End of June wrap-up

Hard to believe we are heading into July this week. The weather here today was great; sunny and warm; perfect summer weather. I delayed taking my walk today; I thought I would walk this evening since it was not supposed to rain. But the clouds are rolling in now, so we will see what happens!

Hard to complain though as I sit here on the deck, writing to all of you. Since the sun is being partially blocked, and a light breeze has kicked up, it really is very pleasant.

Smash Your Precut StashI recently completed a few projects, which I don’t get to show you yet, but I can show you this one- which is a work in progress. I am remaking our cover quilt from the book. The quilt is called Sassy 16.

I am actually making 2 of them; one for me to have to take along with me when I do book signings and guild lectures and one for fun. The first one will look almost exactly like the cover quilt. Same jelly roll, a white background and similar border fabric.

DSCN3723The second one I am making from my scraps of blue fabrics. Well, mostly blue. And white because I LOVE quilts with white backgrounds. I am using a lot of leftover whites in the blocks with the squares and I am using one fabric in some of the alternate blocks. I have run out of what I have in whites, so I will have to go shopping.

Bummer.

Here are a few other things I have worked on lately. I designed a few patterns for P&B Textiles and they are up on their website. My friend Kirstyn Cogan has designed a great new fabric line called Urban Scandinavian and it will be showing up in stores soon.

Quilt using Urban Scandinavian I designed one quilt using her “colored” side of the line and one for her “black and white” side of the line. I called them Colored Pieces and Urban Ink. Click here if you want to access the free patterns.

Quilt using Urban Scandinavian fabricWell, I hope you have a great last few days of June!

On Thursday I am guest blogging again on the McCalls Quilting blog and I will post a link to it here as well.

happy quilting!

Kate

Quiltmaker Winners!

Hi all! Did you have a nice weekend? We had a good weekend- we went to a birthday party for a friend, a get to know your neighbor party and yesterday I spent part of the day cleaning/organizing.

Now I know that doesn’t sound like fun, but really, when you are done, you do have a sense of accomplishment. And a clean palate to start messing up again!

New quilt- quarter square trianglesToday, I am going to do a little sewing, a little writing… we will see how the day goes. I am here, waiting on the dishwasher repairman as the door for our brand new dishwasher is acting up.

 

I want to take this time to thank everyone who visits the blog, and to thank those who comment on my giveaways. I am so glad you come here to visit.

Book CoverA schedule update: I have a couple of book signings set up.

July 9-11th I will be at the Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival in Castle Rock, CO. I will be in the Innova booth and I will have a few books available.

July 18th- a book signing at 2pm at The Yankee Quilter in Seymour, CT.

July 24th- a book signing at 7pm at The Joyful Quilter in Glenville, NY. And I am teaching a class on Sat the 25th!

August 7th and 8th at 10am- a book signing at Fabric Expressions in Littleton, CO. That is the weekend of the Rocky Mountain Shop Hop so it should be fun!

I know Elizabeth has a couple set up as well- when I know the exact schedule, I will post it.

one block quiltAnd now, the winners of last week’s Quiltmaker magazine giveaway!

Dawn Jones and Sandy in St Louis! congratulations! I will be sending you an email to get your mailing address.

Have a great week everyone…

happy quilting,

Kate

 

My quilt in Quiltmaker magazine

one block quiltHave you seen my latest quilt in Quiltmaker magazine? This has been a fun series that I have been doing with them. They are all one-block quilts; change the setting of the blocks and you can change the look of the quilts. Easy peasy!

one block quilt in Quiltmaker

Contours- photo courtesy of Quiltmaker

This one is called Contours. It really is a fun block- basically a paper pieced kaleidoscope block but we put the colors in different spots than the “norm” to create 2 sides of the block. That is how we got such great movement in the quilt.

The fabrics in this quilt are really wonderful; they are all from Robert Kaufman- some from the Black and White and Studio Stash Yarn Dyes collections by Jennifer Sampou with a little Fusions Confetti and Quilter’s Linen thrown in.

And Quiltmaker is doing something else fun- they have kits of my quilt and they created a few videos. Here is a link to the issue slide show. And here is a link to a slideshow about Contours!

