at how wonderful and generous folks can be!! Look at what came in the mail for me ~
This was sent to me by a darling new friend I have met here through my blog. Her name is Joy and her name describes her perfectly. Joy creates art quilts and was a finalist in McCall's Quilting Quilt Design Star 2012 Amateur Category! Many of you voted for her entry in the final round. Well, she has a new passion and that is making these amazing baskets (and this basket is big enough for a cat to curl up in and take a nap).
Look at the incredible detail she added all the way around the outside - Click on pictures to see up close ~
And the very, very best part of the basket is that she used all Kaffe Fassett fabrics - my most favorite designer!!
Oh, Joy, how can I ever, ever thank you!! I think this basket is in the top 10 gifts I have rececived over my entire life!! I'll think of you every day as I look at it!! :-)) Woo! Hoo!! I am one blessed kid!!
for all of you quilters who create queen-size quilts!! I dear friend of mine asked if I would make a queen-size quilt for her son and new daughter-in-law as their wedding present from my friend and her hubby.
I said yes, having no idea what I was getting myself into as I have never made this large of a quilt before.
The new bride chose the the collection Shades of Black by Me & My Sister Designs and then I added the red for a bit of pop.
As much as I loved how the front turned out, I actually like the back of the quilt the best ~
With the extra lighter charms, I played with the back and offset five nine-patches down near the middle.
Sue Baddley over at Summit Creek Quilts did a gorgeous job of quilting it for me. Thank you, Sue, the quilting really gave this quilt a professional look ~
Whenever I make a quilt for someone I always ask them to chose a Scripture for the label to help us to always remember our God and that it is He who provides everything for us.
I think finishing this queen-size quilt and taking it to my friend this afternoon is sort of like having someone ask you right after your baby is born if you are going to have anymore - NO!!! Until next time!!!
but I finally went to the doctor today and he thinks I either have bronchitis or sinusitis. So, now on to getting better!!
The day before I got sick last week I went to lunch with Janet O. from The Rogue Quilter and she brought me a present!! Was I ever surprised!! A couple of months ago she had been over to my house looking for a varigated thread to do some free motion quilting on a little quilt she had just finished. Well, I gushed about how much I loved it and look what was inside the bag ~
Oh, my gosh!! Now those of you that know Janet, know she is more of a dark and dirty kinda gal when it come to her quilt colors. And I am a bright and never dirty kinda gal - so it was such a perfect present!!
Here is a peek at some of the gorgeous quilting she did with the thread she picked out.
And the cute, cute label she added to the back!! Thanks, Janet, I LOVE it!!
The one thing I did get finished and in the mail this past week was my May Doll Quilt Swap quilt to Sher. These little quilts take me so much time as I am sure you all know and so I have decided that this May quilt is my last one in this swap. I hope Sher enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it for her.
I am hoping that the rest of this week and next will have more quilting time!! I hate being sick and I just do not do it very well!!
These are the little cemetery pots I made from my garden to put on the graves of my maternal Grandmother and Grandfather (Nana and Gramps) in the Brigham City Cemetery. It has been many years since I lived near a cemetery where relatives are buried and I am really looking forward to visiting!!
Because my parents are buried down at the Riverside National Cemetery in Southern California, over 700 miles from here, I am honoring them with my Grandparents in Brigham City.
I also want to honor all of the brave men and women from all the Wars and skirmishes and battles who lost their lives or were severely wounded in order to protect this great country!! And I want to especially thank my brother, Greg Young, for his service during the Vietnam War. Greg was exposed to Agent Orange while over there and for the past decade has lived with the ramifications of that nasty poison. But what I love most about Greg is that he NEVER complains!! I love you, Greg!!
And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom;
Oh, wow, this has been such a busy week but I got a lot done!!
I finally got all 36 of Lynne's blocks done and in the mail!! That was the biggest quilting project of my quilting career and I am thinking it might be the last huge project like that as it was so stressful to get it finished!! Gratefully, Lynne was so nice about the job taking so long!!
Next, we got a real good start on my friend Chris's son and his new bride's wedding gift. Chris does not sew but she is a dang good pinner!!
Then, I got all the 9-patches done for the baby shower gift. When Shannon told me she wanted blue, brown and green, I said what?????? Yuk!! But look what we found and it is going to be darling for her daughter that is coming into the world the end of June!!
And finally, I just about got Pat's April Doll Quilt done but then I decided I wanted to put sprinkles on the cupcakes, so I am keeping it until tomorrow and then off in the mail it goes!!
Now it is bedtime and I think I am going to sleep like a baby tonight!!