Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving


Good morning friends!

Thanksgiving
 
Hope you all have a wonderful day! I'm thankful to all of you for spending time with me over these last ELEVEN YEARS!  You all have enriched my life so much and I am grateful for your friendship!   Be happy and safe!  xo

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Spelling Bee Saturday!


Good morning! It's Spelling Bee Saturday here in PamKittyVille!

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I'm so in love with these 30's Playtime by Chloe's Closet I grabbed my leftovers and chopped right into them. 

Sewing Bee Sew Along
 
 F IS FOR FUN! AND FRIENDS!

Sewing Bee Sew Along

F is also for flowers! And how cute is this little flower from  the Spelling Bee book!  I had to make it!
Sewing Bee Sew Along
 
And who could resist making an upper case F to go along with my little f?  NOT ME. These blocks are so easy they practically make themselves!

Sewing Bee Sew Along
 
For more Spelling Bee sew along fun check out Heidi's blog !  And don't forget to check in with Lori, and the Jolly Jabber!  And to see all the fun Spelling Bee sew along photos be sure and check out the hashtag on Instagram #sewingbeesaturday .
 
Happy sewing FRIENDS! xo

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Quitmaker 100 Blocks


Exciting news arrived in the mail this week, the latest copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine.  Volume 16 should be on newsstands now! I'm excited to be included in this magazine for the 16th time!

Quiltmaker Vol 16

My block is a combo of my favorite tulip shape, kind of curvy and old fashioned and strawberries, in a simple basket shape. It's machine appliqued using the blanket stitch in matching thread.  You know how I love blanket stitching.

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These shapes are pretty simple, long curves, just a few points, so perfect if you're a novice at this kind of machine applique.  Pair this block up with some chaining blocks and you'd have yourself a pretty cute quilt. 
 
My sad news here is that I missed the deadline for Volume 17, so this is my last consecutive issue.   End of my long run in this great publication.  I can't thank the editors enough for always including me!
 
Hope you grab up a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 16! 
xop
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Long Catch Up

Hi hi hi friends!  It's been so long since we met here, and I have missed you all.  I haven't forgotten how much I love meeting with you here and sharing what's up on my side of the screen and reading your comments about what you're up to. 
 
Last weekend Bret and I took a little road trip down the coast to stay at our favorite place, the Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo.  I love the town, I've been going there since I was a little kid when we camped at Morro Bay and visited my great Aunt Milly. 
 
On the way down we drive through Greenfield, and one of the landmarks along the road is the wonderful Greenfield sign.  I was sure I had blogged about it, Elizabeth and  I loved that old fashioned look of it, but looking through my blog photos I can't find it. Seems weird.  Everytime we drove by it I took a photo and would send it to Elizabeth.  Because that's the kind of thing we do.  Anyway this is the spot. I had my camera ready....
 
Missing Greenfield Sign

 Gone.  In both directions.  Its' great shape, and it's cool fonts, I loved it.  I guess old wooden signs eventually break down.  Still. Sad.  Here it is on one of the many trips past it.

greenfield sign

We sat outside in front of the inn and watched the hummingbirds flying around the lantana.  The grounds of the Apple Farm are filled with flowers that draw in birds and butterflies.  Really pretty.  It's just close enough to the coast to have a great climate for flowers and plants.   

Apple Farm Inn

Apple Farm Inn
 
Years ago on a visit I had an apple dumpling and it was wonderful, so I had one for dinner.  No regrets.

apple dumpling at Apple Farm Inn

After all the hot weather it was nice to see fog at the coast, but except in a few places, you couldn't even see much of the ocean unless you were right up at the beach.   Still, wonderful to be there.
 
Foggy coast

Saturday we went to Solvang, and walked around a bit.  The whole town was mobbed with people.  Fall is nice in California, warm but not too hot.. at least in the central coast area.  

Solvang
 
Then we headed back home.  It was great to get away, and of course always good to be back home. 

Spelling Bee sew along
 
I pulled out my book and fabric, it's time to get busy working on my letter for the Spelling Bee Sew Along.  I am using my fabrics left over from the Tablerunner Bliss Sew Along, I love it so much!
 
That's it for me! Hope you're well!  Have a great day ! xop

Monday, October 09, 2017

Bee cute

One of the fun things we did at Nanette's was have lunch with Lori Holt.  Always happy when she can spend some time catching us up on what she's up to. She brought us each her cute new dishtowels and Cute Little Buttons 2... all adorable and made to match her fabrics. 

Lori Holt towels

I'm excited that I'll be participating in the Spelling Bee Sew Along! 

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I can't wait to see all the blocks and what people do with them. The Spelling Bee book is chock full of blocks and quilts.

I even enhanced my stash a bit while out shopping, picking up some cute fabrics for future projects whatever they might be. There are so many great choices and so many great places there to shop. 
 
shopping spree
 
 I hope this finds you well.  xo
 
 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Time flies!

