Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Blogs, Inspiration and Thank yous!

I discovered blogs almost two months ago and have had a wonderful time reading and getting to know so many people. These same people and their blogs have provided me with lots of inspiration. Patti, Vicky and Jeanne provided a lot of encouragement for me to jump into applique and if you've been reading my blog you know that I've been having a BLAST! LOL Jeanne was kind enough to share her method of applique, Vicky gave me the final shove off the applique fence I was sitting on and Patti sent a long list of wonderful tips and hints. Ladies thank you!

When I posted last week I shared pics of three blocks and 10 people left comments - thank you, thank you!

Patti - yes, I'm very hooked on this thing called applique LOL
Jeanne - thank you for your kind words and your compliments
Doodlebug Gail - thank you for visiting and leaving such nice words
Vicky - thank you for all the adjectives :-)
Kim - yes, the method I've been using does have a lot of prep but once it's done then you just sit and sew.
Shelina - a block a day - LOL - almost! Thanks for visiting
Kimberly - thanks for your compliments
Bebbs - oh yes this is very addictive and you did warn me. :-)
Tara - thanks for your kind comments and for visiting my blog
Tracey - thank you so much and please take some time for you

Since I was here last to update this blog I've finished block# 7 and 8 so that completes the applique on my Pumpkin Hill quilt - WooHoo!!!!! Two blocks and 32 leaves - ugh! Not the greatest but "finished is better than perfect" LOL I need to practice those durn leaves! Now I have a bit of embroidery to do and then put the blocks together. This is so incredibly exciting.

My 9 year old grandson, Seth spent a few days here with us and we had a terrific time. We took him to see "Cars" - cute movie but otherwise we were just hanging out having fun!

Thought for today: Age is a state of mind! (today is my birthday)

Grandchildren (I don't have to raise them - LOL)
My hands and my eye sight (I hope I never lose their use)
Apple pie and ice cream - yum

Again, thank to all who have been so kind! Now, I'm off to dinner at Outback Steakhouse - double YUM!


Patti said...

I'm so proud of you Darlene! So many people never try appliqué because they think it's a dirty word. Many have tried once and failed so never try again. You stuck with it, swallowed your fear, and plowed ahead. And what wonderful things you've accomplished! Now you'll be up there with the rest of us - wanting every new appliqué design that hits the quilt shop. Saving even the smallest scraps fo fabric because they will work for appliqué. I can't wait to see all these blocks put together into the quilt top. Hooray for you!

Kim West said...

Your blocks are beautiful!! Happy Birthday - I hope it was great!

Vicky said...

OMG, Happy Birthday, Darlene! You should have warned us -- we'd have had a party! :)

I have truly enjoyed watching your progress on Pumpkin Hill! And chuckled remembering how exciting it was for me when I finally "got it"!! I predict many beautifully appliqued quilts in your future. And can't wait to see this one all assembled!

Congrats, sweetie! You done good!


Unknown said...

Yuo know Darlene you could always kill two birds with one stone and piece a top and then applique on it - there is a British quiter called Gwenfai Rhys Griffiths (I think that's the spelling) who does just that and has won lots of awards over here and in the US I think - one of hers that springs to my mind is a storm at sea (fiddly enough) which then has loads of bias tubing and flowers on top - double the work, ten times the effect try googling her and see what you come up with

Libby said...

Happy Birthday (a day late) Congrats for trying applique. I find handwork so satisfying and portable, too. You can quilt even when you are away from home.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice word. I'm still in my first week ... trying to find my way around, get to know who's out there and enjoying every minute of it. I'll be back to see what you are up to.

Cynthia said...

Hi, i also am new to blogging and enjoying it. I have just found your blog and will be back later to read all your posts.

Finn said...

Hi Darlene, thanks for stopping over at Pieces when you do..*VBS* It was very nice to see your comment this morning, and I had to pop over and see where you blog!!! I'm bookmarking it(that way the web ring can do what it wants to!) and I'll be back to read more and see your quilts...*VBS* Hugs, Finn who says welcome to Blogland..and a great bunch of new friends..*S*

Tracey said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! it's a couple days late...but I really mean it! :o)

I can't believe how QUICKLY you are flying through this project! You are doing SUCH a fablous job on it too!

Oh...and do ya happen to have any of that apple pie and ice cream left?? Pass it on over......:oP

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