Wednesday, October 31, 2007


I am posting the letter to Threadmakers here on the blog. Please read it & see if it includes all of the necessary points we need to address. If you want to make any changes, feel free to leave a comment or email me. I hope to deliver 3 copies to Jean by Friday, get them all signed & in the mail over the weekend. Let me know what you think, please.

Piecefully, Pam

31 October, 2007

Geri Wolf
(her address)

Dear Ms. Wolf,

We are writing to express our sincere disappointment and utter dissatisfaction with the Mystery Quilt Weekend we recently experienced with you. Our Mystery Quilt Weekend took place on October 5, 6, and 7 of this year.

A member of our Bee attended a Mystery Quilt Weekend run by Threadmakers in the past. She had thoroughly enjoyed her entire experience, and recommended doing this as a group would be that much more fun. She had participated nearly five years ago when Melanie Normann was the organizer and hostess of the weekend event.

According to the current Threadmakers website, the Mystery Quilt Weekend is “…a great way to spend quality time with other quilters, improve your quilting skills, and enjoy beautiful Lancaster County.” The B & B is “…a converted Amish Farmhouse…in the heart of Amish Farm Country.” And, meals are described as, “…most of which are prepared by Amish neighbors.” This entire description, as advertised on your website, is exactly what our Bee member experienced with Melanie. As listed on the website, we were looking forward to meeting new quilting friends during the “wine and cheese social.” After a long day of travel, sitting down to an Amish dinner on Friday evening seemed just right. It sounded too good to be true…

We are dismayed to inform you, our weekend experience could not have been less bucolic, Amish or gracious! Your website is filled with false advertisement, and the whole weekend was a complete sham.

Friday evening’s wine and cheese social equated to a tub of port wine cheese spread that came from the grocery store, complete with a plastic knife and cellophane wrapped Town House crackers. Instead of wine, you provided tequila. Our “…mostly Amish made dinner…” consisted of one ladle of lukewarm soup served in a paper bowl with a plastic spoon. One of our new quilting friends said, “This must be prison rations.”

We had no cows or horses grazing in nearby pastures. Instead, our weekend accommodations were on a busy, noisy, dirty road. Following our Friday evening fare, two women walked down that road to a nearby convenience store to purchase coffee, tea and snacks. You told us, “I don’t know how to use the coffee maker.” Apparently, you do not know how to boil water for tea either. I know very few 40-60 year old quilters who prefer tequila over tea.

The Threadmakers website did not mention cats. One of the women in our group is allergic to cats. Another has asthma which is exacerbated by cats. While an effort was made to keep the cats out of the dining room & living room, there were more than 4 cats, and they were seen on the kitchen counters (where their food bowls were kept), windowsills and table. This made eating unappetizing food even less appealing. The cats also ran up the stairs to our suite, had to be caught and returned to the kitchen. Two of the women in our group were sneezing, coughing and wheezing by Friday evening. This is medically unsafe. Had we known cats were living here, we would never have chosen this Mystery Quilt Weekend venue.

Not being ones to despair nor let the weekend be a flop, we all persevered and began sewing on Friday evening in the dimly lit dining room. When Saturday morning arrived and we returned to our sewing, it was discovered the Mystery Quilt clues we had followed were incorrect. What we sewed Friday evening had to be un-sewed Saturday morning. When asked if you had made this quilt, you simply said, “Yes.” By Saturday afternoon we learned every other page of Mystery Quilt clues had errors. Frustration was growing as there was more un-sewing, and we were discovering there was no pattern or design to the quilt clues we were following. You challenged us when together we said the directions for the Mystery Quilt were incorrect. Finally, you grabbed your completed quilt top and showed it to nine frustrated women.

We have contacted you for completed and corrected directions. Perhaps a photo would be helpful too? You responded with an email saying you had a “Hell week and would follow up when time permits.” Two days ago corrected directions arrived. Portions of the original directions are crossed out and hand written corrections have been added to the margins.

As quilter’s, we are happy to share tips and information with fellow quilters. Let it be known, we will likewise share the unpleasant stories of our experiences with Geri Wolf of Threadmakers and her Mystery Quilt Weekend. You should be ashamed of yourself and your shoddy run business. You owe each one of us an apology and a $225 refund. You have disgraced and dishonored Melanie and her memory with your business practices. Your lack of professionalism resonated through the entire Mystery Quilt Weekend and remains with each of us.

