Monday, November 8, 2010

Delighted!!

TADA!! The trees have closed in, and are a forest now. This is the center, all hemmed in by a brown inner border...just one billion little squares in the outer border, and it will be done! This is Bonnie Hunter's pattern Crabapples from her book Leaders and Enders.
The Yankee Quilter sent these wonderful leftovers from her quilt of the same pattern...I love them! I have already trimmed them up and have started the border with these lovely fabrics...thank you so much!!
Finn sent me some of her precious 1.5 inch squares, and I was able to piece 4 tree blocks from them, with a lot left over for the border. Subee and I swapped some fabric for some of her squares too..they are all in there! Why is this underlined all of the sudden?? Hmmmm...gremlins??
Peg from Australia sent the most wonderful surprise! She hand stitched this gorgeous table runner...wow, it is absolutely perfect and just so gorgeous in every way! Thank you so much, Peg, I love it!!
Can you see all that gorgeous stitching? It is just wonderful!



***********************Other happenings******************

I got to meet a blogger in real life! Debi and I met at a local quilt shop...she is just as precious in real life as on her blog...and I got to explore the quilt shop! Too many ideas...I am in overload! How about you? I loved getting to meet Debi!!


************************Good news!!*******************************


I want some good news for a change...no politics, bad economy, wars, crime...I want a good news channel! Here is a little positive news for you!

Julie S...a nine patch swapper...is just the most wonderful person! I received her 3 inch blocks early in the nine patch swap...but the package had been opened and was empty (by intent or by mistake, we do not know.) I contacted Julie with a heavy heart...can you imagine how angry you might be if all your hard work was just gone? She was just the most gracious you can imagine, and I told her I would remake them...and to my great surprise and delight...she remade the nine patches and sent them again!! Wow...what a wonderful lady...so there is so much good in the world too, and she is one of the good 'uns!!!



**********************Nurse's notes************************

We as nurses have all been informed by the state boards that we may not discuss patients on social media...so I will not...but just have to share a story. Details are changed, times are changed...so privacy is protected at all costs. But this is MY diary...and I want to remember this one! A man underwent a huge surgery...and the first thing he said to me was "please help me get better soon, so I can go home and take care of my wife...she has ovarian cancer." This was the first night they had spent apart in 50 years! You bet...I will do everything in my power to make you well, sir!!!



Everyone, have a great day!

Julie

31 comments:

Sharon said...

Oh, I'm hoping you got him well fast and he got to go home. That made my eyes well up! There really is a lot of good in the world, it just gets a little dusty sometimes and we have to brush off a few thigns to see it.....Love your forest, it's very very nice.

Amelia said...

What a wonderful story about your patient...I can understand the "Patients rights" but good stories need to be shared.

Your forest turned out wonderful...have you named your forest?

Have a great week!

Cheryl said...

You should be delighted! This is a stunning quilt. And the nurse story is one of true love! Sir, get well soon!

Loris said...

Julie, Your Crabapple Forest looks Delish! Strong work getting that all together. It looks beautiful!
I hope your pt made a fast recovery. What a sweet man thinking of his wife!

Libby said...

Your quilt is beautiful and so is that story!

Vicki W said...

Lots of good things in this post! I love your trees!

A Garden of Threads said...

Hi Julie, Your forest looks fantastic, love the colors. Take care:)

Barb said...

I just love your forest and beautiful table runner...and am so jealous that you got to meet Debi...she is one amazing lady!

Jeanne said...

Your forest is wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing the love story.

Trisha said...

Love your tree quilt! I will miss your nurse's notes. :(

Pat said...

Love your forest and that runner is a beauty. Thanks for sharing that nice story, too. Debi was excited that she got to meet you, also!

Nancy said...

Love, love, love those trees. Nice Job!

Quilt Hollow said...

Love your forest!!

Gypsy Quilter said...

WOW, It's coming together beautifully!

KaHolly said...

Julie, such a sweet story. Gave me goose bumps. Your forest quilt is absolutely beautiful! It is so obvious that you took extra special care to piece all those tiny blocks perfectly. Well done. It's been fun watching it grow. ~kaholly

Donna S. said...

Love the quilt. And wow what an awesome runner you got!!

scraphappy said...

What a great quilt. I may just have to put this one on my list for next time my 1.5 strip drawer gets full. I think I can even get over the paper pieced trunks. So worth it for the finished effect.

Carol said...

I love your tree quilt, it's beautiful.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Love your quilt Julie....gald you liked the table runner, just a little something to say thanks for all your hard work in the 9 Patch swap...

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh your trees are absolutely wonderful! And that little runner you got for a surprise is adorable!

*karendianne. said...

Awww! Your trees are amazing. Very zing. Love them. Love them trees. (...and look how loved you are. very loved sweet mailed gifts. Much love)

The Calico Cat said...

WOW That was quick! Nice tree quilt.

Debi said...

Your trees are awesome! I also love your nursing stories, please keep them coming. So glad to meet you, next time we can have lunch and talk quilting!

Lori said...

Wow! Your trees are now a lovely forest! I love it Julie!!!

I hope the patient gets home soon!!

Darcie said...

You've given me so much to catch up on! You're a whirlwind, girl! ;-)

Love your trees. I can't wait to see your border. Piano keys? Or checkerboard? I may have passed over reading that...I was too busy gawking at your finery! ;-)

LOVE that stitched runner. Mmm...makes me want to get out my floss and pearl cotton and needles.

Your nurse's story tugged at my heart. What a sweet man. A beautiful union they must share! Blessings to you as you care for him, my dear!

Hugs!

country mouse said...

Wow! your quilt is just beautiful!! You did an awesome job. I hope the man in your story has a speedy recovery. I think that is probably the sweetest thing I've ever heard. That's the kind of thing that just warms your heart :cD

Brigitte said...

Absolutely love your tree quilt. You have some wonderful friends. What a touching nursing story.
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Finn said...

Oh my, you're done with the center already??? You're just making clouds of dust as you whizz through these tops!!! It look spectacular Julie *VBS* Happy to have a small part of it,*S*
I'm sure the border will just fly together.
Your stitchery gift is beautiful, and how nice to have those kinds of gifts around you. Blog friends are truly the best! Hope your dear patient nakes a rapid and full recovery. So very sad about his wife. Sending big hugs, Finnie xxx

Jo said...

I am working on crab apples too. I stopped when I got to the paper piecing....I hate paper piecing..UGH! Seeing your quilt is making think I should just get over it and sew. I even have the borders done....That's how bad I hate paper piecing. I know it's easy paper piecing....I'll get over it now. GREAT nurse story.

May Kristin said...

Wow! Your forest is beautiful! Look forward to se the rest!
And for that poor old man, I hope he'll be back home soon!

Stephanie D. said...

Love the quilt, but loved the story more. I'll bet she would have stayed the night with him if she'd been able.