Greetings fellow appliqué enthusiasts! I’m planning a project this year appliquéing new blocks from my first collection of teapot designs. I’m kind of excited about it!


When the top is done, it’ll be donated to a charitable kids’ quilt group in my guild, to use as a fundraiser for supplies.

A few months ago I joined Instagram and have been having a wonderful time over there. I’ll be “insta-gating” a Teapot Appliqué-Along and posting photos of the new blocks once a week starting Sunday, February 4.


If you’re on Instagram and want to follow along, the account is kaymacquilts. I posted all the info about the #teapotaal on December 29. Would love it if you joined in the fun, and spread the word!

I’ll show the blocks here on the blog as well, so if you’re not on IG you’ll still see them.

Here are the fabrics for my first teapot, from the Ann’s Arbor collection by Minick & Simpson for Moda.

Cheers,
Kay

By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop
Instagram = kaymacquilts

January 6, 2018

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Another year of foster kittens! Not as many this year, explanation to follow.

We work with the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter to provide foster care for kittens that are not yet old enough to be adopted out. The kitties we take in are big enough to eat on their own, generally five to six weeks old, and we keep them until they’re at least eight weeks, two pounds, and in good body condition. It’s so much fun, and so rewarding to watch them grow from sometimes shy, teensy little klutzes with short stubby legs to sturdy confident pre-teens who sprout legs and run thumping and banging around the house. Then in general they go back to the shelter and get adopted immediately if not sooner.


Our first batch of 2017 were the Z3: Zane, Zack, and Zoë. Zane, of course is the gray tuxedo; Zack is the lynx point in the front, and Zoë is the black-and-white cow cat.

These guys came to us all the way back in January… a rare winter litter. From these photos it looks like all they did was take life easy, but Zane will show you his pouncy side.

Next we had the C3. Hilarious! These were their intake pictures from the shelter. So tiny!

Left to right are Courtney, Chauncey, and Casey.

This is how 3 kittens can share a small cat bed.

Some friends were enchanted with Courtney on my husband’s Facebook and came over for a visit. Chauncey crawled into the guy’s lap and did not leave the entire visit, so he got himself a home too!

In the windowsill of their forever home, they are now Simone and Garfunkel.

Next were what my husband called the Gasoline Alley Gang.

They were two singletons that I took together into foster. The one on the left was called Forklift. Sigh. A guy found her under a forklift and decided to call her Forklift. He made noises about coming back to adopt her so they kept the name. The other cutie had the loudest, readiest purr, so I called her Purr Motor.

They became fast foster friends.

Next up were Cassie, Kirby, and Parker.

I called Parker “Lord Buffington Crankypants of FluffyCat Manor” because he was a very grumpy, growly little man. Come to find out, it was because he didn’t feel well.

We then entered into one of the scary scenarios that every foster home takes on as a risk. Parker was acting ill and tested positive for panleukopenia. That’s a bad disease for kittens to get and honestly it’s often fatal.

BUT my boy was kind to me, the little dear, and SURVIVED.

Panleukopenia is a strong virus with no cure, only supportive care. Once he made it through the first night, the shelter vet and I nursed Parker back to health, and when he recovered he was the sweetest, most affectionate and loving little kitten ever! Maybe it was all that syringe feeding in my lap…

The other two never got sick at all, thank goodness! Here are Cassie and Kirby, with their I’ve-never-seen-that-before-in-my-life eyes on.

Once Parker was fully recovered, they could all go back to the shelter (after a quick bath) for regular adoption. There are no long-term effects from the disease, in fact now he has a built-in lifetime immunity!

Cassie had caught the eye of another friend via Facebook, and home she went to live with a couple of our former graduates!

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However, the Mackenzie Finishing School for Felines was then out of commission. Panleukopenia is highly contagious and lives in the environment for a long time. Some serious measures were going to have to be taken before we could receive kittens again. It was quite a process. Let’s just say, I either threw it out or bleached the living daylights out of it. :)

Finally, months later, we were once again kitten-approved, and I brought home one very shy snowshoe singleton and two completely social tabby kitties from another litter to be her friends.

Marshmallow, the snowshoe Siamese mix, had been alone at the shelter for a period of time before coming into foster care. She was scared and undersocialized, both towards people and other kittens.

