"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sto Lat To Me And Other Ramblings

I celebrated my birthday a few days ago (60 something - retirement, here I come) and wanted to share a card I received from my sister.  She is a talented scrapbook and card maker.  She designed a card for me and the inside has this sweet patchwork with little buttons and a star.  It completely relates to me; I've made more star blocks than I want to count and love those little buttons, and I do love traditional patchwork.  I love the card.  Thank you, Ging.
The fourth lantern block is called the Tinkerbell Lantern. http://www.quiltyhabits.blogspot.com  
 Just one more and we're done.  On Monday we get lantern #5 and the finishing directions.  I've thoroughly enjoyed making these cuties.  They work up fast so if you are thinking of joining in it's not too late.
I did some more bargain shopping at Sizzix and for under $40, which included shipping, I got all of these dies:
I can't wait to play with that teacup as well as all of the others, but today I used the hexie.
These are easy to sew together.  It's important to start and stop 1/4" in when sewing the seam so I'm finding this a slower project, but that's fine.  I'm using up scraps and it's fun. 
I won this FQ bundle from Camelot Fabrics.
 The collection is called Gray Matters and is mostly polka dots and paisley prints.  It's so cool.  Thank you, Camelot Fabrics. 
What will you be doing a week from today?  I'll be here hosting the August Christmas QAL.  Hope you join in.
God Bless You.


Vroomans' Quilts said...

I just love your lanterns. And the Gray Matters is a soft looking bundle, how fun to play with those. I will be at the next X-mas QAL.

Barb said...

Lots of fun things going on over there!!

Donna said...

Happy Birthday! Your lanterns are great! I love them. Have a good day.

Hazel said...

Well doncha' learn something every day!

Firstly, very many happy returns to you, Joanna, I wish you a happy birthday and many more to follow. Like me, you have a talented sister, and I love her card to you.

Also, your lantern block are lovely - I am intrigued as to how these will all piece together.

The Sto Lat thing - I never new of the Polish origins, I only know the phrase from the books of Terry Pratchett - if you are not familiar with the Discworld series, I thoroughly recommend them to you.

And finally (wordy comment this!) I am very much looking forward to the QAL at the weekend - can't wait!!

sunny said...

Happy Birthday! I like making cards, so thanks for sharing yours. I'm going to the beach next weekend, so I'll have to figure out some Christmas stitch stuff to take with me.

Darlene said...

Busy hands, Joanna! Happy Birthday!

Lesley said...

Happy Birthday to you! Love birthday celebrations! And love those lanterns...I think you're going to have an awesome quilt with those great blocks. Congrats on your win of those beautiful fabrics!

Susan Smith said...

Happy birthday Joanna. I'll be 60 something too this month. I'm still loving those lantern blocks and can't wait to see the finished quilt. My daughter makes lovely cards and has a Big Shot and I've been thinking of something along those lines as they seem very intriguing. Enjoy your coming week.

Lyndsey said...

Happy Birthday Joanna. I love the latern blocks and that fabric bundle is so pretty.

Soggibottom said...

OH, and you kept that birthday quiet :-) Hope you had a very happy birthday my friend. :-) X X X

Sheila said...

Happy birthday to you ! Your lanterns looks terrific and will make an awesome quilt . Lucky you to win those FQs .

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

Happy Birthday, the lanterns look very distinctive and eye catching. I am looking for to the QAL and hope to take part properly this time instead of being ill and unable to sew.

Jessica said...

LOVE love love your lanterns! They look fabulous together!!

Hilachas said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Your projects are wonderful. Those lanterns are quickly being finished. I love the hexies your're planning on. I sew mine up by hand but have played with the idea of machine-piecing as that sounds interesting and FASTER.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Hi Joanna,
I do allready follow *lol*
The latern blocks looks so great and the fabrics you use are so beautiful.
Have a nice weekend.