"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Where is Spring?

I’m ready for it – where is it?  We had snow and sleet and freezing rain on Monday.  I think it’s supposed to snow a little tonight.  I don’t want snow.  I want flowers and sunshine and warm breezes!!!!

This past weekend was rainy, snowy, dreary, and just the perfect weather for a Quilt Retreat.  It was my third retreat in four weeks.  Why do they all come at the same time?  We sewed, and ate, and talked, and laughed, and made new friends.  It was a wonderful weekend.  I don’t feel like I accomplished much, but I’m happy with what I did.

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This little wall hanging was so tedious, but it had been rattling around in my head for a couple of months. so I was very pleased to get it to this stage.  Snowball blocks are very tedious, and as I was nearing the end of them, I had an ‘aha moment’ for a way to speed them along.  Next time.  I have 10 extra blocks, that I was planning to add to the left side, but it didn’t look right, So I can start another one as a gift, or make them into a smaller project.

I didn’t take many pictures at the retreat, but I had to capture this quilt

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Imagine if you will, 331 basket blocks, all from different blue fabrics!!!  It was incredible!  The same woman was also working on another basket quilt with larger blocks, and when she discovered she had miscounted and had an extra basket block, she gave it to me!  It’s an odd size, so I’m thinking of appliqueing some flowers on it, adding a couple of borders, and having a lovely wall hanging.

I made one flower this week, from scraps from a friend at my other quilt retreat a couple of weeks ago. 

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I’ve challenged myself to do a certain amount of crocheting each day this month, so I must get to it.  I have other things to share, so I hope to be back here in a day or two.  I’m also working on some personal improvement projects, so I’m keeping busy!  See you around…..

Kindness matters…..Sunny

23 comments:

  1. love your projects Sunny and good luck with your crocheting each day i try to do that with my knitting.xx

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  2. There's that nice pink flower. Looking great. That snowball quilt does look hard to make and the basket quilt you took a picture of is awesome. Sounds like you had a terrific time at the retreats.

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  3. Pleased you enjoyed your third retreat... Mine are spread through out the year.Much nice I think..
    Your Snowball project is coming along nicely Sunny..
    WOW the baskets would have taken a LONG time to do.Don't think I am that patient..
    Nice flower to add to your garden.

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  4. Hi Sunny, things are looking autumn-like here and I hope your spring comes soon! Isn't that basket quilt amazing - and how special you got a leftover block from it. Your wall hanging from retreat looks great - I like how you offset the centre stitchery - and it's good you managed to fit some sewing into your social time!

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  5. Oh my goodness....and I am complaining when we have temps in the 50's and saying, "where is spring?" We actually have had some lovely spring weather and I pulled my 2 big plants that spend the summer outside and the winter inside just in time before I kill them with neglect.....I was just thinking about you today when I planted some flowers and wondering how your Hollyhock seeds will do....I love your pretty pink hexie flower and your snowball flimsy. such lovely blues!

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  6. Sunny is that gorgeous Tulip growing in your garden???

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  7. nice flower, one more to the stash of flowers.

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  8. Sunny that snowball quilt is so cute. I've never been to a retreat but it sounds fun. I like to crochet too but can't find the time this year.

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  9. Love your sweet wallhaning. You have been having tons of retreat fun for sure. Spring is coming slow our way too!

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  10. Very eye catching flower and lovely wall hanging !!!!

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  11. Now that is a wonderful tedious wall hanging Sunny! A pretty flower too and beautiful, beautiful baskets.

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  12. Your snowman wall hanging might have been a lot of work but it sure was worth it , just sweet. I LOVE that basket quilt , gorgeous !! Glad you enjoyed the retreat and I am like you wishing spring would arrive .

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  13. How nice that you can attend so many retreats. I was telling another blogger that I have not yet ever been to a quilt retreat.

    Your wallhanging is adorable!

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  14. Where IS spring????
    well it's not here. We woke up to SNOW. ugh.

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  15. I hope Spring finds you soon! It's been sunny but cooler here and the trees are all budding. Love the little wallhanging. Snowball blocks are not my favorite either. Somehow, they always end up a little wonky.

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  16. I have decided to let it be cold as long as it wants to and to get it out of it's system so that when it does get warm--it will stay warm!!!
    Love your projects--
    keep on stitching and crocheting--
    hugs, di and miss gracie

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  19. Love your little wall hanging and I was so excited to see another basket quilt done in one color. Looks fabulous!

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  20. Cute wall hanging and oh my goodness... the baskets!!!! Dear oh dear, must try that one day, lol!!! xxx

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