It is with this in mind, that a copy of this letter is being shared with two organizations with which you are involved, the National Quilt Association, Inc. and the State Quilt Guild of New Jersey. You talked of your process to become an NQA certified quilt judge, and of your role as a board member for SQGNJ. These are two upstanding organizations with integrity. Are they aware of your misrepresentation, false advertisement and unprofessional business manner? I certainly would not want someone of your reputation representing a professional quilting organization. If the National Quilting Association, Inc. or the State Quilt Guild of New Jersey would like to contact us, we are each providing an email address where we can be reached.



National Quilting Association, Inc.
PO Box 12190
Columbus, OH 43212-0190

ATTN: Connie Davidson, President

Merry May
(her address)

ATTN: State Quilt Guild of New Jersey
Merry May, President
Trick or Treat!!!

Good Morning Girls & Happy Hallowe'en!!! : ) Are the costumes all ready? Is there enough candy...?! It looks like we're going to have good weather for this evening's FUN!

Cathy stopped over for Bee last evening. Thanks! : ) She has fabrics chosen for her next TATW project! She gets an A+++!!! The colors are bright & FUN! I'm waiting to see the finished TATW class quilt, which she says is under her machine...

Lori - Cathy said you are looking for exam table paper. It can be found @ any surgical supply store, or you can order it from Karen's website! I'm not sure if you want to use it as a stabilizer or for a quilting design.

I used vinyl, from Jo-Ann's, some months ago to draw out a quilting design & lay it over my project. I wanted to audition a quilting motif before I actually committed to quilting the project. It was a real time saver & EASY to use!!!

I got a phone call from Mama Barb last night just before leaving for work. She & Karen were @ the Awards Ceremony...& the winner is...Hollis Chatelain!!! : ) Barb said Hollis won two major awards - Best in Show, & a first place for another quilt of hers. Wow! Also, Caryl Bryer-Fallert won a major award too. If you google Hollis & go to her website, with a little navigation, you can see the 2 quilts she had entered!!!

Have a good day & smile @ those little trick or treaters!!!
Piecefully, Pam

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Good Afternoon Girls,

The weekend was just packed!!! : ) Lot of Autumnal prep work being done around our home. It's good, but it means Winter is nearby & I'm not so sure I'm ever truly ready for Winter...

The patio furniture has been put away 'til next Spring. The garage is housing our car. We carved 2 more pumpkins - squirrels & weather be damned! Scott & I both did wardrobe changeover. The vegetable garden beds have been put to rest for the season. And, this week I will be looking forward to making a big pot of soup! ; )

I didn't get to sew as much as I had hoped, but I did do some hand applique. I cut up an old, red wool coat with plans of felting the wool for a future sewing project. I removed a bunch of mother of pearl buttons from clothing destined for the rag bag. And, I have some old flannel sheets & a polar fleece throw ready to cut to size for making Jingle pillow cases or crate liners.

My 440 is in the care of Mr. Zimmerman in Hinkletown. I plan on picking her up next Saturday. Only the Bernina 1530 needs to have it's basting stitch run periodically. No one else need worry.

Glad to hear if some of you ladies got to sew a bit over the weekend. : )

Cath - glad too if your ear is feeling better!

Lor - congrats on the Beach condo!

Jean - I can hardly wait to see your Irish Cottage blocks! It's been a lot of work!! Kudo's to you!!! : )

Regarding Brigantine...I can leave anytime after Friday morning. What should I plan on bringing?! Wine? Snacks? Real food? What would you guys like?

Enjoy your week! It's full moon & pretty close to Halowe' careful!!! Cackle...!!! ; )
Piecefully, Pam

Saturday, October 27, 2007


Was there a Friday Hayloft trip...?! Who went - Lor, LA...?! I know Dolores is coveting those flannels... ; ) What good buys were gotten?! Did you make a pit stop @ the Wind Mill?

I have my 440 machine (Gertrude) packed for a trip to Hinkletown tomorrow. After ALL the sewing she's done - she is over due for a spa treatment! So, she's going in for annual cleaning & service. I am taking her walking foot & the BSR for routine maintenance too. Mare & Dolores - as you have your 440 machines cared for throughout the years, remember to include their BSR & walking foot as well. You other girls, when you have your machines cleaned annually, your walking foot should be taken in for service also. They'll clean & oil it, + check the sole. ; )

Meanwhile, I set-up & cleaned my 1530 (Maude) machine! She sews beautifully & makes me smile. What a fine machine.

I plan on picking up Gertrude next Saturday on my way to or from the Jennifer Chiaverini luncheon, where I will meet up with Boonie Barb! : ) I'll be sewing with Maude this week! She's practicing & getting ready for Brigantine!!!

