Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hello, girls! The Thanksgiving weekend is coming to a close...hard to believe. Hope you all enjoyed your holiday. I'm happy to host on Tuesday night - see what everyone has been working on for holiday gifts. And we can talk about our sewing day in two weeks. Today is a good day to sew - just had some soup for lunch and am heading up to show Kelly how to make the gift card pouch. Enjoy the afternoon - and maybe take a nap. Anyone do any Black Friday shopping? Piece....

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hello Quilt Mama's!

Is everyone getting ready for Thanksgiving?  Do you cook or go to someone else's home?  What traditional things do you & your families do?  Do you make a turkey?  Do you stuff the bird or serve dressing on the side?  Do you have that green bean casserole?  What about pies? Pumpkin, mincemeat, pecan or some other kind of dessert altogether?  Is there football watching afterwards?  Do you sit around the table & talk, play games or sew for a bit?

I know some of us have had changes in our family dynamics, & this might be the first Thanksgiving or holiday to feel those changes.  I will be thinking of each one of you & your families.  My Mom is going to Ken's daughter's home for Thanksgiving.  Scott & I celebrate in our own crazy schedule kind of way, but not on Thursday, as is the tradition.

I have a pumpkin roll to make.  There's a 16+ lb turkey thawing in our downstairs fridge.  We will have stuffing IN the bird.  And, I'll make gravy, smashed potatoes & a vegetable.  We will celebrate Thanksgiving here @ Mt. Pleasant on either Friday or Saturday.

Whatever your plans are...may they be filled with LOVE, gratitude, a nice glass of wine or cup of tea & some kind of stitching too.  : )  Thanks for blessing me with your friendship.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING Quilt Mama's!

Piecefully, Pam  

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Good Evening Girls,

I am planning ahead, not unlike Megan from the "will work for fabric" blog...  On my Amaretto Rose block I have 3 of the 4 small flowers ready to applique to the background.  : )  I prepped the 4th & am currently working on it's unit construction.  Most of the leaves are already stitched in place, but some are just glued down & awaiting applique. If you can, get something prepped & ready for stitching following your Thanksgiving Extravaganza!!!   

Piecefully, Pam

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Hello, girls! The trip to the Art Museum today was a success! The exhibit was wonderful. We got there a little early and soaked up some art culture just wandering around. It was pretty much decided that we weren't big fans of the contemporary art, admiring instead the many Large Bathers! A lot of naked people......the Gee's Bend quilts were just amazing. We're all looking at corduroy a little differently now. The tour was great - very informative. And we had a lovely, grown-up lunch in the cafeteria. A very nice time...thanks for going. Lori - how is the family doing? Is Lindsay feeling better? We missed the mamas who couldn't come. During lunch, we talked about a sewing day/morning before Christmas.....a time to work on some gifts uninterrupted. Saturday, December 13th - how does that work? It's possible we may have it at Sacred Heart in the cafeteria - and if not there, at Casa Consuelo. We can talk about time, etc. a little later. Hope everyone has some nice Thanksgiving plans lined up. I have two school conferences on Tuesday night - so I cannot host. I made a ridiculously easy gift tonight - it's a little pouch that snaps closed and holds a gift card - really cute and I'm happy to share the pattern and directions....let me know if you want a copy and I'll drop it off. Have a lovely Sunday - hope it warms up just a bit. Take care....piece.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Good Morning Girls,

TGIF!!! I couldn't be more happy that it's Friday! I bet you're feeling the same way...?

Scott & I are planning to travel to York for a visit with my Mom, weather permitting, of course. This means, I will not be able to join the QM field trip to the Gee's Bend Exhibit.

Duty calls...I've been living in the "vomitron" for the last 8 hours...
Piecefully, Pam

Monday, November 17, 2008

Lord have mercy, girls.  There is SO much going our home, in your homes, across the country, in the world!!!  Sometimes it's difficult to find the blessings.  I must say, however, just how THANKFUL I feel for each one of you!

Lori - my heart, & ALL of our hearts are with you & yours. I've been thinking of you, saying prayers & sending + juju too.  Please feel the wings of your friends love.

Gina, of QuiltersBuzz, needs a few prayers too.  Her home & her business has been surrounded by the California fires.

Girls, may each of us take peace in one another's friendship.  To provide some rest for your busy mind & weary soul, I hope your hands may find some solace when picking up fabric & thread, perusing a quilting book or magazine, or perhaps daydreaming of a future sewing project.

Piecefully, Pam  


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Good Morning Girls,

Thanks for having Bee last night, Jean! I was glad to have the opportunity to "drive" Marianne's sewing machine with sew/so many different foot pedals! We'll get it straightened out yet!!!

