Sunday, January 15, 2012

I'm still here

It's been ages since I popped in to visit blogs let alone feed my own. I've been feeling so unwell due to some new  medication that had some unpleasant side effects but I'm all sorted now thank goodness.
On days I felt well enough, I got stuck into some sewing that's been on the list. This is dress number two out of the Gnomeville fabric. It's for Miss Sophie who is six. I'll never buy another Burda pattern after this one, it seemed to miss some steps and I'd rather not have to think too much and fill in the gaps. My Bernina played nice for the buttonholes which are my little phobia.
I seem to be stuck in all things red lately. These are the first lot of blocks for the Just Takes 2 quilt along. I'm doing mine in the red and white but there are others doing it and using lots of colour.
Progress has been steady on the Coxcomb and Currants project, I've done another two of these blocks and I'm currently working on the last one.
Is there anybody who is stitching the Trailing Vines quilt with me? I've uploaded the third panel for you. Just click on the Trailing Vines page underneath my header to go to the page with the links for downloading the patterns.
It's motivated me to draw up another panel to get stuck into this coming week but I'm also wondering if I'm putting lots of time into something that's not being used since I can't get any stats on the number of downloads. I'd love to hear of anyone making it.

55 comments:

Dorothy said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better. I haven't started the Trailing Vines yet but I have the fabric set aside and I am making copies of the pattern so please don't stop giving them to us.

Miriam said...

So glad you are feeling much better now, Janet. ((hugs))
Miss Sophie's dress is just gorgeous! Love the red with polka dots! (esp on the toadstool house roof in the border!)

Just Takes 2 is on my list. Your blocks look great.

Thank you for the third panel of Trailing Vines. I just printed it out. I have my fabrics sorted, now it is time to start cutting and sewing! :)

Janet said...

Glad you got your medications taken care of. I noticed you have not post since the first of the year. I wish I could say I am doing the Trailing Vines but I'm not. Too much other stuff going on. I love your "Just take 2" also.
Hope you are feeling better and look forward to your next post.
Janet

Lynne said...

That little dress is so sweet, I just love the fabric. I hate medication "things", going through something similar at the moment, it's nice to come through to the other side feeling better. Your trailing vines quilt is just beautiful!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Sorry to hear you've been unwell, but I'm so glad you're back on track and feeling better. All your projects are so wonderful!! It's such a treat to see them.

BJ said...

The dress is adorable! Love the fabric. I had not seen it before -- just perfect for the dress. She is going to LOVE it.

Glad you are feeling better. Be good to yourself.

roccagal said...

I have not started yet but it is definitely a quilt that I plan to make in the near future. It is just gorgeous!

liz said...

There always seems to be side effects with every medication; it's just a matter of finding which ones you can live with. Sigh. I am doing the trailing vines, although not too much progress is being made. You have set a rollicking pace and I was relieved when you didn't post last month. Perhaps you can make it every other month, or every season? It is a big undertaking for you and us.

Anonymous said...

I am working on the trailing vines quilt! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

regan said...

I have not started the vines quilt yet, but will! Thanks for sharing the patterns with us! I really do appreciate all the work that goes into it! And that dress is divine! I love anything with big dots.....makes me want to make something for me in dots! Love the reds!

Joan said...

Pleased you are feeling better - nothing worse if you are feeling ill. It seems you have done such a lot of work - and your dressmaking looks wonderful even though you may have had a problem with the pattern! Well done.

Judy Dietrich said...

The dress you made is delightful--what fun fabrics!! Burda patterns do tend to assume you know alot about sewing their way & are kind of hard to follow. I love the trailing vines patterns that you have worked so hard to draw out for us. I have bought the background fabric (very light yellow with vintage look) and a wonderful green fabric for the vines. I am using up my rare scraps from cutting out small pieces from my 1880-1900 scraps collection. They will form the flowers, so they will not be in a place to take much stress. Thanks so much. Please continue to print out the patterns-great motivation to those in need!!

Sue-Anne said...

Sorry to hear you have not been well but glad you are feeling better now. Love the little dress! It's so cute! Can't wait to see Coxcomb & Currants finished and your red and white looks fantastic. I don't think you could ever get sick of red and white.

Deb said...

