.  I had them all piled up, and moved the pile from place to place but never got around to making it. 

cherry pillow

True confession, cutting up that cute Moda towel was rough, and I think that's what held me back.  I had taken the hems out and pressed it all up, but when it came time to cut... gulp.  

cherry pillow

I thought I might move away from the inspiration pillow, and collected up some fabrics that worked well with the toweling, but in the end I just loved the pillow in the photo.  The fabric choices and layout are just so darling to me.  Good proportions are  everything. 

cherry pillow

Its long and thin and and my stuffing job isn't the greatest, but I love it anyway.  I mean what luck was it to have hoarded that towel for so long!   And now that I've cut into it, it should be a lot easier to use, right?  RIGHT? 

cherry pillow

So are you up to anything fun?  We're coming off a week or so of very hot weather here in PamKittyVille.   Exhausting, even with air conditioning.  Hopefully we're done with the super hot weather, but summer isn't over by a long shot here.  Hope your weather is making you happy and all things are right with you! xop

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Zakka Workshop Stylish Sewing Caddy

 Hi friends!  How are you?  Hope you're keeping cool.  Its really a challenge, right?  Thank goodness the sewing room is cool (enough) and I can hang out there.  

This weekend I had everything prepped to work on the Zakka Workshop Stylish Sewing Caddy.  I have  wanted to make a frame bag for quite a while so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Kristyne from Pretty By Hand designed and wrote the pattern so I knew I'd be able to follow along.  And friends, it's surprisingly easy.  Like I was shocked by how easy it was. 


I really challenged myself with selecting some directional fabric, and I think that was the hardest part of the whole project.  True confession: I did have to re-cut the end pieces but the rest went ok.  It's really straightforward cutting  and piecing.  

zakka art-sewing caddy

I can't get over how professional the results are.  Look how nice and boxy that is.  I'm so impressed with how it turned out.  Its nice and firm, and holds its shape perfectly.  I haven't made a bag with this type of zipper installation, so that was fun.  I do have a tip, and that is sew one side  following the instructions then mark the zipper where the sides meet the body... I kind of like you do (or at least I do) when I sewing rows together with sashing, so all the sashing lines up.  Does that make sense?  

zakka art-sewing caddy

You can see in the picture below my two sides don't quite match up, where it folds over, not  a problem, but I think I maybe pulled a little when working on the second side of the zipper.   It doesn't really show and I'm not worried about it, but it's a little tip.  

zakka art-sewing caddy

I did crack up, at first I was kind of disappointed,  my ends weren't that great, but Kristyne mentions that you need to let it sit a bit to learn it's shape and  later when I came back and dorked around with the ends a bit they laid down quite nicely, even after opening and closing .  I was a little afraid because the ends did not look good at first.  Don't be discouraged!

zakka art-sewing caddy

Look at the interior, it's huge!!!  I think it would make a great makeup bag as well, you could easily customize the inside with pockets. Could be a lunch bag, you could make one in more masculine fabrics as a dopp bag for men. 

zakka art-sewing caddy

Glamor shots, because I love how this bag turned out.  

zakka art-sewing caddy

zakka art-sewing caddy

I really enjoyed making this bag and totally would make it again.  The frame  insertion, piece of cake.  Even  top stitching the little casing line of stitching was easy.   If you needs inspiration go check out the #stylishsewingcaddy hashtag, lots of wonderful bags and much better photography there.  You can order the pattern with the zipper and frame from Zakka Workshop.  

That's it sewing friends!  I'm already thinking about what to work on next!  See ya later. xop

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Little Wisteria Pouch

Hi there!  How is your weekend going?  If you follow along on Instagram, you saw that I had all my pieces and parts ready to stitch up a Little Mint Designs Little Wisteria Pouch.   Jean was very kind to send me a copy of her pattern, and I was anxious to give it a try because I have been wanting a little clutch like this for quite a while!  I love all the details, especially the slip pocket inside.  I have never sewn one before so it was fun to learn a new technique.  Jean's dainty designs are easy to sew with her excellent instructions and photos.  I've had such good luck with her patterns.  This one was no exception.  My only reason for not doing it sooner was the fact I needed to order more zippers.  

little wisteria pouch-little-mint patterns

I love being organized with a project, and I like the way Jean approaches each design, very methodical,  and just my cup of tea.  My favorite part of the project was the little templates for the outer and slip pockets.  Genius really.  I also like the templates for interfacing.  I like that she keeps the bulk out of the seams. 