Time has flown by since I returned from my trip.  It was a great time and I am know I am so lucky to have great friends with great families who welcome me into their home like a long lost member.  Nanette's family is so wonderful and I really enjoy spending time with them.  I was lucky to meet two of her sisters this time and a third sister sent me the most adorably sweet Christmas ornament she had made.  How lucky am I?  Well super lucky.   The weather was amazing and I did get to drive in snow just a tad, the fall weather there is glorious which of course made it hard to return home to ninety degree plus weather, but what can you do? You can't just move in with people.  (can you?)


Pam Kitty Fabric
 
I came home with a bit of a cold, so I took it easy for the past couple of days but that's boring after a while.  Plus my little give away has been weighing on my mind, so today's the day. I picked a number and counted down and Sharrieboberry, who said "Suh-weet! I love this Buttercup mix. So cute. I'm partial to the name buttercup. That's the name of my sweet pup!" is the winner!   So Sharrie email me at rocketqltr at yahoo dot com and give me your mailing address and I'll send this little kit along to you.  I hope you ordered your copy of Tablerunner Bliss by Sherri Falls!  Also Sharrie, we'd love to see a picture of that sweet pup !!!!
 
That's it for me.  What's new with you? Hope you have a happy weekend!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A little escape!


Morning friends! How are you?  In an unexpected turn of events I'm headed out on a bit of a road trip this morning. 

tablerunner bliss progress
 
I hadn't gotten any farther on my runner than those gingham centers so I packed it up, along with my machine and some other odds and ends and I'm headed out.  Because I am going to be gone, I'll leave the give away open till I get back so there's more time to sign up. Not too many comments there! 
 
I'm excited for my little trip, maybe I'll see you on Instagram!  xop

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday


Good morning friends! How are you?  I've been thinking about all my friends in Texas and now in Florida and other states effected by the hurricanes and hoping that you're all safe and sound. 
 
Well today is the second Tuesday of Tablerunner Tuesdays.  You may remember that I showed my book and some PKM fabrics to make the Buttercup tablerunner.  I really loved the combo I picked out and now I'm working on  PKM version of Buttercup.  No photos though.  I'm only at the beginning of sewing it all together. 


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If you'd like a chance to win a little kit of the PKM fabrics for Buttercup leave a comment   for a chance... here's the fabrics, yellows for the gingham centers, navy for the flower petals and green posy for the leaves, apples on white for the background and a nice green plaid for the binding.   Remember I'll need your email address if you're a no-reply commenter. 

Pam Kitty Fabric
 
Of course this DOES NOT include the book, so you need to grab one of those over at Fat Quarter Shop
 
That's about it here.  Hope all is well with you!  xo

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Tablerunner Tuesday

Good morning! How are you friends?  I know here in California we've got a lot of summer left, but Labor Day weekend always feels like the end of the season to me.  Was it fun?
 
Today is the first day of the Tablerunner Bliss Sew Along.    Sherri's book is full of great tablerunners for all occasions.  The first in the book is Blossom, and you can check that out over on Anorina's blog today.

TableRuner Bliss

Buttercup is the second tablerunner in the book and I couldn't resist going with some yellows for this tablerunner based on the name.  Fat Quarter Shop invited me to select some Moda fabric for my runner, and I chose from the 30's Playtime line by Chloe's Closet. 

TableRunner Bliss

Those little dogs caught my eye right away and I knew I had perfect props to go with it!  I can't resist the cheerfulness of 30's reproductions. 

buttercup tablerunner

Buttercup sewed up so fast, and I think it turned out so cute.  It's a quick project to stitch up and I quilted it myself with a lot of stitching in the ditch quilting. I love a project that it bite sized, that you can cut and sew without really having to think about it too much.  I love sewing!

buttercup tablerunner


There's two new runners each week, on Tuesday of course and here's the schedule:

  • Tuesday, 9/5 - Anorina (Samelia’s Mum) and Pam (Pam Kitty Morning)
  • Tuesday, 9/12 - Sinta (Pink Pincushion) and Tina (Emily Ann’s Kloset)
  • Tuesday, 9/19 – Lorna (Sew Fresh Quilts) and Connie (Freemotion by the River)
  • Tuesday 9/26 – Amanda (Jedi Craft Girl) and Jennie (Porch Swing Quilts)
  • Tuesday 10/3 – Tina (Emily Ann’s Kloset) and Sherri (A Quilting Life)
  • Tuesday 10/10 – Sinta (Pink Pincushion) and Lisa (In the Boon Docks)
  • Tuesday 10/17 – Vickie (Spun Sugar Quilts) and Susan (yardgrl60 on Instagram)
  • Tuesday 10/24 – Taunja (Carried Away Quilting) and Lorna (Sew Fresh Quilts)
  • Tuesday 10/31 – Greg (Grey Dogwood Studio) and Melanie (A Bit of Scrap Stuff)
  • Tuesday 11/7 – Melisssa (Happy Quilting) and Kim (Persimon Dreams)

  • You can follow the #tablerunnertuesdays and #tablerunnerbliss hashtags on Instagram to see all the pretty tablerunners!  Grab a book and make a runner, and add the hashtag so we can see what you're making!
     
