May 28, 2009

Sharing my good fortune

LootI hesitated to post about this because I didn't want to appear to be bragging, but I see Nicole shared her loot with you, so I am going to do the same.  Besides, I am so over the moon with excitement that I can't stand not sharing my good fortune.

I was also honored to be asked by my friend Carrie Nelson to piece 2 quilts for her upcoming secret project.  Now while it was certainly reward enough to me to have been asked to be a part of this project, Carrie somehow felt she needed to reward me with gifts as well.  She not only sent me 2 boxes of my favorite Presencia thread before I began the project, but she sent me these wonderful goodies from Market, which came as a surprise in my mailbox after a rough day at work on Tuesday.  I could barely contain my excitement as I opened the box.

Inside were a FQ bundle of the fall release from one of my favorite designers, 3 Sisters - Aster Manor - plus 2 layer cakes of Eva, the upcoming collection from another designer I'm growing quite fond of - Basic Grey.  Those mulberry, pink and lime green are not my typical color palette, but one of my secret projects was a quilt made from their current collection, Sultry, which is lighter shades in the same color ranges and I absolutely fell in love with that quilt.   It's all I can do not to post a picture of it.  These Eva fabrics have already been planned into a quilt that will coordinate nicely with my Sultry quilt and I can't wait to get started after my Prairie Paisley project is finished.

Carrie also included one of those great sampler pincushions from Blackbird Designs, which I have been coveting at the quilt shop where I work, I just hadn't brought myself to buy one yet.  And now I'm glad I didn't!

Thanks so much for your kindness and generosity, Carrie.  I had so much fun working with you and hope I get to do it again soon - you don't even have to bribe me with fabric!!!


  1. How fun! I love that mailman! I never knew about the Basic Grey or Sultry so I'm heading right now to check them out! I love those colors. Nancy in WI

  2. Brag away. Did I tell you I have enough of the first Basic Grey group Urban Couture to do a project? I think I did. Anyway, it involves a simple machine embroidery on each block, and I need your advice as to the best sort of thread to use. I want to match the brown (no more of that plastic invisible stuff). What do you think?

  3. Lisa - I'm sure Carrie was as pleased with your work as you are to have received the wonderful goodies from her! Can't wait to see the quilt you made for her and the upcoming projects with your new stash!

  4. Congrats! I'm so jealous. I can't wait for Aster Manor to come's sooooo yummy!

  5. Ha! Now I'm getting my gear on and I'm preparing for "dark of night."

  6. Wonderful...Aster Manor is another line on my "dreaming" list! And Carrie has to be the most generous just makes my day to hear about people doing such nice things for others!

  7. Carrie has got to be the sweetest person ever. She always go above and beyond on everything she does. have fun with your secret project. I am sure it will be a blast to work on this project. You might want to make friends with your seam ripper if you have not already. Lol.

  8. Lisa,
    I see your favorite thread is Prescencia; do you use the 50 wt. or the extra fine 60 wt. for piecing? I just ordered a large spool of the 60 wt., and I have two small 50 wt. spools, but I've yet to use it. I have used Mettler 100% cotton, and I must say, I don't like the lint it leaves in my bobbin casing!... I'm using Alex Anderson's Masterpiece right now, and it is a very nice thread, but it is pricey..
    I love your work, and I value your recommendations.

  9. Congrats on your fabric windfall. You deserve it.