Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Snapshos Quilt Along

Good morning!  Today its time to talk about the Snapshots Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. I'm excited to be a part of this great project benefiting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.   Every month on the 15th, beginning in January, you can download a cute block to make.  The blocks are free, but we're encouraging you to donate $5 towards  St. Jude's for each download. 

Snapshots Banner

Additionally on the 15th of each month, Fat Quarter Shop will be  releasing a new video tutorial on each of the blocks.   And check out this great introductory video with Bonnie and Camille !  It has all the details.

You can order your kit from Fat Quarter Shop here.  I'll be sewing along with my Pam Kitty Garden fabric.  (Shh,, I've already got a couple of blocks done and it's turning out so cute! ) 
You can read all the details here, and see who else will be sewing along with us!  I hope you'll join in the fun! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Hi there! Did you make any bear paw blocks?  I almost wrote bear "claw" .. yikes, my pastry problem outs itself! It was a cozy rainy day here yesterday so I got to work on my meow quilt.

It's cave dweller time here, dark and gloomy, so the picture color isn't great, but you can see how totally cute those Sunrise Studio scallops look with my Pam Kitty Garden fabric. Hopefully today I'll finish this up and figure out if I'll try and quilt it myself or have it quilted. 
Are you sewing? Have your shopping done? I'm totally in denial about Christmas.  And it's the 16th. Crazy.  Tell me about what you're up to.. if you have the time.  By the looks of Instagram and Facebook, everyone is busy busy!  I'm loving all the Christmas decorations and all the fun sewing projects. My friend Suzanne from Strawberry Patches in Bakersfield spent the weekend making some cute things from Pam Kitty Garden, check her Facebook page here.
Ok, I'll be back here later this week! Hopefully with that quilt finished! Have a good day!  xo

Monday, December 15, 2014

Classic and Vintage: Bear Paw!

Good morning! Today we're stitching  along with Fat Quarter Shop's BRAND NEW Classic and Vintage Block, The Bear Paw.  Classic and Vintage is the perfect series for me, because I love making the old blocks new again with fresh fabrics and colors. 

Fat Quarter Shop's instructions for this block can be found here, and as you've come to expect, they're clear and concise, and you can whip up a block in no time! The generous size of 14 inches makes any project go fast. Just get your Alphabitties at the ready, download your pattern and get started.  In no time at all you'll have a nice crisp Bear Paw Block ready to be called to action!

Classic and Vintage
Fat Quarter Shop also has a new video showing you how to make the Bear Paw Block.  Kimberly demonstrates  how to use Triangle paper in it.   You'll have a nice neat Bear Paw Block in no time.

Classic and Vintage

I totally got carried away and made a small block too. 

Classic and Vintage
The Fat Quarter Shop has a free download for the Bear Paw Block.  They also have a perfectly priced pattern for a table runner, crib, twin or king sized quilt, you can order that here.   Now I hope you'll head over to the Jolly Jabber and see who else is making Bear Paw blocks!

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Hi there! We're anticipating "the storm of the decade" so we're all settled in here at Pam Kitty Central. Yikes.  Crossing my fingers that we maintain power but for sure I'm getting my electronics charged! 
I finished up my hexagon potholders yesterday afternoon.  I feel pretty pleased with them, even the binding turned out, sometimes I find those angles challenging!

Hex Potholder

I wouldn't have had such a nice result without the great tutorial from Freshly Pieced. Lee's method keeps your angles in check, something just chopping off the end of the logs doesn't do.

Hex Potholder
These two are getting popped in the mail.  Maybe after the storm though.  California is getting at on of precipitation, so I'm grateful for that, hope the winds don't  wreak havoc.  
Just in case I don't get back here, have a great weekend! xop

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Vintage Vibe

Good morning!  Today we're blog hopping on the Vintage Vibe blog tour!  I was luck to meet Amber Johnson at Quilt Market  in Houston and she asked if I'd like to participate. Luckily I was already in love with the book and said YES!

book photos courtesy of Martingale, photographer Brent Kane
There are 14 great projects in this book.  Amber includes little tidbits about her inspiration for the quilts and helpful hints along the way. The instructions are clear and concise and of course there are excellent illustrations.   Even though I've been quilting for a long time, I find it's good revisit those  instructions from time to time.
FINALS B1246.indd
My favorite project in the book is Sugar, pictured above. It combines a couple of my favorite things, tulips and Flower Sugar fabric!  Amber has designed a dainty version as well, Sugar Sweet,  as these are sister quilts, reminiscent of her childhood sharing a room with her sisters! 

