Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Colorful Christmas

The colorwheel quilt has taken its place in my studio. I'm pleased with it. Learned a bunch about piecing a dresden plate and applique to apply to the next ones. I have a quilt idea in my head using these. That's for the new year.
I'm in full gift production mode these days. Can't show much, but since my neighbor doesn't read my blog I can show her gift. I wanted to make a little something for Catherine. She's in her 80's and a native Strawberry Hill resident. Native means that her family has been on the hill for generations. She was the first "native" to welcome us to the neighborhood (with some skepticism at first). But when she figured out we were a good addition to the neighborhood, we have become fast friends. She shares her bountiful crop of basil and tomatoes from her garden and we provide her lots of entertainment. She watches all the teens come and go from my house, in fact, she keeps an eye on all our comings and goings. I came up with this simple design for her. She may get this one, or maybe she would like one of the ones in the more traditional colors? Last year I gave her a little package of baked goods. She had tears in her eyes. She doesn't have many friends left and her family is far away. I'm sure when I bring it to her tomorrow, we'll have tea and hours of conversation. I love to listen to her tell stories of the neighborhood.

After doing the little tablerunner for my mom, I came up with a new version, but instead of houses....trees. As you know, I'm a bit obsessed with trees. I like it...has that sense of whimsy that I love. I think the possibilities are endless. Don't you love endless possibilities?

We've been dealing with some illness here. Fudge has the right idea, relax and let your body heal. Sweet dreams...good for the body, good for the soul.

61 comments:

Stephanie said...

I felt just like Fudge until I got rejuvenated visiting a friend yesterday. Your color wheel is gorgeous! And your sweet neighbor is going to love whatever you give her because it isn't about the gift...it's about the person and thought behind it.

Jackie Russell said...

Cute trees! Are they small wall hangings or ornaments? Or maybe they are bigger than they apear on here. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Sarah said...

I love it all! The trees are very cool.

Jackie said...

Loving the color wheel! But I really like what you are doing for your neighbor. She sounds sweet and it seems that you are lifting her spirits quite a bit! You are a gem! Now you should nap with fudge.

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

The color wheel makes me happy! Your tree table runner is great - I think this would make a really cute tree skirt too.

Tina said...

Oooo, I just love all the quilty stuff you are showing today. Fabulous! Your neighbor is a lucky lady. Hope everyone is feeling better over there soon!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Love your color wheel! Those learning experiences will take you far & I know you've inspired me to move beyond my comfort zone :) Your trees are adorable, and I can't wait to hear how much your neighbor loves your creations! Take care of yourself - k!?

QuiltedSimple said...

I love all your projects - and I'm sure your neighbor will be thrilled with anything from you! Keep cranking out the projects!
Kris

Christina said...

I love the trees! Now I think I need to make a mini tree quilt. :)

Marie' said...

I am sorry you are sick, too. I am sure you are feeling the same as me, "I don't have time for this!" I hope you feel better. The color wheel is beautiful. I can see how fun it would be to look at it when it becomes vintage because it showcases the current fabric in every color.

MichelleB said...

Wonderful things! I love the trees. I love the table topper - I swear I'm going to try my hand at one of those. The whimsy in them is so wonderful.

Regi said...

The color wheel is wonderful... I love how it turned out! Your neighbor sounds just lovely... she is lucky to have such a thoughtful next door neighbor.

I love the trees... they are so whimsical and just too sweet!

~Regi

Sherri said...

You always share projects that really catch my eye...and I'm where you are right now as well...full-production gift mode...love that phrase! Your neighbor will love which ever one you decide to give her!

~D Spack~ said...

I love that color wheel quilt! Nice work! Those trees are sweet, if I were creative like you, yeah endless possibilities. Older people are so fun, I was able to take a friend to the church Christmas dinner with me last night. She just had her 100th birthday on Nov. 28. !!!

Karyn said...

Your neighbor is very lucky to have you. And your color wheel turned out great!

MelissaS said...

Hate to hear that you're under the weather too! Feel better!

Frogdancer said...

Whimsical is the perfect way to describe those trees. Your table will look so very YOU!
Really enjoy your blog, by the way.

Katy said...

it's all too much - I love it all!!!!

audreypawdrey said...

So many beautiful things! I love how the colorwheel turned out-it is so pretty. Your neighbor is going to love your gift; it is so sweet! I absolutely love the whimsical trees!

Penny said...

Your projects never fail to raise my spirits. You have a gift.

Fudge looks just darling. I hope everyone in the house starts feeling better, soon.

em's scrapbag said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. I love your wimsical trees. You do such delightful stuff.

Simply This and That said...

Oh gosh. All those whimsical trees and your houses, pure torture I tell ya! So adorable! Love the picture of Fudge. Oh gosh, I might want to use it as a screen saver. It looks like how I feel. LOL. What a treasure to have your neighbor. I love stories. Can you imagine the things she's seen. ;o) Merry Christmas! ooxx`jod

Sandy said...

I can't tell you how much I love that table runner with the trees. You have given me a great idea for a new tree skirt! Thanks a million!

Kate said...

The colour wheel is fantastic! Love, love the little trees.

Beth said...

The wheel is beautiful...and I agree with fudge!

Anina said...

Woohoo! The colorwheel quilt is worth every bit of pain and suffering it put you through. And those little trees are lovely.

Shari said...

I love the colourwheel quilt. I didn't realize it was a one block quilt - so succesful in its simplicity.
The whimsical trees are delightful and fresh. Your lovely neighbour will like them, I'm sure.
Hope you are all feeling better soon!
Happy Christmas Days!

