Tuesday, February 04, 2020


Hi there friends! How is 2020 going so far? It's offered us some challenges but nothing we can't face.  Can you believe we're already in February?  Before you know it I'll be complaining about the summer heat right?  I'm thinking of all you in the snow and sending your pretty primrose greetings from the temperate climates here in Northern California. 


They're the prettiest harbinger's of spring popping up in nurseries in January around here. After Christmas and all it's winter themes I'm ready for them.  It won't be really spring here for  a while, but these beauties can stand our frosty mornings.  Monday morning it was 30 degrees when I got up!!! Kid stuff I know for all you snowbound people but definitely cold for here in PamKittyVille.

Atkinson designs playing hearts

I've been in my sewing room more lately, even doing things, not just sitting there and looking at all my things. (chaos) Terry of Atkinson Designs came out with a new pattern called Let's Play Hearts, and it's so cute, fast and fun, I couldn't resist it. It's clever, the thing that takes the time is picking fabrics and deciding which order to put them in! I used my Quilter's Select Free Fuse which I love so much.  I really hope you give it a try.  This isn't sponsored content, I just REALLY LOVE IT. 

Atkinson Designs Playing Hearts

The other thing I did over a few days was cut some hearts.  I've been inspired by so many cute heart projects on Instagram, particularly those by Helen Philipps, I ordered a die from Accuquilt to cut a bunch out because die cutting is soooo easy.  I used the Quilter's Select Appli-Web Plus on my fabric so when ever I get around to getting started I can fuse them on background fabrics and blanket stitch them up.

accuquilt heart die

I went through my big box of jumbled scraps and sorted them out, coming up with this selection, lots of scraps from my first line of fabric PamKittyMorning in that box. It was fun to go through and pick out pink, red and blue fabrics. I had enough smaller pieces to cut tiny hearts too, and I have those packaged up for some future project, who knows  It was fun and I couldn't stop cutting.  I like this particular die, it has symmetrical hearts, plus that folky looking heart as well.  

accuquilt heart die

Monday was definitely a happy mail day around here.  I received my quilts back from Amy of Big City Quilting. Amy and I have been friends since way back in the beginning of the blog days, her blog Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts was always so inspiring.  I have been such a huge fan of Amy for years, and was thrilled to have her quilt my quilts.  


I had three quilts quilted, and I can't wait to show more when I have the binding on them.  I just stitched the binding on  the Jelly Roll Railway quilt  today, and can't wait to do the handwork and show it off.  This photo doesn't do any of them justice, but most particularly this one at the bottom, which is so vibrant and cheery. 

Patchwork Gifts

Also made a few of these, which you already know if you follow me on Instagram.  I'm loving the Elise's new book, Patchwork Gifts, Tuva Publishing sent me a copy and I'm excited to be participating in her book tour.  Her book is available March 1st. 

So that's a big big catch up from me.  What's going on with you?  Hope you are well! 

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Perfectly Pretty Patchwork Book Tour

Hi and hello friends!  Today is my day on the book tour for Kristyne's new book, Perfectly Pretty Patchwork.  I'm sure you know Kristyne, if not from her blog Pretty By Hand, then from Instagram.  I'm a long time fan and friend of her's and I was so excited to be invited along for her book tour.  Its an honor to be included in such a great collection of makers and designers.

Perfectly Pretty Patchwork Book Tour-CORRECTED
I love the book.  There's no detail overlooked with the projects, there are lots of pretty embellishments, lace, embroidery. #KlassicKristyne  The styling and photography is wonderful, and of course the instructions and illustrations are clear and concise like you'd expect from Kristyne and Martingale.

The book is in sections, each section incudes a classic block and two projects.  I couldn't resist this little basket.  You can see it's quite small.  I did applique the handle, but you know what's great about this book, or really any book, you can adapt the projects to suit your method of choice.  If I was making this whole quilt, I'd probably fuse the handles and blanket stitch them down, but I wanted to try the classic technique. My handle looks a little chunky on one side but you know with practice I bet I could get it right.  The best part, the book inspired me to just try something for the heck of it. 

