Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Week in Review!
(warning - very long post)

Monday - They Made Me Cry - tears of joy!!!
Started out a very hectic and stressful day but ended with me crying (actually sobbing) tears of joy.

I received a huge box full of treasures and gifts from friends in the Land of Blog. As you know my quilting mojo was missing (and I'm still struggling a bit) and I gave some very serious thought to deleting my blog (because if I'm not quilting then I have nothing to show so why keep the blog - this was my thought). Instead I chose to take a 'blogging hiatus' and did very little during that hiatus. While I was on my hiatus friends were busy making surprises for me - yes for ME! This was done in hopes that it would help me find that missing MOJO. Carol from Carol's Crafty Creations coordinated efforts with many blog friends. She collected churn dash blocks and fat quarters, assembled the large quilt, sent it to Mary at Quilt Hollow to have it secretly beautifully quilted. Carol from Brown Quilts 4 Me contributed backing fabric so the decision was made to send the fat quarters to me (love them!!!)

There was a sweet card and letter enclosed that explained everything - when I started reading I immediately started crying. And, then when I unfolded this beauty I had to sit down because I was sobbing. I couldn't believe that bloggy friends from all over the world had contributed blocks for a quilt for ME! I think these ladies know me very well - it's very ME. I was and still am very stunned. My goodness how do I thank everyone involved? I mean really - how do I thank them? But I WILL thank them!

Everyone involved sent a label so Carol sewed them together and made a BIG label. The ladies involved are: Carol (Carol's Crafty Creations), Mary (Quilt Hollow), Carol (Brown Quilts 4 Me), Nancy E (no blog but regular commenter), Kim (Creating by the Lake), Stephanie (Loft Creations), Stina (Kviltstina), Terry (Terry's Treasures), Karen (Quilts a Lot), Lori (Humble Quilts), Carrie (A Passion for Applique), Mary (Mary on Lake Pulaski), Paulette (Sweet P Quilting), Lisa (Salem Stitcher), Candace (Squash House Quilts), Wendy (Snippets of a Quilter), Cathi (Shakerwood Primitives), Kaaren (The Painted Quilt), Kim (Stillmeadow Quilting), Kelly (Charming Chatter), Michelle (Dresden Quilter), Kim (Magnolia Bay Quilts), Caryn (Pieceful Chaos), Kathy (Kathy Quilts), Karen (Log Cabin Quilter), Millie (Millie's Quilting), Katherine (Quilter Going Bananas), Jocelyn (Happy Cottage Quilter) & Sherri (A Quilting Life)

After I read all the names on the label I unfolded this cutie. I started laughing, crying & saying "oh my goodness it's a quilt for the Wabbit Daze Gang". Carol machine embroidered the wabbit laying on the carrots (can you say CUTE?)

Tuesday - I have decided to have a Christmas Ornament Exchange party later this month so I spent most of the day working on those plans. I'll share more later - cute invitation my sweet DH, Ron, made and party favors I'm working on.
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Wednesday - Veteran's Day

My DH is retired from the US Air Force and he's very involved in a veteran's association here in our community so we were both busily involved in a ceremony. I surveyed the attendees and totaled up the number of years served by vets and we have over 600 years served in our Armed Forces - isn't that awesome?
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Thursday - worked on getting my Christmas Swap package ready to go to Simone. This will be a second package - the first one never arrived. Ugh! (yes, I'm very late)
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Friday - More of the Christmas Swap package. Hopefully I'll have it in the mail by the end of the week.
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Saturday - Wide awake at 3:00 am!

After a little computer time, one cup of coffee, and my morning walk I decided to sew! WooHoo!!! I sewed practically non-stop. This was a "Quilt du Jour". LOL

I saw a sample of this quilt on Jocelyn's (Happy Cottage Quilter) blog a couple of weeks ago and knew it was a must do! This was one I cut during my cutting frenzy awhile back :-) It's "I Can't Believe It's a Beginner" by The Pattern Basket. It's made with 90% Jo Morton fabrics and a few others thrown in. It doesn't fit on my design wall very well so please excuse the wrinkles and such.

I hope that you've had a wonderful week - thank you for stopping by! Please come again and come often.
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In Friendship!
(i'll be back tomorrow to do all the links)

26 comments:

Stina said...