Scurry and Chase, on the other hand, were completely relaxed and friendly. They were from a litter of five so they were used to being around other kittens, and did not think anything of it when Marshmallow acted all grumpy and growly the first day. By the second day, she started to play with them. By the third day, she had forgotten all about it and was part of the crowd, playing and tussling as if she’d known them all her life. It was both hilarious and very touching to watch the transition.

In addition to learning how to be a kitten, Marshmallow learned that humans are pretty okay too. She was flighty, but it got so that we could go right up to her when she was relaxing, pet her, and be rewarded with a loud purr. She never quite overcame her flight reflex when she was up and about, though, so I had the shelter put an advisory in her record that her adopters would need to be patient. It didn’t take long before both she and Scurry had forever homes.

Chase has a different story. I noticed the first time he was let out of the kitty hotel that he went right up to Daisy and made friends. Did you know that kitten ears are delicious? Chase had the cleanest ears in town.

I texted the photo to one of the shelter’s vet techs, who was in the market for a kitten for her daughter. “That’s a dog-lovin’ one, just sayin,” was the caption. They have two big, sweet dogs in their family and also a couple cats.

It just so happened that Chase made friends with our large resident cat as well!

My dastardly plan worked! Chase is now a part of their family, He fits in like peanut butter and jelly, and they are completely in love with him.

Which brings us to our current foster, Chantelle. She came into the shelter with a broken leg but you would never know it now. After several weeks of rest the vet sent her home with me for some further recuperation time. Now she runs, jumps, plays… she is a busy kitten!

One does occasionally have to charge up one’s batteries.

Another volunteer originally named her Chantrelle, but I was like, who would name a cat after a mushroom? So they took the R out. Chantelle started to sound more and more familiar… then I remembered! Ricky Tims’ Chantelle Tulips! If I recall the story somewhat correctly, he was teaching in England and one of the students mistook his American southern accented “Show and Tell” for Chantelle! Ever since then he has called his “Caveman Style” tulips Chantelle Tulips.

And Chantelle is starting to be more and more of a “caveman kitty!” As her confidence grows, so does her feistiness! She loves the Christmas tree… taking the ornaments off, climbing the branches, lurking underneath to jump out on Daisy or Max. She’ll be with us for a couple more days, then back to the shelter where someone will give themselves a furry post-Christmas gift!

Very happy holidays to you and yours!
Kay

By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

December 25, 2017

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I had a table at a holiday gift fair last weekend. There were a few handmade Christmas ornaments left over.

I put them up in my Instagram Instashop. If you’re on Instagram, the account is kaymacquilts.instashop. Or, here’s a link to the desktop version: www.instagram.com/kaymacquilts.instashop .

If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can just email me if you see something you like. kay at kaymackezie dot com.

Hope you are enjoying this holiday time!

Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

December 12, 2017

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The new issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks hits the newsstands today. Here’s my block!

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I think it’s my 14th time being in the magazine. Super fun!!

Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

November 14, 2017

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Greetings fellow appliqué enthusiasts! My IT guy has investigated the blog, updated everything, and installed extra security measures. Thank you Jordan Iversen!!!

Rest assured that the long, strange post did not come from me and that things are back in order.

A little holiday eye candy from the Christmas to Appliqué Pattern Pack.

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

November 11, 2017

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I apologize for the unauthorized post that you have recently received if you are subscribed by email. I have removed the post and also what I hope is the fake admin account of the hacker. I will continue to keep an eye on things.

Again, my apologies. It’s not the first time the site has been hacked, and I’ll consult my IT professional.

Kay

November 10, 2017

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As I was working on this little quilt, I was thinking about the expression “wearing many hats,” as in serving many functions in life. We all wear many hats in the course of our busy lives.

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In my home life, I’m a domestic engineer, chief cook (but thankfully not bottle washer), dog cuddler/care overseer, cat lap provider/care overseer, foster kitten mom, vet clinic assistant, quilter, and the list goes on.

In my professional life, I’m a designer, quiltmaker, illustrator, writer, page layout, typographer, editor, publisher, marketing department, paperwork shuffler, accountant, stock room supervisor, fulfillment services, the entire packing and shipping department. For my booth at shows I’m the schlepper, setter upper, public relations, the information desk, educational department, sales representative, customer service, cashier, and whatever else I need to be.

