Friday, January 1, 2010

January 1st

Happy New Year!
I've heard that whatever you do on the first day of the year, you'll continue to do all year. If that's true, I should do a bit of everything today. Blogging and stitching being at the top of the list. I might stay away from chores today.

Since I'm off to see the Grandkiddos later this month, I thought I'd better do these cushions for the two eldest. I've done one already for the younger one and just have these two to do.
They are of course Kellie's pattern from Don't look now.

The pink blobs are going to be ladybirds, they just don't have their wings attached yet.

I've only just started to do the free motion stitching around the appliques, I'm pretty slow when it comes to that bit but hey, it works for me.

Over the last year blogging has been such a pleasure for me. I've made contact with quilters from all over the world and made lots of friends with the same interests as me. I never thought it would be such a blast so I hope to be able to continue in the same vein this year.

The other wonderful thing about blogging is the wonderful support, the encouragement and the inspiration that has injected so much motivation into my projects.
I have also no discipline when it comes to getting tempted by what I see either. Here's a few links.

Check out Lori's blog for a tutorial for a Reproduction style doll quilt.
Nat from Not Just Nat is having a lovely giveaway for her blogiversary but you'll have to be quick, it ends on Sunday.
Have you seen these wooden quilts by artist Fraser Smith? If I win lotto that's what I'd have on my wall. You can click on detailed photos and see the quilting stitches. I wouldn't even mind some of those as real quilts.

34 comments:

Barb said...

Can you tell me how you stitch those flowers and things down? I asked her once but got no reply. I just love it...you are doing a wonderful job.

Happy New Year!!!

PatchworkRose said...

Hi Janet
The First thing I had to do today before breakfast was defrost the freezer as the door had nto shut properly the night before :-( Hope that does not mean I will be cleaning freezers all year. Better get out there and turn the machine on and sew sew sew :-)
Love your Cushions and the ladybirds on the bottom picture look wonderful.
Wishing you a wonderfully creative New Year
Cheers
Lynne

Jackie said...

Hi Janet,
Happy New Year to you! It is only 40 minutes until midnight here so we are still in 2009. But I am looking forward to a great 2010. I like you hope to do lots of quilting. It has been a pleasure getting to know you through blogging. You have been such an inspiration and I am looking forward to another year of blog posts from you.

Rae Ann said...

I love the cushions. They are so beautiful and you have done such a great job!
Have a great year quilting and stitching.
That is hopefully what I will be doing in the year 2010.

Jessica said...

Those cushions are going to look great!
I find blogging inspirational and motivational too.
I can't wait to see what you come up with this year!

mbroider said...

You know what makes you stand out dear Janet. Your colours. Amazingly fresh and vibrant...

Wishing you a great 2010 full of blogging and stitching!

Lene said...

Happy New Quilting Year to You!

Julia said...

Hi Janet,
Happy New Year to you!
Love the cushions your making..and here's to another year of blogging friendships..
Hugs Julia ♥

Cathy said...

Beautiful cushions Janet, love the colours. I know what you mean about the blogging community being so fabulous and so inspiring. You are one of those who inspire a lot!! Happy New Year to you and your family xo

Kathie said...

I agree today will be all about quilting
no cleaning!!!! no chores!!!!
the girls are going to love their cushions (pillows we would call them!) they are so happy looking!
Happy New Year!
Kathie

Kim D. said...

Beautiful cushions, I love Kellie's patterns. Happy stitching in the new year.

Miriam said...

Happy New Year Janet!

I love the fussy cutting on your flowers! Gorgeous colours!

Thank you for sharing your inspirational sewing with us.

I saw Lori's post.....very tempting!!!

Stephanie said...

Happy New Year! Oh dear...I'd better not clean today as I don't want to do it all year long. :o) Better stick to sewing. Gorgeous cushions.

Crispy said...

I just love those cushions!! I'm going back to bookmark that site.

Happy New Year (I'm stitchin' today too)

Crispy

Notjustnat said...

Hi Janet, Happy New Year. I hope you are right about what you do one the first day of the year will come true! Today, I'm visiting your blog, spending time with DGD and even put her to sleep, went out to dinner, blogging, but no stitching yet and it's past midnight now ups!!! So I hope that I will be doing more of it - Hugs Nat

alobsiger said...

Happy New Year, Janet! I better make a plan for the day. So far, I've been reading blogs and doing chores. Better get some stitching in too before it's too late! :-)

Lisa M. said...

The cushions are absolutely beautiful! I just started blogging a couple of months ago and I agree with you on the inspiration and friendships to be made. Here's to more of that in 2010 :-)

Fiesta said...

Janet I love the pillow you are making. I have the pattern but would yu believe I have not even read the directions yet.
Are you needleturning those flowers?

sjoko said...

Wonderfull flowers. Wouvvv - and I can see it is another time of year where you live than where I live....

Lori said...

Happy 2010!!! I love the pillows- they are so bright and cheery! Do you use fusible on them before sewing?

Heleen said...

Happy new year! The cushions are beautifull!

Carrie P. said...

Happy New Year! I have enjoyed your blog so much this year and look forward to reading and seeing more of your beautiful works.
Such a fun spring like pattern.

MJinMichigan said...

Happy New Year, Janet! I've been working on an applique project today hoping that will translate to lots of stitching time in the coming year. I'm so glad I found your blog and got to know you. I've gotten lots of inspiration from you in the past year and hope there will be loads more in 2010. Your use of color and your workmanship are just amazing.

Shasta said...

Happy new Year Janet. If what you do on the first day is the same thing you do throughout the year, you've got it covered. These are beautiful.

jill kennedy said...

Hi there from Australia. I enjoyed reading your blog and agree that blogging has opened up a whole new world for me too in the last few months. I attended a Kellie Wolfsun (spelling?) 2 day workshop here in Adelaide recently and it was so good. She is a lovely warm happy and easy going lady. I learnt so much at the course and it has given me a lot more confidence with my free motion quilting. I love your fabric choices for the cushions - they look sensational!

Kerri said...

I have been wanting to have a go at those cushions. Hope this year I will get to have a play with a few things. Thanks for sharing you pics. They look fabulous.

Meredith said...

Happy New Year. So glad you are getting to see the grandchildren. Have fun creating this year. I cleaned today as we are having house guests and visitors all weekend. I did do some hand applique and plan to do more in 2010.

Juliann said...

Well I tried to do a bit of everything from reading to stitching to knitting and even a bit of tidying so I am hopeful for the course of the new year. happy new year

Kaaren said...

Wonderful cushions, Janet. I just love the happy colors.

Look like I'lll be joining you in our stitching and quilting journey in 2010 because that's what I spent my day doing as well. Woo hoo!

Maggey and Jim said...

Hello,
Your work is so amazing.. Have been a follower of yours for quite awhile. Keep up the beautiful creations.. Thanks for commenting on my new blog too.
Maggey

Corrie said...

gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a few of kellie's quilts and can't wait to get started!

I agree blogging is so wonderful for friendship and inspiration and although I have a few bad comments here and there I do love it!!!

can't wait to see what you get up to in 2010

Corrie:)

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, those pillows are going to be adorable! I can't wait to see what 2010 has in store from Quiltsalott!

QuiltedSimple said...

Very pretty! And Happy New Years!~
Kris

Robin said...

It looks like your new year is off to a great start! Look at all those lovely works in progress.

Happy New Year! :)