This was so fun...and brought me such joy to make a block for you...just to bring some sunshine in your life... wrap yourself with some blogging friends love!! Keep on smiling!! :o)

Kathie said...

you had a great week, and its so nice to read inbetween the lines and see how happy you are again.
Sewing is your therapy!
love the Jo Morton fabric quilt!
Kathie

Janet said...

Oh my goodness, what a fantastic gesture from these wonderful and thoughtful bloggers. The quilts are gorgeous, did the wabbits cry too? Glad you are back sewing and enjoying it.

Stephanie said...

Sounds like a full week with a very special surprise! :o) Happy Sewing!!!

Carol said...

You had a great, fun filled week...doing that block for you was just so much fun! A big thank you to Carol for coming up with the great idea and pulling it all together for us. Glad you sound so happy again. Love your new quilt!

Caryn said...

I'm so glad it brought you joy - it brought me joy to be able to be a small part of it!

Terry said...

I was happy to make a block for you Darlene! And happy too that my block went into the quilt for the Wabbit Daze Gang! I'm just glad to see you sewing again! :0)

Tamera said...

How wonderful that your blog friends came through for you with such flying colors! What a beautiful quilt and what a wonderful thing to do!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh wow Darlene, your quilt turned out gorgeous! I haven't started on mine yet, prob not til the first of the year. But I love Jo Morton's fabric and this one really showcased them. So happy that you loved the churn dash friendship quilt. I was so happy to be a part of it. Just spreading that quilty love :-)

Darlene B said...

I can't believe what great blogging friends you have! And what a beautiful quilt you made as well. It is so good to have you back. I'm glad you didn't delete your blog...

Kim said...

So happy to have shared a bit in making a quilt for you. Feels good to share pay forward the many kind things that have been done for me.

You did have a busy week. Not a dull moment for you and the Wabbit Daze Gang.

Wendy said...

I was so happy to be involved in making that quilt for you. And I'm really happy to see you are loving your new quilt. You have been busy, I love the new Jo's quilt.

Thimbleanna said...

What lovely friends you have Darlene -- you're well loved in blogland! I love that last quilt you're working on too -- the colors are beautiful!

Karen said...

Your mojo is back!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Glad your week was fun Darlene and what a finish! Love I Can't Believe It's a Beginner! The colors are wonderful.

Kaaren said...

It was great fun to participate in the making of your friendship quilt. And what a gorgeous quilt it turned out to be!

Your Jo Morton fabric quilt is to die for. What great colors! Keep on doing whatever it is that makes you happy.

Carrie P. said...

It was so much fun to be part of the secret. Glad you had a great week. Enjoy your party later. Sounds like fun.

Carol said...

Darlene, we loved making the quilt for you and glad your little bunnies like their quilt too. Love your quilt, it's beautiful. Sounds like you've been pretty busy lately. I'm very happy to have you for my friend.

Salem Stitcher said...

It was a lot of fun to make a block for your quilt. It brought me joy just being a part of it. I'm glad it brough you joy too. (And mojo...that mojo chant I did while sewing your block must have worked...hee hee!)

Allie said...

Wow Darlene what a week!!!!! That quilt everyone made is just beautiful - you are so special and I'm so glad everyone let you know that!

Betweens said...

what thoughtful and wonderful bloggers and a wonderful surprise...Darlene you deserve every effort that went into this wonderful treasure!! I "sobbed" reading this wonderful "short" post of inspiration and thoughtfulness. with the list of bloggers that were involved I can see why

crossroadsquilts said...

Oh, Darlene! What a wonderful gift from the heart! Aren't blogging friends wonderful?

I am so glad to see you are back in it again and good to see you posting. I have missed your posts.

I also seriously LOVE your Jo Morton quilt. Beautiful!

Bari

Sweet P said...

What a stunning gift! You deserve it. It sounds like your quilting mojo has returned. Hooray!

Vicky said...

The quilt is gorgeous, and I can't think of a more deserving person! Darlene, if everyone who admires you had been able to participate in the quilt, it would have been big enough to keep the whole world warm! (Hugs)

Michelle said...

I am so happy that you liked the quilt. My joy is reading that you are back to quilting again. Your quilt looks fabulous.

Karen said...

I was very happy to participate in sending a block to Carol for your very special quilt! I hope it puts a smile on your face every time you see it!! Enjoy, and happy quilting!! :0)

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