In Sonora over the weekend, Susan Florez mentioned to me that she had a dollhouse quilt in the show. I went to take a look, and OMG!

Pocket Dollhouse Quilt by Susan Florez

What a dollhouse wonderland! It’s the kind of quilt where you just stand there and look at every square inch of it, discovering delightful details at every turn.

The sewing room.

The kitchen.

The sweet girly bedroom. Wish mine looked like that.

I loved this little domestic microcosm. Here are links to the information on the label.

Designed by Jan Leifson for The Apron Lady Designs and purchased at Bearly Quilting (in Sonora).

What lucky kids!! Congratulations, Susan, on a true heirloom.

This weekend, I’ll be in Brentwood (the one in northern California, not the one near UCLA) for the Delta Quilters show.

Back one day, then headed to Palm Springs for the brand-new Quiltfest Oasis, put on by the same folks as PIQF.

See you when I’ve got time to breathe! :)
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

Each month we feature and give away a beautiful appliqué book. Let’s have some followup! I’d love to see what the lucky winners have been doing with their prizes.

If you’ve won one of the monthly drawings (you know who you are), please send me a photo of a something you’ve made that was inspired by your prize, and tell me a little bit about it.

I’m at kay at kaymackenzie dot com. If you’ve made something using one of my designs, that counts too!

This will be fun. :)

If you live near gold country, hope to see you this weekend at the Sierra Quilt Guild Show in Sonora.

Until next time,
Kay

All the lights are green once again, and we’re connected back up to the interweb. It was only mildly traumatic for my husband this time, having gone through it once before when we unexpectedly lost our DSL line. It was bitter, but he lived through it that time, so he knew he could do it again.

On another topic:

Retro Clean to the rescue again!

Somewhere in my journeys I picked up this cute vintage rooster towel. It had a stain on it, but I wasn’t worried about that.

I got out my trust Retro Clean!

Now I must admit that the spot didn’t come out completely the first time. Since it was not a pressing matter, I set the towel aside to give it another whirl next time I had some other things to soak.

This time I left it the whole two days, and voila!

Beautiful!

Here’s the first post I did about Retro Clean.

Thanks you so much Mindy and Larry for inventing this product!

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

Our interweb is down for a few days. My number one suspect… cat hair.

Even the Uverse can be brought down by cat hair.

The red light of doom.

See that red light? That’s not good.

Our winner from the drawing for Animal Parade is No. 9, Patricia! Congratulations, and enjoy all those adorable animals!

Until next time, when all the lights are green,

Kay

This month, with many thanks to Martingale, we have Cheri Leffler’s Animal Parade.


The subtitle of this charmer is “Adorable Appliqué Quilt Patterns for Babies.” I’d say, anyone young at heart would also qualify!

Cheri begins by presenting instructions for her favorite method of needle-turn appliqué using an overlay for placement. For those who prefer machine work, she also gives a quick overview of fusible appliqué. A little lexicon of embroidery stitches rounds out the method section.

Feeling Sheepy by Cheri Leffler, quilted by Vonnie Maglinte

In this book you’ll find quilts featuring cheerful frogs, floating duckies, happy monkeys, wise owls, rollicking foxes, playful penguins, swimming sea creatures, tree-hugging koala bears, long-necked giraffes, and fluffy lambs! A whole menagerie of cuteness! Each quilt design features the animals set against a sweet and simple pieced background.

Kits 'n Caboodle by Cheri Leffler, quilted by Vonnie Maglinte

You can see the koalas peeking out at the foxes.

The appliqué patterns are printed full size and… bonus… the book includes a pullout section for the designs that are too large to fit on a page. Excellent!

A Penguin Playdate by Cheri Leffler, quilted by Vonnie Maglinte

If you’d like a chance to win this delightful book of youthful quilts, please leave a comment here on this post by 7:00 p.m. California time on Friday, September 5.

Open to U.S. mailing addresses only, and please resist the temptation to click “reply” to your email feed. To enter the drawing, come to the blog on the internet and leave your comment at the bottom of the post.

Good luck everyone!
See you then,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie