Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Celebration

Rainbow Dots is finished.  This isn't the best photograph of it; far from it.  I think if you click on it you can see the quilting.  I thoroughly enjoyed hand-quilting this baby quilt.  The backing is the same yellow as the binding.

This is my fifth finish for this year.  It's not a UFO, but rather a quilt that a certain mom is going to need early this summer.

Yesterday I picked up Cinnamon Latte and Second Hand Clothes from the machine quilter and managed to get the bindings machined on both of them (not  my favorite part of making a quilt).  So now I'm ready for the hand-stitching of the binding, a task I enjoy.  The quilting on Cinnamon Latte is amazing -- kind of an Aztec sort of motif that is just perfect, I think, with the fabrics.  I'll try to get a close-up when it is finished.

Yesterday I retired my favorite blue jeans.  They had become too large!  Today I'm wearing a pair that looks just like them, but are a size smaller and have been hanging in the spare closet for many years.

And yesterday's post was number 1200.

Many things to celebrate!  A give-away seems to be in order.  How about a charm pack of French General La Petite Ecole?  Leave a comment telling me something that you are celebrating.  I'll draw a random winner on Thursday.

41 comments:

*karendianne. said...

Love rainbow dots. It's so much fun!!! I was happy to read this is your 5th finish of the year. Fantastic. I did mention you were in "The Zone" a while back and you're still there. Love that.

I'm celebrating the release of a new collection by inklingo. Sunflowers. It's very hard being me with all these options!!! …and gosh friend, thanks for asking.

Brenda said...

I'm close to celebrating the end of term and the completion of my master's degree. thanks for the chance to win.

Nancy said...

OH...I am going to celebrate..
You getting into size smaller jeans!
A cute polka dot finish!
Me going to my first hand piecing class today..
The almost finish of a master bathroom...
The end of Spring Break so my neighborhood is once again quiet!
and having 3 healthy kids and 5 healthy grandkids!!

Suzan said...

I am celebrating the achievement of my oldest son who is in San Diego at a convention. He is in competition with 4 other teachers to be named the Teacher of the Year in Physical Education (Elementary). The "boy" brings me great joy.

Congrats on 1200 posts!

Linda K said...

Celebrate is my word for the month!! My daughter, who, by the way, lives "near Philadelphia", had major surgery 5 weeks ago and continues to recover at home. While I was there with her, I was able to take a day trip to Lancaster and my favorite stop, Sauders. Thanks for the chance to win and Congrats on # 1200 and #5!!

Glenda in Florida said...

I'm celebrating a charity sewing day held at my home on Monday. Celebrating because it went over so well, and we will soon have 145 tote bags to deliver to a charity that supports children in need. My neighborhood ladies really came through!

Bonnie K Hunter said...

I'm not entering the drawing, I just want to say CONGRATS on the new-again-jeans! And the rainbow dots is adorable....many things to celebrate!

Bonnie

LizA. said...

Love the little polka dots reminds me I should pull my polka dot UFO out.....congrats on the smaller siza jeans--that's something I definitely need to work on! 5 finishes already? 5 finishes already? I've really been a slacker. This year, guess I better get busy. Celebrating, hhmmm, my taxes are ALMOST done.....

kynomi said...

I'm celebrating the fact that my blood sugar levels are slowly but surely becoming lower--yahoo! Very cute polka dot quilt, by the way.

Dianne said...

Tomorrow I will be celebrating my birthday...31.

M. said...

I'm celebrating the beginning of spring. Yay! Mona

altar ego said...

Can't wait to see pics of the fully finished quilts! I'm itching to do a baby quilt for a friend who is the wife of a colleague. They've got a cute theme going in the nursery, and there is fabric that goes perfectly, if I can still get my hands on it. Your rainbow dots inspires me!

I'm celebrating day three of Dr. Oz's diet, which I am finding easy, and even enjoyable. My goal is one size smaller by Easter. Crossing fingers and eating better toward that end!

Congrats to Brenda!

Leland said...

I'm celebrating the finalized arrangements for a visit from a daughter and granddaughter next month. They live too far away!
Congratulations on 5 finishes by the end of March! I am dazzled.

Linda said...

I am celebrating that I am progress on my spring cleaning! This is important because I would rather be quilting. Congrats on you great blog.

Pat said...

Baby Dots is so happy & bright! Can't wait to see the Aztec quilting on Latte.

I'm celebrating everything that you are celebrating. That's what friends are for.

quiltmom said...

Congratulations on all those celebrations- finished quilts and smaller jeans are always things to feel good about..
Today I think I have a different idea of how to put my father's quilt together. I am going to press the seams around the blocks a quarter inch back and machine applique them on- If I start cutting the base apart I am going to have problems I think. I am celebrating a solution to my father's quilt and that I am finally making progress on it.
It is also spring break and I have had my teeth cleaned and am off to get a haircut... Yes...
Have a terrific day. Regards,
Anna

Lori said...

I'm celebrating you retiring a pair of jeans! How awesome is that?! Woo-hoo!

Julie S said...

Congrats on getting into smaller jeans. I wish I could celebrate the same, but instead I am celebrating that it quit snowing, and I think spring may really be coming! And that is good too!

Judi said...

