Tuesday, 26 January 2010

happy mailbox...and stuff



Some Anna Maria Horner little folks voile came today. Oh my. So soft, so silky, so pretty, so lovely, so my new favourites? Quite possibly. And SO much like liberty print tana lawns too. Best be careful when I try to quilt them. Yep, I can see another quilt in the making.



A little while ago I won a giveaway over on Tiffany's blog. This parcel of happiness turned up yesterday. Plus 2 boxes of Ginger's favourite cereal - lucky charms, and a quilt block magazine (firmly attached to my bedside table for late night reading). Thanks Tiffany - I LOVE it. That huge piece of munki munki coke travellers is going in the too precious to use box. At least until I can summon up enough strength to make the first cut.



Another too precious to use item arrived a few days ago too. This sweet little notebook made by Aneela's fair hands. How can I write in it? I should practise my handwriting and maybe one day I might be neat enough. Until then it will sit looking beautiful, and be admired daily.



Seeings as I have become obsessed with dresden plates, and am carting blocks with me everywhere I go, I needed a new pouch to store my bits and bobs in. Et voila. one new zippy pouch, beautifully adorned with a hex brooch made by Fiona (happy Australia day, Fi). Actually, if it wasn't for the hex brooch the pouch would be pretty dull. Hooray for hex brooches.



The dresden plate is nearly done. Told you I was obsessed. I am living and breathing it at the minute. No time for anything else. Or at least, I am not allowed to TOUCH another thing until it's safely at the quilters. Only one more row to go. I will blow my own trumpet, I flipping love it. I am so much in love it's hurting me. I am so damn proud of it, and I am not ashamed to say so. It's a proper, grown up quilt, and I made it. So it definitely needs quilting by a pro, otherwise I would most certainly mess it up.

Only one downside - charcoal grey and cream cats are not a good mix. NooNoo is not having this one. Not unless he gets a dye job. Does anyone know where I can get dark grey cat dye?

38 comments:

Kelly said...

lucky you, what a great load of post! i'm waiting on a parcel of fabric from over the pond, but rather worried it might be stuck in customs, have you ever had anything get stuck on it's way over? how long is it likely to take to find it's way over to me? (sorry to bombard you with questions!)
Kellyx

alobsiger said...

And I quote: "GASP!" That is one gorgeous Dresden! You should be proud -- it's beautiful!!!!! All of your lucky treasures too. Nice visits to the mailbox!

Lurline said...

So many beautiful pics of your fabric and stitching - a thrill to see, thanks!
Hugs - Lurline♥

shellysquilts said...

This looks fabulous! Keep patting yourself on the back, you deserve it. (And if you can make a quilt this fabulous, you can quilt this quilt fabulously!) Happy sewing!

Kaye Prince said...

So much beautiful stuff you're received recently, lucky you!

Your Dresden quilt is gorgeous Katy! You're really inspiring me to finally make a quilt for myself, although I don't think I'll be able to pump it out like you. Kudos to you, and go ahead and scream it from the rooftop, you SHOULD be proud of yourself!

Me? A Mom? said...

BEAUTIFUL. Period. End of story. :)

Monet said...

You SHOULD be proud of it...it's amazing. I have had my eye on that pattern for a long time, and your version is fabulous. Congratulations!

littlebluecottage said...

This is really really really something special Katy! Much panting and heavy breathing over here at the sight of your plates.

WOW!!!

The Calico Cat said...

I have a dark gray cat - the dye will not solve your problem...

Is that Charcoal gray by Kona & Is it called charcoal?

I love it...

Poppyprint said...

That quilt is just...just...just..aahhhhhh!

Juanita said...

Love the plates, the colors are gorgeous! I can see the reason for much shouting and happy dancing!

Doris said...

WOW, what a load of goodies in this post! I just adore your Dresden Quilt!

wishes, true and kind said...

I flipping love that quilt, too! You should be VERY proud of it! Re. the cat. Hmmm. My white cat always makes a bed for herself on any dark colored fabrics, quilts, sweaters, etc. and my black cat always makes herself at home on any light colored fabrics, quilts, sweaters, etc. If they have taken turns sleeping in the same spot, I get this mix of black and white that appears gray. Personally -- I have just given up. It's their house, I'm just a guest -- apparently.

