Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Back In The Saddle Again

Hi everyone, I want to thank you all for your kindness and patience with me when I was feeling so low - oh how I appreciate you all.  I'm feeling much better now and have made it through my inbox, I'll be browsing your blogs in a bit, after I make sure the teens are making dinner.  *G*

I'm feeling creative again.  I'm currently stitching a new design.  Here's a peek -


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Forgive the un-artsy lighting, I was too lazy to make hay while the sun was actually shining.  This is part of a new series I'm working on, and will be a free download when I'm done.

The other day I took time to clean up my fabric and what-not storage.  I had stuff everywhere, and couldn't find a thing.  While I was organizing and labeling totes, I found this little guy - I'd forgotten I had him!

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One of the only things I ever bought from a real antique store.  I think he was $12...I could NOT leave him there.  Isn't he a cutie?

You may have noticed a new button on my sidebar.  I'm going to join with A Bit Of This And A Bit Of That in an online auction/raffle to raise funds for Japan.  I was appalled to see the level of donations from the US - rather small.  I sincerely hope the blogging community can come together to bless the people of Japan.  She's going to put up the master list of auctions on the 18th of March, and they will close on the 26th.  Please do go visit her blog on the 18th to see all of the beautiful items up for auction.

I'm going to raffle off my Lemon Tree quilt.

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I took the pdf download off my blog quite some time ago, thinking I might submit it to a magazine.  The raffle will be for the original quilt, the only one of its kind.  Even if I make this quilt again, it won't be the same - there was never any layout diagram with this.  I'll let you know tomorrow how the raffle will work, and do the official post.  The magnitude of the disaster in Japan compels me to offer up something dear to me - my very first applique quilt pattern quilt - especially since the entire scope of this disaster won't be known for a very long time.  It is still unfolding.

I'll be back tomorrow.  Stay safe, stay well.
Love,
Allie

24 comments:

Jeanette said...

Hi Allie,
glad to hear you are felling better. The sneak peek of you design looks interesting. The figurine is very cute. Happy Stitching,

Susan said...

Welcome back, Allie!

Linda said...

Good to see you're feeling better! Yes, your little man is darling! Thanks for the info and link for relief for Japan.

Terry said...

Love the sneak peek! I can't wait to see the whole thing! :0)

West Michigan Quilter said...

So glad you're feeling better. I've missed you. Can't wait to see what your new project is. The sneak peek has me interested! What a nice thing to do to raffle off your quilt. You are a sweetie!

shez said...

glad to hear you are feeling better Allie and what a lovely kind thing to do.

Flamingo K (aka Karen Schurr) said...

What a generous gift. Your quilt is fabulous and it should bring an equally fabulous price...here's to all relief efforts for Japan. (btw, thank you for your very kind comments on my site...they always mean so much for me...)Hugs

Lyn said...

Hello Allie, gorgeous little bloke...something about his stance...what a good heart you have Allie for the efforts for Japan...Hugs Lyn

Kim said...

Hi Allie, glad your feeling better. Looks like a beautiful design.

Penny said...

Good to have you back :)

BubzRugz said...

Glad you are feelign so much better... your stitchery looks great.... how wonderful of you to auction your beautiful lemon tree quilt.... Japan remains staggering... sadly the news doesn't improve as the days go by...
Hugz

VivJM said...

Glad you are feeling better. Your stitching looks like something very pretty, can't wait to see more.

And I think you are very generous to be auctioning off your lemon tree quilt as it is clearly so special to you. You are a wonderful person ((()))

Anne said...

Nothing like a bit of stitch therapy to get you back to a sunny disposition :0). Well done you for your efforts for Japan. Hugs and quilty thoughts

Isabella said...

How kind of you to donate your lovely quilt allie, I'm soo glad you are feeling better my dear

Jenny of Elefantz said...

What a big and beautiful heart you have, my friend. {{{hugs}}}
Jenny
xxx

Sue said...

So glad you are feeling better. I sure wish I could say the same. I've been knocked off my feet for a few days. Not fun.

I am surprised at how little the U.S. is raising money for Japan. Usually we are so quick to jump on board and are so generous.

Your stitchery looks wonderful!

Carrie P. said...

Glad your in a creative mood again. I like what I see. cute little guy.
Off to see the link.

Cathy said...

Allie, I'm so glad you are doing better. Medicine allergies can be so serious. Your embroidery is lovely. And I love the little bell hop. You got a great find there. Hugs

susan m hinckley said...

How wonderful that you're going to raffle off the Lemon Tree piece! It's just splendid, and it's a sacrifice for you to part with it but the sale should bring some much needed money for a great cause.

I LOVE that little figurine! He's just adorable. And your new embroidery design looks lovely. I really love the way you combine your quilting with embroidery. Glad you're feeling creative again!

Ivory Spring said...

Your stitchery is looking so adorable already!

MrPuffy said...

Your embroidery is just beautiful! It reminds me that I have a pincushion I need to get back too :)

What is happening in Japan is unimaginable. All that suffering ~ I'm sure your auction will do much good.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I'm trying to catch up after being without wifi for a week and so glad to hear you are better and hoping that I will read that your Mom did well with her surgery, too.

You are so sweet to donate your beautiful lemon tree quilt. My heart breaks for the people in affected areas of Japan, but I am grateful that it is a country that will come back from the disaster and be a great country again.

Shelley said...

Oh.Oh.Oh.....the stitchery looks so exciting!! I can't wait to see the whole thing...
The little guy really is a cutie!

Mama Pea said...

Love your new stitchery. It's great. Glad you are feeling better. That little guy looks like a Hummel. Is he? My mom used to collect them. I have all of her Christmas plates that she collected for about 10 years. I just love that quilt and am going to see if I can find a way to post a bid! You are so kind!

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