There's No Place Like Home

February 25, 2011

Yes, I have power!  It finally came back on around 3 PM Wednesday.  I was just heading out the door to take the girls to dance when I got the call.  Sorry I didn't post with an update sooner.  We had so much to do after the power finally came back.  I still need to bring our freezer foods home from my dad's house.  I want to thank everyone for all their well wishes and prayers.  I'm just thankful we had a nice place to stay and the power is back!  We have bad weather again.  The girls had a two hour delay for school today.  At one point during the night, our power went out again for a few minutes.  It woke both Scott and I up.  I can't repeat what our words were at that moment! :-)  Luckily, it came back right away!  We have more bad weather in the forecast and possibly icy conditions forming Monday.  Ugh.  As long as we don't lose power, I'm okay with it.

I was so Annie deprived that I spent all day practicing on her yesterday.  I got tired of practicing and loaded on a real quilt.  My first customer quilt...
Yipee!  I forgot to take a pic before I started, so I took this one.  It's a pretty good sized baby quilt.  It's for a boy.  I agonized over how to quilt it for a LONG time.  For some reason, it was much harder for me to think of a design for a boy.  Every design I thought I would want to quilt looked too girlie.
  Completely quilted! 
I love how it turned out and am very happy with it.  AND very relieved!  The customer said she wanted an allover and no preferences.  She gave me the go ahead to do whatever.  I really like the allover design.  Will use it again!  I did it all freehand.  Not one chalk or marker line was used.  My biggest challenge was spacing.  Making sure my spaces were pretty even.  It's freehand, so it's not perfect. 
The back.  Tension was perfect.  I used a light blue thread on the top and a cream thread on the back.  No blue threads poking out the back.  Stitches looked great!  It's nice to have my first customer quilt under my belt!  I was so tired after I finished quilting it!  My arms felt as if I'd worked out...big time.  I would find myself  hanging on to Annie with my fists clenched so tight.  Once I relaxed, it was so much smoother and easier to quilt.  Pretty sure I held my breath the whole time too!  LOL!  I really hope my customer likes it!!  Elaina and Alyssa love it!  The girls said they want the same pattern on their quilts.  Then they asked me if I could add some cat and dog paw prints too!  LOL!  Too sweet.

I tried to make good use of my time at my dad's.  I was able to get a few things done and one of them was to bind Mon Ami.  
Bound and bathed.  It looks perfect on my table!

While our power was out I felt a little like Dorothy, only I was clicking my Ugg boots together.  "There's no place like home.  There's no place like home."  :-)
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  Hopefully, we won't lose power!



34 comments:

  1. You did an amazing job on the quilt I am sure your customer will be thrilled .I love the little quilt on your table , just sweet and again a great finish !! Glad you have power back , we are about to have a storm and I am also hoping we don't loose power :-( Stay warm and dry . Sheila

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  2. Linda... beautiful, beautiful quilts!!

    Glad your power is back on. :)

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  3. So glad you're back home. That quilt turned out really nice.

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  4. I am glad you got your power back and back home.
    Nothing like not being able to do something, to make it more fun to do again. Beautiful work on the quilt, I would be scared to death if it was someone elses, lol.

    Debbie

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  5. I love your quilting on the baby quilt! So beautiful. I am a big fan of that swirly design :D

    Your Mon Ami is lovely too. And I am so glad you got your power back on.
    Are you down in the Marshall area? I can't believe you were without power for so long.

    You're right. There's no place like home!

    Welcome home :D

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  6. A beautiful job on your quilt. The table topper is very lovely also. (Just waiting for tea for too)).. Hoping your power stays on so you can warm up & stay warm. Have a great week-end. Again lovely work. Blessings: Dianne.

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  7. Hi Linda, so glad your power is now restored and you are back home. Just luck at that quilting! Its fabulous, you are doing so well. Love your Mon Ami...... mon ami. Hugs Linda

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  8. So glad you have power. You did a beautiful job on that quilt. I love the design you used. I would love to try it, but think I need a lot of practice first. Your table topper is cute too. Welcome back to the world of electricity!

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  9. I'm so glad your power is back on! And you're right...there's no place like home! Love that quilt too! You did a grat job on the quilting! :0)

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  10. Congratulations on finishing your first customer quilt! That is a big step and you did great! Glad to hear your power is back on and I hope it stays on!

