Thursday, October 23, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Today was my older daughter's birthday! She was nearly 5 weeks pre-mature and had to stay in the neo-natal unit for ten days (I had to go home without her). Thankfully, she was able to completely recover from the pneumonia she had at birth...and now she is a talented, bright amazing young adult. She is away at college, so I didn't get to bake her a cake this year, but I did send her a fun package. It didn't get there today...hopefully tomorrow--it has some of her favorite things in it! I hope it's okay that I put her picture here...she reads my blog, so I'll get a phone call about this!
Do you ever do Block of the Month quilts? I did my first one in 2004. The pattern came from this fun book, At Piece with Time, A Woman's Journey Stitched in Cloth. I'm so glad I got the courage to do this quilt...it was my first experience with more intermediate level piecing and really helped me to grow as a quilter. One of these days I'll try to get a good picture of my finished quilt and share it here. But lately I've gone a little overboard with Block of the Month quilts; I'm doing so many that I start to resent them! At the beginning of this year I was doing seven...now a couple have finished, and I'm down to four. I do like the fact that I definitely get some quilts done that I might not do otherwise, but sometimes I just want to work on my own stuff!

I finished two more blocks of my "Golden Memories" Block of the Month...that meant I could add another row to the quilt. Three rows to go (and I have the filler blocks all completed, so actually there are just 11 more blocks to make). I have another Block of the Month quilt that I will get caught up on this weekend, and then I'll be free to get back to Christmas gifts!
Younger daughter wanted a new bag--I pulled out the fabric for her to choose from. I brought out the Amy Butler, the Farmer's Market, the Cotton Blossoms, but none of them were right for her. She said, "Mom I just want something simple." She finally settled on this woven from Chocolat'. We sort of made it up as I went, and she is happy with it. This was the first time I put a magnetic closure on a bag--it wasn't too hard!
And speaking of bags, I've been making a couple of fun ones...I'm not sure why I've been making so many bags lately, but I've always wanted to try some.
I completed the Abby's Treasure Box bag using some Amy Butler "Daisy Chain" charm squares; it is a great little bag that would be perfect for make-up or even sewing supplies. I got close to finishing the Scrappy Sack bag but didn't have the right color zipper to finish. I used scraps from the Chocolat' line for this one.

Well, thanks for stopping by--every so often I just want to say "thank you" to all of the amazing bloggers out there. I'm grateful for your comments and creative inspiration!

Happy Sewing!

16 comments:

maria said...

Thanks to you too, I love to see your creations. Your daughter looks beautiful.
Maria x

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter. Gorgeous quilt. 7 Block of the Month quilts at once! YIKES. Well I love bags and they are rather addicting once you get started. You always share wonderful things.

Carol said...

Your daughter is beautiful...Happy Birthday. I've said it before and I'll say it again...your Golden Memories just takes my breath away. OMG! It's gorgeous!

julia said...

Hi Sherri,
Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter!
Your BOM-Quilt is going to be gorgeous! Love the pattern & fabric {where did you subscribed to it?}. I know what you mean. I started about 6 BOMs {most of them free online patterns} and now I'm only working on 3 of them anymore...the others have to wait...
Cheers, Julia
P.S.: those little bags are great!

Kevin and Vicki said...

Sherri, I love your Golden Memories quilt! It's probably the prettiest quilt I've seen. I love the colors and the white in-between border makes it just pop out. Love you visit your blog everyday.

Darlene said...

I hope your lovely daughter had a wonderful birthday!

Thanks for sharing the book - I'm intrigued.

I love, love, love your Golden Memories quilt - it's breathtaking!

debbie said...

Happy Birthday to you daughter!! She is very pretty!
Your projects are great! Good job! I haven't done much lately, i really should...

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Your daughter is beautiful. I hope she had a lovely day. It is hard when they are away. I love the bags too. I've always wanted to make a zipper bag like that one. Someday. The quilt is amazing. Those remeind me of Dear Jane blocks - not easy! You are very talented.

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!

Okay, now I don't feel so bad about how many BOM's I have going! I love the one you showed. It is turning out lovely.

Terry said...

That quilt is fabulous! And your daughter is beautiful! Happy birthday to her! :0)

em's scrapbag said...

Your daughter is lovely. Hope she has a wonderful b-day. Your block of the month quilt is gorgeous! WOW!!!!

Mel said...

I just love the BOM you picture on this post. Actually, all of your projects are stimulating to me because of your great color choices! Keep on keepin' on!

Carrie P. said...

Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter. You have a lot of projects. I have the same book. Kirsten Steiner is a great teacher. I took an applique class with her several years ago.

Lorraine said...

Hope your daughter had a great birthday....I am a BOM addict I think!....but they are hard to resist when you get everything neatly packaged up....which in my case it still is ages down the track...LOL....but....there will come a time when I have more time....and then they will be there!! Aren't those little bags fun...I bought both those patterns and have made up a few of the Treasure Box bags....they will make nice gifts with some goodies in them!

Nan said...

You are the most prolific seamstress I've ever known! Look at you go! I am totally in love with the BOM blocks and quilt you show - beautiful! I'm sure your daughter loved the bag you made her - she chose very nice fabric for it. I really like the Abby's Treasure Box bag, too.
Your daughter is very pretty, by the way.

The Demanding Doll said...

My gosh! but you are productive. Thanks for inspiration and motivation to get projects done.

Happy belated to your lovely daughter.