Henrietta Whiskers part deux

The window paned fusible pressed to the wrong side of the applique fabrics.

Fabric applique shapes, with fusible, cut out.

My first Henrietta Whiskers block taking shape.

I had off today.  After an appointment with the Eye Dr., with HUGELY dilated pupils, there was shoveling to do.  W.I.N.T.E.R…?!  Eventually, there was stitching.  Ahh, B.L.I.S.S.  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

Henrietta Whiskers.

I am assembling some fabrics and notions for the newest Anne Sutton, Bunny Hill project.  What do you think…?










I have recently had a query about my Snowbound blocks and machine applique technique.  I usually prefer to do hand applique, but there is not enough time in my world for this technique exclusively.  So, for some projects I have chosen to do machine applique.  In 2009, when Anne Sutton first offered a free on-line BOM, A Tisket A Tasket, without hesitation I joined and immediately knew my blocks would be machine appliqued.

For these projects I have used a lite fusible web, decorative rayon threads and a machine blanket stitch.  I must admit to not being a big fan of fusibles.  After several different projects and attempts, my fusible of choice is Heat ‘n Bond lite, hands down!!!

I “window pane” my fusible applique shape before it is pressed to my fabric.  I want my project to be soft, not stiff and hard.  Many times applique shapes are layered, the more fusible, the more stiff the piece becomes.

When using a fusible, the pattern must be reversed.  If not, your block/project will be the mirror image of the original design.  So, I trace the design on the other side of the pattern and use that reversed design to trace the fusible shapes I will need.  If this isn’t making much sense, or seems confusing, do it a couple times and you will see what I mean.

Here, Henrietta Whiskers has been traced on the opposite side of Anne Sutton's pattern, and the applique shapes for this block have been traced onto Heat 'n Bond lite.










The fusible shapes are cut out and some already window paned. You will see that I draw shapes inside of others. Also, the are 3 leaves, all the same size, I drew one, stacked the fusible, stapled it in the center, then cut 3 shapes at one time.













I will continue to share my journey as I machine applique Henrietta Whiskers.  Thank you for your interest, emails, comments and friendship.  ; )  Enjoy your Friday and 2011.

Piecdefully, Pam


What’s normal?  Who’s to say?  2011 continues to bring change to our household.

Our next-door- neighbors are moving.  Today is their final trip to their new home.  No tears.  Only good wishes!

Scott received a text book in today’s mail.  He is going to give on-line College a whirl.  I admire him, and will support his endeavor!

Also, Scott’s work venue has changed.  Same employer, just a different location and a change of hours.  This is the first week.  Once again, we are both working the same shift.  The hours have changed though.  After working full time nights for over a decade, he is joining me, working from 2 – 10 PM.

And, thankfully Scott’s back has improved!  Praise be.  I’m glad to have him (most of the way) back.  : )

Today being the 5th of the month, Anne Sutton has done it AGAIN!!!  Hmmm, what fabrics shall I choose…

So, change is normal.  Embrace it.  Celebrate the day that is TODAY!!!

Piecefully, Pam

While Santa’s not looking

I’ve been squeezing in a few stitches…here and there.  This weekend we head to Momma Barb’s for our annual Holiday Extravaganza!!!  : )  This is the very FIRST time I will have the privilege of sharing the magic of Christmas with a little one.  I can hardly wait…!!!





















Piecefully, Pam


WINTER has arrived with a GUST!!! Walking Jingle has been chilly indeed!  I am easily distracted by the cold simply by admiring the myriad of neighborhood Holiday decorations.  It’s a visual feast.  Good for the soul too!  How magical…pleasing…joy filled!!!

I had off yesterday and enjoyed a bit of sewing time.  See…











May your Holiday Season be filled with peace and magic…

Holiday Hugs, Pam


by Sharon Schamber wins top award at this year’s Houston Quilt Festival!!!  This is her third top prize win in Houston and a first for that Show.  All I can say is WOW!!!  Here is a link to Mystique on Sharon’s website.

I have taken classes with Sharon and her work is A.MAZ.ING!!!  Once again I will say, if you EVER have the opportunity to take a class with Sharon, DO IT!  She is uber talented and comes to quilting with an extensive couture sewing background.  Her techniques and methods are ground breaking, and turn the quilt world on it’s ear.  But, just LOOK at her work!!!  A.MAZ.ING!!!

I also understand the Aussie women have won some top prizes and made a strong showing!!!  Oi, oI, OI!!!  You gals go…sew!!!  ; )

More updates from me to you via Momma Barb and Karen tomorrow…!?

Piecefully, Pam

And here’s how

things look this morning.  Hot from under my presser foot…

I’ll be tucking in ends during lunch!  ; )

It’s Autumn here and the trees have been making a wonderful showing of divine color.  Mums are in bloom.  Many homes are festooned with Hallowe’en decorations…pumpkins, cornstalks, scare crows, ghosts and such.  It’s FUN walking Jingle in the evenings.  All treats and no tricks!  ; )  Enjoy your day. 

Piecefully, Pam

I’m working on my

Snowbound block.  I changed the sheep to a dog, at Jingle’s request.  ; )  And the peace sign to a banner, not unlike the other banners I’ve used throughout this project.  I enjoy making these blocks!!!  There is only one row remaining.  Where does the time go?!








I’m hoping to get started on the machine applique tomorrow morning.  I also have some pieces prepped for my Hearts and Flowers project too.  I like being ready to sew when I get up in the morning.  And, the new coffee maker has been making error-free brew.  : D  Here’s looking forward to tomorrow.  Sweet dreams for now.

Piecefully, Pam

Sewing with LOVE.

I use a digital photo to help me with fabric placement and color choices.  It’s SO quick and simple to do…and re-do!

Amy Butler’s LOVE line, specifically, her Paradise Garden print has been my ‘jumping off point’.  I am using these Paradise Garden prints in two colorways to guide my fabric selections and color choices for this project.  Hmmm.  What do you think…?!  How do you choose fabrics for a project?

I will not add the ‘tongues’ until the little bit of floral applique is done, but this is how LOVE is looking this morning.  Remember, I am making this small.  I did NOT enlarge the pattern in the Quilted Romance book.  My Hearts and Flowers quilt will be a wall hanging.

Hearts and Flowers with a little Amy Butler LOVE! : )

Uh, see that coral finger tip heart…?  Yep, it’s an old Gap shirt that has been sacrificed for the cause.  I like it better here!!!

Piecefully, Pam