Speaking of my Maude machine...Jean, have you run your basting stitch lately? It had been a little while for Maude. I held my breath, pushed the buttons & put her through the paces. No problems. Whew!

I started working on a Piece 'o Cake design table runner. It's a tear sheet I pulled from magazine I don't know how long ago...?! It's wonky, fun & bright! Sort of "Cat in the Hat" like.

What stuff is everyone else sewing?! How are the projects from Jean's class coming along? Mare, Peggy, Dolores...?!

Lois - are you getting ready for your trip? What's the latest baby news? ; )

Cath - how's that ear? Two antibiotics & Prednisone?! Ouch!!!

Have a good weekend. It's perfect sewing weather!!! ; )
Piecefully, Pam

Friday, October 26, 2007

Good Friday Morning Girls!

TGIF!!! If it's FRIDAY, it's time for our countdown!!!

TWO weeks until Brigantine!!! : ) Some QM's are going to the Shore on Thurday, no? Some on Friday? And, yet another on Saturday? Is that right? Can we discuss the who, when, where & what's? Has it already been decided who is to bring what...?! Can someone tell me what I am to bring, please?! Also, what projects are you girls taking along to sew?!?!?! Are we going to Calico 'n Cotton, & Ike's on Saturday? Will Ike's still be open...?!

Cath - were you @ the ENT - for you or Mike?! Was it for your ear?! Is it better?! Did you get my email about thread? Sorry, I didn't get your email 'til I was @ work. You can feel free to call me in the evening, any time after 6 PM is good.

Mare - are you in Vegas yet?! If you hit it BIG, you can buy any car YOU want...!!! GO, girl! : )

Jean - got ALL your pillow cases done? Whew! You are SEW nice. ; )

We have set in motion the Houston '08 plans, ladies. You may hear us chattering about it as we go along. Lots to consider along the way! : ) FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

I have been experiencing an interesting phase of my quilt evolution. First, I taught a class @ Cloth & Bobbin. It was GOOD. I wasn't expecting such an opportunity, & was glad to give it a whirl. Next, I had someone earnestly approach me @ the Guild Show about my Pleasant Plates quilt. They wanted to know if I'd make a baby quilt. Wow. I was surprised & flattered, but I said, "No." I referred them to Jean. And, then I cried. Silly. I know! I want to evolve as a quilter, but I have no plan or agenda for where I'm headed. I don't know that I need to have a map. It's been an exciting journey sew far! I feel SEW blessed to be a part of the Quilt Mama's, to have each of you in my life, & to sew regularly is WAY more than I ever dreamed of. So, where might this road lead? I just don't know, but I am glad I'm in such good company along this life's path.

Enjoy your weekend. Sew when you get a spare moment...!

Hey, Jean intimated there is no Bee next week. Is it because of Halloween? Or, is there some kind of school/catholic gig? I'll be sewing & anyone is welcome to stop by Mt. Pleasant!

Piecefully, Pam

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Good Morning Girls,


Thanks for Bee last evening. It was FUN, fast & full!!! Cathy, thanks for hosting us. Poor Mike...we're loud!

Cathy - how is your ear this morning? I hope you're feeling better! Thanks for showing your stash buys from the Hayloft! Great colors & fun prints! Speaking of which, your TATW quilt is COOL!!! GREAT job, Cath! : ) Are you taking your machine down to Hayes' today? I hope you can soon QUILT!!! Keep us posted.

Jean - thanks again for delivering & picking up the Guild quilts. Wasn't it FUN to put Peggy's Naked Ladies in the Show?! It generated a lot of buzz...! ; ) Hope Kelly is well, & going to school today! Happy, happy b-day to YOU!!!

Maureen - LOOK @ your stash!!! Did you see how FAR Dolores leaned across the coffee table to f-o-n-d-l-e your flannel...? It is EXCELLENT, Mo! : ) AND, how 'bout the perfect, little, zippered bag for storage?! Thanks to Lori! Know the QM juju is working for Matt. Keep us posted on his status!

Lois - hey, you make GOOD cup cakes! Thanks for celebrating Jean & sharing with us QM's! ; D Keep us posted on baby news, please!!! Safe travels & give them all a BIG QM squeeze when you get to WA! Good job working on Christmas presents - already. You can inspire & motivate the rest of us!

Lori - thanks for sharing your many zippered bags! Did you hear why she had SO many of them...?! Also, your antique quilt is AWESOME! The border fabrics are good choices, Lor. So is your decision to hand piece the project! Hey, thanks too for sharing your stash buys from the Hayloft - nice brights & novelty prints!

