WOYWW 261


Thank you for the days 

Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me 
I'm thinking of the days 
I won't forget a single day believe me.
(the late, great Kirsty McColl)

Wow, what a week that was....so many beautiful ATCs received, the Crop stuff to derig and pack away....it was like being slightly hungover or the feeling you get when your exams are over. What to do next.....
I had a massive attack of PINK, that's what!
I'm setting out patchwork squares (all from scrappy stash) to make a bed runner for the granddaughter of a friend...no fancy quilting pattern...keep it simple to show off the pretty fabrics.
After pondering The Border, I just decided to use ordinary white bias binding...simple but frames the colours prettily (I'm sure prettily is spelled correctly but it looks wrong!! One of those words that you never know when to stop...prettittililily or bananananananana.... ;-)
I flipped over the top to show the soft fleece that was used for the backing, so wadding wasn't necessary.  Isn't it funny how some projects are a complete*&%$£ to put together and others just work - this was one of the latter!
A project from two weeks ago that I just haven't had time to share ....more PINK  *grin*
Bunting - it's gotta be done!!
Some more amazing ATCs arrived!  Happy dance...
Top L-R Annie (Wipso), Caro, Kim Young, Jo (Twiglet)
Bottom L-R Sylvia (Little Treasures), Lisa (Craft Garden) and Nan G
Thank you so much Ladies, they are all gorgeous, I love them!



Two pics to finish with....I've been so lucky to receive ATCs, messages and cards from all over the world. Thank you, I'm sending some love right back atcha :-)
And a rather blurry iPhone shot of Ron, my cat, peering through the umbrella hole in the patio table. Taken at arm's length by Mr LLJ,  shooting blindly...and I love it!  Curiosity and the cat indeed....

Thanks for listening to my witterings...have a great week!!

46 comments:

Chrysalis said...

Hi Jan - we're both ahead of the game this week (certainly makes a change for me!) The pinks are gorgeous, and I bet it makes a refreshing change from atc's, no matter how much you love 'em! Your cat is so cute. Have a great week, Chris (Teddy Wares and Flutterbies) no no. yet.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Once again I'm here early, trying to stop by a few desks to say hi while Julia sleeps away. Thanks again to you and Mr. LLJ for the cropped photo. Love the one of Ron, too. That one even had Bleubeard smiling. Yep, I can tell from the look on his face.

So was Matilda dancing when she got the bunting? Was that too much of a pun? I'm not a pink gal, but I'm going to be that way if I visit your blog enough times. The runner and the bunting are both fabulous.

I see you got more lovely ATCs. They look awesome. Again, no number, just getting an early start.

Annie said...

Thank you so much for your fab ATC.
That quilt is simply gorgeous Jan.....I'm sure it will be well loved. The bunting too....what fab creations [as always].
Hugs,
Annie x
http://wipso-astitchintime.blogspot.co.uk/

Crafting Queen said...

Lovely bed runner, love the fabrics. You got some great ATC's. Your Ron is adorable, love gingers. :)

Debbie Rock said...

LoVe the bed runner and LoVe the bunting ... and I have spotted the red heart checked tote bag that I NEARLY purchased at the crop but went for the duck-egg blue bird cage one instead! Love Debbie xXx

Lynn Holland said...

You are always so happilllllllyyyyy busy Jan and I desperately want that quilt it is gorrrrgeous.
So fresh and summeryyyyy.
Lynn - one I made earlier today

Jackie said...

The quilt you made looks just perfect ...... As does the kitty!!!!!
Lovely bunting and all the pink fabric it all looks so heavenly best wishes
Jackie ( scrap Bang Wallop)

CraftygasheadZo said...

Fabulous pink! Seeing your desk reminds me that I'm supposed to email you so I'm now off to do that! Take care Zo xx

Winnie said...

Seeing your process for the bed runner was fun! Love how you put the patterns together! Matilda is going to love her banner! I cracked up seeing your fun kitty picture! Enjoy the day! Winnie

Judys Fabrications said...

Oh Jan, your photo of Ron made me laugh so much!!Don't you just LOVE cats!!!
Love that quilt too Jan.
Judy xx

MaggieC said...

So much lovely material on show here, so summery and cheerful. Need that on a damp dismal rainy day. I was going to visit your favourite shop last weekend but it started raining and I turned idle. Next year, I will go for sure. Your bag is the perfect place to store and carry all the chargers I need when I go away and for the Kindles, MP3 etc. They are now all together and I know where they are. Brilliant! Have a good week. xx Maggie

BJ said...

