More.

Hiya!  Just this morning I finished the last of the machine applique on this border.  I am liking the colors, fabrics and fussy cuts!  : )  I am also liking the speed! Needless to say, machine applique goes much faster than hand applique, and I enjoy BOTH in my world.

I do have the next applique shapes prepped.  I need to think about this next border and if I want a solid colored narrow border like I did between the heart and first border.  I will also need to choose fabrics for the squares that surround the next applique blocks.  Hmmm…we’ll see…?!

And, there are circles too.  Of course!  ; )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sew glad to have found some time to do a bit of stitching!  I hope you can too.  ; )  Enjoy your day and the stitches you make!

Piecefully, Pam

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Squeezing in

some sewing.  ; )  While this weekend saw a portion of our studio turned into a home office space, I did eek out a little bit of sewing time!!!

I wanted to try Karen’s new micro serrated scissors.  Two arrived in my mail box this week.  What a kind surprise, and just when I needed a little boost too!!!  : ) THANKS, Karen!

Although it’s the 21st I was working on my Snowbound block from the 5th.  Those little pieces with windowpane fusing I thought would be a good test for the serrated scissors.  They worked like a charm!!!  The small green pair has wicked slender pointy sharp accurate blades!  The padded handles are nice too. And, both the large and small scissors cut through my fabric and fusible without any problems.  BEST of all…???  NO fraying!!!  I LOVE that about serrate scissors. They reduce fraying.  So…sew, I highly recommend these scissors!!!  And, Karen is running a special if you buy both.  I KNOW how delighted you will be to find these under the tree next month…if you’ve been good, that is…?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piecefully, Pam

 

Treading water.

It’s raining here today.  Jingle will have wet walks.  I am keeping my head above water!

Work is going well.  Yesterday was not as good as the previous five days.  But, if that’s my only complaint so far I should just keep my mouth closed!  There is a LOT to learn!!!  SO many new things.  It’s good.  It’s interesting.  It’s exciting.  At the end of the day, I’m pooped.

There will continue to be time and shift schedule flux in our household.  It’s a little challenging to remember who is coming and going, on which day of the week, and at what time…?! Scott continues to be very patient, tolerant and supportive of all the changes.  I am ever so thankful for that!

Yesterday’s mail brought a treat!!!  I have heard about these.  I knew they were coming.  And, finally they are here!!!  I hope to use them soon…?!

Enjoy your day and the stitches you make!

Piecefully, Pam

We had a visit from a little surfer...!? ; )

Tomorrow starts Summer

Sewing Camp with Momma Barb!!!  : )  My Mother-In-Law is THE BEST!!! Truly.  Several years ago I asked for Sewing Camp as a Christmas present.  I was already learning how to quilt, but I knew absolutely nothing about garment construction, home dec sewing and such.  You see, I didn’t grow up sewing. There was no sewing machine where I lived.  No quilts either.  But, I ALWAYS had an interest, a yearning and I longed to quilt…

Momma Barb obliged my request, and Summer Sewing Camp has since become an annual event.  Sometimes we have guest appearances and others who join us for a spell.  It’s ALWAYS fun filled and packed with all things girlie and sewing.

Summer Sewing Camp comes to a close with the Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, the sweetest place on Earth, don’t ‘cha know?!  I am SO looking forward to this Show! First, it is a VERY nice Show filled with outstanding quilts sure to inspire and delight! Second, I am taking TWO classes with Sharon Schamber.  Oh boy!  I am super excited for the machine quilting class with Sharon on Saturday!!!  I am hoping to spring board from this class into the fmq’ing of my Flower Pots quilt!!! (wish me LOTS of luck!?)  Third, I will  SEE Bonnie!!!  I can’t wait to give her a big H-U-G for creating such a spectacular Mermaid for our home!!!  Fourth, I might get to meet Kathie.

Whew!  The week is packed!!!  And, so am I!!!  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

This is the beginning

of my Roseville Album journey.

I have chosen to start with the long rectangular panel on the left.  The one with squirrels and a cat.  I traced the pattern onto Pattern Ease.  Because I am using a black background, the Pattern Ease tracing will be my guide for placing applique shapes onto my black background fabric.  I do not like using the upholstery vinyl for this purpose.  It sticks to itself, and the permanent marker rub off.  I can’t take that risk, as I KNOW this traced pattern will get a LOT of wear and tear!!!

