Sunday, November 23, 2008

New stuff

Isn't it fun to work on new stuff? I often find myself abandoning an old project in favor of a new one. Does that mean I have quilt ADD? Often I have 2 or 3 or more projects in the works at once. I say that is because they are all in different stages of development and I can sew, or write or design depending on my mood. I think I have made some good excuses for the fact that I am fickle. A project that had me going great guns last week may get left behind for a new one this week. Luckily my quilt fickleness is not a statement about my whole life- I have been married 26 years (is that possible? Does that mean I am old?) and have worked as a nurse in home care for almost that long. Though, I have moved around to different agencies. Oh well. Nobody is perfect!

I leave you with a little taste of what I am currently working on- a quilt design for a shop hop here in CT. (Of course I was supposed to be working on finishing a tote bag pattern but the fabric from this quilt was calling me!)
Keep quilting! Kate

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Quilt Market

Wow! What a week at Quilt Market. We have been back almost a week and I am still trying to catch up on my sleep! Market was fun, tiring and inspiring!

The first day of Market was kind of slow, steady but slow. Then each day it got busier. We met a whole bunch of really nice people- especially Jane Spolar from Quilt Poetry in the booth next to us and Lynda of Primitive Pieces in the booth behind us. And the ladies from Weeks Dye Works and..and...and.. the list goes on. What fun we had meeting new people and seeing old friends. Though we never got a chance to really walk around and see all the beautiful quilts.

We have lots of new ideas and lots of things to do in the next few weeks so stay tuned. We'll try to give a preview of work in progress as they develope.

After Market ended, we stayed an extra day and took a class at Festival. It was a fabric dyeing class- we dyed silk, and silk screened and painted.. it was so much fun. It was something neither Elizabeth or I had ever done so that was great to learn new techniques.I am still trying to decide what to do with my little pieces of dyed fabric- maybe a journal cover? I am a book freak- those who know me, know I like to carry some sort of journal with me all the time. Just in case I need to write down an idea, or sketch. Hmmm, I'll have to work on that.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Quilt Market

Greetings from Houston!
Yesterday was the first full day at Market- we taught a schoolhouse class called Wall hanging Wednesdays. That was a lot of fun- we talked about our wall hangings series and gave out some ideas for promoting classes. It was very well received- and we had standing room only in our classroom! What a hoot!

Then last night was Sample Spree. For those of you who have never been to Sample Spree- it is quite the experience! At 6pm- the lobby outside the ballroom was getting full and Sample Spree did not start until 8pm! When the doors open- what a rush! Stand back! We didn't stop for almost the whole two hours. In the past, sometimes we have gotten a chance to walk around and see other tables, but not last night.

On to Day 2- the booths open today. The sun is coming up and it looks to be another beautiful, sunny day here in Texas. If we get a chance to go see some of the quilts, we'll take some pictures.
Kate and Libby

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Quilt Market

Quilt Market is just around the corner and Elizabeth and I are working like mad to get ready. We will be in booth 2213 this year. We have 4 new patterns and our new bumper sticker.
Got to go make samples for Sample Spree! Should be fun!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Bennington Quilt Fest

Elizabeth and I went to the Bennington Quilt Fest last weekend. We were vendors. We took off Friday from CT and stopped at one of our favorite shops, the Yankee Quilter. Then we traveled up thru CT, into Massachusetts and stopped at Talas. Talas is a quilt shop in North Adams, MA that we had heard a lot of good things about. What a place! Fabric everywhere! It was amazing. You want it, I will bet you can find it at Talas. Tons of fabric, books, stuff and staff that was very nice. Elizabeth spent some money!

Then it was on to the show! We set up Friday night and the show was Sat and Sun. Very nice quilts. Isn't it great to see what others are doing? It was so much fun for us as they gave every vendor the opportunity to pick a vendor favorite. How to pick? Our biggest fear was that Eliabeth and I would love 2 different quilts and never be able to agree on one! But we did. We had a hard time choosing but first we narrowed it down to 2 and then to 1. It was called Star Surprise II by Judith P. Smith of Pownal, VT. Great job Judith!

We also met so many nice people- our neighbor Shelly Holley of Log Cabin Quilting and her helper Kristine; Mary Jane Carey of the Christmas Shoppe; Sharon of Barnyard Quilting; Kate and Karen of Quilting in the Bershires; Becki from A Notion to Quilt (a great shop that I stopped at during my trip to Shelburne Falls!), Melanie from the Quiltfest Committee and so many others, including some really fun quilters!

Now we are home. As I was unpaking from Bennington this week- guess who decided to help? Lily of course! She just loves suitcases!

Until next time...


Thursday, August 21, 2008

On board

Yeah, I have achieved blogging technology!  And yes, I will try to beat Kate's posting of our new  quilting sticker for your car.  It is not in the position I would have preferred but I dare not remove the college decals!  Okay it is sideways - not an indication as to my driving ability :)  
Better pic now!

Shelburne Falls

I recently went to Shelburne Falls in Massachusetts to meet a college friend. What a wonderful place! It's an artsy little town with the Bridge of Flowers as one of it's claims to fame. The Bridge of flowers is lovely walking bridge that is lined with flowers, shrubs and trees. it's just beautiful. I had a wonderful time walking along the bridge and taking pictures of the flowers. My new camera takes such wonderful pictures. We then walked around the town and visited a few potters, a quilt studio (I was so jealous!) and an artists showcase. Such inspiration! On the way home I stopped at a quilt shop just up the street from the town- and who could resist? Of course I spent money! But then the power went off, a tremendous rain storm came by and I was stuck inside the shop. It was raining so hard I couldn't see my car. So, after the power came back, I shopped some more! What was one to do?
What a great day.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I posted a picture of my cat, Lily and some of our quilts. A couple of years ago, I was trying to set up a shot of some quilts, and guess who finds the pile. She settled in and looked so cute, it actually became the cover picture for a brochure we did. Like most cats, Lily always manages to perch in the most inconvenient spot! But she is soft, she purrs and I am a pushover! She loves to sit on my lap when I have the computer there, and she drapes herself across the keys or chases the cursor on the screen.
But she is warm and sweet and I love her!

Happy stitching,

Saturday, May 24, 2008


So... Elizabeth and I have been planning to start this blog for a while now, but we never seemed to get it off the ground! So today, I just decided to forge ahead. I have no clue how to do all this, but it seems like fun!
Right now, I am going to go used car shopping as my college age daughter has appropriated my 11 year old car. After that, if I am not traumatized, I will try to put up some pictures and get this thing rolling!