Got a couple months now with no shows. I consider this type of stretch a hiatus, and I make a long list of things to work on. Things get done and crossed of the list (I’m a scribbler), then more stuff gets added on, it’s always a work in progress, and it ends up looking like this.

Good progress!!

One of the things on my list was to publish Spice Pinks. I wrote about this project back in April, when the May/June issue of Quiltmaker came out.

Spice Pinks is an old block that I first saw 25 years ago when I signed up for my Beginning Quilting class. It was included in the sampler we were going to make, and I was captivated. When I started the class, I was slightly disappointed to find out that another block had been substituted. But I never forgot Spice Pinks, and here’s my version of it!

A little appliqué reimagining eliminates curved piecing, and a non-traditional palette gives it a modern zing. Of course you can make it with any colors you like!

If you missed it in the magazine, the pattern is now available on my website, on the Patterns page.

More stuff to come from The List!

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

I’m doing a fun new thing this Friday! Here’s the news release:

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Please join us for Third Fridays • Capitola Mall Walking Art Tour on Friday, July 17th, 5:30 – 8:30pm!

Third Fridays • Capitola Mall is a free indoor walking art tour and sale, brought to you by the Regional Artistans Association. Tour the stores and venues at the mall as they host an evening with local artists and their work, celebrating the creative culture of Santa Cruz County.

During the event, see the Next Stage Players perform their “Home of the Free and the Brave” musical review and taste the wines of 27th Parallel Winery! Snacks will also be provided. Have your passport stamped at each artist location and become eligible to win prizes!

Stroll, admire, sip, munch, shop. This Friday, July 17, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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If you know the mall, I’ll be set up in the old Radio Shack. I’m bringing decorative wall quilts for sale as well as some other small items. Hope to see you there! This should be fun!

Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

An amazing, amazing appliqué icon is the latest to be inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame.

So lovely. Do you recognize whose work this is? Click on over to the Martingale blog Stitch This to read all about it!

In other news, I received a message from the Road to California show that class registration for 2016 opens tomorrow morning. If you’re planning on attending this fantastic show and convention, jump on it so you don’t miss out on registering for your favorite class or event.

More news on a local Santa Cruz event coming up!

Until then,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

At the recent Seven Sisters Quilt Show in San Luis Obispo, California, I was met with a delightful surprise!

The board members of the Central Coast Quilters have been busy!! Close to a year ago, they contacted me to ask permission to use the designs from Teapots to Appliqué for a fundraiser opportunity quilt for their guild. I told them I would be delighted.

As it happened, the quilt was hung directly next to my booth! All weekend long I was treated to the admiring comments of passersby and those who bought tickets for a chance to win. I almost got a swelled head, but really, it was the fabulous creative work and design of the board members who pulled off this wonderful quilt.

Teacups danced around the borders. And notice how teabag labels were scanned and used for the sashing posts! What a great idea!

Thank you, Central Coast Quilters, for choosing my designs for your opportunity quilt. I hope it raises lots of funds for your good works.

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