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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Finished At Last

This morning I finished my Strawberry Baskets quilt that I started in 2008 at a retreat with Verna Mosquera.
Yesterday was  rainy, perfect for sewing all day, and I decided to work on quilting the borders.
I usually have no trouble deciding what to quilt in the blocks but the borders are different altogether. I usually get stuck trying to decide what to do. This seems to always be a stumbling point for me. So I procrastinate.
Finally yesterday I decided that I just had to get on with it!! So here it is quilted and bound and a big sigh of accomplishment. One more ufo done :-).

I have two more waiting in the wings with the same scenario....but I think I'm going to reward myself with a little piecing today.
Cheers!! Kay xo

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Since my last post I have started the pattern "Swoon", finished blocks 1-7 of the Farmer's Wife Quilt, traveled to a charming Pumpkin farm with my daughters family and made two new bags, one from a pattern and one I designed.
And drank lots of tea in my new cup and saucer. A gift from my daughter. She brought it back from Norway for me. We think it looks like a Cath Kidson (whom I LOVE) but it isn't. No is my favorite cup.

I decided to make "Swoon" designed by Camille Roskelley from a fabric collection designed by Cyndi Walker called  "Daydream" . I ordered fat quarter bundles and a pre-cut squares from
 Hawthhorn Threads last spring. A perfect fit for this pattern I think.

I know this is going to be worthy of the title..I'm very happy with the first.

I have been enjoying reading the postings on many blogs about the Farmer's Wife Quilt and since I bought the book last spring I feel I must jump on the bandwagon and make one for myself. I must admit to not being a fan of the template method, but I love the blocks so far. I decided to use my very large collection of Blackbird Designs fabrics.
 I have been collecting for some time and was ready to leave the contemporary/modern fabrics which I love of course, and play with fabrics with a more historic feel to them. I admit to being a very multi-personality quilter.

Blocks 1 thru 7

Now I will share a few pictures from our adventure at the Pumpkin Farm. This was a new one to us and about 45 minutes southeast in the beautiful countryside near Enumclaw, Wa.
The Thomasson Farms is a working Dairy farm. They whole family gets in the act and what a fun afternoon we had.

Scarlett scarecrow

Learning how to milk a cow..but first we must "pose"
just a few of the pumpkins we had to choose from..some of the partial green ones were very cool.

Stella's classic "goofy-girl" face.

While visiting a local fabric store, I spied on their "flat-fold" table some interesting decorator prints and thought they would make cute bags, or pillow..or both.
Finally inspired, I played around with an idea and made this one:
This fabric really makes me happy..used a fun fabric from my stash for the lining and strap
This bag is  241 Tote Bag
designed by Anna Graham of
That catches you up and now I need to get busy and make more stuff..:-)

Monday, October 3, 2011

the peachy crafty world of tif fussell

I have been following a blog called dotttie angel for quite a while and enjoy her style and reading the goings on at "mossy shed".
The author of "dottie angel" is Tif Fussell, an adorable brit living near Seattle and she has now written a book  "dottie angel..the peachy crafty world of tif fussell ". I was invited to a book signing by fellow "follower", Pam.

What a feast for the eyes and inspiration. I'm looking forward to making the fun vintage inspired projects.

This window display greeted us at Assemble Gallery and Studio

I love the simplicity of Tif's ideas...I will be looking for vintage linens and doilies.

What a great use of lamp shade frames...clever girl.
Thank you Tif for putting all this lovliness into a book. It was  "peachy perfect" to meet you.

 I really am on inspiration over-load and can't seem to settle on what to make first. For now, I will just continue to be inspired . Maybe tomorrow I will be ready to make something.  I will gather together all my goodies and collections and see what inspires me.  : )
Happy Monday to all and to all a good week.
xxoo Kay