Saturday, January 16, 2010

I've Missed You

This past week I spent more time quilting than blogging. It feels good to have some finishes, deadlines met and quilts in the mail. Unfortunately I'm not at liberty to show two secret quilts just yet but I can tell you they are wonderful! The best part is they will be mine to keep once published!
It is very rare for me to stitch in the evenings so I didn't join the "Sew In" last night. Well, my guys all went to a monster truck show and gave me a quiet Friday evening so I quilted away and finished up Schnibbles Decoy. The quilting was simply stars and loops.

My guys seem to think this is a 4th of July quilt. They were amazed that while they were away I had not only the quilting finished but also the binding hand stitched down.

Today I quickly loaded Schnibbles "Spin City." The quilting was simply dragonflys fluttering about. Then I sat watching a Hallmark movie as I stitched down the binding. Woo Hoo...another quick finish!
On a daily basis the neighbor's pets come to visit. Sometimes just the one or at times all four. Socks is a lover and I allowed her in for a quick visit and to get my kitty fix. I love those white whiskers! She purrs so loud and oh my gosh the meow is a roar if your not loving on her.

Thank you to all who checked on me through email this past week and have been wondering what I've been up to. I did check email twice daily because I do quilt for others and needed to stay on top of that. A few blogs were also quickly checked now and then but rarely did I sit long enough to comment or even reply to comments on mine. I'm tickled with my accomplishments but have missed you!

54 comments:

*karendianne. said...

Oh my gosh Socks is the winner of THE MOST CUTEAMOUS CAT tonight! Holy Cat Love I can't stand it. How adorable. Happy to read you got some quilting in. It's nice to make that work a priority and get something accomplished. Good for you!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a very cute kitty. And yes we missed you :-) Glad that you sewed along with us anyway.

Pat said...

I'm glad you're back with us. PRETTY quilts and cute kitty. (I think you are spoiling that kitty, aren't you? LOL)

Carol said...

Missed you bunches! Love your Decoy and your Spin City is just gorgeous!

onlymehere said...

Love what you've been doing and you know stars in reds and blues are my favorite! I keep wanting to get a Schnibbles pattern or two but am hung up on finishing Christmas gifts. Yes, I'm that bad. Work goes crazy for me this time of year so there just isn't enough time to do all I want to do. Love what you've done!

Maggie A said...

Lovely quilts......oh and the cat is just the cutest. Yes, hard to get quilting done and read blogs.

Dianne said...

wow! You have been QUITE busy!!! I love the quilting on both of those schnibbles!

Kim said...

Yay! Glad to see you! Wonderful projects you've been working on while you've been "away." My Schnibbles Decoy is quite similar to yours and I love it. I just got a couple charm packs of Wiscasset, so I can see another red, white, and blue Schnibbles in my future!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Well I guess that is ok that you were gone! I mean you did a lot of work that looks awesome.

But, I am glad that you are back!

Cathi said...

Socks is adorable!!
Have missed you -- glad you're back. Wow on the quilts -- I love the dragonfly quilting you did!!

Cara said...

Sounds like you had a great week, vacations are always fun but at sometime you feel the desire to go "home". I too am impressed that you got all that done so quickly, and those dragonflys are awesome.

Needled Mom said...

I love both of the Schnibbles. I can't wait to see the secrets.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Lovely finishes!

Kim said...

Sounds like the purrrfect week. Your guys are right, Decoy does look a bit 4th of July ~ Americana ~ as always, just plain cute and nicely quilted!

Ariane said...

I love both quilts. But my favorite one is the decoy one. It's done in my favorite colors. I just love it. Thanks for sharing it.

Rae Ann said...

Love all of your darling Schnibbles quilts. Way to go on getting things done!:)

Stitched With Prayer said...

Oh Mary...'Decoy' is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing, though now I have to wipe all the drool off my screen. LOL! Your Spin City is wonderful too but that Decoy, well, for some reason it just speaks to me. So does Socks, what a lovely kitty. I find the purring of a cat just so soothing. I do miss my kitty's. Haven't had one in years but still miss them. Good to have you back in blogville too. Big hugs for ya!!!

Cindy said...

Look at all these friends that have missed you. Lovely quilting as always. Everything you do is special. I am in awe of your quilting. I hope your weekend continues to go well. Be happy...

WoolenSails said...

I just love seeing the beautiful quilting you do on the quilts, it is so inspiring.

Debbie

Carol said...

I love your quilts! The quilting is just awesome as always. Very cute dragonflies. And you got the bindings done too, so cool. I'm glad you posted a note cause I missed you too.

Kim D. said...

Beautiful Quilts!! Love the red, white and blue one and such a sweet kitty. Looks like you've made lots of progress.

Barb said...

I sure was thinking about you alot today and up comes your post. Glad you got alot done...I always love seeing your quilts.

Joyful Quilter said...

Glad you are back. Looks like you have been busy! Love the dragonfly pattern, I might have to try that one. Socks sounds like Siddi, when I try to put her down when she is not ready...you wouldn't think something so little could make such a LOUD noise. Glad you gotta kitty fix too.

Béa said...

Love the beautiful quilting you do on your quilts. You are very lucky to be /to have talented longarmer in US, I'm envious. Nobody to make that here in France...Hugs

Stephanie D. said...

