Thursday, August 21, 2008

A few things to talk about

I've been putting off this post. I wanted it to be an important one, it's the 100th! My blogaversary is next week also. I was going to combine the celebration, but it's taking too long and I already have things to show you and places to go. So what the heck, I'll just have 2 celebrations! One now and one later.
Last weekend, I managed to finish this little baby boy's quilt. I had purchased this fabric at a quilt shop close out with the intent to make 2 Yellow Brick Road quilts. I cut out both, but got one top made and didn't care for it. The fabric is cute, but I just don't think I like the YBR pattern. I like seeing a design when I look at a quilt. That is unless it's a fabulous scrap quilt, that's different, then there are so many fabrics to dazzle you, you don't need much else. Well anyway, I took the pieces of the top that wasn't finished and added the yellow stars and stripe border. The stripe border was left overs from the placemats I made my staff for Christmas last year! It worked out well, if I would have found that before I made the stars, I might have matched it a little better.
After that was finished, I had to get rid of that mini patch basket bug that I caught from Darlene, and Lorraine and all of the others. I made 3 for little prezzies. They are so much fun to make, I want to make more. I want to make myself one for my desk at work, to put note pads and staple puller and stuff like that.
The week's mail has been a lot of fun, socks are starting to
arrive and a most unexpected gift from my good friend Syl!!
Look at this pumpkin stack. Syl called it a big pumpkin pincushion! LOL, she is so sweet, what a lovely surprise. The best part of this gift was hearing her voice when I called to thank her! This lady is a dear and she makes some beautiful quilts, she just won some ribbons, I'm not surprized at all. We talked about her starting a blog. I think she might!!! Come on Syl, join the fun! Here is a picture of Syl and her quilt that we suprized her with at retreat last year!
So are you still here? Good, I've got a lot to be excited about, I'm packing and planning to leave tomorrow morning to go down the coast to a mini quilting retreat. I will drive down to Aromas and meet up with Holly, we'll trek on down further and meet up with Deb and Pam. I can't wait. I can't stop grinning, we are going to have some fun!! I'm so looking forward to this gettaway!
I was making a list of stuff while at work today, and the list went something like this...
Projects to Pack
Prairie Paisley
Potatoe Bags
Other Items to Pack: Pillow
Phone charger
Do you see what I see? How does happen, why am I perpetually plagued by P's??? Well to celebrate my 100th post I thought it would be fitting to offer this perfectly precious 30's fat quarter packet to a random commenter. Yes, they are purple! I'm so sorry the pictures are blurry. They are cute, honest! and I'm not even gonna make you count the p's in this post! I'll pick a name when I get home on Sunday nite.

Hope your weekend is a fun one! xomar


Kathie said...

I just love those little "baskets", so cute!
yes you need one for your desk!
That pumpkin tower is just too cute!
I may just have to make one like that!
oh 30's fabrics just love them!

julia said...

Hi Mar,
congratulations on your 100th post! I'm with Kathie, those little bags are adorably cute (love your fabric choices!) and a great gift idea...I should really start making my own...but I'm afraid I won't stop then ;o) Speaking of adorably cute things: I love your scrappy pumpkin pincushion!
Cheers, Julia

Carol said...

Oh Mar those baskets are just wonderful...have a FANTASTIC time at your quilt getaway. Sounds like the perfect weekend!

carol said...

Marlene, Yov've been a busy girl!! Love your projects,that quilt is really cute. So glad you are getting to go on a retreat with friends. Have a great time!!

Rose said...

Happy 100th Marlene!!! You know I love your blog, u keep me motivated!!! And the "p"s arent so itching to cut into my Prairie Paisley......sooooon!!! lol
Hugs xxx

Vicki W said...

I lvoe your baby quilt and your little bags. I need to whip out a few of those.

Connie W said...

Well, Happy 100th and congratulations! Have fun with your retreat...sounds like it will be!

zizzybob said...

What adorable little baskets, thanks for the link. BTW what did you put in them for gifts? It's a great idea.
Hope you have fun with the girls on your mini retreat.
Congrats on your 100th post.

Doodlebug Gail said...

Oh Mar, those little bags are gorgeous, thanks so much for linking to the tutorial. Enjoy your time with your friends and congratulations on your 100th post.


Sue H said...

Happy 100th post! You have a very fun and interesting blog. I think you baby quilt is adorable, and the little bags are so cute too. It's so much fun to see what others are up to!

Linda said...

Love your baskets, I can see I'm going to have to give in and make some, just too cute. What a terrific friend to send such an adorable pincushion. Hope you have a blast while you're away quilting. Don't forget the camera....

Darlene said...

100 - woohoo! Congratulations!

