Monday, June 21, 2010

I'm Back!

Did ya miss me?  Cuz I sure missed you - well not really, I did keep up with all my blog reading, just not commenting, and I did miss that.  I missed the back and forth of blogging...the fellowship.   I had a good rest, and I feel better now, but I am making some changes.
Normally, I don't post all that much.  That won't change.  What will change will be the way I comment on your blogs - it won't happen with every post, like I was.  I just can't spend hours doing this anymore, I've been neglectful of my health and my family.  Blogging is just too enjoyable, lol!  You'll still hear from me frequently, and I will be reading all of your posts, but I have to cut back somewhere.  Emails may suffer a bit too, and I might not be able to reply to all of your comments.

So what did I do with my break??  Well, I got a couple of super nice packages in the mail, and I'm going to show them to you.  First, Clare from Clare's Craftroom had a give-away.  She's in Australia, and had two Aussie winners, and decided to award another prize to someone in another country.  She picked me, yippee!  It was for the most darling pattern, a bag called a Catchit, for all those things you don't know where to put.
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She also sent two buttons to cover, and look at that darling little dress sticker.  Well folks, I loved the pattern so much I couldn't wait to make my own.....
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Thank you Clare for giving me my sewing mojo back!  Isn't that the sweetest thing?  Here it is, hanging on the back of my chair, where it lives.
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[The camera is crooked, not the chair.]  I love it so much, and can't wait to make lots more for gifts.  I'd love to have a whole wall with a row of hooks across, and a Catchit hanging from every hook.  Clare, you're a doll!

Then - be still my heart - I got a package from the lovely Dawn at As Sweet As Cinnamon blog.  [Formerly Dawn Hay Designs - I need to change her name on my blog roll.]  People, she made me a quilt.
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Picture me hitting the floor.  How special is that?  Red and white.  POLKA DOTS.  Is this not too beautiful???  Dawn, you are the dearest - I love it SO much!  Here's where it lives in my sewing room...
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I love that it's reflected in the mirror.  Excuse the messy cutting table.  She also sent some Australian wildflower fabric, and it's given me an idea - I'm going to study pics of Australian flowers and make up some stitcheries, and put them with this fabric.  And the sweetest smelling candles EVER, aren't they too darling?  AND extra fabric for making hanging loops for the quilt, since I will absolutely under no conditions allow it to set on a table, someone [me] might spill something on it.  It will live safely on my wall where I can look at it and love it all the time!  Thank you Dawn, you are the dearest!

Since Clare inspired me to get my sewing mojo back, I decided to also jump into a project by Dawn.  She had posted a darling design on her blog [still there, go get it!] and I fell in love with it.  I came across the perfect fabric I wanted for it in my stash, and made it last week - all it needs now is the quilting and binding.

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She created it as a tribute to Jessica Watson, and it reminds me of her and Abby Sunderland.  Jessica made her dream come true, and Abby didn't yet - but I know she'll make it next time.  My dreams have always involved sailing, so this pattern was just perfection waiting for me to make it mine.  Thank you Dawn for such a great pattern!

And now, hoping you've made it this far, I'd love for you to go over to Terri's blog, and wish her a very happy birthday.  It's today, and she got a great birthday present that I hope will get her blogging more often!  She's a precious friend that I met on a yahoo embroidery group, and had the pleasure to meet in real life when she and her hubby came up for a visit.  I wish you all could meet her too - she's the most cheerful, down-to-earth, sweetest person ever.

Have a wonderful week everyone, I'll see you on the blogroll!

34 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my goodness Allie, the red and white quilt is too cute!

Heather x said...

I am so glad to see you back hun, I have missed my visits :0)
Oh love the bag you have made...very girly!
What a beautiful quilt, you have a very good friend there :0)
Keep well hun,
*hugs* Heather x

paulette said...

Love the little red quilt...SEW cute- what a special friend!! You take care and no more leaving comments!! I know you are out there lurkin....take care and look after yourself!!
(Hugs)Paulette

Terry said...

Welcome back Allie! Love the Follow your Dreams that you made! Love the quilt you got from Dawn too! And what a cute bag you made! You have a great week too! :0)

Carrie P. said...

Hey Allie,
I have missed you but you know I understand completely. Great gifts you have gotten. How very nice of Dawn to make you a quilt. That is so special.

Fleurette said...

Welcome back Allie, glad that you are feeling better. Love the catchit you made and the sail boat block is so lovely, that red quilt is gorgeous! Have a great week, take care!

Joy said...

Welcome back dear Allie!!!
I understand completely ... just enjoy lurking lol ;o)!! Just LOVE the quilt from Dawn ... isn't she just the sweetest!!?! And I love your catchit bag too, your fabrics are so gawjus - what a perfect button you made :o)!! Great to have you back :o)!!!
Take care ...
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Cyndi said...

Well, Allie, I certainly missed you and am so happy that you are back. And I'll happily take whatever comments and e-mails you leave whenever you feel like leaving/writing them! :o)

The gifts you received are so wonderful. Your little catch all bag is so cute, and that red and white quilt is beautiful! I've just become acquainted with Clare from Clare's Craftroom, but Dawn from As Sweet as Cinnamon is just the nicest person!

Have a wonderful day!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Shasta said...

