Saturday, March 22, 2014

Down to our LAST Day!

Looks like we are leaving for home tomorrow! It’s been a great holiday but I am more than ready to get home and so is hubby!  I am actually looking forward to a nice cool, rainy day!!

Yesterday Sandy and I had one last ‘Thelma and Louise’ day…one last trip to JoAnn’s and one last trip to Trader Joe’s!  I am going to miss them both!  We also had lunch at Red Lobster and didn’t LOOK once at the calories!  OK…we peeked but that didn’t stop us from ordering!!  Oh my…crab linguine…delish…!!  A very fun day!  Wish I had taken my camera but maybe it’s just as well that I didn’t take any pictures…I can’t have you drooling all over your computer screen!!  It’s just not lady like!

So what can I talk about today that’s quilty?  Hey did you see the quilt that they are making over at Primitive Gatherings…?  It’s the American Patchwork Quilt, ‘Tone It Down’!  You have probably seen this quilt on several blogs in the last few months as they have been having a Sew Along!  I really liked the quilt but the colour way that PG is doing it in blew me away!!  Love it…GO HERE to have a look!!  Then come back…

SEW….what did you think?  Sure doesn’t look like the same quilt, does it?!  Love the black and gold that Lisa used!

This is the original that was the inspiration for the Sew-Along…

And here is the logo for the APQ Quilt-Along…

Now if you have time, pour yourself another coffee and go see what the other designers came up with. 

  • Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side, Amy’s planning to make a guy-worthy quilt, with a scrappy mix of blue, green, and gray fabrics.
  • Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs, A rich, vintage look in hues of beige, purple, and rusty brown is what Anne is seeking.
  • Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms, A scrappy, cheerful assortment of Bonnie and Camille prints ups the contrast.
  • Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co., Carrie adds a French twist, working in a scrappy three-color palette of French General fabrics.
  • Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane, Jane’s version is all about text-ure—text prints mixed with solid-color wovens.
  • Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop, The big blocks pop when separated by colorful sashing on Kimberly’s quilt.
  • Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, Lisa turns up the volume with black backgrounds and cream and tan print patchwork.
  • Lissa Alexander, Lissa shares her experience and tips about the process of making the featured version of Tone It Down.
  • Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life, A fan of primary colors and American Jane prints? Sherri’s version might be just what inspires you!

Nice, eh!

SEW while I was at JoAnn’s I had to pick up my own copy of the magazine…


And I put a picture of the Primitive Gathering’s version on my Pinterest board for reference later…under Quilts That I LOVE!  (Don’t you love Pinterest?)


And isn’t it nice when you buy a magazine and there’s more than one quilt that you want to make…


And the magazine was ONLY $5.99!!  When did this magazine get to be so cheap?  SCORE!  Got to love a deal!!  OK, OK, I’ll ‘Tone It Down’!

Have a super Saturday and Happy Stitching! ~P


  1. I do love it in the dark shades, and do love the irish chain styles, fun to make and they always look beautiful. I hope you have a fun trip back and don't hit any cold weather storms.


  2. "Thank you Miss! I may not have gained any ounces since you didn't post a picture of your yummy crab linguine, but I'm certain I have added a pound or two from that dark chocolate caramel confection you tempted me with in the guise of a PG link!" she said while wiping drool off her tablet screen.

  3. I was wondering when you would be hitting the road for the northern trek. Back to your sewing room and more space to spread out. And a place to use those quilts you have been making.

  4. Lisa's version is wonderful, it is a great pattern for all the different color ways.
    We arrived in Indio after a stop at the outlet mall. This is worth the two day drive for sure. Would have liked to meet up with you but I totally understand yourdesire to get home. Safe travels!

  5. Why don't we have a Red Lobster here? We have every other American chain restaurant, but the one that's sure to tempt your taste buds is absent. That's not right. One of these days, my husband and I are going to take a trip to Seattle and find one.
    Love this quilt, I bought the magazine when it first came out intending to try this quilt. After checking the pattern, I decided not to make it, but I may change my mind. It does take a bit of work, but it sure is gorgeous.

  6. Very nice Paulette....have a safe trip home!!!!

  7. I rarely buy magazines but I bought this one. Love this quilt in just about any fabric. It's definitely on my wish list!

    Safe travels home!

  8. While I am over here at your blog looking at all the possibilities for this pattern you are over looking at my blog.....small world, even in blog land! It does always feel so good to get home! E

  9. Have a safe trip home , enjoying your little rest stops along the way. I'm sure you have them all planned out;)

  10. We will miss you coming to the Country Loft. Have a nice trip home. Give that grand baby a big kiss.

  11. I can't believe it's time for you to go home already- safe travels! I love the quilt for the APQ Quilt-Along! I also have it pinned on my Pinterest!:) Now I need to quick pick up the magazine before I can't find it anywhere! Have a great day and enjoy your trip home!

  12. I have the quilt pattern also and I like the fabrics in the Primitive Gatherings quilt, but I love Kimberly Joly's quilt. Decisions! Decisions! You must be very anxious to get home to your little grandson. So cute!
    Safe travels!