Quiltmaker magazine, blue and green quilt

Spring Mosaic- photo courtesy of Quiltmaker

This is one of the other quilts I have done with them called Spring Mosaic, which was in their May/June issue. I love the colors in this one! But then, if you know me, you know I love blue. I did not know it, but they did a video on this one as well. Click here to see it.

They have kits for all of the quilts I made. Click here to see more information about the kits they have left.

So would you like to win the latest issue of Quiltmaker magazine? I have 2 copies for 2 lucky readers!

quilt pattern, Quiltmaker

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Just leave a comment on this post by Sunday June 21st at 9pm (my time) and I will pull 2 names to receive a copy of the magazine. Giveaway is now closed! Thanks for entering!

 

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Spinning Stars quilt- photo courtesy of Quiltmaker magazine

 

 

 

Have a great weekend everyone! I hope you are doing something fun; in your comment, you can let us know what you are up to, if you want.

happy quilting,

Kate

 

Weekend Fun and Winners

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Lily’s idea of a good weekend!

Did you have a good weekend? What did you do?

On Saturday morning I went on a Walk with a Doc.

Do they have those in your area? A local chiropractor sponsors the one near me and there is a small group of us that will try to go. So we walked over there, listened to his talk on being positive and the effect on your overall well being, took a couple of photos and went on a walk.

Then we walked home. I am positive it was a lot of walking!  4.7-4.8 miles depending on whose tracker you trust. Good job us!

DSCN3570On Sunday, hubby and I went over to the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

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It is a working farm, has some small garden areas and a really lovely place to have a wedding.

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Isn’t this gazebo nice?

DSCN3602With a great view. We had fun just wandering, taking pictures…They also have a small butterfly house on the grounds. That was really neat. We went inside- very hot, but fun!

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So, what’s on your agenda for the week? I am finishing up a quilt and starting a new one. A busy week. But before I leave to get to work,  the winners of the McCall’s Quilting magazines are:

Sandy, Susan the Farm Quilter and Jan Cole! Congratulations! I will be emailing you to get your mailing address.

happy quilting!

Kate

 

June’s magazine Giveaway

Hi all! How has your week been going? I had a lot of fun at my retreat; stayed up late sewing, laughed, ate tons of food…

DSCN3503A good time was had by all. I think I mentioned that I did not know most of the people going on the retreat but they were all wonderful. So nice.

I got my block exchange quilt top, back and binding done. The back is pieced and it took almost as long to put together as the top! Now I just need someone to quilt it and it can be completely checked off the list!

Cover-500pxThis weekend my guild is having a quilt show and yesterday I volunteered to help. I helped with the photo process- carrying quilts to be photographed, returning them to their table, taking the next quilt… too bad I don’t wear one of those step trackers. I did a lot of steps today! And I saw some great quilts.

This month, in the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, I have 2 quilts! How cool is that?

Basket-Sampler-FLAT-600pxI have my Basket Sampler quilt, made with fabrics from the Riley Blake line Floribella. Lovely fabrics! Did you notice the little bit of my quilt that is on the cover?? Woo hoo!

Sunny-Squares-600pxAnd my Sunny Squares quilt made from batik fabrics from the Tonga Bird of Paradise collection by Judy and Judel Niemeyer for Timeless Treasures.

 

How would you like to win a magazine so you can see these and all the other great quilts in this issue?

Leave me a comment by Sunday night, June14th at 9pm (my time) and I will draw 3 names to win magazines.   Giveaway is closed! Thank you to all who entered!

happy quilting,

Kate

 

Retreat Day 1

So I made it up the the Black Hawk area. What a funny thing. I drove thru Clear Creek Canyon and it was so nice and picturesque. Then you get to Black Hawk which is a small town, rock face on one side, hotels and casinos on the other- just a swath of buildings thru the rock.

DSCN3464Just past the town, this house is up a gravel road and has a wonderful view. What great place. Twelve tables, great long neck Ott lamps, and sewing stuff everywhere!

 

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Outside there are decks on 3 sides and lovely views and hummingbirds! I tried to get some pictures but they were not happy if I got too close to their feeders.

 

DSCN3472Project 1 on my list- a Sew Together Bag for myself. I have made these for others, but never made one for myself. I forgot the fusible fleece but I had some batting so I thought, why not? Well, because it is too thick! I think the bag will be great, but only if I can get my machine to sew it!

I am taking a break from that project.