Little Wisteria Pouch1

I think my pouch turned out great.  Its not perfect, my zipper pocket is a little off center.  My own error, so know that even experienced sewists have less than perfect results.  But honestly can you even tell?  I'm not mad and it doesn't ruin it for me.  Lets be kind to ourselves over things like this.  

Little Wisteria Pouch2

Another thing I love is that I added in a third fabric for my pockets, it makes me so happy to see those little dots in there.  Would 100% do that again.  The more the merrier.  I mean you really could go wild with fabric right?  I know you get it.  

Little Wisteria Pouch3

Love the inside.  Couldn't be more perfect.  Can't wait to try the mini pouch.  Perfect for dropping into my larger purse, when I just don't feel like lugging it around. 

Little Wisteria Pouch4

All in all a delightful make. Love everything about it.  I recommend The Little Wisteria Pouch for sure.  Delightful.  Can't wait to make another one!  

Ok pals, that's it for me.  Be sure and check out the #littlewisteriapouch hashtag on Instagram to see more pouches! And follow Jean, she's coming out with a very cool new tote bag with a drawstring top!  I can't wait for that one!  


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Swoon Curious

Hi there friends, what have you been up to?  Lately it seems like I've been busy, I have a little bit of work, some weeks more than others, and then there's just stuff, you know, takes time, but isn't anything all that interesting.  

One thing that caught my eye this summer was the Summer Swoon Along.  I really love that quilt, the block is clever, and the piecing easy.. I've just never made one.  I have the 16 inch pattern, you can grab any of the many Swoon patterns over at Camille's site here.  There are a ton of totally cute patterns, but I'm sure you already know that.  Check out the #swoonquilt hashtag for some beautiful quilts. 

                                             Swoon Curious

I have all the beautiful Tanya Whelan Posie fabric just waiting for a great project, so I went for it.  I ordered the Barefoot Roses dot from Thimbleanna to use as my background. I plan on using the ginghams as that accent part of the star and then the pretty florals as the stars. Posie will be available later this year.  

Posie-Tanya Whelan

I made just one block for now, no rush right?  I have to cut a bunch of squares for my house quilt that I still want to blog all about, but that is means going through my scrap box for a nice mix of fabrics and I've been really lazy about doing it.    I have sewing motivation in spurts so I'm making the most of it when I do, and then I don't worry about it.  

Anyway you guys have been busy sewing and doing fun summer stuff, I see you on Instagram!!!  I hope you're all doing well.  So much intense weather everywhere I worry about friends near and far.  Sending my best wishes to you!!! xop

Friday, July 29, 2022

Treat Yo Self

 Hi friends!  How is the summer/winter  going? Can you believe we're at the tail end of July already?  As usual time seems to be zooming by lately.   No disrespect to those of you that love summer and it's  hot weather, I am not a fan. 

                                             LDH Sewing Shears

Anyway about treating myself.  Do you follower Minki Kim, @zeriano, on Instagram?  She makes a lot of really wonderful projects and is a fabric designer as well.  I'm sure you already follow her.  Anyway I watch a lot of her sewing videos over on her you-tube channel.  I find them so peaceful to watch, I keep the sound off, but even the music in the background is calming. Sometimes I sit in the morning with coffee and watch her stitch away.  But back to treating myself....

Minki often uses some beautiful black sewing shears and the way that they cut through fabric is mesmerizing to me.  In all the years I have sewn, I've always used inexpensive 'over-the-counter' fabric shears.  They work for a while and then they are doomed to become paper shears or worse, relegated to the garage!   I've treated myself to a lot of smaller fancy scissors but never a pain of long shears. 

ldh sewing shears

One day earlier this year I was cutting with some scissors that were reaching retirement age and I decided to research what scissors Minki uses and ordered myself a pair.  I was watching this video where she slices through a quilt-as-you-go panel and I knew I HAD TO HAVE THEM.   

LDH Sewing Shears

So they're LDH Midnight Edition Fabric Shears, 9 inch length.  Worth every penny, they glide through fabric, it's really amazing.  I'm so happy I ordered them. They have a nice weight, heavier than your basic scissors, but they feel good.  I'm being very careful not to knock them off my ironing board or sewing table with my irresponsible behavior.   But I love them.  I'm not sponsored by them or anything just a big fan.  

