Thursday, December 11, 2008

Another New Beginning

I started on yet another new project yesterday. This is one I've been planning for ages, although I'm not entirely sure it's going to turn out like I think it will. I'm using some of the brightest happiest fabric in my stash, about half of it brushed cottons (look like fabric on one side and sort of flannely on the other). Right now I'm at the stage of sewing strips onto 4" lengths of paper.

I really need to get working on this project and get something finished today since I'm leaving at Oh Dark Thirty (translation: too darn early) tomorrow morning for a trip to Amsterdam. I'll be meeting up with my friend Will and we'll be staying with a friend of hers who also happens to be friends with Lucy who is friends with Bonnie who will also be visiting the Netherlands. Not that we have much overlap, unfortunately.

I've been to the Netherlands several times before, so this trip isn't for sightseeing, but just about quilts quilts quilts. I'm excited about the trip but also sad to be leaving my husband and kitties all by themselves so close to Christmas.

Little Pokey in the bowl that I finally unnearthed beneath stacks of fabric.

I just hope I remember to bring my camera AND its battery. Won't be posting for awhile, but hopefully will have loads to share with you when I do.

27 comments:

Sharon said...

Oh Wow! That is gonna be one bright, happy quilt! I love the plaids too. What a good project for the dead of winter.

How sweet of you to have a bowl just-the-right-size for little Pokey! She looks so comfy.

I hope you have a wonderful trip to the Netherlands. The kitties will be so happy to see you when you get back, they'll forget they missed you! (or hopefully, anyway)

Joyce said...

The new start looks great, so bright and cheery.
Enjoy your holiday.

Jennifer said...

Love your new start!!!

True Blue Nana said...

What a great combination of colors. I see you are breaking out of your "blue" period. You really use plaids in a very interesting and creative way. Have a good trip and please don't forget your camera!

Brenda said...

I like it. I've made a couple of quilts using that method and I'd like to do another one soon. Great colours. I hope your quilty trip is great.

Annemiek said...

Don't forget to put a warm coat on, a shawl and some warm wintergloves: it's cold over here (and grey)! Have a nice trip!

Bee~Content Ranch said...

WOW!! What a splash of colors!! Definietly perks up the winter blahs!!
I'd like to make a bright one for my bed...I will have to ivestigate this further!
Have a wonderful trip..the kitties will be busy getting into all sorts of mischief while you are gone...does hubby take pics of them too ?? LOL!
Look forward to your postings about your trip...Enjoy!

belinda said...

ooohhhh.....hands clapping....goody....a new project........i'm glad SOMEONE IS starting something new, because it's sure NOT been happening here....???? just can't seem to get it together....i too have been mulling one over in my head for the black & white challenge i entered....i want to do it liberated style.....big princess crown..strip pieced...one big crown..???...several crowns..??...but all wonky style...just haven't gotten it all straight in my head yet.....listen...enjoy your trip...be careful....and we'll wait to hear from you soon....

McIrish Annie said...

Loved your pics of Paris in snow! hOPE you have a super time in Amsterdam

Diane said...

Cue the Temptations:
"I've got sunshine
On a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside,
I've got the month of May."
I love the new plaid project. Have a fabulous time in the land of Sinterklaas.

Magpie Sue said...

You've probably already left on your trip, but I'm wishing you safe travels and a fun, fun time. (Will you be back before Christmas to at least spend the big day with your loved ones?)

Absolutely LOVE the beginning of the new quilt. Totally my colors :- )

scraphappy said...

I love your new project. The colors are so bright and happy. It definitely makes me want to use more plaids. Have a good trip.

Clare said...

Hope you get to read this before you go. Have a great time, give my love to Bonnie and I wish I was coming with you (and don't forget to wrap up warm. It's a lot colder up there than here.).

Those colours are so you, though I do miss the blues, blacks and purples.

Hugs.

Fiona said...

Fabulous colours - and great to see at this time of year when we all seem obsessed with pine green and cranberry red.

Desiree said...

GREAT plaids! I have always wanted to make a chinese coins quilt. I started one but for some reason I did not have the patience. Have a good trip!

Bonnie said...

I LOVE your new stringy project! It is definitely bright and cheerful enough to chase away those winter grays!

I'm so looking forward to seeing you next week! I'm still in the packing stages here. Pokey looks TOO adorable in that basket bowl!!!!

Bonnie

YankeeQuilter said...

Have fun...the kitties will hold down the apartment for you (ya, right!)

Carol E. said...

Pokey is the sweetest kitty in the world!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Love those bright, bright colors. Wonderful!

Nanci said...

Just saw your blog, and at first thought OMG someone else cuts like me!!!!!!!!
I made a strippie as one of my earlier projects. It looks like that finished! LOL>
Very nice colours. I like brights

Green Fairy Quilts said...

Joined your followers and I love your blog! I love any project that has bright colors, there isn't anything like a bright quilt to make you smile. Love it!

Lucy said...

Can't wait to meet you Tonya!

julieQ said...

I am glad you found Pokie!! Enjoy your trip, it is fun to meet up with friends. Your quilt beginning is so cheerful!

Yumi from Japan said...

Say, I am a big fan of Lucy's blog, too. I feel like asking you to say Hi for me!! LOL

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Love those bright and happy colours...hope you are having a great time on your quilt quilt quilt holiday! Are there any netter! Tracey

jovaliquilts said...

What a fun quilt! Bright, cheery, a nice antidote to winter weather. Have a great trip!

~ Phyllis ~ said...

The pictures of snow in Paris are lovely and so are your quilts.