Another Hectic Week Gone

It was another crazy week. I don’t know where all the time went. But it’s the weekend with just one week until Christmas and I’m enjoying some free time.

I didn’t get any sewing done at all this week. I feel like I didn’t have the time. Part of the reason is that I have visitors again. These two hooligans showed up on Tuesday after work.

They’re really good boys. They get along really with Bender and Rico and my boys just accept them in the house. And they’re pretty easy to take care of. But I have twice the number of dogs in my house that I usually do. So there’s extra work and effort involved.

They will be here until Monday evening.

The end of the calendar year is a really hectic time if you’re a fundraiser. So I’ve been swamped at work. The rest of December will only get worse. Luckily, we get a bit of a reprieve after the first of the year. I’ll probably take a couple days off. And my friend who visited last September is planning another trip in February. So that’s something to look forward to.

So with all that… not much sewing has been happening. But there has been fabric. My friend called me last weekend to let me know one of her local stores was liquidating all their KFC fabrics so everything they had was half off. She sent me photos and I had her pick up a few pieces for me. I was a little disappointed I didn’t see anything I thought I needed for a backing. A half off sale is a great time to purchase fabric for quilt backs. These fabrics will arrive on my door step on Monday.

Some really exciting fabric stuff happened today. Many months ago I pre-ordered some fabric from the Kaffe Fabulous at 85 collection and it finally arrived in shops last week. The collection is all rebooted out-of-print Kaffe designs. I didn’t buy everything from the collection, but I bought enough.

I typically buy half yards when I’m stash building. But these fabrics will only be on the market this one time. So I bought a yard of each. And I know I’ll want more of some of them and will regret not having more.

I mean… look at this!!!

And this…

That photo shows the entire yard of fabric, so you can see how big the scale of the design is.

And speaking of scale… this photo shows one of the original Kaffe oriental trees in green, and the new blue version from this collection. The scale of the new print is much larger.

And now I’m wondering if all these fabrics are at a larger scale than the original designs. I don’t remember hearing anything about it. Maybe I missed it.

It’s a quiet night here at my house. I have four dogs who are all sleeping soundly so I’m laying back and having a quiet night myself. Tomorrow morning I’ll go and play pickleball and try not to freeze my ass off. Then I’ll come home and start finalizing my menu for Christmas Eve dinner. I’m making some bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with a really good Waldorf coleslaw that I make often. It will work really well with the pork. I’m going to make a really yummy lemon cake for dessert. Now I just need to decide on another side and a veggie. I’ll share my recipes later once I get everything planned.

And here’s these knuckleheads making themselves comfortable on my new quilt!

48 Replies to “Another Hectic Week Gone”

  1. Hi Anne
    Know how hectic the end of the year can be! I’m so glad that you’ll be sharing your recipes. The bacon wrapped pork and Waldorf coleslaw sound yummy.
    I received some of the new Kaffe fabric also. Love the blue Oriental trees! And the contrast fabulous sprays! Gorgeous!
    Enjoy the next week! And have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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  2. Love your chatty emails. Having four x four 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾 in the house keeps you busy.
    Love the Kaffe 85 collection. I must look out for them in NZ.
    Have a very restful & cherry Christmas
    Denise

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  3. This time of the year I think we all start to wind down some, that’s just how I feel right now especially with the heat here in Auckland. It’s good to see your new fabrics, I have some on the way but thankfully I ordered two yards of the four Persian Vase and same of the Sprays, they’re beautiful.

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    1. the turquoise Persian vase fabric is really amazing. Probably my favorite color way of that. Lots of gorgeous fabrics!

      Stay cool! I’m happy the sun is coming back up to the northern hemisphere now!

      Anne

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  4. Hi,

    The new Kaffe Fassett collection is fantastic, I will buy these fabrics with flowers.

    Would you please tell me the name of the store that is selling out the KFC fabrics and if they are selling on internet?

    By the way I would like to thank you for your posts, they give me a lot of inspiration and new ideas.

    Greetings from Luxembourg,

    Marie-Paule

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    1. the store that’s selling out their KFC fabrics is in Salt Lake City and doesn’t have a web site.

      Hancocks of Paducah is having a good sale on KFC fabrics right now. you can find them with a Google search.

      thanks for reading!

