Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A New Year

Best laid plans of being a better blogger have gone out the window as quickly as the first two weeks of the new year have passed.  I just keep telling myself that it is living life rather than documenting life.  Sounds good.....right? 

There has been very little sewing going on around here, but I did manage to get a whole day of sewing in on Saturday - a stormy day at the beach.  I started assembling my En Provence quilt top.  There are lots of little pieces, but I am loving the way it is looking.



We've been having such wonderful storms rolling through and delivering us the much needed water that we have missed for the last few years.  One thing about storms is the amazing sunrises or sunsets they provide.  Sometimes you'll get both on the same day.  This was a recent sunset - a photo taken at our daughter's house.



After a stormy day at the beach on Saturday, we woke up to this beautiful sunrise on Sunday morning.



As I have stitched my En Provence, I have been sewing strips together to create blocks for this month's Block Lotto blocks.  There is still plenty of time to create a few if you want to join in on the fun.  I was one of the winners of last month's string blocks so it has been fun receiving the "squishy" envelopes each day.



I'm off to clean house as I've had little ones the last few days.  Stay safe from the nasty weather out there.

31 comments:

LA Paylor said...

Hi there! At least you're sewing which is better than I am right now.
Your provence quilt is lovely with all the little pieces. LeeAnna

Quilting Babcia said...

Your version of En Provence is one the nicest that I've seen so far, I especially love your soft purples and yellow/golds.

Kate said...

I like your En Provence quilt. It's nice to know that you're getting much needed rain. You're so right that life is for living and not documenting so never feel badly that you haven't published a blog post.
Enjoy those sunrises and sunsets.

sunny said...

The more it rains, the more quilting time you have, right? And yes, living the moments is far more important than documenting them. I love all your projects. I'm always intrigued by Bonnie's mysteries, but the finished quilt is just too busy for my taste. Congrats on getting it done!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Good for you in 'living life' - it matters, too. Wonderful En Provence

Bouts Choisis said...

Your "en Provence" is much more finished than mine! It's looking lovely! I'm still cutting fabric!

Jeanna said...

I love your blocks for both quilts. The sunrise and sunsets photos are stunning.

Denise :) said...

Your En Provence is gorgeous -- I've really enjoyed seeing these come together all over the quilting bloggiverse! But I ADORE your heart blocks!! What a fun project! :)

Louise said...

I think you nailed the En Provence pattern! Your blocks have great contrast and movement. Love those sunrise and sunset photos, too. After years of living in California, I still sometimes get confused when the sun rises over the water and sets over the land here...

OPQuilt said...

Your En Provence gives me encouragement to at least get mine cut out. Yours is turning out so beautifully! I love seeing your sunsets and sunrises--such lovely messages of love from God above, I think. We all need those!

barbara woods bewtjw@gmail.com said...

Going to be two beautiful quikts

krislovesfabric said...

You really have done lots of sewing,your BH mystery quilt looks great. I am still not a purple fan but your top is really looking pretty! Great contrast going!

Ramona said...

Your En Provence quilt is looking great, Mary. It's going to be a beauty. I love your heart string blocks.....so happy. My favorite though is you sunset photo. Gorgeous!! Happy Sewing!

Hilachas said...

I like how your "en province" blocks are looking also. I haven't checked the Block Lotto in a long time. Maybe I'll go take a look. Enjoy your sewing!

Wacky Woman said...

Love both quilts Mary. Busy here too. I'm on jury duty. Not fun getting out and driving downtown in this rain. Sigh...

Maria said...

Your en province is coming together beautifully....great Lotto blocks Mary...

Love the sunsets and sunrises...

Carol S. said...

It looks like you've had way more fun enjoying the views than sitting at your computer blogging. Love that En Provence quilt!

Carole said...

Lovely heart blocks! I'm with you on not having stitched much. I go into moods ... this one is a reading mood! lol I enjoy looking at your family, it is so beautiful. I want to apologize for not getting back to you when you comment on my blog. I don't know why, but I do not get an e-mail notice when you post. I've looked over my settings and I cannot figure it out. I'm thinking of sending a note to Blogger to find the reason why. As for your question regarding the resort, yet is was the Boca Raton Resort. I stayed at the Sweetwater resort, which was a hop, skip and a jump to the BR resort. Cheers!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Your En Provence looks beautiful! I haven't even started on the borders yet! Love your string hearts also!

em's scrapbag said...

Your rendition of En Provence is wonderful! Love all the hearts! And WOW!!! What beautiful sunset and sunrise pictures!

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

Your En Provence quilt will be wonderful, Mary !!! I think it was very laborious. I wonder what kind of quilting you will use. For sure it will be awesome !!!

Createology said...

Living life and truly seeing those amazing sunrises and sunsets is Priceless. Your en Provence blocks are beautiful. I also really like your red heart blocks. May you enjoy a Wonderful 2017 dear...XO

Sheila said...

Your quilt is going to be amazing, just beautiful so far . Those sunsets are incredible , we have had some nasty storms too , snow then rain and extremely high winds .

beth s said...

Those hearts are so great! YOu have me tempted to join in. Love your en provence quilt too.

Teresa in Music City said...

I usually find the first few weeks of the year very hectic and it's hard for me to focus, get in a rhythm. Of course, that is multiplied when you have situations like you have had with your mom. Stitching when you can on something colorful and exciting like En Provence will help you get your mojo back quickly :*). PS - I just can't believe that gorgeous sunset - WOW!!!!

Val said...

I am wanting to sew so bad! It's different here at the farm. I don't have a sewing room. I could make one upstairs which isn't finished yet but I am thinking I would probably never make it up there. I have my sewing machine cabinet in my bedroom. I am thinking that's where I will sew. Just have to clean it up as I go. Seeing your pictures really get me in the mood. My goal is to start next week. We will see. Love your pictures! Thanks for visiting my blog. I've missed being in blogland.

Raewyn said...

I know the feeling - time just flies and blogging and sewing just doesn't always happen when I want them to either! Beautiful sunrise and sunset photos...and I love how your En Provence is looking - gorgeous! Hope the nasty weather doesn't hang around for too long.

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

I am always excited to see your current projects. Love all purples in your En Provence quilt. The sunset and the sunrise photos are gorgeous, Mary! I hope we get a lot more rain this year. That would be so wonderful. Have fun with the little ones :)

-Soma

Abby and Stephanie said...

Apparently I'm a bit behind in my blog reading. I missed this post. Love the hearts. Love all things hearts!! Gorgeous sky. Freezing rain here today. Saturday I'm flying the friendly skies to Palm Springs. Can't wait. Even if it's 50* and rainy, it won't be WHITE on WHITE and below freezing.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

I too am woefully behind in all things blogging. Wish I could say I was getting lots of sewing done instead of documenting it but that isn't the case. Guess I'm living it in other ways.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Your En Provence top is gorgeous. Great blocks for block lotto they will be fun to make a top out of.