Tuesday, March 8, 2011

No, I'm not dead!

I probably had you wondering, huh?  It's been so long since I've posted.....but (oh and thank you, thank you ever so much for all the sweet Birthday wishes....this was a hard one for me....getting older is no fun) I had a busy weekend and wasn't very productive.  I did manage to pop into the quilt shop on Sunday though and bought these marvelous fabrics for a new project:

Fabrics for a special project

These will be combined with various pink and orange and golden solids and hopefully will make a marvelous creation (yet to be drawn...or even determined as yet.)  There will be birds though...that was made perfectly clear by the customer......and why not?  They are such fun!

Then, I also got back "Color Play" from the quilter and I have been working on the binding for that:


Fear not, I do have more black thread!!  Hopefully I can finish that today so I can take pictures and get this pattern in the works for printing!!  I'm excited!  I do love this quilt!!

Then, yesterday while I was working on a surprise for a friend and can't show it to you until she gets it, I got an awesome envelope in the mail with this:

Sil's creation

Can you even imagine something so beautiful and teeny tiny?  I believe the creator paper pieced this and the block is only a total of 4 inches square.  I'm telling you, Sil is amazing and if you go to her Flickr stream you will see what I mean.  It was so nice of her to send me this and I already have something planned to re-pay her.  Now I'm wondering how I should showcase her block....maybe I should frame it?  That might be nice!

So, that's it for today, I'm afraid.  So sorry I can't inspire you today, my friends.  Maybe next time???


Amy Friend said...

I love the way you had Color Play quilted. It suits it perfectly!

Gill said...

Hi Carol
I love your Color Play quilt! the quilting is just perfect
I love Sil's tiny block - I looked at her Flickr pictures and her work is amazing - does she have a blog??
If not she should have!!

Kathy said...

At the risk of being repetitious I love the quilting done on Color Play. I've never seen that style before and it fits the quilt perfectly. I can't imagine making a square with such tiny little squares in it. That would be pretty tough for me to do. But it is so cute. I love it too!

Kathy said...

I forgot to comment on the fabrics you are going to use in your next project. Beautiful!! :)

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi Carol
Sorry I missed that it was your birthday. Hey, don't get bummed by birthdays! You won't like the alternative!

What an amazing tiny quilt.

And you are so funny. You are always inspiring!! The quilt turned out great!!

Poppyprint said...

Happy belated birthday Carol!! I think I completely missed that. I didn't realize Color Play was so big - it's a fabulous quilt and I'm so glad you are going to publish a pattern for it. Go you! Sil's block is darling!!!

Anja said...

Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a great day! I´m very curious what you will do with the new bought fabrics. And your Colorplay-quilt looks fabulous after finishing the quilting!


Yumm yumz by patticakes said...

Dare I dream out loud? Are those pinks and oranges for me? I think I am in heaven!!!!

Brenda said...

happy belated birthday. that's a great quilt, and I love that little linen block.

Laurel H. said...

Wow; I also have a stack of pink/yellow/orange fabrics, just waiting for me to make a decision! I saw this quilt http://www.flickr.com/photos/upstatelisa/4554461780/in/faves-7808968@N07/ and immediately knew I had to do something similar. I just don't know what yet. I'll be checking on you, to see what you do with yours!

Susan said...

I think its been said before - your blog is always inspiring! I have your blog listed on my blog as one of the ones I go to frequently and I just put "Awesomely Artistic". Enough said. Yes Birthdays are a bit ikky someotmes - especialy those that end with a 0 - I too have one coming up and I suspect a much bigger number before the 0. As Carol said - the alternative is not such a good thing either!
Looking forward to seeing the pink oragne yellow combo!

Cindy Sharp said...

I have a friend who used to refer to birthdays as the conclusion of yet another trip around the sun. When I think about it that way I feel like an adventurer instead of an old fart.

I don't think your work could ever fall into the catagory of non-inspiring. You rock Carol!!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Well first it is nice to know you are not dead!! After all, I just found you! You quilt looks amazing! How happy you must be!! And anyone who can work with a square that small deserves a medal!! I think a frame would be a great idea, how sweet of her to send it to you.

Sewconsult said...

Since I haven't been following for too long, I am relieved to hear that you are among the living! I love your colorful world and your talent. As far as the 4" square...definitely frame it. It is a work of art, patience and most of all, a gift!
Beckie in Brentwood, TN.

MariQuilts said...

I love love this quilt....and love the way it's quilted.

Rettabug said...

Oh Carol...the color play quilt turned out FABULOUS!! AWESOME quilting...did Shirley do it????? ;-)

I'm intrigued to think about what you'll do with those summer colors of pink & yellow. Think SPRING, my friend...its coming...S-L-O-W-L-Y.


Helen said...

Happy birthday too Carol! I think I missed it! x Lucky you to get that beautiful little block from Sil. :) Your quilt is just stunning , lovely work as always. x

Shannon said...

I gain insperation each time I come to your blog. I love the color play quilt, how awasome to quilt it with triangles. That block she sent you is so cool. I love all the tiny squares. I jumped to her flickr and I love all of her work. Thank you!