Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Surprises...



Surprises are always a lot of fun...and this week I had some great things come my way.  First of all, this amazing star pillow came from the lovely Janelle Wind in Australia. Back in February she announced a surprise on her blog and asked if anyone could guess what it was...I immediately guessed she was writing a book...and she sent me this wonderful star pillow which is a bonus project from her new book (her book is titled Pieces of Me...and I'd love to find a copy if anyone knows of a U.S. source).  If you go to this post you can see the other delightful star pillows she made! Janelle's workmanship is exquisite, and I love having this little pillow greet me every time I walk in my sewing room!


I also received an unexpected package from Cindy of Sew Cindy. Cindy just returned home from a wonderful trip where she was able to visit Sister's Oregon, and she was so kind as to send me some wonderful souvenirs from her trip...a wonderful postcard and a change purse pattern and kit which I can't wait to stitch up!  Thanks so much Cindy!

 
Back in my sewing room...I have a quilt to bind this week...



One of my favorites..."Saltwater Taffy" made with Fresh Cottons (pattern and fabric by Joanna of Fig Tree & Company).
And I'm just finishing up another quilt with Fresh Cottons...this is "Clovers" (also by Joanna Figueroa).


I have the body of the quilt set together and just need to add borders and get it quilted!  I have just loved sewing with Fresh Cottons...it's one of my favorite Fig Tree lines ever (although I LOVE Breakfast at Tiffany's too...can't wait to sew with it again as well).

Oh...and one more surprise...you might remember I just celebrated my 2nd blogiversary on July 1st...and I celebrated my birthday this past weekend...so it's time for a giveaway!  I'll be back soon with all the details! Have a wonderful day!

53 comments:

sincerely yours said...

All our quilts are simply Luscious! I can never wait to see the next project!

Carol said...

happy everything. Your pillow is really pretty and your quilts are really pretty too.

Jackie said...

Surprises are great! You have received some wonderful ones. Congrats on the 2nd blogiversary, but even better... Happy Birthday to you!!

Cindy said...

What soft and pretty quilts, Sherri.

Such a lovelypillow. I'm loving this !!

You're so welcome, Sherri.

Sewn With Grace said...

We are on the same wave length this week. I just emailed Janelle Wind yesterday to see how to get her book so if I get a response I will let you know. It really looks wonderful, doesn't it? I've been able to get some patterns of hers from Etsy but the book hasn't turned up yet. Your quilts are looking wonderful!

Sinta Renee said...

awww, I hope you had a wonderful birthday! I love your little Janelle Wind pillow... now where to find that book! Your FT projects are amazing and I want them all! I agrdee--Fresh Cotton is very yummy!

Stephanie said...

Lots of good surprises. Love the quilting on Saltwater Taffy.

Sue said...

What lovely gifts you have received!
Love the quilts you are working on and do you have a longarm. The quilting is beautiful!!

Trisha said...

I love a post full of eye candy!

Rene' said...

Sherri, I hope you had a wonderful birthday!!! There seem to be a lot of July birthdays in blogland ;-)

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Happy belated birthday! The star pillow is so cute, and so is the little kit.

The Saltwater Taffy quilt just makes me happy. The quilting is really pretty.

Lizzie said...

I love Saltwater Taffy, it's adorable..
Lizzie
xxx

Deb said...

Loving all the goodies Sherri and your Saltwater Taffy quilt is adorable.

Nedra said...

We commented today as another quilt arrived at QW, that you are the most prolific quilter! I'm wondering if you ever sleep. How fun to receive so many wonderful gifts.

The Patch Craft said...

I also won of Janelle pillows I got the pink one. I love it.

Crafty Mama said...

That pillow is darling! And I just love all your quilts! ☺

Simone de Klerk said...

Happy belated birthday, Sherri! Such lovely surprises that came your way!

Carol said...

Hope you had a wonderful birthday! LOVE Salt Water Taffy...the quilting is beautiful!!! You are a busy, busy girl...I'm with Nedra...I'm not sure you sleep! LOL!

kate spain said...

Hope you had a fun fun birthday celebration weekend!! Your quilts are absolutely beautiful. big bday hugs to you!

Chris said...

Happy Blogiversary and Happy Birthday!! Everytime I stop by your blog I am inspired!! The Salt water Taffey quilt is just beautiful..well what I can see of it :), I too love that line of fabric. Hope you have a great birthday week full of more surprises. :)

trish said...

Your quilt is coming along so beautifully. And how sweet to receive such lovely things in the mail. The little pin cushion is just too cute!
Have a nice week.
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Terriaw said...

