Monday, September 12, 2011

The Silver Lining ...

of a 'big' birthday - great friends!  I celebrated a decade-turning BD in July.  Jan and I caught up yesterday - look at the beautiful doll quilt she made me.  I'm a lucky girl!  What a treasure (both the quilt and the friend).  Some of my recent yardage stash purchases are resting on the chair arm. 

But that wasn't the only BD surprise.  My quilting peeps - Pat, Susan, Sandy, Bev, and Jan - made me birthday blocks!  Yankee Puzzle in beautiful, rich colors.  The blocks are sitting on the doll quilt back - one of my favorite fabrics (isn't Jan the best)!  Can't wait to go digging in the stash for the perfect fabric to pull together these beautiful blocks.  I'm not going to tell the number of blocks cause I know you see the correlation between blocks and years - I'll just say there are alot of blocks.  All these quilting surprises took the sting out of turning a 'decade' page.


Labor Day Weekend Sewing Update.  I had the house to myself Thursday night, so I pulled out some Lady Circle Patchwork Quilts magazines.  One little photo set the agenda for my sewing weekend.  Jan and I were dropping off tops for quilting and I needed a back.  Here's a pic of my inspiration (Bear's Paw) -

So, this stack of large triangles became this quilt back.  The top was fun
and quick - can't wait to get it back.



16 comments:

Lori said...

Happy Happy birthday!! You must be only 30;)

Jayne said...

Happy new decade!! I love the little doll quilt!

Nancy said...

Happy birthday! Love the little quilt and the blocks. The pieced triangles look so nice... I'd want it for a quilt rather than a back. Or is that what you are doing with it?

Janet O. said...

Wow, I'd change decades for gifts like that!!
That backing is beautiful--looks like a lot of work, but you called it quick. To me a quick back is one seam down the middle! : )

be*mused jan said...

A belated happy birthday, Vicki! (I've had a few of those decade page-turners.) What thoughtful friends!
Lady Circle Patchwork Quilts wasn't the flashiest quilt magazine of its time, but they always had the best color shots of antique quilts. I've got many, many pages from those issues in my quilt files. Always good for inspiration!

Nicky said...

hey happy birthday! Big one but only a number it's how you feel inside that counts!

Love those scrappy triangles! And lucky you getting what was it 21 blocks - who had to do the extra one?

Barb said...

Happy Happy Birthday! I will have the pleasure next June :)
what a lovely doll quilt from Vicki and for getting the friends organized to make blocks. They are wonderful! I love quilts made with blocks form friends - how nice!
Have a happy week!

oh, I love your HST quilt. Are those grays in the sashing - smashing!

Janet said...

Quilting friends are the best!! What great blocks and the doll quilt is such a lovely gift.

mereth said...

Ah, I still miss Ladies Circle, it was the best magazine ever in my opinion. I've gradually weeded out some of my other mags from that period but I'd never part with a LCPQ. I've got that page marked too, both for the backing and the wonderful Log Cabin underneath it. What fabrics! Yum.

Dawn said...

Happy Birthday!
What a great bunch of quilt pals you have!
Looking forward to seeing your finished quilt - both sides.
I recognize that backing fabric - Great line of fabrics!

Appalachian Quilts said...

Happy Birthday! What great friends! :)

Susie said...

I used to love that magazine!

Vivian said...

Our quilting friends know us well, don't they? They know what we love, and their gifts go straight to our hearts.
I've personally seen way too many of those decade-turning BD's and prefer to ignore them and just go on my merry way, stitching and quilting like crazy.
Belated BD greetings!

Eileen said...

Happy belated Birthday.
I love your scrappy quilts and the half triangle squares make my heart skip a neat.
Have a wonderful day

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday!! That doll quilt is wonderful. What a great gift! And I can't wait to see what you make with the birthday blocks.

Lurline said...

Oh, I could squeal - your quilts are gorgeous! Hugs - Lurline♥