Sunday, May 06, 2007

42 Strong!

I'm so bummed, I had to delete my Sexy Ugly post b/c all of my pictures disappeared! Somehow, overnight, they all turned into blue "?"s. Maybe I had too many attractive bad-boys in one place? Maybe the Blogger police got me? Who knows.

Darn it! I was really enjoying those pics.

Oh well, I suppose that now is as good as any for a Bai Jia Bei Update....

I finally finished my most recent batch of 17 squares:


It took me a while to get to the appliqued curved part in my assembly line for this batch. Now that I've got a couple of new sewing projects waiting in the wings, I have revitalized motivation. (Irena, Jen, Nat, Kaye, Jody...see anything that you recognize??) These fabrics came from as far away as New York City, Oklahoma, Florida, Wisconsin and one was even sent to me from Norway!

Here is the stack of...drumroll please...FORTY TWO blocks that I have completed thus far. Only 35 (or more, depending on my stamina) to go and the Bai Jia Bei will be nearing its next stage of construction. I may have to join a quilting group at that point to get some help from the real quilt ladies.


Finally, I leave you with one of many rays of sunshine experienced around here this weekend. My peony opened up!


You don't see too many of these around here, so getting mine to bloom is a huge treat!

Here's to stitching and blooming!

31 comments:

Mrs. Vandertramp said...

beautiful bloom! I'm looking forward to a daff or two by the end of the week, the exciting stuff comes later.

Perky said...

Your quilt is going to be beautiful! It'll be nice to have something so special as a result of all the waiting (well, um, other than Buttercup, of course!!!).

By the way, you've been tagged! Stop by my blog and find out what for!

atomic mama said...

Just never got a chance to say "yes!" to Harvey Keitel...

new girl said...

To stitches and blooms!

The peony is gorgeous as are your incredible blocks.

Remember when you were having trouble getting started! Now you're more than halfway there? Excellent!

natalee said...

Awww! I love seeing my fabric in a heart! :D

The peony is beautiful!

a&mg said...

Woohoo! The quilt is looking amazing!

isepa said...

oh you matched my square up really pretty! Congrats on all the progress!

Jonni said...

Buttercup's quilt is looking great. Love the bloom too.

Hugs,
Jonni

Headmeister said...

I remember you had Dave Matthews in there as sexy/ugly - but I think he's just plain sexy!!! And the peony is gorgeous! I have a few in my yard that were there when I bought the house, but every year they succumb to powdery mildew :( The quilt is also spectacular! I'm envious of your skill! I DID buy some material though to start sewing... I just have to sit down and do it already!

C.J. said...

Lookin' awesome, woman. I am so impressed with your quilt progress.

cavatica said...

Your quilt is going to be awesome. I'm so impressed!

Kathy and Joel said...

Nice peony!!! I can imagien that this would completely set your heart afire.
Awesome news about the quilt. You are one fierce mama!! I'll be looking to you to get all kinds of advice when my time comes to make it.

Made in China said...

wow, you are doing great on the Bai Jia Bei! I have been procrastinating ...;o)

Stacy said...

Your quilt is going to be AMAZING! Your squares look GREAT!

Congrats on the peony! It's beautiful.

Funny story. When I was in high school I made a dinner for my family. It was a semi-formal dinner so I had to have flowers for the centerpiece. Being on a budget, I grabbed some peonies from the backyard. Little did I know that ants just love to live in the peonies. We had several uninvited guests for dinner that night. :) Now, it's a fun memory.

Shannon S said...

Man, I missed the sexy-ugly men post. Totally bummed. But the quilt squares are lovely. Lots of love and sweat going into that Bai Jia Bei!

Mark & Michelle said...

Great job on 42!! I am impressed!

"M" said...

Am so impressed with your quilt so far. It is going to be so beautiful!

kris said...

Wow, that is going to be one amazing quilt!

Barb said...

The quilt looks amazing. you really can do anything!
The peony is a beauty, too. My gma Fannie used to say that red ants in her peonies made them smell sweeter and stronger - she also said to bury a rusty nail near the roots of a hydrangea to get better color (some gardening tips from the old south for ya!) :)
And..just curious.. do you pronounce them "pea-a-knee" or "pea-O-knee" (the latter for Fannie - always made me smile)
Oh dear, I've gone to babbling in your comments! Ta ta

Jonni said...

I almost forgot to tell you, I tagged you for the "closet challenge". Check out my blog.

Hugs,
Jonni
www.journeytosofia.com

Wicked Witch said...

Those are looking really cute. I think they are going to look awesome- like a pop art project when finshed. are you sashing around each one or just lining them up next to each other?

Kayce said...

How beautiful! Your daughter is going to LOVE the quilt!

Jessi said...

The quilt is going to be amazing!

I've been keeping a running list in my head of my additions to your Sexy Ugly post. Now I'm sad.

jk said...

looking good sister, looking good!

K said...

WooHoo! You go, girl, on that quilt. I love the fabric with the ethic-dressed girls on it. I can't wait to see the finished product. My third sqare just arrived in the mail. My DTC groups is doing a swap.

Happy Sewing!
Kimi

Colleen said...

WOW - that is going to be an amazing quilt. So you are one of those crafty people? The ones that I wish I could be like???

rubyiscoming said...

I heart peony blooms!! Lovely! Your quilt looks amazing, ya talented gal, you!

Don't have your email address - I'll look to see if I can find it on your blog....I'll be in San Francisco and Napa Valley 5/27 to 6/3 -- would LOVE to meet ya!

Kim

Avery's Mom & Dad said...

Peonies are my favorite, but we can't seem to grow them here in TX. So I settle for hydrangia's...no good smell, but they look as pretty.

Your quilt looks awesome, and I love your organized pretty storage boxes. They are very Martha. Have you seen all of her craft stuff at Michaels? To DIE for!

Just got Kiterunner, plan to start it this weekend.

Beth and Shayna said...

Wow the quilt is so amazing! I am jealous.

Kelli said...

Wow! Your quilt squares look GREAT! Ooh I'm so jealous of your peony! I planted one about 4 years ago, and FINALLY, it looks like it's going to bloom this year! I just hope it's not blooming while I'm in China, I've been waiting 4 yrs for that bloom!!! Enjoy yours, get a good "wiff" for me, just in case I miss mine!!!

steph said...

Look at you go on those squares! Gonna make one heck of a project!!
I envy your ability~