Saturday, March 03, 2012

The February Accounting and Blogger Recognition

Well, I may have bitten off more than I could quilt this month but I did finish quite a bit on my "get it dun" list. I am finding 15 minutes here and there to do a bit of this and that which is adding up to some quilting progress. Here's a quick accounting::

- 5 civil war blocks dun;
- mastectomy pillows sewn, stuffed and delivered;
- January  and February sampler blocks finished as well as all the sashing and cornerstones for the entire quillt. The directions were given when we signed up. I figured that the odds were higher this would get finished if I did all that prep stuff up front.  These are some BIG blocks which measure 20 inches. There will be 12 all together.
And being the dandylion (i.e. one who is easily blown off course) that I am, I started another project with the Pieceful Kwilter and her 2012 stitch a long. I could not resist these blocks. Check out Shannon's blog and join in.

Seww, some of my February goals were not met. The log cabin quillt is still on the frame and the Happy Villages quilt, well, there's an unhappy story that goes along with that which I will share later.

I've gone ahead and put my March goals up. Some have been moved forward from February and some are new.  I'm finding a little accountability is producing results.

Now for Blogger Recognition... A lovely blogger ( and lurker LOL) named Karen recognized me as part of the Liebster Awards. This award is recognition of a blogger who has less than 200 followers. I was tickled pink  to be chosen especially given my spotty blogging of late.  Now it is my honor to recognize 5 bloggers who are think are awesome and meet the under 200 criteria.  

I have been reading quiltiing blogs for many years and these 5 gals have withstood the test of time.  There are lots of blogs out there about quilting but the thing that I look for when choosing a blog is not just about the nuts and bolts of the quilting but the stories behind the quilter. The beauty of the quilts are enhanced by the bits and pieces the quilter shares of her life. I want to share in her little victories (both personal and quilty) as well as commiserate and comfort her when life throws a curveball.

Plain and Simple  Libby is the best. I knew we were kindred spirits when I saw her Indian Hatchet quilt that had several blocks "trying to escape" by heading in the wrong direction ( which I would do) and she left them that way ( which I would also do!).  She and I have met in person, and visited together several times when she was living on the East Coast. Her quilts are fabulous! She is one of my dearest quilting pals and we continue our friendship despite the east coast- west coast distance.  Can't wait to meet with her again in her native California in December.

Debra's Design Studio What can I say about Debra? She is a dynamo! She is always pushing her self and the envelope in her quilting designs.  She also has a heart as HUGE as the state of Texas where she lives. She does more quilting for charity than anyone I know.  Debra and I have traded fabric on several occasions which neither of our hubbies can understand. Men!

Covered Porches  Melanie is a working gal like me but she still finds time to make beautiful quilts. Her winters in Michigan are worse than the ones I experience here in Connecticut which always makes me feel better! LOL! She also finds time for gardening which she shares.

Scrap and Thread Tales  I love this Yankee Quilter and it's not just because she loves the Red Sox, Dunkin Donuts coffee and cats! Bonnie knows sooo much about antique quilts and fabric. She is in the process of recreating an antique quilt now and is sharing her process. It is fascinating.  She also loves the modern fabric which she mixes with the old for a fantastic result.

Out of the Basement Kay is an extremely talented quilter. Her quilts have been chosen for the Road to California show!  She also loves the Hoffman challenge. It's so interesting to watch her take that (usually ugly) chosen fabric and incorporate it into a beautiful quilt. She is a world traveler and a reader who has recommended several great books which I have read and enjoyed.

Well, that's my FAB FIVE!!!!  Be sure to visit them as well as Karen. You know you need to add some blogs to your list!


Debra Spincic said...

Oh, blush! Thank you! You are a favorite friend.

YankeeQuilter said...

Thanks! You had me at Red Sox....

Libby said...

Look at you go - do I see some triangles in those blocks *lol*

Thanks for making me part of your Fab 5 *s*

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