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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

How time flies by when

You've been busy.

America for Me 2019
available as a pattern or a kit.

This quilt is a lot more complex than it seems.
It has 17 reds, 14-15 blues, 4 creams 
and 2 background prints -- Whew!
I really like the way the top turned out though and 
can't wait to see it quilted.

To order the pattern or the kit click here and search
America for Me.

Oh and I can't forget to say a huge THANK YOU to
Mary and Connie of Country Threads.
I have the original quilt but not the book 
so Mary answered lots of questions
and then Connie just sent me her book to use.
Thanks ladies, you're the best.!!
And Pep still misses the Kettle Corn:)

This is our June :) Tablestand Quilt.

Sorry it was so late but there has been a lot 
going on around here.

I think it was worth the wait though.  If you 
join the Tablestand Club you get 15% off the kit
and 15% off the stand and any headers you order.
Email Tammy at to join.

To get the kit click here and search for Old Glory

Now, I'm sorry this has to be so short this week 
and probably next week too.

Next week I'll be in Springfield, Mo. giving 
a lecture and workshop for the Ozark Piecemakers 
at the beginning of the week and the 
Walnut Valley Guild at the end of the week.

Right now I have to go set a live trap for
the raccoon that's been killing my chickens.
It got my favorite Cochin hen and rooster 
yesterday and I am not happy with it.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

So many quilts, so little time.......

This is "America for Me"
a quilt I designed in 2004.

It was published in my book
Lady Liberty.
It was recently pictured on the blog
of Country Threads owned by
my friends Connie Tesene and 
Mary Etherinton.

I first knew about it when I started getting
lots and lots of emails asking for the pattern.

Unfortunately, somehow my book was misplaced,
but Mary and Connie (who have theirs) have
been very helpful in getting me the instructions
 from their book.

What I have been doing the last few days has
been drawing the quilt again.
I've also search Moda's website for the fabrics
to use.  Alas, the background plaid and most of the
other fabrics are long gone.
I've found a lot of good substitutions though
and in a short while (with a lot of help from
my friends) there will be a brand new
quilt called America for Me.
We'll send out an email and announce it
on the blog when it's finished.
I'm pretty excited.  It's always good to meet 
old friends again.  

This is the Jan and Pep block from my latest
BOM I'm working on.  It's called
Jan and Pep's Marvelous Adventure
and is a quilt celebrating our 50th anniversary
which is October 18th, 2019.
It's made out of my fabric line Clover Meadow
that is showing to shops now.
And "no" I'm not dragging Pep along.
We're holding hands and he's letting me
go first because he's a gentleman.
Maybe, I should change the block and 
put my hand behind his.  I'll try that and 
show you next week and see what you think.

I'm showing a quilt each 
week from Oceans Aweigh.
This is Ships, Stars and Whales, 
a favorite of mine.
Whales are so awesome.

And this is my new kitty.
Her name is Katherine - or
Kitty Kate Kat.

So now we have Queen Elizabeth and
Katherine the Great.

I miss my Rufus but she helps a lot.  
Have a good week ladies
and keep quilting.  :)

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Happy almost 4th of July

This is 
Flags of the American Revolution
a 76" x 76" 12 Month BOM
that is our Deal of the Week
this week.

We thought it seemed timely.  
The pattern not only has drawings of
all of the blocks but lots of information on each flag.

My husband Pep found the blocks when 
he was on the internet looking for a
Gadsden Flag and thought they looked 
like something I might want in a quilt.
He was right!

Our book this month is Oceans Aweigh,
dedicated to my late father-in-law
Byron Patek who commanded a mine
sweeper in the Pacific during WWII.

96" x 89"

Byron told many a tale of far off lands, Spam 
sitting on a dock in the sun and fights started in
the Officers Club over smuggled Coke.

52 1/4" x 60 7/8"

When I think of ships and sailing and
travel, I think of him.
He was also just about all a person
could ask for in a father-in-law.