Peggy - thanks for being willing to have your Naked Ladies in the Guild Show. Sorry if you were stuck going to the Eagle's game instead of the Guild Quilt Show. : / When do we get to SEE your a-word quilt top from Jean's class?! I am SEW impressed by you! : ) The Wawa coffee Intervention WORKED!!! Can you visit LA with a BIG GULP, please...?!

Mare - you were talking about wool applique @ Bee! Neat-o!!! Try Lady Fingers for black flannel. Just give them a call. They usually carry a heathered, black, flannel that might just be the thing. Also, consider using a heavier weight thread on top. What about a variegated thread even...?! ; )

Dolores - hey, it was nice to SEE Veronica! She's a cutie! I liked her socks, but didn't want to actually say anything to her & embarrass her!!! : ) Glad if you're liking your Gracie machine!!! Tell me about using your BSR!?!?! Are you doing it?! Is it working?! Do you like it?! Hurry up!!! Also, did you send in the rebate thing? I saw a copy of the Fons & Porter magazine @ Cathy's. That's where the coupon!

LA - sew girl!?!?!? What are you taking to Brigantine?!?!?!

Thanks ALL for looking @ & ooohing over my quilts. : ) You guys make me blush., for those who don't know...I put 3 quilts in the Guild Show & won 4 ribbons. A third place for my Stripping Around the World, second place for my miniature Thank Fool quilt, & a second place & Mayor's Choice for my Pleasant Plates quilt! I was truly surprised & pleased!

I'm not sure what I will be working on next. I know I said I'd go back to the Pastel Bubbles project, but something smaller would be nice after finishing that BIG Pleasant Plates quilt! Maybe a table runner. Also, I soon need to start the baby quilt for Deb's daughter.

If I've missed anything girls, please make additions! It's hard keeping up with ALL the conversations, show & tell, etc!!! We need a Bee stenographer!

Don't forget the Secret Santa name you drew. I hope it didn't go through the wash...?! Fifteen to twenty bucks is the limit, girls! Have FUN!!! ; )
Piecefully, Pam

ATTN: You may want to click on the quiltersbuzz link on the left side of our blog. They are going to be participating in Quilt Mart, which occurs just prior to the Houston Quilt Show. They will be giving us scoops on the newest & the latest...have you heard about Moda's Layer Cakes...?! ; ) Check it out!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Good Afternoon Girls,

Isn't this weather gorgeous?!?!?! We have windows open, wash on the line, Jingle in the backyard, & we ALL are enjoying the abundant sunshine!!! : ) Today is the end of our Fall Break. It's been a full, but pleasant week. It feels nice to be going a little slower today.

Jean, you will pick up our quilts this afternoon, right? If so, you can just hang onto mine until Bee on Tuesday, if you don't mind. Fourteen pillowcases?! Wow!!! What's the occasion?!

Lori - you're not going to the Guild Show? What about the ladder you wanted to buy? He is one of the vendor's @ the Show...?!

Mare - missed you @ the Guild auction. I did buy a few items. We had to leave before it was finished.

Well, I survived the Gala's! I don't wish to do that again any time too soon! I'm tired of "Gala food." It's the same regardless of where you are - chicken, fish, pasta, overcooked vegetables. : P

My bad. Three weeks 'til Brigantine. Maybe I'm just a little bit anxious...

Thanks Cathy. For those who haven't been to the Guild Show, yes, I did win a ribbon...

Cloth & Bobbin will be featured in the Style section of the Philadelphia Magazine this week. Look for the article in Tuesday's addition @ their website. Kudo's Johanna!!! : )

And, the woman who is the Founder of ConKerr, will be a featured guest on the Martha Stewart show this Tuesday. She makes pillowcases for children with cancer, she is a local woman, & her initiative is growing!!! If her son is well enough, he will go to NY & be on the show too! Set your VCR.

Piecefully, Pam

Friday, October 19, 2007

TGIF!!! It's time for the FRIDAY COUNT DOWN!!! : )

Today is the Undercover Quilter's Guild Gala, & opening of their "SIMPLY SENSATIONAL" Quilt Show!!! Please, stop by this weekend to see Peggy's Naked Ladies, Jean's class quilts & a couple quilts I put in the Show too. Use the link on the left side of the blog to check dates, times & directions. Admission is 5 bucks.

Two weeks until our Bee Brigantine Beach Retreat!!! What projects are people planning to take along to work on?!?!?! Are we going to Ike's? How 'bout Calico 'n Cotton?!

