I am über-excited for this post because I am dying to see just how many of you out there are quilting along; from the Instagram attention and excitement this QAL has been getting, it is going to blow mine and Helen's (Midget Gem Quilts) minds. Be sure to hop over to her blog to check out her quilts. Plural. She's doing one in blues and greens and one in the traditional modern (ha) colours of the original quilt.
First, another thank you and round of applause to my four sponsors:
Kelly is the designer of this oh-so-fabulous quilt, and not only has she continued to offer her pattern for free, but now she is also sponsoring $30 of patterns from her shop. Affiliate link, but I don't make any commission on sales of her patterns; however, should you choose to check out the offerings at Craftsy, and make a purchase, that is where I would make a couple of bucks. Full disclosure! Also know that I am not affiliated with the following three quilt shops, and do not make a penny of any sales of anything you buy, including the kits.
Pam is offering a $50 gift certificate to her shop.
All three of the quilt shops still have kits for sale at a terrific price, with free shipping within their respective countries. Note that you need a code MMMQAL at Mad About Patchwork, and that the free shipping code is good only until the end of today, Feb. 28!
Okay, first to 'link up' would be me!
Here are my HSTs all cut and labelled and in their baggies inside a basket.
|I don't have Clover Clips because I prefer their red- and white-headed pins. This is a case where they would come in very handy though, but clothespegs are working just fine. I am keeping most of them in their sandwich baggies for transport home.|
I am so glad that I've set a relaxed pace for this QAL. My life has been anything but the past couple of weeks!
Stump Pass State Park and all the way to Stump Pass itself, which is the waterway between Manasota Key and Thornton Key, and the channel from the intracoastal waterway out to the Gulf. It was an idyllic few hours. We saw a couple of dolphins and various birds, including osprey, one of which was sitting in the massive nest, watchful as we silently glided by.
|Looking east-southeast. The beach you see is the south end of Manasota Key and the bushes on the left of the photo the north end of Thornton Key with the channel of water, aka Stump Pass between.|
We've been meeting up with John and Brandy a couple of times a week to walk the dogs, usually by some body of water, for opportunities to swim and/or take quilt pics:
And, just this past weekend I flew to Nashville where I met up with my daughter, Dayna, who flew down from Detroit.
Her SIL-to-be, Casey, who is one of Dayna's bridesmaids, lives just outside of Nashville, and she set up the surprise weekend for Dayna (ensuring the dates would work for me) to shop for her wedding dress. Tyler was in on it too, so kind and thoughtful of them both! Casey was a most capable chauffeur, organizer, tour guide and hostess, with help from her, to quote Dayna, 'stupid-cute' not-quite-10-month-old daughter, Aliviana. The four of us had a wonderful time, and in case you're wondering, YES! Dayna found the dress, and I am a pretty happy mama myself at what she found. It seems far away, 9 months, but I know it will be here before we know it.
So I hope you will forgive me for being behind in checking out ALL the fabulous DrEAMi! projects that were linked up this month, and for not getting back to your comments on time. I promise things will settle down next week.
With several new followers because of the Postcard from Sweden QAL and the 30 Quilt Designs Challenge, I should mention that today is the last day to sign up for the New Quilt Bloggers Hop! Go here for all the deets and for the sign-up form. If you've been blogging more than 2 months but less than 3 years, and you blog mainly about quilting, this hop is for you!
Tracie of Riceford Streams sent me this super-cool pic of a quilt van, taken, I presume, by threadbearelise. Perfect timing for our Postcard from Sweden QAL!
We have another day out with friends from the Catskills in New York State planned mid-week, which would be today since I'm writing this post ahead of time, and then we will be northward bound, heading home where hopefully Spring will be starting to lift her head.
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Sew Fresh Quilts