What a lucky gal to get all these wonderful surprises in the mail! That star pillow is really gorgeous and fun for summer. Love the color of that binding you're working on.

Little Lady Patchwork said...

Happy Belated Birthday Sherri!
Stefanie

Little Lady Patchwork said...

Happy Belated Birthday Sherri!
Stefanie

Thimbleanna said...

Happy Belated Birthday and Blogiversary Sherri. That little pillow is so cute -- what a fun addition to your collection!

Chartreuse Moose said...

Happy anniversary in blogland! I love the quilting on your Saltwater Taffy quilt...guessing your new top will be equally as lovely!

Carrie P. said...

Aren't surprises fun?
Oh, your quilts are just lovely.
Happy anniversary and Happy Belated Birthday!

Denise in PA said...

I just love Joanna's fabrics and patterns o:) Happy Anniversary and B-Day!!

Stina said...

Oh sherri-.. I am never ever disappointed when going to your blog.. so much eyecandy.... wonderful projects... love love your Saltwater Taffy... :o))

Stina said...

Forgot....

Happpy Birthday... or Grattis på födelsedagen..:o))))

Karen said...

Such pretty quilts, they just ooze summer breezes (except here in Florida where is hot and muggy LOL). Your quilting is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Sheri Howard said...

Such fun gifts! Love your pint sized wild things quilt!

aussiequilter said...

lucky you to be so spoiled! I adore your card trick quilt-one of my most favourite patterns and the colours are so beautiful cheers Teri

Deb said...

That pillow is wonderful, and I just love your quilts. I just picked up the Clovers pattern and am thinking of using Breakfast at Tiffany's too! Just love it!

Chocolate Cat said...

What a cute little pillow and another lovely quilt. I love seeing all the things you produce! I am happy to get a copy of Janelles book for you and forward it on if you don't find a US source. Happy belated Birthday!

Cardygirl said...

Wonderful treasures! I hate binding...wish I could send mine to you!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh dang. Happy Birthday. I'm terrible at remembering friends birthdays. Sorry. Too many kids (easy to blame them) and too many birthdays. Love the quilt! Love surprises.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Love your pincushion and the Fig Tree quilt Sherri.

Ivory Spring said...

Sherri,

It's lovely to hear from you! That star pillow is to die for!

quiltmom said...

Some really lovely quilts- I love the card trick block and have only done it once in a sampler quilt- - it is just such an interesting block to make.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilts and thoughts about quilting.
Happy blog anniversary.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

That pillow from Janelle is just beautiful Sherri!
And wow, two Fresh Cotton quilts, one lovelier than the other! Are they for you to keep?

Sarita said...

You have a beautyfull blog.
and your quilts are so nice.
Sarita

Homer and Queen said...

Once again...you kill me!!! You are way too talented and I will be talking smack about you for at least 2 days...just sayin'...

Do you happen to have any blue scraps or fat qtrs from the line Paris Flea Market from a bazillion years ago? I messed up cutting and need to finish this quilt and can't even find anything close in color!

And I have a surprise for you too!

Madame Samm said...

Happy belated Name Sake day...gosh how lucky for us you were born...
and yes the card tricks love it...is this the one you said will be easier...mmm looking forward to the details or pattern...now back to work...I have some cutting to do too...blessings ms

Micki said...

Happy Belated birthday to you! Your quilts are amazing!
You are a real talent!
Micki

Tiffany said...

I admire quilters so much! And happy, happy birthday!

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julia said...

Lucky you, the star pillow is gorgeous! And so is Saltwater Taffy! If I hadn't so many projects already going on I would start my own SWT right now...the fabric feels so fresh, just irresistible.
I just went back to your first blog post...can't believe it already has been two years since you started...I'm glad that I accompanied your journey for nearly two years, too.
Hugs,
Julia

Tracey said...

wonderful goodies you got, love the change purse idea,
take care

Jacqueline said...

Happy blogiversary!! Surprises are ALWAYS nice! I love all the yummie goodies you received! I am looking forward to your giveaway! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

jacqueline
http://jqlinesocuteithurts.typepad.com/

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

Very pretty quilts. "Clovers" is actually the old Card Trick pattern with sashing & cornerstones.

Susan said...

Congratulations on 2 years. I've really enjoyed your blog, it's been an inspiration. Can't think of any new tutorial I would like, but have really appreciated your tutorial for the placemats and all the great ideas for what to do with Jelly Rolls. Thanks!

Dandelion Quilts said...

I just love all of these pretty quilts.