Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Endings and Beginnings

Today I am sending off (if I can find boxes big enough) about a year's worth of projects, drawings, stuff to Kansas City Star for a book. Polly has shipped off all her stuff last week. It's good to finally be finished and the wait between now and the eventual publication date will be too long. So, the year of secret projects and vague hints will continue. Sorry.

After the trip to Texas for the wedding, I have several big projects to start in the new year, one of which is the dreaded taxes. The less said about that the better. So, the Christmas shopping is done, as is the Christmas baking. What to do??

First of all, I have finished off a half done applique block that has been hanging around my coffee table/antique red wagon for months.
That makes 4 blocks done - out of the nine. The pattern is from Barb and Alma's "When the Cold Wind Blows" and it is the Love Letters quilt. This quilt is for nothing special at all. No deadline. No agenda. It just makes me happy. I don't get to stitch on it very often, but it is such a treat when I do. I believe I will design a new border to go with Barb and Alma's blocks. I have no idea yet, but I'll let the idea stew for a bit longer before I get out the paper and pencil.

There is also another project that languished in the red wagon this year..... a scrap quilt that I am hand quilting. It was my prototype for the Patrick's Patchwork pattern.
The next few evenings will find me quilting on this. All the while, letting my mind wander to the newer, larger projects in 2011. Happy stitching.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on being done with all projects for a new book! What a way to end the year.I will look forward to it being published.

Robin said...

You block is so beautiful. I appreciate your color sence. It's something I'm trying to develop. I know what I like when I see it but it's more difficult starting from scratch. I look forward to your new book.

Pookie said...

Congratulations on sending the stuff out for your book! And how awesome for the rest of us to have a book to look forward to! :D

I can't get over how even your quilting stitches are.

antique quilter said...

yeah another book! keep us posted!!!!
I am excited, can't wait to see it.
LOVE your quilt and the hand quilting is just perfect for this quilt
the fabric you used for the basket is perfect in this block.
I loved that quilt by Alma and Barb, its on my list to make too...
Have a Merry Christmas!

Janet said...

I love it when you give us a peek of what you're quilting by hand - Thanks! Your applique block is lovely as well.
I look forward to seeing your book when it comes out.
Merry Christmas to you!

Anonymous said...

Your applique block sparkles! It's beautiful! Have a Merry Christmas, Laurie, and a safe trip to the wedding! Can't wait to hear all about it and I look forward to seeing your new book!
~Joyce in MI

Janet said...

How nice to know that there will soon be another project book coming from you gals! You must have a treasure trove of goodies in your coffee table/little red wagon - we need a picture of it! Love the fabric choices for Barb and Alma's applique quilt - wow!
Christmas Greetings to you both!
Janet in chilly Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia

Jeanne (RED) said...

LOVE the Love Letters applique block--your fabic choices are always so yummy. Did you use a certain line(your OWN or scraps?)
I will so look forward to your new book--must be a relief to have all the content shipped off! Have a wonderful Holiday Season,
Jeanne (RED)

SueB said...

Your block is beautiful and the proto type quilt is also. Your stitches are so nice and even. I would love for mine to look like that one day. I look forward to your new book.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I always love your quilts; Patrick's is a winner.

Jan said...

Love the applique! The new pattern is great, too!

Karen V. Wasylowski said...

Gorgeous quilts, Laurie. I wanted to thank you for leaving a comment on my Jane Austen blog yesterday and I'm glad I found your website. Beautiful. Thanks again. Karen Wasylowski

Deb said...

love the colors of your Love Letters block I am currently working on mine as well. I have now started block 5. i too am thinking of an applique boarder can`t wait to see what you do

Louise said...

I love the applique floral block. Do you recall what fabric line you used? I love those fabrics, especially the blues!

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