Friday, November 21, 2014

Really I Have Been Sewing

It is the time of the year when you have to take my word that I am sewing.  Sharing of the projects will be a little delayed.

Thanks for your patience!
Kathy

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fabric Shopping Fun

It has been a long time since I have had a post dedicated to new fabric purchases.  My goal this year was to only purchase fabric with a specific project in mind.  Honestly, I have been 99% compliant...until recently.  And now, my dear blog friends, I am sharing with you the results of my latest shopping adventures.  Because I know YOU will understand.

It all started with a weekend in Burlington, VT.  Between attending my niece's ice hockey games we had a wonderful time visiting this fun city.  Including stopping at Nido, a charming little shop with a nice selection of current fabrics.
Next I purchased some fabric actually for a project, so this doesn't count as an infraction.  I brought my fabric consultant (my mother in law) with me to Marden's and with her advice acquired the perfect pieces for a very special project.  Really, local New Englanders, it is absolutely worth the drive to one of the Marden locations for fabric that averages $4.00 per yard.

And then we found some yellows for another special project:
And not that I need any more dog fabric, but it is hard to find fabric with Bernese Mountain Dogs on it.  
On the drive back home, while still admiring my first purchases of the day, we drove through the village of Cornish, Maine and had to stop at the new quilt shop Bolt (great name).  A fun stroll through this shop yielded these "just because" purchases.  Really, I feel so guilty leaving a shop without buying something...just being polite.


In retrospect, that's not too bad.  I could have done A LOT more damage.  

Happy Monday!
Kathy

Friday, November 7, 2014

Quilting Injured

I am sporting this lovely accessory day and night.
Is this a quilting injury?  Years of working on a computer, pushing a pencil, chopping vegetables and, yes, a lot of handwork might be catching up to me.  But it is only slowing me down a little bit.

Today I finished this:

My son and  his girlfriend live with two adorable cats, Jack and Meg.  One of them apparently likes to sit on top of my son's keyboard.  Jack has a lovely view of the neighborhood from this perch.  Probably not the best idea for the keyboard.

I appreciate that it may be difficult to see the shape of this but I will ask him to photograph the cover in use and share a better picture with you.



The lining seemed perfect for their neighborhood in Chicago.

This will be in the mail soon to Chicago!  I hope Jack and Meg like this new cover!

Linking up with crazy mom Amanda Jean's finish it up Friday linky party.
Kathy

PS  I recommend taking a quick hop over to Linda from Koka Quilts Around the World Blog Hop post.  She has a beautiful post with some great projects.

Monday, November 3, 2014

KayakQuilting Around the World Blog Hop

My goodness there's a lot of wonderful things happening in the sewing on-line world these days.   To complement all the beautiful pictures being shared by those lucky enough to attend Quilt Market, the semi-annual Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by the very wonderful Amy's Creative Side is going on and in the voting stage. I highly recommend a few minutes browsing through the amazing work submitted by hundreds of quilters.  November is the time for the annual Handmade Holidays hosted by Sew Mama Sew, a wonderful place for gift inspiration (and daily prizes).  And then there is the  Around the World Blog Hop posts where bloggers have shared a little of how they think and create.

Well, it seems the Around the World Blog Hop has found KayakQuilting!  I was tagged to participate by the very sweet Tina at Modgeometry (don't you love that name?).   First I found this gorgeous quilt she made for her husband and then I met her at a Boston Modern Quilt Guild meeting, where she shared the quilt.  Lucky me!  Actually, Tina was one of the many people who chatted with me at one of my first BMQG meetings and made me feel welcome.  I had some serious trepidation about joining this group of super talented people (e.g. Tina) but reading her Around the World Blog Hop post confirms that I am not alone in these first doubts about joining a guild.  So, in summary, if you are thinking about joining a quilt guild but think you might be the only new person at the meeting, fear not!  You probably will not be and even if so, everyone went through a "first" and you will be most welcome by the quilting community!

But I digress.  Back to the assignment!

What am I working on?
In the beginning of the quilting adventure (about three years ago), I was a single project person.  This created a lot of pressure to finish a project before continuing to the next, even if I wasn't "feeling it."  Now, I happily bounce between a number of projects at various stages of completion.  Some are in the incubation stage, some have components in process and a few are in the quilting queue.  These projects are getting the most attention these days:
I sleep just fine knowing there will be something to work on no matter the mood.