Lori - I have to agree with Jean. It's an antique quilt top. Continuing to hand piece the quilt preserves it's integrity & honors it's heritage. The quilt top found it's way to you. It is a special gift & a piece of history - give it the care it deserves & cherish the craft of quilt making! Also, I do not actually SEW with those self threading needles. I use them only to tuck in thread tails. I do all of my hand work with John James needles - whether it's betweens for hand quilting or sharps for hand applique.

Peggy - you are a STAR student!!! Look @ you having your top done - ALREADY!!! Isn't this applique?! I thought you didn't like that? You GO!!! When can we see it?! Your Naked Ladies quilt is hanging in the Guild Quilt Show! It makes me giggle!!! ; )

Cathy - your TATW quilt top is AWESOME!!! I absolutely LOVE the colors you chose! You too are a STAR student!!! Thanks! : )

Everyone enjoy your weekend, & stitch when you get the chance. Or, just call a "time out" for yourself & SEW!!! : )
Piecefully, Pam

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Good Evening Girls,

Thanks for stopping over for Bee last evening. I'm glad Mo finally got to see the studio!!! : ) We were glad to have you.

Mare - how is your tooth? We missed you this morning on our Hayloft trip! When do you leave for Vegas?

Jean - thank you SO much for delivering the quilts. I am going over to the Municipal Building tomorrow afternoon to help with hanging them. How was your class this evening?

Cathy - your TATW project is awesome!!! The colors are very vibrant!!! : ) I'll see you in class tomorrow evening. ; )

Lori - was the Hayloft what you expected? It's pretty BIG! I am amazed @ their inventory, not just the fabrics, but the notions, books & patterns too! And, I think they have good prices.

Mo - thanks for driving us to the Hayloft today! And, you can tell the whole story @ Bee next week, but Mo had a shopping cart @ the Hayloft...?! ; )

LA - you were missed during today's trip also. No jelly rolls were to be found in your desired design, sorry. In your honor, Lori ate Wind Mill chicken! ; )

Lois - what's shakin' on your end?!

Peggy & Dolores - sorry if you couldn't find your way to Mt. Pleasant last evening. I heard a story about Joe B. calling Mrs. D. for my address. Cathy didn't want to give it to him without knowing WHY he wanted it! Thanks for looking out for me Cath! ; )

Dolores - did you get my email with the Bernina rebate? Do it, girl!!! It's a hundred smackers!!! Just think of the fabric!? See what a good value your Gracie is! The rebate is good for machines that were on sale too, so a demo should be no exception. If you need the Hinkletown data, I have their business card & you can photocopy it onto your receipt. Go, girl...SEW, girl!!!

Other tidbits...did you know we've been blogging for over a year now?! Yep, we started back on October 11, 2006. Thanks all for your participation & support! : )

Jean, LA, Lois, Dolores or Peggy - do any of you have a need for a book case? If not, it will go to Marianne's Joanna for her class room.

Indeed, I DID finish my quilt projects in time for the Guild Show. Thanks for your support & encouragement along the way!!! I have a certain sense of relief having met the dead line, & for having completed the Pleasant Plates quilt!

Might anyone have a dressy black tank top or short sleeve tee that I could borrow to wear on Saturday evening? All I have is cotton, & I need something dressier to wear with chiffon & silk. This will be a "Gala weekend...?!" ; )

Also, not to be forgotten! Boonie Barb is IN for the Lancaster '08 weekend!!! : )

One last item, Cathy can host Bee next week. See you then, or perhaps @ the Guild Show!

I have to go clean my Gertrude (440) sewing machine! ; )
Piecefully, Pam

Monday, October 15, 2007

Good Evening Girls,

Let's clarify. Jean nor Cathy can host Bee tomorrow. Sew, I offered! All are welcome! : ) Just remember the cat & dog - take your allergy medicine or bring your inhaler. I'm on Fall Break & otherwise, "off duty" for any medical needs... ; )

Jean - it would be great if you stopped here tomorrow evening! : ) I'll have the quilts in a pillowcase & all ready to go! I hope... I still have a label & a sleeve to do.

I laundered the Pleasant Plates quilt today & had it out in the yard to dry flat. It smells funny...I think it's from the wool batt. It washed without any problems. Whew! It's a BIG quilt!!!

Lor - I am pretty sure you will be able to find everything on your list @ the Hayloft! And then some...!!!

