Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy news!

You may remember this quilt, called C's Canines, that I made for the granddaughter of our boating friends. C was scheduled to have surgery this month and I thought a cheerful dog-themed quilt in her very favorite colors would help.

C received her quilt the other day, and I think this big smile shows how much she loves it. I'm also very, very happy to report that her surgery went well! I like to think that little quilt helped; it certainly was filled with all my wishes and hopes for the very best results. It's always special for us quilters to see our work in use, and an extra special bonus to see it topped with a toothy smile.

My next project is cat-themed, and here is one of the nine blocks. The cats are part of a fun Makower UK panel that I've had for several years. I love their happy faces, but the dark colors (red, blue, green and gold) didn't seem very child-like to me. Then a few weeks ago I bought a fat quarter bundle of star fabrics on eBay in just those same colors. The stars are actually slightly raised, a bit rubbery, shiny and iridescent. So fun!

The eBay seller and I had several back and forth conversations where she admitted that she was disappointed at how low the bidding was on her stash of fabrics. (I got a smokin' good deal on the stars.) I told her that I was going to use my purchases for charity sewing, and that seemed to please her. Two weeks later, she wrote again to say she was sending me the rest of her stash for free! Wow! That inspired me to start the cat quilt, so I can send her photos. When I get her shipment, I'll let you know what sorts of goodies she is sending.

Several commenters have asked how we're doing in Tropical Storm Cindy. We're safely docked at a marina in Biloxi, MS. The docks here are very sturdy concrete and behind a protective sea wall. Mostly we've just had tons of rain and minor coastal flooding. The highest wind gust we've seen was 44mph. You can see in this photo that the water came up to just inches below our dock, so we are still able to climb off the boat (the dock is a loooong way down) and go ashore.

The marina is right next door to the Golden Nugget casino, and it is only about 500 feet from the boat to their dry parking garage. We're not gamblers, but it's nice to have access to the casino's restaurants and spa. I thought this carpet pattern in one of the hallways would make an interesting quilt, too. A couple of jelly roll strips, some HSTs...


  1. Glad to hear you are ok, and that is awesome about the free stash!

  2. So glad to hear you all are safe. You never know about tropical storms. We are still getting rain from the system. Happy to here that C's surgery went well and wish her a speedy recovery. How nice of the lady on eBay to send you the rest of her stash. Can't wait to see what creative ideas you come up with! Love the kitties!

  3. So neat to see C with her quilt. I just know your quilt had a lot to do with her recovery. That star fabric is just right with the cats. Can't wait to see the rest. How sweet of the seller to decide to send you her stash!! I'm glad to see you're doing well. It's always hard to judge from news reports how things are for particular areas. I'm glad the water stopped before reaching the top of the dock! Don't you love how inspiration for quilts is everywhere if you look with quilter's eyes?

  4. Looks like C loves her quilt. Looking forward to seeing the cat project!

  5. It's nice to know that I am not the only person who takes photos of carpets!!! lol

    Your quilt looks like it was a winner on that little girl's mind. Glad surgery went well.

    Stay safe with the storm. Looking forward to seeing your new stash. That was so generous.

  6. First of all, I'm glad you're safe! Secondly, wow! What a sweet lady to send you her stash for charity quilts! And lastly, what a lovely gesture to send your friend's granddaughter! Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!

  7. Happy that all is good down there. Love seeing C smiling with her quilt, yes it is nice to know our quilts are appreciated!

  8. Isn't her smile EXACTLY WHY we do this!! Oh your gift of her quilt just made my heart smiles! So glad her surgery went well.

  9. Oh -- I agree this would be a great quilt. What a nice bonus after your purchase of the stars. Using older fabrics for charity quilts makes so much sense -- especially after seeing how expensive fabric is these days. C's happy smile sure does make it worthwhile.


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