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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


I first want to thank those who have joined my blog recently.

The first snow has fallen this year! I think this is the earliest, that I can remember, it has snowed here and actually sticked. We got about 4 inches of snow. I live out in a rural area surrounded by trees and I love looking at snow filled trees. 

I wasn't sure how the kittens would react to the snow, but my husband says that there are lots of tracks in the snow so they must have liked being out in it. Being stuck in the house with a broken foot, I haven't been able to go see them, except on the porch when the weather was nice. Last night I finally got to sleep without the boot, which weighs about 5 pounds (or at least it feels like that).

It has been a couple weeks since I have been able to play with the kittens. I don't know if they miss me, but I sure miss them. Here are Sandy, Ginger, Oscar, and Butterscotch taking a nap. They are about 5 months old here.

Sandy, Ginger, Oscar, and Butterscotch (in that order from the front)

 Here they are  at 3 weeks old.

Ginger, Butterscotch, Graham, Sandy, Oscar, and Moose Jr.

It was fun to watch them grow and fill up the pillow seat! (More photos to follow)

Today's drawing is for a fat quarter bundle of P&B's Luxury Essentials collection. It has 7 fat quarters in it. It is a wonderful group with gold accents that would make a fantastic holiday table topper.

P&B Luxury Essentials

I took the fabrics from this bundle and put it in my North Star pattern. It is a very easy star pattern. All you have to do is sew strip sets, use one simple template to cut out triangles, and then sew the triangles together. The winner will receive my pattern along with the fat quarters. This quilt image uses all of the fat quarters. (I use Electric Quilt to design all of my quilts. You can put the actual fabrics in it to see what it will look like.) You will have to add a quarter yard of another cream to complete the quilt along with a backing and binding fabric. (You may be lucky enough to win another bundle to help you!)

North Star table topper

Here is what the pattern looks like. It comes with a template and instructions to make four place mats, one table runner, or one table topper. It also has instructions on how to use a border stripe for an even easier faster quilt. You can find the pattern by clicking on this link: North Star pattern. Since I am confined to my house and unable to get to my studio where I have my fabrics and templates, I will have to wait until tomorrow to post photos on how to put the block together. I have a friend who helps me in my studio and she can get the tools I need to make it. I do want to mention that am having a huge website sale until Dec. 15. I have fabrics as low as $5 a yard and you will also get 20% off all regular price purchases. This would be a good time to buy those backings that you need to finish those UFOs! You can see some of them here: Gateway Quilts sale fabrics.

Please leave a comment on what you think you would do with this fabric bundle or my pattern. I will randomly draw a name and post it on Wednesday. Please pass along this blog to your other quilting friends so they can also get in on the fun! Please leave your email so I can contact you if you win. If you do not want to leave your email address in the message then you will need to come back on Wednesday morning to check to see if you won and then email me privately with your contact information. I do have to apologize, but only those living in the USA are eligible to win a prize. Postage is extremely too high to ship things out of the country for a free prize.

Good luck and as always; do what you love and love what you do.


Crickets Corner said...

Glad you got to sleep with the boot off. I'm betting you slept much better than you have in awhile. The kittens are growing up so fat but one thing your guaranteed is lots of furry snuggles. If I won I would use them with your pattern and make a wall hanging or I might turn a single block into pillows.

Kim Q said...

Love that pattern, I'd use it for a wall hanging.

Ann McNew said...

Wall hanging over new fireplace mantel.

Ellen O said...

Were you ears burning this evening? I was sharing with a north MO guild that you would be a great workshop instructor and trunk show/lecturer. Hope they take my suggestion!

scottylover said...

I love fabrics with gold on them! I think I would use these for a runner for the living room table. It needs a new one for the holidays!

Sandy A glad to hear you were able to sleep without the boot on. I bet that was cumbersome!

Kd Brown said...

Toby, I think your idea of making something decorative for the holidays is spot on for these luscious fabrics! Such cute kittens. Happy holidays to you!

Lone Camp Quilter said...

I would love that fabric and need to check out the website sale!

Happyquilter57 said...

Love your blog posts. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win the beautiful fabrics

Patti Oakley said...

Hey Toby. Glad you finally can sleep without the boot. Love the cat pics on the pillow. They look so content! As always I love your newest pattern. YOu are SO talented. I would love to win the fabrics as well. Anyone who is a fabriholic would!!

Linda E in AZ said...

Beautiful fabrics that would make a great community quilt for our guild
love those kitties

Lee McCoy said...

I would make this and give it as a gift for Christmas! It's really pretty!

Sheepish said...

How exciting, I am so glad you have some freedom from that Boot. The collection of fabrics is perfect for the holiday season and It made up gorgeous in your North Star pattern. The Kittens are so sweet. Thanks for the new pictures.

Quiltinnana1 said...

I would make a table runner. I love the North Star, It is so easy, but looks complicated.

Quilting Tangent said...

Beautiful collection of fabrics. Most likely make a scrappy quilt.