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Amazing Women!

May 18th, 2007

I’m lucky to be surround by such great women in my life. Amazing. Talented. Giving. Inspiring.

A huge shout-out and whoooooooo - whoooo goes to my wonder twin Pam! Yeah, see that quilt… the quilt of a million pieces of fabric expertly sewn into a beautiful quilt? Click on the image to see a larger photo. Yup… that’s our Pam who made that quilt for Alex’s newest book. Alex you know, doesn’t just ask ANYONE to make a quilt! When you want the best, you want PamKittyMorning! I’m so proud of you Pam!!!! I bow before thee oh Great One.

And speaking of Pam… when Pam and Elizabeth went to Market (you HAVE to go to their blogs to go on “a tour of Spring Market” to read and see all about it!), Pam brought me home a little goodie. Ok, not little… it was a really big deal to me… Pam got for me the latest book by Darlene Zimmerman AND had Darlene sign it. HOW SWEET to be thinking of me (while I was home scrubbing the floors while all my friends were at the ball in Salt Lake City)!

QUILTING - THE COMPLETE GUIDE  by Darlene Zimmerman is a book that should be on every quilters bookshelf! From beginner to expert… it’s a must have! Nicely spiral bound for easy reading and following along. Beautifully worded and beautiful illustrations by Darlene’s daughter Rachel. Aside from the fact that it’s packed with helpful info and tutorials… it’s so darn cute!

My talented and dear friend Robin made these ADORABLE 4-patches for Mimi and I can’t wait to make them into a small doll quilt (and then put it in Calamity Kim’s new Doll Quilt CrAzY flickr pool). Or will it be Mimi who makes it? All are vintage fabrics and sewn into tiny little 2” four-patches. I was giddy with joy when Robin gave them to me. Robin, who is blogless (and shouldn’t be) is a fabulous quilter and one of the sweetest kindest people I know. Chances are if you’ve learned to quilt or hand quilt and live in SW Washington or NW Oregon… Robin has taught you!

A pioneer of women in business and designing is Ruby Short McKim. Ruby truly blazed the trail for women in publishing and design. She’s worth reading about if you’re unfamiliar with her. I think Ruby’s biggest fan is my dear friend Melinda. Melinda not only made me this darling celery crisper, but I think she made close to 30 more of these! Melinda just finished her term as our guild president (she was awesome) and she thanked so many members with a darling celery or lettuce crisper she made us from a vintage Ruby McKim pattern. Can you imagine! I’d be pooped after making just one (and formulating a new plan to make something faster). WOW and how BEAUTIFUL!

I don’t have a photo, but if you have a copy of The Mag in your hot little hands, you can see the stunning and beautiful machine quilting my dear sister-friend Karen did on my cherry quilt (and you can also see in the issue on the Make Your Point quilt pattern that Karen is offering a kit for sale - how cool to share pages with her!). I don’t know how she does it. Designing new fabric, writing books, running a successful quilt shop (as seen in BH&G’s Quilt Sampler Fall 2006 edition), volunteering, teaching classes, cook her Bob dinner, traveling (I’m exhausted just thinking about her busy life)… she has time to do something so nice and so beautiful for me.

Amazing women!

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21 Responses

  1. The fabulous Wende allegedly said:

    You do indeed seem to be blessed. :D

  2. The fabulous Michelle allegedly said:

    Wow, Pam is one amazing quilter. Love the vintage quilt blocks. I love the celery crisper - that is so cute! And I love all of the pictures with your beautiful quilts hanging in the background.

  3. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Gosh you make me blush! That photo in the catalog did make me want to SCREAM its so exciting. Almost as exciting as your MAGAZINE COVER my friend, like you’re just some hack amoung the quilting crowd! OMG. Glad you love the Darlene book, when I saw the demo on Checker’s blog I knew I had to get my behind over to get you one! Darling celery bag, Uh, like it will ever actually have celery in it. Won’t that get it dirty?

    I need to actually DO something now to get back in the blogging groove. Taking a few days off has made me lazy.

  4. The fabulous Kim Sherrod allegedly said:

    Monica- I am loving your Blog- your Quilts- your humor- it’s all wonderful! I went to see pamkittymorning and the late Bloomer and added them to the old SB..so many Blogs so little time…I hope they invent the never sleep pill soon so that I can stop wasting time with that and just sew and read blogs 24/7!!! Mimi’s little aqua and red number is gonna shine! Thanks for the shout out about the new Group- it has some incredible quilts already!! Yippee!!!!!

  5. The fabulous Michelle allegedly said:

    Now, I really have to know - does keeping lettuce and celery in muslin really keep it crisp? If you try it, please let me know.

