Sunday, August 18, 2013

Vote! Pets on Quilts!

Its time to vote for your favorite pets on quilts!

Dog on Quilt
Cat on Quilt #63
Other pet on Quilt
Art quilt
EQ designed project
Pet themed quilt

If you want to vote for Kalli-Cat, for Cat on Quilt she is #63

Enjoy browsing all the pets.  They are really cute!

keep dreaming...Colleen
Great vintage Christmas Decorations and suitcase finds at an Estate sale.  Kalli-cat couldnt care less

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pets on Quilts!

Its that time of the year again.  When I bemoan the shyness of my cat to get her picture taken  And stalk my dad's cat who is the original photo hog.  This year I was a little bit more successful.

So here is my sweetie Kalli-cat.

I had to trick her to get on this quilt.  I covered the pillow she likes to sleep on with it.  Its not even a quilt I made but one I rescued from a yard sale.  Sigh.
But she became less and less afraid of my sewing room and quilts this year, almost.

I have lured her closer to my sewing table.  She now will sit on the high stool next to me while I sew.  She even has started to give me cuteness.

Now I often find her sitting in my basket of UFOs...

or right on one of my sewing tables sleeping,

 considering fabric, exploring the rulers... 

and watching Bonnie Hunter on quilt cam!

Kalli-cat does love jumping on my lap while hand sewing binding.
Kalli-cat on my wonky log cabin
Kalli-cat helping me bind my Star Trek quilt

And on my lap while Im sewing with two 
of my Grandma's cat block baby quilts hanging behind her.

But when I wanted to get a picture of her on my Amy Btler charm square quilt...

you would have thought I was asking her to step in water! The whole time I tied it she followed the yarn and played with it, just not when I had my camera ready!

Finally because her patch of sunshine was where the quilt lay

 she reluctantly sat on it, but she did not stay there long.

But she is still my sweet Kalli-cat!

keep dreaming...Colleen

Dads cat Princess Jasmine aka Jazzy-girl loves to help me bind quilts.

Finally! Yes!

Well first I'm finally actually writing a blog post.  Pictures form instagram dont count.  I tend to post a lot over there so please follow me.  There is a button over there on the left.

Yesterday I was hanging out in Sew Original after a doctor appointment when I heard someone mention Karen Gray and meeting.  Modern Fabric Therapy group!  I have never gotten to go because they meet at the little general second Wednesday of the month at 12:30.  Im usally at work.  But since I dont go back to work until Monday I ran right over to hang with some friends.
photo from Karen Gray's blog link above
Karen had the shop set for the meeting with yummy goodies to nibble.  She has a block of of the month which I am going to do.  Its all solids from Free Spirit and she provides kits and patterns for sale each month.  Unfortunately Free Spirit has just changed all their solids so I'm going to wait until she has the newly rewritten pattern with the new colors.  The background is going to be a lovely light aqua!

It was great that my guildmate Lee of the blog May Chappell was there to demo how to make a lined zipper pouch.  She had lot of great hints which were so practical and logical!  Im going to use them as they look like it would make pouches easier to sew!

As I remember:

1.  Use chamois for the front pieces instead of batting.  No third layer required and quilts nicely.
2.  Use a small folded square just on the top of the ends of the zipper to add that little decorative detail.  
3. Always top stitch along the zipper-I do this but thought it worth saying.
4. Sew just the sides next to the zipper ends first and then check
5.  Once the lining and outside are attached to the zipper sew down the sides AWAY from the zipper (this was a real duh moment!)
6. Clip a half moon at the seam next to the zipper ends to remove bulk and make turning easy (another duh!)

Lee really is a perfectionist!  She used different thread weights to topstitch and to assemble!  

After the demo we were treated to show and tell.  As I didnt know I was coming I did not have any quilts but I did show my one hexie flower.  Here are a few of the quilts I took pictures of.
Sew Sisters pattern

We had a cute little visitor at the beginning of the meeting-baby Brooks with his mama Gina!

I have a zillion photos from my west trip.  Ill try to do some posts and get ya caught up on that and my quilting retreat.

keep dreaming...Colleen
my new tea diffuser from TJ Maxx

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lucky Duck Dreams shared an Instagram photo with you

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"Love how my color combo is turning out! #collaborationcelebration"
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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Lucky Duck Dreams shared an Instagram photo with you

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"Mickeys first hexie design! The start if her book. #collaborationcelebration "
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