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And the seasons change…

Hi friends!

How are you? I just got back from Quilt Market in Houston and it always seems those few days I am away make a huge difference in the seasons. The leaves are now gone from most of the trees and there is a chill in the air.Brrr.

But boy did I have fun in Hoston! I did not have a booth this time, so I was able to walk around the show and visit with my designer friends in their booths, take a couple of classes and actually see some of the amazing quilts in the exhibits.

Quilt Market Friends


Plus, the energy in Houston was so great! Having the World Series games going on while we were there made the whole area seem doubly alive. One night there was a big tv screen in the grassy area in the middle of the street with all these people watching the game on their folding chairs… and, just was we came out of the restaurant after dinner, the Astros scored a run and the group went crazy!

I am sure the town was going nuts last night as the Astros won the World Series for the first time. Ever. I am glad for Houston- the city could use some happy energy!

My Mini Braid Notebook in Tammy Silver’s Elements line


While I did not have a booth at Market, my new pattern, Pack it Up! was in evidence at the show! I had the cover bags in a distributors booth and one in Island Batik’s booth in the line Blue Moon by Kathy Engle for my friend Jackie Kunkel.

Pack it Up! in Blue Moon fabric with cork!


Love it paired with the black cork fabric.

Then I had one in Michael Miller’s booth. It was in my friend Sandra Clemon’s section using her new fabric line called Believe.

Pack it Up! bag in Believe fabric


Love how I was able to fussy cut the unicorns.

And I was carrying a bag around filled with stuff and I was able to snap a photo with Tula Pink as the bag had her fabric in the top and on the back! How fun was that? She was so nice to do that for me.

Tula and Kate and the Pack it Up! bag in Tula fabric with cork!



So enough about me… how about you? Are you getting into the pre holiday mode? Making, buying, planning for those holidays coming up? How can I help?

I do have the Pack it Up! bag pattern, MINI Braid Template and bag hardware up on my website for you. It really is a fun pattern and not hard to make. Even with a zipper! It will make great gifts for your quilty (or even non quilty!) friends. I have a bundle that includes the pattern, template and bag hardware at a discount. Click here to check it out. 

Pack it Up Bundle- includes hardware (not shown)


If you are a Colorado local, I am teaching the Pack it Up! bag as a class at Sew-ciety in Castle Rock, CO on Sat Nov 25th from 10am -2pm. So you can get a jump on making some holiday gifts!

And for my friends in Connecticut, I am teaching my Christmas Card wall hanging pattern- Tannenbaum Trio– at Yankee Quilter in Seymour on Dec 10th from 10am -2pm. Come play with me!

Tannenbaum Trio Wall Hanging pattern by Kate Colleran
Tannenbaum Trio


Later this month, I am going to be part of the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks magazine blog hop and I have a couple of other  projects that are out in magazines to show you and I am planning on putting some of my past magazine quilts up for sale.

I have recently donated a few of my quilts and now I am going to sell a few. These will be the original quilts from the magazines, in pristine shape and professionally quilted. I will keep you posted when the quilts are ready for sale. They will make great gifts for a really special someone (maybe for you?).

I was thinking about making it a Black Friday offer but I may do it earlier than that. That is such a busy weekend already for many people. What do you think?

I need to do a little sewing today and get back into the groove. I have a quilt partly cut out that I can play with and another quilt deadline coming soon so I have to make sure I have that one figured out before I cut into the fabric!

Believe fabric


happy quilting!




37 thoughts on “And the seasons change…”

  1. Love the pack it up bag. It looks like it would hold a lot! Will watch your newsletter for the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks post!

  2. How Neat is the “Pack It Up Bag” ! Watching your Newsletter for the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks post! Thank You for sharing!

  3. That pack it up bag is really cute. Definitely a great item for gift giving. It was fun reading about it in your newsletter.

  4. I’m not really into bags that much or lets say until I saw you Pack It Up Bag. This one I really like and I will be following your Newsletter from now on. Thank you so much for designing this bag.

  5. Enjoyed reading about your trip to the Houston show in this morning’s newsletter. I am so jealous that you went and I didn’t though the show is on my bucket list. Those batiks were like the sun was out this morning…though here, it wasn’t.

  6. Now that I’ve made my first zippered pouch–and sewn my first zipper–I may attempt your darling braided bags. I’ll watch for them in your newsletter.

  7. Thank you for the reminder that even dark, cold, wet days have their benefits in encouraging creativity! I shall be thankful to be inside today, creating.

  8. I was so happy to get your newsletter today, it was like a little quilting inspirational birthday gift to me. I like the little braid bag, I think I might buy pattern and make a couple. Congratulations on having your bag show up in so many places in Houston.

  9. I receive your newsletter by email. Awesome projects! So pretty! Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  10. Just read in the newsletter about the fun you had in Houston. Congratulations on all the creative versions of your bag. I’ve never been a fan of Black Friday, so I think an earlier (or even later) date would be best. Many thanks!

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