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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

And still busy :)

America For Me
has certainly kept us busy.  
We weren't quite prepared for the
flood of orders for both the pattern
and the kit.

We had  enough fabric to make the sample but had
to order the rest from Moda for the kits.
Unfortunately the order for this fabric got mixed in
with an order for my next line.
Tammy finally called and they got it sorted out.
The fabric got here Tuesday and the kits are being cut.

Mary from Country Thread asked on her blog how I
got the quilt done so quickly.  I made the flags with
machine appliqué since the lines are straight.
DMC Machine Embroidery floss with 
the stitch set on one - almost invisible.

If you've been following Mary's blog you know
she's been having computer problems.
Our printers must have caught them - the problems -
because they both stopped working.
Everything finally seems to be humming along 
now though so patterns and kits have started shipping.
We are still taking orders for them or you can
get yours by clicking here.

This is "The Lady" from the same book - Lady Liberty.
I'm thinking of doing it again too -
 but with needle turn appliqué - 
maybe when we finish my 50th anniversary quilt.
Here are a few blocks from it.

And if you follow my blog, you know 
I have chickens.  Guess what I found the other 
day when I went to gather eggs.

He (or she) was in one of the nests.  Cullen was
with me and said it was probably a female 
because of her size. I'm not scared of snakes - 
never have been.
When I was young my father was in the Army
and we were stationed at Ft. Belvoir. 
We lived in Officer quarters with woods behind us 
and then the Potomac River.  Our house was 
shaped like a V with a little porch by the front door.
One spring a big black snake came up repeatedly
to sun himself on the porch.  My father
would go get our garden rake, pick him up
and take him back to the woods.   
Pretty simple and not scary.

Its August and August in Missouri is full of 
Watermelon Days.
Go to our store and any quilt pattern with a
watermelon is 50% off.

And speaking of 50% off our vintage book
for August is Country Paths.

I love that quilt - the patterns for it
and 3 other quilts are featured.

Well, I'd better go check the chicken house :)
and see if we have any other visitors.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Busy, busy, busy.............

It was indeed a busy week.
Monday my friend and email ad lady, 
Sandy Noelsh and I drove to Springfield, Mo. 
- actually she drove and I rode.  
It didn't start off too well.
When I picked her up, she started 
the car and the air-conditioner
blew hot air instead of cold.
After a quick trip to my neighbor who
also has taken care of our cars for 20 odd
years, it had a new air conditioner motor 
and was blowing cold air again.  
Since it's a 4 hour drive to Springfield 
that was very good.  There are lots of 
advantages to living in a small town :).

The long and short of it is that we made it to Springfield
where Sandy's sister, Charlotte, is a member of the
Ozark Piecemakers Guild.  
Tuesday I gave a lecture at 10:00 A.M. and then again
at 6:00 P.M.   It's a very large, active Guild and has a
Day Meeting and then an Evening Meeting.
Then on Wednesday, I taught an all day workshop 
on the basics of Needleturn Applique to these lovely ladies.
Throughout the entire thing I was very well taken
care of by their program chairman, Mary Loker.  
Thanks Mary.

Thursday and Friday, I stayed at home and rested
so that I could drive to Lenexa on Saturday to
meet with the  Walnut Valley Woolen 
group led by Robin Van Allen (on the far right).
They have spent the last few months working
with my Birdsong pattern.  The backgrounds
of their quilts are cotton and the appliqué is wool.

We had a delightful time looking at quilts
and eating a great lunch at the Hyatt in Lenexa.

Our Deal of the Week is
Town and Country,
one of my favorite BOM patterns.  

To get one of your own click here.

I want to thank all of you for your good wishes and
prayers for Pep.  And all the hugs for me.  
Pep is entering his 3rd month on the 
medication and the bad side effects are only
supposed to last for 3 months - God willing and
the creek don't rise.

Keep quilting ladies - I certainly am. :)
Creating things always helps and I'm working
on "Jan and Pep's Marvelous Adventures"
our 50th Anniversary Quilt.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Right now I'm in Springfield, Mo

Giving a workshop to the 
Ozark Piecemakers
I just love that name!

