Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Project Progress




Abundant, zealousness and beautiful, this little orange branch is certainly about to put on a show. We planted this tree three or four years ago but it hasn't produced a single orange yet, despite having flowered for several seasons now. I've decided it's best to pretend it's just an ornamental.....and love it for what it is.




There is a little to report on the sewing front. I've made a few dozen more strip blocks for my Musical Stairs quilt, such fresh spring colours.




A couple of piles were completed like this above, to add to the mix already in hand.






A couple more EPP blocks have been added towards my hand sewn quilt. Slowly, slowly....




Last night I finished a new Shutterfly calendar, one for 2014  as a special thank you gift for someone I haven't met but has gone out of their way to help one of the family. I've ordered several Shutterfly calendars over the last two years and have been very impressed with their quality. I feel they make a personal and useful gift. An email this morning confirmed it was printed and on its way to us all the way across the world in Australia. Anticipation is a wonderful thing!



Sharing at WIP Wednesday.


35 comments:

Amanda @ BedTime Quilting said...

Beautiful, fun colors fr your stairs quilt and I still love your epp stars. Personalized gifts are great and means you actually thought ahead...making it mean that much more. Great job on all accounts! :)

Joop Zand said...

Nice work Karen..... i like this calender and that first picture.

greetings from Holland, Joop

Gina said...

yay for some sewing and i love! your calender!!

Sarah Lizzie said...

Yay....Spring is being to 'spring' down here as well! So many glorious colours are beginning to burst out from their wintry confines! I must admit that I am in love with your EPP stars...little by little they are coming together! Beautiful calendar as well.....love the meaningful quote...something to ponder!!

geanina said...

great work, Karen! :)

Julie said...

I had a lemon tree which didn't fruit for its first 2o3 seasons. It does now - so there is hope for your orange tree. on the plus side I bet the scent is divine when those flowers open

Patchwork and Play said...

Your photographs would make a beautiful calendar! I hope the orange blossom rewards your patience with fruit!

hydeeannsews said...

the smell of orange blossoms on the spring air is reason enough alone to have them! are they getting pollinated? our fruit is growing right now, slightly larger than golf balls. by Christmas we'll be eating them.

I was wondering how your musical quilt was coming along. =)

Nancy said...

Beautiful quilt colors Karen and congratulations on your calendar.

✿ chica said...

Muito lindo tudo por aqui! beijos,chica

E. Ericasta said...

Yes I believe anticipation is urgent and agree. It's sure a wonderful calendare like all The other picts I have seen.

Cheers, Heidrun in Bavaria, Augsburg

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a delightful post! Lovely, colorful quilting work, and your calender will be appreciated by all who receive it.

FlowerLady

Nancy said...

Great point about the orange tree; accepting it for what it is....

I love the beautiful spring colors of fabric you are using for your quilts...I can't wait to see the finished product....

I hope your day is great....

Cinzia said...

Nice work and I like very much first photo!
Have a nice day!
Cinzia

Fun60 said...

What a thoughtful idea to create a calendar.

Beth said...

The calendar is beautiful!

Sylvia K said...

Your life seems busy, fulfilling and happy as always, Karen! A lovely plant, another beautiful quilt in the making and a delightful calendar! Thanks for sharing! Your posts are always inspiring!!

Joy said...

Amazing works of your hands:) beautiful!

tinajo said...

Love the colors in this post! :-)

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TheChieftess said...

Love the shot of the layered pieces of fabric!!!

Giga said...

A może w tym roku będą z pięknych kwiatów wreszcie pomarańcze. Uszycie takiej pięknej kołdry jest pracochłonne, ale efekt z pewnością będzie wspaniały. Pozdrawiam.
Maybe this year will be the beautiful flowers finally oranges. Sew the beautiful quilt is laborious, but the effect will be great. Yours.

Filip Demuinck said...

Creativity with no limits.

Greetings,
Filip

Cary said...

Your quilt blocks are wonderful!

Elise Lea said...

Beautiful work! I just love each and every EPP that you make for that quilt. I am excited to see the top put together. I also love the new strips you added into your twin's quilt! It should look amazing when its done.

Mathilda said...

You're wonderful things here and all in beautiful colours.

A warm greeting by Matilda ♥

quiltswithpersonality said...

Gorgeous fabrics love the lime greens. The EPP is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

Linda said...

You have a great sense of color!

Renee said...

Your blocks and EPP blocks are beautiful! Beautiful calendar photo!

In My Wild Eden said...

I love the greens! so fresh and beautiful. I love your calendar gift idea. I used to make a calendar for my kids teachers each year for their Christmas gift. I would make sure each child in the class was represented in the pictures. They were so fun to put together but yours look so much nicer!

Leanne Parsons said...

I love the Lincoln quote on the calendar page! Your EPP blocks look great too.

Dirk Rosin said...

very nice work !

amanda | wildly simple said...

Looking at your quilting pieces & the colors & prints in your fabrics always makes me happy. I love the threads & almost abstract feel to the close up of the stack of strips.
You are an artist in multiple ways, Karen!
Your calendar is beautiful, what a wonderful idea for a gift.

Janene said...

I love following your blog. All your pictures just feel so relaxing! They fit with your title and exude an air of contentment.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

What a lovely thing to say Janene, thank you. It was nice to "meet you" through your blog and thank you for saying Hi.

Karen

Rena said...

Because of busy lives and other things that have captured my attention, it's been several days (weeks?) since I've looked at your blog but this morning I made myself browse through the past few days. As always, I enjoyed so much your lovely photos. The butterfly emerging is amazing, what excitement you must've had to capture those moments!

I love your succulent Black Prince. I have several succulents, even one that looks similar to yours but I think a couple details are different. I've been watching some new plants grow from some rosette "leaves" that fell off a plant. They're just lying there on the dusty plant shelf and still growing...with no water or soil, unless the dust can be called that. It's rather amazing to me!

Have a great day, continue to bless lives with your wonderful blog.

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