I called this quilt More Than One Hat to represent all the hats that each one of us wears every day. I know your list is just as long as mine. :) How many will you wear today? Here’s hoping they are your favorites!

Pattern available in the Etsy shop or the website, links below!
Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

October 25, 2017

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Martingale has announced that they will be distributing books produced by Stitch Publications—including books by famed Japanese quilt designer Yoko Saito.

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If you haven’t seen this book, 138 Original Appliqué Designs, you must take a look. It is incredible, in that incredibly sophisticated yet rustic and understated, thoroughly gorgeous Japanese way.

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

October 20, 2017

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I recently received an order for my book Teapots 2 to Appliqué from a quilter living in New Zealand. She told me she had see a quilt made from the designs in a show in Orewa.

I was intrigued!! I asked her for a little more information, and she sent me a photo of the gorgeous quilt. It’s made with all Liberty fabrics!!

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The Hibiscus Coast Quilters of Whangaparaoa, New Zealand, put me in touch with the maker, Julie Davis. Julie shared the following about her project.

“I would be very happy for you to use my quilt on your blog. It is such a lovely pattern and I thoroughly enjoyed hand appliquéing the teapots. The Liberty fabrics I purchased from a Liberty club at my regular quilting shop. There were six different Liberty fabrics in a pack for six months. I couldn’t wait out the six months so I purchased them altogether. I am going to use this as a tablecloth when I have a High Tea for my quilting friends.”

Those are some lucky friends! Thank you Julie, for allowing me to share, and I’m so glad you had a good time with the designs. And thank you Tish for letting me know about the beautiful quilt. Will look forward to seeing your teapot creations as well!

Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

September 3, 2017

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I started a new blog!

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Quilts and Buttons over at Blogspot is going to be more of a creative playground for me. While All About Appliqué was created to be a resource center for those interested in the art of appliqué, Quilts and Buttons is where I can branch out and show all of the stuff that I work on besides appliqué!

If you’re at all interested, come on by and check it out! You can follow it by email or in a blog reader, just like All About Appliqué. Hope to see you there!

Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

July 9, 2017

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Becky Goldsmith, who is one-half of the Piece o’ Cake team, has a new pattern booklet coming out soon from C&T.

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Swoon!

Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

July 7, 2017

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A very happy Fourth to one and all! Keep your animals inside and safe from the hullabaloo!

In September, I’m traveling to Paducah to be a vendor at the brand-new AQS Fall QuiltWeek!

I guess you could call it a spinoff of the very famous show that happens every spring in Paducah. Have you heard of the new fall edition? Here’s some info:

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I’m both excited and terrified. I”ve always driven to the numerous quilt shows I’ve done, and this will be my first time flying. But I *think* I’ve got a handle on the logistics, so I’m giving it a whirl! At least one time in my life, I can say, I did Paducah!

Let me know if you’ll be there too!

Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

July 4, 2017

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All the way back in January, I received a call for designers to participate in Checker Distributor’s new pattern company, Cut Loose Press.

CLP takes a new approach to pattern publishing… it put out unique, affordable quilt and project patterns geared toward beginning and intermediate quilters. Each pattern, printed both sides on one 8½x11 page of heavy duty cardstock, also introduces quilters to new tools and notions that will help them with their project and with their quilting in general.

It took me awhile, but I finally got my first design all the way through the process and it’s available now!

Now don’t fall over in shock, but this one has no appliqué! Yes, I can piece when I want to!

Introducing Buttonton Square!

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I had a blast making this classic design using the good old-fashioned square-in-square block. I used Civil War-type fabrics together with shirtings for this version, but it would look great in any number of other fabric choices. And since I’ve been mini-obsessed with buttons lately, I added light ones on the colored fabrics and colored ones on the light fabrics. It was a lot of fun.

What made this project even nicer to construct was that I used a specialty tool to make the blocks, the Creative Grids Square On Square Trim Tool. It was such a relief when all the blocks came out the same size and with no points chopped off.

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The pattern and the ruler are both available in my Etsy shop, as well as the “antique white” buttons that I used plus some embroidery needles for sewing on the buttons with embroidery thread.

Midyear kitten fix:

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Until next time, with some news about another new venture!
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

June 28, 2017

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The Amador Valley Quilt Guild, based in Pleasanton, California, used to have its biennial show at the fairgrounds. Now they’re having it at a spiffy new location in nearby Livermore.