Only listened to that song the other day. I am trying to get through ALL my CD's in the car this year. Loving the pinks, I seem to be into pink in my latter years, didn't know it existed when I was a child! Hope the cat is OK after all the curiosity - LOL Thanks for the visit sans number/linky BJ

Diane Baker-Williams said...

I must admit that I am not much of a pink girl but the colors and designs for the bed runner are gorgeous! Love it when projects are easy instead of fussy and hard, makes them more enjoyable! It was nice to meet Ron. http://afocusedjourney.blogspot.com/2014/06/working-in-wee-hours-of-morning.html

MaggieC said...

I did make an assumption, Jan, and now have a countdown calendar on my blog (it is Helen's fault, she wanted it) which is counting down to the May Bank Holiday next year. xx Maggie

Neet said...

Oh, just love the shot of Ron. Reminds me of a cat I used to have - somewhere I have a photo of her in a carrier bag peering through the handles. Can't help but love them!
Gorgeous quilt for your friends daughter and fabulous bunting for Matilda. I really must clear away one day soon and have a sew day - bunting maybe?
Have a good day/week - Hugs, Neet x

MaggieC said...

PS Just read your comment on Debbie's blog. If you would like, I can have a session with you on crochet at the next crop. Just remind me closer to the date. xx Maggie

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Just and adorable quilt..love the display of pretty fab. You keep so creatively busy. I just have so many "Life" projects to complete and blaming it all on to our April/May weather. June's calendar is full with commitments and with a class reunion coming I've pushed hard on walking and biking !!! It's a weight thing...and a health issue of late. Enjoy the week, I'm sure it full of fabric ideas. Thanks for sharing your lovely ATC's they all just make me smile !!

Twiglet said...

Another crafty creation triumph Jan! The quilt is fab and I am so glad it all came together quickly - don't you just sigh with satisfaction when it does that - OMG - just re-read that bit!!!!! Ha Ha well sewing does it for me! Love the kitty pic too. x Jo

Eliza said...

Jan, so many beautiful fabrics and what a brilliant collection of ATC's love them all.

Happy WOYWW
Hugs Eliza & Yoda (No Linky)

Anonymous said...

Watch out! It's an attack of the pinks! I like your new banner, I recognise the pins used to make the first W too! At least you cracked on and finished something, I think I may have been tempted by sticking me feet up for a few days and vegging. Love the cat photo, very cool and so true to their nature.

Hugs
Brenda

jan spencer said...

Gorgeous material squares and a lovely banner, so clever, as my Mum would say I can do anything with a needle but sew.

Jan S hhtp://www.craftyscorpio.blogspot.com

Sandy Leigh said...

Isn't it funny how the most simple things can be the most beautiful? That bed runner is absolutely adorable!! (almost as adorable as Ron peering through the umbrella hole!) Now, I wish you could have seen my face when I opened the package a few days ago--I just felt like I received eight huge creative hugs. You are such a good friend and soul sister and so good to me. Thank you sooo much...I love those ATCs and what they represent even more. I had to take them and make an art display out of them right away to hang in my crafty corner! I get inspired now every time I look at it. I kept thinking of you all on the day of the crop, and I'm so happy to know your thoughts were bouncing back across the ocean to me. Now, your patchwork beauty has inspired me to do one, because I have a lot of five-inch squares I've cut--BUT--I also have that 4-inch square Bigz diecut I can use on my Big Shot, and of course I want to do this with my Downton fat quarters!! Big big hugs to you dearest--oh--and one more thing. I was in the garden and two little white butterflies kept fluttering around me for about an hour--everywhere I worked in the garden, there they were. I started thinking they looked like little angels. Then I realized--it was May and June hanging out together and checking up on me. They might be coming your way! So here's my link: http://www.eatwritedreamstitch.blogspot.com/2014/06/woyww-261-were-still-celebrating-our.html

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Lovely patchwork piecing. Simple is so often best. Fiona xx

Angela Radford said...

Gorgeous quilt Jan, the recession has been a god send to textiles enthusiasts as there has been an increase in fabrics available and more sewing equipment for sale than there has been for a long time. This is often the case when there is a recession as people become more interested in making thier own or altering and upcycling what they already have.
Sorry that's the teacher in me raising it's head again, you never loose it lol!
Love your cat and the gorgeous set of ATCs.
I've sent you an email too so hope it gets to you.
Happy crafting, Angela x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jan, love, love, love the quilt ... it's going to be well loved by the little girl, heck this big girl would love to see it at the bottom of her bed :) And Matilda is going to be thrilled with the bunting. The photo of Ron is fabulous and doesn't it just sum up the nature of cats. Right, I've got bed runner envy so off to peruse my fabric collection :) Have a great week. Hugs, no linky, no number, Elizabeth xx

Caro said...