    Thanks again Fat Quarter Shop for the book and the fabric!

    Have a good week friends! xo






    Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Getting busy

    Hi there friends! How are  you?  I've been busy lately with things that take me outside of the sewing room.  BUT I haven't stopped stealing moments when I can to work on fun projects.  I think having a little less time to spend helps you appreciate your time more, at least it does for me. 

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    Here are my cute choices for the Tablerunner Bliss quilt  along.  I fell in love with that cute yellow dog print from the 30's Playtime by Chloe's Closet for Moda.  Thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for letting me chose my fabrics to sew a long with them!

    TableRunner Bliss
     
    If you follow me on Instagram you'll see I've already cut into these pretty fabrics and am well on my way to finish my Buttercup tablerunner.  I love thirties reproduction fabrics and that sweet pup is checking all my fabric boxes on a project like this.  Blue, red, green and yellow!  PamKitty colors!  They make me happy!
     
    Be well friends!!! Tell me what's new with you! xop

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    Tablerunner Bliss

    Morning friends!  How was your weekend?  It was nice and not scorching hot here, so I loved it.  All that fresh air coming it changes my whole mood.

    Also changing my mood, fresh new projects to work on! Fat Quarter Shop sent me a copy of Sherri Fall's new Tablerunner Bliss book and isn't it the cutest!  I love Sherri's designs, so cute and clever.   And isn't a tablerunner the perfect sized project?  It's like the equivalent of a snack... something small and fun and won't get in the way of your bigger project. 

    TableRuner Bliss
     
    To me they're also the perfect size to make seasonal, or novelty, or to explore color combinations you don't normally work in.  Or just to sew and have fun! Stitch one up as a gift! All those things. 

    TableRuner Bliss
     
    I've already cut myself a kit for the table runner.  No point in waiting right?
     
    Ok, get busy and have a great week! xop
     

    Wednesday, August 09, 2017

    Sew Day

    Morning Pals!  I've been busy being energetic the past few days.   We had one coolish day and OMG LIFE FELT LIKE IT WAS WORTH LIVING.  Ok, sure, that's a bit over dramatic but the summer is slowly sucking my life force with the hot weather. Thanks goodness I don't live in the hard core desert.   You'd have to give me up because I would be a complaint machine.
     
    Anyway!  I managed to organize some stuff and assemble some backings and actually clean up a bit in my cutting room aka Frankie's room.  Yesterday I  thought about my little project with the Spelling Bee book and got busy cutting and stitching up the letters.  Lets just say  lack of sleep in the late afternoon made some really simple cutting and sewing a challenge.  But I persevered and it's so cute.


    Spelling Bee
     
    I'm going to make this into a PILLOW! What a surprise right? I think it would be cute on Frankie's sofa, and she's my favorite cutie so why not.  And unlike her mother, she actually uses her pillows so it won't go into a vault like it would here.
     
    Love this book, it's got so many really adorable projects and of course all the little pictures to go with the letters.  Clever.   Lori sure knows how to cute things up!
     
    Alrighty! Today is sewing group! Have a good day! xop

    Friday, August 04, 2017

    A Friday Finish!

    Morning friends!   I have finally finished my Flower Power  blocks and have sewn them together.  The solution was easy once I got over my own over thinking, I just threw on the borders required to turn these blocks into a square and called it a day. 


    Flower Power
     
    I don't know why I want to make things more complicated.  I still like the way it turned out, and although it's not quite the same proportions, which were so perfect, close enough.   Now comes the debate.. do I have the attention span to do that narrow almost match stick quilting as in the original design.  OR, does it end up in the pile of unquilted objects? Only time will tell! Sometimes I make something just for the heck of it.  I love piecing.  
     
    Today I'm paging through my Spelling Bee Book, I have an idea for a project using those cute letters.  Stay tuned!
     
    Happy Weekend! xo

    Thursday, August 03, 2017

    Warning: This post may contain complaints.

    Morning peeps! We've had a lot of hot hot days here.  I know it's *just* 100 but it feels so much hotter.  
     
    Ok, I ranted, then deleted it all and now we're back in blog business.  I've wanted to get a nice photo of my Jelly Roll Railway quilt for a while, so Monday I took it out for a car ride.  I really love people show their quilts off on beautiful fencing, green rolling fields behind them, maybe even a horse strolling by. 
     
    JellyRoll Railroad
     
    This is California,  too hot and mostly brown, and way too sunny.  So you're stuck with pictures that are like the one above, half bleached by the sun and half in dark shade.

    JellyRoll Railroad
     
    This one looks like I had it rolled up in a ball in the trunk of my car.. oh well, this is how life is sometimes.  I really loved making this quilt, even though I didn't use a Jelly Roll.  You could go through your stash like I did and make your own Jelly Roll.  Make two, one for a friend, then invite them  for a sewing date and have some fun.  Wouldn't everyone like that?   Bring snacks!  
     
    I hope you're keeping cool where ever you are.   I'm grateful for your friendship and AIR CONDITIONING! xop


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