I love this Mill and Stars block.  The book has a beautiful blue and green quilt with both large and small blocks.  I picked some Christmasy fabric when I made this block, again, just inspired to give it a try.  Along with the quilt, there are 3 sizes of pincushions to make, so I made the largest one, but how darling is the tiniest one?

Perfect to use a vintage button on.  Check out how adorable Minki's  pincushion is.  I saw it on Instagram on Monday.  Love it.
Photo courtesy of Martingale. Photographer Brent Kane
One of my all time favorite blocks is the honeybee and I love Kristyne's interpretation of it. In her small quilt, she used embroidery for the wings.  Her pattern also includes Colonial knots for the 9 patches.  I tried the tiny embroidery for the  wings and just could not make my stitches tiny and sweet so I turned to my favorite lazy daisy stitch to add those little wings.   
Obviously, not a genius at that either, but you get the general idea of what I'm going for.  And isn't that the best thing about a book that inspires you, encouraging you to try something and finding a way to make it work for you.
This book is a wonderful addition to your library. There are fun projects, beautiful photographs and pages of inspiration. I hope you check it out, check out the #perfectlyprettypatchworkbooktour hashtag and of course follow @prettybyhand to see all of Kristyne's beautiful creations. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019


Hi there!  Are you ready to say good by to this decade? Was it good? I guess like every decade or even year or day, it was filled with good things and bad things and all manner of things in between.  Next year or decade will be the same.  Perspective and attitude make all the difference. 
I managed to get in some sewing lately.  Not a lot but enough to keep me busy and out of trouble.  I finished a third watering can and love it.  Had  some problems, I stepped away from it too long and managed to mess up the spout.  It's just fabric luckily and I simply  cut some new pieces and moved on.  I decided to make this into a 3 watering can table runner.  I made the first one in July and I'm just done with it.  I was so happy with my flag table runner from last summer I wanted another runner.  Its a wonderfully clever pattern by Margo of the Pattern Basket and it's not hard.  You just need to pay attention which is sometimes a problem for me!

Tablerunners are not just for tables.  Do you follow Heather of Anka's Treasures on IG? She recently had some interesting ways to showcase a tablerunner that has given me some new ideas.  I love IG, lots of inspiration there. 

When Fat Quarter Shop had it's sale on books I treated myself to Lori's Farm Girl Vintage 2. I have been in love with that zinnia block which is included, and there are a lot of nice project layouts in the book so it was a no brainer.  I think a  quilt filled with pretty flowers would be fun.  I have some bigger tulips from Lori's Scrappy Project Planner and I could include those.  Dreams.  Who knows what it will all turn into, but I do get how people find big bags of blocks in antique stores!  In the meantime I love these zinnias.  Who can resist them.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday and your new year is filled with good things! I'm grateful for your friendship !  HAPPY NEW YEAR!  xop

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Ho ho ho!

From all of us here in PamKittyVille…

Christmas greetings

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Drink up!

Hi there! How are you?  It's just one week before Christmas, and I cannot believe how fast this year has gone.  Again, so fast and at times so slow, well that's like life right?
Way back in early November I wrote about  making some of the cups that Kellie designed.  I think it's such a cute and clever design.  You can see her cute clamshell version here and her strip pieced version here. Well actually I wrote that I planned to make them and holy crap I did. 

I just picked up fabrics piled up on the cutting table or on my sewing table or any of the other places I had them piled up.  I found some cute Starbucks Hot Cocoa packaged for gift giving, which sparked the idea to include some white rick rack along the top edge to mimic marshmallows or whipped cream.   My cups are kind of wonky but I'm hoping it adds to the charm of them. 
Adding the marshmallows in the little bag seemed like a no brainer and you need a candy cane to stir your peppermint cocoa right?  

I  washi taped the candy cane to the bag of marshmallows and hung it off the loop on the cocoa packaging, slipped the cup onto the loop and tied it together with some seam tape to keep it from all falling apart. 

