Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I can get use to this........

After a frosty start to the day we have another beautiful sunny day, my thermometer is reading 7.5*C at 2:15 p.m.   I know this weather cannot last but hoping that it will not extend our Winter into late March or even April. 
Last night our quilting group had a lovely evening, good food and lively conversation and great gifts.  From M.L. I received a beautiful calendar of paintings by Diane Phalen.  She is best known for her collections of paintings featuring flowers, cottages, barns, country stores and Amish country life, with a rainbow of quilts hanging from porch rails, clotheslines and fences. 
She has rarely picked up a needle but has created more than 90 original quilts, all done with her paintbrush.  I just love this calendar, when 2012 is over I will not be throwing this one away.  Thanks M.L.

I gave J. a fabric origami box, the instructions are in the Sept/Oct issue of McCalls Quilting.  Here is a picture of the five inch one I made and  added the little nine patch block on the top.   Inside I put an small desk calendar and a pin which was in the shape of a star block and made of all different types and colours of wood.
Hope everyone is having a great day.


saving for travel said...

So glad you had a lovely time and that calendar sounds wonderful.

Maybe you could take a photo or two to share if you have time.

The box is a wonderful gift, showing me again how clever and talented you are.

Sft x

Gill - That British Woman said...

that is lovely, and I bet the recipent just loved it.

Can't believe how nice the weather is either.


Mary said...

What a delightful box - is it complicated to make?

Your calendar will bring 12 months of joy I'm sure. I buy the same kitchen wall calendar - for appts. b-days etc. - every year..........Swedish artist Carl Larsson's paintings of his home and family. For some reason I just enjoy it year after year - and of course they do change the paintings so I've always got a new one to enjoy while at the kitchen sink - which is often!!!!!

Happy day - I'm spending it decluttering....well I will when I can tear myself away from this laptop, ha! ha!

Fondly, Mary

Pokey said...

Such a nice gift! your 9 patch on the top makes it perfect. Hope you are staying warm ~
hugs, pokey

cottonreel said...

Because I love cats I get a cat calendar each year from my family . I don't own a cat , in the past I have had 3 . A Whisky , a tibby and shilling .
I'm glad you enjoyed your evening and a good choice of calendar .

Your box is lovely , great colours.

Jacqui's Quilts said...

And, I just LOVE my little box! The tiny 9 patch is just the cutest! The box is in my sewing room :-).

Thanks again Pat.

Hugs, Jacqui