Friday, April 18, 2014

Doing the Happy Dance!!!

I started this blog 2-1/2 years ago because I thought it would be fun... and it has been :)  But I continue to blog because of all the wonderful relationships I have made along the way!!!  This week has been a wonderful week for me because I've gotten to know two really wonderful blog friends better!

First, remember how I told you that Mary who blogs at Needled Mom is really to blame has been so encouraging to me and got me started on my wonderful Japanese x&+ blocks?  She even helped me choose the name for it, Happy Dance!

Well, this week I received an AMAZING squishy package from Mary ...... she made 4 blocks for me!!!!  How sweet is that????  Like I said before, Mary is a very gifted Encourager!!!

Oh MY!!!!  I am so IN LOVE with these beautiful blocks!!!  Didn't she do a fabulous job?  They are the perfect colors, and those fabrics.... wow!  Look at the fun prints on this one...

....... the cow and pig are hysterical :*)

And I love the beautiful patterns in this one....YUM!

Bright orange always makes me smile!  Love those orange dots on the yellow background ...

The mixture of soft patterns with bold geometrics in this one....perfect!!!!

Mary, I am thrilled and so happy with these blocks!  What's most amazing to me is how much these fabrics look like the ones I have in my stash, yet I don't have a single one of them!  I would have made these exact blocks myself if I had those fabrics... we must be quilting twins!  I bet we would have a ball playing in each other's stash LOL!!!  THANK YOU so much - these blocks will have a very happy home in my Happy Dance quilt, and I will smile every time I spy one of your blocks in it :*)

Then, on Tuesday, I met with Libby who blogs over at Life On The Hill.

Libby is a fairly new blogger who lives very near me and we decided that we'd like to meet up one day and share blogging tips and get to know each other better.  What a great time we had!!!

It was almost the meeting that never happened though, because I confused it with my Wednesday meeting.... I was waiting for her at the wrong place and time!!!  Once I realized my mistake of course I rushed to the correct place, and she was sweet enough to ignore my confusion and wait for me.  See what I mean about meeting such nice people in Blogland?  I had to laugh at the two us sitting there at McDonalds with our computers and tablets, like we were techy queens!!!  Of course, we both forgot to get a picture of us together :(  But we'll do that next time - and there will definitely be a next time!  Thanks Libby for such a fun day! :*)

Please be sure to go over and check out her blog and give her some love!!!  She blogs about our meeting too, HERE, as well as a fun new quilt tutorial she will be starting soon for one of her own designs called Dusk to Dawn - I love that quilt!


Since this is Friday, I have to share some On the Needles progress too, right? .....

This has been such a busy week, and there hasn't been much time for relaxing, but I've managed a little knitting in the evenings.  I've gotten these about 10 rows into the increases for the heels.

I also picked up some beautiful and funky yarn at Goodwill the other day for a song!

Look at these luscious colors!!!!  And the texture is really nice!  That dark color is really a deep forest green, not black.  I have no idea what I'll make with this, but I'm thinking a nice cowl.

I wish you all a Blessed Easter weekend!

Good Friday is always so bittersweet to me.  
It represents the day my Savior suffered and died for me and you. 
and it breaks my heart that He had to go through that for me.....  

But I'm so glad He did!
And I'm so glad that was not the end of the story.....

Hugs & Blessings!


  1. What a great post. Love the blocks Mary sent you. How fun is that. And I'm always confused so I can relate to the wrong place meeting....giggle. Love your knitting. Have a Blessed Easter.

  2. What great blocks Mary sent! And how nice to meet another blogger. Blessed Easter

  3. Wonderful post! Your excitement is contagious!!! Have a blessed Easter- you certainly have had a blessed week.

  4. How sweet of Mary to make some blocks for you!! Love her fabric choices. What a great name, Happy Dance. Also wonderful to actually meet someone you 'blog with'! I am feeling like a maybe a 'techy princess' starting my blog, not a 'techy queen' yet! Happy Easter!! Our Savior Lives!!

  5. Thanks for all your inspiration and the plug!

  6. The blocks are lovely, what a great gift. I really like the press on fabric :o)
    Have a blessed Easter.
    Always, Queenie

  7. In love! Those blocks are so wonderful. I just have to find that fabric with the mixer beaters. Love it. Amazing yarn too.

  8. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift!
    Oh, many a time I have shown up at the wrong place and/or time. I totally understand! : )
    The socks are coming right along. Looks like progress to me!
    I do love that orange yarn--yummy colors!

  9. What beautiful blocks! Have a blessed Easter

  10. Your blocks from Mary rock! They are so bright and cheery, just like you. How nice to meet a fellow blogger. Your blue/purple socks are coming along nicely. Two at a time from bottom up is on my to do list next time. Have a Blessed Easter and don't eat too many chocolate bunnies.

  11. How wonderful that you got to meet up with a bloggy friend! And your blocks from Mary are perfect for you! Wasn't that wonderful of her to share a few with you? Wishing you a very blessed Easter.

  12. Two years after we met through Bonnie Hunter's blog and we still haven't had our lunch with just the 2 of us. LOL What a nice surprise to get in your mail. Very happy blocks, indeed. Happy Easter to you, too.

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  14. What a beautiful post on so many levels! Your Happy Dance quilt is going to make several people on here do a happy dance after seeing it! What a beautiful color pallet. Libby has helped so much with the QOV block drive, and I can only imagine what fun the two of you had! And, I too, and so grateful for Good Friday. Easter blessings to you and yours!

  15. Beautiful blocks that will go into a very happy quilt! Meeting online friends in person is fabulous (I even married one of them!). I am also grateful for Good Friday and so very glad it was not the end of the story!!! Blessings to you and yours this wonderful Easter season!

  16. love the X and + blocks! I'm part of out guild's BOM for next year and I've made samples of different blocks to choose from and one was the X and + block, I want to make another quilt now!! gosh, all of them :)

  17. Beautiful blocks, such a sweet surprise. How fun to meet some bloggy friends.

  18. I'm so glad the blocks will work in your Happy Dance. I was thrilled to be the encourager!

    I have only met a few blogging friends, but have enjoyed each one. I can so relate to the wrong time/place situation.

    Yesterday I was having the same Good Friday talk with my young granddaughter who was upset with the day. I hope you have a blessed Easter.

  19. What delicious blocks! Such a generous gift.
    The Saturday before Easter is an odd day out. We've had the solemnity of Maundy Thursday (with all its foreboding..."one of you will betray me") and the tragedy of Good Friday (commemorating the saddest day in history) -- and Saturday is a spring day, with errands and everyday life. Maybe that is a bridge to get us to Easter?


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