Thursday, 6 February 2014

It's My Birthday!

Today is my birthday, and it fills me with joy!

Many people dread getting older, but it's my goal to stick around for a long time.

After facing cancer five years ago I feel enormously blessed and thankful to be in this sweet world!

My birthday is spent in gratitude as I soak up life's every day gifts, mindful of my blessings.

Flowers from one of my sons brought sunshine into my day!
I love doing normal, everyday things with deep appreciation on my birthday.

Today I quilted!

This baby's been waiting on my frame for a week, and I've been itching to get at it. The piecing and fabrics are so busy that the quilting won't show, so I opted to use a pantograph instead of doing custom quilting.


The quilting shows most on the solid borders. I used a light thread so it would blend in and "disappear" on the piecing. I didn't want the quilting to take over and detract from the star burst design of the quilt.


Instead of running out of bobbin thread smack in the middle of the quilt, EVERY SINGLE BOBBIN ran out while I was basting the edge of the quilt!!! What a fantastic treat!!!
Finishing this is one of my February goals. Looks like I'm gonna make it!

Fresh off the Frame


These came in the mail yesterday - Happy Birthday to me!



I'm on a fabric diet, but that doesn't include books - yay!!!
(Click this link to learn about my fabric fast)

I'm off to a birthday celebration with my family tonight, so I'll leave you to enjoy these gorgeous flowers!




Linking up with Pretty Bobbins for I Quilt Thursday

Try, Learn, Grow!

Carole

Comments are welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by.

16 comments:

  1. I love your perspective on birthdays Carole, and your outlook on life and it's blessings. Wishing you a year that's filled with joy!

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    1. Thank you, Marsha. I anticipate an exciting and happy year full of many good things, including spending a week with you!!! :)

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  2. Happy Birthday! Here's to another wonderful year.

    Your quilt is stunning. Good luck with finishing it.

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  3. Thank you, Emma. All good things right back atcha!
    I'm very happy with how this quilt is working out, and happy to see the finish right around the corner. :)

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  4. Happy Birthday Carole and many more of them. Have a great evening with your family. Love the quilting-great panto and great execution.

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    1. Thank you! We had a delicious meal, and I was thoroughly spoiled. :)

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  5. Happy Belated Birthday Carole! Your quilt is coming along nicely--looking forward to seeing it finished! :)

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    1. Thanks Lindsey! This was started at a retreat over a year ago, and I've been picking away at it for the last couple of months, squeezing it in between other things. I'm looking forward to the finish, too!

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  6. Happy birthday! Your quilt looks wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Beth. Since my family cooked my birthday feast I was able to spend the day quilting - a very happy day!

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    1. Thank you! I had a fantastic, normal, wonderful day.

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  8. Happy birthday and congratulations on beating cancer!! Keep celebrating!! Lovely quilt :) do you use a computer for edge to edge? I have an IQ that I'm getting to know :) thanks for linking up xx

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    1. Thanks! I had a wonderful birthday week, and I start every day with a big, happy smile! :)
      My quilting is all hand guided - no computer. Good luck getting to know your IQ!

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  9. What a fantastic quilt! I love those bright colours. Would you please share the name of the panto you used? I love those curves! :-)

    http://www.busyneedle.ch

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    1. Elita, I finally remembered to check the name of the panto. It is called "Fantasy Flame", by these folks: www.digitechpatterns.com
      Thanks so much for dropping in!

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