Then I sat back and felt smug about how cute I thought it was.   Maybe you think its cute too? Or not, whatever! It won't hurt my feelings! 
I had a blast making them.  Now wouldn't these cups make a cute garland? 
Happy sewing friends! xop

Monday, December 09, 2019


Greetings!  How are you?  We're barely into December but the Christmas Crush is in full swing.  In a bit of shocking news, MY TREE IS ALREADY UP.  Bret and Frankie  put it up right after Thanksgiving and its so cheerful. Christmas lights are happiest part of Christmas décor to me.  Inside and out! I love having a artificial tree so I can have the lights on as much as I want.  I was always so careful with a real tree. 
So what have you been up to?  I've been doing a lot of little sewing.  Things I can't show right now as they're gifts.  I can't wait though because I'm feeling pretty smug about them.  I started on Ayumi's very cute Dresden Photo Frame, it's adorable.  I saw it on IG and although I was worried I couldn't make the tiny petals, I ordered the pattern and kit.  The kit comes with the interfacing and the pattern printed, so I didn't have to go in search of things I might not have. I have been such a fan of Ayumi's since the early blog years and kick myself that I never reached out when she lived close by.  Anyway I finally started some petals and it's so fun.  I'm pretty clumsy at it but you can't get better if you don't practice.
I finally dove into one of my still unpacked boxes and put a bunch of stuff on  a shelf Bret hung up this past weekend.  Then while I was sitting around being pleased with myself I had an idea about where I could hang the little scotty towel hanger I've had FOR YEARS PEOPLE, YEARS.  I went right to where it was on the sewing table for the last decade and... you guessed it, IT WASN'T THERE!!!!  I tore through the sewing room, and all the places my sewing  is because I haven't moved all my stuff  back into my sewing room. I do this constantly.  Stash stuff and then I cannot find it. I finally admitted defeat and left Frankie a big message when I had one last thought of where I might have put it during one of my rampage cleanup sessions. 

I'm always losing things and searching for them.  Forever tucking things away forgetting my memory isn't what it used to be.  So grateful I found it.  And that I still remember what I intended to do with it! 
He's charming isn't he?  I believe he was a gift, but I can't be too sure. Happy that I found him, (and the box of German paper mushrooms I hunted for about an hour before that.) Can't wait to hang  him up, just waiting for my Command Hook to be ready!  
Just another day in PamKittyVille.  What kind of day are you having?

Sunday, December 01, 2019

A PamKitty Style Christmas Tale

Morning friends! Welcome to December!  I thought I'd start off the month with a throwback style post like the old blog days.  You know the ones, the long rambly totally PamKittyMorningish style of ridiculous posts about some weird thing.  Like most old people, I wax on about how it was in the olden days, you know, like 10 years ago or whatever.. but I really did love those old blog days.  As much as I love our new ways of communicating, the blog is the thing that brought me the most friends, the most opportunities and mostly the outlet for all the stuff rattling around in my head.  
WAY BACK in October I headed into Walmart, probably for soap or some other sundry item that I can only get there, and the Christmas stuff was going up next to the Halloween, a phenomena  that was foretold by Nostradamus,  (sorry that just popped into my random brain) and I saw one of those little pink ceramic lighted trees that was about ornament size. 

pink ceramic tree
I thought it was cute and Frankie loves pink, so I grabbed one to set aside for her birthday.  It was under $10 and I thought about grabbing one for myself.  I remember seeing these at other people's homes when I was growing up.  Even then I was a little envious, or maybe curious, but whatever, it was kind of an icon of my childhood in the 50s and 60s, which doesn't seem that long ago BUT HOLY CRAP IT IS.

