Friday, March 16, 2012

Three down…

And ZERO to go!  Woo hoo!

As of this morning, my third and last WIP is now quilted and bound. 

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This was a fun sampler to make.  It was offered by The Temecula Quilt Company over the 12 days of Christmas and is aptly referred to by the same name.

Here’s the reverse side.

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This little quilt was so much fun to make and I’ll be anxiously waiting to see what they have in store for us this Christmas!

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Two weeks ago today was my final radiation treatment and I am happy to say that my strength and stamina are getting stronger with each passing day.  Today is the first day where I can say that the wounds and burns have just about healed and if I could do a back handspring to celebrate, I would!

But rather than break my neck, this morning I decided to bake a carrot cake to celebrate instead.

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Mr. Painted Quilt and I each had a piece with lunch but I think that our resident life-sized, two-legged mouse helped himself to seconds while my back was turned.   *wink*

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Know how I can tell? 

See that crooked cut on the right side?  I would never do that!  I’d just have to cut myself another piece…just to even it off!   *wink*

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SO now that my three WIP’s are finished, I can now start on a new project without feeling guilty. 

I didn’t want to copy a picture without asking for permission first so if you’d like to see what my next project is going to be…complete with tutorial…just go HERE.

Don’t you just it?

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After hemming and hawing over which fabrics to use…Civil War or 1930’s reproduction…

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Frankie and I decided to go with the 1930’s fabrics.

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Don’t they just bring a smile to your face?  I had forgotten how much I really L-O-V-E them!

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I’ll probably start to iron the fabrics after my power nap this afternoon and begin the cutting tonight.

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Three finishes in two weeks!  There’s no stopping me now!

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60 comments:

Vickie said...

Congratulations on your WIPS! That is great and they are fabulous! I can always tell when my husband gets another serving, too! Sometimes I have to even it out! I do love that Granny Square Quilt! I really want to try it some day!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Congratulations on finishing your WIPS. They are beautiful. I love your fabric choices. I'm so glad to hear that you are starting to feel better. I'm wanting to try the granny square quilt too.

Siobhán said...

I'm so glad that your mojo is back! Your quilt is so adorable--love the fabrics that you used. I can't wait to see your GSQ!

Gwen, The Vintage Seamstress said...

Your quilt is just beautful, I too hope to get this one made again... I made it once but screwed up two blocks. Yours is just awesome and I love the colors.

handmade said...

Good job !!! so many finishes YES you can... start a new project and a lovely one

Sue said...

so happy to see you are getting back to yourself!!!! Alice and her daughter are also doing these blocks in Ottawa.
great finishes!!!

Sue

The Inspired Stitcher said...

You go girl! Your finish looks awesome. I love those colors. I can't wait to see your 30's quilt. I agree, those fabrics really do just make you smile. Happy weekend!

Carol said...

Glad you are getting your energy back. So glad you are back. I missed you. Congrats on finishing those WIP's.

Laura said...

Kaaren - So glad you are feeling better and Congrats on your WIPs. What a good feeling. Love the granny square for scraps. Can't wait to see your tutorial.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I think you made a great choice!! I too want to make the Granny Square Quilt, but I've still got several UFO's to finish :-)

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Girl when you get your mojo back, it comes with power! Good for you! Your quilts are lovely, they bring a smile to my face.

Frankie is an excellent helper!

Gra said...

Congratulations Kaaren!!!! That is one cute little quilt.
You sound like....Yourself!,again!! I am glad you are feeling better.
Have a nice week end.....and another piece of carrot cake!!!! LOL

Ulla said...

So good to see you are getting your strength back! I added the Granny Square Quilt to my list, thank you for the link.

Delores said...

Thanks for posting about the granny squares, Kaaren!
I've been wanting to try it and I have a stack of 30's fabrics - think your plan is a great one.... just might try it. Glad your stamina is returning.

gracie said...

First I just want to say it is good to know you are feeling better. Then I will say I love the quilt and your next project too. Frankie makes good choices.....and I do not believe for one minute you would cut a crooked piece of cake!!!

Deb said...

Woo Hoo on your WIP! How fun that now you can start on your new project! It looks like it's going to be fun!

And the little mouse must definitely be your husband - my husband leaves evidence like that too! :o)

Cattinka said...

It is so nice to hear that you are having fun with your quilts and I like that you will make a big quilt next.
Thanks for the link!
KATRIN W.

Cotton Blossom said...

I am so glad to hear your getting stronger every day! The Granny Square is so cute, thanks for the link. I also love the 30's fabric that Frankie chose. Can't wait to see your creation.

Ter'e said...