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I couldn't resist making a large Sugar block in Pam Kitty Garden

Vintage Vibe Blog Tour

Vintage Vibe Sugar Block
Vintage.. well that's all relative right? Amber's grandmother taught her how to quilt and  in the Scrap Jars quilt pictured below, she contributed  three pieces of vintage fabric for the project.  Amber invites us to figure out which are the vintage pieces.

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Holy cow. I'M VINTAGE!  I made a quilt with two out of three of those pieces! 

Vintage Vibe Vintage FAbric
It was easy to fall in love with this book.  Lots of great projects.  If this is your first stop on this blog hop, I encourage you to  head over to Amber's blog for the schedule so you can catch up!  The list of bloggers and the schedule is here
You can order a book from Amber here, or from Amazon here.
Thank you Amber for inviting me to hop along and sending me a copy of your book! Congratulations!

Monday, December 08, 2014


Hi there! How are you?  Did you have a nice weekend?  We had one of those busy bee weekends, lots to do, nothing all that big, just stuff.  I did manage to get  some sewing done on my Cheerio blocks, they're turning out cute.

Cozy Coffee
Speaking of cute, how cute is this mug?  Frankie picked it up for me last week.  I love it!  (For those of you that might want to find one, it's a Hallmark mug, she found it at Walgreens.) It was cozy stitching away and drinking coffee yesterday! 
Ok big plans this week?  It's been extra cozy here with rain and then fog! Perfect stay in and sew days! Have a good week!

Friday, December 05, 2014


So we've managed to get through another week. I finished my hexagon log cabin blocks. Love them. I plan on prepping them for quilting later today, then when I have a few minutes I can get busy.

Hexi log cabins
I finally figured out what I wanted to work on next.  When I saw Camille's Cherrio quilt in Love Patchwork and Quilting, I fell in love with it.   The magazine included the pattern for the mini as well, so that's what I'm making.  I photoshopped a mini version to try out my fabrics and then got busy cutting it out.  Still have the background pieces to cut. In PamKitty style I'm using a print. I love how it looks

Pam Kitty Garden Cheerio
If you can't find the magazine anymore, the pattern for the full sized Cherrio is available over here at Camille's online store.
What are your big plans for the weekend?  For sure I'll be looking at Christmas lights around town, it's my favorite thing!  Happy weekending people!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Sewing Fun

Hi there!  How's it going?  I see lots of Christmas trees popping up all over, are you ready? I haven't done a thing, except enjoy everyone elses decorations!  There's still time though! 
I have a couple of in progress projects you know, but right now I'm waiting on fabric.  In the mean time I'm trying to get motivated to start another project, but I'm not sure what I  want to work on.  I'm trying hard to find things to take pictures and blog about besides my view of the tv for Law and Order time, or the vacuum or the grocers parking lot.  So I got a brilliant idea that I'd make some potholders.  Last summer I made a potholder using Amy's great tutorial and I was pretty pleased how it turned out.  
Being overly confident I forged ahead to make another.  However, I didn't really read past the dimensions and that was the first of many horrible mistakes.  So bad, that the resulting potholder is barely fit for human use, let along viewing.  Kind of like in the horror movies when something goes terribly wrong with a cloning experiment and there's just a blob laying there.  Lets just hush up that experiment.  
Enter Lee's great hexagon log cabin block tutorial.  I used my tablet to go to and from the cutting table when working on this project, as I'm a little challenged visually when it comes to the angles and keeping things even. I started with a smaller center hexagon, I used my Go! Baby to cut my hexes.

I stopped and grabbed a photo while there was still some light.  I'll finish this one up and try for another.  Then I'll have a pair.  It's super fun.
Ok, that's what I worked on yesterday.  After my trip to Target in the pouring rain.  But OMG RAIN.  Couldn't  be better.

Monday, December 01, 2014


Good morning!  It's December, can you believe it?  I hardly can. but my phone says it's December first so it must be true.   Anyway, how was your Thanksgiving? I hope it went well. Ours was not without a couple of challenges, the biggest being the death of our cooktop. Thankfully the only uncooked item was gravy. Later, of course, I realized I could have gotten out my electric fry pan and finished that up, but I was caught off guard.  Only I eat gravy anyway, so no big deal.