Huge congratulations on your latest (and very cute) completed quilt AND the size smaller jeans which totally puts me to shame!

And a very sincere "thank you" for taking the time and trouble to entertain us all with your blog posts. I so enjoy seeing your grandchildren grow through your pictures and your quilts growing, too!

What am I celebrating? Well, after several months of working 12-16 hour days, 7 days a week to get a new business off the ground, I took last weekend off and SEWED something!

I'm so excited to be sewing again - I have missed it terribly.

Jittina said...

I'm almost celebrating my first day dat I don't have to work. I'm quiting my job by the first of May. I'm really looking forward to it, so I've got more time to enjoy my 2 boys and more time for quilting. No more hurrying to work and then hurrying back home.

Jittina, the Netherlands

Deb said...

Love the dots quilt and can't wait to see the quilting on your other quilts, love both of them too. You're being very productive this early in the year.

I'm celebrating the fact that spring can't be far away. Tired of temps in the 30's and 40's ready for the 60's and 70's and seeing some sunshine again!

Deb said...

On your second hand clothes did you use a muslin for your offsetting color? I need to get to work on mine now that I see yours finished!

Sallee in NH said...

I am celebrating that my daughters now understand how to study successfully. They are in Jr. & Sr. High School. Those tough tests on Monday – Aced them!

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Lovely to hear that the jeans are being used for scrap and the baby quilt is finished; it looks so cheerful and bright. Congrats on #5 and on 1200-what a feat !~!

OT Quilter said...

Smaller jeans and finished quilts are certainly reasons to celebrate!

I'm celebrating my retirement which has given me the chance to do more with my quilt guild, do more sewing and see the glorious red and white quilts that were on display in NYC!

Marge said...

We will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this year and it will call for a special quilt. Time to get started. thanks for a wonderful blog. It gets me going every day when I read it.
Marge

ql said...

I'm celebrating, but I may have done a bad thing. I loved your Argyle quilt, so I got out my rulers and figured out the pattern. I decided to do in white/black/red. I hope I'm not breaking any copyright laws. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

I'm celebrating my daughter's house almost completed and she will be moving out of ours (we go home & live in our coach) and into her own beautiful new home after four LONG years. Your CA cuz (leaving warm AZ on Saturday)

Karen said...

Celebrating finally being able to go visit our daughter and family!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I try to make celebrations a daily even but this week I'm really, really celebrating Lura from Grammy's News who was in a terrible car crash last Saturday and is in ICU but recovering - thanking God for that! blessings, marlene

anne bebbington said...

Don't feel much like celebrating much at the mo Nancy - my dear friend Sue who's been fighting breast cancer for two years found out yesterday that it has spread to secondaries in her liver and possibly elsewhere, prognosis not good - however now you come to mention it actually I have much to celebrate - my own health and that of my family plus the fact that I am in a position to help her as best I can for as long as she has left

Becky said...

Congratulations on retiring your favorite jeans!!! Yahoo! Love when a small size fits again. I am in my first year of retirement. Celebration! I was able to schedule two days of sewing this week. I showered and dressed then spent the rest of the day working on a new project. Love French General fabrics!

Susan said...
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Susan said...

Congratulations on all of your quilts and especially on retiring your jeans! There hasn't been much to celebrate here the past week or so since I've been sick, my son had computer problems and I had an particularly bad day at work today. But I came home to a package from the Fat Quarter shop with some lovely red, white and blue prints that I bought "just because" and a couple of new patterns. And on Friday, we're headed to DC to hear my daughter perform in her college's jazz band. Things are looking up indeed

Arlene Ferrigno said...

I am celebrating the upcoming birth in June of our first great grandchild, a little boy.
It's so wonderful to have things in your life to celebrate.
Life is such a wonderful gift, we should celebrate each and every day.

Erin said...

Way to go on all of your accomplishments! As for me, I am celebrating the fact that I am 5 weeks into training to run a 5K and just ran for 10 full minutes without stopping!! I never thought I would be a runner, but I am getting there! Now if there were only another 60 minutes in the day to get some sewing accomplishments in there too! :)

sharon said...

The baby quilt is so cute, I love the dotted fabric. I am celebrating SPRING!!!! even if its going out like a big old lion....
sharon m

Deb said...

Congrats on the smaller jeans! It's a terrific feeling, isn't it? I'm celebrating the fact that I've lost 63 lbs and have been off my insulin pump (and totally off the insulin) for 4 months! I feel great!

Deb S.

pam1228 said...

I love the baby quilt finish!!! How cute for a new baby!
I am celebrating the 4th birthday of my special granddaughter, Lilybeth. Lily has a heart condition and we are so thankful for every day she spends with us. Thanks for the giveaway!
Great news on fitting in a smaller pair of jeans!

AnnieO said...

How sweet that you hand quilted the baby quilt--definitely an heirloom in the making. Congrats on 5 finishes so far this year--can't wait to see the next two finishes :)

I am celebrating the engagement of my daughter to her longtime boyfriend and upcoming wedding this year! Thanks for the giveaway.

Wendy said...

I am celebrating my first trip to Paris with my sister to see my daughter who is enjoying a semester abroad. Grateful it is "our turn" for some good times as the past couple of years have been rather tough on our family due to illness and death. Really looking forward to some "new" horizons!!