Monday, May 2, 2016
A lot of it was spent going back and forth to Kansas City.
Since Pep works at a hospital there, that's where we go when he gets sick. He was having trouble breathing one night so we made a trip to the emergency room.. They liked him so much they kept him.
Then Tammie decided that he couldn't outdo her and she got sick too. Both of them were off work for almost 3 1/2 weeks and that left Rosie and I to hold the fort. Even Rosie was off for a week.
I didn't get sick - Yay!
But boy was I busy!!!!
And a lot of it was fun.
April must be "visitors month".
My first visitors were Margaret and Mark Lehmann from Poland - really delightful people. They brought me this awesome Polish pottery and Mark was fond of Zoie's monkey hat when he was in the loft.
We had such a great time chatting about quilts and fabric.
My Fern Hill Precuts came along with the yardage for the quilts I was making.
The border and corner of the Fern Hill BOM,
Bits and pieces of Holly, Jolly Christmas
and a corner of Pumpkins and Pinwheels.
Rosie and I found some time to work in the garden - Pep's Swiss Chard got planted along with the Romaine Lettuce, and pepper plants, cucumbers, corn, pole beans along with some flowers - impatiens, phlox and salvia.
We could cut and package the Mystery Quilt kits but it's been ages since I ran the office computer and too much has changed. We needed Tammie to do that and she was busy being at the hospital getting IV antibiotics for 14 days.
She said to tell you all that Blocks 2 & 3 will go out together this month.
Back to the visitors - 2 sets of Missouri Bluebirds came to the feeders - the second set are on the ground under the bench. They are so beautiful.
I wonder if I can get Moda to get me fabric that color of blue. :)
And one morning about 6:00 after it had rained most of the night, Dobby started barking and barking. When I looked out the window there on the front Porch was another visitor - a totally soaked cat, his long hair all matted and full of ticks. He was VERY hungry.
I won't talk about people who dump animals out in the country because I don't use that kind of language on my blog.
The cat's name is now Rufus and he is pretty much a kitten. After a $250.00 trip to the vets, he has settled in nicely (without the ticks) and shows no inclination at all to want to go outside again.
Here Sunny (our Sun Conure) is telling him that he's not welcome in his house.
Luckily applique is very portable.
After the Fern Hill tops went off to Lori for quilting, the trips to the hospital and doctors offices were filled with American Eagle - getting ready for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.
You can get a kit by clicking here.
Be sure to subscribe to the email list. As we slowly get things caught up we'll be sending emails about our specials for Memorial Day and the 4th.
Keep quilting ladies. :)
Posted by Jan PATEK at 4:46 PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
But not quite!
Here's Dobby standing on the edge of one of the beds with Grandma Laird's (Audra's) iris.
He still can't understand why it's ok to walk on some dirt and not ok to walk on other dirt.
He's a pretty good boy though so he humors us.
Come May - or maybe April this year, this is what the iris will look like.
This September - even with getting ready for Market - I need to take some down to Max and Valerie's house to plant. And since both of them are working full time and going to school full time, I probably ought to plant them too.
Cullen and Quinn can help.
This is my Audra's Iris Garden BOM.
I know I'm getting ahead of myself but since I'm already ready for Spring, I brought it down from the loft to put on the back of my chair.
And while planting things really wouldn't be wise yet, we can always do the flower thing on our quilts.
The pattern for Audra's is on sale 50% off until March 17th.
To order one, click here.
And this is our Garden House Pillow - a smaller garden project.
The winner of our kit is
Posted by Jan PATEK at 5:05 PM
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
First, I want to say how much I enjoyed reading your comments each night. Such a wide variety of gardens and experiences.
Ok - Now for the important stuff.
The winner of the Garden House Precuts was #53 -
What a wonderful experience for you Lyn, and for the children you work with. I'm afraid all of my master gardening is done with bulbs and perennials, mostly on quilts.
If you will email your information to Tammie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 816-632-7632 we'll get your precuts out to you.
right after I posted the drawing for the precuts, I found out that our local PBS station KCPT will be showing the segment of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting that I'm on, this Saturday, February 27th at 7:00 A.M.
One of my sons commented that quilters must be early risers.
Could be I said - but more likely we all have DVRs :).
Anyway, to celebrate we decided to give away a kit for the Garden House Pillow.
So here we go with making comments again.
I thought it would be fun to comment on making small projects and why you like them. I personally think they're great even thought I usually make much larger quilts.
Tammie suggested that I could have you comment on how much you like to take naps.
Pretty good idea.
So anyway, make a comment on either subject or just say "hi" and we'll do another drawing a week from Wednesday and post the winner.
Have a great week ladies.
Posted by Jan PATEK at 1:10 PM
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
And to help us along my latest fabric line "Garden House" is shipping to your local quilt shop this month.
And this is Grandma's Garden, a wallhanging or tablerunner that I designed using it.
You notice my "garden" still includes quilting :)
I'm not quite ready to stay outside and work in the garden all day.