Does this mean you CAN'T do a back handspring???? Why Kaaren, I am surprised!!!!! LOL.
I am so happy to hear all your wounds are healing. I have hoped this would be a good week of resting, quilting and healing. Good Girl.
So good to hear the lilt of laughter in your posts! You are such a darling! xoxoxoxoxoxox
P.S. Thank God and all your angels!

Sharon said...

You go girl!

Brenda said...

Congratulations on another beautiful finish. I really liked that top, and it is fun to see it all put together. The front looks perfect with the backing and quilting.

I am going to have to get some reproduction fabric. I would like to do a retro themed quilt for my bedroom and a Civil War quilt from Barbara Brackman's celebration blog. :)

I had to laugh. After I ate lunch today, my cherry chip cake had a cut into one side from a dull knife. That can drive me nuts! So, I was forced to get out a sharp knife and have dessert with lunch. I guess that my son can take the blame for that! ;)

Joan said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better. Your quilt is lovely. I've looked at the Granny Square Quilt too. Looks like fun! Have a great weekend! Take care X0

WoolenSails said...

Love how your little quilt came out, the fabrics are beautiful. I need to get going on my quilts, time to finish some and lots of new ones to start.

Debbie

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Good to hear that you are getting some energy back.
I have been eyeing up that Granny Square pattern too! Cant wait to see yours! ....mine might take awhile LOL

Lesley said...

You are so back! Love the 12 days and the quilting is perfect for it. Would love a piece iof your carrot cake...watch out for those mice! Your granny squares will be perfect with those '30s fabrics. Can't wait to see this in progress.

Annette said...

You really are on a roll. I am doing the latest Temecula quilt along...the little Blessings quilt. I love their patterns and ideas. I'm looking forward to seeing what that box of 30's fabrics becomes. Such fun and happy fabrics.

Bonnie said...

Your Temecula quilt is beautiful. Mine is pieced but not quilted yet. Need to find some backing for it. you never know what those mice will find!!

Karen said...

Kaaren,

Finished projects and you feeling better - - - what more could we ask for ?

Love the mini quilt ! and 30's fabrics is the right choice for the spring !

Enjoy.
Hugs
Karen

Sandra said...

Are you telling me you have no WIP's and no UFO's....at all?
Do you want some of mine to finish??
Really??? Thanks!!! :)
I like your next project; I actually saw that on Blooming Poppies, it's really simple but cute.
So glad to hear you're getting your groove back. Just take it a day at a time and enjoy the "almost-spring" weather.

tpott said...

I'm glad you're feeling better, it's wonderful to hear your enthusiasm. ;-> My 12 days of Christmas is still just a flimsy. I was happy to see your last few posts, you keep your momentum going. ;->

Kathy H said...

I am so glad you are back to enjoying your quilting. Beautiful finishes.

Stephanie said...

Sew pretty! I wish I had all projects finished. That quilt will look so pretty in your 30s reproduction. Gosh quilting and baking...soon you'll be hooking again. :o)

Teri said...

Wow....I'm so glad you are feeling better....you go girl....

I also did the 12 days of Christmas. It was a fun mini quilt to do....I love your colors. I'm now doing their blessings baskets....

I love your new project...I have been seeing that pattern all over the blogs thanks for sharing the tutorial....I think I'm going to do it also...

BB said...

Congratulations! ^_^

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Needled Mom said...

Your finish looks fabulous, Kaaren.

How did my mouse get all the way to your house so quickly? He seems like he is always around here.

I think that Granny Square quilt calls for the 30's fabrics. Every time I see one done, I think I should start one with the 30s fabrics. I can't wait to see yours.

Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Hope you enjoy the weekend. xox

Candace said...

Yay - you're almost back to normal, Kaaren! There has to be some serious happy dancing your way! I think Frankie was celebrating your recovery with a piece of cake! I've seen the Granny Square quilts popping up all over - yours is sure to be stunning!
Cheers!

iluvmybugs said...

So happy you are feeling better! Love your finished quilt and look forward to the granny squares as well (I have them on my 'to try' list). Your carrot cake looks yummy too...TFS
~Terry~

Janet O. said...

I am so in awe that all of your WIPs are finished! I love your little 12 Days quilt. Mine is not quilted yet.
The Granny Squares quilt is on my "to do" list. I'll have to compare this tutorial to the pattern I downloaded and see whose method I like best.
It will be such a happy quilt in those 30s fabrics!

paulette said...

Hi Kaaren!
SEW glad that you are on the mends and feeling so much better!! Whew! Sounds like it was an ordeal and so happy it's behind you! Love your Finished WIP!! There's no stopping you now!!
P

marina said...

well done! It looks lovely.
Your new project is a winner too. The tutorial was great, I imagined it would be harder than that. It will look fantastic in the 30's fabrics.
My hub leaves enough clues for a csi team when he pinches food too. He would have left a crooked cut as well.

lynneUSA said...

