Flower Pots

by Kim McLean

Yes please, if you would put the photograph into your page, I don’t think too many people have seen this quilt outside Sydney.

It has gone down to Melbourne for the Australian Quilt Convention at the end of this week as part of exhibition of my quilts.

With Kim McLean’s permission, here goes…!!!  Enjoy!!!  : )  What a TREAT!

Posted with much twinkle toe delight!!!  : )  THANKS for sharing this Kim!!!

Piecefully, Pam

AQC in Melbourne, AU


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Touches of the Orient

by Jaynette Huff

Here’s another spectacular quilt from Houston!  This one has it ALL…broderie perse, stuff work, paper piecing, prairie points, sashiko, etc…!!! Enjoy.  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

P.S.  For those who are interested, I posted two new photos of Flower Pots work over on my Yahoo Group.  They’re EXCELLENT – way to SEW Tricia and Rosemary!!!  : )

The most amazing

class and students…  : )  Without being consciously aware of the fact, I experienced another ‘Enfin’ last evening.  I taught the final Flower Pots class.  What an odyssey this project has been.  I have been so/sew impressed with the women I worked with.  I don’t believe the wonderment has completely sunk in yet.  If you are a member of the Piecefully Hand Applique Yahoo Group, click and check out the 11 NEW photos!!!  Hurry up!!!

I have almost finished pin basting my Santa’s Blessing quilt top.  : )  Hopefully, this weekend it will be ready to begin free motion quilting?!  What color thread will I use…?!

I need to get batting for my Pastel Bubbles project.  What batt to choose?!  Quilter’s Dream Green?  Bamboo?  Organic?  Cotton?  And, what color thread will I use to quilt it…?!

I am hoping for some time to maybe just ‘veg’ and surf the myriad of FUN blogs this weekend.  I’m looking forward to that!!!  : )  I need to catch up on email too!

Enjoy your evening and have a HAPPY tomorrow!  Take a few stitches when you get the chance!

Piecefully, Pam

Returning to

work.  Winter Break is over.  I am glad to have a job to go to.  At the same time, if I NEVER had to work another day in my life I wouldn’t miss it.

We have a hectic schedule during the next week or so with work, meetings, appointments and other commitments, so I am trying to be well prepared.  Market and grocery shopping is done.  Cat and dog food, treats and accoutrements have been replenished.  Laundry is caught up.  All of the holiday decorations have been stowed away for another year.  Yesterday and today I’ve been busy in the kitchen making lasagna…one to freeze, one in the oven…right now…it SMELLS good!!!  And, I made a banana bread/Bundt cake too.

Winter Break was EXCELLENT!!!  : )  I accomplished more sewing than I imagined and it has been absolutely WONDERFUL!!!  ; )  Yesterday morning I had another “Enfin!” Several years ago, toward the start of my quilting odyssey, I began a Kaffe Fassett project called Pastel Bubbles.  Now, I finally have a completed top!!!

I am glad to have finished my Santa’s Blessings, A Tisket A Tasket and now the Pastel Bubbles quilt tops!  These will be my “practice” pieces in continued preparation for quilting my (also completed!!!) Flower Pots top!!!  I didn’t plan it this way, it’s just how it worked out.  Serendipity…karma…whatever, I’ll take it!

So, I won’t be posting multiple times a day as ‘real life’ and work set in, again.  I am looking forward to sharing my quilting projects and progress with you, just at a slower rate.  ; )

Meanwhile, here are pix from my kitchen…

Time to eat!  : D

Piecefully, Pam

HiP hIp

HoOrAy!!!  : )  I got the three circle borders and their pieced sashing sewn to my Flower Pots quilt top!!!  It took me longer than I wanted it to.  (I must admit that a second glass of wine got in the way last evening.)  I have the fourth circle border ready for hand applique and may choose the sashing squares this evening before I begin sewing that fourth border.  I only have wonky looking pictures to share so far.  The quilt is downstairs on a giant table…the angles of the photos are odd and the quilt is folded to fit on the table.  but, here’s how it looks today…

Piecefully, Pam

P.S.

