What we did on Friday

Well, I tried out the new Rowan thread in some machine quilting:

I stitched with Deep Violet (color 0366) from Kaffe’s Circus color grouping (on the right).

I used a size 80/12 Microtex needle (my standard for piecing and 50 wt. thread in general). I am very pleased with the results. The thread behaved beautifully and I like the stitch definition. This is a small piece of quilting that will be used as part of a little bag, so I have no real concerns about the thread being able to stand up to wear and tear — it really shouldn’t get much stress in a little bag. I’m very pleased. Of course, the color — LOVELY! It goes really well here with one of the new Philip Jacobs prints (might I add, yum).

In sum, two thumbs way up on the quality as well as the colors! I like it so much, I may have ordered the Stones color set… ahem. Well, I have a pastel-y Kaffe quilt planned. I have a few more little quiltings to do for bags and I’m looking forward to using some of the other colors.

If you hurry on over to Jackie’s shop, she has both the Circus set and the Stones set. Yes, I left you one of the Stones sets.

“We” also did this today:

Owl mania continues. I saw the sock owl tutorial over at the Stash Books blog. In the hoot of an owl, someone was digging in my recycle-able sock bin and we began cutting. And then I finished the cutting since we only had ONE of these precious polka dotted socks and couldn’t risk going awry with the scissors. So then we started sewing, and, well, somehow there were some tangled overcast stitches. So I finished part of the sewing. And then someone packed off and went to the lake for the weekend. And I sat still and finished the sock owl (all hand stitched using yesterday’s lovely Molnlycke thread, dontcha know). Now the owl can fly along to the lake for a visit while I stay here and work. Say, this all doesn’t quite sound right to me. Does it to you?


Hey, have you seen Felicity Miller’s new fabric? Gypsy:

Be still, my heart! I saw a little flyer for it, was quite intrigued and, what do you know, it’s available now. Gosh, it’s wonderful — funky, eclectic. The yellow and green is killing me, er, um, you can’t see them very well in that pic though…

But I do so love this little gem:

I realized that I have some duplicate prints in the fat quarter packs I ordered. Methinks I need to track down the “missing” pieces so my little collection is complete. And then I’ll think about what to do with it. I can certainly dream in the meantime though.

I hope you have something to swoon over this weekend!



  1. pratima said

    What an adorable polka dot owl… couldn’t be cuter!
    Thank you for the review on the threads… your quilting is scrumptious and so are those sparkling new fabrics!
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Stephanie said

    As soon as Jackie did her post I ran over and ordered the box of threads. Spotted sock? A spotted owl??? CUTE!

  3. kathy said

    your owl is adorable!

  4. Carla said

    Oh, Amy! That Gypsey fabric is some of the prettiest I have seen. I’m going to have to go hunt for it. Where did you buy your FQ pack?

  5. You’re right – the quilting stitches look fantastic!!! The thread seems perfect.
    What a great post. LOVE the sock owl. Monkey’s are so last year.

  6. jmbmommy said

    YOu always pick the best one out of the bunch… I am in love with that polka dot thistle! MUST FIND IT NOW!

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