How does my work differ from others in the genre?
I love this question as I think everyone's work is unique to their life experience, environment and motivation.  In my case, I am so thrilled to have discovered this craft at this stage in my life.  I strive to not take this gift for granted and reflect that by incorporating something unique in my work.

Why do I create what I do?
This is an easy question.  I create to learn, to gift, to relax and to have fun.  I can't think of anything I have made that doesn't fit into one of these categories.  I am pretty fearless when it comes to trying new techniques, patterns and materials.  It doesn't always come out perfectly but I assure myself that the next attempt will be much better!  The quilts below were gifts to celebrate the start of a new business, a marriage, a one year old birthday and a charity event.
I really think this post summarizes the best why I create.

How does my process work?
Of all the questions on the Blog Hop I have enjoyed reading answers to this one.  Perhaps it is because my own approach is so random.  Sometimes it is the fabric, like the Kate Spain used in this Penny Patch quilt:
 Sometimes it is the pattern that seems right for a project:
And other times my process involves just staring at fabric, magazines, various social media looking for the inspirational bulb to light up.



Now it is my turn to nominate another blogger to keep this blog hop moving.  And move it will from Massachusetts all the way to the other side of the globe to Auckland, New Zealand and the very sweet Linda at Koka Quilts!

Thanks again Tina for giving me this opportunity to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop!
Kathy

Friday, October 31, 2014

Finished - The Pink Quilt

You might look at this quilt and wonder why I am calling it a "Pink Quilt."  After all, I'm not really a pink gal and there really is not a lot of pink in this quilt.  Nor is my dear friend that I gave this quilt to.  But she is a breast cancer survivor.  And one amazing woman.
 This was a great quilt for using a jelly roll.
 I wanted to keep this quilt soft, so I just did a little loopy quilting.

To tone down the colors a little I used a grey print from the collection for both the backing and the binding.

This bright, happy quilt is not even close to your effervescent personality (particularly in light of the year you've just had!).   I love you Jean and hope you enjoy a snuggle or two under this quilt.   

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Cross Terrain by Lee Heinrich (pattern is here)
Fabric:  Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille

Finally, something to share with Amanda Jean's finish it up Friday linky party!
Happy Halloween!
Kathy

PS I did this entire post on my new Mac (thank you Melissa for the help!).  Cool.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Little Finish to Share

OK, so I know it has been a long time since I have had a finished quilt to share with you.  Please be patient.  I have a few in the works.   ("Famous last words" my mother would say.)  Here's a little finish:
My sister is a HUGE Olaf fan (the best part of the movie IMHO).  For her birthday (one short of 50!) I made her this open wide pouch (Noodlehead pattern) and she was appropriately over the top thrilled with it. I love the lining fabric.

I know I am making excuses here but fall in New England is my favorite time and place to be. Last weekend we brought in the row boat for the winter.

That is my husband rowing in the distance.



It was indeed a beautiful day.

However, Sunday afternoons do provide the perfect combination of football game watching and sewing.  Look!  I see another I Spy quilt in the works.
And the low volume quilt, well, maybe it won't be so low in volume after all.

The biggest WIP news to share with you is this:

WHAT?!  One day I woke up and realized I had been sucked into the Steve Jobs' vision with my iPod, iPad, iPhone and two dysfunctional PC's that needed to be replaced.  The awful PC performance combined with the raging heat from the CPU tower (being held together by duct tape) forced our reluctant selves into the Apple store and into the world of Mac computers, iCloud synchronization and so on.

We have A LOT to learn (why does scrolling down require fingers to move up?) about this New World.  Stay tuned.

Happy Wednesday!
Kathy









Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Few WIP's

A rainy day every now and then is great for playing in the sewing cave. These 120 blocks are ready to be assembled.
My collection of selvages is about to overflow.  Time to make more selvage blocks.

The backing and fleece are ready for basting the John Deere quilt.

And then I must build a quilt front for this panel.

I'm working on finishing this pink quilt in October.

I think it is safe to conclude that I have overcome my linear "one project at a time" approach to sewing!

Kathy
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