September 8, 2009

I’m working on a new appliqué book! The design work is mostly done and in a couple days I’ll be ready to start the stitching.

With any book project, there are parts that are delicious fun and other parts that, well, just need to be done. I try not to do all the fun parts first, making myself do some of the grunt work along the way. I did already indulge, however, in one of the delicious-fun parts.

Let’s just say that this new collection of designs presents opportunities for using tiny trims, buttons and bows, frills and lace, beads and embroidery, etc. I went to Beverly’s, a fabric and craft store, and walked the aisles collecting those items that caught my fancy the most. I also spent a good hour plundering my studio for anything I had squirreled away in various nooks and crannies at earlier points in my quilting career. That was jolly good fun.


All of it went into a project box to await its destiny. The trims are optional, and probably only a fraction of them will end up on blocks, but it was good vicarious fun for me, this rummaging and collecting and feeling excited about the possibilities.

As a kid, I was not a girly girl. My sister and I ran all over our semi-rural neighborhood and my mother would just ring the supper bell when she wanted us to come home.


Momma wrote on the back of this, “Anne (near), Kay (far) fishing.” I grew up with a fishing pole in my hand. I can remember that neighborhood lake and sitting on the bank waiting for the cork to bob like it was yesterday.

lunchbox.gifLunch break!

tomboy.gifMy favorite striped tee shirt, with a plaid shirt… and… are those patches on the knees? Can you say tomboy? My dad took us to the barbershop for cereal-bowl haircuts, which may have added to the general effect.

But the following picture serves up proof that I did own a dress, and I had a doll. There’s your clue to the theme of the new design collection.


Check out that groovy 50s sofa fabric. I seem to remember the swirls were orange and brown. And those great legs! What happened?

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


7 Responses to “New book project!”

  1. Mary on Lake Pulaski on September 8th, 2009 8:01 pm

    New applique book with embellishments? Sounds wonderful Kay!

  2. Barb Rohrmayr on September 9th, 2009 1:37 pm

    My youth was also spent running through forests and sailing and fishing on the bay off Lake Ontario. Part of me misses those days but they sure did form who I turned out to be. Great memories. BarbR

  3. Kelly Ann on September 9th, 2009 3:56 pm

    OMG…you didn’t even mention the cute little Peter Pan shoes in the last picture…I love them!!!

  4. Susan Brubaker Knapp on September 11th, 2009 7:36 pm

    These are the most wonderful old photos! So cute. I had sneakers just like the ones in your lunch photo.

  5. Kendra on October 15th, 2009 2:12 pm

    beautiful photos, makes me nostalgic for my own fishing hole as a kid. Your site is great.

  6. Maria Peagler on March 17th, 2010 4:57 am

    I somehow missed this post until I did the interview with you and I absolutely love those black & white photos. What nostalgic times!

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