Thursday, January 24, 2013

Seeing Old Friends



Did you ever work on a QAL and stash the completed blocks safely away only to become reacquainted with them a year later?   It’s like meeting old friends again.  This week I finished blocks #96-100 of the Just Takes Two QAL and I met my old blocks all over again.  I remembered working on them throughout the year – hand appliquing some as I sat on the beaches in Hawaii and slaving over other new techniques.  What a fun year it was and here is the end result.


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I really did not think I would finish the top, but once I got going I couldn’t stop myself.  I am linking this finish up with A Lovely Year of Finishes – one down and eleven months to go!!!

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Blocks # 96-100
I took a couple of projects along with me on our vacation.  It was lovely to have something to keep my hands busy.  My granddaughters have loved the lacy scarves that I have been knitting and they are snatched up as quickly as they are made.  These were all claimed immediately upon returning home.


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My cross stitch stocking also made so great progress.  I love to see it change along the way.


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There have been a lot of Churn Dash blocks on blogs lately.  Thearica has a Churn Dash linky and although I did not make this unique Churn Dash quilt, I promised her that I would post it.  It is a vintage quilt that is not particularly well made, but I love all of the scraps used in it.  This was done before all of our fancy tools, rotary cutters and beautiful scraps.  I am sure it was a utility quilt made from scraps. 

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Be sure to check out the beautiful red, black and white blocks that you can find at Pigtales and Quilts and see her Churn Dash Sew Along..
I had several fun packages arrive while we were gone.  One was from Mary at Quilt Hollow.  She is downsizing in getting ready for a move and was looking forward to getting rid of some of her scraps.  You have never seen such a full box of all sorts of fabulous goodies.  I told her she can come pack for me anytime!!!  There are many wonderful bits, blocks, hsts and all else.  Why is it someone else’s scraps are always more interesting that your own?

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Another great package came from Maria.  We belong to a mug rug swap and she was my partner this month.  Look at her beautiful mug rug she sent me.  I love the darling hearts that she embroidered on it and the fun little extras that she included.

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This was the mug rug that I made for Maria.

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Our warm weather has switched to rains overnight which are very welcomed here.  The weekend will be busy so there will be no sitting around and enjoying the good rain.  I hope those of you in the bitter cold will get your warming trend.  Spring is just around the corner.....right????

41 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the Take Two in the brown/white - very interesting. Cute little mug rugs. The stitching really is coming along.

wackywoman said...

All lovely! Are you going to Road this week at all?

Terry said...

Everything looks wonderful! I love your It Takes Two quilt, and that wonky churn dash quilt is cool! :0)

Quilt Hollow said...

I posted about said move today.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Great finishes and progress! Love the mug rugs! And you JT2 quilt is fabulous! Been chilly/rainy here too, but I like drops better than flakes! LOL Have a great evening!

Rhonda said...

Your first quilt is stunning. Love the colors.

Sherrill said...

I LOVE your Just Takes Two. I started it in Christmas colors but my DH had to have a 2nd brain surgery and then passed away last Aug. Maybe someday I'll get back to it. Love those scarves, too. I had 3 or 4 but gave some away. They're so pretty.

Foolish Feathers said...

I am simply in awe of your Just Takes Two quilt, what a fantastic job!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your Take Two just took my breath away Mary! WOW!!
Great progress on that fabulous Christmas stocking.

Joyful Quilter said...

I love you QAL!!!!!!!

I've seen a few others and I like your's the best...I think it is the brown....how big is it?

nancygrayce said...

Although I kno nothing about the names of quilts, that is a gorgeous one and I know you're glad you finished it! Someone makes those scarves and my hairdresser sells them in his shop.....$20 a scarf! I bought a couple for Christmas presents......makes me wish (almost) that I was creative and talented!

jackiero said...

Love your two color quilt! Thanks for sharing :)

Maria said...

Your "It Takes Two" looks fabulous..
Lovley scraves..
and thank you for my gorgeous Mug Rug.

Kelli said...

I love your Just Takes Two quilt, and the colors you used. It's so amazing! So glad you finished and shared it with us. Beautiful. Cool scarves, too! :)

Grit said...

I love all your work. The quilt with brown and blue looks so fantastic.

Liebe Grüße Grit from Germany

Grit said...

I love all your work. The quilt with brown and blue looks so fantastic.

