Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Bit of a Break....

So much has been going on over the last couple of weeks that has kept me away from blogging or even catching up on my blog reading....

Most of my time has been spent worrying and caring for my precious pup...

It all began as routine blood work before having some dental work done.  But her blood work was a little off and so she was put on prednisone.  While on the prednisone she contracted a nasty intestinal bacteria.  Needless, to say we spent several sleepless nights.  She has been on an antibiotic and is feeling better...but she is an old girl - 14 yrs old.  We all love our pets so much and seeing them get old or ill is very difficult.  But for now she is doing much better.  

In between all the puppy care, I have had a couple of projects to complete for Quilt Market in Houston.  I should be able to tell you more about this later...

It is fun to be able to work with fabric not yet released....and this particular designer is pretty darn it is always a joy to work with her fabric!

And, in the last couple of weeks, there have been birthdays!  Mine and a very good friend who has a birthday just a few days before me!   We both love all things Anthropologie!  So a little yummy smelling bar of soap and a handmade needle case fit the bill!

I enjoy making these needle pouches...and they are very useful!

Perfect pink stripe lining and a piece of wool felt for tucking needles into.  

I also had some left over blocks because of a measuring error on my I made a couple doll quilts for a couple of cute little girls....


a very scrappy quilt with a scallop border.

And then for the little sister another scrappy quilt!

Now Emma and Madeline can keep their dolls nice and warm this winter!

As I said, I also celebrated a birthday!  And received some wonderful handmade gifts!

My dear friend Rachel from Family Ever After stopped by one evening with the most precious mini Dresden!

The Dresden Plate block is so near and dear to my heart!  I love this teeny version with sweet embroidery!  It was a happy day!

And my other dear friend, Susan, from PatchworknPlay sent a package bursting with fun!

she knows my love of fun socks!

But best of all, is the Dilly Bag she made using a piece of vintage patchwork I sent to her last year!

Amazing!  I absolutely LOVE it!  Thank you, Susan!

And I finished my birthday celebration by having lunch with my good friend, Mary Jo!  She is another lover of fabric and quilting!  It was great to see her impressive stash of fabric and chit chatting about quilting.  She is dear.  

Lastly, I have to say to my bee mate, Mary from Mary On Lake Pulaski...your block should be at your house this week!  Sorry I am so late!

happy sunday!



  1. Happy Birthday, Mary!! Loved all your wonderful gifts! AND I'm so happy that your PUP is on the mend!! Have fun in Houston!

  2. Happy Birthday !! It's good to hear Flanders is on the mend. You have shown so many beautiful projects, they're all wonderful. It's fun seeing the dilly bag Suz made you after seeing it on her blog.

  3. Happy Birthday! Gentle hugs for your sweet pup.

  4. Happy Birthday. Hope your dog continues to be well. It's so hard to have sick animals when they can't tell us with words what's wrong. Been there.

  5. Happy birthday, Mary. What a sweet little dog. Hope she's feeling better soon.

  6. I hope Flanders is feeling better.... I love the scallop edge on that sweet little doll quilt!

  7. A happy belated birthday to you! Sounds like your friends helped you do it up right, and that's great. I'm sorry about your puppy. I dread the day our 11 year-old boy begins to have problems. Be strong.

  8. Sorry about your pup!

    As alway, I love your projects. Your stitches inspire me. :)

  9. Happy Birthday! Nice haul. You have some great friends remembering you with such nice gifts. Hope your pup is getting better.

  10. Belated happy birthday wishes. Good to read your pup is better now. Some lovely makes especially like your scalloped edges on the doll quilt and might just to have a go and the needle case.

  11. Fingers crossed for pups health and some lovely birthday gifts, they know you so well lol
    do like that lovely needle case idea!

  12. Happy Birthday, Mary! I do hope your puppy will be well soon. She looks so sweet. Great presents and your needle case is adorable! x teje

  13. Sounds like you've had a lot going on lately. Our pup is 14 too and we fret about her. I also have an October birthday - happy birthday for you! Fun celebrations things you received, and I like those little quilts for those sisters.

  14. Happy Birthday Mary. I hope your sweet pup is on the mend. Our four legged friends are truly one of the family!
    I love the sweet doll quilts! What wonderful gifts for two sweet girls.

  15. Hope she's doing well and Happy Birthday.

  16. Mary - Will you be at Quilt Market/Festival this year? If so I'd love to meet you. Will you be at any particular booth?


  17. I hope Flanders is now well on the mend - Archie was on the same medication for a few weeks recently but fortunately didn't get an infection at the same time. You must have been so worried...

    Lots and lots of fusses to Flanders and lots and lots of birthday wishes to you!

  18. I hope your pup makes a full recovery soon. I can imagine the worry.
    Happy birthday!

  19. Happy Birthday, Mary. What lovely gifts for a lovely lady. I am excited to see what projects you have been cooking up, my friend. I'm so sorry that your pup has been so sick...hopefully, he is over the hump. We just got a new puppy this week, actually, so starting on the road of many years of doggy love!

  20. I do hope your pup is doing well! Love love your darling little scrappy quilts!

  21. I cannot wait to see what you have been working on for quilt market. I hope your sweet doggie is feeling better. It was such a treat to see her and you on your birthday! Love ya!

  22. A belated Happy Birthday to you!! Some lovely bits of quilting in this post and I really like all the muted colours. Sorry to read about your pup, it's hard watching beloved animals get sick as you can't explain to them what's going on, I hope that as I'm writing this late that he is feeling much better? Bethx

  23. Mary, your work always amazes and inspires me. I wish I could see your stuff at Quilt Market, I am jealous. Good luck and have lots of fun. PS loveeee the doll quilts!! And little soap pack and well just about everything!!