  6. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Yea, I feel really honored to be involved with you chicks. I feel like the groupie! :) Love those little tiny 4 patches. I’ve been sewing all day. My project will be finished soon and posted!! I’m pretty excited, as it’s actually turning out! :)

  7. The fabulous Wende allegedly said:

    Speaking of surrounded… we need to have craft night soon so we can see your quilt cover in person. :D You know, rub shoulders with greatness, drink a little vino and hopefully, the paparazzi won’t catch any of us without our knickers on! :D

  8. The fabulous Cottage Magpie allegedly said:

    Wow! I am feeling a little lightheaded having a little bloggy part in all this amazing, awesome celebrity coolness! You guys all ROCK!!!! I’m heading off to all the places you mentioned to get more of youse alls glitter to rub off on me. So cool! :-)

  9. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    Very talented indeed! And so are you, Monica. Finally got a copy of the mag with your quilt on the cover. If I could just find a way to get an autograph from “the famous quilter”…Any idea?

    Love Darlene Zimmeman’s books! So thoughtful of Pam…She rocks, doesn’t she?

    BTW, I’m tagging you and Mimi to list 7 weird things about you. Then you get to tag 7 people to do the same. Hopefully, you’ll play along. Would love to know how weird you are. lol! Both of you!

  10. The fabulous ~ robyn allegedly said:

    My 22 yr old DD called this week to tell me she wants to learn to quilt!! I got to visit with her last week (we are 11 hours apart) and she has her torn and tattered baby quilt hanging on her living room wall. Boy I sew and quilt much better than I did 23 years ago! Anyhoo…the Darlene Zimmerman book looks like it would be a good one to get her dontcha think?

  11. The fabulous katie allegedly said:

    Thanks for all the quilting ideas! I’m getting ready to start my very first quilt for a dear friend who is sick. I’ll be sure to check out that book. It sounds terrific!

  12. The fabulous Monica allegedly said:

    There’s a little blurb on the Ruby McKim website about the celery bag (aka “ICEBOX BAGS“… how cool is that!). Circa 1930. Way cool.

    As for me… I don’t want my celery bag to get icky (even though it’s PERFECT for Romaine lettuce). And Pam has me nailed… no celery in my house! My bag it definitely getting hung in my kitchen, and more than likely bags of Cheez-It’s will fill it!

    I’ll let you know Michelle if my Cheez-It’s stay fresh and crisp!

  13. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    I’ve enjoyed Pam’s blog for a while now, but so far just a s a lurker. I guess I should introduce myself!
    I finally got my hands on a copy of the magazine ;-) Your quilt is great and Karen’s quilting is indeed lovely. I generally handquilt, but I also have a b line home quilting system so I’m working on my machine quilting, but not very successfully!
    How does it feel to see your quilt and name in print?

  14. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    Love Darlene Zimmerman!!! Can’t get enough of her things. Thanks for the great pictures. I’m loving this blog stuff.

  15. The fabulous robin allegedly said:

    you are making me blush…
    Congrats on the cover quilt. You are so talented I’m sure there will be many more. Thanks for the autograph.

  16. The fabulous Pieces allegedly said:

    The little squares are so adorable. I want to sneak in and steal them. Now. This whole post just makes me WANT.

    I finally got a copy of the mag. I felt famous as I stared at the cover. I told my husband as I pointed to your quilt–I read her blog! He was suitably impressed. :)

  17. The fabulous Patti allegedly said:

    Oh I agree - Robin should definitely not be blog-less. with her life right now, however, she hardly has time to turn around. What wonderful 4-patches she made you! I read about all the things you ladies do and the fun you have at your guild and the shop and I’m so jealous - I want to join in too! When I get to retire - 404 more days now! - I going to start coming around up there, taking clases and doing retreats, etc. so I can get to meet you in person.

    I know the mag is now at our B&N - a little bird told me - so I’m going to head over there after work to pick myself up a copy. I can hardly wait!

  18. The fabulous Connie allegedly said:

    My magazine arrived - ‘Quilts and More’ - and I found you in there! Yaaaay for you! It’s so great and I want to make a quilt from your design. I have stacks of those charms in so many, many fabrics so now I have another use for them!

  19. The fabulous the wine makers wife allegedly said:

    Quilts and more rocks, I’m getting a subscription and People like Pam an You are mking their issues sell. Fantastic!!!!!

  20. The fabulous Suzie Sews allegedly said:

    WOW, I have found you, for the last month I have kept hearing about you from blogs and even on a podcast, WOW..again, I now know why. Your blog is amazing.
    SUzie Sews (UK)

  21. The fabulous missy allegedly said:

    Hey Monica! Do you do tags? I tagged you to post your to do list :)

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