A Happy Quilty Birthday

I've been a little neglectful here, haven't I?

Here's the latest shot of "Poured Out". I ripped out the feathers I started with the King Tut and restitched using Isacord and in a palm frond design framing the whole jug portion of the quilt. These pics are pretty high resolution, even if they aren't the best shots so you should be able to zoom and see the detail better. I really am unsure now about how to transition between the palm fronds and the fillers I want to use in the blocks. The cross was a recent addition to help balance the composition. In other news, I had a birthday this past week. It pretty much stunk. It's not an age thing though, actually I feel like I might be coming into my own since I turned 40 last year. But the day before and the 2 days after were pretty awesome, especially from a quilty point of view.

The day before, my hubby got the final word that he is to report for work this week at a new job. We're very excited, and of course after the cancer and lay offs, we definitely need a steady source of income. I also received a birthday card from my Dad with some birthday $ which was a nice surprise. Then a box arrived in the mail from a member on MQR. She had passed along a sock loom and thrown in some yarn and several large cones of Superior Threads Rainbows that she didn't want to use on her long arm. She also padded the box with some nice batting pieces.

Then the birthday came and well, let's just pretend that it was on either the previous or next day.

Then my new quilty friend came over with 2 totes of fabric she had culled from her stash. We sorted through it while we chatted and I only took stuff I really liked. Below is about half of the fabrics.

Nice, huh? Then Saturday, my neighbor and I went to a town about an hour away to check out a quilt shop there and their JoAnne's. We had a blast even though I was careful to not buy too much. While there, I picked up a flyer for the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival and showed it to her. She wants to go with me and if it works out, it will be a fun weekend road trip for us.

So I'm trying to delete my actual birthday mentally and focus on the good days prior and post birthday. All these blues in this pile are calling out to me......... What shall I make? When? So many things to work on!

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