Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spring Break!

My kids are on spring break this week, and while I should be doing some "spring cleaning" I've been doing some "spring sewing!" My new American Patchwork & Quilting finally came...yesterday...and I'm loving every page! I also love Anne's new "A Tisket a Tasket" block for April! Anne's designs are delightful...my block isn't quite complete...I still need to get a button for the bunny's collar and a bow for the little chick. Most of the fabrics are from Moda's "Sweet" and "Swell" lines...but the small yellow polka dot that I did the chick out of is from Anne's line "Angel Houses."

This week I finally finished my "Golden Memories" sampler quilt (over a year in the making)...there are 32 pieced blocks and 31 log cabin filler blocks which all finish at 7 1/2" by 7 1/2". There is also an outer border that finishes off the log cabin borders around each block. This quilt is designed by Lori Smith; I've done a few of her designs and have loved each one--her patterns are well-written. I need to buy my outer border and binding fabric...I can't believe I didn't get it when I got the other fabrics! Since I used mostly Civil War reproduction fabrics I should be able to find coordinating fabrics rather easily.




Oh, and I'm busy trying to finish up the giveaway gifts...yes gifts...I can't just have one prize. One of the prizes might just be made out of these fabrics...


Eileen and Nanette had the wonderful idea to share Easter pictures from our younger days. I don't remember exactly how old I was in this picture...but I know it was before 3rd grade (we'd moved from this neighborhood by then). And this is actually a picture of the picture which is a Polaroid glued into a scrapbook. But yes, I had my Easter bonnet and gloves, and I know I had white shoes and socks. The dress was a lovely lavender Dotted Swiss; I remember my Mom making it for me, and me thinking it was the most beautiful dress in the world. I'm even wearing my Easter Bunny pin...it was a favorite, but I'm not sure what ever happened to it.


Oh...and here is a wonderful post I read recently from Laurie of Minick and Simpson . It has me ready to turn a Moda lunchbox tin I have into a sewing kit like hers! Well, I hope you're having a wonderful week...I'll be back next time with post 100!

42 comments:

Stephanie said...

I'm loving all the cute Easter photos. :o) LOVE the polka dots on your bunny basket.

Your quilt is beautiful. Isn't it satisfying finishing up an involved project.

Michaela said...

The quilt is stunning! All those small pieces. Absolutely beautiful!

Janet said...

The quilt is a stunner, just beautiful. Well done. I wonder what you are doing with those great fabrics for your giveaway, I love them.

jacquie said...

dotted swiss...brings back memories. lovely quilt! congrats on the finish.

Melody said...

Cute Easter photo. I love your quilt it is beautiful. Your bunny block is adorable too!

Joy said...

Sherri your quilt is absolutely stunning!!
Love your Easter piccy ... I should hunt through mine and see if I can find one .... goodness, I'd have to find the box of old piccies first ..[sigh]... maybe next year lol.
Have a great Easter break,
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

OOhh!! I love your bunny hill block....and that quilt!!! OH MY!! It is gorgeous!! Thanks for the show and tell! I love it!

The Quilt Buddy said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your quilt!

Thanks for sharing! I'm waiting for your next post!

Nedra said...

I almost don't know where to begin. Your Lori Smith quilt is AMAZING! Wow, that was a lot of work, and it's beautiful.
Congrats on your coming up 100th post and I love the fabric you will be using for your give away.
And cute Easter picture. I'm loving seeing all these back in time photos.

Tara said...

Amazing quilt. With as much detail work as went into it, I can imagine why you wanted to take a year to finish it--so you didn't get burnt out! I'm off to check out the sewing kit!

Annette said...

Beautiful quilt!!

Kaaren said...

Your quilt is amazing, Sherri. I can't eben imagine the work that's gone into it. Congratulations!

I'm about to start the applique version of the T-A-T block. The colors and fabric you've chosen are so fresh and springy looking. I love it.

Thanks for sharing!

w&v said...

V. here...
I love your "A tisket,a tasket" block. All the Moda with dots are so cute. I always want to do what I see. Maybe I will start sewing this block too. Your intricate"Golden Memories" quilt for me would be a forever project. It is beautiful!! Love the fabric for your giveaway gifts. Sew "springee" too. Sweet "Easter" childhood photo. I am not sure if I could find my childhood photos. You are ORGANIZED! Your 99th post is great. Your projects and ideas are wonderful. Congratulations on a great 99th post. Looking forward to 100. V.

Yvette said...

I love your polka dot version of this months Tisket a Tasket block. Sew cute!

Your Lori Smith quilt is fantastic. I have a few of her patterns but haven't attempted them yet. It is good to know they are easy to follow.

Darlene said...

Your quilt is stunning!

I had lots of dresses made out of dotted swiss when I was growing up - you look so sweet in yours!

Darlene said...