Welcome back Allie. I did miss you, but don't worry about posting a comment on every of my posts. Some of them aren't worth a comment. Isn't it amazing some of the unrealistic rules we create for ourselves?
The bag is so cute - I think I need a million of those, cause I have lots of stuff I don't know where to put. The red and white quilt is adorable, and the sailboat looks wonderful.

Dawn said...

Hi Allie, so glad you liked it in person and is now the quilt is up in your sewing room... having a room.. lucky girl...he he... me I have part of the kitchen table...Lol... but thats ok...Love the bag you made and the cushion colors look fabulous...go girls with their dreams...
Hugs Dawn x x x

Vicki said...

Great to see you back sweet Allie :) You have been missed :) Your little bag is lovely and arent you just the luckiest girl to get the gorgeous quilt from Dawn :) Its beautiful. hugs Vicki xoxoxo

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Glad to see you back and that you have been having fun. I'm a fan of the "blogging without obligation" idea. Do what is comfortable for you. It isn't a job. It's supposed to be fun!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Welcome Back Allie...I missed you heaps...and boy have you got your mojo back....love your little bag just so cute...and the block looks awesome...so nice to see you back...

Dolores said...

You lucky duck. What wonderful goodies you got. I love the fabrics you chose for the bag. Glad to hear you got your mojo back.

Kim D. said...

Nice to see you back Allie!! And what lovely gifts you received, love the red and white quilt. Congrats on the wins!!

Mama Spark said...

Ok, where to begin?? Love the quilt, so adorable. Want to make that bag. I desperately need a new purse/bag, mine is a disgrace. It would be so cute in red and aqua too! Is it big? So far I have resisted BIG in my purses. Love the sail boat pattern. They seem to be really "in" right now. Glad you're back, missed ya!

Shari said...

Hi Allie - glad you are well and finding a little more balance in your life - blogging is meant to be fun! Not a chore... so many people find the pressure mounting, me included. We'll take you as you are with no strings attached and trust that when you have something to say you will say it! So here's to blogging without obligation!! And I just love love that bag - what a great gift too of the gorgeous red quilt! Enjoy!
Hugs - Shari

jan said...

So glad you are feeling better! It is good to listen to what you need to do for you. Love the sailboat block! The fabrics are perfect!

Martha said...

So nice to hear from you, Allie. Please don't give a second thought to commenting -- it's not important.

What a lovely quilt from Dawn, and the bag and sailboat are so cute. You accomplished so much during your blog hiatus -- maybe I should try it.

joanne lendaro said...

Welcome back, glad you are feeling better....it all looks wonderful!!

Michelle said...

WELCOME BACK!

susan m hinckley said...

Hooray! She's back! And sewing great projects too? Allie, no wonder you get worn out. Take good care of yourself and I'll look forward to a post from you whenever I'm lucky enough to get one.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

You have been rightfully spoiled, my sweet Allie-friend!!! LOVE that bag pattern, and I am drolling over the quilkt from our Dawn!!! You are SO loved!!!

joan said...

Welcome back Allie! I missed you but I do understand teh cutting back on blogging... it is amazing how much time it takes. Isn't it strange how all good things are sometimes challenging? I love all your gifts and projects... You are certainly deserving!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Wow, you have some wonderful friends. I love that Catch It and must try some myself. What a cute way to get organized. The red and white quilt is lovely. So nice of Dawn to do that. I love the block you made for her. I'm going to hop over to her blog and get that pattern. Glad you got your mojo back.

Sharon said...

Glad you're back, Allie. I did miss you! But I'd rather you take good care of yourself than comment too often. Blogging is supposed to be fun, not cause pain!

Wow, what wonderful eye-candy you shared! That red and white quilt is gorgeous!! Lucky girl! The bag is so cute, and I love your stitchery you made. Glad you've gotten your mojo back!

Terri said...

Oh! My!!! Allie!!! I just LOVE that sweet lil' quilt from Dawn!! You better hide it when I come see you!! You may as well hide that bag too!!! Love it!!
And thank you dear friend for the "boost" about keeping up with my blog. You're the best!

Talin's Corner said...

Wow you sure have been busy. Love your black/white/red Catchit bag. Will look forward to your posts.

Ivory Spring said...

Of course I missed you, Allie! You are such a delight to the quilting blogging world!

WOW - pretty projects. And you got a quilt from Dawn Hay???!!!!! You lucky ducky, like a young friend of mine would say. :)

HUGS!

sewtakeahike said...

Hey Allie! glad you had a great break! the catch all bag is cute! and lucky you getting that mini red/white quilt! I'm with you on the commenting/email thing. there's just so much to do, I had to cut back on that aspect too. otherwise I'd get nothing done!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

So glad you're back - with some changes (smile)! Love the quilt Dawn made -very pretty! And love your other goodies, too!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

What great projects.

Love the embroidery patterns in your earlier post too.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Marg said...

Hi Allie,

How lucky are you to receive the Stars & Pinwheels quilt from Dawn! It looks fabulous in your sewing room.
One of my favourite designs, I've made a second one in red, white and blue.
Enjoy!

Candied Fabrics said...

I totally hear you on the cutting back on commenting - however much we love getting comments on our own blogs, we can't comment everywhere! A balance everyone will understand!

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