Not the best time to be shopping for a cooktop with all the crowds.  Did you do any shopping this weekend?  Bret and I went out. He had this great idea to go to Best Buy.  I tried not to roll my eyes at his naiveté.. shopping at Best Buy on a Black Friday.  Poor fellow.  He said lets give it a try, so  I packed my book and off we went.  Imagine my surprise when he got a parking place in the first row outside of the store and was out in less than 15 minutes.  With his purchase I might add!  Well some people have all the luck.
It rained on and off all weekend and it looks like it will continue into this week.  Thank goodness.  What's up in your neck of the woods?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Turkey Day

Hi there and HAPPY THANKSGIVING  to all my American friends, and happy Thursday to the rest of you. Unless of course you're living in the future, I'm talking to you Australia, in which case it's Friday already.

Hope no matter what kind of Thursday you're having, I hope it's wonderful!

Monday, November 24, 2014


Hi there! It's Turkey Week!  My turkey is thawing in the garage fridge surrounded by cans of soda and bottled water, right on schedule, hopefully!  Are you busy like bees getting ready?  Low key for us this year.

Didn't sew this weekend but I did manage some prep work for future projects done.  Today I'll work on stitching them up.  I love sewing and fiddling around in my sewing room even when I'm not sewing.  Of course it doesn't make for great blogging. And really doesn't make for great photography. 
Ok, lets have a great week people! xo

Friday, November 21, 2014


Good morning.. how did things go this week? It's going to be everyone's big shopping weekend with Thanksgiving coming up, lots of activity at the market for sure.   Maybe I'll try and shop later today, grab the turkey at least.


It's been windy and rainy this week, all good things.  Well except for the leaves.  I think by Monday it looked like Bret had never cleaned them up.  That's just how it's going to be for a while.


Working on future projects.  Here's today's combo.   I like how it's looking. Procrastination is the usually the name of my game, but I'm really trying to be better.  Baby steps.

Pam Kitty Garden
What's on your weekend agenda?  I hope it's not all work.  Sometimes escaping to the sewing room is the perfect stress reliever.  Have a good weekend! xop

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 10

Hi there! Can you believe there's been 10 issues of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine!  It's very exciting, that' s ONE THOUSAND blocks.  And while I missed a chance to get in on the blog hop,  I didn't want a miss a chance to share it with you!  Do you know I've had a block in all 10 issues!!

Quiltmaker Volume 10
Here's my block for Volume 10, it's called Flower Pops, inspired by cake pops that you see all over the place!  There are plenty of chances to win a copy of the magazine, so head over to the Quilty Pleasures Blog and check out the designers on the blog hop.

quiltmaker vol 10

Before you head out though, here's the super fun video I linked to last week. 

Ok, have a great day Super Friends!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monarch Monday

Hi there Happy Monday to you !  Did you have a nice weekend?  It's official, we've turned on the heater so it's really fall around here!  There's plenty of leaves around, Bret vacuumed up a bunch but they'll be falling well into January.   I managed to get in some sewing, and some pinteresting and some instagram watching.  You know, the usual.
Friday I was in Monterey and took a little trip over to the Pacific Grove Butterfly Sanctuary.  It's prime Monarch migration season, you can read more about that here as well as see some pretty spectacular photos. At first  I thought there  were far less butterflies than before, but then on the way back up the trail I saw more clumps of them hanging off trees in a whole different area than I was used to seeing them.  They just look like dried leaves until the sun starts warming them up.  It needs to be around 55 degrees I believe for them to start flying.  I've mostly come in the mornings, but Friday I was there in the early afternoon.  The docent was saying that there were about 8000 butterflies in the park, and they were expecting a record number this year. The bad news is that butterfly habitat is shrinking in the United States and Mexico.

Pacific Grove Butterfly Preserve

Pacific Grove Butterfly Preserve

You can barely see them in this first picture in the eucalyptus trees, then close up you can see the big clumps of them.
Pacific Grove Butterfly Preserve

Pacific Grove Butterfly Preserve
Farther down the path there is a pocket of sunshine.. usually you can see more of the butterflies down there, but not Friday. I did see some deer pretty close up.  They're not tame by any means, but they aren't totally afraid of humans.  Click over here to my picture on instagram.  A doe just stuck her head out behind a planter, took a look then backed up.  It was hilarious. I had seen her coming .. it's a chicken wire fence!  I have posted about the butterflies before, you can read those posts here if you're so inclined!

Pacific Grove Butterfly Preserve
It was cool in the little wooded area, lots of shade, but it was nice in the sun.  The California Coast is nice in the fall. It was a good day out and about.
So what did you do this weekend?