Sunday, November 27, 2016

Finally - a Finish!

I hope all of my US friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We were blessed to once again travel to North Carolina to spend a few days with our loved ones.  It was a lovely visit, even though both of us brought home a nasty sore throat and head cold!

I took my latest finish with us ....

finally finished our youngest granddaughter's baby quilt.  Jacqueline is now 1-1/2 years old and I had not even started it, so needless to say I had been feeling a lot of pressure to spend any spare time I had on making that darling quilt happen so I could give it to her on our trip to see them at Thanksgiving!

I did the shopping last spring.  Pattern:  Cellophane Flowers by Abbey Lane Quilts.  The quilt I made for Jacqueline's big sister, Genevieve, has her name on it, and I thought J's name would be cute in the center of this design.

Fabrics:  Focus fabric is Canyon by Kate Spain - I just love those adorable birds in the selvedge!!!!

I chose this fabric because my daughter-in-law had shown me some of the items she planned to use to decorate the nursery, and they had these colors in them.  Now I'm just hoping she hasn't already changed the nursery already several times LOL!!!

For the background, I decided to simplify by using only one fabric instead of the scrappy style used in the pattern.  I went with one of my current favorite fabric lines - Grunge!  Can you see below how the fabric carries some of that turquoise?  It really couldn't be a more perfect match!

And I knew I needed to use Lara Buccella's method of Crafted Applique for the flowers and her name in the center.

I wanted nice crisp raw edges, no fraying for this special little girl's quilt!

And just in case you were wondering - Yes, I was under strict Snoopervision during the making of this quilt!

Rocky believes in being a "paws-on" kind of Snoopervisor!!!

By using the Crafted Applique technique, I didn't have to use a blanket stitch to attach the applique shapes.  Simple straight-line stitching was all that was needed - saving tons of time and work!

To give you an idea of how hard I worked to get this done for Thanksgiving, I finished up tying off all the loose ends in the car while on the way to Carolina!  You can see here that I used the same flower shapes for the quilting designs - it worked perfectly, but there were a lot of stops and starts :*)

Unfortunately, events conspired against us and we were not able to see Jacqueline and her family, so I wasn't able to give her the quilt personally.  Yes, we were terribly disappointed!  But we've made plans to make a special trip to visit them in early spring when the girls have their birthdays.  For now, we'll just have to box up the quilt and ship it to her this week.  I've never shipped a quilt, and I have to say I'm a real Nervous Nelly about it, but it just doesn't make sense for me to keep it here when it is so long overdue!

This little guy was pretty unhappy about the 8 hours of traveling (could he look any more pitiful???)  We have to give him meds to keep him from crying all the way down the road.

.... but he didn't waste any time at all convincing his Grandma that he was an abused kitty and in desperate need of love and attention!

Ahhhhh - Nirvana!!!!!

My mom was his first love, and he is always happy when he can see her and hop in her lap for some loving!

He also thoroughly enjoyed taking his Snoopervisor duties to a new level when it came time for the all-important Thanksgiving dinner preparations.

While at Grandma's he found a little vanity chair that sat in our bedroom window where he could look out and watch the squirrels play, and he quickly made that his happy place during our visit.  So mom gifted him with the little chair, and he is now happily napping quite a lot in it here.  He has to sit up to see out our window, but he doesn't seem to mind =^..^=

Later today, I'll join my Slow Sunday Stitching friends over at Kathy's Quilts and finish up the handwork on this Folk Art Album block while watching the Panthers pretend they are playing professional football.

And then I will be busy cutting up strips so I can start on Bonnie Hunter's newest Mystery Quilt, En Provence!  I only have 221 four-patches to make before tomorrow morning - no pressure right?!?  Haha - that won't happen, but I do want to make a few and get started before the next clue comes out tomorrow morning.

Are any of you playing along?  I've decided to use celery greens instead of the yellow, and only two neutrals, but otherwise I'm pretty much keeping to BH's color scheme.


Thanks again for your patience with me in not blogging for so long!  I had no idea when I popped up that quick post back on September 6 that it would be my last for a couple of months!  To be perfectly honest, I simply lost my blogging mojo for a while.  [Insert whining music here]  It was as though I suddenly hit a brick wall and knocked myself out!  Without warning, I found myself overwhelmed with deadlines, commitments, and a few nagging health issues, a combination which left me feeling exhausted and drained of all mental and creative energy.

Fast forward to today, and I am happy to say that I am finally feeling myself relax and unfurl a bit - getting Jacqueline's quilt finished was a major monkey off my back!  I have to admit that it has been a rather refreshing break, but I'm looking forward to sharing some new things with you soon.  I just want to send my sincerest thanks to all of you who sent messages saying you missed me - I feel very blessed to have so many wonderful friends!!!

Hugs & Blessings!


  1. Sorry to hear that you came home from the holiday WITH a cold and WITHOUT delivering your granddaughter's quilt. LOVE your selection of fabrics for the BH Mystery!! I need to go digging for mine... soon, but the mess in my sewing room has me a bit out of sorts.

