Poultry Love

It’s been so long since I posted that I forgot how!  But it is coming back.  I have been doing a little painting over the winter break from school.  I’ve sold several paintings in my re-opened Etsy shop in the last few weeks, that I thought it was time to add some new stock.  I still don’t have much time for painting, but I have this definite need to make.  Yes, I have realized that I am a “maker”.  I just have to make something to keep my sanity.

I finished this little 4″ x 4″ painting today.  Is it a chicken or a rooster?  I am not  really sure– hence the gender neutral title.  It’s obvious I never spent a lot of time around farm animals, but it makes me smile nonetheless.

Poultry Love

Poultry Love by Pam Schoessow    bluepumpkinstudio.com

I’ve also been quilting a little bit making several small quilty things for gifts.  Since I am STILL without my longarm, I had to rent time on a machine at the local quilt shop to get my projects done.  Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take any pictures and now they are all gone!  Well except for a table runner and some placemats that were just for me.  I’ll try to post a picture of them soon (when I get the dining room table cleaned off!)  Things are still a holiday mess around here, and I return to school on Monday!

Quiltshop2

Quilt Shop by Pam Schoessow  bluepumpkinstudio.com

I did have a wonderful time last weekend with family in Provo, Utah.  My brother and his wife just built a beautiful retirement home that is filled with treasures from their 30 years in the foreign service.  It’s not a downsized home–but one made for  lots of family and especially grandchildren.  There were rooms and beds for 18 of us for the weekend–quite a feat.  The highlight of the weekend was a 1 year olds birthday party for 2 nieces’ children that were born 46 hours apart last Dec 30 and Jan 1.  15 more family members showed up for the birthday party on Saturday.  Highlights included a crawling race (results were highly contested!) and 1 year olds (Ada Kate and Sam) chowing down on their first birthday cake.

I won’t make any promises about when I will post again.  I DO miss all of my blogging friends and hope to make it a higher priority in 2018.

Best Wishes to all of you for a happy, healthy and rewarding new year.

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Free Pattern & Tutorial for Patriotic Quilt

The school year is almost over and that means I have more time to quilt!  I woke up Saturday morning with that in mind and this is the result.  For a long time I have wanted to make some quilt projects and offer free patterns and tutorials on my pamsquilting.com website.  Now I finally finished one!  Hey, quilters, let me know if this is helpful.  And if anyone makes a wallhanging like this of your own, I’d love to see a picture!  Hope you are all having a great Memorial Day weekend.  And please check out the USA wall hanging tutorial and let me know what you think.IMG_0394

Welcome to Music Class

I must confess that even though I didn’t teach music for several years, I was still collecting music themed fabric.  Most of the time I didn’t know what I would ever do with it.  But this was a no brainer.Music classYou know this HAD to go into a quilt.

I just love this print and was so pleased to finally use it.

musicfabric

The kids will need a special quilt to great them the 1st day of school.schoolbus

The final quilt, that will fit nicely on my classroom door, will greet students through the end of Sept.  The red apple fabric for the border was a must.  These seasonal quilts are very fun!

original quilt by Pam Schoessow  pamelajeannestudio.com

original quilt by Pam Schoessow pamelajeannestudio.com

America the Beautiful

Every classroom needs a map.  I purchased the center panel years ago.  I added strips of fabric for the border and quilted it.  It will be a great addition to my music room. IMG_1197

I’m not sure who designed this, but they obviously didn’t use spell check.IMG_1198

It will be fun for my students to identify the spelling mistakes.IMG_1199 Nevertheless, I love the kitchy vibe of this print.  Though it has that 50’s look, It was printed by Moda fabrics just about 10 years ago. IMG_1201 IMG_1202

I’m trying to use up my vast stash of fabric, so I put another panel with similar colors on the back.IMG_1203

America the Beautiful quilt by Pam SchoessowCan’t wait to hang this one up.

40% OFF MOVING SALE!

It’s time to get serious about this move I’m making across country in a couple of weeks.  I discovered I have over 100 pieces of little art in my Etsy shop so I have decided to have a first ever SALE to lighten up a bit. If you are interested in some whimsical art from the “Quilter turned Artist”, then check it out at BluePumpkinStudio.com.  The sale just runs until August first, and then I’m out of here!  Thanks for all your support.  I do hope to keep up with my blog better once I get settled.

10 Day sale at BluePumpkinStudio.com by Pam Schoessow

10 Day sale at BluePumpkinStudio.com by Pam Schoessow

Half Square Triangle Exchange

I thought I would share a bit of my latest quilting project.  I designed this block to use several half-square triangles I have been exchanging with members of my quilting bee.  We plan to make and exchange 24 of the little squares with triangles (in the center of my block) each month for the next 5 months.

original block by Pam Schoessow

original block by Pam Schoessow

I plan to make a large quilt to go on the wall in my living room.Pam's quilt blocks

The colors come from an area a rug that has brown, rust, aqua, gold and red.monkey wrench with half square triangles

As you can see, I only have 3 blocks finished so far.  I plan also to design some simple appliqued flowers for the borders or sashing.  I’m still designing as I go.  I keep you posted on my progress.