Wednesday, June 20, 2012

pdf love

Two posts in one week? How is that possible? Well, one of the advantages I've discovered about being in cramped quarters is that it's easier to multi-task. (It's also easier to lose things, but I've already covered that). So today I'm blogging while sewing. In the same chair, even.

I've been working on some projects that are just for fun. Downloaded some PDF patterns the other day and have been having a great time. Gotta love those PDFs--practically instant gratification.
I'll share photos when I can--one of the DISadvantages of my situation is that there's no way I'd be sharing what my space looks like right now.

It occurred to me that it might be helpful to offer some of the Late Bloomer Quilts patterns in the form of downloadable PDFs. Some just don't lend itself to that format, but I found 6 that do. And here are four of them. Pam tells me that every time she carries her Farmer's Market Bag everyone wants one--so here's your chance.

LakeHouse Dry Good's new "Penelope" is arriving in stores as I type this, so here are Pam's patterns featuring that collection.

The patterns are available here and the great thing is that you don't have to pay shipping, you'll get the pattern within a day, and I've cut the price by a buck since you will have to provide your own paper and ink.

So let's all get sewing!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

mohair and cotton

I guess if I wait until I have really interesting things to share then I might as well delete this blog.
And face it--I've been here (not always all that regularly) for too long to just quit. So I'll keep plugging along and vowing to do better.

I have gotten lots of sewing done--it seems that this part of the state doesn't really have that thing
you might call "Spring". We go from snow to surface of the sun in nothin' flat. This weekend has
been the latter so there's been no real desire to leave the house.

I've been on a dishtowel kick. That happens periodically and they're so satisfying to make. A bit
of applique, pull out the old ruffler foot, and before you know it you've got something cute. Something you're not likely to ever use, but that's okay.*

The last time I got out I met some new friends...yes, I'm still making plans to acquire a few
sheep, but these girls won my heart. They're Angora Goats and they look like goats wearing
sheep suits. With fleecy bloomers which are so stinkin' cute. It's hard to imagine from the photos
of the kinda grubby gals (2 weeks away from shearing) but their fleece looks and feels like silk.
It's got a lustre that is incredible. AND they eat poison oak and star thistles and all the other things
that are annoying to deal with up here. So more critter research is underway...and that includes
getting a DONKEY. I'm excited, yet nervous because I have a feeling a menagerie could be here
before I know it.

I really wanted to finish up that pillow that  I showed over here , but sadly I CAN'T FIND IT.
Seriously. I've lost my monogrammed, hand embroidered linen pillow. I know it's in this room
someplace and I also know I can't blame anyone but myself. So hopefully those of you who expressed an interest in the pattern will not give up on me. At least not before I do.

*The chickens are from my Petaluma pattern...I just reduced the size a bit.  The coffee cups are from this pattern and I left them full size. If you would like to make your own, there's a tutorial on my sidebar--the pears towel? All my towels are made the same way--just the applique and embellishments vary.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

tah daaaah!

So where are my Quilt Market posts? Well, I don't have any. Sadly, I wasn't there this time.  Not really all that sad, but Market is always fun and it's hard missing the chance to see all the quilty
people who are so much fun to visit.

That doesn't mean I wasn't busy with Quilt Market stuff. Oh yes, I was. And it's about time I tell you
all about it. Pam has another darling collection coming out and so LBQ has to celebrate by designing
some new quilts around Pam Kitty Love. Which like you, I can't wait to get my hands on. To play
with for real. But in the meantime, due to the (mostly) wonders of the digital world, we can
still design quilts for you.

Pam herself designed two quilts--"Pam Kitty in Love" which makes use of a fun heart print fabric
and "Dolly Hearts" which is super easy to piece and allows for lots of scrappy fun. That's an easy
one to make just a bit bigger if need be. Pretty sure I'm going to be making some hearts myself--
just for the fun of it.

As for me, "Altamont" is a new version of an old windmill block. Most fun of all was "Terrier Town" which is a new 12 month BOM full of flowers, cherries, butterflies, and those cute little pups.

All patterns are now available on my website and are already on their way to local quilt shops as well.

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