Friday, April 23, 2010

The bride is DONE!!

Zzzzz.....


Well, the project is DONE!!  I can't believe I got it finished!!  I am SPENT!!!

For all of you playing along at home, I finished binding it at 3:08 AM, April 23...just a few hours ago.

MaryLiz is the winner of the jellyroll,  (Maggieblueyes, Crafty Maine Mom and Paula were SO CLOSE!).

Thank you and a big shout out to everyone who ventured a guess...your comments and well wishes kept me motivated and moving forward, even when I was hitting mental brick walls and doubting my ability to pull this one off!

I'll post better pictures later...now I'm going to take a nap before Sit & Stitch...

In stitches my pajamas,
Teresa  :o)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ahhh...Monday....

I love Mondays, which I know is counter intuitive.  Our weeks and weekends can be so hectic, so Monday for me is often the calm before the next storm, a day of to-do lists for the week, often filled with ridiculous, unobtainable goals.

This week's goal...finish the bride.  Quilting is progressing, although I hit a mental brick wall last night and just had to put down the needle and go to bed.  Sleep was a good idea.  I am much chirpier this morning, with wisps of choral Mozart dancing around in my head (our church choir sang a Mozart choral work with orchestra yesterday morning at church, the "Solemn Vespers" and the experience is joyfully lingering).

The book on CD has changed to a Janet Evanovich 'Stephanie Plum' novel, so the mood in the quilting cave is light and humorous.

This goal is obtainable...I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it is not a train!

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Quilting boo-boo...

One might say that I am working my poor fingers to the bone!!  Quilting on the Civil War Bride is progressing right along despite my quilting boo-boo's.  My thumb and a couple of fingers look awful, but are fortunately still functioning.

I was nuts to think I could meet my deadline to deliver the quilt to the show on April 25...I still think I can.  So all of you who have ventured a guess, the deal is still on!  I've been listening to a couple of books on CD while working...have your read/listened to "The Thirteenth Tale?"  AWESOME!!!!

The housework is in decline and meals are getting a little boring, but the family is coping well with my insanity and are cheering me on.  Thank you for all of your encouragement as well!

I am so behind on reading your blogs and responding to your nice comments...please forgive...I will catch up soon. 

Crispy was curious what I bought at The Quilt Box in Dry Ridge, Kentucky.  They have the best reproduction fabrics!!  I bought some newbies and some "oldies but goodies," mostly from Windham and Moda.  So here they are for your drooling pleasure...

Whenever I need a little TLC and balm for my sore quilting fingers, I just run my hands over these babies and they feel better IMMEDIATELY!  The prescription for sore fingers:  "take two fat quarters and call me in the morning; repeat every four hours, as needed."

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Pictureless Sunday...

Well, I am back from the sunny south!  My daughter and I took advantage of her spring break holiday from middle school to make the 700+ mile drive down to Alabama to see my relatives.  We had a great trip and are safely back home in Michigan.  We left early chilly spring in Michigan and arrived in early hot summer in Alabama...the Dogwoods, Redbuds, and fruit trees were blooming and bulbs and flowers putting on a show.

On the way "down," we stopped by one of my FAVORITE quilt shops in northern Kentucky, THE QUILT BOX.  If you love reproduction fabrics, I think they carry everything ever made.  They are located on a lovely farm, just between I-71 and I-75 in Dry Ridge (where they "split," just south of the Ohio/Kentucky border).  It is worth the short jog off either interstate to get there!!  They have been in business for 26 years and definitely know what they are doing!

Thanks to everyone who put in a guess for the finishing of the Civil War Bride quilt.  Quilting is progressing.

I look forward to catching up with everyone's blogs.  I was away from a computer for over a week and I am behind on email and blog reading.  The Liberated Lady block swap took place last Friday morning during "sit & stitch" at The Quilting Season quilt shop...thanks to Ellen T. for leading our local group, the Seasoned Quilters, on this fun and dynamic project.  I look forward to getting my distribution of ladies...maybe later this afternoon!

In stitches,
Teresa   :o)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Ta-da!! The give-away...

Well, here is the give-away prize for guessing the day and time (before April 25) that I finish quilting and binding my Civil War Bride quilt.  It is a beautiful jellyroll from Minick and Simpson..."Bar Harbor."

Some of you have already ventured a guess.  I am off to visit family down south with my daughter for Spring break, but you can be sure that my project is going with us!!

Happy Easter!

Teresa  :o)