Yep, my very own Country Charmer quilt mailed all the way from Lynn's house at Sew'n Wild Oaks in California arrived today in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I
Yes, Lynn gifted me her recently released book that is going to change my quilting life! "Patchwork Math Using Quilting Design Components" is just the thing I need! I so wish I could also attend Lynn's workshops in person, but we just live too far away. Her book is so well written, though, that I will be a (self-proclaimed) expert in no time...giggle!
I purposely took my time opening the box. I wanted to relish each and every moment. Finally, I unfolded the quilt and quickly draped it over the chair in the dining room, petting, and touching, and feeling my Country Charmer from corner to corner. I was so right...Lynn's wonderful machine quilting has hidden each and every one of my piecing flaws. Honest...it looks like perfection to me!
Then I gathered up the quilted treasure and hobbled quickly down the hall. Why did I hobble? Because I put out my back a few days ago and have been hobbling ever since. I know it will heal, but right now I don't have any time or patience for it. And don't let me get started about my very achy self-diagnosed tennis elbow...argh!
So the light of my day was this parcel from Lynn...and look, just look...safe and sound in our room...
with a backing that feels like silk and a wool batting...fantabulous!
There just aren't enough words...
Make sure you come back on November 30. We are going to have our finale and parade of Country Charmer quilts. If you have a blog, you'll be able to link up that day, but if not, all you have to do is send your picture of your CC quilt or quilt top to Lynn and I and we'll post them for you on that day. Of course, you can also visit the Flickr page too.
What will I be doing in the meantime? Sewing the binding on my CC quilt by hand and attaching the label on this very special quilt. To read more about my CC quilt, check out my previous post HERE. Thank you, Lynn...
Besides hobbling down the hall to spread out my quilt, I also hobbled my way down to Digby at the other end of the province to finally meet in person my wonderful friend Kaaren. Kaaren is well known in blog land as The Painted Quilt lady who is a prolific quilter, blogger, and has been offering fantastic Friday Freebie patterns for years. She is exceptionally talented and a great hugger too! Kaaren and I have been long-distance blog friends for about two years, chatting at all hours of the early morning and sharing our love of all things quilted!
We met up at the local coffee shop in Digby on Monday morning,enjoyed many hugs and non-stop chatting, and then headed over to the newest quilt shop in Nova Scotia. "A Needle Pulling Thread Quilt Shop" just opened in Digby on Friday, November 1 by fellow Nova Scotian blogger Darlene of Quilts by Darlene. You may remember she offered the free QAL for my Darlene's Mystery Quilt.You can see my finished quilt HERE. Darlene is super talented and has opened a quilt shop that took my breath away!
As soon as we walked in, we were greeted immediately by a smiling Darlene who is also a wonderful hugger! I actually didn't take pictures inside, because I was too busy oohing ahhing, and buying. Besides, both Kaaren and Darlene have already shown some beautiful pictures on their blogs. Just click on their names and you'll be taken on a tour of "A Needle Pulling Thread." If you see something you like, just call Darlene or email her and she'll look after you. In addition to quilting fabrics, wools and notions, she also sells note cards, collectibles, and quilts of all sizes that are just gorgeous, many of them made by Darlene, Kaaren, and friends. Darlene has an array of workshops already scheduled so be sure to check it out if you are within driving distance of the shop.The shop has a Facebook page HERE.
What did I buy? Some wonderful cotton fabrics in blues, creams and reds and some yummy wools to use to make a snowman quilt. Primitive Gatherings, Old Glory, and Mid-Winter Reds are just a few of the lines of fabric that stole my heart that day! She has yardage as well as a great selection of fat quarters. Of course I also had to purchase the latest issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects, an ergonomically designed rotary cutter to help me prevent more abuse on my muscles(!), and some quilty note cards that didn't quite make the picture.
Oh my, I think this blog post has become a book, hasn't it? I'm also starting to think my tennis elbow may be from punching keys, not pulling thread, so I better go rest. Thanks so much for coming by!