Monday, July 22, 2019

Cute As A Button Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
A group of us had a fun day in classroom at In Between Stitches in Livermore on Sunday.  The girls began their Cute as a Button quilt journey.

Here's my Cute as a Button on steroids.  I'll release a new pattern called Country Courthouse as soon as I get the time to write it. 

The girls decided to make the smaller, 31" x 31" version.  I guess they don't want to join me in the asylum!

Such fabric organization!  I was amazed and impressed.

 As the day went on, little piles of 9-patches started appearing.

The girls were all so precise.  I was impressed.

This is a Where's Waldo picture.  How many little 9-patch blocks do you see strategically placed in this picture?

Paula was very creative with her blocks.

Any day spent in the company of quilters is a good GREAT day!


P.S. My Cute as a Button pattern is available HERE, in my Etsy shop.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Heritage Trifecta

Hello Everyone,
I was very excited this week when I was contacted by Hancock's of Paducah.  They wanted to purchase Heritage patterns.

Hancock's will be kitting my pattern using Cassandra fabric by Robert Kaufman.  I LOVE IT!  I will let you know when the kits become available on their website.

The Cassandra version is so different than the original.
Here is the version made by The Independence Hall Quilters, my guild in Arnold.  Let me know if you are interested in purchasing tickets for Heritage.  It will be raffled off at the Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire Oct. 13, 2019.  Our quilt show is a destination quilt show.  You can wander around the beautiful grounds at Ironstone Winery.  Do a little wine tasting, view quilts, wearable art, and visit the vendors. Come see me!  I will be manning my booth and demonstrating throughout the entire 3-day show.

Here's an update on my sister Gail.  She has to go back to the surgeon on July 29th.  The margins weren't clear from the last surgery.  This procedure will not be as invasive as the last time.  The next step is a visit to the radiation oncologist.  Keep channeling those good, positive thoughts her way.


P.S. The Heritage pattern is available in my Etsy shop by clicking HERE.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Patchwork Math Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
I was so fortunate to spend a day with quilters from the Contra Costa County Guild last Saturday.  The workshop was Patchwork Math.  The girls rocked it!
This is Mary's beautiful block showing some of the components she made during class.

Mary put a bin together of fabrics she only uses for quilting class.  Here is an example of some of the blocks she's made over the years using only the fabric from her class box.  Soon, she is going to have a wonderful sampler quilter.  Now that she took my class, she has the tools to make components to put all of these blocks together. (I think she already knew how!)

She stitched little snippets of fabrics to muslin that she takes with her when fabric shopping.  This is a great idea!

Here are some examples of blocks and the components assembled during class.

The blocks grew as more components were made.

The guild has a wonderful, bright classroom which made creating easy.

Patchwork Math aka Finessing the Figures is my most popular workshop.  The next time I'm teaching this will be in August 11th at In Between Stitches in Livermore.  Click HERE for information about the class.  I will teach you the formulas and construction techniques to make the components any size you want.  You can then make the components to add special sashings or borders to your quilts.  The class is empowering.  It is fun to teach and I get so witness many ah-ha moments.

On another note, thank you so much for all of your comments and best wishes for my sister Gail.  She is headed to the oncologist today to get more test results and find out the next steps on her journey fighting the cancer.

I'm headed to Livermore this weekend to teach Cute as a Button.  When I last checked, I have one more space available.  Click HERE if you are interested in that spot.

I must warn you the blocks are addicting and you can't make just a few!  As soon as I quilt this beauty, it is going on the bed.  I just have to figure out how I'm going to quilt it.


If you are interested in purchasing my Patchwork Math book or my Cute as a Button pattern, they are located HERE in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

If you see something......

Hello Everyone,
If you have been following my blog, you know that my sister Gail and I do almost everything together.  Here we are at a quilt retreat last May in Susanville.  With my sister's permission, I'm going to relate her story. 

Eleven years ago Gail was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She had a double mastectomy to rid herself of this insidious cancer.  At the time, through genetic testing, chemotherapy was ruled out, as she wouldn't benefit from it.  She also didn't have radiation, as it was not in the current protocol to administer radiation to patients who have lupus.

Over the past eleven years, she continued to have her regular check-ups.....all showed her cancer free.

