Tuesday, February 05, 2013


Today is my blogiversary!  Five years!

When I started this blog, I never would have guessed that I would last 5 years!  I had no idea what I was going to say, or if anyone would read my blog or care about what I had to say.  Thank you all for reading, commenting and sticking with me through it all.  I've had a lot of fun, and I've made so many friends.  It has been so rewarding to do this "blog thing".  And your comments and friendship have made it that way.  Thank you from the bottom of my indigo heart!

We won't be having any parades or big parties around here to celebrate today.  I'm under the weather again.  I thought I had finally gotten over the flu, but now I've got it, or something remarkably like it, again.  Flu, Part Deux.  Lots of unglamorous coughing, nose-blowing and medicine-taking going on around here.  And precious little quilting, unfortunately.  Ugh.  Please tell me this will be over soon. . . . I'm so tired of being sick.

Sorry, I'll stop whining now.

I do actually have some quilt-y content.  And about time too!

First I'll show you my most recent fabric acquisitions.  I had to go get some fresh dots for Nat'l Polka Dot Day last week.  I'm sure you understand.  And they just happen to be the colors I need for my challenge for my local quilt guild!

We're doing a color challenge this year.  Had to pick a crayon from a bag, and that's our primary color for our quilt.  The opposite color on the color wheel is our secondary color.  I picked the orange crayon.  Now, I've never particularly cared for orange, except for at Halloween.  But I'm changing my tune lately.  These new citrus-y oranges are calling to me.  And that makes my secondary color blue.  So, I happily accepted this challenge.  I even have a couple of ideas!  (now if I could just feel well enough to go play in the quilt studio)

I accompanied my friend C. on her trip to a local quilt store for more fabric for her project, and these jumped into my hands while I was there.  Actually, I need the white print for a project I'm in the midst of working on, but the blacks just had to come home with me.  They're for another project that, so far, is just fabric and a pattern in a bag.  But they were perfect for the project!  That one might get moved farther up the queue now.

And, I have managed to get in the quilt studio and make some Low Volume blocks in the past month.  It's so nice to have the pieces all cut and ready to sew when I've got time or motivation.

the whole thing
I've got 70 blocks made out of the 80 that I need.  So, I decided to lay out all the blocks on the "design floor" and see how they looked.

one end
I decided to leave open spaces for the extra 10 blocks instead of being a row short.  I wanted to see how big it looked.  My living room carpet is another nice neutral, isn't it?

the other end
Can you see the "stealth" cat?

Quilt Inspector 1
And, of course, the Inspectors' came to do their jobs.  It's amazing, really.  They can be dead asleep way at the other end of house, upstairs, and yet they still know when quilt blocks go on the floor.  I'm telling ya, it's a sixth sense, isn't it?  And, of course, I just couldn't do it without them!  hee hee!

Quilt Inspector 2
See that really dark piece at the right-hand edge of this picture?  It's gone now.  It was glaringly obvious that it didn't work.  Thanks for pointing that out, Shade!

Dunkel performs the "wad test".

So, that's where I'm at now.  I know what I want to do for the other 10 blocks.  I think I need to cut more fabric, but that will have to wait until I feel a little better.  Hopefully, soon.  I'm ready to get this one finished.

Now, to celebrate, I think I'll go take a nap.

Happy quilting!


  1. Happy Blogaversary! Sorry about Flu, Part Deux. That is a great way to describe it. I think a lot of us have experienced that second round and even a third. Get lots of rest. I like your new acquisitions and your low volume piece!

  2. Congrats....5 Years!!!! I just celebrated 3 years. My how time flies. Hugs

  3. Happy Blog Birthday! I will send healing thoughts your way. HUGS!

  4. Happy Blog anniversary! I enjoy your blog, so Thank you for posting. Your low volume look great. Hope you feel better soon.

  5. Congrats on your blog anniversary! I think you'll have fun with the orange and blue challenge--they really play very well together! Great to see your Low Volume quilt again, good luck with the rest of the blocks.:)

  6. 5 years and I have enjoyed them all! heres to 5 more years! love seeing the low volume quilt I am going to have to make one of these, i just love the look/feel of it
    fun fabrics you bought I will be watching your orange challenge, I have to admit to moving over to the orange size a tad too!

  7. oh feel better ....hope you can sew at least for awhile today...

  8. Congrats on 5 years! I know I felt the same way when I started mine too.....but it is amazing the support and encouragement we get from others ....isn't it? Quilters are the best!

    Hope you feel better real soon.....get back some great quilting energy!

    You can have the parade later. :-)

  9. Happy blogiversary! I didn't even know there were blogs 5 years ago. Your low volume is looking great!

  10. sorry to hear your not feeling well. It seems to take awhile to shake this one.
    Your quilt inspectors are so cute!!
    great new fabrics..

  11. Ok Ok...turn your head when you cough and don't sneeze on me!!!! HA! I have been popping my vitamin C like it was candy and have warded off any evil sniffles that might be lurking around!!

    Congrats on your 5 yrs.!! My 5 yrs. is coming up too, and like you, can't believe I would ever last this long. I just kind of gets to be a part of your routine! And just think, you and I didn't even know one another 5 yrs. ago!! My goodness, how sad was my life before we became friends!!

    I'll be anxious to see what you do with your 'orange crayon' quilt challenge. Your low volume is shaping up too and needing only 10 more blocks you're nearly there!!

    Hurry up and get to feeling better....you have LOTS to do!!!

  12. May the flu bugs run their course and be gone, and happy 5 years. With block lotto doing the low volume hearts this month, I spent quite a bit of time looking at your low volume quilt. I love the look. I collected a bunch of fabrics yesterday. I think I am ready start!

  13. Forgot...lucky you with the orange and blue. One of my favorite combinations! So I love your quilt already.

  14. Congratulations on the blogiversary. Like Nifty, I didn't know about blogs back then. Really like your low volume quilt and all the inspectors. Take care and happy stitching.

  15. Congratulations on the blogiversary. Like Nifty, I didn't know about blogs back then. Really like your low volume quilt and all the inspectors. Take care and happy stitching.

  16. Congrats on your 5 year blogiversary! Such fun fabrics! I think lots of us are learning to use all the colors - even orange. Hope you feel better soon.

  17. Happy Blogiversary! sorry you are feeling so poorly. those are some fun fabrics. love seeing the kitties - give 'em lots of love for me!

  18. Happy blog birthday! Low volume and inspectors are great!

  19. Happy Blogaversary! Your Low Volume blocks are great. It is good that you have quilt inspectors to let you know when something isn't quite right.

  20. Congratulations! Hope you are feeling better soon.
    Your low volume quilt is great, I have to make one of those too!

  21. Happy bloggiversary! 5 years is a landmark! Your low volume blocks look really wonderful! I'm looking forward to seeing your challenge quilt, in those lovely oranges. Look after yourself and get better soon!!

  22. Happy bloggiversary! I sincerely hope you are recovered from the flu and able to get back to your beautiful orange challenge and low volume quilt.


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