ANYWAY BACK TO MY STORY, I just thought eh, I don't decorate much and did I really want to spend almost $20 on small pink light up ceramic Christmas trees (that have timers by the way, which is my favorite) so I walked away.
**Spoilers ahead**
Anyone following me for any length of time can probably guess what happened next.  OF COURSE I WANTED THE PINK TREE!  Or maybe the green, whatever, and the obsession began.  Except of course when I went back the trees were gone.  And they were gone or never came  to any of the Walmarts anywhere near anyplace I was in Northern California.  I didn't drive anywhere out of the way specifically for it but I did manage to be near A LOT OF WALMARTS.  Sigh.
I mean, how sweet would two of those  little trees look in the cabinet our tv sits on?  (super cute I'm sure.) Their little timers would click on  and I would be so happy looking at them while watching all the grim crime laced tv I love.  And how perfect, they'd turn themselves off just as I was ready for bed.  It would be lovely.  Except OF COURSE there were no trees in Northern California. 
Which leads me to the next chapter of this story, obsessively looking for something Frankie wanted for her birthday.  I was on the Target website searching for the tinsel lighted unicorn and saw that in the Christmas offerings there were TINY GREEN OR WHITE TREES.  So off to Target I went.  Lets be clear, I did check the website and it said the blessed words "IN STOCK AT YOUR STORE" but like many an PamKitty dream, they were not.  #sadpam  But would I pay $15 a tree for small ornament sized trees that previously I would not pay under $10?????  Sob, I was conflicted.
In true holiday story style, one day I went to Target, innocently looking (probably in an obsessive way) for holiday Pyrex for Frankie, and there, sitting in their glory, the tiny trees.  

Little trees
Best of all they were on sale for $7.50 which was less than the original Walmart trees and it was like a Christmas Miracle, Lifetime movie style.
I bought myself 2 trees and a tree for my mother-in-law Doris and I lived happily ever after. (don't ask about the Pyrex.)
The End
P. S. I was walking though the Christmas department at Walmart right before Thanksgiving and what did I see??? LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREES!!!  Having no control I bought 2 more. 

Target Tree
How cute is this tree in my bathroom.
Happy December friends.  I hope the holiday season is as joyful for you as these happy little trees have made me. xop

Christmas Pyrex
You knew it right?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Fall Sewing

Hi there! How are you on this fall day?  It's warm here, kind of weirdly cloudy and humid, in the low 70s.  I even have the windows open.  After seeing snow pictures on Instagram I sometimes feel like I live in another world!

Celebrate the Seasons Pat Sloan
I finally got around to adding borders to my Autumn Stars Tablerunner. It's from Pat Sloan's Celebrate the Seasons book.  Pat and I are friends and she sent me her new Bonnie Lane fabric to play around with earlier this year.  It's a fun make, I had most of it done on my trip to see Nanette in September.  I really am bad when it comes to taking those last tiny steps to finish up a project!!  But I love how it turned out and it's perfect with the vintage tablecloth currently on my table. 

There's lots of fun projects in this book, big and small.  I like the options of smaller projects so I can finish myself.  I'm not an inspired machine quilter so I'll think on this, and examine the quilting of Pat's project a bit more before I get started. 
Isn't that pumpkin cute?  I was picked in a drawing for some pretty vintage sheets over on Alana's Instagram.  I was so lucky!  I have a small collection of vintage sheets that someday I will make into a quilt.  The fabrics are so soft and nice and I've seen so many lovely projects make with them.
I don't remember if I mentioned here that Frankie has moved back close by!  It's so nice to just say hey lets get together and not have to plan anything, we can just jump in the car and meet up in 15 minutes (or so)  door to door.  Fun!
Hope you're all doing well. xop

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Finally Finished

Wow I started to get this post ready some time ago, based on the appearance of those Marshmallow Peep Ghosts.   Those friends are long gone.  I had such good intentions of blogging about my progress...