A few months ago I met Patrick Lose in Iowa to film a segment of PBS's Love of Quilting. It was great fun and those segments are starting to air now.
Check with your local PBS station for times that they air. I think I may have already missed the show in Kansas City but they assure me that they
repeat so we're taping them all.
This is the Garden House Pillow that we worked on. If you want the pattern you need to get a copy of the magazine. You can find it at your local quiltshop, wherever quilting magazines are sold or go to http://www.fonsandporter.com
If you want a kit you can order one from me by clicking here.
Now for the fun part.
Leave a comment about gardening (can be potted plants in an apartment or a field full of flowers or veggies) and you'll be entered to win the Garden House precuts.
We'll have a the Random Number Generator pick a winner and announce it next Wednesday.
Good luck ladies.
Posted by Jan PATEK at 12:59 PM
Monday, January 11, 2016
With the shipment of the last block of Winter Solstice
along with the stop border and outer border.
They should go out between the 15th and beginning of February, depending on quilting and photography (there will be a better jpg of the quilted Winter Solstice once it's back)
The quilt was inspired by my view out my kitchen window on a foggy, snowy winter's day - kind of what it looks like today.
And in the spirit of moving on .....
we're looking forward to April showers instead of Snow showers.
Parasol Princess is on sale through the 16th.
We're pretty big wusses here and the cold got "old" quickly. :)
And to continue in that spirit, our book on
Special this month is Garden Dance
I'm not ready to mow grass again yet though. :)
And speaking of gardens, this is a sneak peak of the 2016 Mystery Quilt -
Little House in the Big Garden.
I think we have a few openings but supplies are limited so get in touch with Tammie asap if you want in. All of the information is on the side bar to the left.
That's all for now. Have a great January.
Posted by Jan PATEK at 11:55 AM
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
A Lot Like
I'm not sure about "Every where you Go"
But around here at least :)
Our latest Table Stand quilt - 2015 Holly Tree Lane is sitting on the desk behind my chair and the tutorial on the Ornaments is up and live. You can watch it by clicking here
and buy the tree header for your table stand and the kit or pattern by clicking here.
It's 15% off today and tomorrow only because of the tutorial.
It's 15% off today and tomorrow only because of the tutorial.
Jake's busy with finals this week and next but Zoie is coming over tomorrow afternoon to help Pops find our Christmas tree in the front pasture
and the Angel Tree Skirt is ready and waiting.
Color is so hard to show sometimes. The background for the angels is a dark teal print but it looks dark brown or black in the jpg.
Anyway, you can get a kit or pattern for it by clicking here.
The tree skirt was originally a pattern in The Winter Book but it is out of print so I did it over as a pattern when we got a few requests for it.
I also worked up The Winter Quilt as a pattern for the same reason and it's on the website as a pattern also.
Coxcombs and Pomegranates, the mother of Hawthorn Ridge is on the bed
and Sleigh Bells is hanging in the foyer.
Now for the tree and some grandchildren ---
We're getting there :)
(The patterns for all of the quilts are on the website - just click one of the "here's")
And of course there's shopping, wrapping and baking still to do.
And more stitching.......
Posted by Jan PATEK at 11:17 AM
Thursday, November 26, 2015
It's been a minute or two since I last blogged (I was getting ready for Market then)
so there's some catching up to do.
This is my little booth in Moda's Designer's Row with Sandy Gervais' booth on the left in the picture and Kansas Troubles' booth on the right.
It was Moda's 40th Anniversary - 40 years with Notions, books and patterns and 25 years of Fabric Design.
Here is the esteemed Mark Dunn with Sandy Gervais and me - his 2 longest running designers.
You notice I didn't say "oldest". Mark and Cheryl picked Sandy up to design and then 6 months later picked up Linda Brannock and I - Brannock/Patek.
Linda is no longer with us, having passed away earlier this year, but her impact on the quilt world will be with us always.
Moda had an awesome display of quilts for both Market and Festival called "The Making of Moda"
showcasing Marks collection of Antique Quilts used to make the "Collections for a Cause" fabrics.
And this gorgeous quilt made by 3 sisters displayed fabrics from many of the Moda lines.
Embroidered in the Stop Borders were the names of designers and on the back (sorry I didn't get a picture) were embroidered the names of all the different fabric lines.
Here we all are with Mark and Cheryl Freydberg (on my left), the head of the Fabric Department.
They also had a section in the Quilt Display for some of the early quilts from designers and I was honored to have "Cockscombs & Stars" and "Brian's Quilt" hung in that section.
The patterns for both quilts were featured in Country Quilts for Your Soul by Quiltmania but that book is out of print.
When I get a minute I'll try to release them as patterns on my website.
Back in Missouri after Market, routine life resumes
and with it - Deer Season.
Here grandson Jake proudly shows off his deer
and the Thanksgiving quilt was hung in the foyer - "Pumpkins, Turkeys & Geese" from the book
We Gather Together - still in print.
And a special thanks to the person who sent this. I just had to pass it on ..................
And keep on quilting :)
Posted by Jan PATEK at 4:39 PM