I'm anxious to hear about the Arden Theater's Gee's Bend play. Let us know what you thought about it, Mare?!

A QM "field trip" to the Art Museum is being planned for next Saturday, 11/22. So far, Jean, Marianne & myself are interested. Cathy has to check her schedule. Anyone else...?! We're going to see the Gee's Bend exhibit before it closes!!! Jean, VERY astutely, recognized the need to do this BEFORE Thanksgiving 'cause there will be NO time after Thanksgiving, as full throttle Holiday-mode kicks into HIGH gear! Stay tuned for details, & give a shout out if you'd like to go along too!!! : )

We talked about Ladies Night, & ooohed & aaahhed over items for our table (Dolores makes some gorgeous things from jelly rolls, & whips up quilts in the blink of an eye...!!!). And Jean, our AMAZING Queen Bee, has a very official sign to place on the QM table! Also, (because we have an "in") we've been given a prime table as you walk in the door! Get ready girls!!! Etsy here we come...?!?!?! ; )

Cathy - your 30's quilt is BEAUTIFUL!!! It's looks vintage, soft & is just lovely. : ) Your table runner is neat too!

Jean is finishing up odds & ends to add to the QM table for Ladies Night. Plus, she wishes she could just stay home & bowl...!!! ; )

Have a good day, ladies. Keep warm & take a few stitches when you can. Don't forget to check out the link to Pincushion Boutique, & check Sharon Schamber's site for "free" online classes.
Piecefully, Pam

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Good Afternoon Girls,

Hey, didn't it FEEL good to see the sun shine today?!  I was just about to grow webs between my toes...  We worked outside some.  Scott is trying to finish up the last window, & Jingle & I raked leaves!

Ladies Night @ Sacred Heart sounds pretty darn GOOD!!! What's Peggy bringing for the craft table...?!  Glad to hear LA is going for a bit too.  ; )  Sorry I can't be-e there on Friday.  I've been busy getting ready for it though.  I whipped up some flannel (oooohhh!) Holiday pillow cases & finished the little, red origami purse too.  Staples had the price tags - thanks Jean!, & I bought (the wrong) safety pins a while ago that are coming in real handy now!

Are we having Bee this week?  I can host if anyone is interested, or if Jean or Cathy can't. Tuesday or Wednesday would work here.  We could price items if needed & give them to whoever will be setting up @ Sacred Heart.  Also, I have Marianne's foot pedal to her sewing machine.  Cath, I tried her foot pedal on my sewing machine & it WORKED...?!  Did you try it on yours?  Your foot pedal worked on her machine down the shore, right?  I was going to try my foot pedal on her machine next...  So, where this is going?!  If Cath or Mare has Bee this week, I'd like to bring along foot pedals to try out.  Did you get all that or am I having "crazy conversation" that's hard to follow...?!

I made some changes to our blog links, etc. girls.  Pat Sloan's blog is now actually a link to her blog & NOT her newsletter!  I've added Heather Bailey's blog too.  I also have added the Pincushion Boutique to our shopping links (Mare - do you need me to send a separate link to you in an email?).  And, has anyone used the "ruby slippers" to check out the Houston Quilt Festival? Jean, did you check out the Gee's Bend exhibit via our blog by chance...? Does anyone use the link to Nancy Halvorsen?  Are there other blogs, shopping sites or web interests you'd like to see added to our blog, ladies?

I got my flu shot on Friday.  My arm still hurts!  Take care, girls & have a good week.  : )  Enjoy your evening. Maybe have a cup of tea & sew a little.
Piecefully, Pam

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Good Morning Girls,


Then, check out the slideshow of the Winner's Circle from the 2008 Houston Quilt Festival...

Piecefully, Pam

Sunday, November 2, 2008

We're back...!!!  But, here are a few pix from Houston. Enjoy!!!

We've just ARRIVED!!!  We're on the 3rd floor of the Convention Center & Momma Barb is going to give a tour...
Here, Jean is peeking into one of the class rooms...
We're anxiously WATCHING & waiting as the Show is getting ready!!!  We're looking through the porthole.
Karen is on stage receiving her award!!!  : )
Karen Kay Buckley's award winning quilt...Arabesque!!!
Jean, Marianne, Lori, Maureen, Dolores...feel free to chime in with stories from Houston!!!  If you have photos you'd like to share or have posted, can you email them to me, please?

How 'bout those Philly's, huh?!  Anyone here @ home go to the game or the parade or both?!

What's new in Havertown, girls?

Looking forward to seeing EVERYONE soon...?!
Piecefully, Pam