Just love the colors in your temecula quilt and so glad to see you are feeling up to baking and eating! Onwards and upwards I hope

JCnNC said...

So wonderful to hear you smiling .. and so wonderful to have your three finishes. You have your groove back on - I love the quilt you are starting and in 1930's it will be beautiful. Judy C

Sandi said...

Kaaren,

I'm so glad to hear your energy and spirit are healing so fast.

Lovely job on the quilting, wish I could share the carrot cake.

I have to check out your next project, did you see the basket quilt on Temencula quilts?

GerryART said...

Well, Kaaren, you're just full of vim and vigor.
So, so happy to hear you're recovering from the after-effects of your treatment. Yea, for you.
I can image your back-handspring. Hey, I could never do even a front handspring :*)
Carrot Cake is never safe. Nearly every time it disappears, mysteriously.
Oh, I've got more 2.5" square than I could ever use. Would this Granny Square quilt not be the very bestest of ways to get a dee-lish quiltette made?????
biggest and tightest of hugs,
Gerry

Merilyn said...

Wow! Kaaren, I'm getting a sense that you are getting back into your mojo and nothing is going to stop you - so glad to hear it after this one helluva hiatus - the 12 Days is just delightful and your new project, well, what can I say, I love it to bits too, and in 30's prints, just perfect for your Spring season!!! Have fun playing with these happy fabrics, it'll look wonderful!!!!

Anonymous said...

So glad you are feeling better and starting to enjoy your projects.

Darlis

Laura said...

You go Girl! And I am so happy to hear that you are gaining strength every day! Yay!

ANudge said...

What no ufos? - LOL. Seriously, you've made some too cute little quilt. I love them all. Congrats on your finishes.

Heartsdesire said...

Congrats on your 12 Days of Christmas finish. I feel so bad, I still haven't finished mine, or my Pink Lemonade. I've got to start this weekend. It's the quilting that's holding me back. Love your choice of 30s fabrics for the granny square quilt. This is going to be another beauty. I love Civil War fabrics, but I think this particular pattern will look better with the 30s prints. Hope to see some pictures soon. This is another pattern for my "to do" list.

Elzaan said...

Woo-hoo! Well done on 3 finishes in 2 weeks!
I like the Granny Square project you are planning to make. And I think your/Frankie's fabric choice is perfect.

Denise in PA said...

So glad you are feeling better Kaaren! Good job on all those finishes! And, good choice on the cake versus the back flip - LOL! (I'd have to even that cake up too) You are going to love those granny squares! I am having a ball doing mine. I think the 30s prints are a great choice for that quilt! Hugs o:)

Lori said...

Another lovely finish!! So happy to hear you continue to feel better! Woo-Hoo!!

Kate/Massachusetts said...

It must be spring fever or something in the water because I have this whole lot of knitted items that just need a bit of work to finish them. I have been on a roll this weekend to get them done. I have 3 pairs of socks and one single, two pair of mittens, and an afghan that need the toes finished up or ends woven in. The afghan is crocheted and just needs a bordering round of single crochet to finish it. I've got absolutely no sewing projects in the works yet although there is a quilt along coming up in June that I have signed up for and will clear the decks to do! I'm so glad you are feeling better - must be all that kitty healing!

Deb said...

I can just tell by your tone in the blog that you're feeling so much better, and I'm SO happy for you! I want to make one of those quilts too! I just need to get caught up on my BOM's before I start it. Can't wait to see your blocks as you finish them.

Jackie said...

I think the 30's fabric will look fabulous with this pattern! What color background will you be using?

I'm so happy you're feeling better and feeling stronger!

Janet said...

You're on fire with the little finishes! I love the little quilt and the exciting new project. I've been so tempted to join in on that one. You're going to tempt me.

pinsandneedles said...

Kaaren, so glad you have gotten your mojo back. You have some fabulous finishes! I love the pink lemonade and of coarse those cute granny squares going around blogland.

Julie said...

Kaaren, I have recently found your blog and have truly enjoyed it. I have prayed for you during your treatments and am so glad you are feeling better. I visited Nova Scotia about 10 years ago and it truly is a beautiful place. I love your quilts, now keep on feeling better! Sending quilty hugs your way...

linny said...

It's great to see you are back doing the things you enjoy.Love the way your 12 days of Christmas quilt turned out & the colours for your Granny square quilt are great.
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Kris said...

Glad you are feeling so good, Kaaren and your sampler turned out wonderfully!! It'll be fun watching your progress on your new project!! Kris