Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ten Ten Ten

Today is the 10th of the 10th in the 10th year of 2000,and it is my birthday. It seems to have some significance as many people are choosing to get married but I was born on this day more years now than I care to remember. One of the presents I have received is this amazing book that my Brother and Sister in Law organised for me. It is a record of my blog.

All of the headings of each blog post






each post along with the photos is captured





as are all the comments. It is so wonderful to have a hard copy and look back over each post, something for the coffee table.
Thanks G and V it is such a fab idea and I am thrilled with it.





Well what have I been up to, it has been such a long time since I posted. I know I have had many emails enquiring as to my well being, thank you.
There has been so much going on , not too much on the stitching front unfortunately.
As I have previously mentioned, I love to start new things and I haven't let myself down , I decided whilst I am finishing off my Clamshell quilt, I should begin my version of the wonderful basket quilt that Corliss from Threadbare has made into a pattern.







My version is going to be a 2010 style using much brighter and clearer colours, mixing reproduction fabric with some shabby chic, 30's and retro.




Making the stars and hexagons is great for dragging out some fav fabrics from the stash












some quirky combinations are very necessary












mixing old and new





I just cut shapes from my favourite pieces and when I get an abundance I lay them out on the table and have a play at combinations.
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Its such fun to pull out and combine fabrics that you wouldn't normally think would go together.









just like hexagons these stars also become obsessive.




















There are no set rules at combinations, you can have 3 and 3 or in this case I had such a small piece left of this linen and I want it to feature in this quilt I decided to use every last drop and share it over two stars.






mixing old and new, there are no rules.







Can't wait to make a start on the baskets.
Its great to be back , hopefully it won't be so long till next time.
Happy Stitching
j















28 comments:

pajudie said...

Happy birthday!! Hope you have a wonderful day. What a wonderful birthday present - how creative!!
I just love the patterns from Threadbear - one of these days I've got to order one and start stitching. Of course, I probably should finish up some of my UFO's before starting another project :o) Will look forward to seeing your quilt when it's finished. Love your stars :o)
Judie

Michelle said...

What a great present, And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Kathie said...

Happy Happy Happy Birthday!
oh I love your version of the basket quilt as I tend to call it!
those stars are just beautiful I can see how much you enjoyed making them and choosing those fabrics must have been just plain fun!
I am so glad you posted I too have been wondering how you were and what you were up too...
sometimes we all need a blog break , glad to see you kept sewing though!
Kathie

Cardygirl said...

Happy Birthday! Glad to see what you have been up to...I am loving your eclectic mix!

Brighton Breezy said...

Happy Birthday! Golly those stars are wonderful (note to self: don't start another obsession!)

The blogbook is wonderful! And I really love that grey fabric with the bees on it!

Have a soopah day :)

Frummie said...

Book is wonderful! How thoughtful is that gift!
Happy Birthday!!!!

cathie said...

Many Happy Returns in more ways than one. Hope you have a Wonderful day - your present is a great idea. Hope to hear more from you with your lovely ideas. It's lovely to have you back. Cathie D

Nyla said...

So happy to hear from you again and a very happy birthday! It is surprising how nicely some of the fabrics go together. I like the idea of making diamonds and then trying out different combinations! I think your basket quilt will be unique an cheerful. Welcome back and best wishes.

Janet said...

A very happy Birthday Jean, an auspicious year ahead for you I hope. It's good to see you doing some wonderful sewing, this fabric combo you have going is fabulous.

Kate said...

Happy Brithday Jean, lovely to hear from you again, and to see your beautiful work progressing on the stars and hexagons.
Have a great day !
Kate

Meredith said...

Glad you are back. I hope you had a great birthday celebration. I enjoyed the photos of all of your fabrics being turned into blocks. Beautiful fabric photos.

Farmyard Crafts said...

Happy Birthday! My cousin's daughter is 9 today! :) Love your stars too!

Notjustnat said...

Happy Birthday Jean. Thanks for reminded me for the 10 10 2010, nearly missed it! Love you English basket quilt. Lovely fabric you have chosen. Enjoy - Hugs Nat

Lynda said...

Happy Birthday. The stars are so beautiful -I love your fabric combinations.

broderie said...

what a special date to have a birthday! you know i like 10's!!!
love the sewing you have been quietly doing and am so pleased to see you on the screen again. what a great book and a gorgeous pressie to have and you can put on your cv that you have written a book!
happy, happy, birthday!!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Happy Birthday...hope your day scores a perfect 10 for fun, food and family. have a great day!

Bloom said...

A very happy birthday to you Jean! I hope your day has been special & fun. I love your fabric combinations for your stars. Gorgeous!

Frances Leate said...

Love your stars and the fabrics you are mixing. Hope you had a very happy birthday!

Mama Monique said...

Unbelieveble... what a lovely gift!! And owh.. Happy Birthday, ofcourse! ;o)

Sharyn said...

Glad you're 'back'! Happy Birthday for yesterday and what a great present! You are a devil for punishment with all that needle turn applique - but it will be a lovely quilt with all those delicious colours .

april said...

love the mix of old and new in the stars...the quilt will be absolutely beautiful when it's finished, can't wait...
i'll be adding a link from my blog to yours...if you get a chance, pop on over.
happy quilting and hope your birthday was grand...
april
{sweetwater}

Thimbleanna said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!! I LOVE your fabric combinations -- love, love, love them!!!

Mannick...91 said...

I'm like a lot: I began to wonder what you become ... you collapse under the work /
A happy birthday, with a little delay.
A great pleasure to see your patch work : everything is so well done, always careful and tissues still centered. Bravo. I hope you still put up the good work.
Annick
written by a translator!

Munaiba said...

What a beautiful book and what a lovely idea. Very thoughtful indeed.

Sue-Anne said...

OMG!!! Your stars are gorgeous and your basket quilt is going to be fantastic with all those fabrics. I can't wait to watch each stage as it grows.

Happy Birthday Jean!!! I hope you had a lovely day and what a wonderful gift to have been given. I had seen them advertised on the internet but wondered how they would look - your's looks fabulous!

Chookyblue...... said...

happy birthday........

Maree: said...

Happy Belated Birthday...Love the Idea of these Books..have seen them in Blogland but not as close up as you have shown...I should do my blog...Love what you are doing with your Stars..Your Fabrics are Great.
cheers

Thearica said...

Happy late birthday!

How cool is that book from your blog! I have seen that site but I am not far along enough to do that just yet. But I do want to.