I think about how I used to just blog away about nothing in particular,  like scissors or Trader Joe tamales for lunch, of about coffee.  I miss it.  I have been thinking about the scissors and thought it might be fun to write about it.  Its easy to post a picture on instagram and say look at my new scissors but then I couldn't tell you how much I like Minki's you tube videos and all her pretty pictures, maybe you'd like them too.   In the mean time I do love seeing everyone's photos on IG, so I'm sure I'll see you there, and maybe post a picture of my scissors.  But we'll both know the real story.  Treat yourself friends, to a walk outside, a breath of fresh air, a cup of coffee  and some sewing or some pretty scissors.  You're worth it. xop

Monday, July 18, 2022

Sloan Zone

Good morning! I'm up with  my first cup of coffee enjoying the cool air before it really warms up here.    These hot summer  temps are normal for us but I know a lot of  you are in hotter than normal weather and I'm hoping you stay cool and hydrated.  


I hope you had a chance to visit all the participants of the Bird Song fabric tour.  There were a lot of great projects shared, and I enjoyed seeing them all.  The tour winner here at PamKittyVille is Lisa McCool who said "♥️♥️I love seeing the fabrics manipulated and set into designs by all the designers!! Love Blue!!♥️♥️ Thank you for your post and tips!!"

Time for me to get to get ready for work.  Monday's are my day at the office.  Can't wait to see what's new.  Keep cool friends !!! Thanks for visiting my stop on the tour! xop

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Bird Song Fabric Tour

Good morning friends! Today is my day on Pat Sloan's Bird Song Fabric tour!  Bird Song is Pat's new collection for Benartex Fabrics.  

I really love this collection, it's two colorways, pink and blue, and both are so cute.  I love pink and I made my fabric selections and then of course thought OMG should I have chosen blue???  Luckily Bird Song will soon be in stores so we can get all we want!

Birdsong FAbric Benartex Pat Sloan

I decided that it would be fun to make another project from Pat's Tantilizing Tabletoppers book and I chose the Breakfast Club topper for a nice summery topper.  I think this Bird Song Breakfast Club mini quilt makes for a cute table display.  


Of course it's a perfect opportunity to bust out my cool vintage concrete garden bird!



I love all the little details in the Wildflower Field and Sing a Song prints.  Of course also the Bird Watching print on the back.  And the Happy Flower for the border, super cute.  It's very reminiscent of the 70s to me, fun and funky! 



Be sure and check out the Bird Song look book!   There are some great projects shown and closeups of all the pretty fabrics in this collection.  

Now for the fun part, leave a comment and you might win a 10 inch charm pack of Pat's fabric!


The drawing is open to international  friends as well, and if chosen you'll win this cute Perfect Little Box of Colors of Aurifil thread!


Here's a list of everyone participating in the tour along with their links.  you can also catch people on Instagram by following the #patsloansbirdsong hashtag. You have a chance to win with every participant so I hope you check them all out! Pat will have updates daily so you can check out her Instagram here. 

That's it for me today!!  I should be back here soon because I can't wait to talk about my fun current quilt in the making.  You've maybe seen it on Instagram here...   It's so much easier to share photos on IG but it really takes a blog post to fill in all the details, you know? Hope you're having a good summer or make that winter for all my southern hemisphere friends! 

Saturday, June 04, 2022

Goose on the Pond

Hi there! How's the weekend?  

I've heard that after a lot of delays, Fat Quarter Shop is finally able to show the Geese on the Pond projects we all started last year!!!   I had an Instagram post from November 7 to show off my fabric selection!  I barely remember it!  I love their Classic and Vintage series and I'm always excited to be invited to participate. 


I had a lot of fun working on it.  I used the triangle paper suggested in the pattern and had really good luck with it.  I like the accuracy. I've never used it for tons of triangles though.  Have you?  And what about scrappy, do you have a system?  I love seeing how everyone approaches sewing projects.  


Probably no surprise, I made a pillow!!!  I think it turned out great, patriotic, but also just good for everyday.  I loved this collection by Minick and Simpson for Moda. It's Belle Isle and is  still available. I used the large floral on the back, but forgot to grab any photos of it.  You can see them over on IG.

Hope you head over to The Jolly Jabber and see all the other projects people have made.  They have a lot of great people who contribute so check it out! And be sure to check out the hashtags on  Instagram to see all the action there!  #geeseonthepondquilt  #classicandvintageseries

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Chicken Dinner.

 Good morning friends, new and old!  Hope you're had a nice holiday weekend if you're in the US.  The weather here was lovely all weekend, I really enjoyed it.  It might be the last hurrah before summer temps settle on us for the foreseeable future!


I had a lot of fun on Pat's book tour.  So many great projects, right?  But today is my 'winner winner chicken dinner' day.  But before that, did you always know that phrase?  I first heard it reading blogs, it wasn't a common saying in my life... well till around 2005 anyway.  I mean it's the cutest right?  And trust me there were a lot of things I never heard of that I learned about on the internet that are not that cute!!!  

