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.




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.

By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop


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.”


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.


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


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.

shooting star

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!

By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

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!


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