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,


Look at these wonderful flowers designed by my buddy Cathy Van Bruggen and executed beautifully by Linda Aydelott. This quilt was hanging in the Sierra Quilt Guild show in Sonora that I just came back from.

My Love of Appliqué & Flowers by Linda Aydelott

I also loved this quilt. Those are totally my colors.

Morning Glories by Ann Carr

Two days at home, then up the road again to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California, for the Quilt, Craft, & Sewing Expo. It’s a Thursday through Saturday show, three days of fun with all kinds of sewing and crafting stuff.

Here’s a coupon for free admission! (I think you may still have to pay to park).

It’s the same weekend as Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery in nearby Livermore, so why not swing by both? A twofer!

Hope to see you this weekend!

By Kay Mackenzie

Hot off the presses!


Sew the Perfect Gift: 25 Handmade Projects from Top Designers just came out a week ago. I guess I have received a promotion to “top designer” because one of the projects is mine! :)

Awhile back, when Martingale put out the call to its authors to contribute a project to a book idea that they had for making gifts, I didn’t let the sun set on the opportunity.

The teapot idea came to me right away when I thought about sewing a gift. You may know that I’ve designed a number of teapot patterns, and I’ve often heard quilters say that they’re inspired to make something special for a friend who collects teapots.

Time for Tea, Have a Cup With Me

Time for Tea, Have a Cup With Me

Here’s my project from the book. It’s a little guy, 14″ x 9″, hung up with rickrack for a little extra touch. The caption says, “Include it with a gift of your time; brew a pot of tea, sit down, and have a long chat with your friend.” That was my thought about making something for somebody you care about.

Here are some more exceedingly cute things from the book.

tic-tac-toeTic-Tac-Toe for Ewe from Cheryl Almgren Taylor.

little-wool-bagsLittle Wool Bags from Karen Clifton.

parsons-chairElegant Parsons Chair Dressing from Avis Shirer.

Sew the Perfect Gift is this month’s prize, thanks to That Patchwork Place! If you’d like to win a copy of this brand-new book, leave a comment here by 7:00 p.m. California time on Wednesday, October 5.

Open to U.S. and Canada shipping addresses only. Remember that if you are subscribed by email, replying to the email won’t get you in the drawing. Instead, click the title of the post and you will be taken to the blog itself. Leave your comment at the bottom of the post.

Good luck! If you don’t win the drawing, I put the book up on my website and you can order a copy there.

By Kay Mackenzie