Time for bed! Sweet dreams, girls. : ) Have a FAB tomorrow!
Piecefully, Pam

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Good Evening Girls,

Geez, we were busy today! It's been 6 months since Scott & I moved the living room, & set-up our joint studio space. We've determined this is definitely working!, we made a few changes today. Nothing major, but it required moving some furniture & books & such. I now have a bookcase up for dibs if anyone is interested. It's the one that's in my "old" sewing room.

It was also a terrific day for hanging laundry out on the line! I did 2 loads of wash which included fabric & the BIG Trip Around the World quilt. I hate that feeling of putting a quilt in the washing machine & hoping that it won't fly apart while being laundered. I always open the washing machine lid with a little trepidation...will there just be one enormous thread tangle in there...?! It came out just fine. : ) It's ready to go to the Guild Quilt Show!

Tomorrow the Pleasant Plates quilt will be laundered. GULP!!! I am hoping ALL the pencil marks wash out?! So, I got the sleeve tacked down, the corners sewn closed & all the basting pins out of it today. I have come up with a label design. Tomorrow I hope to make the label & get it stitched in place...

I have been basting a 1/4" "seam" in my hanging sleeves. I think I read the tip in a Fons & Porter book?! Once the sleeve is stitched in place, you remove that 1/4" seam, & it gives a place for the hanging rod to fit. It prevents a bow or pucker in the front of the quilt. I like how it works & looks. The quilt hangs a little nicer.

Recently, I bought fabric @ Burkholder's & the Hayloft which is called "Sahara cloth" & it's by Marcus Brothers. I am REALLY liking it!!! It has the look of hand dyed or sueded fabric...without the $$$ price. It also feels tightly woven, like a batik. I laundered it today, & it washes nicely too. Dolores saw it last Friday. It comes in a dark or muted color palette. I can hardly wait to use some in a project!

Cathy - I am glad to hear Mike is doing well. And, your Dad too!!! I was happy to hear you were SEWING!!! today. : )

How is everyone else? What's going on?

Jean - how has class been?

Dolores - how is that Gracie machine?!

Hey, if anyone has plastic bags...Jingle is starting to run a little low... he's SO embarrassed!!! Don't tell him I asked, okay?!

Have a good Monday! Looking forward to seeing anyone on Tuesday for Bee, & Wednesday for the Hayloft!

Piecefully, Pam

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Howdy Girls!

It's a bit chilly. Is everyone tucked in under a quilt & keeping cozy?! Let's hope!!! ; )

I am looking forward to the Hayloft trip on Wednesday. Lor - will this be your first trip to the Hayloft?! Get's BIG & they have LOADS of excellent fabric! According to their website, they will be having a sale on flannel, polar fleece & Minkee. Shhh, don't tell Dolores... ; ) I'm not working this week & can be ready whenever.

I finished whip stitching the Pleasant Plates binding today!!! Hooray! I finished on the car trip to my Mom's. I have more than 1/2 the hanging sleeve tacked down too. Now for the label & laundering. Looks like there's light @ the end of the tunnel. Thanks all for "listening," supporting & encouraging me along with this project. I started it 2 1/2 years ago. I feel pretty satisfied that I stuck with a project of this size. You can just imagine how glad I'll be when it's DONE!!!

Cath - how is Mike? Do you guys need anything? How's your Dad doing? Did you get to SEW today?! How is that TATW project?!?!?!

Johanna - thanks for visiting, reading & posting here! It's nice having you stop by. ; )

Mo & LA - did you arrange blue squares on Friday?!

Enjoy Fall & stitch when you have a moment! We have a jack-o-lantern glowing on our front porch! : ) Anyone else?!
Piecefully, Pam

Friday, October 12, 2007

Good Morning Girls!

Count down time...

ONE week until the Undercover Quilter's Simply Sensational Quilt Show!!!

THREE weeks until our Brigantine Beach Bee Retreat!!! ; )

Ask me HOW glad I am it's THIS Friday & NOT last Friday...?! I wouldn't want to have to repeat H E double hockey sticks again - EVER!!!

Jean - thanks for your kind thoughts & + juju! Two down & one to go. I truly did appreciate having Cathy in the class. It was comforting to me.

I didn't really "feel" like I was teaching this class. It was more like seeing where everyone was & helping them along. Cathy "got it" & is motoring!!! Her colors are FAB!!! So/sew far, everyone is sewing & making forward progress. That's nice. And, I was SO glad to see that everyone came back! ; )

Meanwhile, I am stitching binding when I get the chance. I'm just finished my third side & ready to start my fourth & final side of binding - hooray! Then, I just need to tack the sleeve & do a label. It's going to need to be laundered too. Let's hope for good weather so I can hang it out on the line.