DSCN3475On to Project 2- the block exchange from a few years ago. I got the blocks made, and started the rows. But then it was time to get some sleep- I think Alison and I were up until 1:30am or so. Everyone else had gone to bed. So this morning, it is time to work on the rows and make some sort of border.

I have lots of batik scraps, so a scrappy border it will be!

Have a great day!

happy quilting,

Kate

Retreat

DSCN3458Do you ever go on a quilting/sewing retreat? This weekend I am going away. Not too far away- just about an hour away to a quilting/sewing retreat. I am so excited, but soooo not ready to go!

Some local quilters go up there and a member of the group could not make it, so they had an opening. And they offered it to me. How nice of them! The place is a home where there are lots of tables set up for weekend crafting. It can sleep 12. Everyone just brings whatever projects they want to work on. Or not work on and just relax!

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I am a little nervous as I don’t know much of the group, but that is OK. It will be fun to get away and sew. I am planning on working on some UFOs. I think I have more UFOs than weekend.

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And of course, I am starting a new “soon to be UFO”! I am going to be making a new “cover quilt” from my book and for some reason I decided I should make one that looks like the cover quilt AND one from my scraps. That makes 2 new UFOs!

Silly girl. I have lots more computer work to do if I am going to get away this afternoon; and I am not packed, projects aren’t packed…

Gotta go!

Have a lovely weekend and as always,

happy quilting!

Kate

p.s. Next week we are going to have another magazine giveaway so be sure to check back!

 

Winner!

June is here! In the almost 3 years I have been living in Colorado, I really have not spent much of June here. This year I am here all month. So I can see what June in Colorado is like.

One thing I did get to see my very first June, was the Wool Market up in Estes Park. It was a lot of fun to see the animals, the fibers… maybe I can get up there again this year! It is the same weekend as my guild’s quilt show, but I can go a different day to the show.

McCall's Quick Quilts June / July 2015But, what about a winner? The 3 winners of the McCall’s Quick Quilts magazines are:

Deborah DeBerry, Barbara Woods and Terri! Congratulations! I will be emailing you for your mailing address.

Do you have any big sewing plans for the week? I have more computer work to do, but then on Thursday I am going away with some friends for a couple of days to sew. Can’t wait.

Once I get organized, I will show you what I plan to bring. I am sure my list of projects will be longer than the days available!

Whatever your week brings…

happy quilting!

Kate

A magazine giveaway

What a busy week. I have had a lot of work to do – mostly on the computer :( and time has flown by.

DSCN3437Have I even shown you any pictures of Quilt Market? Here is one of us at our book signing.

I really did not take many pictures while we were there. I brought my spiffy camera and everything but somehow…and there were so many pretty booths.

So little time.

IMG_0122Here is a picture of our booth. It was so cute.

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Do you see the adorable letters that Alyssa made? They lit up and spelled the word “Dream”.

 

Everyone always asks what new thing we saw at market. To be honest, I did not get a chance to check out many new gizmos and gadgets. I did see a lot of great fabric though! And I saw a demonstration of the Circle Savvy Ruler from Creative Grids done by Susan Emory of Swirly Girls. That looked like it would be fun to try!

And I did pick up one little gizmo that I am going to try out. I will tell you more about it once I see how it goes!

McCall's Quick Quilts June / July 2015I was so busy at the beginning of May getting ready for Quilt Market that I forgot I had some McCalls Quick Quilts magazines to give away.

How silly of me! So let’s do it now.

I have a 3 copies of the June/July 2015 McCall’s Quilt Quilts just looking to go home with someone. So leave a comment and I will draw 3 random names on Sunday night, May 31st, after 9pm my time.   Comments are now closed.

Good luck!

happy quilting,

Kate

p.s. If you have not gone over to the McCalls Blog, I was a guest blogger there last week and they are having a giveaway for my book! Click here to go over there to enter that giveaway!

Guest Blogging and another chance to win a Book!

Perky-PosiesHi friends! Today I am guest blogging over at McCall’s Quilting. It was a lot of fun to chat about my latest quilt in their magazine, Perky Posies.

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So pop on over there and check it out.

And, if you read all the way to the end of the post at McCalls, there is a giveaway- another chance to win a copy of our new book, Smash Your Precut Stash! So pop over to McCall’s Quilting to enter.

Good luck!

happy quilting,

Kate