...I don't even know when I took the picture of the ghost blocks on the design tablecloth, they've been a fixture there in the hallway for so long. I'm a procrastinator, and the time had come to cut sashing....
...and the dreaded long borders... they always seem like such a pain.  Maybe it's the thought of getting it wrong.  But it worked out.  Thank goodness.
I need to grab some backing and get it quilted. Something swirly.  I'll have to look and see what other people have done. There are so many great Boo! quilts out there. 
Anyway I'm happy to be back to sewing.  Frankie is all moved in to her new place and  it's nice to have her close by!  I have sewing room extension back, and can get into her old room to cut fabric whenever I want. 
Now that the ghosts are done, I can get to work on other half finished projects.   Also I have my vacation fabrics just waiting for me to cut into them. I have a few ideas, but haven't settled on any one thing.  Plus did you see that Kellie from Sew Mimi K is having a sew along for her little tea cup coasters?  I am going to make some, they look so cute, and paired with some coffee, tea or cocoa they'd make a cute  gift don't you think?  And they just look fun.  Kellie has a post from 2016 where she made a bunch of striped  cups that are so cute and you can see them here.  I'd like to make them for a cute banner for my kitchen window.  Dreams people. Dreams.  I'm happy just thinking about it and if  I get some made even better!
Ok enough of my rambling.  What's new with you?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Classic and Vintage

Good morning friends!  I'm excited to share my completed block in the Classic and Vintage series from Fat Quarter Shop. The featured block is the Broken Dishes block and it's a favorite.  
FQS quilt along

I am using Harper's Garden Ivory Roses for my background an Bella Solids in Peach Blossom. I like the combo together, kind of a soft fall look.  I  am going to add a small border and make this a little pillow, 14 inch size.  

The triangle paper was fun to use, and your triangles turn out so nice. I hadn't used the papers in quite a while and it was a good reentry point.  This would be a nice gateway project into using those fun Cake Mix Recipe Papers! But back to this project.  The standout, besides the block itself, is the Square on Square 8" Tool!  This tool will allow you to oversize your triangles then trim your block for a perfect square in a square.  This has always been a bit of a challenge for me,ending up just not quite right and having to really work at matching things up.  You can make a 4" and 8" square in a square block with this tool.  There's also a part of the tool designed to trim up a 2 1/2" or 4 1/2" pieced block.  This option is perfect for those leftover or oversize 4 patches that can accumulate if you're like me and over cut for a project sometimes! You can check out the how-to video here

What a fun block! The Classic and Vintage Series is a favorite of mine.  I love old blocks and old quilts, that's what drew me into quilting  all those years ago.  Back in the days before online shopping you had to leave your house and find things in the wild if you didn't inherit them.  My love of fabric and sewing allowed me to make my own and those classic quilts are still what I'm drawn too. I hope you head over to the Jolly Jabber and check out their post about this great block! Thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for sending me the ruler and papers to get started on stitching this one up!!!  

Monday, October 07, 2019

Out and about.

Hi there friends, how are you?  I hope you're having a crisp fall morning, over here in PamKittyVille we're expecting a day in the 90s..and I'm not a fan.  But lets not start off the week with my complaints! (although  seriously, it's October for pete's sake)
I suppose you all already know I've traveled to Utah again to visit Nanette.  We had a great week sewing and going out and about. The weather was so lovely, cold and frosty in the morning and sunny and nice all day.  The drive was nice, I enjoy it, there was a dusting of snow on the mountains along the way there, and on the way home there was serious snow down to the lower elevations, but nothing close to the road. 
Nanette's daughter Jaime is a big fan of Gritty.  I whipped out one of Ayumi's lunch bags using it and Frankie customized a Pyrex dish for me with her Cricut.  It's fun making things for people don't you think? Ayumi's pattern is so easy and it's the perfect size for some of the cute retro styled storage dishes available. It makes for a fun gift. (fits the 4 or 7 cup size Pyrex!)


One of the things I worked on was the ghost blocks from Margot's Boo! Pattern.  After my first ghost it was smooth sailing. 


My little ghostly points don't match up always on the sides but honestly I don't care.  Well face it,I care a little bit but it's not ruining the project for me. 