First up your cat photo is priceless...I love it! The quilt is simply amazing and the bunting is adorable. Thank you so much for your ATC. Happy WOYWW. Caro x

Helen said...

oh wow that bed runner is so gorgeous, as is the bunting . Love the lyrics today, great choice, can hear her singing it now... Happy sewing! Helen

Lea.H said...

ohhhh my gosh the quilt looks amazing!!!

Anne said...

Love, love , love the quilt and bunting. Wish quilt (I've now finished - just bag to finish) looked even a quarter as gorgeous - very disappointed with my first effort ( probably my last) Cat is so funny really made me smile. hugs Anne x

Hettie said...

That is a beautiful runner there :-) We know someone who likes pink ALOT! And she was sat next to me at the crop! Haa haa!
Hugs
Xx

sandysewin said...

What a beautiful selection of patterns and colors for the quilt. You were absolutely right to keep it simple and let the fabrics shine.

Love the pic of the kitty, they're so much fun. :-)

Thanks for the visit to my blog!

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #29

Angie said...

wow! Such pretty fabrics!!!! Lovely quilt. Wonderful ATC's!!! Ahhhh cute kitty!!! I have 2 myself!!! Love em to pieces! Happy WOYWW!

Ohhh Snap said...

That is such an awesome picture of your cat! Love the pink attack lol. Stunning quilt and banner. You've certainly been busy : D. Happy WOYWW #5

Kim said...

What a great shot of your kitty!!!! Ron...Weasly?? Red hair? LOL! First thing that popped in my head...Love the quilt, the white border is quite lovely. And I loved all the different textures on the ATC's! Have a great week..

Amy E said...

Oh Jan that quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I envy people who can do that kind of work as beautifully as you can! and thank you for showing your ATCs!!!

Love love love your sweet cat pic!! How awesome is that?!!?

Happy WOYWW
Amy E. #1
Scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

505whimsygirl said...

Hello LLJ,

The bed runner is very cute - I'm sure your friend's granddaughter will love it. The bunting is great, too. Matilda. That reminds me of "Waltzing Matilda." I loved that song as a child.

Ron looks quite dapper in that photo - very cute indeed!

Thank you for thinking of me while at the Crop. I honestly feel so blessed to have met you!

Happy belated WOYWW
Hugs,
Kay (39)

Nikki C said...

That quilt is just so bright and cheerful :) such great ATCs you got too hugs Nikki 45 thanks for popping in already

Lynda Beazley said...

Hi Jan I am late this week. Your quilt is lovely and I like pink! Hope to see you on Monday for a chat. Ali is in London at the mo so When she gets back we can make arrangements.
Hugs Lynda B 60

lisa said...

What a beautiful quilt, Jan, I love the colours of the fabric, it's so pretty. Love the photo of Ron, don't they get into the funniest of places. You'd be proud of me, I've just learnt to crochet, very slowly but getting there, lol.
Hugs Lisax

famfa said...

Very pink this week. Gorgeous quilt. Fabulous atcs
Famfa
Http://busybutterfingers.blogspot.com

Mrs.D said...

Oooo those fabrics, just want to run my hands over them, they are beautiful and the finished quilt is gorgeous, glad it went together quickly and easily. So pretty, someone is going to be so lucky to get that, and the bunting for Matilda is so special, she'll be treasuring that for years.
Bless you.
Chris

okienurse said...

awesome projects you shared! Love the quilt and banner! Mr. LLJ did a good job capturing a nosy kitteh! I haven't been able to post on Wednesdays for a while and I have missed it! Sorry I am so late getting around! Thanks for sharing. Vickie #62

my cup of tea said...

Love all the pink!!! Great choice!! You have been busy (as usual.) It cracks me up that your cats name is Ron....my cat was named Joe. LOL Thanks for coming by, so glad you did!
donna

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Jan Hi Eliza, and happy WOYWW, on Sunday and thanks for visiting my desk/lawn. The lawn is done and pics follow next WOYWW. You amaze me and I am so inspired = I love quilting but don't seem to be able to put colours together but you are encouraging me to get the machine out more - maybe I'm inspired right now and am thinking of a knee rug for mums birthday in Nov. thank you :-) Love the bunting too and pic of the cat. Have a great week cheers RobynO#66

Kyla said...

Your friends grand-daughter is gonna be one lucky little girl. The bed runner is beautiful! Your banner is very pretty as well. And I love the cat picture....funny...cute cat. Thanks for visiting me already. #43 Kyla @ Faerie Wings and Scrapbook Things

Lisa-Jane said...

Ha! LOVE that photo of Ron and that quilt is just beautiful!

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