Monday, April 23, 2012

Long Lost Friends

An old friend that I had lost track of reappeared while I was organizing my studio last week.

Tucked away amongst the boxes and bins in the storage area under the dormer window, I caught sight of this old basket.  My heart started to beat just a little bit faster.

I couldn’t wait to open the lid to catch a glimpse of what was inside.

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How wonderful to see you again!  I had forgotten how pretty you are.

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It’s time we spend a little quality time together again, don’t you think?

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We have so much catching up to do.

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It should be so easy to pick up right where we left off over two years ago.

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Let me fix a pot of tea and I’ll invite my antique Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt to join us.  After all, she was my original inspiration.

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I’ll just carry on stitching as we catch up on all the news.

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57 comments:

Sheila said...

What fun it will be catching up, the hexies are lovely as is the beautiful quilt :-)

JCnNC said...

This is a true treasure - thank you so much for sharing it. We are having a blog hop right now, thanks to Madame Samm and all the links are at www.SewIQuiltNow.Com -it is all about mini table quilts on stands. Thought you might enjoy. Judy C posted today at www.shadetreequilting.com

Fiesta said...

Beautiful inspiration Kaaren. I so love how you have displayed the quilt

WoolenSails said...

I need to keep my projects organized. I start something and then when I start again, I forget what I was doing and where the supplies were, lol. Love the door hanger, nice idea.

Debbie

Donna~~ said...

You've reminded me of an old, very similar looking friend of mine. Wonder where she is......

Annette said...

She is such a beautiful friend. I have one like her stashed away in my sewing room somewhere. I really should get back in touch with mine too.

Candace said...

Old friends are the best friends, Kaaren! Enjoy catching up!
Cheers!

marina said...

How beautiful! Enjoy catching up with your old friend. Rekindle that love.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

How wonderful you found this treasure. I am blessed to have a Grandmother's flower garden quilt and it just makes me happy each time I see it.

Phyllis said...

Lovely!! Have fun getting back to it. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

What a darling, fortuitous discovery. It looks so vintage and precious.

sandi s said...

What a wonderful treasure you came across. You will have fun finishing her. Your quilt is so pretty, can't wait to see it finished.

Sue said...

Oh my, how pretty! The colors are so cheery!

GerryART said...

So happy you were re-united.
She's such sweet and comfy-looking
friend. Some one who can make a soul feel at home and satisfied.
I love Earl Grey and hexies.
hugs

Elyte said...

What a wonderful surprise to find that little basket. I think she stayed hidden until you were ready for her.

Darlene said...

Sitting here reading your post created tears of joy. I'm so excited that you discovered your 'friend' nearby. Friends pop in when we least expect it but need them.

Enjoy.

Susannah said...

Oh, the antique one is lovely and the new one will be just as lovely. You make the most beautiful quilts, Kaaren. You really enjoy what you do, don't you? I'm glad.

Susannah

Sandy said...

What a wonderful quilt that will be...just like the original. Love hexies.

Merilyn said...

What a wonderful reunion Kaaren!!! I bet it was just wonderful catchng up, and it looks as though a lot of the prep work is already done, oh my!!! how exciting!! Another gorgeous quilt on its way to reality, hopefully we'll see this one before the year is out - no pressure LOL!!!!!

Gra said...

Beautiful quilts!!

Deb said...

What a great find in the basket! That is a beautiful quilt. I really like those fabrics. It's going to be fabulous!

Patty said...

What a lovely find.

Lesley said...

What a wonderful story of these gorgeous little hexies being found! The colors and fabrics are just delightful and I think they were calling your name! Enjoy getting reacquainted!

laurie in texas said...

WOW! How wonderful to find this - you must have been thrilled :) Thanks so much for sharing with us - so sweet of you to include us in your day and your joy.

dorothy said...

How lucky you were to find your lost friends! It will be just as lovely as the antique one is!

Karen said...

Kaaren -- most awesome !! What a great surprise and I can see why you were inspired from it.

Enjoy your tea and time together.
Hugs,

Karen

Betsy said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! What a labor of love. I am in the process of making my first and probably last Grandmother's flower garden quilt!! It is an enjoyable but lengthy project. xo

Karen said...

What a sweet post, I have a GFG that is a little farther along and one that's still in flowers. How fun to find this and start again.

Rebecca said...

What a wonderful find. Enjoy your time with your old friend.

Karen said...

