Sunday, March 29, 2015

a second sewing room xo

there has been some rearranging in my crowded work room...i now have this quiet space along with my longarm and it feels so good

i moved all my personal sewing to the spare room just down the hall...thanks to nick i now have a 7' x 8' design wall and soon i will have a cutting table , a BIG ironing board and better lighting...i  love having a separate room for  selfish sewing

moving the STASH was the most work...xo


happy sunday xo pam

Sunday, March 22, 2015

my very FIRST self binding receiving blanket and jelly roll race xo



my very first self binding receiving blanket...great tutorial here at @missouri star quilt company
the special  mitered corner works so well and i love the decorative stitching ...i am definitely in baby mode with our first grandchild due in may xo

and i picked these blues from my stash to make my first jelly roll race quilt at my featherweight class at keepsake last week

it finished up ok considering i DID NOT  follow the simple rules...i used smaller scraps of fabric when  it is important to use the full wof ~ and it is important to cut 18" off your first strip ... that is why a  jelly roll is perfect...i also sewed mine into a tube by accident so a seam ripper was involved... great tutorial the proper way here missouri star quilt company

i found this sweet elephant flannel for the back.. i am going to finish it up along with a few other baby boy quilts real soon
    happy sunday xo pam

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

wild rose retreat 2015

i have a lovely pile of finishes from our semi annual hen party quilt retreat

we arrived at the wild rose in orting for our quilt retreat on friday ~ this view of mount rainier is from our balcony

the sewing space was awesome

i finished my proverbial  quilt by denyse schmidt...fun fact ~ it took 3 retreats to complete this quilt ~ i like BIG quilts a LOT

i made a simple checkerboard quilt with thirties fabric for baby xo

i also finished up this sweet quilt for baby  ... it was inspired by a red pepper quilt years ago...

and this was also a rescued quilt...started and abandoned in 2013 ~ i love the simple softness of it and will also finish it up for baby ~ can baby have too many quilts???

i squared up and admired these wonderful wedge blocks  ~ inspired by the 15 degree ruler and material obsession ~  i am looking forward to playing more xo
we were a small group this time...5 of us in a space that fits 10 ~ and we had approximately 28 awake hours of wonderful uninterruptible sewing xo

kay spent  most of her time on this beauty

judy rescued this beauty and managed a few other finishes too

patty worked on this thimble blossom sweetness and spent many hours on applique

and faith finished this beautiful indigo quilt among other projects ~ these fabrics are gorgeous
and i returned home to a wet garden but lots of new blooms
happy wednesday xo pam

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

weekend in canada



met my girlfriends here at horseshoe bay on saturday

lucky us, we got to stay in my firend's mother's  apartment in ambleside , west vancouver  with this view xo

and enjoy a few sunsets like this xo

best part was having time with these girls xo

i love that my friend's 88 year old mama is a beautiful weaver
this is attached to her loom

this is her lovely pile of threads

it was a very peaceful weekend catching up with special friends and it was pretty hard to say goodbye to this xo
 i am busy doing a few customer quilts this week but getting ready for a wonderful quilt retreat this weekend at wild rose in orting . 
happy wednesday xo pam

Thursday, March 5, 2015

customers, curtains and daffodils



finished up christi's beautiful annamariahorner quilt with botanical blossoms by anne bright...she loves amh and i love "working" with it  xo

this is also christi's  kate spain christmas quilt done with my favorite loop the loop by patricia ritter ~ this one loves the camera

and vada made a sweet little quilt for her granddaughter ~ she picked paper dolls also by patricia ritter ~ i love this fun panto xo

and i got easy peasy new curtains from ikea...love the design
and i am loving the daffodils right now...only only 17 more sleeps til spring xo
                                                              happy thursday xo pam

Friday, February 27, 2015

the wedge challenge


my very first wedge block looks ok if you hide the center xo

 very surprised how challenging it is....i was inspired here at  hyacinthquiltdesigns and  i am also loving  materialobsessions modern wedge

each one has finished up differently...and i managed to sew 26 wedges together instead of the required 24 ~ also needed to cut wholes in 2 of the middles to get them to lay flat ???? so i need to do a bit more homework cuz i am doing something wrong ~ good news is that i am squaring them up and adding borders.
the possibilities are endless with this block...i started out doing just a practice block with denyse schmidt fabric but i am in LOVE with how well it works for this pattern.

happy friday xo pam

Saturday, February 21, 2015

be someone that makes you happy

a teeny tiny improv finish for sara...i love this ~ i was inspired by banksy on instagram ~ it was a quote saying "be WITH someone that makes you happy"  and  the WITH was crossed out

i LOVE this heart fabric for the back ~ i found it at ikea a few years back  ~ i have very little left in my stash ~ boohoo and woohoo ~ i love how it makes me sad and happy to use up my fabric stash xo
            happy saturday xo pam
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