Walk On The Wool Side

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Our last guild meeting was a special one with Debbie and Lisa from The Fat Quail Quilt Shop displaying some very doable and interesting quilts and wall hangings.
A few posts ago you may have seen my baby panel quilt.  Simple and fun.  But Debbie's shop models, which she is so good at keeping up with,  showed us a number of ways to create panel quilts of interest.  Most of the borders she created herself.

Then Nancy a guild member put together these panels for her little grandson.   Adding a variety of pieced sections.
Very striking.  Very artful.

 Lisa who has her own beautiful pattern line also teaches printing and painting on fabric.  Gelatin plate printing is her most recent fascination.  She is available for classes.
Just contact The Fat Quail Quilt Shop.   Her work is incredible.

This she created from a photo.

And then there is the Home Quilt.
She did a complete history on this and incorporated even the couples' marriage license in text.   It has appeared here before but can't resist showing you again.

Cheryl presented a challenge to the guild . . "Reflections of Water".
Hers has not been quilted yet but she showed us what that phrase means to her.
Rippling water with different shades of blue.  The half square triangles assembled to appear like rings in the water.  Just click on the photo to see how incredible this really is.
 A smaller challenge quilt was also shown. 
So what would your "Reflections of Water" quilt look like?    

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Look who won First Place AND Best of Show at the Monterey Peninsula Quilt Show.
A most wonderful friend . . Barbara Barrieau!
The pattern is from Tula Pink.  It has 100 blocks.
Barbara said that it was the easiest quilt she has ever made and the most enjoyable.
The incredible quilting . . which i wish we could view more clearly . . was done by Holy Casey.
For any of you visiting PIQF next October, be on the look out for this sensational quilt.
What a beauty.    Congratulations Barbara!

Monday, April 13, 2015


I'm off to spend the week with our new granddaughter . .  daughter's first baby.
If you ever want to stitch up a baby quilt quickly but still want it to have those precious qualities, find a panel that anyone would adore.  The quilt below . . . it grew a bit beyond crib size . . uses Cori Dantini's Beauty Is You panel.  Just one of many she has designed for Blend Fabrics.    I had been hoarding this last favorite for some years.   I just added this and that borders all around.   Each border fabric was an old favorite from my stash, none from the same line, and I had just enough of each one.  Can you believe how the outside border matches her hair!!   Did go buy a half yard for the binding.   Made it up in a day, except for the quilting.
 Enjoyed every minute of time with these happy fabrics.   
They make you love to stitch right?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Apron front
Apron back

Sue sent me these photos.
Her wonderful version of our 

pattern.  I never get tired of seeing how creative people change up our patterns and make them their own.
And what's not to love about these classy color combinations?
Love it Sue and thank you for sharing your photos.

Keep It Stitchy!

Original Pattern
Sassy Little Apron

Thursday, January 1, 2015


"We are the ones we've been waiting for."
                                                                   Hopi Elders

And because we have been so graciously given
yet another New Year . . 
we can plant the seeds of 
and Hope
and Kindness.
And the most wonderful thing about that ? 
we can plant it absolutely
and Everywhere
and at Any Time.

Many Blessings . .       

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


This has to be one of the sweetest faces i've seen done up on The Bellringer.

Jane's improvised version of The Bellringer

I love to see projects that have been improvised.
Jane Gent does not care for embroidering so used wool and appliqued the vine at the top.
She also lost the bottom portion of the pattern so simply did her own thing.
Likewise she chose her own beautiful colors.
And that face . . 
just adorable.

Never be afraid to veer off the path.
Just look at what can happen.

Thank you Jane.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Long time customer and friend Janeen Lafreniere is usually stitching up a storm.   You can sometimes search her name and come up with some items she may have on etsy.
I just love what she did with Mr. Jingles.
That plaid suit . . don't you love that?
A good reminder that we have to keep making dolls . . such an essential component of Folk Art.

So go mix up a steaming cup of hot chocolate,
grab your wool . .
and make up your favorite doll pattern right now.

Keep it stitchy everyone!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Thank you Farmer . . for all these feasty foods" they said.
"We will share them with our friends and family
come Thanksgiving Day."
And so they did . . so many years ago.

