Monday, November 28, 2011


This weekend I did a little sewing, nothing major.  But, it was SEWING!

I wanted a little hand project, so I snooped around and found a cute little tin, filled with yo-yo's.
Why was this not finished?
They were made from a charm pack. I had used an older Black Bird Designs collection, Madeira.

We were going to go to my father and his sweet little wife's house for Thanksgiving.  However, my DH wasn't feeling well, so we stayed home.  Ruthie has Fanciscan Desert Rose dishes.  I made these little napkins for her.  They are on there way to her, via the USPS.  Hopefully, she will be able to enjoy them when her little lady friends come for cards or Bunco.

I made these napkins from a different pattern.  They are folded differently, making them tall and skinny.  Fun for the holidays!

Then, I worked on my Cotton Club!!  I made 2 blocks yesterday, while watching a Chick Flick.

My, Oh, MY they are stinkin' cute! 

Block 7

Block 8.

Maybe this afternoon I can make block 9.  16  1/2 square triangles, I am not afraid!

Friday, November 25, 2011


I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving Friday!  Isn't that much nicer than Black Friday? This year there was more reports of violence in the Big Box Stores.  People pushing, fighting and even spaying Pepper Spray, to get the best bargain.

I like my little shop.  I want it to be a nice place to visit.  I want people to feel happy when they arrive, and satisfied when they leave.

American Express has used their Shop Small ad campaign again, for the second year.  I love the idea of shopping in stores where they know me, or know my family.  My father has purchased flowers from the same florist for over 15 years.  They knew my mom, helped with her funeral, did his wedding flowers 8 years ago, and make table arrangements for me each time Daddy and Ruthie come to visit.

I like to eat in places that know me.  If I order something different at Papa's Place or the Village Bean, they check to be sure I want to make a switch.  At our local Mexican restaurant, my Husband tells the waitress to 'just bring me something".  There is a sense of friendship and trust in places like that.

As a small business owner, I love knowing my customers.  I think of you when I am shopping for the store.  Who likes a certain author or fabric designer.  What kind of Block of the Month will my Saturday Girls like.  It's all about being a small business.

I hope you will keep this in mind as you are shopping and dining out this Holiday Season.  Small business is the cornerstone of our neighborhoods.  Support them, by Shopping Small!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


In September I had high hopes of getting a great head start on my Cotton Club Block of the Month sample.

I love the colors, the adorable 5" blocks and the setting.  45 blocks in all.  5 the first month, and then 4 per month for the next 10 months.  Seems very do-able.

I got off to a great start.  I completed 4 blocks one Sunday afternoon.  Each one measured the exact 5 1/2" it was supposed to.  They were so cute.  I was in Quilt Love.

 Then, I am not sure exactly what happened.  There was a beautiful wedding in October.  A stunning bride and a handsome groom.  I was a little busy with that.  There was some sewing involved, and entertaining. 

I do remember a stinkin' cold near the end of October.  Then, there was Quilt Market.  Six days in Quilt Heaven, with my 'Peeps'.   I remember walking into the shop on November 1st, and realizing that there was not 1 Christmas sample in the shop.  Not One!!  So, off to the -factory- sewing room I went.  I made 2 table runners, a child's Christmas Monkey quilt, a wall hanging and a tree skirt.  I believe that was last week.

This week, I am back in love with my Cotton Club project!

These are the Original Fab Four.  Sweet, don't you think?

 Block number 5.  I am having fun now!

Block 6.  Now we are doing 1/2 square triangles, and fussy cutting.  YIPPEE!!

I can't tell you how fun it is to work on something so small, and precise.  I feel all Giddy inside. 
A Quilt Crush, if you will.

I can't wait to get home and start block 7.

Is anyone else sewing along?  J

Monday, November 14, 2011

My Boy, Cameron

 I am sure many of you communicate with your children via text message. My DH and I realized a few years ago, the boys would answer a text, long before they would answer their phones. I am sure if you are out with your buddies, the last thing you want to do is have your Mama being a nagamuffin on the phone!

Cameron has a quick smile and a huge heart.  A couple of weeks ago, he was on a little adventure.  He and his buddy Joe were on a road trip.  Driving from Seattle to LA, with a few stops along the way.  First stop,  Papa and Grama Ruthie's house.

 After a couple of meals and a sleep over, the boys were on their way.  It took them several days to get to central California, but they were good about checking in.  Just because they are as tall as adults, they are still my boys!

About a week into their trip, I received a picture text from Cameron.  He found a book in a restaurant parking lot, and thought I might like it.

Yesterday, it arrived in the mail!  A 1970 edition of Better Homes and Gardens Sewing Book.  A wonderfully illustrated book with lots of practical advise about sewing.   Some of you learned to sew from this manual.  It is in a 3 ring binder, which is such a good idea!  Why don't they do that anymore?  The section on Sewing for the Home, has window treatments, how to make a slip cover for your sofa, a bed skirt-even a  canopy.  Not one mention of a quilt, table runner, wall hanging, all of the things we are sewing today.  That reminds me that 1976 was the rebirth of quilting.  I feel so lucky to be sewing during a time, when we are doing it because we love it.  Not because we have to.
And, that sweet boy of mine, he knows what his Mama likes! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Please join us, for our 2nd Annual Pantie Raid!

During November, if you bring in packages of new, Women's, Boys or Girls underwear or socks, we will give you a free precut fat quarter.

Last year we were able to donate over 100 packages to a transitional home for abused women and children, please help us beat those numbers!  Undies are always needed, and often not donated.

Several other quilt shops around the country will be doing the same drive, for their local charity.  Let's show them how awesome the NW Quilters are!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I am home from Quilt Market, and back in the shop.  It always takes me days to digest what I saw, and what I bought.  I had a wonderful time.  Saw lots of friends, talked 'shop', found new pattern companies and ordered new fabric.  These things will be coming in over the next few months, and I will keep you informed when they arrive.

One of the most anticipated fabric lines is from Pam Kitty Morning,  it was fun to see Pam.  She was working in the Lake House Booth.  Her PKM fabric should be here anytime!  I can't wait.

Eleanor Burnes was dressed as an astronaut for Halloween.  That woman loves a costume!

I caught Alma Allen alone in the BlackBird booth.  What a sweet and generous woman she is.  Not  to mention talented.  I am in love with the Blue Berry Crumb Cake Fabric line, coming soon.  Their new book Weekend, should be shipping this week!  The projects are beautiful.

This was perhaps, the most photographed celebrity on the show floor.  He just made you smile!  There is no  one quite like the Cat in The Hat!  Did you realize that The Cat In The Hat was written in 1957?  It is just as enchanting today as it was then. 

Now, it is time to tackle the piles of papers, unopened mail, samples that need to be made.  In other words I need to get BUSY!  I hope you have enjoyed a little of the show.  J