June 29, 2010

I was just in Reno, Nevada for the Quilting, Stitches and Crafts Expo at the Grand Sierra Resort. As I was touring the show floor, I was drawn with a strong magnetic attraction to this gorgeous Princess Feather quilt.


It’s the 2011 Opportunity Quilt for the Foothill Quilters Guild of Auburn, California. They call it “Prince’s Plume.”



Many hands went into the making of this beautiful quilt.


For more information about the guild or this amazing opportunity quilt, contact the Foothill Quilters through their website, www.foothillquilters.org.

I made a new friend at the show! Knitting designer Lorna Miser, author of Faith, Love, Hope, Knitting was just across the aisle from me.

Lorna Miser

Lorna Miser

She had luscious loops, skeins, and twists of hand-dyed yarns, as well as cute knitted items like bags and footie socks.

Lorna has a new book coming out in November, The Knitter’s Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarn.


My neighbor to the left was an old friend, Dee Lampson of Dee’s Designs. From her I purchased The Most Cute Jumper in the World.



This one had me written all over it. Dee makes jumpers, overalls, separates, and two-piece outfits from her own original patterns, using beautiful high-quality fabrics like we see in our independent quilt shops. Look for Dee at fine art and gift shows, quilting and sewing expos. She specializes in custom sizing, no size is too small or too large. Contact her at “deesdesigns1 (at) sbcglocal.net” if you need one of her designs.


I can’t tell you what a delight it is to see Dee’s creations after all the dreadful things that are offered to us at the mall.

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


9 Responses to “Princess Feathers”

  1. Toddy on June 30th, 2010 5:14 am

    Love the jumpers, dose she do patterns?

  2. Kay on June 30th, 2010 5:18 am

    Nope! You’ll just have to let her do all the work. :).

  3. Mariana on June 30th, 2010 9:39 am

    Hi, Kay!
    My name is Mariana and I have your book called “Easy Aplliqué Blocks”. It`s perfect! I already did some projects with the designs that are there and they were gorgeous.
    I loved the appliquè in this post! Needle turn is my favorite technique.
    Thanks a lot for sharing with us your experiences!

  4. Kathleen C on June 30th, 2010 3:53 pm

    This Princess Feather is beautiful; thank you for sharing the photo. Coincidentally, I am doing a one-block (24″ x 24″ block) Princess Feather wall quilt and a simple swag border. It’s inspired by a pattern by Gwen Marston, in Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts Magazine, c. 1988.
    I always enjoy your blog. Thanks!

  5. anna on July 1st, 2010 1:40 am

    princess feathers is beautiful….

  6. Kay on July 1st, 2010 8:58 am

    Mariana, I’m delighted to hear that you have my book and that the blocks are turning into projects! Don’t forget the Flickr group… I’d love it if you posted some pictures there. Just look in the right-hand sidebar for the link.

    Kathleen, ditto for your Princess Feather wall quilt!! Gwen Marston is a hoot, I’ve taken a workshop with her and what a lovely spirit she has.

    Anna, thanks for your nice words about the guild quilt, and thanks to all three for reading my blog!

  7. Mariana on July 1st, 2010 9:48 am

    Hi, Kay!
    Thanks for you answer!
    I posted in Appliquè Flickr Group two photos about some projects I did using your patterns.
    I hope you like it!
    Kisses a lot,

  8. Kay on July 1st, 2010 10:11 am

    Mari, they’re beautiful!! Thank you so much for letting us see them!

  9. Kathryn Shaw on December 23rd, 2016 12:54 am

    I love your applique!

    I purchased several of Dee’s overalls for my mother several years ago in Pleasanton CA at a craft fair. However, I’m no longer able to find her items. Do you have a current contact for her?

    I tried the one listed above deesdesigns1@sbcglocal.net and it was returned.

    Thanks for your help.