Sunday, February 03, 2008

I'm back!

Many apologies for the long delay between posts. Having gotten behind, it became more and more work to catch up, so I just didn't. I did a lot of traveling this fall -- so much so that the airlines have upgraded my status, but now that I have perks I am done traveling for awhile and can't use them! All those trips really cut into my quilting time, too.

I felt so bad about not posting, that I quit reading others' blogs, and I have really missed being part of the online community. Now that I'm back, I'm planning on some wonderful reads catching up with everyone.

So what quilty things have I been up to?

Working with the Project Linus committee of my guild has taken most of my quilting time recently. I just updated that blog (see the link in the sidebar to "Hearts for Linus"). Our raffle quilt is amazing -- I didn't make it, but as chair of the committee, I handled logistics. You can see it and read about it on Ami Simms' website. If you live nearby, please buy a ticket! All the proceeds benefit Project Linus.

I also coordinated putting together this quilt for a good friend who just had a baby.

Lots of people contributed blocks and I put them together and did the quilting. The pattern is called Hugs and Kisses from "the little box of Baby Quilts" by Jenny Wilding Cardon.

I also did the backing and quilting to finish off this I Spy for my nephew Andy's two little girls. It was finished last fall except for that, but I didn't get to it until this past week. Tomorrow I plan to trek to the post office to send it to them. The modern world is amazing -- I'll trudge through our snow to mail this, and they'll open it in bright sunshine on the big island of Hawaii!

And this is the back.
If you've read my blog before, you know I have plans to make I Spy quilts for all my nieces' and nephew's children. Andy's was the third, and here on the table are the hexagons being prepared for Andrea's quilt. The little kid in me loves playing with all the novelty fabrics!
I had planned to use a red background fabric on this, but when I laid some of the hexagons on it, they got lost. It was too dark and fought with too many of the novelty prints. So I tried this one, and I like it. It's not the greatest photo, but the fabric is blue with bright confetti.
And finally, when Val was home for the holidays, she and I started to make a holiday quilt together. The only photo I have so far is of the fabric, but I'll take more as I work on it. We had a blast choosing lots of sparkly reds and greens and creams.
And just for fun, here's a chest we recently bought for the family room. It goes with all our colors, and I have plans for a quilt that will look good in there.
I still have a few projects I'm working on that I will finish soon (I hope!!). Meanwhile, hello to everyone, it's good to be back in touch.


Quilt Pixie said...

glad to see you back!

I absolutely love the chest of drawers... would make a wonderful quilt pattern to echo elsewhere in the room :-)

The eye spy quilt will be a real hit I'm sure. I've never ventured into making one, but knowing how popular the books are can imagine the quilt being fun on a sick day, or a long car ride.

Quilting Pirate said...

I have MISSED you!! Glad to see you are keeping busy - - very busy!!!

I love the dresser...can't wait to see your quilt from that :D

Clare said...

Glad to see you back. I was wondering where you were. Oh I love that chest of drawers!

wildcardquilts said...


First, those drawers are to DIE for. Incredible find.

Second, I am Jenny Wilding Cardon and I LOVE your version of the Hugs and Kisses quilt from the Little Box of Baby Quilts! The yellow block backgrounds paired with that funky sashing fabric just sings to me. More fun than the original! :)

Nettie said...

oooh, i like this chest! love the color and movement there.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

so happy to see you! That project linus raffle quilt is adorable. the baby quilts, very sweet. that chest of drawers is awesome - all sorts of inspiration there.

Libby said...

Hey good to see you! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who's been kind of out of it when it comes to quilt blogging...hopefully I might get a post up soon...

Michael5000 said...

Awesome I-Spy!

And, welcome back to the land of the blogging!