Monday, September 12, 2011

for Good.

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for your very kind Birthday wishes!  This weekend was packed (mostly) with good stuff, so we'll call it a success.  I did have my very first ice cream birthday cake, something I'd always wanted to try, ice cream being my favorite food and all.  I guess at almost-30, it was time.

Best birthday present?  An agent.  On Thursday and Friday of last week I started working with an agent who will represent my book proposal to appropriate publishers.  It has taken a good bit of time to find the right agent, a lot of research and a lot of waiting.  Now it seems the wait is over and I'm to be back at work, first brushing up the proposal just a tad and then I'll finally find out what publishers think.  Oy!

Meanwhile, some sewing for good. 

Swoon for do. Good Stitches - faith circle

Finished up this, my first Swoon block for the Faith circle of do. Good Stitches.  It's my turn to plan our September quilt, which is being made for a very special family undergoing enormous challenges with the health of several children. Swoon by Camille of Thimble Blossoms will suit the family perfectly.

Plus, I needed an excuse to make this block.  Obviously.

Swoon in Loulouthi & Metro Living

Fabrics are Loulouthi Curated Bloom in Fun Blue by Anna Maria Horner and Metro Living Tiles in Garnet from Robert Kaufman.  Background in Kona Snow.

bubble top!

And here's my Love in Bubbles quilt top, made in collaboration with the Love circle of do. Good Stitches.  Sashed in Kona Aqua, which I LOVE.  I'm still kind of kicking myself that I've only just discovered this shade of Kona.  It should have been obvious, as it's named "aqua" and everyone loves aqua these days.

Eyes of the World, backing

I have the perfect quilt-back-to-be, just need to get it washed before basting.  This is Eyes of the World by Harmony Art, a long-time designer and manufacturer of very high quality organic fabrics.   Miss Harmony donated this yardage and several others to do. Good Stitches to support our charity efforts. More on that soon!

and other mischief

And here are the kittens making mischief on the other side of the room. Hey, I should be glad they weren't walking all over the quilt during my pictures, right?  I think Spot was making big plans though for next time...  And, Susan, well I'm just glad she's destroying my basket instead of the curtains.  They're cute little buggers, and sooooo playful.  Love them!

Y'all have a wonderful Monday!

25 comments:

  1. oh an agent! what a great present! i hope that agent helps you make lots and lots of money! ;) cute kitties too. and love your swoon.

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  2. Happy birthday for the weekend - sorry it's late! I love your swoon block - this is on my 'to do' list but so are lots of things so it may take a while to rise to the top! The bubbles quilt top is fabulous - can't wait to see the next step! Congratulations on getting an agent - so exciting!

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  3. I love your bubbles quilt, so pretty :) Happy Birthday and congrats on the agent too :)

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  4. happy belated b-day! and congrats on finding your agent. :) exciting!

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  5. I like the Harmony Art fabric. I took a look at the website. She has very interesting designs.

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  6. Beautiful do.Good blocks! And congrats on finding an agent - pretty exciting for you!

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  7. Suemac - Yes, she definitely draws a lot of inspiration from nature. I really respect what her company stands for.

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  8. I can't decide which is cuter - your blocks or the kitten!

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  9. How did I miss your birthday? Sorry! Happy, happy belated. I hope it was wonderful.

    A big congrats on the agent- that is fantastic!

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  10. Kitties! Oh, wow. They're getting big quick! And yes, they are trouble, but that is part of the fun. :) Congrats on finding an agent! How exciting. And yep, you know I love the Swoon block. Such a bold combination of fabrics. I'm glad you had a fun birthday weekend!

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  11. That swoon block is just wonderful! We have a kitty and the same things she got into and scratched from day one, are the same things she does today. I bet your kiddos enjoy them!

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  12. Belated Happy Birthday! Yay, an agent. Keeping my fingers crossed for the book.

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  13. Belated happy birthday, and happy new agent, sounds so exciting!

    Love that Swoon block and your quilt top

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  14. How exciting! Congrats on the agent - can't wait to see what your book is about.

    Happy belated birthday!

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  15. Happy birthday. A big congratulations for having an agent. I love your bubbles quilt. You were the reason that I bought the Block Party book. I also love your swoon block.

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  16. Love your Swoon block! That may just be my favorite yet!! Can't wait to start mine. :)

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  17. Three cheers for you! I am excited for you and all the happy things coming your way.

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  18. An agent sounds exciting! The Love in Bubbles top is looking great, the way the aqua block floats is really neat.

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  19. Gorgeous block, Rachel, with an really inventive way to make that Anna Maria Horner fabric pop.

    Congrats on taking the next step for your book project!

    Elizabeth E.
    occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

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  20. pauvre chat bien malheureux ...

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  21. Happy belated birthday!
    Lots of prettiness going on here. The Harmony Art fabric as a quilt back will be great--so buttery soft!

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  22. Belated birthday wishes! I love your blocks and that kittie picture is too cute!

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  23. Happy Belated Birthday wishes to you! Congrats on the agent, (sounds exciting!) and kudos on all the lovely work!

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  24. I love the bubbles quilt! I must break out all my stash now and make one!

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