About three years ago, she noticed a change in an area in the scar tissue.  Her doctor performed a needle biopsy, and it came back negative.  The area wasn't bothering her and she took the doctor at his word.  A couple of months ago she noticed a change in the area.  Again, she went back to her doctor a couple of weeks ago, and he said it was nothing.  But, he did suggest she have an ultra sound.  The technician who performed the ultra sound, said it was nothing.  The nurse told Gail she should ask to have a punch biopsy.  The biopsy came back positive.....the cancer had returned.

Had the nurse not suggested the biopsy, this story may have a different ending.

What I want to share with you is:  If you see something, say something.  This is your body, you know it best.  Gail followed her intuition, and a nurse substantiated her thoughts.

The good news is the bone scan and C/T scan both came back negative.  The cancer has not metastasized to other organs.  On Monday, Gail went in for surgery and had the area removed.  We are awaiting the results of the pathology report to find out the next steps.  Gail is doing great!  She's already back to her normal routine and is pain free.....thanks to the drugs and ice.

During the passage of the last eleven years, new research has been conducted and protocols have changed.  We will find out soon if she is a candidate for radiation.

Gail wanted me to share her story to elevate cancer awareness.  Follow your instincts.  Get a second opinion.....or third if you feel something is wrong.  Schedule a mammogram that you've been putting off.  Take care of have a lot of quilts to finish!

Needless to say I haven't been doing much quilting lately.  Today I'm getting ready for a workshop and trunk show in Concord, CA for the Quilt Guild of Contra Costa County this Saturday and Monday.  Pacific Gas and Electric notified us there is going to be a scheduled power outage from 9am to 3pm today.  Yikes!  I have to get printing NOW and doing everything I do before a workshop.  Maybe this would be a good day to sit on the deck and read.



Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy July 4th

 Hello Everyone,

Happy 4th of July.  Crank up the barbecue and get ready to celebrate with a sale on my Etsy site for Zinnie's Choice.  Today, through Saturday July 6th 2019, my Zinnie's Choice pattern will be on sale.  Click HERE to take advantage of the lower price.

The quilt looks more complex than it is.  I see a square in a square, flying geese, and half-square triangles in this block.

There are double flying geese in this block.  The double flying geese are fun to make with clear instructions.

The quilt only contains the components in my Patchwork Math book.

I love to decorate with this quilt.

Mazey claimed this quilt early on when she was in her puppy stage.

Deborah from Michigan, sent me a picture of her Zinnie's Choice with the modification at the top of the flag.  I love it!

We are hoping and praying there will be absolutely no fireworks here in the mountains. There are always a few idiots out there who think it's fun to shoot firearms into the air, along with some illegal fireworks.  It makes me cringe.  The fear of fire is overwhelming at this time of year.  Even though we had a banner year for rain and is now very dry.

Let us all hope and pray that all of the leaders in our country will come together and work in a bipartisan manner to form a more perfect union.  A union that would make our founding fathers proud.


Monday, July 1, 2019

Happy July

Hello Everyone,
I can feel it in my bones that the summer of 2019 is going to be a busy one!  It is starting out with a 4th of July bang.
I met up with "my girls" at the new location for In Between Stitches in Livermore last week.  As always, the girls have been busy since our last meeting.  Karen is down to the borders on her gorgeous Romancing Alaska. This is one of the quilts that I taught on the quilting cruise to Alaska last year at this time.
There was so much creativity in the room.

In some case, the girls don't need patterns.  They see a quilt they like and are able to reproduce it on their own.  (Yikes, maybe they don't need me anymore!)

The detail on Pat's Snow Globe quilt is so impressive.

In my spare time, which has been limited, I've been working on my Patchwork of the Crosses, AKA Lucy Boston blocks.  This project is so portable.  I have a small tote box at the ready that I can grab on my way out of the door.

We are off to the Alameda County Fair this week to watch our three granddaughters show their goats, lamb, pig, and turkey.

The animals have been thoroughly groomed, washed, and all received hair cuts and hoof trimming.  The turkey was even washed and then blown dry!  My daughter informed me that they won't be selling the turkey since they are only allowed to sell two animals each.  I don't know for sure, but the next time you see a picture of the turkey will be on our Thanksgiving table.  My daughter, and granddaughter said they will not be eating this year.

On the home front, we've had visitors during the night.  Bear 2, hummingbird feeders 0.  The feeders now spend the night indoors.  To those with inquiring minds, this is NOT my husband dressed in a bear suit!  Now if this bear was a bit smarter, it would realize it could have taken the stairs just around the corner.

I don't think the video will play, but give it a try.  It does work on my FaceBook page by clicking HERE