We miss him but his legacy lives on.
He has a son and a grandson named Byron Patek -

Byron Henry Maxwell Patek
Byron Theodore Quinn Patek.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

But July is REALLY CLOSE :)

The garden is ready.

But I get ahead of myself. 

On Monday the 17th, I got into my car and
drove to Dubuque, Iowa to give a
lecture to the ladies of the Cable Car
Quilt Guild, a thoroughly delightful group.

After the lecture I spent the night at the home
of Ruth Lyon.  And I sincerely owe her an
apology.  When I left the next day to drive home
I told her that I would call when I got here and 
The drive took a little longer than I anticipated
After all Iowa is just right on top of Missouri.  
However you go straight up to DesMoines and
turn right.  The turn right is the tricky part.

Once back here I plunged straight in to
designing quilts for my latest fabric line 
Clover Meadow which I believe will start  
showing to shops in July.
I'm sure you can figure out the colors 
from the name and I must say, I love it.

Another thing I came back to was
chickens - lots of chickens.
These are 2 of my Buff Orpington hens with
Americauna/orpington cross chicks.

We've always bought baby chicks, not had them hatch.
It's so much more fun when they're with their
mothers. The yards have netting over them 
to keep them safe from  hawks.

This is the 1st brooder house they go into 
with the small feeders and waterers.

Usually it's hard to get the young ones into the
houses at night so I can close them up.
Not now - Mamas just cluck and they come running.
You have to come in when the street lights 
come on, you know.

These 3 are the latest hatched - Cochin/Americauna cross.

Our special this week is on the Patriotic page on the website.

15% off

Have a great week and a safe 4th.

Keep quilting.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Its Still June......

And I did get an eagle kit 
ready for the 4th.
Well, since I'm pretty busy designing
quilts for my next fabric line 
Clover Meadow, what I 

did was do an old favorite in new fabric.
This is Let Freedom Ring - 2019
and you can get the kit by clicking here.
You can at least get the top done by the 4th
and we seem to have a 4th of July every year 
so you're set.  :)

And since our website decided to go
on the fritz last week and tell people we didn't ship 
to Colorado or Wyoming or New York 
or wherever (Aargh!) I decided to leave Cabin
in the Pines on Sale for another week too.

Have fun ladies and
Keep Quilting.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Good Heavens - It's June

Spring Market is over
and in case you can't tell I came 
home to plunge straight into designing
quilts for my latest fabric line
Clover Meadow.

Which is why I haven't 
been blogging lately.

But it is June and July follows June
so lets get ready for the 4th.

Our book special this month is Liberty Garden -
with patterns for 9 quilts and

wallhangings with a patriotic theme.

You can order your copy by clicking here.

Our Deal of the Week is the 
Cabin in the Pines BOM for half price.
You can buy it by clicking here.

Come back next Blockheads Wednesday 
(no- we're not doing another Blockheads quilt
as far as I know but as one of the original 8, 
Wednesday will always be Blockheads Day to me).

Anyway, I'll see if I can find an Eagle Quilt Kit 
to ease us into the 4th.

Keep quilting ladies.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Day 11 - Final Quilts of Tabletop Turnabouts

The winner of the signed copy of
Tabletop Turnabouts from
the Midnight Serenade post is
Marsha B who said
"I can't wait for the book to come out,
everything in it is so adorable."

Well thank you Marsha.
And thanks to all who have taken
the time and energy to comment.

And I'm sorry there has been a lag 
between some of the posts.
1) It's almost time for Market which
means we are busy, busy, busy
2) I got the scans of the fabric for
my next line and started designing quilts.

Once I start designing a quilt it kind of
takes over and doesn't let go until
the quilt is at least resolved in my mind.
It doesn't have to be finished but I
need to know that it's going to work.

So Marsha, will you please email Tammy 
your snail mail address and and she will send 
your signed copy of the book.

Now for this week, make a comment and this time 
the random number generator will pick someone to win
  a Table Stand.

And thanks for coming along with 
Martingale and me on this
journey through the quilts in
Tabletop Turnabouts.

Keep quilting ladies.  :)