Next, I trace the applique shapes from the ‘squirrel panel’ onto freezer paper. These templates will become my applique shapes.  I’ll use poster putty to ‘hold’ each freezer paper template in place on the pattern, so I can be clear about what templates I made and which I still need to make.  These templates will be carefully cut from the freezer paper, as these shapes will translate into the fabric applique shapes.  They need to be accurate.  ; )

Then, I will begin the process of selecting fabrics, pressing the freezer paper to the RIGHT side, tracing around the template and cutting out the fabric shapes. For me, that’s when the REAL fun begins!!!

So…sew, here goes!!!

If you are interested in doing this project too and you’d like to join me in this endeavor and share the Roseville Album journey, please let me know!  You may leave a comment or email me.  I have considered setting up a blog/website dedicated to this quilt project.  Perhaps something similar to the Civil War Bride

Making my traced pattern copy.

Freezer paper templates are traced, cut and poster puttied into position. Sans leaves.

Whew!  Deep breath.  You can eat an elephant one bite at a time.  I/we can sew this quilt one stitch at a time.  Have faith and patience.

: )

Piecefully, Pam

Petal-ing

I spray some Magic Sizing or pour some Best Press into a little cup, turn my iron to a medium dry heat setting, choose a petal and get ready…see the coffee cup?My iPod is playing too!  ; )

Dab a little bit of Elmer's School glue on the seam allowance at the petal points and just below the points.

Place the Templar petal template onto the fabric, hold it in place and paint the upper seam allowance with Magic Sizing or Best Press.

Use the paintbrush to 'sweep' the seam allowance toward the Templar to help it fold up and over the template.

Props to my mentors…Karen Kay Buckley, Sharon Schamber, Jane Townswick and Becky Goldsmith!  : )

Piecefully, Pam

P.S.  Happy Cinco de Mayo!  And, it’s a Bunny Hill kind of Snowbound day today too!

Iguana

by Carol Morrissey

Over on Karen’s blog she’s posted about her recent trip and has a photo of an iguana.  I saw this quilt photo in my Houston file and thought I’d post it.  Do you think she’ll see it?!  Then, I noticed the maker of this Iguana quilt is the same maker of the Carrot Farm quilt from my previous post.  Hmmm, I couldn’t do that again if I tried!  Enjoy this one.  ; )

Perhaps this will help me to think tropical and overlook our recent snowfall.  We’ve gotten some 70, that’s SEVENTY!, inches of snow this Winter…  Keep warm and have an excellent weekend!

Piecefully, Pam

Let’s take another look

out that same front door…  This is the scene this morning!  And, it’s soon time to walk Jingle…?!

We just got a call from Momma Barb and Karen.  They’re sitting out on the veranda.  It’s 78 degrees!  A yacht just went by with people in bathing suits, waving. While they’re frolicking with mermaids we’re contending with snow demons!  Hmmmm.  I called them a not nice name!  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

Are you ready?!

They’re calling for a Winter storm with significant accumulation (that stupid Punxsutawney Phil!!!).  Supposedly, the white stuff is to begin falling tomorrow afternoon.  So, if you haven’t already picked up your milk and bread…RUN!!!  The media hype makes me feel frenzied.  To counter that, I’ve decided to feel pleased about having such a GREAT weekend for staying home to sew!!!  : )  Absolutely guilt-free!  See, it’s just a matter of perspective.  Right…?!

I will quite happily and VERY appropriately work on my (due out tomorrow!!!) Bunny Hill Snowbound block for February!!!  I’ll work on basting Pastel Bubbles and piecing Vibrant Diamonds.  : )  Sounds like a weekend of white bliss if you ask me!!!  I also have another sock monkey prepped…

Meanwhile, Momma Barb and Karen really know how to plan!  They left Wednesday morning for a cruise!!!  They’re going to be basking in the sun, sewing and shopping while we’re shivering…

So, I have my crock pot filled with a hearty pasta sauce just waiting to be plugged in!  ; )  There’s also soup in the planning.  And, I do have milk and bread.

I’m looking forward to the weekend.  ; )  Being snowbound doesn’t sound so bad after all?!  May your weekend be cozy, safe and fun!

Piecefully, Pam

Winning

the Mother-In-Law lottery…you have heard me ‘talk’ about my Mother-In-Law numerous times.  She truly is exceptional!!!  I am so and SEW blessed to have her in my life.  She raised two fine boys, but I married the BEST one!  ; )  (shhh, don’t tell Hilary!)  Anyhow, I took this photo of Barb, my best ever Mother-In-Law with Karen, during my 2009 trip to the Houston Quilt Festival.  Thanks to both of them for inspiring and motivating me in ALL things quilting.  ; )  Now you have a face to go with the name and title!

Piecefully, Pam