Saturday, March 17, 2012

Finally, I am back

It took almost a full week, mostly in bed, but I am finally back and feeling well enough to get into the studio.  Thank you so much for all your warm get well wishes.  I am sorry I didn't answer each one personally.
Today, I made some bee blocks, but I am only going to share one of them here.


This is the March block for Hive 2 over at Stash Bee.  I love looking through my batiks for tree fabric.  This one is a deep blue ginkgo leaf pattern over the browns and tans.  When I drew the tree, I wanted to capture the gnarls and some darks and lights to make it more alive.  Then, I found some fern like patterns on another green/gray batik and used that as leaves.  The nest is yet another batik with heavy thread play.


I used a machine buttonhole stitch for the tree and leaves.  The background is Kona Azure.  The block is 12.5" x 12.5".  I have really enjoyed making the two trees I have made for Stash Bee Hives.


I have been trying to keep up with what is going on in the blog world.  One important thing to take note of is the upcoming sign-up for 2012 Hands 2 Help charity quilting event.  Sign-ups begin tomorrow over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  There are two charities to select from, or you can make one for each.  You can even ask for a partner to select a palette for you from Design Seeds if you like a challenge.  I would love to see all of you sign up for this great event.  There are loads of prizes.  I am even a sponsor this year, with a great prize from Intrepid Thread.
Speaking of Intrepid Thread.  If you have not shopped there, you should.  Julie has a new shop up online now, and she has some great sales.  I haven't been able to beat her prices anywhere on her regular priced fabric.  I also love the different lines she carries.  No, she is not a sponsor of mine.  No, she has not bribed me to say this.  In fact, I doubt she will even know I have been talking about her.  Her service is just that great, and so is her shop.
I guess that is all for now.  It is great to be back.  Joyful quilting, everyone.



8 comments:

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Glad to know you are feeling better! Pretty tree block...

Venus de Hilo said...

Welcome back, Miki! Glad to hear you are feeling well enough to enjoy sewing again. Lovely tree block!

Nifty Quilts said...

Glad you're feeling better!

Impera_Magna said...

Glad to hear you're feeling well enough to get back to sewing... that's always a good sign of being on the road to recovery!

LOVE you tree block... great job!

I'm off to check out Intrepid Thread... thanks for the recommendation!

Kathie said...

glad your feeling better....I LOVE the tree it is just wonderful great fabric choices.
that blue is beautiful
Kathie

sheila 77 said...

So nice to see you back. I missed you. Your tree block is just lovely. Take it easy!

Sarah Craig said...

Glad you're back! That's a great block- looks like being sick didn't hurt your creativity bone at all! And thanks for the shout out for H2H!! The signup post is finally up - bad weather really messed up my internet last night........

Eat, Sleep, Quilt said...

Welcome back, Miki, that bug is a nasty little thing!

I like what you did with the tree, we have mostly ghinko trees in my neighborhood - I call them "stink-berry trees" because the fruit smells like dog droppings. It's great to see you up and back in your studio, happy quilting!