Saturday, March 10, 2012

The world is turning upside down...

My mother says there could be days like this... One day not long ago, it had been a pretty hectic day in my kindergarten and I came back and found the world globe turned upside down...it made me laugh so I had to take a photograph of it.. I love purple flowers and these alstroemaria with babies breath are a slice of spring on our dining room table- or at least until Mars the cat tries to eat them..
One of dear school colleagues recently brought me this lovely little wall hanging- She found it in her travels and said it made her think of me-- Wasn't that a lovely thing to do? I plan to hang it in my sewing room.. It says:" good friends are like quilts, they age with you, yet never lose their warmth"
There a number of quilt rings and forums around. I belong to one on Quilt with Us which can be found on the Connecting Threads company web page. It is easy to subscribe to - you just go to the freebies header and register on it. I chose to joined the Quilting Canadians group. Recently we decided to have a little fabric swap. A few packages have begun to arrive on my doorstep. We were asked to list some fabrics choices so I decided that I might need some neutrals and Christmas fabrics. The ladies did a fabulous job of choosing fabrics for me. Don't you love getting packages in the mail with fabric in them ?
You probably know that I love participating in giveaways(occasionally I host them too) Recently this beautiful bag arrived from Lila of Lila Tueller designs. She creates fabulous fabrics and patterns and recently had this wonderful giveaway. I am so looking forward to using this funky bag in the summertime. I love turquoise and flowers.
Look at these beautiful details she added to the bag- The carved button
and the grand toggles, grommets and beads.. I do love the bag and Lila's one terrific lady. Go and visit her blog and see her beautiful projects, patterns and fabric line..
Life has been pretty full the past couple of weeks. I finally finished my report cards this week. This morning, I went out to a memorial service for a work friend's father. After the service, I stopped to do some errands that needed to be done. I went looking for a couple of things for school at a local thrift shop. While I was there, I found these fun fish oven mitts. Don't you love those great embroidered eyes and the rich lush colors...They were a great price so, of course they came home with me..
I also came across these pieces of cotton and thought they would work great in some quilt. The light flowers are so airy looking- very pretty and the brown one will look great in a fall quilt..
Do you ever go seeking some inspiration in books or magazines? I recently ordered these quilt books for that very purpose. Connecting Threads often offers books for 40% off so the prices were very reasonable. There are some very fun patterns in each book- the trick is to just pick one...
Judy Laquidara of Patchwork Times has recently published a new book for creating pieced borders on quilts. She has a wonderful blog where she shares some of her cooking, quilting and knitting projects as well as telling about her life in Texas. I love her color choices and the interesting designs. Do go and check out her site- you are in for a real treat...
Here is the reason that I am looking for inspiration. I want to use these coffee cake batiks. The color palette is a bit limited but I am sure they would make a great pattern- I just haven't found it yet- Perhaps these books will help me get this quilt started...
In the meantime, I am continuing to work on the Sunset quilt- I have decided that I better trim the blocks so they will fit together more accurately.
Perhaps I will have finally chosen a pattern by the time of my next post.
The full moon is rising and the clocks are changing this evening to Mountain Daylight time. I hope to get some time tomorrow to quilt.. Springtime is coming to Alberta- maybe the world has found a way to return to its normal rotation...
Warmest regards,
Anna
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