You have a beautiful antique grandmothers flower garden, that is quite a treat. And in such good condition.
Then you have a few good rows on the newer version. WOW! Is the plan for the quilt to fit your bed?
If so, that will mean quite a few sit downs, and watch a few movies/shows.
Have you watched Downton Abbey? Wonderful series. The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection (wives and daughters, cranford, north and south). Pride and Predudice. Such fun.

Lori said...

What a lovely surprise!

Needled Mom said...

That is really a wonderful GFG quilt. I am so glad you met up again(and shared her with us)!

Louise said...

My sister just emailed and sent me over to view your lovely
GFG. Little did she know I was sitting here stitching some hexies for a pin keep for my daughter. Thank you or sharing your beautiful treasure. My sister is contemplating finishing hers as well. I think she started hers a number of years ago.
This may just give her the noodge she needed.

Neabear said...

Cute post! I am sure you will enjoy working on your lost project again! I have been organizing my fabric like you suggested in a previous post. Even bought a ruler like yours so I can get it right. It will take me awhile, but I have a great start on it. Thank you for the info on how to do that!

~Linnea

Elzaan said...

What a lovely discovery! I love catching up with new friends. Enjoy!

Cisca said...

Wow, she's beautiful!!!
Have a nice day, Cisca

Юлия said...

It will be very beautiful.

Kathie said...

I love the basket as much as I love the quilt
oh its a dream of mine to make a quilt like this....
I have such a soft spot in my heart for 30's fabrics....I can't wait to see your blocks, please post pictures as you finish them, we love close ups!
Kathie

Siobhán said...

Oh, how pretty!! Hexies are so addictive. I am trying not to notice my WIP that is sitting on the edge of the sofa, just waiting for me to grab a needle and add another hexie or two.

Joanne Lavallee said...

Your old friend takes my breath away! I too am working on a very cherished GFG! We draw lots of attention every where we go. My friend and I spend lots of time together these days and we drink lots and lots of coffee. Have a wonderful time with your grandmother's flower garden. Funny I was going to show off mine today as well.

Stephanie said...

And here I thought you always finished what you started. :o) What a beautiful surprise. Enjoy getting to know each other again. I hope you aren't buried under new snow.

Vickie said...

How fun to catch up with an old friend! The quilt is amazing and I love your hexies! Have fun!

Shelley said...

She is beautiful! Tea did you say and only 3 hours as the crow flies?? Should give you time to make pie too right lol!

Marie said...

What a beautiful treasure. I always enjoy your posts,they are my inspiration each time I read them hem. Hugs

Quilt Hollow said...

I recently gave away a whole mess of these blocks! So pretty.

Janet O. said...

Wish I could bring my 15-year-old Grandmother's Flower Garden project over and visit while we stitch. It has been tucked away far too long!
Yours is a beauty!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What fun to find an old friend like that. I can't wait to see what you two get up to.

paulette said...

OMGosh!! Wish I had an old friend like that!!! :o)
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ParisMaddy said...

Sweet tryst. Enjoy your get to-gether.

My Life and Quilting on the Cape said...

Hi Kaaren... What a wonderful find... I am sure it will be beautiful... Your work is stunning... Have fun finishing the quilt.. Hugs :)

Carrie P. said...

Beautiful!

Karen said...

Funny to know what we hide away and forget about. I have a picnic style basket way up high on a shelf. I know it has some smaller size quilt kits in it but I couldn't tell you which ones. You had a real treasure tucked away in yours.

Terry said...

What beautiful hexies! It's so nice that you found them again! :0)

Gail said...

Hi Karen,

I also have an antique 30's GMFG quilt and have always wanted to make one. Years ago my mother and I put a few blocks together but we new nothing about English paper piecing and just winged it so the blocks were never put together.

Seeing yours makes me want to get mine out and start again.

Kathy said...

I started my PP GFG when my son was playing in the Little Leaugue All-Star games. I think he was 12. He turned 30 in March and the top is complete, just needs quilting...I even saved the fabric I wanted to use for the binding! You've inspired me to get it out and quilt it! I look at it from time to time, run my fingers over the 'flowers', remember the items I had made with some of the fabrics...and remember whatching the little boy, who is now a Man, grow up! Seems like yesterday!
Thanks for posting this today.

Kathy H said...

What fun to find that treasure. I have surprised myself a few times with a forgotten project. Usually they aren't that far along and I still have a lot to work on. Have fun.

linette said...

C'est magnifique, j'adore . Amicalement Linette