Does Livermore ring a bell? Yes, it is the home of Alex Anderson! And she’s giving two talks on Sunday!

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The show is this coming weekend, April 22-23, at the Robert Livermore Community Center. I’ll be there in my vendor booth in the Ballroom.

If you ever wondered, Robert Livermore was a Brit who jumped ship in 1822 and eventually became an influential landowner who helped shape California. He’s also the Livermore part of the Lawrence Livermore national research facility, and there’s an element named livermorium!

I don’t have any patterns celebrating the Periodic Chart of the Elements, but I do have several new patterns that I haven’t been able to show off due to the temperamental nature of the blogosphere. Here’s one:

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Hope to see you at the show!

By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

April 16, 2017

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Well quilting friends, the blog was down for awhile there, and beyond my capacity to fix it. But then, our ISP moved our websites to a brand-new server, the blog updated itself when I wasn’t looking, and presto! It works again!

I’d like to celebrate by presenting a fabulous Show and Tell. I received the following message from Leslie Duran of Rocklin, California.

“Hi Kay! I met you at the Road to CA quilt show, and showed you my finished project using your Studio pattern from Scrap-Appliqué Playground. Here are my photos. Feel free to share and post if you would like! It was a fun pattern, and I really enjoy how it turned out. I see it everyday in my office/sewing room.”

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How fun! I really enjoy this fresh, modern version, with the linen-y background. It’s perfect in its space. Leslie, thank you so much for taking the time to share. It’s moments like this that lend me the support that all designers need in order to carry on.

Cheers,
Kay

By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

March 22, 2017

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Once we discovered last year that Daisy loves kittens, 2016 saw the Mackenzie Finishing School for Felines back in full swing once again! It’s been a banner season of 25, with our latest enrollees still with us until the end of the year.

The kitties we take in are big enough to eat on their own, generally five to six weeks old, and we keep them until they’re at least eight weeks, two pounds, and in good body condition. It’s so much fun, and so rewarding to watch them grow from sometimes shy, teensy little klutzes with short stubby legs to sturdy confident pre-teens who sprout legs and run thumping and banging around the house. All have been promptly adopted upon their return to the shelter.

Our first batch, all the way back in April, were Emmie, Cedric, and Benjamin.

Emmie and Cedric do their very best to look cute at the top of the cat condo.

Emmie and Cedric doing their best poses at the top of the cat condo.

Benjamin at the other end.

Benjamin at the other end.

Next we had two siblings, Abby and Avery, and an additional singleton for good measure, Bobbie Sox.

Abby and Avery, little sweethearts the both of them.

Abby and Avery, little sweethearts the both of them.

Avery coming, Bobbie Sox going. Or is it the other way around?

Avery coming, Bobbie Sox going. Or is it the other way around…

Group nap.

Group nap.

The next batch were a group of thee brothers. The DH named them when I was out of town at a quilt show. Ace, Jack, and King. Yes, named after the playing cards. I thought King was more for a horse, or a German shepherd, so we came up with Kingsley.

Their shelter intake photos were hilarious.

Their shelter intake photos were pretty hilarious.


They were teeny tiny when I got them, and pretty messy.

Ace's first day in foster.

Ace’s first day in foster.

I got them cleaned up, and they soon began to prosper being warm, fed, and cared for. They grew to sturdy little kittens and got snatched up by happy adopters.

Jack in the hobbit house.

Jack in the hobbit house.

Kingsley deciding if he wants to pounce on one of his brothers.

Kingsley deciding if he wants to pounce on one of his brothers.

Usually three at a time is our limit, but maybe once a year I agree to take a batch of four. That’s how we got Winifred, Moo, Cooper, and Tab Hunter.

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Tab Hunter was Daisy's BFFF (Best Feline Friend Forever).

Tab Hunter was Daisy’s BFFF (Best Feline Friend Forever).

Next up were some kittens from a larger litter. One of them was a runt, and the staff at the shelter asked me if I wanted to try. I said I would give it a whirl, so home they came with me.

You can see that Kip, in the front, is much smaller than the others.

You can see that Kip, in the front, is much smaller than the others.

