Friday, March 28, 2008

Small Steps

Thanks for the well wishes...the spots remain...they've just switched locations. I did manage to sew a bit today. There's nothing like doing something you love to make you feel better. I have three of the zigs sewn together (or are they zags) and the fourth one ready to add once I'm done with this post. Then it's back to making more half square triangles. I can hear you all chanting a reminder "sew a quarter inch from the line". I can learn!

The mailman helped make my day. You know it never fails, when you're in the dumps, something happens to pick you up. I received this card today. Here's what it says:

"All I can say is WOW! The quilt just blew me away. I honestly don't know how to begin to thank you for this precious keepsake. I love the fabric, the design - it's a work of art! Thank you for the time and heart you put into making it. When I get my act together, I'll send a picture of Sophie making good use of it. It was definitely worth the wait!"

It does a quilter's heart good to know that a quilt you've made is in a good home and the receiver feels about it just as you do. That note simply made my day!
Lastly, here's a preview. I've been thinking hard about a quilt I'm planning for a good friend's daughter's high school graduation present. Hannah is a gem. She's an artist, jewelry designer and maker, an actress as well as a great cook. She works in a coffeehouse and brings her homemade goodies to sell at work. Every time I'm at her house she's cooking or baking something. (Many times she's making it up as she goes along.) I want to make a special quilt for a special girl. Here what I'm thinking about. I love this Alexander Henry fabric. It has all sorts of fun cooking things, baskets of fruit, bottles of wine (or could be olive oil), a hen laying eggs, a teapot, a cake on a cakestand etc. Very graphic and fun. Maybe just a focus square or two of this and then I've chosen a couple of solids and a couple of prints. Can you see that green solid in there? What a lousy picture! I'm still not at the for sure point. Still playing with a design too. I want to keep it simple so I can get it finished in time for graduation. Time is slipping by.

Hope to finish the Zig Zag top tomorrow and then it's back to my quilt-a-long quilt. I want to have it finished before AmandaJean embarks on the next one. Have a great weekend everyone. And to those who stopped by "Sew Bee It" to welcome Jenn, thanks, you all are just great!


amandajean said...

I know how pleased that you must be to have your quilt so well received. that would make my day, too!

your quilt top is wonderful. I like your reds and blues together. I may have to add that quilt to my list of quilts to make!

Sew Bee It said...

I really love that coking fabric! It's such a neat set, young but kinda retro. So perfect for what sounds like a really neat young lady!

Jen said...

Oh, I love the red/white/blue colors for the new quilt.

And the baby quilt is really cute. I have to make one pretty soon and I'm thinking of going with this pattern as well. It seems to be fairly easy to piece but looks really cool.

- Jen

chq said...

You got a thank you, and someone truly appreciated your quilt...isn't that the best? I keep a little journal with photos of my quilts, snippets of fabric, and the "thank you's" I receive. It's a good reminder of what I've done.

I'm loving the zigzap blocks - very graphic. Great choice with the Alexander Henry fabric - they have some of the best/coolest fabric around.

Have a good weekend - sorry about your boo-boos.


Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Notes like that you treasure for ever, it is a great feeling to your zig zag quilt...

de vliegende koe said...

The gift of giving, making other people smile, that’s what quilting is about. Doesn’t it feel wonderful to receive such a thank-you note?
Love the fabrics for the new quilt!

QuiltedSimple said...

I like the red and blue - it's looking fantastic!!!

What a great note of thanks you received - isn't it wonderful to get those?

Stephanie said...

I like the zigzags! Can't wait to see the finished product. Glad to hear you're feeling a little better, too.

Laurie said...

it is great to get a thank you for a quilt you made! And the cooking fabric is too cute! LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

LOVING your zig zag quilt! It's gorgeous :)

The Calico Quilter said...

Love love love the focus fabric! It's great fun. If I may add my two cents, perhaps the green is a little light to stand up to the prints and checks of the other swatches. Maybe a bit more olive-y shade? I thought you might have that idea too when you asked "Can you see that green solid?"