Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I was cruising blogland and saw this great giveaway over on p.s. i quilt. Check out this lovely stack of fabrics Rachel of p.s. i quilt and Judi of Green Fairy Quilts are giving away! Yummy!

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happy quilting

A-Z about me

Over on Wendy's blog Why Knot?, she posted this A-Z about me!It looked like fun so I thought I would share!

Age: 52
Bed Size: Queen
Chore You Dislike: Emptying the dishwasher
Dogs: None right now- have had 4. Just 3 kitties right now.
Essential Start of Your Day: waking up!- oh, a cup of 'candy' coffee (more french vanilla and suger than coffee)
Favorite Color: Pink and periwinkle blue
Gold or Silver: Silver
Height: 5'4"
Instruments You Play: Now- nothing! Piano and flute in a past life.
Job Title: Wife, Mother, Nurse, Quilt Pattern Designer
Kids: 2 boys, 1girl- all grown up!
Live: Southern Connecticut
Mom's Name: Kathy- actually her name was Mary but everyone called her Kathy or Bitsy!
Nicknames: Kate
Overnight Hospital Stays: Four -- 3 babies and 1 removal of baby-maker
Pet Peeve(s): Lying.Being lazy. Driving so close to my car I can see the color of your eyeshadow!
Quote From a Movie: "I'm not dead yet!"
Right- or Left-Handed: Right, but a little ambidextrous
Siblings: 2 - 1 Sister, 1 Brother
Time You Wake Up:Wake up? 5-6 am. Get up..... now that is another story!
Underwear: yes!
Veggie You Dislike: Brussel sprouts
What Makes You Run Late: Trying to squeeze in one more thing before I get out the door- can't blame the kids anymore!
X-Rays You Have Had: Too many to count!
Yummy Food You Make: I am not the cook here anymore, but I still make cookies! Actually making some chocolate chip right now! yumm!
Zoo Animal You Like Best: Penguins.

Want to play along?

Happy quilting

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Would you like a glass to go with that W(h)ine?

OK- I have been whining a little lately! All work and no play make Kate a cranky girl! So a couple of weekends ago, when I should have been working, I went to NYC on Sunday with my hubbie and daughter. What fun we had!

First we went to the Empire Quilt Guild quilt show- they have it every other year in March and what a great show it always is. Very inspirational. And they have some amazing workshops - today they have Mary Mashuta and Roberta Horton!I wish I was there taking one of those classes! Of course I don't know how I would have chosen which workshop to take!

Then we went to the Red and White quilt exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum. Actually it was at the armory, but sponsored by the Folk Museum.
Did you hear about it? It was amazing.It was a display of 651 red and white quilts that are owned by one woman, Joanna Rose. Her present to herself and the city of NYC was to have them displayed all together. She sounds like a remarkable lady.

Here is a shot I took-

There a lots of posts about it online- Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company has a great post and Pat Sloan has listed a lot of links on her bloc. Check them out!

I love this quilt- actually how could you not love them all? This one looks like peppermint candies!

So why have I been whining? Well, I am really excited to see the shop hop quilt coming together. But I had one block that had been kicking my butt- could not get the drawing right in the computer. As it turned out, that was a good thing. Once I had all the other blocks done and up on the design wall, I realized my original design would not work. So I re-worked the block, the drawing went pretty well and viola! Block is done!

Of course, I did have a little help. My older son and his girlfriend were down visiting from the Boston area, and Rea was a great help. I would draw a little, she would make a suggestion... Wish I could post a picture but, oh well.

So off to do a little stitching today. I have lots of things I "have" to do, but I think I will start with something fun! I was following the Mug Rug Madness posts the other week and I think I will play with some little 1 1/2" squares of fabric I got in NYC. Don't they look like fun?

and so not my usual choice of fabrics! It's good to try something new!

And I got Scott's quilt back from Connie at Golden Bells Quilting- it looks great! We went with a leaf motif- fits the colors and the fabrics. She did a really nice job. Now on to the binding. I have a great stripe that I will cut on the diagonal.

Love the close up!

I'll leave you with a shot of my helper today: here's Huey!

Happy quilting