Saturday, January 19, 2013

I've been busy...

Honest!

My goodness the time does fly when you're having fun!

You guys are too, too funny.  Just today I received 5 emails asking how we were all doing because I haven't posted in a while.  But as the title to my post says, I've been busy...honest!  

So to Sydney in NY, Janet in Quebec, Doris in Ohio, Libby in Maine and Shirley in MA, everyone in the Painted Quilt household is fine and we're all doing well...and thanks for asking!


It's snowing again today.  I think we're supposed to get around 4-6" by the time this evening rolls around.



Just when the snow from our previous dumping had all but disappeared, early this morning we woke up to to see more of the white stuff.



It was bitterly cold yesterday unlike the almost spring-like weather we experienced over the last four to five days.

So what does a gal do on a blustery snowy day?  Why stay indoors and sew, of course!


  
For the past week and a half I've been busy working on another BOM for you all which I hope to have ready for release on the 1st of April.  Other than saying it's going to be FREE and that it will run for six consecutive months, I'm not going to give you any other hints except that "Scrappy" is a part of it's title.

Well, maybe I'll show you a very little sneak peek...


  
I still have two of the side borders to attach and then the piecing of the top will be complete.



Now just the piecing will be complete.  Then comes the fun part of embellishing by adding different textures and doo dads and I can't wait!  I'll have until the end of February to complete the top because that's when my friend Alice who does my longarm quilting will be back from her Florida vacation.  As soon as she returns, I'll be sending it off to be quilted.  

Are you excited?  I am!



I've been a little remiss in sharing with you this beautiful little quilt that my BBFF (best blogging friend forever ) sent to me for Christmas.  This is the third little quilt that Mary from Quilt Hollow has gifted me with over the years and I have to say that I think this one is my favorite.  The colors are perfect! 



Isn't it just over the moon and back?  Mary knows my tastes so well, perhaps because our tastes are so similar.  Thanks again, my friend.



The boys were cuddling by the fire again this morning...



ZZZzzzzz 
and when it got too hot, they moved here...


Think we should tell her that we need a bigger bed?
I guess while I was upstairs sewing, the boys must have had a little domestic because when I came back down,  Frankie was here...



and Ollie was back here.



Even though they are best buddies, they do need their own space...just like us humans, huh?  *wink*

I hope that you all are enjoying the weekend as we are!


43 comments:

Mimi said...

What a dog and cad's life!

Diane H said...

Scrappy sounds fabulous! Good to hear from you, Kaaren. Ollie and Frankie are quite the pair.

marie said...

Exciting, a new scrappy BOM, can't wait. We don't have snow, but a frosty winter wonderland with freezing fog here in the Willamette Valley (Oregon).

Sandi said...

I'm glad you've been busy being creative and it looks like the weather is inspiring you.

We've had some freezing temperatures and today is foggy as it was yesterday. Winter can be so interesting in what it brings each day.

I look forward to your big reveal.

taylorsoutback said...

So cute to see how Ollie & Frankie get along. Our 2 Shelties have a large dog bed near the fireplace that accommodates both of them but they always trade off - like okay it's my turn now so you can move.

Love your quilt from Mary at Quilt Hollow. The colors are wonderfully warm - what a special gift that is!
Stay warm - we are heading well below zero for the next few days but it is January - and that seems to be when a lot of quilting gets done!!

Cindy said...

Oh how I love a tease! I'll be looking forward to April.
Oh yeah, us humans need " our space". Just ask hubby. LOL

Kindred Quilts said...

Well yes, you have been busy! Beautiful pictures of the freshly fallen snow... Ollie and Frankie look happily warm inside. Love the fabrics Mary used for your gifted quilt... my kind of colors, too!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a beautiful gift from Mary! She is so talented.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

The snow looks beautiful! Aren't we glad we have quilting in our lives to enjoy on winter days?

Ollie and Frankie best buddies just like us humans!

Bev said...

Your boys are so adorable! It's amazing how well they get along! Another BOM...great! Can't wait! Thanks!

Cheery wave!

Bev

Anne-Marie said...

Hi, Kaaren! I always feel as if I've been for a visit to your beautifully cosy home, whenever I read your posts. I love that you always include your little boys in your catch-ups....gorgeous lads that they are! Your gifted quilt is absolutely lovely and definitely in the colours that I would choose....now, can't wait for your big reveal. Big hugs to you and yours....and, oh, almost forgot....we have deep and crisp and even SNOW in my part of England...woohoo!

Darlene D said...

Oooh, a six month project!!! Can't wait to see more! That's a great little quilt, you should bring it to show us next guild meeting. The snow has turned to rain here now, but more to come at the first of the week I hear! It's been a great day for sewing!

Kate said...

Ollie and Frankie are too precious!!!!! :)

Saskia Smit said...

The BBFFquilt is a beauty!

Lesley said...

I can tell I am going to love your scrappy BOM...I love it already just from that little sneak preview! And your gifted quilt is adorable! How wonderful to receive such treasures!
Thanks for a great post....but please keep the snow!

Janet O. said...

Mary's gift is so lovely! What a sweet treasure.
What a teaser--looks like it will be fun. : )
Oh, the antics of those boys are always entertaining, Kaaren.

Merilyn said...

