Good morning

We didn't have access to internet for the last days so I am soooo glad I can finally catch up with everyone's news today. And I have a few things of my own to show you. First, a winning.

Rhonda from Ravelly 1 did a gorgeous mug rug and decided to give it away.  I won!


Isn't it pretty? I think it is too cute to put a cup of coffee on it so it will go up on my wall next to my little Abundance quilt.  I love when quilters show their walls all decorated with little mini quilts. Slowly but surely, I will get one too. And Rhonda's little birdhouse will rest on my wall of fame, it flew all the way from Texas. I will add a little label at the back lest I forget where it came from. Thank you soooo much Rhonda. I love it and the little note too.


Second.
Yesterday, I picked up my quilt from the quilter. OH MY!! I am so pleased but soooooooooo pleased!! First, let me remind you that it is my first time asking someone else to quilt my quilt and this particular quilt is for my in-laws. There is a big deal of trust involved in this business you understand. My mistake was to take a quilt that didn't belong to me for my first try with a quilter. What if she does a sloppy job? What if I don't like it; can I give away something I don't like? Can I put my label on something I don't like? Will I have time to make another quilt? So many doubts and fears went through my overworked imaginative mind. Then Julie posted about her experience with a new professional quilter and how unhappy she was with the job.
                                                Oh ....
my ....
                        heart ....
                                                 sank !!!
It is not my imagination: it does happen!! 
Anyway, I got to her place and she opens the door with such a lovely and honest smile, I just can't help but feel comfortable with her.  So we talked and she showed me the quilt and oh my beating heart!!! It's GOOOORRRRGEOUS!!! 

I am sooooo pleased!  It is nothing too fancy, just a simple allover panto that I had chosen with her help and suggestion, but it makes the quilt look so much nicer. 

Blooming Star : 85 X 102
All I need to do is the binding in dark blue.  All the threads are tucked in already and the edge has been cut and basted by her. Wonderful! It is so lovely.  I didn't really like this quilt at first because it is not the kind of quilt I do ... usually. I love scrappy, busy, with lots of things to look at or movement in a quilt. This one I find ... well ... boring but... not anymore!  Needless to say, she is now allowed to quilt any quilts of mine!! She also told me that they (her and hubby) bought a house in Arnprior for quilting retreats! Guess who is saving up to go on a retreat?  She is that kind of person, the kind who is so comfortable you immediately feel comfortable with her as if you had known her for a long time. Not like me, I am shy and awkward with strangers (believe it or not) but ... I want to try a quilting retreat at least once in my lifetime.
Anyway.... here is the back of the quilt. 


Did I mentioned I am pleased with it? 

It is raining this morning so it makes a darker picture.

Today, I will add my "famous" hexies flower label and attach the binding while reading what the other wonderful slow stitchers are up to on Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching

Until next time ... SMiLE ... please!  

P.S. If you want more info about this quilters' retreat, you can find it here.  If you want more info about her as a professional quilter, let me know and I will give you her contact number. 

Comments

  1. Oh yes, that quilt is gorgeous....both your piecing and her machine quilting are beautiful. The fabric in the mug really makes the little bird house look lifelike.

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  2. The quilting on your in law's quilt is spectacular!

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  3. You and I are opposites ... I find the truly scrappy quilts too busy and too overwhelming. I prefer the simpler, more calming quilts like this one you made for your inlaws! ;-)

    That retreat location looks fabulous ... wish I were closer so I could save up my $ to go, too.

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  4. Your quilt is so lovely! I would say those feathers are quite fancy and oh so fitting for your wonderful pieced top. I love this kind of quilt that has some negative space to show off the quilting. I guess I like the balance.

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  5. I am glad that she was right for you...it looks so pretty! Well done to both of you and what a wonderful gift! :)

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  6. I love how the quilt turned out for your inlaws.. love the mug rug too! Look foward to seeing a famous label :) Kathi

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  7. Your quilt is truly beautiful...and what a relief that the quilter did such a beautiful job!

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  8. Wonderful... the quilting does just add another dimension.... no wonder you are happy with the end result...
    Hugz

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  9. Wonderful that you found a long-armer in tune with what you like! Lovely finish!

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  10. I love your quilt!!! And the quilting just adds to the beauty. Happy Monday!!

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  11. Your quilt is beautiful. I had a quilt professionally quilted last year and it won 2nd prize at a quilt show this summer. I found my local quilter at this same show a couple of years ago. Her quilt had won best in show. This year along with my quilt, this machine quilter also had two other quilts that she had quilted for other pieces win ribbons: best in show and 1st place in my division. I chose her because I had seen her work and she is only 20 minutes from my home. I couldn't have done it otherwise. I am so glad you are happy with your finish. I am sure your in-laws will be thrilled.

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  12. I have drooled over that beautiful quilt in previous posts. I love scrappy but I also love the traditional two or three colored quilts and blue and white - classic. You found a very talented quilted and your IL's are going to love that quilt.

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  13. Very beautiful! It is scary taking a quilt to someone else to be quilted, but yours turned out amazing! You absolutely have to go on a quilting retreat. I LOVE retreats!
    Thanks for linking up!

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