OMG, Mar, I love the baby boy quilt - perfect! (HUG)

You caught the basket bug and made some adorable baskets - they are fun, aren't they? teehee

The pumpkin pincushion is oh so cute!

And, your Projects are Packed, Prezzies are wrapped, Phone is charged, Pillow is fluffed and now you're off to spend time with your Pals in your Pjs, Plying your needle and thread working on Potato bags, Prairie Paisley stuff and PIFs. How'd I do??? LOL

Have a wonderful time!

Holly said...

Congrats on your 100th post!

Only a few hours to go :) Are you going to give us a basket lesson? You'll have to help me pick out some fabric before we leave. Better yet, we can go shopping when we get there!

Love Ya,

Dawn said...

Yeah, I caught the basket bug too. hehe..Congrats on 100. Pick me, pick me!

Elizabeth said...

Thought for sure I'd be able to "forget" about those little baskets...but it sure would be PRACTICAL to have one on my desk, wouldn't it? Not sure if I should thank you or shake a fist at you for that idea.

Have a fun weekend!

Jeanne said...

Congratulations on your 100 posts! Love your little baskets. I can see one or more in my future.*s*

Deb Silva said...

Looking forward to seeing you. The baby quilt turned out cute and the pumpkin is too cute.

You and your P's are too Phunny. LOL

Congrats on your upcoming 100th post.

Have a safe drive.

PamKittyMorning said...

Love all the photos, those baskets are darling. Love all the neutral quilts in the background of the picture of Syl and her quilt, which is wonderful! Have fun and say hi to everyone!!!

Pat said...

Have a wonderful time. Love those little baskets!!!

neen said...

That baby quilt is sooooo cute! Good job, Mar.

Have fun this weekend and drive safe.

Wow, those posts mount up fast, eh?


Deborah W said...

Happy 100th!!! Love the quilt, and the little baskets, soooo cute. I just bought a stack of fabrics to make a quilt, I'm excited! LOVE fabric bundles, they make me smile. I'm not that great at picking out good fabric combos by myself but I guess I did ok with this last batch because once all the fabric lengths were cut and in a pile, the checkout lady said, "oh, this is such a happy little bundle!" Have a great weekend!

anne said...

Happy 100th post. Love the little baskets, I have seen them on other blogs toooo seems like a craze is happening. Have a wonderful time away and look forward to seeing what you got up to. Count me in for the awesome giveaway. Enjoy

Death by Denim said...

I love those baskets too, I haven't decided what I'll use to make them with yet. Congrats and count me in on the giveaway!

Suzie said...

Congratulations on your 100th post!!
The baby quilt is lovely and the baskets are so sweet!It was really nice reading your post! Have a great weekend!

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

Congrats! You have a wonderful blog. I'm usually a lurker, but couldn't resist with all the beautiful purples. Thanks for including me in your drawing. You're very talented!

jeanette said...

Happy 100th post!! I haven´t made that basket yet... guess I´ll have to
since everybody else is making
them :)

Nic said...

Congrats on both your blogiversary and 100th post. Your baskets look great and yep they definitely are addictive (but I've only made one - so-far).

KathySWFL said...

I so love the bags you made and will definately be making some. The pumpkin pincushion is too cute! Enjoy your mini retreat this weekend!!


Karen said...

Congrats on #100!!! I adore your baby the color choices. The fq bundle looks yummy;)

Ginger said...

Congrats on your 100th post!!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Love your littlt gift baskets you made. Now I've got to make some of those. I've been seeing them everywhere. Great for gifts.
Congrats on your 100th post and havae fun on your retreat with the girls.

Mary said...

Love the baby quilt! Very clever! The bags are too cute as well. Congrats on your 100th blog.

Mary said...

Love the baby quilt! Very clever! The bags are too cute as well. Congrats on your 100th blog.

Winona said...

Congratulations on 100 posts. Purple is my favorite color.
I love the baby quilt.

Pat said...

I can so understand why you can't stop making those mini baskets - I think I'll have to try one!
I'd love to win those purples and I think they'd make a geat mini basket! Hope your retreat was great!

Howdy said...

Happy Anniversary! Hope you had a grand weekend!
I sooo look forward to getting back to quilting... maybe in a couple weeks.

Nan said...

I know I am too late to enter, but I had to say Congrats on your
100th post, Mar!! I am so happy to have gotten to know you through this wonderful bloggy world. The baby quilt turned out beautifully, just like I knew it would. Love the fabric!

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats on your 100th! The little fabric baskets are just adorable! What a great idea to use for little gifts!! Thanks for sharing and directed me to the directions.

Marcie said...

Happy 100! Those baskets are the cutest things! I can see why youwant to make more! And Easter is a few months away-so perfect! Love that baby quilt also. I am STILL working on mine! But close to done!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.