Monday, March 3, 2008

I've been busy

I didn't mean to take such a long break between postings. Setting up the Dear Baby Jane group took a little more effort than expected. It's all done now and I'm back.

I have been working on something.

Yes, you're right. It's another quilt-a-long quilt top. "Why?", you ask.
It goes like this. I thought that 12 blocks wouldn't make a big enough quilt, so I decided to make "echo" blocks with fabric that matched the fabrics in the original blocks and add them in, which would make a nice sized quilt. When I laid it all out, however, it looked absolutely horrible. Hence, another quilt. And I really love this one.

2008 is going to be the year of home improvements. When I first set foot in this house five years ago, I hated this fireplace with its almost non-existing mantle. Here's the before:

The boys got a great start this weekend.
Stay tuned for the after.

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Marcia said...

I love this quilt too. Great colors. It looks so Spring like.
Two quilts were a huge undertaking.

Love the fireplace even as is!

the pesky bombolino said...

I love 'before and after's, can't wait to see your finished transformation. And the quilt top is great btw.

amandajean said...

your quilt top is absolutely fantastic!!! I love the pink and green. (go figure!) the borders are wonderful.

Yummers! said...

I'm so anxious to see what changes are going to happen with your fireplace. Our fireplace is horrid compared to what you have. The stonework goes to the ceiling and no mantle at all. Yucky!

I love the colors in your quilt.

de vliegende koe said...

This quilt is so lovely. I think you make different choices once you know the blocks. Isn’t that funny? I love the first one very much though!!
You are soooo busy!!!

Mama Urchin said...

Two for the price of one, huh?

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love this quilt!

Jackie said...

I love the 2nd quilt! I can't wait to see the after photo of your fireplace and mantle. I am sure it will be gorgeous!

Adrienne said...

I can't wait to see the 'after' fireplace and mantle. We had to live with a fireplace and nearly non-existent mantle for too long before we could re-do it. Now it's so wonderful I still can't believe it over a year later. You can see pictures of it on my blog, if you want. I'll be back to see what yours looks like. I know it will be wonderful. And you will love it. ~Adrienne~

Jacquie said...

Two quilt-a-along that's double the fun. I love the colors of this one too.

Kieny said...

Lovely second one! I love the colors.

Good luck on the home improvements.

anne bebbington said...

Lovely colours in this quilt - good luck with the renovations

Carmenn said...

Can't wait to see the results from the fireplace-fixing!!

The quilt looks great, you make it look SSOOO EASSSSYYY!!

Katie said...

Love the quilt.

My fireplace is exactly the same as yours...though it's filled with a smelly big black stove (which The Tramp loves!). We're going to rip the whole thing out when we move the kitchen so I'm going to have to live with it for a while. :-)

Chara Michele said...

Love the quilt top!

I can't wait to see the after.

Laurie said...

How exciting! Home improvement is my favorite subject! I can't wait to see the after shot.