Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Joanne

Joanne is a long time friend of my daughters, who happens to share the same birthday as my son Michael, New Years Day. My son has not turned 40 yet but Joanne will this Friday, 1/1/2010.
In honor of her 40th, I made her this quilt. Joanne and her family are from England and I happen to find this fabric that has London written all over it. I loved the colors.
The pattern is called "Enigma" by Pressed For Time Quiltworks. The main part of the quilt is made mostly out of fat quarters., very fast and easy. I backed the quilt in flannel, which I do with a lot of my quilts.
The label reads:
Happy 40th Birthday!
Made with love just for you by Pamela Osorio

Hope you enjoy the quilt Joanne.
Happy Birthday

Sunday, December 20, 2009

In the World of my Sister's Pottery

This last Thanksgiving my husband and I went out to my sister's home in Topanga Canyon, CA. Of course I have been there many many times, but this time I took some pictures so I could share with you the world of a potter.

Life has been very good to her, she lives in a beautiful home in the canyon. This picture is taken on the walkway from the main house down to the studio where she does her work.

These next two pictures show some of the pieces she is working on, displayed so beautiful on wood shelves in the studio. She makes the most amazing dishes, mugs, bowls , vases and whatever else comes into her head. She has a great eye for color, the glazes she uses are brilliant and colors I would love to use in a quilt.

Patti is a wonderful teacher of her craft. Many times when my grand kids comes to visit, she is ready with a project for them to do. The kids absolutely love it...and they get to go home with something they have made. Patti is expecting her first grandson this spring, she will teach him well the craft of pottery.

She a HUGE collector of fine art and pottery. I'll come back later and show you some of her collections, but, this is one of the pieces in her home that I love. I'm not sure who the artist is but they have portrayed my sister so well at her potter's wheel and her wood shelves behind her displaying her work. It's just so her.

I feel Patti is quite modest, at times, when it comes to her work, but no one could be prouder than I am of all that she does. I love and adore everything about her.

I was born lucky, Patti, to have you as my twin sister.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Wacko Christmas Party

This past Wednesday was the Wacko Christmas Party, one my favorite parties of the season. Good friends, good food and a Christmas exchange of gifts that is just so fun. These gifts are little tokens of our friendship made with love, let me show you:

These are the little ornaments I made for each of the Wackos out of red, white and green wool, added french knots and crystal's.

I put them in a bright bag, with a sewing kit in a jar and decorative matches for the holidays.

In return, I received many hand made items, a door hanger, small wallet, candles, dish towel, pin cushion's a hand made lapel pin and Santa that is just too cute to use as a pot holder. I love them all.

The evening was perfect, full of games, laughter and good conversation. Linda sums it up for all of us in a poem she wrote and gave with her gift .

To My Dear Wackos
The scissors are cutting
The needle is poised
For your next handmade project
For good girls and boys.
You love to create
It's the key to your heart
Sewing a quilt
Is your form of art.
Handmade with love
Is what you do.
And I'm very thankful
For friends like you!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday Season!!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Helping Santa

I did not realize it has been so long, November 9 was my last posting, that was 5 weeks ago.

Don't give up on me, I'll be back soon. Have been helping Santa.

Merry Christmas to all,