Catching Up

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I have been really trying to say on track and work on my list of things to do one by one. I'm making some progress.
I joined Jane's Rainbow Block challenge and because orange is one of my colors I'm enjoying I chose to make my blocks with luscious orange. I don't have a lot of this fabric but I was able to pull from my stash to make my blocks for this exchange. I picked this mini bow tie block shown above for making my 9 blocks.
And they are done! It was a fun block to make and I really found enjoyment using orange.
Not only are they done but mailed to Jane! I rolled them all up and shipped them this morning. I'm in group 1 so you other gals ---->get busy!
I also offered to make a block for Sandi's "Emma's Hope" quilt. She told me red white and blue were the colors and she let me make the block in my cottage block pattern. I even used some paper doll fabric Sandi sent to me for the little boy in the window on the right. I used some of the fabric Terri gave me for the teacup in the other window and plaid for the roof. I've been using those fabrics here and there Terri. They have been perfect for some projects. Thanks to both of you.
My local quilt group, in my little town, is celebrating 20 years of meeting together. Many of us in the group didn't belong back 20 years ago but we have been welcomed with open arms as additions have been made. I so enjoy our group. The learning and exchange of ideas with wonderfully talented women is surpassed by none. To commemorate the 20 years we are making a sampler quilt. Each month 2 blocks are presented by several of us. We can choose our own color palette. Mine is heavy in red and turquoise but with some other colors too for contrast. I wanted to show up to our March meeting tonight with my blocks caught up to show-n-tell. And I made it. The block above is a log cabin. My favorite part is the strawberry, of course.
Janice's double block represents the little red church were our group has always met. I had fun using my whimsical colors and fabrics to make my red church.
The "deputy" Paula (thats a long story) likes to make teeny tiny blocks and she's wonderful at them. Me not so much. And trying and failing at Dear Jane has made me shy away from anything too much under 2". I know myself and I know my limits. So when another member of our group made her own Paula block - signifying mountains - I thought I could stray from the suggested block and make my own mountains block. See above. And see Paula's pattern next to it. It would have been painful for me. But I enjoy seeing others precise and small blocks. At this stage I just don't have it in me. I may at some point! Until the time I get better with itsy bitsy, I will just do my own thing. And those of you that know me, know I do that anyway.
Laurel gave us the Sheriff block to make above. It was really fun. We get 2 new blocks tonight at the monthly meeting and my fabric for this quilt is already on my cutting table so I might as well get cracking on them right away. Yeah I know I should have fussy cut the little items in the 9 patch at an angle, oh well.
Natalie and her fiance (yes I said fiance not boyfriend - but I'll leave the details to her) recently went on a short trip through Las Vegas to see friends and then down into Arizona to meet more friends and Justin's family. They had a good time except for the bad weather they encountered on the way back. They did take pictures (which she will show once the camera is fixed - hopefully soon). Natalie brought me back a few little treats. The little notebook with the birdies on them is one I will use to jot down ideas and keep track of things. The little pot is filled with a cucumber lotion that is wonderful for my very dry hands. The last and cutest is the hexagon pencil box. Or in my case, hexagon sewing tool box. I love it. What a great gift for a quilter. Something to keep my hands soft, something to keep track of quilts and things to do and .........
A sturdy box to hold notions or items for a class or applique pieces or bits of fabric. It is so cute. Thanks Natalie. I love them
It is such a treat for me when I get a picture showing one of my quilt designs. This Easter Egg above was made by Millie. Go over to her blog for better shots. She made it so springy cute. Thanks Millie.

-nanette
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41 comments

Sherri said...

I just love all of the blocks you've shown! And that hexagon tin is great...what a good daughter you have!

Purple and Paisley said...

i am in group 1 so i better get busy! your orange bowties look wonderful and wow on that church block...i love it!

ElizabethandJeff said...

I love those blocks from your quilt group! I wish I had a group like that. It sounds like so much fun.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh so much fun to talk about, yay I am in your group, I have started to fall in love with orange and cannot wait to receive them. I love your cottage, with the little boy in the window, love red almost as much as pink, so I love the log cabin block. The church, wonderful, you said you do not like little pieces but you fussy cute the one block and it looks wonderful!
Your daughter, really thought of things her Mom would love, very sweet. What a great post!! So much to enjoy.

rachel griffith said...

omg nanette, your orange bow ties are too cute.
i am in jen's original swap and i just got all of my blocks yesterday.
i swooned and everything.
you are gonna love this swap!!!

love all of the blocks.

Robin said...

It looks like you've been really productive! Wow! Your sampler blocks are so cute-- and so you! I love how you always seem to take ideas and really make them your own. (And you so didn't fail at Dear Jane-- as I recall, you made lots of lovely blocks!) :)

flora said...

Yahoo Natalie and Justin. I am so delighted!
And your SAMPLER BLOCKS! Fabulous.
Miss you and can't wait to catch up a minute tonight.

Stephanie said...

Lots to see. I especially love the orange bow tie blocks. Terri recently did some bowties. It's such a cute block...I've done a baby quilt and a signature quilt in plaids for my dad's 80th birthday. This year he's turning 90!

Thimbleanna said...