  2. Glad to have you back! I hit a blogging wall recently, too. Rocky is such a sweetheart and I know he appreciates your saving him.

  3. PS: I say I'm not doing the mystery but I expect to have about 50 4Ps done by bedtime tonight. Haven't pulled fabric; will wait for each clue to see if I'm interested in continuing.

  4. Glad to see such a chatty post from you! Congrats on finishing Jacqueline's fun baby quilt - I'm sure she will enjoy all the hugs you stitched into it. Looks like the NFC South will have an interesting season wrap-up this year... ;-)

  5. How ROcky has grown - that was a long trip and I would be crying too. How nice he received such a nice gift. Lovely pile of fabrics for the BH Mystery - I'm logging the steps, not sure I will get to this one.

  6. I'm glad you are feeling back to normal. I've missed reading your blog, but totally understand the need to take some time away. Your quilt for Jacqueline is adorable! I love using Lara's method. For the first time I am participating in Bonnie's mystery quilt, but have only 72 4 patches made. The strips are cut for the rest of them, though!

  7. Welcome back! I've missed seeing your colorful creations, and your latest granddaughter quilt is no exception! Good to hear that you're feeling better, except for the latest cold - seems we're all coming down with them this week. I'm not doing BH's mystery quilt but always look forward to seeing everyone else's progress.

  8. I love the granddaughter quilt! Lara's technique would be perfect for it.

    I hope you recover quickly from the shared germs! It is a nasty bug this year.

    Love your color choices for En Provence. I have mine to do yet. My sister finished all of her 4-patches today and sent me a photo. ;-( She had so much fun that she offered to do mine for me. Wouldn't that be nice?

  9. We sure did miss you! But we all need a break once in a while and it's good to change up our routine. Congrats on finishing a terrific quilt!
    Enjoy your hand stitching today!

  10. Seeing your new post made staff's day, but seeing Rocky McPhotoshopface incarcerated made mine!

    (who doesn't know she has a trip to the vet on Wednesday)

  11. The grand daughter's quilt is great, sorry you are feeling under the weather, but good to see you back. We all have life conspire against us at times to blog, and quilt.

  12. where in NC were you?? in central? let me know next time!!

  13. How wonderful that you found your mojo! It's great to see you back, and of course, love the Rocky photos. Your Mom sure looks familiar to me, where in North Carolina do you go? I live near Elkin, NC (foothills) I have not been blogging since we lost Shizuku.

  14. Your baby quilt is adorable, as is your kitty. We like to tell our kitties that such insults are all part of being a cat.

  15. Oh, Teresa, I have missed you--your friendly posts, you humor, your perfect color sense, and your sweet kitty.
    A beautiful little quilt--so sorry you did not get to deliver it personally.
    Looks like Rocky was right at home with your Mom. How good of her to gift him that throne--I mean, chair.
    Beautiful stitching on the folk art album.
    And such a lush selection of fabrics for Bonnie's mystery (which I am NOT doing).

  16. Great to see your post! Love the baby quilt, too. However did you do her name so perfectly? Boy, I'd sure like to see you in action! Love those kitty photos; he's a beauty! BTW, check out the cat quilt on my blog; it was in the local quilt show and quite amazing!

  17. Sometimes it's hard to blog, since we feel so rushed, even though we have made progress on projects.

  18. Welcome back Teresa! What a wonderful post to reel us all back in! So glad to see you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Rocky included! Your granddaughter's quilt is beyond adorable! Thanks for sharing helpful tips! You KNOW I am participating in En Provence......ala patriotic color scheme.

  19. Nice to see you blogging again, I know own where you are coming from , lately I struggle to blog , love the quilt for Jacqueline, just sweet .

  20. What a beautiful baby quilt! I was just sure her name was machine embroidered until I saw the close-up. Wow! Your work is just amazing. Know exactly what you mean about blogging. I just realized I haven't posted to mine since August 23, 2016. It seems life (and projects)sometimes gets in the way. Thank you for sharing with us in Blogland. Feel better soon.

  21. I am so happy to see you back. I really did miss you too, but I've been a bit delinquent myself. You were thought of frequently. I love your new granddaughter's baby quilt. What? The baby's name is not embroidered.! I thought so too. You are too talented. I love to see pictures of Rocky. He is the prettiest cat and so well mannered.

  22. AHH, Teresa! Look at all the quilt bloggers that have missed you! Wow! When you come back, it's with a bang! What an awesome baby quilt! I'm quite smitten. I'm going to have to check out that applique book. Your letters look awesome! Probably because you had good Snoopervision! I've shipped many quilts with no problems! XO

  23. Such a darling quilt! I love the fabrics you have chosen for the new mystery quilt.

  24. I'm still trying to catch my breath! You accomplished a lot. And that kitty was one happy camper at his grandma's house...LOL.


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