      Anne

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      1. Hello Anne,

        Thank you for your answer. I got emails from Hancocks of Paducah but I unsubscribed them. I wanted to order but they asked 180$ for shipping, others ask 40$. That’s too much.

        Greetings,

        Marie-Paule

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  5. Hello Anne , greetings from florida , I follow and read your blogs and are amazed by all the sewing you do! So don’t beat yourself up ,those two “guests” are adorable btw, I’ve been in a funk myself so you are my go to gal for inspiration we have a couple of days of a cool snap ,which I love so I’m sitting in front of my machine and it’s calling me. I think I am going to make another one of your Franken bags and I recall you had a bucket hat tutorial ,? Could you tell me where you got the pattern? Anyhoo, hope you and your guests have a great time and Merry Christmas ,
    Kelly r.

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  6. Your little house guests are so cute!! I like your choice of KF fabrics, nice find.
    I’m glad you are sharing your recipes especially for the salad, I would make that one for myself.
    Wishing you and your fur boys a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2023.
    Doreen

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  7. Gosh the cuteness is kind of overwhelming right now. Awwww.
    I too think there will need to be additional yardage purchased.
    Yes please for the recipe on Waldorf coleslaw. Sounds yummy. Don’t get run down these last few weeks of December. Careful on the cold pickleball court.

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    1. they don’t get to be not that quilt very often. I put a sheet over it ever night so it stays clean. But I’m still using it and they’re on it… just a nice layer between them and my quilt!

      happy holidays!

      anne

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  8. I was wondering about the scale of the Kaffe 85 fabrics. I still have yardage of the original prints so I only ordered a stack of 10″ squares so I can see if I need any of the new yardage. They should be here tomorrow.

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  9. Anne,I’ve been missing your posts, so glad to hear from you again.I’m in desperate need of organizing my sewing room and have something for you, if you’re interested.  Don’t get too excited … it’s only 1 yard of Aboriginal fabric.  In a weak moment a decade+ in the past, I just had to have this colorful fabric.  After such a long time, it’s clear I’ll never use it, but I thought you might be able to add it to your collection.  I’d like to gift it to you by mail after the new year.  If you’re interested, please send me a good address.Diane HouckSent via the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G, an AT&T 5G smartphone

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  10. I love your new quilt and the adornments on the quilt. I also am stocking some Kaffe fabric in half yard segments. I have several that I have as favorites and should order more of them before they go out of print. I have a lot of company coming for the holiday so I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year now.

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  11. The quilt on your bed led me to cut into my Kaffe for the first time! Mine is blues/greens, made all the blocks yesterday, assembly today, quilt tomorrow & gift for Christmas! I’m thrilled – all the patterns tend to overwhelm me but this works! Thanks for the inspiration .

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    1. I’m so glad you’ve cut your fabric!!! I used to be hesitant to cut my fabric, but how I can’t wait to cut it up!!!

      that’s a fast quilt… to have it done and ready to give away for Christmas. Pretty impressive! It takes me years to finish a quilt!

      Anne

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  12. Love the new Kaffe at 85 fabric. I’ll need to order some. Where did you get yours? Love the dogs on your new quilt and love the quilt. Merry Christmas and try to get some rest. Can’t wait for your recipes. The lemon cake sounds wonderful. I’ll take lemon over chocolate anyway.

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  13. I am so excited! I just finished a large tote bag to take to Hawaii! I followed your directions – Frankenbag with zipper placket. The lining has a pocket on each side- one is a welt zipper and the other with a simpler zip. It took me many readings going over and over, but it all worked just like you said! Now I am familiar with all the steps I can’t wait until I make another! However I just used Hawaiian fabric, so no KBC pieces! In fact I don’t own any, but have tons of batik. The next one will have to wait until march when we come home.
    The one thing that confused me was I am used to doing the final assembly of a bag with the lining wsf and placing the bag rsf into the lining, the lining acting like a pillow case. After reading your tutorial on making a bag it finally became clear, so I followed your method. Would it make any difference?
    Anyway, love your blogs and all your beautiful work!!
    Janis

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    1. It doesn’t matter if you use your method for sewing the final seam at the top. I just like putting the lining inside the bag because it’s more flexible and scrunches down easier to fit into that space. there’s no reason not to do it the way you did if you like to do it that way.

      All those zippers and plackets will get easier with each bag you make.

      Anne

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