I had to come back after I read about the lunchbox sewing kit. :-)
I have several Moda lunchboxes and have used one for years as a sewing kit but never thought about attaching a pin cushion to the inside of the lid - wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing that post, Sherri.

rachel griffith said...

wow.
your quilt is really something to be proud of!!!
love your april block for anne's bom.
and i can't wait for your giveaway.

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

I love all your things. I love the baskets, I love the quilt top and I loved dotted swiss dresses when I was little.

Quilt Hollow said...

Love, love, love the Lori Smith quilt! It is simply fantastic and screams me! Can I send you my address....really, I'll return it someday....LOL
Enjoy your Spring break week and have a wonderful Easter weekend!!!

Carrie ~ said...

Your spring break sounds perfect, sewing. Love your Lori Smith quilt, you must be excited to get it to this point, best wishes on finding your perfect border.
Your basket block is adorable, love the polka dots. Happy Easter, such a cute picture!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Have fun with spring break this week (well what is left). Looks like you've been nice and busy. Your Bunny Hill blocks are sensational. I love them. And the civil war quilt is perfect. I admire your ability to sew tiny pieces. Now the picture of you! So so cute. I love it. It is so 70s. It really is just darling. Makes me smile. Thanks for sharing.

Vicki said...

I see both boys in your Easter picture...which doesn't seem right since one looks like mom and one looks like dad to me. I REALLY see "S" in it though.

Susan said...

Nice work on your quilt, the colors are lovely. And dotted swiss, fond memories, I loved to sew with it. Your Easter dress is darling and so are you; love to look back at old photos.

Simone de Klerk said...

This month's 'Basket' is so cute! Yours is very pretty! The Golden Memories quilt is a beauty! Wonderful blocks.

belinda said...

Hi Sherri....wonderful quilt goodness you have there....I especially like your little easter picture......you have 'won' a goodie over at my blog...come see!!

another amy said...

That golden memories quilt is beautiful!! What a work of art.

Sandy said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. Wow, a lot of work. Love your bunny block also.
Your Easter pic is so cute...I love the lavender dress. Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

OMG Sherri...what a wonderful, wonderful post...I'm hyperventilating over your Golden Memories...I need to get back to work. I love it! Enjoy Spring Break!

Carrie said...

As everyone else has already written ~ awesome job on everything! Your Golden Memories quilt is absolutely stunning.

And thank you for the trip down memory lane... I too had a couple of dotted swiss dresses, and I loved them! I know I cried when I outgrew a couple of them. :)

Happy Easter!

passingdowncrazy said...

I love, love, love your Golden Memories. Can you walk past without stopping to look at it? It's amazing.

jen duncan said...

Your Easter picture is so sweet Sherri! Thanks for the lunchbox sewing kit link, too. Great idea!
Oh- Lovely quilt!!!

Dawn said...

Do ya think I'll ever get mine done?? Your's looks fantastic! Easter photo is so sweet!! Having a good time here in Disneyland!! A bit croweded...ok...alot!!

dotti white said...

Sherri...I never cease to be amazed at your beautiful inspiring work. The warmth of that quilt would make me want to wrap up in it and relax after a long day of work. Thank you so much for sharing. I enjoy your blog so much! My favorite dotted swiss dress was a powder blue--I felt so feminine in it. Have a wonderful Easter with your loved ones!

Coloradolady said...

I so remember the dotted swiss fabric, and I do believe I remember a purple dress for Easter too. What fun to be able to look at a photo and remember something from childhood. Have a great Easter weekend.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Sherri,
Your quilt is beautiful, that was a lot of work. The bunny baskets everywhere, I need to catch up, they are so cute.
I told Nanette I needed to dig for pictures. Love the dotted swiss and cute Easter Hat.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Mel said...

Fun, fun, fun post Sherri! Love all of it, great patience!

Eileen said...

I really like Lori Smith's designs too. Yours turned out so nice!

And I think I had a dress made from that same pattern! I remember the seams on the front like that.. and thinking it gave me such a lovely shape, even though I was as straight as a pencil. Beautiful bonnet too and gloves.. you looked very happy! Thanks so much for joining the parade. Happy Easter!

Carrie P. said...

Your basket block is so adorable. Love all the polka dots and your basket handle is perfect.
Your quilt top is awesome.
Thanks for sharing your Easter Dress. Cute.

Candace said...

Sherri - your Bunny block is adorable with the polka dots! And your sampler quilt is stunning! I'm loving everyones Easter photos - wish mine weren't packed away!
Cheers!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I just love my new AP&Q magazine. It has so many patterns that I would love to make.
Beautiful quilt!

Jocelyn

Mildred said...

What a beautiful blog and what lovely quilts you have made. I am visiting from Dzintra Ingrid's and just wanted to say hi. I love your childhood Easter photo.

QuiltedSimple said...

Love the quilt - beautiful! Can't wait to see what you pick for the borders.
Kris