So pleased to hear you are feeling better now and have managed to get on top of things. Sometimes the side effects of drugs can be really nasty.
I adore Miss Sophie's wee dress, that is just so cute.
Take care of yourself

Christine said...

Pleased to hear you are feeling better, nothing worse when meds are making you feel sicker

Love the dress

Camilla said...

Pleased to hear that you have put the downside behind you, and are feeling better. Looking forward to see more red and green quilt from you.

Lori said...

I hope you are on teh mend. The dress is lovely Janet!! You are multi-talented!!

Julia said...

Lovely to see you posting again Janet...nothing wors than meds not agreeing with you.
Gorgeous little dress,Miss Sophie is going to love it.
Julia ♥

Oops-Lah said...

You are amazing; even though you weren't feeling well, you still managed to produce a dress, two more blocks and not to forget draft the next instalment of your Trailing Vines quilt! Glad to hear you are feeling better.

Lurline said...

I'm sorry to hear you haven't been well, My Lovely! Not nice trying to get better, so chin up, you are doing well!
Hugs - Lurline♥
PS - love that little dress!

Kathie said...

OMG I just love this dress, it is just sooo cute, she is going to love it!
yes please keep sharing Trailing Vines with us, its on the list of quilts to make so I REALLY appreciate the patterns Janet. I am so behind on my applique need to get refocused.
so glad your feeling better and posted I was starting to worry !
Kathie

Marit said...

You have so many great projects to share with us! I am glad you are feeling better, Janet. I never tire of pictures of your amazing applique.

Stephanie said...

Meds can be a necessary evil! Glad you're back. That dress is the cutest little thing but I'm sure the little girl is even cuter. :o) I will never tire of seeing your gorgeous applique.

Glenn Dragone said...

Glad to read that you got your meds sorted out. They can be nasty at times. The dress looks cute! Of course, the applique is wonderful. Feel better.

Nedra said...

So sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. Hopefully, the new meds are regulated by now.
Your work, as usual is beautiful! Love the dress.

Sue said...

I have not started the trailing vines yet, but I am downloading your pattern. I so appreciate it. I will be starting it for sure. It's a quilt I've loved since I first laid eyes on it.

I do hope you get to feeling better soon and the new medication adjusts in your body.

What a sweet dress. I have never sewn a Burda pattern so that's a bummer to find out about this one. Buttonholes are always my phobia too. Back when I used to make dresses, I'd put the whole project on hold when it came time to do the buttons! LOL I'd have to psyche myself up for the buttons. I don't find them so bad these days because I am quilting now :D

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Glad you are feeling better I have missed reading your posts. I have not started the Trailing Vines quilt just yet, but it is on my list.

Karen

Mary said...

I'm glad you seem to have your meds worked out and are feeling better. I love the dress you made! I don't generally use Burda patterns, either. They're just very different than what I'm used to.

Raewyn said...

Do love what you've been up to. Your takes two blocks look great and the dress is so sweet - I found that with Burda patterns in the past too - haven't sewn one for years so its interesting they haven't changed. You've made great progress with your coxcombs blocks - gorgeous. Best wishes for those meds.

Anonymous said...

I've loved that Susan McCord quilt since I first saw it (probably on your blog). I've been following your most excellent progress and wished I could make the quilt too. That is now possible with you being so generous to provide the patterns. Please don't give up on us yet.

Thanks, Susan

Maree: said...

So Glad to hear you are feeling Better and doing some Stitching.
The Little Dress is Gorgeous love the Fabric..
Also Thanks for the Tip on using a Toothpick for Needleturn..I tried it and it works a Dream..
Take Care
xx

Barb said...

Glad you are doing better....I love the dress, the reds...I just enjoyed all of the things you have going on.

SewWhatsNew said...

Feel better soon. Love your blog and projects.

Linda said...

Janet, My granddaughters are 5 and 7 and they would both love that adorable dress you made :)

I love your red and white blocks and of course the Coxcombs and Currants is going to be an heirloom. You always manage to get so much done. I don't believe you ever sleep :)

Ann Champion said...

You were missed. I'm so glad you're getting things sorted out.
The little dress is darling and you not only made that and another Coxcomb, but started the take 2 as well? Fabulous!
Please keep posting the trailing vines pattern. I'm sorting out some medical issues, then I intend to start on the vines. I have my patterns printed off and a box with fabrics set aside. Thank you so much for sharing!