Kittens can be runty for any number of reasons, and Kip gave us some worry at the beginning. He was not a good eater, and not very social either. He just acted like he didn’t feel good and didn’t want to be bothered. If you petted him, he wouldn’t object, but pretty soon he would just get up and move away. I fed him diluted wet food through a wide syringe like the shelter vet taught me, but still he was acting pretty puny. Finally we opened a can of low-sodium tuna in water, and that did the trick! He found his stomach, and learned that eating was good! After a couple cans of tuna, we transitioned him back to a regular kitten diet (tuna does not provide complete nutrition so it can only be a temporary thing).

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Jinjur, in the front, was a torbie.. that is, tortie and tabby. Jasper, back left, was a brown tabby, as was Kip. All fuzzy.

Jasper and Kip.

Jasper and Kip.

Because they were with us during warm weather, they could hang out on the cat-proofed back patio!

Because they were with us during warm weather, they could hang out on the cat-proofed back patio!

Eventually, as Kip felt better and better, he started to become more social, and got to the point where he would seek out my lap, enjoy being petted, and purr. That was a tremendous relief for me. Now for a shock.. I hate it when this happens… I took them in for their booster shots and was informed that Kip was a girl! Oy vey, he was given to me as a boy, and I never even checked!

When Kip was adopted, I believe the little girl named her Aria. :)

Next we had a brother-sister duo, two sweet brown mackerel tabbies.

Nikolai and Natasha.

Nikolai and Natasha.

The DH speaks Russian, and if you know your Russian literature you’ll remember that Nikolai and Natasha were brother and sister in War and Peace.

They enjoyed rollicking on the patio in a kitty conga line.

They enjoyed rollicking on the patio in a kitty conga line.

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Cat Toy.. glasses… DirecTV remote… same thing.

There was a whole lot of grooming going on with these two.

Daisy thinks kitten ears taste delicious.

Daisy thinks kitten ears taste delicious.

Even Max got in on the act.

Even Max got in on the act.

The next enrollees were two kittens from different litters, both smaller than their respective siblings and in need of a little foster time.

Maggie and Misty on leaf patrol!

Maggie and Misty on leaf patrol!

Shy little Misty was the smallest in a litter of 8 (that’s right, eight) pastel torties. Maggie was exactly the same size, a black-and-white “cow cat.” These girls got along instantly.

We sleeepy.

We sleeepy.

All tucked up.

All tucked up in minkee.

Bathrobes are gud.

Bathrobes are gud.

Big cat, little cat.

Big cat, little cat.

Once Misty and Maggie went back, kitten season was starting to wind down. The only kitty they had in need of foster was a scrappy little singleton. Usually I prefer to have 2 or 3, but in this case I took the little guy home with me.

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There’s a whole syndrome named after single kittens. What it boils down to is that when they don’t have other kittens around to tussle with and learn limits from, they tend to treat human hands like other kittens… bite, chomp, thrash, etc., without the benefit of the other kittens letting them know when they’re playing too hard. Eddie wasn’t such a hard case, and he learned to rein in his teeth after a few well-timed puffs of air in his face. He was a super cute little dude, full of personality, and we enjoyed him immensely. Eddie stayed with us a good 3 weeks as the only kitten. He loved Daisy to pieces.

Fun to play with like a kitten.

Fun to play with like a kitten.

Snuggles gud like other kittens.

Snuggles gud like other kittens.

Don't ask.

Don’t ask.

Finally another single kitten came in and I was able to bring her home to join Eddie in foster.

Kitty Bella.

Kitty Bella.


Bella was a fancy mostly-white calico. She was a sweet marshmallow of a girl, but when I brought her home, it was pretty hilarious. At first, Eddie in particular was none too happy to be introduced, and acted like it was a mortal affront that this other creature was breathing his air. I wasn’t worried, because I’ve seen this before. Within 3 days they totally got over it and you’d never guess they hadn’t known each other all their lives. Bella also took to Daisy.

Let's dream together...

Let’s dream together…

Last but not least, I took three from a litter of six.

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One of them had a rather rotund shape, which earned her the name Muffin. The black one, Pepper, has a coat that is actually what they call a black smoke… black at the ends and light gray underneath. The third one looks almost exactly like Muffin, except more slender. We call her Josie.

Daisy welcomes one of the tabbies.

Daisy welcomes one of the tabbies.

These three are still with us, spreading Christmas tree pine needles throughout the living room with gusto. They have been a delight to have… friendly, healthy lap cats. Two of them have already found a home! A family friend of one of the staff members at the shelter was looking to adopt two kittens. Kittens aren’t that common this time of year, so it was a perfect match! Pepper and Muffin will go to their new home just in time for the new year. I have no doubt that Josie will be snapped up immediately once she appears in Adoptables at the shelter.