One of the good stories . . that repeats itself.
So thank you Farmers once again
And thank you Earth
and thank you Friends
for all the Blessings we have known
and all the love that we've been shown
Thank you

Monday, November 24, 2014


I hope that everyone read all of the comments . . some, touching, heart warming, funny, and many stories about stitching together.
Many thanks to all of you for your comments and for signing up to Follow along.
The two Follower Winners are (decided to do 2 each):   Maria Neill and Sandi Henschel.
The two Comment Winners are:  Barbara M   and
Linda - member of the Woolberries . .gotta love that name right?
Please email me with your mailing address and let me know which of the patterns below, shown in the previous post,  you would like to receive as your free gift.
Next week we have some more goodies to pass along so stay tuned.  Thanks again!
It's St. Nicholas
Pincushion Trio
Mini Scissors Case
Sing A Little Song

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Betty, a long-time wool lover whose Quilting Bee, some years ago, overflowed with the most wonderful primitive goods, patterns and wools, now gathers together many hands who love to stitch.  What fun they have . . and often.  They have Spargonian, Maggie B, Prairie Women, and Girl Gang Days.  And I am so very flattered . . recently they have added a Reets Day.  Imagine that!  Below are photos of their first Reets meet and the beautiful stitching they have done.  Together!  Wish they lived in my neighborhood . . don't you?  If you want to get better acquainted with this expressive group and see what they are up to, visit Betty's Blog.

And why not give away a couple of these patterns?  You can choose.  Leave a comment about
"Stitchin' Together"
Two Random Drawn Winners announced here Monday After Noon, Nov.24, 2014.
 One winner from Comments - One winner from Followers.  (Double your chances and sign up.)

Sincere thanks to you Betty, and to each one of you for sharing your wonderful works. 
LOVE each and every one of them.
Mini Scissors & Needle Case
I Love To Stitch
Snowman Dance Bellringer
It's St. Nicholas and Mini Scissors Case 
Pincushion Trio
Sing A Little Song Wall Hanging & Mat

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Some days, while sitting in my booth, there is a parade of unbelievably beautiful apparel and accessories.  On occasion i'm able to snap a photo or two.  Diane was in my booth last year picking out more woven cottons . . mostly Daiwabos.  Her hand made bag told us that she had great things in mind for her new purchases.  Isn't this an awesome tote?  (And isn't she adorable?)

This year . . back again.  Dressed to the T (what does that mean anyway?)  Never would I have thought to put PINK with Japanese wovens but look at this bag !! I wish the photo showed this but the flowers on this one are actually dimensional. . very tastefully stuffed that is.  It was wonderful.  Think she bought some of our special woven stripes this time . . can't wait til next year.
Thank you Diane!

Then . . the garment show began.  Take a look at this gorgeous sweater.  It is WOOL!
Incredible knitting .  . Talented woman.  We'll be watching for her next year also.

 Did i say that 

You really need a better look so be sure to click on one of the pictures for a close up.

Wonder what this next show will bring.
Lots of artistic talent in Sacramento!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Barbara just keeps on stitching.  I'm becoming her Number 1 fan!
Spooksters Parade - amazing job.   About all i can say.

 And then her settings are over the top.  She has the entire Lori Mitchell
Trick or Treaters Collection.  I want every one of them.  
Oh and one more thing . . 
BOO !!

Monday, October 27, 2014


Remember that wonderful line of Windham Fabric . . Collage?
Designed by Carrie Bloomston of SUCH Designs.  Her second line . . Paint . . is just as fantastic and is now available.
Here are a few of my favorites.
I'm especially in love with that Grey Pie Chart piece aren't you?

My friend Marilee and I made up a large multi-tasker bag using these and a few others from this edgy and creative line.
It's Wonderful.
and Fresh.
Our pattern for Your Big Bag is available on our website if you are in the mood to make a large bag.  Great as a project bag, travel bag, diaper bag . . you name it!
To find out more about Carrie''s fabrics books, patterns and unique life, visit her website linked above or visit her on her blog Suchity Such.  Guaranteed . . you will be inspired to do some "Painting" of our own.

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