Sunday, November 8, 2009

...In The Garden of Life

"Friends are the flowers in the garden of life" ??? Lately my garden of life has been full of some weeds! Many things going on but I'm hanging in there. This is my busy season as a machine quilter, after all!
(I quickly snapped these photos just before this quilt left my house. I had folded it up, so sorry the photos aren't the best...a darling Mary Engelbreit quilt...for your viewing enjoyment!)

I have so many stories and quilts to share with you! I have vowed to get back to my blog. I feel, at times, it is much like a journal and it helps to reflect and ponder on things going on in the garden of my life. It also helps me to "pull the weeds" from the garden of my life too!

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This is my 300th post! Woo hoo! That's right! 300 posts of stories/randomness/and quilts!!! To celebrate, I'm having a little 300th post celebration giveaway. You can win this lovely scrabble tile pendant/necklace I purchased from HomeStudio. Please go visit their etsy shop soon. These make great Christmas gifts. -->HomeStudio.

Yes, that's right! Leave a comment below and tell me why you love to quilt, sew, or tell stories. Deadline is Wed., Nov. 11th, 9pm PDT. (that's my bedtime!) Best of luck and thanks for visiting my blog! Tell your friends!

28 comments:

Trisha said...

Your machine quilting is incredible! I love to quilt because I love to create beautiful things. I crave it! Good luck pulling out those weeds in your life.

Griffith Family said...

I love your blog, THANKS! Sewing, quilting and creating is so relaxing to me. I love giving gifts from the heart that leave a legacy behind.

Grandma Debby said...

I love to quilt because it relaxes me. I love the fabric and love every part of the quilting process except the machine quilting itself. I guess that's what we have you Vivian! Quilting is in my family and I'm passing it on to my daughters, daughters-in-law and granddaughters!

Allie said...

I have always felt a very strong need to create. I love quilting. I think my favorite part of the process is playing with what fabrics to put together.

Material Mary said...

I love to quilt because I love to sew and I love fabric and I love creating and it brings me joy and I've met great people doing this...Long answer, but it is what it is...Loved the Mary Englebreit quilt...so cute...
Mary

Amanda said...

Your quilting is always and inspiration. It's great to check in on you from time to time.

Patty said...

I find sitting down to my sewing machine to piece a quilt very meditative.....I can lose time very quickly!

Vicki W said...

Congratulations on your 300th post! I hope you keep going for another 300! I love to quilt/dye/embroider/whatever because I HAVE to make things. I am happiest when I am making something.

Sarah said...

You're hilarious! I have some weeds I could stand to pull too...good luck with your pruning! Lovely quilting, as always!

Mary Anne Ciccotelli said...

I love the process and challenge of putting fabrics and color together to create something beautiful. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful talent with us.

Sherri said...

The quilting is stunning...and I love how the quiltmaker put everything together to make a fabric panel truly a work of art! I love quilting and sewing because I love to create, because I love fabric, and because those who came before me loved to create and helped instill in me a love for all things creative as well!

Snickerdoodle said...

I love your blog! Looking at your quilts inspire me. I love everything about quilting: shopping for fabric, touching the fabric, creating something beautiful, sewing on the machine, having personal gifts to give to family and friends.

SandyQuilts said...

Beautiful quilt.

Why do I quilt? I love it because it's the best way to give extend a helping hand to anyone ... a strangers, loved one, friend ... anyone. That's why I love quilting.

shannon said...

wow! 300th post....

a quilt is more than the sum of it's stitches...every fabric holds a memory...a lifetime of memories in one quilt...one quilt becomes a legacy....

that's why i love quilting!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on your 300th post. I love quilting because of the feeling of accomplishment for having created something fun and usable. What better way to decorate a home?

Mos Los Vagabondos said...

I love to quilt because when I'm quilting I loose all track of time and concerns, and when the quilt is finished I have a wonderful gift to give!
P.S. I enjoy your blog.

Summerset said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love what I do - sewing and quilting - because I love to create and it is such an outlet to express my personality. One of my favorite things about sewing/blogging is that there is a sense of community and family and such a great source of inspiration where ever you look.

Dawn said...

I love to quilt because it's cheaper than therapy...well, maybe not! I just like it.

Lee Anne said...

Quilting is my "out" at the end of a work day. I enjoy the entire process....a little bit of heaven on earth. And to you....your quilting is extraordinary....I have enjoyed following your blog. Thanks for sharing your talent!

Karen said...

I have always loved to sew something, starting out with fresh fabric and creating something lovely!

One night I stayed up half the night to sew my second daughter a new Easter dress. In the morning, it hung on a hanger in the kitchen doorway - I had hoped to surprise her... As she came into the kitchen to eat her cereal, she glanced up at the finished blue and white sailor dress, with it's starched white collar, and said, "Who's ugly dress is that?"

She was 4! Gotta love the honesty of little ones! :)

Karen

Mary said...

Hi Vivian,
I love to quilt, I love all aspects of quilting, the buying of fabric, the designing, the dreaming, the planning, the sewing, the quilting, the hanging them up, showing them off, the giving them away and blogging about my process. I have done different kinds of crafts since I was 21 but quilting is the only one I have done for many years. I hope it means something to the recipients and marks my love for them.
I think I like blogging about my quilts and family mostly because I’m a bit of a “ham” and a show off and I can do that on my blog.
Vivian you do great work!! Very inspiring.
Mary in AZ

Suze said...

Quilting is cheaper than therapy! and longer lasting too - you end up with a beautiful object...it never ceases to amaze me how three separate layers make such a wonderful synthesis as they come together when you are quilting..

I really love your quilting..some day I hope to send a quilt to you and take one of your classes... I get a kick out of reading your stories too..

Jannie said...

Dearest Vivian:
Quilting is a way to make life more beautiful. Some people write, some people paint, some cook, I quilt. My life happens while I'm making quilts and I'm able to share what is going on in my life at that time by documenting it in a quilt. Quilting expresses my love of fabric, color, design, grand-children, children, family, holidays, friends, nature and everything I love about life - including wonderful friends like you who continue to inspire me. I'm so glad to know where you are! I'm going to send you a quilt one of these days to quilt for me!
Love you!

Desert Threads said...

Congratulations on your milestone post.
What a beautiful necklace!

Grandma Bert said...

Sewing and quilting are my creative outlet with the bonus of a practical ending -- something to keep me or someone I love warm!

-- Bert in Rice, WA

MARCIE said...

I began blogging to connect with other quilters, but it has turned into so much more than that. I was always "too busy" to keep a journal, but my blog has become a record of the things I do, as well as my quilting interests. The whole process of designing and piecing is very exciting for me. I leave the quilting part to people like you who know how to do it. Congrats on 300 posts!

Jodi said...

you know I"m a newbie...but I love fabric!!! It's an art that you can make beautiful things from...

Anonymous said...

I love to quilt because all the quilters I know are such caring, giving, great gals and I have found 2 of my best fiends are also quilters. I love to look at quilts -- they look so intricate and can be such a simple pattern and they are so beautiful. A quilt that I have is a connection to my great grandmother that I never knew. A quilt is the most personal, appreciated gift a person can give or receive. I never get tired of quilts.