Monday, May 15, 2006

Sometimes Ya Just Get Lucky...


Every January my guild holds its annual auction of "stuff" that members want to donate--UFOs, fabric no longer wanted, notions you once thought you needed, old magazines and books, etc. Some years it is pretty hard to find something to bid on! However, once in a while a gem appears among the piles of "stuff". This year was one such time. The quilt blocks in the photo were donated by a dear friend. She had started them years ago as a BOM. She made 11 of the 12, then lost interest. Can you imagine?? Fabrics for the remaining block, sashing and border fabrics, and complete instructions were included--as well as a couple of Marti Michell rulers. Whoa, Nelly! Well, a bidding war ensued and, surprise of all surprises, I actually won the bid!!! $40 later I was a very happy camper. And the icing on the cake was that my husband loved these blocks. So I dug them out this morning and will start to work on them. He will hopefully receive the finished quilt by Christmas. He is always bugging me to make a "blue" quilt so I hope this qualifies! On another note, the new Quilt Sampler magazine is such a delight! One of my favorite local shops is featured--Quilters Station in Lee's Summit, Missouri. It is a haven of primitive and folk art. But my quilting buddies who prefer more traditional design can also find lots to love there too. Quilting calls so off I go to the quilting studio. (A speaker at my guild once told us to call it "quilting studio" rather than sewing room. Sounds so much more official LOL.)

9 comments:

Jeanne said...

What a great set of blocks -- what a triumph!
Peonies don't grow here -- it doesn't get cold enough. I grew up in the midwest, and still miss peonies, lilacs, lily of the valley ...
Ha, OK, I'm going to say studio from now on, too:)
Jeanne

cindyquilts said...

What a treasure! I bet it is well worth the 'donation' to the guild.

And I hope this satisfies his need for blue.

Ali Honey said...

That was a great buy. I really like the block in the bottom right corner....what's it called, do you know? Cheers Alison.

susan said...

quilting studio - I love it! I never like the name 'sewing room,' which brought up images of my mom's sewing room - always messy, watch out for the pins in the floor on bare feet, headless mannequin/dummy in the corner. Of course my sewing room is mostly piles of mending to do or stuff to file! Great quilt pics, thanks for sharing.

Laura said...

I can't imagine doing 11 blocks and then giving up. Lucky you!

Dawn said...

Oh what WONDERFUL blocks! I love it! No wonder you went into the bidding war! I"m glad you dug them out and are going to finish them! I can't wait to see it done! I'm so glad I found your site!

I love the darker primitive colors! The quilt shop in Wisconsin this Sampler you would love also! I always find way too much to buy there!

dot said...

Great purchase. I look forward to seeing the final results.

Linda_J said...

What a find! One quilter's trash is another's treasure for sure. I cannot believe that someone was that sick of the quilt with only one block to go.

Maybe you can find some way to incorporate your husband's blue request into the quilt but they already have his stamp of approval!

Holly said...

I can't imagine losing interest when there's just one block to go and those are very nice blocks! Lucky you!!