Monday, January 25, 2010

Quilting, friendship, and magic.

Hi Y'all: Here is where I am at on the blue and yellow sampler...maybe 1/6 done with the top. It is going together so smoothly...kind of a little magic, spurred by the gift of the pattern by a wonderful friend. Several of you have asked where you could get the pattern...I don't think they are making it anymore, and I got this one as a gift. Some of you are set at "no reply", so I could not answer. I will call the original seller and see if they still sell the pattern at all.
Above is my first angel block of the BOM that Sandi designed at This was insomnia driven...which means I did this when I was supposed to be sleeping! Thank you so so many of you who suggested some cures. No luck yet, but I am trying every suggestion...all of them! Herbal tea, melatonin, and I have a schedule visit to the MD coming up...maybe I can find the answer. I just know I can't keep going with 2 hours of sleep a night! I will be a nut case (at least a little worse than normal) LOL!!
I often wish I could knit...well, I think that is silly of me to say, since I have made no effort to go to formal classes or anything to learn. But! I can crochet!! So I made this little neonatal ICU crib blanket out of leftover baby yarn. I have enough yarn for 2 more, so I am working on those, then I will send them off so they can help some little one retain warmth! I am putting a white border on this one.

Have a most wonderful day! I made strawberry cake for dear husband, with jello in the mix, and strawberry smells heavenly! Vegetable soup dinner is done.

Hope each of you has a wonderful day!



Catswhiskers said...

It's gorgeous your Blue&Yellow sampler. I love the patterns.
I often have problems sleeping so I work on my crochet projects.
The following day I am so surprise as to how much it was done!!
... and they say one can not work whilst sleping!!
strawberry cake now in January... this is a dream here in the UK! Enjoy it

Carol said...

Where do you send your crocheted blankets for the NICU? I live in north Texas and would love to make leftover yarn into NICU blankets. Our 4th grandchild (now about to celebrate his 1st birthday) spent 8 days in the NICU with breathing issues after being induced 3 weeks early from 'aged placenta.' He got excellent care by the sweetest nurses ever. Would love to make some for these babies who are struggling. Can you direct me to a website or send a contact? Enjoy your blog (both quilting and nursing!) and your quilts are all fabulous. Your plaid one now on your header is just fantastic. Would love to make one myself.

Sharon said...

You are making great progress with this blue/ylw top. It's looking good!

Amelia said...

All of your shown work is so pretty...I can't knit and my crocheting consists of one stitch...the blanket will keep some little one nice and you are stitching love into it too.

No sleeping is not good for you...hopefully the doctor will find out what the problem is and can cure it.

Have a great week.

Nancy said...

Nice progress on the blue/yellow quilt top.

Lori said...

You are really moving on the sampler! Isn't that nice when everything just "works"!?
What a nice crocheted blankie. I'm sure it will be appreciated.

Sharon said...

Your yellow and blue quilt is beautiful! I hope you get some sleep soon, in the meantime you are creating some wonderful projects.

Stephanie D. said...

What impresses me is that you have no fear of sharp instruments when you're sleep deprived!

The sampler is more gorgeous with each addition, and the little NICU blankie looks so soft and warm.

Hope you find some answers soon.

Connie said...

Hi, Love your yellow and blue sampler! I really like doing sampler quilt,( one block at a time) Hope you can get some sleep, it makes a long day and night when your not resting. Happy Sewing !

Pat said...

I hope you can get that sleep issue resolved. I am also one who crochets but just can't get the hang of knitting. LOVE your blue/yellow sampler so far!

call me crazy said...

Love your blue & yellow blocks! Do you have a name of the sampler? Cute little NICU blanket too. I hope the Dr can help your insomnia.

The Calico Cat said...

Ditto the knitting... (Only I can't crochet.)

I am always a fan of blue & yellow - even in a sampler, I'm not a sampler fan. :o)

Debi said...

Your blue/yellow quilt is awesome. I still use mine on my bed. Your crochet blanket is cute, I also crochet blankets for PL. Maybe I should donate a few locally!

country mouse said...

Your blue and yellow top looks awesome! I love the pattern. Wish I could offer some advice on the sleep issues, but I have no idea. Hopefully your doctor will be able to help. Hope your visit goes well, and you have a good week.

Kaaren said...

I love samplers and your yellow and blue one is looking wonderful, Julie.

I can knit but I can't crochet...and I only knit socks. Want to swap? (wink)

I don't envy you your sleepless nights. I went through that stage but at least now I can sleep for a couple of hours at a time. Now if it weren't for the potty breaks, I'd be home free.

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Karen said...

I go through periods of having trouble sleeping. I haven't found the answer yet. You are getting some creativity time but sleep is important for our well being. Hope you find something that helps.

Teresa said...

Your Blue and Yellow quilt is making up so nice. I am enjoying watching your progress. Thanks for sharing.

Trisha said...

Your blue and yellow sampler is so cuteI love that color combo, it's happy. Very cool that you are crocheting blankets for babies.

ivoryspring said...

Hi Julie,

The blue/yellow quilt is lovely. And your crochet little blanket is just darling.

*karendianne. said...

You're doing a great thing here with this blue and yellow sampler. Fantastic. Love the updated banner. That quilt deserves to be "in lights." I love the way you're displaying all your talents lately. This crochet blanket is adorable. You know me, I love to crochet. Would like to knit. I might take that up. I'm thinking of it. The oldegreencupboard is giving classes now - soon. I think. I hear. I should check on that, ha?

bluebird-lyn said...

Hello Julie, the blue/white/yellow colour combination goes well for your sampler.....I have not crocheted for a long time and have enjoyed making the hexagon blocks...the crib blanket is cheerful and bright....Hugs Lyn

Quilter Kathy said...

Your blue and yellow sampler is very cool...I love the variety of the blocks.
And your redwork block is so sweet, but I am really not starting any more stitchery blocks until the 2 that I have on the go are completely finished... must be strong and resist, no matter how wonderful the pattern is!

gwen said...

You are so productive. You sure make the most out of insomnia. Even if I am sure you´d be rather sleeping.
The sampler looks gorgeous, just the right colour of sunshine and blue sky (not at all what it is like over here!). And I just love your scrappy quilts. Take care.

Shirley said...

lovely sampler, beautifull appliques too, as is the dollquilt.

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