Terry said...

Your red and white blocks look fabulous! Hope you feel much better soon! :0)

Janet said...

I love your coxcomb blocks - your applique is gorgeous! The little dress is so sweet.
I hope you'll keep posting the vines quilt panel patterns. They are wonderful. I just posted my finished first vine panel. I can't quite keep up with a panel per month but I have no intention of letting this one become a ufo!

Thimbleanna said...

Looks like you've been busy and having fun Janet -- I'm glad you're feeling better. That little dress is absolutely adorable -- what a lucky little girl. I was working on my applique tonight and thought of you! ;-)

Notjustnat said...

The poke a dot dress brought me over. Oh what a beautiful dress for the six year old. Lucky girl. Glad you are feeling better - Love Nat

Karen said...

I'm glad you are feeling better. I so enjoy seeing your creativity. I'm making your trailing vines quilt in batik scraps.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Glad you are back and feeling well. I love all your red!!!!
That dress is adorable and I too have a phobia about buttonholes.

Anonymous said...

I am also downloading your Trailing Vines files and thank you for them. I only just found them over the Christmas holidays and not sure when I'll be able to get started.

That little dress is adorable!

Hope you continue feeling well.

Janet Howse said...

Glad you are feeling better. Yes Yes yes! I am working on the Trailing Vines quilt. I'm still on panel one (ok, you aren't the only one with life stealing away my precious quilting time!) I'm thrilled you are doing this. Thank you!

Linda in NC said...

I've been downloading the pattern, just not sewing yet. Thanks for doing up the patterns!

The gnome dress is darling!

Jeanne said...

Glad you are feeling better. I love your Just Take 2 blocks and wish I had time to start the trailing vines quilt.

Anonymous said...

So glad you are feeling better. Love the gnome dress and the coxcomb and currants block. I have started the vine quilt but am very slow, please dont stop giving us the patterns as I am really enjoying doing it and greatly appreciate the effort you are putting in to make it available.

Martha said...

To my mind, there is nothing better than a mushroom house, unless maybe it's a mushroom house on an adorable little girl's dress.

Nice to see your lovely red and white top progressing, and of course the fabulous C&C blocks (your little currants are so perfectly round).

So glad to hear you are feeling a bit better.

Beth Paulson said...

Janet, cute little dress!! I am doing the trailing vines so please don't stop the patterns as I love the patterns and a great handiwork for sitting by the fire or in the car esp. if I have the prep work done before the car trip..Are you considering making the Cockcomb and Currant? as I really like your design layout and color choices..Thanks, Beth

Cherie in St Louis said...

As a few other commenters have said, this one is on my list. I have three more applique blocks to finish my current project and then trailing vines is up next. I have to thank you for your tip about using the wavy rotary blade to prevent raveling. It works beautifully! I'm also glad you are feeling better and can't believe all you've gotten completed!

Kentucky Granny said...

The DWR is glorious! Your border is fantastic. Has anyone ever asked you for a copy of your border pattern? I would so love to have a copy.

Library Gal Quilts said...

Wish I had a little girl again! That dress is sooo great! Would love to see the little pixie that puts in on and smiles when she wears it! Glad to hear you are back on blog land! Hope you feel better and better, Cheers, Pam

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

Was just doing a little blog-hopping and came across your page - what a BEAUTIFUL dress - and I simply love that fabric! I haven't made a quilt yet but have joined a local guild ... right now I'm making doll clothing for fun. All the best and happy creating ...
Katie from
www.westiejulep.blogspot.com
-- a blog that you'll never know what you'll find when you check! --

Robin said...

The dress is so cute!!! You really took awesome advantage of that border print. :)

Though I'm not sewing along at this moment, I definitely hope to start one once I get a couple of my current projects finished up. So I've been downloading all the files in preparation so I'm ready to go!

Rhonda G said...

I just found your blog from seeing photos' shared from another blog of this trailing vines. It's gorgeous and I have to go find the files so I can try this. I'm going to follow your blog too. It's great! : )

Anonymous said...

Please don't stop sending the trailing vines pattern. I'm so intrigued by it, but I"m moving in a few weeks and my household goods are all on their way to Italy right now. I hope to start downloading this as soon as I can. You are doing a wonderful work here, preserving this lovely design and making it more accesible, and easy for others Thanks!
Effie