I gave my lecture twice - 
 yesterday morning and last night
and by tonight I am going to be 
plain old tired.
I always get worn out but I also always
enjoy myself very much.  Quilters 
are such nice people.  :)

Since I got this ready in somewhat
of a hurry this part will be short.

These are pictures from our 
Deal of the Week 
Sleigh Bells by Martingale -
They do such awesome work :)

And this is Old Glory - our June Tablestand Quilt

Front and


And once again this week we're featuring

our quilt America for Me.
We're cutting more kits since 
we sold out so quickly.  And of course,
we still have patterns.
And once again a big thank you from
all of us to Mary and Connie of Country Threads.

Another quilt from Oceans Aweigh.

Storms never last by Waylon Jenning
& Jessie Colter became our song.

It still is.

And I'm asking for prayers for Pep.
He's on an experimental medicine for his 
severe COPD and it is kicking his butt :)

See you next week ladies and
Keep Quilting.

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.  :)

Monday, May 6, 2019

Day 10 of Tabletop Turnabouts

A snowman is being serenaded on the 
pages from Tabletop Turnabouts for today.

Cardinals and a red winged blackbird
keep him company and help lift spirits
with birdsong.

We have multiple bird feeders outside
the kitchen window and I love
watching the birds while making 
coffee in the morning. 

The winner of the fabric scrap bag and 
Triangle Square paper from the Holly Tree Lane post
is Lori who said "Such sweet designs.."

Lori, would you  please email 
your snail mail address to Tammie 
and she will mail you your fabric 
and Triangle Square Paper.  

Now for this week, make a comment and this time 
the random number generator will pick someone to win
  a signed copy of Tabletop[ Turnabouts.

Be sure to come back tomorrow
and enter the drawing for a Table Stand.

Keep quilting ladies.  :)

Friday, May 3, 2019

Day 9 of Tabletop Turnabouts

The pages from Tabletop Turnabouts 
for today will help us get in the mood for Christmas.
(It's never too early to Start)

Holly Tree Lane with the snow-covered
roof on it's house,
the Snowman, cardinal and
Holly leaves on the 12" side

and two trees and two ornaments 
on the 6" blocks.

The winner of the fabric scrap bag and 
bias maker from the Punkins post
is Marsha B who said "I love 
Fall designs, they are adorable."

Great Marsha.  Would you  please email 
your snail mail address to Tammie 
and she will mail you your fabric and bias maker.  

Now for this week, make a comment and this time 
the random number generator will pick someone to win
 be a mixed scrap bag (all pieces at least 2" wide) of 
Sweet Violet and Lilac Ridge and some
triangle square paper..
Fabric and something to make triangle squares with.

And while you're at it you
might want to preorder your signed copy
of Tabletop Turnabouts - due in any minute.
You can do that by clicking here.

Be sure to come back Monday to see the next page 
of Tabletop Turnabouts by Jan Patek & Martingale 
and enter the drawing for a scrap bag 
and some appliglue.

Keep quilting ladies.  :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Day 8 of Tabletop Turnabouts, A Great "Deal of the Week" and the 1/2 price book for May

Happy 2 Days after Mayday.

The pages from Tabletop Turnabouts 
for today will help us get in the mood for Fall.

Pumpkins and Black Cats are on the way
as soon as summer ends and we
want to be ready for them.

And since they're small and stitch up quickly
we'll have time this summer for a masterpiece -

Birds & Bunnies, Herbs and Honeys,
a 66" x 72" quilt to take with you, block 
by block through summer picnics and ballgames.
The kit is on sale for 30% off and 
you can get yours by clicking here.

And while you're in the store you
might want to preorder your signed copy
of Tabletop Turnabouts - due in any minute.

The winner of the fabric scrap bag and 
Freezer Paper from the Acorn Lane post
is SueJean who said "For some 
reason my posts aren't showing up
but I keep trying.

Good for you Sue.Jean.  Would you  please email 
your snail mail address to Tammie 
and she will mail you your fabric and freezer paper.  

Now for this week, make a comment and this time 
the random number generator will pick someone to win
 be a mixed scrap bag (all pieces at least 2" wide) of 
Sweet Violet and Lilac Ridge and a 
half inch bias maker.
Fabric and something to make stems and vines with.

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the next page 
of Tabletop Turnabouts by Jan Patek & Martingale.

Keep quilting ladies.  :)