Everything is cut out, I just pull out a ghosts worth of pieces and work on them one at time.  I'm enjoying working with the solid colors. Candy ghosts!
Things are getting back to normal around here.  Slowly, and I mean really slowly, we're putting things back in order after all our renovation projects.  The bathroom is so nice I really want to put it in a vault but that's impractical.  
What's up in your neck of the woods?  I hope you're knee deep in pumpkins, fall leaves and cool breezes! xop

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Long time no see..

Hi there! How are you?  Things are perking along here. I haven't done much sewing this summer, but looking forward to some fall sewing.  I've received some e-books from Martingale and I'm anxious to start telling you about them, so many lovely books are now available or coming soon.  Their gorgeous photography coupled with some wonderful projects has me feeling like I can't wait to get back to sewing again.  I've also been invited to sew along with Fat Quarter Shop's Classic and Vintage series coming next month. You know that series is a favorite of mine.  This time we're using tools that are either new to me.. the Square on Square 8" Trim tool, or an old friend, Half Square Triangle Paper, and Fat Quarter Shop generously sent them to me. Because I'm feeling fall I ordered some pretty Harper's Garden Ivory Roses and coordinating Bella Solids in Peach Blossom to make my block.

FQS quilt along

I'll let you know how that Trim Tool works out.  It's not a ruler, but I can't help but want to call it one. I love how Creative Grids tools come with instructions that I can store away with the tool  to help remind me how to use it. 
You might remember I posted on Instagram about my daisy quilt. Its an Accuquilt free pattern. I love it's bold green lattice and white and yellow daisies.  Accuquilt gave me the exact solids they used and I ordered them, but somehow I just thought they were too... something.  So as much as I loved that quilt I decided to dig out some PKM and make it. 


I don't love it. I don't hate it, don't get me wrong, but it's not the bold statement the original is and I should have known that.  What did I love about it? BOLD STATEMENT.  What did I not use? BOLD FABRIC. I did learn a lesson though.. you can't make new things with new ideas and the same old ingredients. I'll try not to make that mistake again.

Alden Lane
It's still hot here but there is  a feeling of fall in the air.  Alden Lane's Quilting in the Garden show is this upcoming weekend. I somehow always manage to be out of town for the show, but I look forward to seeing lots of pictures online. 

Quitling in the Garden
This is a quilt by Alex Anderson that's hanging in the gift shop. It's a free pattern here on her website.
Alden Lane
Looking forward to a week away in a few days.  I'm cutting up some fabric so I can sew it back together when I get there.  You know, the usual.  I hope you are well.  I enjoy seeing so may of you on Instagram, but I think of all you who are not. Blogging friends have made my life richer and even though I don't blog as much I think of you and hope that you're up to something good.  Who would have thought that all those pictures of lunch would have turned into the social media of today.  I saw something the other day that cracked me up and I hope you'll click over and crack up too. I spent a lot of time in Cabot Cove so this was right up my alley.  Maybe yours too!
Take care friends. xop

Monday, August 19, 2019

Color Inspiration

Good morning friends!  How are you? We're in the middle of cool spell here, low 80s, and I'm enjoying every minute of it.  The windows are open and the breeze is blowing thru my house. We're still in the midst of the work being done around here, so it's chaotic, and I've not done much in the way of sewing.  My sewing and cutting spaces are more our of control than normal, and my brain can't take it.  Remember those old fashioned tile games?  I feel like this is what's going on in my house.  I have one open square and I'm moving everything in and out of it constantly. 

tile game

It won't be long now, maybe 2 or 3 weeks? At least I hope that's all.  Cross your fingers for me. 
In the meantime, I had cut out a watering can block before it all started so one day I sat and stitched that up. It's fun choosing the watering can fabrics but I need to be careful to not fall into same trap as when I sew on those random sew alongs.  I  make a bunch of cute blocks but they look like a hot mess together.  The only thing that I find to be a mildly annoying is that the cutting instructions for the background is for a single block, and the pattern shows all blocks are using the same background.  I thought about using all different backgrounds but I'm just not organized enough right now for that. In the future though I am going to do something with a bunch of different backgrounds (low volume) because I have a wonderful collection that I ordered from Sharon.