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  11. So happy that you are back home. I know how that can be, not being in your own home.
    Your quilting is beautiful and you should be proud. Congrats to your first customer.

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  12. Yay for power! We're 10 degrees here today and I'm crossing my fingers the power stays on! Wow-fantastic finish on Annie - you're a natural, Linda, and your customer is going to be so happy!
    Cheers!

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  13. You KNOW Scooter is gonna be all over your quilt on the table.....bring on the cat hair!!!! :)

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  14. Amazing work Linda! Turned out beautiful-you have every right to be delighted:)

    Forget the practicing and stick with the customers:))

    Shazy x

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  15. You did a fabulous job on your first customer quilt! Congratluations! I love what you did on it. Mon Ami looks beautiful by the way. I'm so glad you're back at home! Here's to no more outages! We're slated for heavy rains and 60mph winds a bit later this afternoon here near Philadelphia, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed too!

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  16. Welcome Home!!

    You did a fantastic job on that quilt.

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  17. I am SO glad you got your power back - I can just imagine the words when it went out again, lol! You did a FABULOUS job on quilting that quilt, it looks amazing, can't believe it was all without marking! Love your Mon Ami too, so very sweet.

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  18. Glad you have you power back. I hope it stays on. You did a fantastic job on the quilt. I love the design you did. Gorgeous. Your Mon Ami looks so beautiful on your table. Hugs,

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  19. Hi Dorothy...ooops Linda ;)
    I'm not sure how I missed your last few 'no power' posts...bad lurker...hehehe Glad you are all powered up again!
    Your swirly baby quilt is just gorgeous..almost makes me broody for a baby and quilt myself....Naaaaah! Just the quilt will do...hehehe Fingers crossed that you don't loose power again :)
    Hugs Wendy x

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  20. The quilting is fabulous Linda. Yeah, your first customer quilt done and Annie is feeling loved again. Glad you are back home. Your boots are very cute. I do not own a pair of boots.

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  21. Your first "official" quilt is wonderful! I'm sure the owner will be thrilled with it.

    How fun to be able to go home again!! I hope the power stays on.

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  22. Glad you are finally back home. Your machine quilting is beautiful, and I love your Mon Ami quilt.

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  23. I'm glad you're home and hope you get to stay there now.

    Your customer will LOVE her quilt (and if she doesn't she's nuts) it is beautiful. The pattern you chose is just perrfect - I always seem to take ages to decide how to quilt something, and then often end up doing the first thing I thought of!

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  24. Beautiful quilt! Congratulations :) I'm glad things are getting back on track for you :)

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  25. I would never been a good pioneer girl. Gotta have power! The boy quilt turned out very handsome. Great job!!!

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  26. I was wondering if you got your power back. Living like the pioneers might be okay for part of a day but after that.......

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  27. So glad for you that the power is back on.
    Your first costumer quilt is fantastic! It must have been nerve racking. I am sure it will be loved.♥

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  28. Ohhh lovely Linda - I see you and Annie compliment each other and are getting on well!

    Lovely quilts ..I do like that swirly pattern :)

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  29. Hey, your first quilt really turned out great! The wave pattern you did fits really nicely with the blue fabric. Just great. I am so impressed that you came up with that and could execute it so expertly. Just awesome. I'm so glad you're back at home and have power. Let's hope it stays that way. We have a LOT of trees on our road that are just devastated. It's sad. Great seeing you today! I have missed you!

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  30. Hi Linda, That little blue quilt was pretty but
    boy, what your quilting did for it!! Just remember to BREATHE! (and bend those knees)
    I'm blowing my nose again. How are you?
    K.

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  31. Yes, there is no place like home.
    So glad you finally have power.
    You did an awesome job on the quilt. Love all the swirls.
    Your little quilt looks great too.
    congrats on a finish.
    thanks for coming by to wish me Happy Birthday.

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  32. Oh I'm so glad you're all powered up again! Congratulations on your first customer quilt...it's wonderful! You did a great job!

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  33. Oh Linda, that is just beautiful!! You did such a good job, I am sure your customer will be happy!!
    lv,
    Joy

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