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Friday, January 28, 2011

Favorite Colors

Welcome to Colorful Friday. Its fun to be back looking at color. I decided to just show what colors are making me happy today. Seems to be a lot of blue and green. Thanks Robyn for hosting this fun excercise!!


cute sewing box with a sweet friend on top
isn't this a cheerful  house??
my favorite bag,,gift from daughter
some fun pennie pockets
lovely thread colors

who can resist a polka dot rainbow..yum

blue and green bowls..a favorite find
a sweet cottage
Well there you have it. Check out the other participants. What colors are making you happy today??

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Quilt For Glory

I want to share pictures of a quilt that I made for a friend of my granddaughter who is facing serious health challenges. Glory is facing this with strength and courage beyond her young years. My good friend Pam quilted the quilt for me and now it is bound with label attached and ready for Glory to snuggle under.

The pattern is called "Confetti" and was a kit purchased at Sisters Quilt Shop in Chehalis, WA. Just simple strips sewn together, cut apart and sewn together into blocks. I really didn't try to be too careful when arranging the blocks and did manage to place same prints next to each other at least once!!
No borders for this quilt so it was an easy but very nice looking quilt. I do love the 30's prints!!
Pam's quilting brought it to life. Thanks sooooo much, Pam.
I always struggle with the label...but this time  I really like it, I also added her name in Lakehouse letters... so much fun!
Thanks for stopping by....Kay

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

home sweet home block 4

Never mind that I have four...Yes FOUR ! current applique/embroidery projects in progress!!!!
 I'm doing the preparation for block 4 from Blackbird's Home Sweet Home book. I have previously posted the first 3.
block 1

block 2

block 3

Nine applique houses make up this stunning quilt and I'm determined to finish this. Here is what the block layout looks like.

I think I like it. Its funny how different the values look when the fabrics are cut into small pieces. I thought this would be darker than it appears. I'm OK with that! Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

'Round the Neighborhood

I wanted to share with you a finished project that I started last year at the annual retreat with my quilt group, Hen Party. Pam shared inspirational ideas she saw in a blog for an improvisational process.
I used scraps and rotary cutter and just cut shapes to "build" houses and trees. I arranged them in a circle neighborhood and used Roxanne's basting glue to hold pieces in place. There is even extra-terrestrial visitor
added by Pam while I wasn't looking. So much fun we had with this!!

Fast-forward to last week, I felt inspired to start quilting the piece and what fun that was!! Totally free-form
and no rules. This afternoon I sewed binding strips on and named it 'Round the Neighborhood!

I hope you will give this a try. I can't wait to try another!!
Happy Tuesday...
a visitor , friend??

Quilt hanging on the line

polka dot tree

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Honors in Blogland

sit back and have a cup of tea with me

My dear friend Pam has honored me with The Liebsters Award for which I am very excited about. The aim of this award is to bring exposure to small blogs that have less than 300 followers.
Now I need to pass on this award to three blogs that I find fun, interesting and inspiring.
Check out:
Aunt Reens Place Doreen is  accomplished at hand applique and her Dear Jane blocks are outstanding. Such small pieces!!
She always leaves such kind and encouraging comments. I really look forward to reading about what she is up to.

QuiltyCat Nichi lives in Italy and her blog is a feast for the eyes of color and fun projects. I love her modern style and check out the adorable house pincushion. I love reading about what is happening in the Italian quilt scene.

 Willowbean Creations  Madison is young mom and quilter and how she finds time for all the lovely things she makes AND decorates her home so nice I don't know. But she is an inspiration to me. I love reading her blog and I'm inspired by the projects that she shares.

Well there you have it. Happy reading.
have a seat and join me in my sewing out for the pins
Now I'm off to sew!! =) Kay

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Objects of Desire..for Angela

I have just finished machine quilting the graduation quilt I made for my niece, Angela. This quilt was started the summer of 2009, following her graduation from high school. I posted a picture July 2009 when I finished piecing it. The piecing went pretty fast and the quilt sat in my "need to quilt" pile.There are many quilts in that pile!!!
Finally I pulled it out and basted and quilted it in two days!! I put the binding on last night while watching TV.

Here is the back. Almost as cute as the front!!

some detail.. kept the quilting simple.

detail of back.. used two panels from the group..
 What was so hard about ask???? "No idea" would be my reply.
 What a great feeling to have it finished and ready to be loved by a very special girl.  
I will hand it off to her very soon. Maybe I can get a photo of her with the quilt to post.
Now what??? maybe another UFO. Stay tuned.

Friday, January 14, 2011


Today was a good day. My friend Pam and I had a Sew-Day today. We get together once a month, or when we can, and talk and sew and eat and just have so much fun together.
I have been wanting to play with an idea that Jacquie over at Tallgrassprairiestudio posted quite a while ago.
Wonky Log Cabin has been spinning around in my head and I managed to sew some blocks today and what fun they are to make. I do have to remember not to try too hard to "match" the strips. I really like the spontaneous look but that doesn't come easy for me!!! I'm determined to not try to hard. Just let it happen.
I'm hoping to sew more blocks this weekend. Can't wait to see what combinations I can create next!
Oh, and thanks again, Pam. Your a great friend and sew buddy, and I'm a lucky girl.    Kay

Friday, January 7, 2011

Devine Inspiration

Today the weather was rainy and cold.. The snow and ice are gone, for now and I just had to get out and find some fabrics. I have been wonderfully obsessed with the many Kona Cotton solids available now and don't you just love the color names the give them!
I just have to share with you what came home with me today....these colors make me feel sooooo good.
 The one on the far right is "pond". Isn't that a great name! I just had to have some. Also periwinkle, banana, artichoke,zucchini,primrose, cheddar, lilac, just to name a few.
I'm sure this all comes from the lack of color in our NW landscape right now. At least the snow was pretty and sort of dressed us up a bit.
I must be thinking about spring!!
I have a fun project in mind for these and I can't wait to get started!!!
Stay tuned !!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New year

 I can't believe it has been several weeks since I last blogged. I had every intention of writing before Christmas and also before New Year, but there have not been any projects I could share.
My  hubby gave me a new camera for Christmas and now I hope that my photos will be better,
Just finished Block 2 of Down in the Garden. It feels like I have been working on this block for a very long time ( started it during the summer!!!).
 I seem to have been side-tracked for a few months and decided to get it finished by Jan 1. Now I'm ready to start block 3.

Down in the Garden Block 2
 I also made my niece, Angela, the apron she requested :), and really like the way the fabrics make it look so vintage. I used left-over fabric from Objects of Desire, the fabric I used to make her graduation quilt.
I am looking forward to a slower paced life and have great hopes for getting more projects finished this year. Time will tell.
Have a great day!! K