Lurline's Place said...

Your colour wheel has been a great success - no wonder you are inspired to do more! Trees galore and just delightful - I'm sure we are all thinking trees at this time of year!
Hugs - Lurline!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

What I love is your work!!!!

amandajean said...

I love love LOVE the tall skinny tree in the second to last photo. so cute!

your color wheel quilt is amazing.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your neighbour sounds like a real treasure - she will love her sweet gift!

Vicki W said...

What a treat to have such a great neighbor! I lvoe your color wheel and the trees for your Mom. All great projects!

mamaspark said...

I adore your trees! What a wonderful friend you are to your neighbor. You are truly a treasure!

Needled Mom said...

LOVE the colorwheel and the Christmas gifts. I know that your neighbor will love her gift.

ellen said...

The color wheel is so lovely..it's a beautiful rainbow, a giving, lovely "eye"....warmth and such sunshine in a wintery time.
...and I will repeat, the story of your dear neighbor truly touches my heart....generosity of spirit and heart, given and received. That is the true Christmas spirit.

MightyMom said...

I'm always excited to see how you quilt something cuz it's so different from my idea!! I love how the color wheel turned out and the quilting if fabulous!

She's gonna adore the little quiltlet. it's priceless!

and the trees!! oh wow!

you always inspire me!

shellysquilts said...

I love your all your xmas "things". They are very cute! Your color wheel turn out great. Coincidentally, I have been cutting fabric for dresden plates for two days and after looking at yours I'm eager to get to the sewing part! Happy quilting!!!

gardenymph said...

Get well soon. :~)

Your neighbor sounds like the one I had when we lived in the mountains of Virginia. She was almost 90 years old, and she loved to have me and my then 2 year old daughter over for tea parties. I loved hearing stories about the area that we lived in; she had lived her whole life there. She used to ride horseback through the mountains to teach little children. The road up to our house used to be "Lover's Lane" until her "Daddy" closed it down. Our house was built on the site of the church that she went to as a girl. Oh, now I'm tearing up. She passed away two years ago. She still kept in touch with us after we moved.

Anyway, I guess all this is to say that your neighbor will appreciate your generous and thoughtful gift, and your time.

Merry Christmas. :~)

Victoria said...

Fudge is very wise! Hope you all feel better soon.

The color wheel looks great, as do the houses and trees! How lovely to have such a wonderful neighbor. I am sure she is just full of great stories. What a blessing!

Tine said...

Those trees are beautiful!!! Absolutely beautiful!
I hope you and your neighbor have a good time, I am sure she will love her present!

driftwood said...

those trees are delightful! you have such wonderful ideas. hope you are feeling better soon. xx

Sabra said...

Wow, Fudge scoot over! I love the smell of dog feet. Your tree table runner is to die for, you are so creative!! Your designs are so whimsical and fun. Your neighbor will love your thoughtful gift.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Your work is always lovely and original. I am inspired by what you make. It speaks to me!

Darcie said...

Oh dear. I hope you'll be able to rid your household of the illnesses soon!

Enjoy your day with Catherine! I love all of your Christmas goings-on in your sewing room. So cheery and fun!

sarahmurray said...

What a blessing you are to your sweet neighbor. And your cute tree quilt??!! I love the star in the middle. So fabulous! x

henny said...

I love to read your story about your neighbour. Thanks for sharing, you're really sweet! You know Jacquie, I always amaze to your all quilts, especially those little tree patchworks, so cute...
Endless possibility? Absolutely I like it very much to have it:) have a great weekend...

Gail :) said...

I adore the trees! I like chatting with older ladies too.

Alice Grace said...

The color wheel is fantastic! You amaze me with your creativity!

Niki :-) said...

Today's the quiltathon! Come by and post your comments, progress, make sure to post your pics!

shannon said...

I love the trees. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Dawn said...

Gorgeous quilts, Jacquie! But it is the pic of Fudge that just moves my heart. What a sweetie.

Enjoy your holidays & Merry Christmas to you & your family!

Janis said...

I can't wait to see the color wheel quilt take shape. And I absolutely LOVE your little trees. Trees are a favorite of mine too. More so with maturity as I marvel at their perfect design. Showing my age, aren't I?

LOVE the perfect pic of Fudge!

And the description of your neighbor brings fond memories to me too -- older people just love to keep track of who comes and goes, where, when and what for, don't they? :) She sounds like a sweetheart - and I know you must be a great blessing in her life. Sometimes we never know the impact we make. God bless you.

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Simone de Klerk said...

I came across your blog for the first time today! You make wonderful colorful quilt. I realy really enjoyed looking at your work. I might use your first tutorial for my black and white challenge quilt (I'm adding yellow to it). With your pattern, the heart can be used to show more of the design of the fabrics.
Would you mind if I link to your quilt?
Have a nice and creative week! Simone

Sara said...

I love the trees, they look great. I may have to try something like this. I saw some others on another blog. Really like them.

I got the fabric you sent me! Thanks so much!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!Now what to make with it?!?

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Jacquie I just love your Christmas trees

Oiyi said...

Omg, what a fabulous gift for your neighbor. It's beautiful.

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Katherine said...

Beautiful ideas, Jacqui. Love, love, love the colourwheel!

Just when I thought the houses you were stitching couln't be beat, you come up with those charming trees. Very inspiring!

Allie said...

I LOVE the trees! I want to come play at your house!

Rebekah said...

beautiful color wheel! I have got to make this sometime!

Jody Blue said...

Cookie-ing like crazy at my house!! Love the crinkle quilt, looks so cozy!