But back to the winner, who is Deborah who said "Love the runners.  Pat has been a life saver during the past couple of years.  Yours is great.'  I totally agree, Pat has been a life saver.  She's such a thoughtful friend, bouying my spirits during the past few years checking in with me.   I met Pat through the blog then later in person at Quilt Market.    She's great.  I'm lucky to know her.  

Ok, that's it for today.  Thanks for all the wonderful comments!!  I really enjoyed them.  I was really getting that old blog feeling reading them.  And everyone is so busy!!!  Hope you have a great week everyone! xop

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Pat Sloan's Tantalizing Table Toppers

 Hi there friends!  Today is my day on Pat's Tantalizing Table Toppers Book Tour.  It's always so fun to participate in a book tour, especially among such talented people! 

pat sloans Tantilizing Table toppers

I had a hard time choosing which topper to make.  There are a lot of fun projects in this book, but that blue runner on the cover, French Bistro, really caught my eye. It's a simple project that  can be made quickly.  Perfect for left over strips of fabric.  I had my eye on this cute Cook Book fabric by Lori Holt and I love how it turned out.   

  Tantilizing Tabletoppers Pat Sloan 

One of the things I love about Pat's books are the variety of projects, the tips and the little stories about each piece. I like the way she approaches each project, her work style.  And of course Martingale books are lovely, the photos and styling are charming, so they're a pleasure to look at.  And of course the most important thing, the instructions and illustrations are easy to follow.  

Tantilizing Tabletoppers Pat Sloan

I love sewing.  And sewing with people, like Pat, is what I love the most.  I hope you enjoy seeing my project and all the projects that people have made for this book tour. I'm grateful for all the friends I've made over the years.  


And now for the fun part, if you'd like a chance to win a copy of Pat's book, leave a comment below.  Tell me what you're working on, or  just say hi! A winner will be selected at the end of the book tour!

pat sloan's tantilizing table toppers

There's a giveaway on each post in the book tour, here's a list of  the participants:

Full Tour list:

You can check out Pat's YouTube channel for videos each day  where she introduces everyone.  It's fun to follow along with Pat on a regular basis, not only for this hop. Follow along on Instagram with the #PatSloansBookTour tag.   Thanks for hanging in there till the end of my post! 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

What's up?

Greetings friends! Surprise, here I am.  Hope you're doing well.  It seems like nothing much is new here, and maybe the boring everyday things aren't interesting enough to share. Who tunes into read about how I drank coffee like I didn't drink coffee every day (or just about) since the last time I drank coffee. And in all the years since 2006 when I started this blog. 

Ok, sure that coffee photo is from last year during summer. That plant isn't blooming yet.  But the days are warming up and the branches are getting all their leaves so hopefully it won't be long.  I know so many people are just getting spring time weather right now, but we're already having days in the nineties, so it's basically summer to me. Chris, on hot days you know I'm thinking about you!

TQS Pictures

Some things are new to me.  A month or so ago I started helping out over at the Quilt Show Store taking photos of incoming goods.  So many pretty things, it's a little like working in a brick and mortar shop again.  This was just a little corner of the table of things I took pictures of recently.  It's nice to get out of the house and see people even though  most of the work takes place here at home on the computer.  The extra bonus is having a little more structure in my day to day, which has led to a tiny bit more productivity in the rest of my life.  But just a tiny bit. 

lori Holt cookbook fabric

Mostly people follow along on instagram, and I haven't been too good with that either.  But I posted this photo a while ago, kind of a teaser at the time.  But now it's finally coming around to being able to talk about it.  Pat Sloan asked if I'd like to participate in her Table Topper Book Tour and of course I said yes!  One of the best things for me is working on things like this.  Plus the runner I made is cute, so bonus.  You can check out Pat's Instagram post about it here, and see all the sneak peeks. 

pat sloans Tantilizing Table toppers

Glad I hopped on over here today to catch up.  I have to reteach myself how to use blogger each time when it's been so long between posts, My last post was my little box tutorial a bit more than a year ago.  Looking at the post it seems like so much longer than that though.  The new changes are nice, once you remember how to do it.  Maybe I'll be here more often, who knows.  I know I'll be back a couple of time, once for the table toppers tour, for sure.  

So anyway most of you post on instagram and I follow along there.  Your posts always make me so happy to see and read about all the things you're up to.  Many of the way-back bloggers have kids grown up and in college or graduated and there's nothing like that to show you how time has passed by.  Maybe it' an old people thing to mention but time does seem to be flying by right, even though in the moment it seems to plod along.  I hope you're all healthy and doing well. xop