Saturday, November 30, 2013


Hello strangers!  Can it really be since Memorial Day that I haven't Blogged?  OMGoshness - where have the days/months gone.  Summer came and went and I feel like I missed it all.  I hope you all had a wonderful summer and will come back to visit me now that I'm back to writing and posting pictures.

I can't possibly remember everything that I did over the summer months but will tell you I had a great summer.  Rob and I spent some time on our sailboat and did a bit of kayaking but mostly spent the lazy summer days working around our house.  My gardens took up a lot of time as did my days spent on the deck dying lace.  I decided to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather and dye up a ton of pretties so I wouldn't have to do it inside over the winter.... brrr... it's 12 degrees right now and already I'm a frozen popsicle.

Little by little I hope to post pictures of projects I have worked on as well as the many beautiful CQ blocks and Snowballs I have swapped with fellow Crazy Quilters.  For starters I'll show you a piece I created for my sister Sherri.  Her boss's daughter got married and she commissioned me to make a walhanging for her using her favorite wedding picture.

Using vintage and some new laces, I layered the laces and then embellished them with beads, pretty stitches and some silk ribbon embroidery. 

Congratulations Tarah & Brian
 





A current project that I am working on is a Crazy Quilt RR with a few ladies from CQI.  We have all exchanged 6 naked "fan" blocks to work on for each other - I just now received my 4th set of fan blocks to play with.  So far these are the 3 blocks for other sets that I have completed.

For Ritva

For Shelly

For Colleen

I am now working on my 4th set and they are for Barbara (I'll post pictures later when done). For now I thought I would share with you the rest of her blocks which have been embellished by 3 other ladies in our group.  Stunning, fabulous, beautiful comes to mind when I look at these.  This has got to be one of my very favorite RR's so far!
For Barbara - Created by Ritva

For Barbara - Created by Colleen
For Barbara - Created by Shelly
 
 

16 comments:

  1. welcome back to blog land, you have been missed but good to see you back. Your commission for the bride and groom is so beautiful, what wonderful memories it will bring every time they look at it of a very happy day. Some lovely CQ blocks all very inspiring

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    1. Thank you Margret - I've missed being here to visit with all my friends too. I look forward to catching up with everyone elses Blogs. I hope you are doing well and having fun stitching away!

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  2. We have missed your posts! Your fan blocks are lovely; and that Wedding piece is amazing--what a cherished memory that will be for them...I have joined CQJP for this coming year and am excited to be making my first big CQ piece...hugs, Julierose

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    1. Thank you! So happy that you stopped by - gives me a chance to start following your Blog. I'm so looking forward to CQJP next year and can't wait to see your beautiful blocks come to life! BTW - Where did you get the beautiful silkies? The color in them is fabulous!

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  3. Nice to have you back! The bride hanging is beautiful it is so different from anything I have seen, just lovely!

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    1. Thank you Susan. I am working on 2 more that need to be ready for next year. WIth each one I create I learn something new. Thank you fro stopping by.

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  4. Welcome back - I have enjoyed seeing all of your pretties on Facebook too. I think in another year I'll be ready to get back into CQ - can't wait! Your blocks are stunning.

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    1. Thanks Deb! I've stopped by your Blog a few times and all I can say is WOW WOW WOW - you have been one busy lady and everything you create is fabulous! Can't wait for you to get back to CQ - always loved your work.

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  5. • • • Well, it's about time you came back. ; )
    Love the Wedding piece - it's GORGEOUS! Look forward to reading your posts again.

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  6. Wow! These are just beautiful!
    ~Donna~

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    1. Thank you fro stopping by my Blog Donna and your sweet comments. I'm finally home after a long stay in VA and hope to get back to posting more pretties on my Blog soon so please stop by.

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  7. Your gift is so gorgeous. And I love your fan blocks..still at work on my Nouveau Ladies--using your laces--the tea dyed pack--they are so nice to work with...hugs, Julierose

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  8. Good Morning Nicki, I am so happy to meet you. Your needle work is outstanding and that crazy quilt that you and your friends are working on blows my mind. What an incredible piece of art.
    I noticed that you have not blogged or at least posted for some time . . . I hope that you will read this and even come visit. I would love to have you as a follower and have a chance to get to know you better. Your work is so inspiring. I hope that I might even encourage you to continue to post. My husband and I also have a sailboat. Ours is a small 23 foot wooden boat that we bought in neglected shape and bought back to life with lots of hard work and elbow grease.
    I am your newest follower and I hope that I will hear from you.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Connie :)

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    1. Hi Connie, Thank you so much for stopping by my Blog. Just this week I was thinking it was time I got back to Blogging. It has been a long time since I've felt like writing anything. Over the past months I have lost both of my wonderful fathers so it's been an emotional roller coaster. My heart is on the mend and now I feel the urge to get back to doing what I love... I will certainly be back to blogging soon. I usually spend Sunday mornings catching up on my Blog friends so I will be sure to stop by yours for a visit. I appreciate your kind words and look forward to getting to know you too! Hugs, Nicki

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