Lorraine said...

Don't you just love the postman !!
Lots of lovely fabric & goodies.
Love that delicate birdy notebook.
But that dresden plate quilt eclipes it all !!

Beth said...

Damn straight you should be proud! BEAUTIFUL!

My month in my quilting bee is coming up and I am trying to decide between dresden plates and this one: http://sometimescrafter.blogspot.com/2009/08/tutorial-paper-piecing-block.html

fi said...

Katy that dresden makes me want to pee my pants! love it!your are a clever lady my friend:) so what next for the quilting superwoman? BTW love your hex brooch clearly a woman of great taste;P

jacquie said...

the dresden is beautiful! i've been wanting to order some of that voile...can't buy more fabric till i have some finishes!

rachelmp said...

Great post! Your dresden plate quilt is truely one to be proud of .. Great work Katy!

Marit said...

A great finish - very sophisticated and grown up!
Sorry about the cats hair, can relate to the problem, but have no solution...

Jodie said...

hell yes - you are a grown up really truly maker of quilts ...with bells on !!!

But did you know you are a no reply comment blogger - I have been replying to your comments for a year - and you don't get them !!!! I even offered you a pressie ...sheesh.... I wondered why you were ignoring me !

quiltygal said...

Stunning plates Katy you should be flipping proud....go shout it from the rooftops!!....love quilty post in the letter box better than the windows we usually get!!!

BLONDEDESIGN said...

New to your blog, hello! i love your quilt, Kx

dokiquilts said...

love your dresden plate! i'm making the same one (but with the original coloring of white/red polka dots) and just finished appliqueing the last plate. i'm worried about appliqueing the circles in the sashing since you have to do it on top of the whole quilt--did you have problems with yours? i.e. was it "easy" to handle all that fabric?

Diana said...

So the quilt is crazy good, but you knew that already, clever crafty quilting lady. Great fabrics for the stash. I'm especially loving the fabric on the zippy pouch.

silverpebble said...

Good grief Katy. You made that Dresden quilt? It is absolutely exquisite. Bl**dy Nora!

comfortstitching said...

Terrible isn't it...................when your cat hairs don't match your quilts?????
Perhaps you'll have to make Noonoo his very own (creamy) dres-y

ImplausibleYarn said...

I love good mail days! It almost makes up for the days when theres nothing but ads and bills. I just found your blog and I have to say its great! I love your pictures and style and I will be back visiting.

Miaou said...

ooooh, what lovely things you got in the post! The quilt is looking fabulous too - that dark background really sets off the colours.

picciolo said...

what lovely parcels to arrive! I love all the fabric, and the handwiting one on your little pouch. Your dresden plates look amazing, maybe you could make the cat a little coat to wear around the house to keep the hairs away?
: )

Ravenhill said...

Oh, your dresden plate quilt is a masterpiece!!! Gorgeous as can be!

amy smart said...

What lovely, lovely parcels. Oh dear, I had not seen that piece of Munki Munki. (With the wee little bus!) Yes, I wouldn't be strong enough to cut into it either.

And your QUILT! Good heavens, it is fantastic. You SHOULD be proud of it. It is a true work. You're inspiring me to go steal my mum's dresden plate ruler-thingy! Tomorrow at Sunday dinner I'm claiming it!!
Happy weekend! (And another couple of !!! for the road.)

dokiquilts said...

thanks for visiting my blog :-) and yes, i can see that appliquing on the little circles every two rows would make it much easier--thanks for the advice. i'm still not sure what i'm going to do--can't wait to see yours finished!

Relish said...

That quilt is incredible. I do enjoy your blog so very much - thanks for taking the time to share your treasures.

Emily said...

The dresden plate quilt is GORGEOUS!

sew katie did said...

Love that pumpkin fabric! That dresden quilt is amazing. You go girl!

sew katie did said...

Love that pumpkin fabric! That dresden quilt is amazing. You go girl!

sewtakeahike said...

your dresden is just amazing Katy! I truly cannot fathom making it as quickly as you did.
Ok, so tell me about the AMH voile fabrics. How would you use them in a quilt? They are so thin I wouldn't think they would be sturdy enough?

erica said...

Are you kidding me? This is amazing. The next fabric I purchase is Hope Valley so i can make one too. Exquisite!

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