The little quilt that Mary made for you is just gorgeous, love the quilting design on it too!!! Those two little critters get along so well, they look to be very contented in each others company, what a lovely thing to see!! That snow looks very cold indeed, while we swelter in the heat of an Australian summer, and it has been particularly bad for so many in the southern parts of the continent. Luckily here it's just been hot - no fires, but to day there is something falling from the sky and it's so wonderful to hear it dropping on the roof, it's called RAIN, whoohooo!!!!!!
Look forward to seeing your project revealed, glad to hear you are all well and been keeping busy Kaaren, always so nice to read your blog!!!!!

Kathie said...

oh the snow looks pretty :) good reason to stay inside the warm house and quilt!
glad all is well...look forward to the reveal...
Kathie

Quilt Hollow said...

Brrrrrr.....I must agree staying inside near a hot iron is more my speed on a chilly day. Cute babies!

Karen said...

So cute to see the dog and cat bedding down together. In households with a dog and cat, they usually just tolerate each other but these two look like best friends.

Pam in IL said...

Glad all is well with you! I've been watching for an update and was just about to email you.

Our furry family members sure know how to find the warm spots. Mine really love the woodstove, even when they get too hot, lol.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Sharing the bed is sooooo cute. Glad to hear you all are doing fine.

mayme said...

So glad you are all OK. The scrappy BOM sounds like fun. Stay warm.

Teresa F. said...

You've certainly been busy. I can't wait for your BOM, scrappy is my middle name specially now that I'm on a very strict fabric diet ( money shortage).
The quilt you have received is gorgeous. My kind of colors too.
We don't have snow but yesterday we had heavy rain and very strong wind. Some trees nearby were pulled out of their roots and some fell on cars. Fortunately it's gone, just a little rain today.
I love to see Ollie and Frankie together, they look so cute.
Hugs,
Teresa

Teresa F. said...

You've certainly been busy. I can't wait for your BOM, scrappy is my middle name specially now that I'm on a very strict fabric diet ( money shortage).
The quilt you have received is gorgeous. My kind of colors too.
We don't have snow but yesterday we had heavy rain and very strong wind. Some trees nearby were pulled out of their roots and some fell on cars. Fortunately it's gone, just a little rain today.
I love to see Ollie and Frankie together, they look so cute.
Hugs,
Teresa

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

Hi Kaaren.
Boy I sure wish we would get some more snow here in Ontario. I love snow and we haven't had much this winter. The quilt looks wonderful and your critters look so happy.
Have a great Sunday.
Janet

Siobhán said...

I'm glad to hear that all is well and that you're busy being creative! Give Ollie and Frankie a cuddle for us.

Karin på Ösäter said...

Nice to see that you all are fine!
We have the same weather so it is nice to be sewing inside looking at our wonderful sunny cold day outside.

Hugs for you all

Karin på Ösäter

Sheila said...

The scrappy BOM sounds great , always looking for ways to use them up ;-)We had snow overnight and it is gorgeous out there this morning.Love seeing Ollie and Frankie , they are such good friends.

moosecraft said...

Pictures of snow look pretty! But, I'm glad it's not here where I have to shovel it... ;-) The scrappy BOM looks to be another winner! I haven't started on the embroidered Christmas one yet though... all in good time, right? lol! Hugs to Frankie and Ollie!

Needled Mom said...

I'm not sure, but it looks as though there is a lot of sleeping going on there. Maybe it is winter hibernating!!!

Love the scrappy look so far and Mary's gift is just beautiful.

Enjoy the wintery scene outside.

JudyCinNC said...

Warm and snuggly and doing what you love - beautiful combination. Lucky you for the quilt from Mary - she is so unique and special Love seeing pictures of Ollie and Frankie, as always. Judy C is finally blogging again.

Lori said...

Being busy is a good thing. It looks so pretty outside your window. Nice to stay in, sew and stay warm!!

kathyinozarks said...

your furry family members look quite content and happy.
look forward to seeing your new bom scrappy is always good we had a little spring like warm up here in Missouri

Maryjo said...

I can hardly wait for yout BOM....just know that if you designed it I will love it! I love scrappy! Stay warm...I love your posts!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I think your pets are so sweet. They look like such great chums and keep each other warm.

dmarks said...

The snow makes the quilts all the much warmer, I think.

Candace said...

Ohhhh - look at all that snow! It has passed us over this winter and I miss it, Kaaren! Wow - you are so wonderfully generous - a new BOM! I'll have my eyes peeled for it. The boys are so darned cute - but I do agree - we all need our own space now and again! Glad to hear all is well in the northlands!
Cheers!

Polly said...

Ollie is losing his puppy look !! Who could resist a little nap next to a toasty warm stove??

Gail said...

Hi Karen,
Glad to hear everything is OK and we don't have to send in the St. Bernard dogs to rescue you, Frankie and Olie and of course, Mr PQ, from being snowbound in the great north, lol. The little quilt you receieved from your BBFF is beautiful. Can't wait to see where you display it.

I'm looking forward to seeing your BOM in April too.

Stay warm,
Gail :)

Gail said...

Hi Karen,
Glad to hear everything is OK and we don't have to send in the St. Bernard dogs to rescue you, Frankie and Olie and of course, Mr PQ, from being snowbound in the great north, lol. The little quilt you receieved from your BBFF is beautiful. Can't wait to see where you display it.

I'm looking forward to seeing your BOM in April too.

Stay warm,
Gail :)

Kate/Massachusetts said...

I know I sound like a broken record but your pictures of the "boys" are just so darn cute! They always make me smile!

Gloria said...

Happy 4th Blogging Anniversary!!

I would enjoy receiving the lovely needlecase you made and I'll keep my fingers and toes croxxed :)

You have the perfect furbabies in Ollie and Frankie. They are an awesome pair!! xoxo