July 27, 2009

Gratefull and sewing...

Let me just start of by saying how glad I am to have a blog. Just by getting back and reading all those blogs in my reader, I was able to throw back all the bitterness, anger, stress and soak up inspiration, motivation and peaceful, happy attitude. Why did it took me so long ???
I spent my week catching up (I think that describes it the best) and planning my new project.

And as it couldn't get any better, I was invited to meet my blog friend Jennie at the local quilt shop for a Lock-in organized by her friend Vicki. This was the first time I have met someone form the blogland and the first time that I participated in any of the class/ lock-in/ quilt-group activities.
Oh, and was this fun... I had the best time sewing away and chatting with my new friends.

Thanks again Jennie for inviting me...



Now, on to the project... This little "wall hanging to be" has a story behind it. Every year the first weekend of August we travel to Pennsylvania for a family reunion. It is not my family, but I was taken in as if it was .. well that is a long story. The oldest member of the family is Grandma, she will be 91 next week. The reunion is always the weekend of her birthday. Grandma found out about my love for frugal quilts, scraps and vintage fabrics. She sent me a box full of cut up pieces of her robe that she was not ready to part with and wanted to see if I could use it for anything.
How could I not find the project for it (It is bright fuchsia fabric, puffy and soft, but not quite like minky.). In fact, I had a perfect one in mind. I also wanted to create something for the reunion auction we have every year.



That is how Grandma Secret Garden wall hanging came to life. I used mostly my scraps (I had plenty of greens.), but I had to buy some more of pinks and purples, since I don't have much of those shades.



I started at noon on Saturday and this is how it looks now. I will put it together and quilt it tonight.



The original pattern came from the magazine I have, but I found it here as well (scroll to page #31) . I adjusted the size and number of blocks due to the time crunch I am in.



I just realized as I am typing all this that it has been a little over a year since I had this blog and I totally missed it... :)

Well, we need to celebrate... come back for a giveaway soon.

7 comments:

Jennie said...

Oh, the blocks turned out beautiful!! I had so much fun Saturday night, and I hope you will be able to come to lots more of Vicki's lock-ins! ~ Jennie

QuiltedSimple said...

That is going to be so pretty - can't wait to see it finished!
Kris

BuggletQuilts said...

Thanks for coming! It was great to meet you. The quilt is coming out beautifully, and I love your puppy sleeping with the blocks! Dogs love quilts just at much as cats do.

Kim said...

Fun idea to do a Quilters "Lock-in" Night Out. Sure does lift one's spirits to be among quilters for a sewing night of chatting and sharing quilty goodness. :o)

W. Latane Barton said...

It was great seeing you back in the swing of blogland. Love the new blocks and can't wait to see it all finished.

Amy said...

Great photo of pup on the quilt blocks!

Philigry said...

oh, those blocks are so fun!