Saturday, June 6, 2015

Real Life

Quick Post

Projects are often staged in cleverly arranged photo shoots,
but in real life, this is what's going on at my house,
with no time taken to edit the photos,
because as you can see, I've got work to do!
And my new laptop and I still haven't bonded.

1. The kit I am so glad I bought.  Helped me get back into the groove
after being away from the machine for so long.
2. My Elephant Parade, just short of half machine quilted.
3. Posies from the UFO bin for a friend 
just diagnosed with breast cancer.
UFOs rock!
4. The Houndstooth quilt I've always wanted to make.  
This will be my airfare quilt this year, 
purchased by the friend just diagnosed with cancer,
for her last and final grandchild.
This makes four!
She deserves a comfort quilt after making my annual
migration to TX affordable three years in a row!

5.  The Broken Dishes blocks that WERE going to be the border 
of the Posies quilt - oh, so long ago.  
There are enough for a sweet baby quilt.
6.  The afghan I'm crocheting during evening hours and on road trips.
7.  My next project, by The Raspberry Rabbits!

Last but not least,
your favorite,
a bird picture.

whetting his whistle.
This is just a medium sized plant pot and saucer
turned upside down.  The birds love it.

I'm going to have a busy, quilty day
since it's cold and rainy.  Again.
Hope your day is special in some way!



Lesley said...

I giggled about "your favourite, a bird picture". He is pretty cute, but I adore seeing your quilty pictures! Your Elephant Parade is your quilting. You have such great projects, and so glad to see your Houndstooth coming along. My next favorite is the Broken Dishes...a perfect baby quilt. Enjoy your day with your projects!

hetty said...

I just love your real life! All your quilts are amazing. I love the Elephant Parade. Reminds me that I have to finish mine. Can't wait to see your next project.

TexWisGirl said...

love the bird!

eileeninmd said...

Your quilts are just lovely. I wish I had such talent. I love the elephant parade and the posies. Your warbler is a great shot, pretty bird. Have a happy weekend!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

great idea on the water for the birds - I will look and see what I have. So many projects in the works, glad I am not the only one that does that!!

Lynn said...

Like me, so many projects and don't you wish for more time to do them. If only I didn't need to sleep, think of all I'd get done. Your quilts are lovely and will bring comfort I think. That elephant parade is adorable! Isn't it fun doing happy quilts.

Raewyn said...

Lots of fun projects to keep you busy on your damp day. The houndstooth is an interesting one I have't come across before. Gorgeous wee bird photo - the perfect birdbath too!

Sondra said...

YOU have irons in the fire....your summer promises to be fruitful!!
Love your bird friend...Our yard birds depend on us for their water as its at least a mile to the nearest creek!

FlourishingPalms said...

Sure love seeing all the quilting that's happening at your house! So many lovelies there... the elephants, broken dishes, and that wonderful crochet rainbow. Is the crochet a kit? A pattern? I love it! You make gorgeous things!

Fiona said...

lots of wonderful projects to keep you busy...

O'faigh said...

Hi Karen loved seeing your Quilty projects your crochet is coming along kind regards lyn

Allie-oops Designs said...

You are incredible - so many gorgeous projects going on!!! How lovely of you to make that friend a comfort quilt, there's just nothing like wrapping up in a special quilt. The elephants are adorable!!!

Linda Reeder said...

You are almost making me feel guilty for not having sewn anything for a long time, but not quite. Maybe I'll take it up again in the fall. It is NOT cold and rainy here.
I love your projects.

Lin said...

Lots of lovely projects. The elephants are fun and i love the colours in the broken dishes. xx

Julia D @ Jada's Quilting Adventures said...

Wow! Lots and lots of projects on the go! I'm hoping it is a sunny day there today. But a cold day equals more quilting :)

Linda said...

You look pretty motivated to me! Your elephant parade is just fabulous! Love the quilting so much. You are certainly expanding in that area. Love all your projects. I don't get many different birds in my yard, but I did have a bald eagle perch in a tree not far from the back door a few weeks ago. Only for a minute. It was pretty spectacular. Crows were going crazy.

Just Ramblin' said...

I am sorry to hear about your friend. She is lucky to have your friendship and support. Cancer and its treatments are not easy or fun. I love all the wonderful projects you are working on. Enjoy and have fun. Nola

Michelle said...

Looks like you're keeping busy and having fun!

Karen Ackva said...

Hi Karen! Your projects look very interesting! I am happy that they are keeping you busy too. It is more important that you are doing what you love than shooting corrected and perfectly cropped photos to post. I so loved the Elephant Parade! Sew Fresh Quilts is just awesome with her designs! I hope you and your laptap resolve your issues, just to be on a good note that is. ;-)
Hugs, Karen

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Wow Karen are you keeping busy! All that quilt store shopping with Lesley and look at all your projects! They are all beautiful. I hope you bond with your new laptop, it takes a while to get used to Windows 8.1 but you'll do it :)

Simone de Klerk said...

The crafting is definitely keeping you busy! Sorry to hear about your friend having cancer. Lovely comfort quilt you are finishing for her!

Sheila said...

What a fantastic post , so much happening at your house , great projects and I love them all . The elephant parade is still on my list , one of those days :-) enjoy is rainy day , a great day for sewing :-)

Katherine said...

My goodness, Karen! You certainly keep busy creating beautiful quilts to bless others with.

Carrie P. said...

Looks like you will be busy this summer.
Oh! I am lovin' your afghan and such a sweet bird photo.

Karen said...

Lots of lovely quilts. The elephants are so adorable.

Stephanie said...

Such a lovely variety of projects! I have to say your crochet afghan really caught my eye. Wonderful colors. Busy hands, happy heart.

Vickie said...

I love how your quilting the elephant parade. What stitch is it ?

DeniseinVA said...

Beautiful creations! Thank you so much for visiting my blog while I was away. I hope your week is going well.