Where have I been?

I have been up to a lot of quilty things, but not big finishes or blog entries last week.   I was in NYC over the weekend – as the picture above attests.   It was a gloomy day Friday BUT we were staying in the Garment District (I didn’t do the planning – I swear!). I liked the view from the library and windows to the city beyond.  

There will definitely be more blogging this week, but I wanted to catch you up!  Mostly I have been planning.


My May project was done early and June is designed.  I am figuring out how to piece it – not an easy task and not that hard.  I hope to test a block tomorrow! July is also in process, but I am going to try for one or two more designs before finalizing.

The for August we have what I feel like is a big project – 20 new fabrics – and I am working on a few ideas for it.  I am looking for a way to display all 20 and trying to decide whether the pieces I have can be background or whether I need more background.  


I have been working on two – my GFG (Grandmother’s flower garden) and an appliqué project.  The flower garden will be finished for May, the appliqué project in June.  The binding is on the GFG and nearly sewn down – hope to be done at the end of the week.


I am active in a 4 right now – Yikes!  Above is a fabric pull for Sandra’s Playtime Plus QAL (#1)  It already began, but you could still catch up.  I also hopped on board with Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland’s QAL (#2)

FallintoaQAL(#3) is being brought to you by Partners in Design and it began on Tuesday, May 15.  Every two weeks a block is released and you will be able (if you like) to complete your quilt before the fall! You can join anytime and there are prizes for blocks and for finishes.

Wish Upon A Star(#4) began today.  Go to Just Let me Quilt to begin following all these great quilters.  I am up on the blog Friday!

Blocks for a Bee project

I have been working on blocks for a bee project. Two are done (see one of them above).  One is nearly finished.  These are from Made by Marney – she has so many patterns for different animals, all easily accessible with a click!  Also, the Labradoodle on her dog quilt is my Percy, see more here on my blog and on her blog.


I was with family for the weekend – a women only weekend away.   The real bonus was being in the Garment District.  They didn’t know what they were in for!  It was a rainy nasty day, but we persisted.


Ok Project Runway fans – I was there!  I so loved it.  IT is a huge store with an immense amount of too-die-for-fabric.  I didn’t buy any but purchased a wonderful felted wool bag.  Do I need another bag?  There were a ton of Liberty fabrics, and if I had known, I would have planned on filling out my stash as I have a project in mind. 

Gotham Quilts! 

What a great store.  The added bonus was seeing this gorgeous quilt – Jennifer Strauser pieced and quilted it.  An added bonus was meeting Justin Keaton, a wonderful and talented quilter, who was filling in for some of the regular shop workers.  We are now following each other.

Such a great bad, and a few purchases!

***Side note:  explaining blogging/instagram/facebook to those who don’t do it is really difficult.  

You will see me later this week!  Promise.

Linking Up:  Main Crush Monday with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts.

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  1. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
    May 21, 2018 / 4:28 PM

    It sounds like you have been really busy. I look forward to seeing your ambassador projects; getting finished with May early to plan ahead sounds like it is working out very well for you!

    • Kathleen
      May 23, 2018 / 1:47 PM

      It is working out, and helpful to be a bit ahead. I so appreciate and respect deadlines, and having some of my own is pretty helpful!

  2. Sandra Healy Designs
    May 21, 2018 / 8:47 PM

    Love that block with the water bird in the reeds, it looks fab! Can't wait to see your barik ambassador project.

    • Kathleen
      May 23, 2018 / 1:46 PM

      Thanks, Sandra. It is from Made by Marney, which I will add to the blog. She has tons of animal patterns on her site, and one is my doggie!

  3. Louise
    May 21, 2018 / 9:38 PM

    Sounds like a really great trip! I'd like to visit Gotham Quilts on our next NYC visit 🙂

    • Kathleen
      May 23, 2018 / 1:54 PM

      It was a great trip and I highly recommend Gotham Quilts – as well as the rest of the Garment District.

  4. piecefulwendy
    May 22, 2018 / 12:25 PM

    Oh, what a grand place to stay in NYC! How fun that you were able to go to so many fun places too. Looking forward to seeing your ambassador projects. I'm a little jealous that you got to see Jen's quilt in real life. And I agree that trying to explain the blog/facebook/insta thing is a challenge (watching their eyes glaze over . . . .)

    • Kathleen
      May 23, 2018 / 1:46 PM

      was a great trip. I have been many times but this is only the second time I have ever done any “me” things. It is often family obligations, so this was fun. Jen’s quilt is gorgeous and I have thought of making the pattern, and maybe even purchased it, but never would have done those colors.

  5. Lisa J.
    May 22, 2018 / 12:49 PM

    You are in a lot of quilt alongs Kathleen. I'm also going to do Tish's but sat Sandra's out this time. Can't do everything.

    • Kathleen
      May 23, 2018 / 1:48 PM

      I guess two are really hops, but they are keeping me moving. Once Sandra identified me as culprit in naming her Shadow Woman, I felt I had to. It looks to be an easy one, once you place the colors.

  6. Vicki in MN
    May 22, 2018 / 1:13 PM

    Wow you are one busy lady, loved hearing about the garment district. I have always been curious about it. I need to get working on my June IB challenge soon!

    • Kathleen
      May 23, 2018 / 1:48 PM

      I guess two are really hops, but they are keeping me moving. Once Sandra identified me as culprit in naming her Shadow Woman, I felt I had to. It looks to be an easy one, once you place the colors.

  7. Home Sewn By Us
    May 22, 2018 / 3:49 PM

    Good Morning! You got to go to Mood?!! WOWEE – that is SO cool. You have been a busy gal – I can see why posting had to wait its turn.Happy Tuesday! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Kathleen
      May 23, 2018 / 1:49 PM

      Mood was unbelievable!! It was really one of the most fascinating stores. I can’t imagine if I had been with sewists/quilters how many other odd places we would have gone. Paula Nadelstern has a list of places to go….

  8. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting
    May 23, 2018 / 2:11 PM

    What a fun, interesting week! Great you landed in the garment district!!! I'll be watching for all you upcoming projects.

    • Kathleen
      May 25, 2018 / 8:06 PM

      THanks, Nancy. Definitely a must do sometime when in NYC.

  9. Kathleen
    May 31, 2018 / 1:12 AM

    Abbie, you are too sweet! I loved the way that picture came out. It was a terrific visit. Right now it is the only work I am doing and I am being pretty good about staying on track and limiting what I do so I can get it done.

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