Alyssa's Flower Power

August 15, 2011

Honest, I haven't left the country.  I'm still recovering from being sick.  Just when I think I might be feeling better, I'm saddled in bed with a fever.  Saturday I worked at the shop.  I was extraordinarily cold it seemed.  I kept jokingly telling Karen, the shop owner, she was freezing me.  I even sat outside in the sun to warm up! LOL!  Well, by the time I got home, I was feeling super cold.  I actually put a hooded sweatshirt on, with the hood on my head and velour pants because I was so cold.  Indeed, I was running a fever.  I mean, really????  So back to the doctor I go today.  I'm sure he is going to tell me that I didn't rest enough, burning the candle at both ends...something along those lines.  I'm sure that's part of it, but there was a mix up with my prescription to begin with and I think the one I took didn't do squat for me.  It's just so hard to rest when I have so much to do.  Typically, I try to quilt for a while, rest a bit and quilt some more.  We leave for our family vacation Friday.  We take a vacation every year during the same week.  Hopefully, I can rest some on our trip!!  Yeah, right. 

So I thought I would share a quilt I made for Alyssa.  It's a quilt that incorporates the "snail's trails" block.  I quilted a client quilt recently with the same block.  I posted it here.  I made this about 3 yrs ago.  It's one of my earliest quilts.   
Yes, Scooter couldn't stand to not be in the photos as well.  This was literally the fourth time I removed him only to have him lay right back down again.  I just gave up.  :-)  Alyssa wanted bright colors and flowers.  She helped pick the pattern with me and off we went fabric shopping.  I free-motion quilted it on my little Janome 6600.  I used Quilter's Dream Cotton batting.
 I traced the the above flower design on Golden Threads paper and stitched following the lines.  I hated every second of it.  I just didn't enjoy it.  I couldn't wait to get them all done.  I think that's when I realized that I probably wouldn't enjoy following a pantograph on a longarm some day.  That's probably why I have yet to try one still on Annie.  Maybe some day...
It's fun to look back and see how far my quilting has come!  I remember being so proud of how I quilted the border.  All just freehand.  This has been a well loved quilt!  I appliqued the flowers with a satin stitch.  I'm not usually a fan of the satin stitch, but the fabric was chenille and that seemed to work best.

The back.

I bet you can guess who the lump is under the quilt. :-)
The quilt is a design by Tammy Tadd.  She had some really cute designs for girls.

One thing I know I will be doing on vacation, catching up on my emails.  I just found a bunch of legitimate emails that were in my spam box.  Grrrr!!!

Hope everyone has a great week!



19 comments:

  1. your quilt is lovely! Hope you feel better soon, you should take it easy, your body is trying to tell you something!! Hugs x

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  2. What a fun quilt and love the colors in it.
    I hope you feel better soon, not fun being sick and who wants to rest, lol.

    Debbie

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  3. That is the cutest quilt! I seem to love bright colors lately! You feel better soon, or else! LOL

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  4. Gorgeous quilt Linda. Love the bright colours. Hope you get better soon. Hugs,

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  5. That is a really sweet quilt and I do hope you get to feeling better before you head out on your vacation. And have a wonderful time while gone!

    Hugs,

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  6. I think it's a pretty quilt. I the quilting is good, and I bet you were proud of it. But you have come a long way, baby! I'd like to be where you were 3 years ago. LOL. What's so funny is I was just thinking about giving the Golden Threads thing a try, but I wasn't sure if it sounded like fun or awful. Hee hee.

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  7. Your quilt is so adorable! I hope you get some rest so your body can kick that sickness right out!

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  8. Alyssa must love her quilt - I know I do! Don't you love those lumps under them, too? I always know fall is on the way when they begin to appear under ours in the early mornings! I hope you get to feeling better fast, Linda - nothing like being sick on vacation! Have a great time!
    Cheers!

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  9. What a great quilt - the colors are fantastic! So sorry you're not feeling well - sure hope you are better by vacation! Take it as easy as you can.

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  10. I am so glad you are feeling better! That quilt really is adorable!!!

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  11. I'm with you, I hate having to follow a line. I get all tense that I'm going to stray from the line and then, of course, I do. The quilt is adorable, as is the cat. I've got one too who loves to pose for photos except when I want her to.

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  12. I do hope that your holiday gives you the time to recover properly.

    Meanwhile, that's a great quilt for a little girl, and for a cat too it seems!

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  13. Didn't know you were still feeling bad. Enjoy your vacation. Rest!. Eat! Rest some more. Dr G. says you'll feel better soon.
    Hugs. K.

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  14. Linda,
    Bless you! I hope you feel better by your vacation. Love the quilt ... I have that book!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  15. I think you were meant to be a quilter!!

    Geez, so sorry you are still fighting with being sick. I hope you get to feeling better before vacation.

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  16. Beautiful quilt. Love your fabrics. You have come a long way on your quilting! You should be proud of yourself.

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  17. Your quilt is beautiful. I hope you will be feeling better very soon.

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  18. Fun to see an "early" quilt :-) I hope you are feeling better! Enjoy your vacation!

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