Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Angela knows me WELL!

I only have a moment to write during a break at our office retreat, but I HAD TO SHARE yesterday's squishy mail. Any of you from the old blog remember Pay It Forward? Well, I received my Pay It Forward gift from Angela yesterday, just out of the blue. What a treat! Not only did she send this scrappy little mini-quilt (I think I'm going to use it as a placemat for my tea parties for one!), she also sent these romantic floral 5" charm squares. Thank you so much, Angela!


Speaking of scrappy, I have finished the blocks and the sashing for my Pick and Choose quilt. Here it is on the design wall, not yet sewn together.

I could look at this quilt all day - there are easily over a hundred different fabrics in there, from batiks and novelty to 1930s repro and Civil War repro and everything in between. Here's a close-up of some blocks chosen at random.

All I have left is to finish piecing the half-square triangle border blocks and sew it all together. Perhaps I can get it done during this long weekend. It is definitely one of my favorite quilts.

Anyway, we are on a two-day office retreat. Long meetings and lots of information, but my co-workers are some of the best possible, and we have lots of fun, too. We are spending tonight at the Fort Lewis Lodge. Check it out and see the hardships I have to suffer! I've got my suit for the hot tub and the kayak, and I am prepared to kick some butt tonight at ping pong and pool and whatever other fun we can rustle up after dinner.

12 comments:

Nancy said...

Sounds like too much fun to be work! But I'm sure there are work times in there too. Do you think you will be at the meeting Sept 12 when I do my workshop - not that you need the workshop since you already made a tinier basket than I am doing for the workshop, but you are always a fun addition to the meetings!

Nancy said...

Oh, and your Pick and Choose quilt is coming along so well - love the scrappiness of it!

kwiltmakr said...

What a nice gift from Angela, she is too sweet. Love how your pick and choose is coming along

Becky said...

What a beautiful gift from Angela.....and I think your scrappy quilt is the bee's knees!!! It is just wonderful!!

Kim said...

Enjoy the last warm days of summer....
Virgina is such a beautiful state and soon you'll be outside with the boys in the Fall colors.

Happy sewing..P&C is looking good.......

Riet said...

What a beautiful gift from Angela. Your scrapp quilt is beautiful

Piwacket said...

Angela's pay it forward gift is truly lovely! The quilt you're working on is delicious. Isn't it amazing that the more scrappy we make them the better they look? I love Virgina, too. In fact I own a timeshare in the Shenandoah Mountains. Enjoy your retreat time. Hey, it's always better than being in the office!

Quiltluver said...

As everyone has said, your P&C quilt is beautiful. I love the border on it.

Cheryl Willis said...

Making me want to get mine out and sew. I found the mag. and still don't like theirs-now enough scraps in it I guess. cw

Angela said...

I am so glad you like your PIF gift, Erin! I enjoyed working on it for you!
Your Pick & Choose quilt is beautiful! I think it is amazing how so many different prints that you would think *oh gads*, could look SO FANTASTIC together! Great job!

quiltfool said...

Hey, Erin. Lovin' your pick and choose! How did the party go? Hope everyone had fun. Lane

cozy quilter said...

I just love the "pick and choose" pattern. I think I am going to make one with Batiks. Thanks for your comments at my blog today. I will come back to visit. I am a friend of Nancy Rose. We are hoping to get together soon for a little quiltin' time.