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Spode

Camilla Pink by Spode

OK, this post has nothing to do with applique…but, it is still something near and dear to my heart.  Since the 70s I’ve been collecting Spode china in one form or another.  The most recent collection was a tea service of Camilla Pink (photographed at right).  And, with as many trips to England as I’ve taken I’ve had the opportunity to visit the Church Street factory many, many times.  It was always a highlight on my trips, and many times I had huge boxes of china shipped home to me.

Well, that’s not to be any more.  I was checking out possible Spode factory tours for my travelling companions only to find out that the factory has been sold off, and what little bit remains of the name has been moved to a new location under the umbrella of the Portmeirion  Potteries.   And, my Camilla Pink is no longer being produced.

 So, what’s the big deal….well, Spode was one of the last remaining English potteries that stood on their original grounds.  (That means since the 1700s!)  Over the years I saw manufacturer after manufacturer close shop, but Spode was always there.  I have been heartsick ever since learning the news.  And, I think the main reason for all this sense of loss is that it’s just one more craft that has fallen by the wayside of cost containment and mass production.   

So, dear readers…don’t let this happen to our beloved quilting industry.  Go out and buy some fabric.  You have my permission.

–Penny

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And the winner is…..

OK, I know I’m late…but, drumroll…..the winner is Kathie (or post 1) for the calendar.   I *still* don’t seem to be able to figure out how to add the random number generator widget to my post, but you’ll have to trust me on it. 

If anyone knows how to do it in WordPress…please advise me.

–Penny

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A Calendar Giveaway

2010 IMQA Calendar

I’ve been bad about posting this week, so I do apologize.  But, I realized last night that I have an extra 2010 calendar that I’d like to give as a little giveaway over this holiday weekend. 

Now, you might think…I don’t need a calendar…I have a calendar.  And, after all, we’re already into February.  But, this one is special because it includes one of my quilts, My 6th Grade Shoes, which I spoke about in an earlier post.   Ronda Beyer (rondabeyer.wordpress.com) is the amazing quilter who transformed my top into something really special.    (Actually, she gets more press in the calendar than I do…but, then it’s a calendar for machine quilting.  Makes sense.)  Issued by the International Machine Quilters Association (www.imqa.org/) , this calendar is a wonderful showcase of the work of the best machine quilters around and a real feast for the eyes. 

So, I’m not going to make you work *too* terribly hard for an opportunity to win.   Just post a short message telling us a small anecdote about using a machine quilter and I’ll draw a lucky number on the 15th of February.  I’m sure we will all enjoy the stories; good and bad. 

Good luck!

–Penny

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Update on Tile Quilt Book

The Tile Quilt Revival by Finely/Jones

I have an announcement for those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area this coming weekend.  This Saturday there will be a book signing for the new book Tile Quilt Revival by C&T Publishing.  One of the authors, Bobbi Finley, will be at the Prairie Queens quilt shop (www.prairiequeensquilts.com) Saturday, February 6th from 10 – 2’ish to sign her new book co-authored with Carol Gilham Jones.

So, if you’re out and about…come by Prairie Queens and tell ’em that Penny sent you.  Did I mention that they will have snacks?

–Penny

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Birdsong

Birdsong

Shameless Plug Alert…..

The Prairie Queens Quilt Shop (www.prairiequeensquilts.com) in San Jose, CA will again be hosting their open house for the new teaching schedule this coming Saturday, February 6th.  If you’re in the area, it’s a must-do event.  Not only do you get to see all the new quilt classes that will be available for the next six months and shop for the latest fabrics, but in many cases you’ll be able to meet the teachers.   (And, did I mention that there are great snacks!)

Unfortunately, this event conflicts with the Annual Applique  Goddesses Retreat so I cannot be there.  But, do drop by and say hi to the other teachers, including Keiko, Nancy & Dolores, Mary B, April, Debbie, and the rest of the gang.  And, if you’re interested in taking a blended quilt class, I will be teaching Birdsong (see the picture above)  in  April/May, as well as a beginning binding class in June.

Birdsong was a small blended quilt project that I put together as a teaching piece.  I dug deep into my precious fabric stash and make it almost entirely with Yuwa fabrics.  There is just one non-Yuwa piece that is from Quilt Gate.   It was beautifully quilted by Ronda Beyer of rondabeyer.wordpress.com.

–Penny

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