Josie auditioning for calendar kitten.

Josie auditioning for calendar kitten.

Meowy Cwismis from Pepper and Muffin!

Meowy Cwismis from Pepper and Muffin!

'N loads of sisterly luv!

‘N loads of sisterly luv!

Happy holidays to you and yours,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

December 25, 2016

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The DH is picking up the turkey today. I’ve already been to the store to procure all of the traditional trimmings for the feast. The pumpkin bread is made, the cranberry sauce cooked. I’m feeling festive!

To celebrate Thanksgiving, the web store is having a sale now through Friday. You can holiday shop and save 20% off your entire order! Just use the coupon code HOLIDAY at checkout! Here’s the link: By Kay Mackenzie

There are many unique gift items available, so check it out! Perfect for stocking stuffers and lovely handcrafted goodies for your quilty and non-quilty friends alike.

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For years now I’ve started my Thanksgiving Day by making a big pan of spinach lasagna and delivering it to the animal shelter for the staff who work that day. The animals can’t take a day off from being cared for, so neither can the staff. The least I can do is feed them and make them feel a little cared for as well. Then I come home and start on the turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole with the french-fried onion rings. It’s always just my hubby and me, so we have lots of leftovers! Which we both agree is a good thing!

Wishing you a warm and wonderful day.

Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

November 23, 2016

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Welcome to All About Appliqué on this second day of the 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

I’m Kay Mackenzie, a designer and author in Santa Cruz, California. My website is By Kay Mackenzie, which has all of my books and patterns on it, plus select notions for the appliqué enthusiast. If this is your first time visiting my blog, I’m so glad you’re here! You’ll find a wealth of information about all kinds of appliqué here, so take your time clicking around the categories, and use the keyword search as well.

Here’s my block for Volume 14, “Little Falling Star.”

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When I sent the block in, I called it “Shooting Star,” because it’s traveling upwards. You could make it more of a falling star just by rotating it a quarter turn.

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And if you want to to travel the other way just reverse it from there.

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I used some beautiful batiks to make this version. You could also make it look very playful by using colorful prints. Here’s another version.

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You’ll notice that here I chose to leave out the inner trail and let the groovy flower print shine. :)

Of course, shooting or falling stars are really meteoroids, but it’s much more fun visually to render them as stars!

Hope you have fun with your star, and also enjoy the 99 other fantastic blocks in Volume 14. I already have my advance copy, and let me tell you, it is a feast for the eyes. If you’d like to win a copy, just leave a comment at the bottom of this post before noon California time on Friday, November 18.

(Remember that if you are subscribed by email, clicking “reply” will not enter you in the drawing. Click over to the blog itself on the internet to leave your comment at the bottom of the post. Thanks!!)

And don’t forget to start every day the rest of the week at Quilty Pleasures to take part in the blog hop.

Happy sitiching!

Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

November 15, 2016

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Volume 14 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks is about to come out. I have a block in there once again, and I’m participating in the blog hop that starts on Monday to celebrate!

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Starting Monday and continuing all week, start at the Quiltmaker blog Quilty Pleasures and they’ll provide links to all of the designers that are in the hop that day. Everywhere you go there will be chances to win a copy of the magazine, plus additional prizes. That’s a lot of chances!

My day is Tuesday, November 15, and I’ll show you my block. See you then!

By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

November 10, 2016

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Show & Tell!

There’s an outreach group within my quilt guild, The Allstar Quilters for Kids, who meet every two weeks and make cheery snuggle quilts for kids in need in our community. I’m sort of an honorary member; I don’t regularly attend the sew-ins, but I do try to support them however I can.

One of the members sent out a call for help making blocks for a quilt that will be used as a fundraiser for the group. I took a couple that had appliqué… because… well, you know :).

Here are my blocks, hot off the needle!

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They’re part of the Spring Garden Sampler Quilt designed by Lydia Quigley, offered as a block-of-the-month by many quilt shops. Here’s one, Stitchin’ Heaven.

Can’t wait to see the whole quilt! It will most likely be part of the quilt auction that takes place during our guild’s annual quilt show in February.

Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

October 5, 2016

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