Boy, you've been busy with some very pretty blocks, Nanette! And I learned something new today -- I've never heard it called a sheriff block!

jabeybaby said...

love all your blocks, but that red church is so great!!

jen duncan said...

Super blocks Nanette. I can't pick a favorite, but I'm really drawn to the double block church. cool!

Sandi said...

Oh, my, you are such a productive quilter, Nanette. You just amaze me with all that you get done!! Love the block you have made for the Emma's quilt project. It will fit right in with the other blocks. Thanks so much!!

pratima said...

Wow, you've been so busy! Nanette, your blocks are all wonderful and so charming. Love the fussy cut pieces in the blocks.
Natalie's presents are so sweet!
Millie's quilt is awesome :)

Jackie said...

I absolutely love your orange blocks... really juicy!! 20 years that is wonderful. I am sure you will have a great time tonight. Can't wait to hear the details on Natalie. By the way, I just love that yellow fabric with the black and white strawberries... fantastic!

Kaaren said...

Wow, Nanette...you've been one busy gal! Thanks to someone who shall remain nameless (hint:begins with N and ends with E)orange is making me turn my head in quilt shops now. When I look at your block I think of vanilla ice cream wrapped in orange sorbet...YUMMO!

Love your wee gifties too. What a thoughtful daughter.

Rachel said...

okay, okay. I'll work on my block! nothing like seeing your finished block to light a fire under my bottom!

em's scrapbag said...

Your blocks are great. I love the church. I'm in group 2, so sad I will miss out on your bow ties. I'm sure something just as wonderful will be on it's way. But I was hoping.

Nedra said...

So many things to comment on. I know Judi has been working on her blocks for That Alpine Group too. Make sure to take lots of pictures tonight. All of you ladies are so talented!
And I love all the little presents from Natalie. Congrats on the engagement!

Kim said...

Congrats to Natalie on her engagements. So much fun coming up planning a wedding :)
I usually don't like orange in quilts but your blocks are so bright and happy....

Rumi said...

Lovely orange bowties! I love orange, it's so cheery! What thoughful gifts you received too!

MichelleB said...

Congrats to Natalie! I love the orange blocks. I'm quite drawn to orange these days, too. But really, I love the other blocks too. That Sheriff block is adorable. Nice little gifties, too!

Janet said...

I really enjoyed seeing all of these blocks and the colours! Great post and a good read.

Mistea said...

Your orange blocks look good enough to eat, so fresh and sweet. Thanks for sharing all your latest work the red log cabin with its strawberry and your house block complete with child at the window are gorgeous.

Susan said...

Just love orange and the bow tie blocks are fabulous. All your blocks are. And what a sweetheart of a daughter to remember mom. Tell her we want the all the details. ;-)

Momoo said...

I'm highly impressed with all the blocks you've completed. The orange bowties are really sharp.

Jen in NY said...

Oooh, I love that log cabin block!! Actually, I love everything! And what a sweet daughter you have. Congrats on the big news!! xo Jen

Michaela said...

Oh wow, you have been busy. Beautiful blocks..

Catherine said...

Those mini bow tie blocks couldn't be cuter!! Love them and the orange!
The hexagon tin is fantastic! What a great container for some stitching.

oodlesandoodles said...

Nanette, you get more done in a day than I can imagine, so the thought of you trying to stay more on track makes me laugh! Lovely things as always today, but as a fan of the bow tie, I'm picking the orange as my favorite. Barbara

Millie said...

Nanette all your blocks are just lovely and I love to look at all the bowties blocks. Thanks for showing my egg quilt. So sweet of you.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Nanette,
Love to see what all you've been working on, you have been busy girl. Thanks for sharing and can't wait to see all of them put together.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Dawn said...

Oh wow!! First let me say congratulaitons of the engagement!! Looking forward to that post. I l.o.v.e. the orange blocks!! In fact all the blocks are adorable!! What a nice daughter to remember her mother!! Can I adopt her?

Heleen said...

Whow, love all the blocks you show! but the orange ones are my favorite!

Candace said...

Nanette, I love the orange blocks! And can you package up your method for staying on top of things and send it to me?! I'm impressed!
Cheers!

Barbie said...

Wow, Nanette, I LOVE your orange blocks. I am so happy I'm in Section 1 with you!

Carrie P. said...

Busy girl. Everything is so cool. Love those bow tie blocks.

Lori Holt said...

Nanette-
You are so fabulous, look at all that you have goin on girl!
I love the orange- it just makes that block so fresh and lovely:)
I SO love the church. Keep us posted on your additional blocks for the quilt.
You always inspire:)
Lori

Mel said...

Fun projects you've got going! As always I love your color combos!!

Julia said...

That's a long post Nanette...so much to see and read... really enjoyed reading it!
Love the orange bow ties.,,,every thing looks great!
Julia ♥

Jill said...

Best wishes to Natalie & her beau!! Our wedding is April 11th.Coming right up!!!I Love your super,clever,creative,wonderful post!! I still have a piece of fabric I'd like to mail to you-if I had a mailing address!!Blessings on your day!!

Eileen said...

Your choice of orange bowties for the Rainbow swap was perfect!

Everythig in this post is eye candy. And I see you have more goodies for me to see today.. so let me go have fun. :-)