Jean nor Cath can host Bee on Tuesday. I begin Fall Break this morning, & we'll be home. If anyone wants to come by for Bee here, you're more than welcome. Mo - that means YOU, since you've NOT seen our "studio!"

What about Wednesday...?! Who is going? Who is driving? What time are we leaving? Are we eating @ the Wind Mill, stopping @ the winery, or going to the Thrift Shop?

Enjoy your day, the weather is to improve! TFIF!!! : ) I hope you get a little time to stitch over the weekend!
Piecefully, Pam

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Good Morning Girls,

Thanks for Bee last evening! We NEEDED to vent & share! Thanks to those of you who listened!

Lori - thanks for hosting! How was your birthday? Did you get any sewing/quilting stuff?!

Jean - your written tale was stupendous!!! Good job! I like your top & the "Monet" border just makes it. : )

Mare - I like your top too! Do you have enough of the black fabric to do a border? I like the pillow case fabrics you bought over the weekend! Nice! Hey, remind me about the wine - I didn't bring it & forgot about splitting the $.

Dolores - I like your fabrics best & the way your top turned out! I am SO glad if you've set up Gracie & are already using her!!! That's just terrific!!! Joe Byrnes...?! When are you going to start sewing with some of the delish flannels you've been hoarding?!?!?!

Cathy - I can't say thank you enough!!! For taking the TATW class, for supporting a new, little shop & for supporting me too. I appreciate it! I LOVE your TATW project!!! The colors are excellent!!! Who is it going to be for? Will you just continue & make it BIG...?!

Lois - it was SEW good to see you!!! Your House wall hanging is WAY cute!!! I really like the echo hand quilting you did around the vines! Nice job!!! Where are you going to hang it? Will you put it in the Guild Quilt Show?

Leigh Anne - Is Mo coming over Friday morning to help you lay out the blue blocks? Go, girls!!! I love that you carry the little hexagons too. You are precious!

Mo - you are truly a valuable asset & resource to the Quilt Mama's! We "mystery weekend girls" will be singing your praises for a VERY long time! It was good to see you last night. And, I'm glad if the blog provided a good, healthy belly laugh for you! Just that makes the blog SEW worthwhile. ; )

Peggy - we missed you. Where were you? Have you heard Dolores good news yet?! Hurry up!!! Enjoy Jean's class tonight, & be good... ; )

I am feverishly working on my Pleasant Plates project. I have almost half of the binding stitched on. I'll need to do a label & tack the sleeve down. Again, hurry up!!!

Enjoy the day girls! If I've missed anything, please chime in! It's time for me to snooze!
Piecefully, Pam

Monday, October 8, 2007

Morning Girls,

How is everyone today? Staying cool enough? This weather is something...!

About the Mystery Quilt weekend...I don't know where to begin...?! It was like some terrible B movie. The Inn Keeper was Norman Bates from Psycho-MOTHER!!! The Inn Keeper's wife was Annie Wilkes from Misery - mind your ankles! And, last but certainly not least, was our Hostess. She reminded me of Carl Childers from Slingblade - My you got purdy fabric. Did I mention she was a prison employee...?! NO, I'm NOT kidding!

Jean engaged in "criminal" activity. Dolores was in respiratory distress. Marianne had a head ache the whole weekend. And, when I wasn't being ostracized, I was being an accomplice. I think I aged 3 years this weekend.

Friday night for dinner we had one ladle of (cold)soup in a paper bowl with a plastic spoon. There was "wine cheese spread" with a plastic knife & Townhouse crackers on a paper plate - once we opened the box & removed the cellophane... Jean thought this was just the first course. WRONG! That WAS dinner!? Tequila, anyone...???!!!

Things did NOT improve as the weekend progressed. The quilt "clues" were incorrect. The air conditioning was nonexistent. Our shower must have come out of an RV. And, have I mentioned the cats...?!

As I read this, it almost makes me laugh. The circumstances were surreal. I'm glad we all survived!!!

Some good things did come from the weekend. There was fabric shopping, wine tasting, & dinner @ the Iron Horse Inn. Dolores has some news that I'll let her share with you. And, the other ladies who were trapped with us @ "Hotel Hell" were nice.

I want a refund!!!

Lori - thanks for offering to host on Tuesday. I'll be-e there. And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

Cathy - you are SEW, SEW, SEW lucky you missed this weekend!!! Glad if the TATW instructions are working for you. Please, bring along your stuff so we can see it! ; )

Consuelo - you were missed this weekend, most especially!!! We are spoiled!

