Friday, March 02, 2007

Leanne's House

Finally! I ordered Leanne's House about 6 weeks ago from a quilt shop in Australia. I had started seeing this pattern everywhere, in quilt magazines, and bloggers (Nicki, for one :-D) who were working on it. Its offered as a 10 month block of the month club and I always seem to get pulled into monthly things like this (well, I think sucker is the proper word). I really like the fact too that this design combines patchwork with surface embroidery.

So after waiting and waiting and stalking my mailbox, the other day I finally had an envelope arrive from Australia. It was marked 'Checkerboard Strips' and that was it, about 20 strips of fabric, no pattern, no instructions. Very, very odd. I hoped the rest of it was just being shipped separately and it finally arrived yesterday, in an envelope stamped 'Delayed for compliance with Aviation Security Regulations, Australia Post'. How on earth could an envelope stuffed with fabric pieces and patterns be a security risk?


Oh well, never mind that, its here and guess what I'll be doing this weekend! I'm super-impressed with how everything has been packed up and sorted according to mini-blocks. The fabrics are just gorgeous and I can't wait to dig in. I'll be sure to get a picture up of my blocks as they get done.

Here is a picture of the finished quilt from an Australian Country Threads magazine:

And here is a picture I have to include, of Nick with his cute little girlfriend Kristy. She's such a sweetie, and so petite, he just towers over her!
We had a freezing rain storm last night and some of my shrubs in the back don't look like they have fared too well. Poor Jean-Francois was 3 1/2 hours getting home from work last night! But it seems like a lot of people have decided to stay home this morning, and hubby says it only took him 30 minutes to get into work. They are calling for rain all day today, and then more snow tonight. Crazy weather, its March, we're supposed to have spring soon!

15 comments:

Kelly said...

Aww, Nicky & his girlfriend are so cute!!
The quilt you're going to make looks beautiful as well.. Who's that one going too!? **hint hint**

Isabelle said...

Leanne's House is such a beautiful quilt. You'll have lots of fun, I'm sure! Have a great weekend then :D

Barbara said...

Wow, that is a super beautiful quilt! Can't wait to see it come together!

The picture of Nick and his girlfried is so cute!

Nicole said...

I have loved working on Leanne's Quilt - i hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I'm on block 6 with 7 pieced and waiting for the handwork. There is a LOT of embroidery but I love to have hand work to sit in front of the tv with!

Enjoy!

Vonna said...

How cute is that...your DS with his girlfriend?! :)

I'm a sucker too for anything "four seasons" or "seasonal" or "year round"....So I completely understand :)

Sue said...

Your quilts are lovely and Nicky and girlfriend are adorable.

Julianne said...

Hi Wendy,

I'm glad that everything for your quilt arrived safely. I would imagine that receiving that first envelope was quite a concern. I'm looking forward to seeing your blocks. Have fun!

Your son and his girlfriend look so cute.

Nicki said...

Well that's too weird that your fabric bits got stopped like that! I keep looking at my quilt and should get back to it - it's such fun to do and lovely colours :)

BeckySC said...

The quilt is looking gorgeous :)

Carla said...

Those fabrics are pretty...I can't wait to see pictures of your progress on this quilt

bunnyhead said...

Pretty quilt! I can't wait to watch your progress on it :)

Michelle said...

I just ordered the blocks myself. I couldn't stand it anymore! Can't wait to see your start on it. Such a beautiful quilt!

Renee said...

Dear Wendy, I just discovered your blog and I browsed through it very carefully enjoying all what you wrote and your photos too. I wish you much pleasure and success with you new endeavour, no I should rather say new enterprise, because you'll achieve it successfully! Grettings from france.

Nancy in IL said...

Lovely young couple you have there! Can't wait to see your quilt come together! It's a gorgeous one, and I enjoyed seeing the stash in the picture. I've never ventured into quilting---about the only thing I haven't tried, but I really love seeing the ones that friends like you work on.

quiltorstitch said...

Wow, I love all of your stash, you have some great things!!! That quilt is amazing, I can't wait to see your progress... I may have to do one someday as well :D