Friday, December 30, 2016
Good morning my sweet friends! I hope your days were merry! I can't believe it's almost time to say goodbye (and good riddance) to 2016 and welcome a fresh new year full of possibilities. Do you make resolutions? Pick a word? I never do that myself, but I love to see what people are thinking about at this time of year.
We've had some cold frosty mornings lately. Typical fall and winter in California, we're raking frosty leaves till February around here. The weeds are thriving with the rain so my yard is nice and green, looks more alive than it has all year!
Are you doing any sew alongs this coming year? The Splendid Sampler is only has a couple of more months to go. I see that Pat has already started to work on something new, and you can follow along with her over at her new website I Love to Make Quilts. Here's the link to the first post about this Solstice challenge so you can read all about it.
Hope you have a happy and safe New Year's and I look forward to meeting up with you here for coffee next year. Thank you so much for your friendship , lots for this PamKitty to be grateful for! xop
Friday, December 23, 2016
Monday, December 12, 2016
Good morning friends! How are things with you? I know you're all busy, I've seen evidence of all the Christmas spirit on Instagram and Facebook. I enjoy everyone's photos so much.
Late last week I got started on a little fun project. I had this cute strawberry fabric that I couldn't resist (it's from Joanns) after I saw it on someone's Instagram post. I didn't know what to make with it till I remembered two sweet little girls that belong to a friend of mine. I whipped these up using my tried and true little kids apron blank that I picked up at Joanns a couple of years ago. I used the shape to cut them out and then made miles of bias binding to finish off the edges. I added a cute ruffle on the top of these and monograms so these sweet sisters can tell their aprons apart. It's not a hard project but top stitching the bias around the neck and the ties is fiddly and it takes a ton of pins to get them ready to go. I hope the girls like them.
I haven't had much sewing mojo lately, I know I'm not the only one this happens too. But yesterday I remembered I do have a sewing obligation for next month so it's the perfect time to begin. It's a nice spring time project so I can't wait to work on it and share it with you.
Hope you have a great week! Thanks for checking in here with me. Your friendship means the world to me! xo
Friday, December 09, 2016
Good morning, how are things in your world? We are having a couple of rainy days here in PamKittyVille and I love it. The gloomy days are well worth it when there's some rain to show for it.
This week had exciting news for me. Lindsay Mayland from American Patchwork and Quilting emailed me to let me know she included my storage tip in the February issue article about the #honestsewingroom. My quote is really more cautionary than advice but I sure stand by it. I forget I have stuff and what I don't forget about I've lost, as most of your long time friends here know. But to be included with so many people who do have great advice was awesome and I appreciate it!
In the mean time there's a million more packages of rick rack where those came from.
I haven't been sewing, more like wandering around from room to room doing a little of this and that without anything to show for it. But for the most part I'm cool with it. I always come back to sewing and fabric, I can't help it.
Hope you are enjoying whatever you are up to! Happy Weekend! xo
Monday, December 05, 2016
Hi there friends! How was your weekend? Weather was lovely here Saturday and we went out in the convertible with the top down and got some fresh air and some sun on our faces! I'm just getting over a bit of a cold, so it was nice change from being curled up in my chair under a quilt all week. All that's left is the obnoxious cough. I suspect that will hang on for a while.
Recently Fat Quarter Shop sent me a copy of their Quilter's Patch BOM book by Edyta Sitar. Edyta has designed a lovely quilt with many unique blocks to fill her garden! The first blocks begin with easy construction and as the months progress the blocks become more complex to challenge you. I love that this quilt includes some applique and some embroidery. What I really love are all the garden photographs sprinkled throughout the book. I love flower gardens and this is the most water wise garden for me right now!
Feeling cooped up I wanted to make something fun so I chose the butterfly block, which was fast and easy to make. I used the opportunity to practice getting that perfect center... but even if I couldn't make it I knew is was going to split my block in half to add the butterfly body. Cute. It just needs some corners and a touch of embroidery to complete it.
I hope you have a fantastic week friends! I'm happy to feel good so I'll pour another cup of coffee and get busy! xo