Last night’s jambalaya was yummy!  It will be even better tonight ’cause it’s COLD and WINDY here!!!

Monday

morning!?  : )  I have begun to put away Christmas gifts.  I really like everything I got!!!  Everything fits!  No need for exchanges or returns.  <contented sigh>

Yesterday, our weather was such that I could hang wash out to dry.  : )  So, ALL the Amy Butler Love, Kaffe’s and Kona’s were out on my lines.  It was VERY colorful indeed and made me smile.  I enjoy the smell of fresh line dried laundry.  Mmmm!  There’s nothing like it!?  Today, I need to make room on my shelves for the new fabrics!  I also can start thinking about my next project and finishing up some that have been lingering.

Later today I will make jambalaya.  The leftovers from our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals will morph.  I have that stock I made too.  Yum.  It’s windy, cloudy and colder here today…a perfect day for a big pot of jambalaya!  : D  Once the jambalaya is in the pot I’ll be ready to SEW!!!

I missed free motion Thursday last week.  So, I hope to do a little practicing today.  Also, I am planning to add the pieced sashing to my three circle borders for the Flower Pots project.  Then I will add said sashed borders to the quilt top!  I still need to applique the circles to the fourth border yet.  I’m getting there though!  Thanks for your patience and encouragement!!!

May your home be filled with love and sewing today too!  Throw something in the crock pot, grab a cup of coffee and come sew with me!  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

Post-holiday chill.

In the wake of the Holiday there comes quiet.  THIS is my favorite time.  It’s almost like getting up before anyone else is awake and taking a few stitches to start your day.

I enjoy that sigh of relief.  The travel is done.  The food has all been made. Leftovers are now being shared and savored.  Everyone is sated with gifts, love and goodness.  There is peace and pleasure.

Now, I can really look at my gifts.  I can spend time touching fabric, turning pages in a new book, reading directions for a new gadget, trying on that red sweater. I will bask in the love that the gift was given.  How thoughtful.  What a meaningful gift.

The magic of the Holiday season continues in our home, but without that frenetic undercurrent.  I can sip tea without making lists…and checking them twice. I hope your home is peaceful too.

Here are a few snapshots of our Holiday…

Christmas at Barb's

Jingle got a gift from his girlfriend, Lucy

These are a few of my favorite things

Christmas dinner at home

Progress continues on my Flower Pots quilt top

Thursday evenings

are reserved for machine quilting practice.  Sometimes I practice machine quilting on other days too.  Last time I practiced I did NOT have a good session.  It seemed like everything I was learning had left my brain, my hands, my foot and my sewing machine.  So…sew, I was not especially motivated to practice last evening.  Then…I was emailed photos from my Flower Pots students!!!  Feeling encouraged, I set aside my doubts and went to my sewing machine and practiced!!!  Thanks gals.  : )  I NEEDED that!

A FAR cry from Diane Gaudynski, I will NOT improve nor learn if I don’t try, if I don’t practice.  So, my tension is not good, and my stitch length needs work, but I am beginning to feel a rhythm.  I am trying to figure out the syncronization between my hands, my right foot, the speed and sound of my sewing machine while attempting to override my brains willingness to hiccup, pause or think.

Here’s my practice from last evening…

Happy TGIF!  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

Sewing

first thing in the morning while the rest of the house is still in a quiet slumber is one of my most favorite things!!!  I completed another circle unit this morning.  I think I have seven more to go…?  I also sewed another circle onto the top border of my Flower Pots project.  One more to stitch to finish that border.  Hooray!!!  : )

The project is growing beyond my design wall!!!  It’s now difficult to get a picture with the entire quilt in the frame.  I’m NOT complaining though!  ; )

May you have some quiet time to sew today too.  Enjoy your weekend!

Piecefully, Pam