Saturday, March 30, 2013

Running in place

We spent the last few days in Pennsylvania with my mother-in-law.  She is at home and doing OK.  It was good to spend some time with her, chatting while watching her two favorite shows - NCIS and Fraiser.  And by now, I think everyone knows what I do when I watch TV, right?  QUILT!  I worked on the rainbow rail fence quilt for hours upon hours.  With all those straight lines, I figured it needed curves, so I popped it in the hoop and quilted concentric circles using the hoop and the length of my pinkie finger as a guide.

It was a good idea in theory, but my curves just weren't uniform enough for me, so then I spent hours upon hours taking all the stitches out.  Man, I hate that!  But now that I'm back home, I plan to do some freehand baptist fans using one of my half circle rulers as a guide to get me started on each fan.  I love the way baptist fans look, so I'm happy about that, but I'm not happy about starting over - I feel like I've been running in place, doing all that work with nothing to show for it.

But the mail cheered me when I got home.  My hubby says I single-handedly keep the postal service in business.  I'll certainly be keeping them busy this week.  Know what this is?

250 thank you post cards to send out to the folks who helped me out with the Hurricane Sandy Quilt project.  If you are one of them, watch your mailbox for some love from me.

And an update on that project - I have one completed quilt and 5 being long-arm quilted right now, with a couple more still waiting for quilting.  They'll get done eventually, but not until these babies get their quilts.

OK, off to address some postcards.  Happy Easter, everyone!

10 comments:

Michelle said...

You're back!! Easter brunch tomorrow if you're interested:-)

Auntie Em said...

Happy Easter to you too!

Shirley said...

So glad to hear your mother-in-law is back at home. Happy Easter to you and your family too.

joe tulips said...

You won!!! I don't get to send any blocks to you though. Enjoy!

Sheila said...

You have been very busy. So many beautiful quilts providing warmth and comfort for so many Hurricane Sandy victims because of you. You are an angel. Thank you for the sweet Thank You card, Erin. It arrived today : )

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Thanks so much for the card Erin, mine arrived on Thursday - you are so kind and thoughtful!

Nancy said...

Your card sits on my computer desk smiling at me. Isn't it amazing what you started with that project. I am proud to say I know you!!

Can't believe you took out your hand-quilting. Yours looks so good to me. I am still working on Emily's Winding Way - if I took out all that I don't like I'd absolutely NEVER get it done!

Marie said...

Your amazing card arrived in my mailbox on Friday and I have to tell you that I still haven't stopped smiling. What a great effort, particularly by you, but also from quilters world wide. Thank you so much for having such a big heart.

Mimi said...

It was such a heart-warming surprise to get your post card in the mail last week!!! The photo on the front clearly shows a gratitude that words alone can't express! You hams such a great idea, I'm glad that I was part of it. Thank you Erin!!

Mimi said...

It was such a heart-warming surprise to get your post card in the mail last week!!! The photo on the front clearly shows a gratitude that words alone can't express! You hams such a great idea, I'm glad that I was part of it. Thank you Erin!!