Peggy - how's class going? Are you Jean's star student?

Lois - are you home or vacationing?

LA - did you go to Havertown Days? How was it?

That's it for now, ladies. Have a good day! Stitch when you can! ; )
Piecefully, Pam

Sunday, October 7, 2007

It was an abomination. We will share stories that you will not believe. I need to be debriefed...

Dorothy was right, "There's NO place like HOME! There's NO place like HOME!! There's NO place like HOME!"

Thank you to my Quilt Mama sisters for holding me up, finding humor in our circumstances & for being my friends!!!

Piecefully, Pam

Friday, October 5, 2007

Good Morning Girls,

TGIF!!! ; ) If it's Friday, it's time for our countdown...

Today begins the Mystery Quilt Weekend!!!

Two weeks until the Undercover Quilters Guild Show!!!

FOUR weeks until our Brigantine Bee Sewing Retreat!!!

I finished the grid quilting on my Pleasant Plates project last evening!!! I have LOADS of tails to tuck in, & I still want to do some free motion quilting in the centers, but it's definitely coming along!!!

Also, I survived last evening's teaching gig @ Cloth & Bobbin. : ) And, I think my students did as well. There was actual sewing!!! : ) & their projects are underway!!! Hopefully, next Thursday I won't want to barf on my drive over to Narberth!?

Alright girls, duty calls & I must sign off for now. I hope everyone has a nice weekend.
Piecefully, Pam

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Good Morning Q'Mama's!

Sorry to have missed Bee last evening. Jean - thanks for blogging & keeping us up to date!

Did Dolores get her fabric cut? I know. Those 3/8" measurements are tough. See, that's one of the reasons why I hesitate when it comes to sewing triangles! Dolores, you do know this means we'll be sewing triangles @ the Mystery Quilt weekend, right?!

Count me in for the Lancaster '08 Show weekend, Jean!!! I'll check with Boonie Barb...or maybe she can blog & let us know if she'll join us too!?

The HTFL Library Book Sale is over! Hooray!!! We made $6,200! Not bad, huh?!

I have finished writing the directions for my TATW class. I think I RE-wrote them elevendeseven times, @ least!!! I have class mock-ups & samples prepped & ready too. I appreciate ALL the support from the 'Mama's!!! : )

My Pleasant Plates are coming along. I think I have 27 more rows to quilt. I've been tucking in thread tails or sewing whenever I get the chance!

Hey, you guys are picking me up around 2PM on Friday, is that right? I'll be-e ready. I have to pack tonight, 'cause I won't be home tomorrow! Looking forward to a FUN weekend!

Hope everyone is well & stitching when they can eek out a few moments!
Piecefully, Pam

P.S. We are doing a little Hallowe'en decorating. It's FUN & looks festive! ; )

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Forgot to mention in the last blog - Mare cannot make it to the quilt show weekend in Lancaster at the end of March (28, 29, 30). We are still going to rent the same house - I'll be communicating with the woman - I just need to know how many folks are going to be staying with us this year. If you could let me know, I'd appreciate it. I'm going to send her a deposit and the final cost actually depends on how many people are in on it. Thanks.....
Hello, girls! A small but productive bee tonight....Peggy and Dolores walked to Jean's house! Let's pause for applause! Dolores brought her beautiful Shangri-la fabrics - she's actually going to cut them for the mystery weekend! Yay! We had a little cutting tutorial. Lori came a little later and gave them a ride home. She had a couple of nice fabrics from the Cloth & Bobbin - very cute. Pam - we were thinking of you - are you all set for class on Thursday? Could some of us just come and watch from the window? Too distracting? We could wait for you in the bar across the street....hmmmm. How did the library sale go? Mare had to take her baby, Jimmy, to a college night - argghhhh! Lois - hope you're doing well and enjoying this beautiful weather outside. Cathy is in lovely Atlanta? Is that right? Leigh Anne was down in Delaware tonight visiting her cousin who's in the hospital trying not to deliver her twins who aren't due till near Christmas. Consuelo is busy tracing her family history - when I saw her yesterday, she was back to the revolution! By now, she could be back to Roman times! Such a busy time....hope you're all getting at least some chances to enjoy the nice weather. For those of us who are Phillies fans - a huge week! I'm so excited - have to figure out how to bring a little transistor with me to listen on Saturday without disturbing anyone. Go Phils! Go Pam! Come on Friday! Take care.....piece.