Liebe Grüße Grit from Germany

Fiesta said...

wow Mary, lots of eye candy. The brown quilt top is exquisite.

Lynne said...

I love your Just Takes Two blocks together!

Your cross stitch is so cute.

I think other people's scraps are more interesting because it gives you access to little pieces of "new" fabrics to admire!

Nedra said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish with the Just Takes Two blocks. I dropped out after a few months, and am still pondering what to do with my few finished blocks.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I'm going to do a churn dash next.

That It Takes Two quilt is simply breath-taking!

Cherry said...

Oh Mary, your Just Takes Two quilt is amazing!!! 100 blocks! Wow, I'm so impressed... your scarves are beautiful. Thanks for sharing the picture of the wonderful vintage quilt.

Carole said...

Always such a buzy bee! Lovely quilts you are working on! Yes, it is lovely to visit with old friends! Looks like it's going to be quite the year for UFO completions! Thanks for sharing!

em's scrapbag said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! Great progress on the stocking. An what fun mail to come home to. You are a lucky girl.

Jane Holbrook said...

I LOVE your taupe and ecru quilt top. When starting, it is just about impossible to imagine it finished, but piece by piece you did it! Wonderful. I am doing the Lovely Year of Finishes, also. Fun. And the sweet old churn dash reminds me of an old quilt I have; hand pieced long ago. I named it my "Helen Keller Quilt." Why? Because it looks like Helen Keller pieced it. Happy Sewing!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Mary, your JustTakes2 is magnificent! I have always loved the colors you chose. And the stocking reveals itself so sweetly as you work on it. The valentine mug rugs are lovely. I love Maria's stitchery and your foundation pieced heart is sweet.

Linds said...

I Love you quilt! So striking with the two colours. But then, I love everything you make. The granddaughters must have been delighted to see all those scarves! I am having a little creative funk at the moment. Having people, even dearly loved family, in the house is knocking my equilibrium a bit. I need to work on that!

Kay Lynne said...

You are one busy lady! Your quilt top looks beautiful and love your cross stitch stocking and mug rugs. Thank you for sharing--we have snow here and it's cold :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

Those blocks are amazing!

Connie said...

I love, love your Take Two quilt! I remember when you started it and the block were....just neat....now it is so striking! Using just the 2 colors really brings the quilt patterns out so much more than a sampler in many different fabrics. What cute little mug rugs too!

Barb said...

Your post is chalked full of quilty goodness...that brown quilt is amazing.

Jodi said...

wow, so much to comment on, I love it all! Wonderful churn dash quilt, and the scarves you make - lovely! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I also enjoyed the pics you posted of your time away - what fun that must have been!

Heidi said...

Beautiful quilt. Love the brown and blue. I need to visit some old friends soon too.

Carla said...

Beautiful blocks. In answer to your question, yes! I unearthed my farmers wife blocks ; )

Sharon Dawn said...

Your brown and whites are striking! It showcases your work so well!

Cute mug rugs also--from you both!

Teresa in Music City said...

My goodness, I would love for spring to be right around the corner! I'm not a winter girl, and I'm holding my breath waiting for the warm weather to come back :*)

I just love your Just Takes Two quilt - amazing!!! It turned out wonderful. And I have several friends making those scarves but I haven't yet tried it. They look fun!

Scrapatches said...

Your work is sew wonderful. I love the amazing sampler.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a kind comment.

Have a happy quilty day ... :) Pat

rubyslipperz said...

what a fun churn dash! I'm so envious of your beautiful cross-stitches. I love cross stitch and I've not been able to accomplish such nice things. =)

hugZ,
annie

Denise :) said...

Wow - you've been ever so busy!! Love the blues in browns in your new/old friend! And those scarves are marvelous -- I really would like to learn to make those. I found a video tutorial. I'm going to have to give it a go! What a sweet package from your swap partner! Y'all both did a great job on your mug rugs! :)

Nat Palaskas said...

I'm glad I didn't missed this post. That scrap churn dash quilt is gorgeous, gorgeous. I have never made one in scraps before. I would love to try it - Hugs Nat

Barbara said...

Those scarves are popular here too. I guess the sea voyage was a great opportunity to get your needles out. I did lots of embroidery,tapestry and knitting when at sea.

Béa said...

Your Just takes 2 is fabulous in this colour, I choose the same challenge for february and hope to have it finished at the end of the month !
I really love the churn dash quilt, you are very lucky.