I also ordered the BOO! Ghost pattern from The Pattern Basket. Margot has such  clever blocks. Same as with the watering cans, the cutting instructions are for 1 block, and I'm using all one background fabric as shown in the pattern, so I need to calculate cutting for all blocks at once.  I find that to be more efficient when one using one background.  Anyway I'll get over  it and JUST DO IT but I guess I want to gripe a little bit.  I would never let this stop me from buying these patterns and her quilt instructions are well written so please don't think this is a big deal or that I'm on  a rant. Margot puts a lot of work into her patterns and I appreciate her great designs.  I'm just lazy.
But back on track, I'm making the ghosts out of the prints above and some I will add when I can find the fabric in my stash. Frankie has wanted a ghost quilt forever, but she's a pastel Halloween girl so I'm really making a leap here, but I have some color inspiration people I'm going to link to so you see what I'm talking about. 
First off there's Jessica.  When I was making my big foot quilt I wish I'd seen this version Jessica made.  I  made all my trees green and it's ok, but I love hers with the colorful trees.  She makes a lot of really great things, so check her out. Her quilt encourages me to step outside the box.
Next up is Erica, I'm sure you already know her, but if not check out her Instagram feed.  I love her rainbow colors, her garden, her sweet Creamie and how she lives her color palette.  I find everything there so charming. 
My ghost quilt is inspired by the colors in this photo, this photo and this one. Those cups in the last photo are the same type as the cups we had in our old camping trailer.  We had matching bowls, I think they were give aways from somewhere.  I see them and they always give me a good feeling, why I don't buy one or two, who knows.  They do make me happy.  And while we're talking about vintage camping, check out this feed. I love all her photos of her little trailer, which looks like the one we had in the late 50s early 60s.  Ours was pastel blue and white, but the inside looks very much like hers.  I love her colors and her joyful ways, and her cute dog Johnny.
ANYWAY YAKKITY YAK. That's what's up with me.  What's up with you? Is it still summer or has fall crept in?  I am seeing a lot of fall decorating already on IG but there's a lot of summer left around these parts. Hope things are good with you. xop

Monday, August 12, 2019

Happy 40th Anniversary Olfa!

Good morning friends!  Today is my day in the Olfa  Quilt Along.  I am so excited to be included in this event with so many great quilters.   I can still remember the day in 1987, when I first saw the Olfa Cutter.  I was on maternity leave pacing my house and watching  PBS.  I have always loved sewing and quilting seemed like it would be so much fun, but the thought of cutting all those pieces with scissors was way out side my patience level.  Kaye Wood came on tv and she was cutting out pieces for a quilt using a rotary cutter and it was like the voices of a thousand angels singing. Before I knew it was gripping  a yellow Olfa cutter in my  hand and I never looked back. 

Do you own a Ruby cutter or any of the wonderful Splash cutters?  I love my Ruby Red cutter, you know I love red.  That Ruby Red cutter on the new Navy True Blue mat would be sensational.  But I digress.

The assignment was to create a block using the Splash colors to include in a sampler quilt.  I got out my Splash cutters (yes, I have them all!) and went to my stash and pulled some fabric, and waited for some inspiration to hit. 
This is my block, Judges Favorite.  I think the Olfa Rotary Cutters, rulers and self healing mats are my favorite and most important tools for quilting and basically any sewing or crafting I do. They'll always win a prize ribbon from me!  Couple them with the circle cutter, the utility knife, little touch knives, scissors... well they are indispensable tools.


Here's the whole quilt and isn't it great! You can head over to this post to get started on the quilt if you haven't already checked it out! You can find the gallery of blocks here. I can't live without my Olfa Rotary Cutter and I bet you can't either!  Thanks Olfa, for including me in your Quilt Along Project!!  I'm so happy to be a part of the celebration!