Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Journey of a Quilter

I believe that my quilting has been a journey with many winding roads. I've heard many people talk about how "bad" their first quilts were and even apologize for how bad they are. I choose to look back at my first quilts and know that they've been part of my quilting journey and I've learned along the way.

When I first discovered Aussie designer, Leanne Beasley's pattern "Journey of a Quilter" I knew it was one I had to do. I found Leanne's blog and asked about the availability of her patterns here in US and unfortunately no one was carrying that particular pattern or for that matter any of her patterns. I ordered the entire set (it's designed to be a block of the month) from Honeysuckle Cottage and since it's arrival I've carried them from room to room, studied the designs, etc. I finally settled on exactly how I wanted to approach this pattern and decided to start with Block #5 (it's in the center) and work from there. I'm not quite finished with it but I couldn't wait any longer to share it with you. Besides I wanted to post a picture for Nadine to see before she leaves on her long anticipated vacation. :-)

I will be sharing my blocks as I complete them - there are 8 more. Thanks for visiting my blog!

TTFN

27 comments:

Kim said...

Thank you so much for mentioning Honeysuckle Cottage. It warms my heart to hear of your joy. Leanne's BOM is very popular. I love the look of what you are doing with yours. It really is about enjoying the journey...

May Britt said...

You do so beautiful stitching Darlene. I am still working on my Leannes House. And looking forward to meet her in october.

Judith said...

It looks beautifull.

Carol said...

Darlene that is just wonderful and that certainly says it all...enjoy the journey.

Screen Door said...

Darlene, I love the pastels, it's beautiful...I still give my embroidery stitches a "C", I guess with practice they'll get better. I bet you can't wait to do the next block.

Sweet P said...

Beautiful! Every time I see someone doing Leanne's blocks I get jealous. I have her Romancing the Road Trip book and am planning on making her With Love From . . . quilt.

Aren't her designs just yummy?

Carole said...

Ya know I keep saying "It's a comspiracy to get me to embroider". lol You guys keep teasing me with you beautiful embroidery work. Darlene, it's absolutly gorgeous. That will be some sweet looking quilt. I love that pattern. Melanie from Covered.... is also doing it using her own fabric and her's is also gorgeous. Sigh. Maybe I'll just give in! lol Thanks for sharing!

Leigh said...

Leanne creates beautiful patterns. I will look forward to watching this one evolve.

Nadine said...

THANKS, Darlene ! Here's another one to fill my head with sweet dreams, while I'm away...
Your stitching is soooo beautiful.... and the fabrics !

Did you order the whole as a kit, or pattern only ?

And are you laying a thin batting behind, before stitching, or not ?

Questions, questions, questions ! LOL LOL

Keep doing, dear, it's just LOVELY ! (and so meaningful !)

XOXOXOXOXO
NADINE

Doodlebug Gail said...

Beautiful stitching and lovely words. Leanne's designs are so pretty and you're making it look perfect.

Linda said...

Such pretty colours Darlene, isn't it great to see your quilt come to live with each block. Enjoy the process.

Angie said...

I love it! I do! Why, oh why, do you keep 'stirring' things up here at Ship's Landing?? LOL Honeysuckle Cottage, huh?

Vicky said...

That's gorgeous, Darlene! Will be joyfully watching progress on this one!

Lisa D. said...

Your embroidery is just beautiful, Darlene.

Hanne said...

I have also been shopping from HC and am a happy customer.
Your block is lovely Darlene. I am prepping block # 5 of Leanne's House today, to bring on a weekend trip up on the west coast - 8 hours driving from here. Not that I can do stitchery in the car - and we are taking turns behind the wheel, but it is always nice to bring some hand work along :-)
You do lovely work, as always :-)

Libby said...

Thanks for taking us on your 'journey' *s* Can I possibly add one more quilt to my list?

Judy said...

Just fabulous!

Pieces From Me said...

Your stitching is beautiful. Out of Leannes designs that is the one I would want to do too. I plan to do it eventually but maybe need to put it higher on my list. Bren

Pam said...

That is so lovely Darlene, and so true. I'm sure you will make a beautiful quilt :))

Doe said...

Oh boy, drool bucket where are you? Loooooove it! Love Leanne and Honeysuckle Cottage.

Connie said...

I just ordered one of Leanne's BOMs from Honeysuckle Cottage yesterday and I can't wait until the first shipment arrives!

Wendy said...

Your embroidery is stunning. Leanne's Journey quilt is wonderful. I thought about it several times but resisted the temptation...for now. I look forward to seeing how yours comes together.

atet said...

What beautiful stitching and a great pattern!

swooze said...

I like the stitchery. Looking forward to the rest!

Susan said...

I love all the Leanne's designs I see on different blogs. This is a great center block!

sharon said...

Darlene,
I love that stitchery you did. That is one of my favorite things to do. I could sit and do stitchery all day every day. I love Leanna's patterns as well. I've ordered a few. A shop in Las Vegas carried some of them and I bought what they had.
Happy stitchin
Sharon

Kathy Wagner said...

Me too! I want to make this quilt...it's on my "to-do" list.
I'll enjoy seeing how your quilt progresses!

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