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Monday, January 18, 2010

How's the weather?

We have been getting the most georgeous sunsets you can imagine, and today the much needed rain has come in. We have a prediction for rain all week, which is not too common for this area. So I want to start out with a picture of another beautiful sunset view from my backyard!

This year, one of my goals is to finish up all those UFO's and projects sitting in bins or boxes that need to be used and enjoyed. This is a quilt from the Loa retreat 2009 that I just finished last week. Once the tops are done, they are going into the rotation for the longarm room so they can truly become quilts!! This is a one block wonder quilt with a few cubes thrown in for good measure. Every block was made from the border fabric. It's a fun project, but one I will probably not repeat!! LOL!!
Here is a panel from yesteryear, seems like ages, and it it ready for the longarm too. It's from the Celebrate Spring collection by Moda

Finally, I got my first Fig Tree quilt done, this one with cute houses in lots of colors. I just love simple and clean patterns like this one. I want to hang it on my sewing room wall once I get it quilted.
Design work is already starting to come in from Spring Market, so I'm trying to enjoy some of my own labors before the sewing room gets to that "sweat shop" stage!! There are some promising new lines out though, and I will keep you posted!

This one got it's borders last week and I bought the binding as well. I love this quilt. Every fabric is some form of cherries. It will be large enough for a twin bed and it's such a happy quilt!

Ok, one more confession to make. I have rediscovered cross stitch and have jumped in with both feet! I can't get them done fast enough before I find another pattern I'm dying to make. This guy is a Santa that will have charms on his coat by Just Nan, called Peddler Santa. Gee, I wonder why it struck a chord with me!! I also discovered a designer by the name of Michael Powell from England who does BEAUTIFUL designs of cottages and houses in Europe with a whimsical tone. He's NEXT!!

So I can't end this post without another lovely sunset out my back window. Thoughts and prayers too for the people of Haiti. They need all the help they can get.
Enjoy the weather and keep quilting!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bunny Hill's new Snowbound BOM by Anne Sutton!

Well, Anne has done it again, she has been so generous and kind to give us all another wonderful Block of the Month for FREE--all we have to do is download her patterns from her Bunny Tales site or her Bunny Hill website. I don't know about you, but snowmen are my very favorite! Thankyou Anne, for sharing with all of us your wonderful patterns. I just had to tell everyone all about it!!! What better way to start out the new year, than starting a fun quilt by one of our favorite designers? How can we go wrong?!! So I will be back soon, but first, I have a pattern to download and some work to do while I have the time! Keep quilting!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year! I had to get the year off right by at least posting on my blog today!!! But the fireworks were beautiful from the TV screeen last night, because, guess what, I really feel much more like these faces of stone or misery because, just great, I now have the flu! So I missed the New Years Eve party last night and won't be able to see some of my favorite quilting friends
tomorrow! I hope I don't look as bad as this guy, but I haven't dared to look in the mirror!!

Anyway, since I need to make myself somewhat useful, between fevers and naps I have been trying to get my little pincushion turtles ready to give at the party tomorrow that I am now not attending. That's right, they will be quilting and eating and visiting without me, lest they get this awful stuff themselves, and I'm not about to share the flu anyone! Hopefully my husband will be spared, but that is yet to be seen!

So I thought instead, I could share with you what I'm doing here, making these darling little turtles out of some fun fabrics that I hope they will like. I have 3 down, and the last 2 to finish sometime between now and tomorrow late afternoon. John has offered to deliver them for me to the "party house" in spite of myself!!
At first they were sort of hard. It is a pattern by Heather Bailey, and she calls these cute critters Henrietta turtle pincushions.

This is the beginning, and John says they look more like dinosaurs at this stage, but after careful stuffing and lots of seam clipping, I think I'm getting the hang of it!

I'm sure if I didn't have the flu, it would all seem so much easier! Ha Ha!

Here are some turtle shells in the making, just waiting for their wool felt flowers to be attached.

I love this one,

I this one is really ME! Gee, I wonder if I will get one too? HA HA! You know how that goes!!

But wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year, I think it's going to be a great year, in spite of the flu!!!
Wasn't I saying something like that this time last year? Hmm,, can't say I remember, I have a fever you know.
So when you feel good get to that quilting!!

Twilight Christmas