What a sweetheart of a cat! Love those paws.

I love the dragonflies, too--subtle, but easily identified.

Welcome back!

Gran said...

The neighbours troupe know a good thing and i bet they enjoy your treats too. The quilts are to die for. Well done!

QuiltSue said...

Welcome back.

Well done on the finishes, it must feel great to have deadlines met and a few things for yourself done too.

Stina said...

Hej... welcome back.. and with a lot of finishes... wonderful quilting as ALWAYS!!!....hmmm.. so you mean it is a good time to be off the computer... ..lol.. Have to try that..:o)

Sharlotte said...

I was so excited when I seen a new post from you pop up on my blog list.Out of the 7 new blogging posts , your's was the first I wanted to read. I love the quilts , they look really great! Socks is a cutie. I miss my cat Tigger, a lot. The rug that socks is laying on is gorgeous too!!

Kaaren said...

Great finishes, Mary. You know the saying, "A change is as good as a rest"...well you obviously needed a little change and look at the result. Woo hoo!

You were missed!

Stephanie said...

While the guys are away the quilter plays? You got a lot accomplished. Gorgeous quilts and I LOVE the dragonfly pattern.

irishgirlsews said...

You have been a busy little bee, for sure! The stars & loops on the quilt are Perfection....Love it, quilting really does make the quilt. Thanks for sharing the quilts, I get so much inspiration from your blog, its wonderful.
Thanks
Wendy

Suzanne said...

Love all your completed projects. They are beautiful. I've been MIA a bit lately too with the holidays and visiting family. It's all about priorities and sometimes blogging comes in a well-deserved "last" on the list! ;o) Good to have you back!

Lori said...

You are a machine!! So much progress!! I'm loving all the quilts you finished and can't wait to see the "secret" quilt.
It's so cute you have to get your kitty fix by visiting the neighbor's cat. He must come over for the lovins. What a sweetie.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Wow! You did get a lot accomplished! I love those Schnibbles quilts! The quilting is beautiful, as always.

I love that picture of your kitty friend. She looks like one of my little guys. You're so funny, letting the cat in when nobody's looking!

I'm dying to see the "secret" quilts! Your work is always so wonderful, and I know these are going to be so gorgeous!

Robin said...

Wow! Your Schnibbles quilts are both gorgeous!!! I love the stars and swirls on the Decoy one. That is too wonderful!

It looks like you've had a really productive break, and it's good to see you back! :)

Rebecca P said...

Welcome back to blogland, your have been making beautiful quilts. Love the dragonfly quilt pattern.
Socks is so cute. He sure looks happy to be inside getting pets from you.

Loris said...

I love your visiting kitty. How nice the group keeps you in touch. Fur creatures are the best!
Your quilts look beautiful! Is the dragonfly pattern a panto? or did you do it freehand? It looks great!

Beth Karese said...

The finishes look great! I especially like the Schnibbles Decoy. Looking forward to seeing the secret quilts!

Karen said...

Some nice finishes! I've been missing you.

missjanesplace said...

Mary, love the quilts you quilted this week. Very nice! And Socks, how adorable. He looks like my Biscuit and Pearl looked, but they had a bit of white on their noses. Thanks for having such a gret blog, I enjoy visiting.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Love the Schnibbles. And socks...adorable!!!
I'm liking the dragonfly design. I need one of those.

Chelle (Dana) said...

Wow, Mary, you got a lot done! Both quilts look absolutely gorgeous! I need to follow suit and get some tops bound. Thanks for turning me onto those Schnibbles patterns, they are so fun and quick to do. Got to get some more!

Janet said...

I'm so glad to hear that you were stitching and achieving such great finishes. You sure can bind fast. Sometimes, you just have to leave the computer alone, I understand. I love the dragonfly quilting.

Wendy said...

Socks is adorable, looks right at home with you. Love your quilts, it must feel good to have them finished.

Michelle said...

Those are beautiful!

Heidi said...

Spin City is f*a*b*u*l*o*u*s! I adore the colors and fabrics you used. Oh my. I am wiping drool off my chin...lol. You get them done so fast. I cannot achieve speed with hand quilting. I am glad you enjoyed your break and love your being back with lots of eye candy.

Hugs ~
Heidi

Shakerwood Primitives said...

If the boys knew how much you finished while they are gone, they may leave more often! Just a thought.

Tins and Treasures said...

Hi, Mary,
I hope you enjoyed your bloggy break. I did miss seeing what you were up to.

I am especially happy to see that your neighbor kitty gets to come in your house every once in a while.

Have a terrific Tuesday ~Natalie

Sherri said...

Wow...you have been busy! Love your finishes!

The Tile Lady said...

Gorgeous quilts! How wonderful that you have some recent "finishes" and I love your sweet kitty friend! I found you through my Mom's blog "Latane's Quilts." Love your blog!...please come by and visit me as well!

Treasa said...

I agree with your guys...the quilt looks like a 4th of July quilt. I like the fabrics that you chose and the pattern also. Happy Quilting!

pansylovr said...

Just found your blog and have spent the past 45 minutes reading and admiring. You are a wonder.
Love the cat too!
Anna in IL

Carrie P. said...

OOOO!!! all these quilts are so gorgeous. Great job on the quilting.