Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Yes, it's about time....!

I know, I have not been around for a bit and for that I apologize. Alas my shoulder flared up again and I have been dealing with some darkness that long term pain can bring. I have not stitched, sewn, cut out fabric, blogged, blog read, barely even walked in my sewing room for weeks. And I have missed it all, and you all, so much!

A few days ago however, I felt that it was the right time to return to my addiction/therapy/quilting and I have finally started the Japanese quilt I purchased as a kit from Kathy at Material Obsession back in July.
 Tokyo Rose pattern and fabric kit from Material Obsession

It's funny you know, I had seen this pattern around for a long time before I bought it, one of those that kept catching my eye. However when I came to make it up, I decided I didn't want to go with the squares after all. I had been inspired by a quilt the lovely Andi had made up for her Mum (see her quilt here), and decided that triangles were what I was after.

When Kaffe's latest book Quilts en Provence was released recently, I adored Liza Prior Lucy's Fruit Salad quilt.
 Liza Prior Lucy's Fruit Salad Quilt
Photograph taken from Kaffe's Quilts en Provence book (pub. 2010).

After checking out the fabric requirements, I discovered that I could turn my Tokyo Rose kit into a Japanese Fruit Salad quilt.
I am thrilled that it turned out so well.
Only 3 extra fabrics were added to the kit...these two divine Sevenberry fabrics the blue and the pink..
and the red for the border...
More red will probably be added to this border before I quilt it I think.

Looks great as a table cloth...
I'm thinking a simple all over pattern for the quilting. I will think about that for a little longer before I decide!

Thank you also to everyone who wished me happy birthday last Friday on facebook, I really appreciated your wishes from around the world and had an awesome day. xo

54 comments:

Andi said...

You little legend!!!
Glad that the shoulder is a bit better and you have your sewing mojo back.
And what mojo!!! Such a stunning quilt top.
(Hope it is for you. If not, maybe for me? Hehe)
Thanks also for the linky love.
Andi xx

Christine said...

Glad you are back and I love the top you made.
I too have had trouble with my right shoulder and don't know what it is.
I hope you and your family will have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year
Christine

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

way to change it up! I love it! take it easy on your shoulder my dear... hugs!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

That is one fabulous quilt top Cathy!!!

Robyn G. said...

Hi Cathy, glad you're back... you've been in my thoughts.
So glad your birthday was a happy one.
Wishing you a Happy and healthy New Year.

Love love love your quilt top!! xx

wishes, true and kind said...

So gorgeous, Cathy!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Love what you have done with these gorgeous fabrics.

So glad you are feeling better. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and happy new year.

Rita

YankeeQuilter said...

Glad you are feeling better..your quilt came out fabulous! I was looking at that book with my sister during a visit home and she was making "that would look nice in my..." sort of comments!

Kelly said...

It can be lonely dealing with chronic pain, being unable to do the things that you love, sending net hugs your way. That quilt looks just beautiful, I love the fabrics that you chose. I'm glad you are back, your lovely pics never fail to inspire.

Janet said...

It's so good to see you recovered enough to have some fun with the kit. You inspire me by doing your own thing with it. I hope you continue on that path to recovery. Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday.

Theresa said...

"Turned out so well"?...It's blooming marvellous! Happy Christmas, thanks for the inspiration, take care!

momto2wasd said...

It's gorgeous! I love it!! And the flowers at the bottom are so pretty--I love that flower's fragrance!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Glad to see you back! I love your quilt!!

Deb said...

Hi Cathy - sorry to hear that you have had such a crappy time. I love your fruit salad quilt. It is a far superior version to the squares in mho.

Hope you have a wonderful and restful holiday period.

nicolette said...

Happy belated birthday Cathy, and a very merry Christmas!
Your Japanese Fruit Salad quilt looks amazing!

Quilts on Bastings said...

Hello Cathy,
Great to see you back and I do hope that you are feeling better.
You have made a stunning quilt - great fabrics, beautiful colours.
I hope you had a happy birthday and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2011.
Cheers,
Karen

Kylie Nicholas said...

Hi Cathy, saw your post on facebook, so thought I'd check out your blog.....AMAZING!!!!
Beautiful work as always. Sorry to hear you've been through a bad patch with your shoulder. You have been in my thoughts, we popped in at work on the off chance you were there!!! Never mind, will take this chance now to wish you a very HAPPY & HEALTHY Christmas, and may God bless you all abundantly in the year ahead. Lots of love Kylie & fam xoxox

Marit said...

Your fruit salad quilt top is beautiful, Cathy! I think waiting for the inspiration is a good thing. Waiting because of a bad shoulder is not. Hope you are healing well, and can enjoy the holiday season with your family. Best wishes for the new year. And a late birthday greeting, too...
; )
Take care and be good to yourself...

Stephanie said...

You've been missed. What a gorgeous quilt. You have a wonderful sense of color and style. Happy Belated Birthday. I love the beautiful pitcher with the flowers.

Miriam said...

Happy Birthday for last Friday, Cathy!!!!

I'm so sorry your shoulder has been bad again!

That beautiful quilt looks like the perfect antidote for feeling blue. I love all those joyous colours! Glad to see you are well enough to sew and blog again! Welcome back!

Have a Merry and blessed Christmas, Cathy

Jackie said...

All I can say is WOW!! This quilt is just gorgeous and I so agree with turning those fabrics into this quilt instead of using them for squares. Definitely more interesting and unique. A job well done in the face of shoulder pain. I so hope you are feeling better. Wishing you a Merry Christmas too!

Jackie said...

I love your Fruit Salad! Gorgeous!!!

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Holiday and New Year.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Your colors are beautiful, very pretty!

Lisa said...

What a beautiful quilt! Love the colors. Glad you are back to your addiction/therapy . . . always what the doctor orders for feeling better.

Adele said...

That turned out such a beautiful quilt you are so lucky to have made it its gorgeous.

I bought that exact same quilt kit for Mum 4 or 5 years ago and i must ask her is she has made it up.......like all quilters i bet her answer will be NO.

Merry Chrissy to you and yours and continue to do your work when your shoulder gets better i love your blog.

Adele xx

Nancy said...

Hi Cathy, Glad your shoulder is feeling better and you are able to get back to quilting. . Chronic pain can do terrible things to one's mind.
Your Blog is so colorful and inspiring... I have been missing your posts.
Hope you have a healthy Christmas full of happiness and joy.
Love your latest creation.

Ann Champion said...

So sorry to hear you've been having a hard time. I hope brighter days are ahead.
The delay in starting the quilt from the kit was a good thing? I really like what you did with the fabrics so much better!
It's gorgeous! :)

Lurline said...

I'm sad for you too,Cathy! Do you have a funny feeling it is forever, just having a little sleep every now and then? I do ... and seeing I'm feeling okay at the moment I feel I will be able to cope. Happy Christmas, Sweet and chin up!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Frances Leate said...

I just love your fruit salad quilt - what a great choice. Hope 2011 is a better year for you. Happy Christmas!

alobsiger said...

It turned out beautifully, Cathy! Really pretty with those gorgeous prints and companion colors! The fruit salad quilt is one I'd like to make -- I love how you used the Tokyo Rose kit fabrics!

Rafael's Mum said...

Looking good Cathy! Glad your shoulder lets you work again. Don't over do it! Little and often...

Jeanie jeanhmaher@yahoo.com said...

I really enjoy your blog! Sorry about your shoulder:( I have a question about your half square triangle quilt you finished back in October. What size were your squares? Did you use a pattern? I REALLY love this quilt and would love to recreate it. Thanks in advance for the info. Happy holidays.

Lizzie said...

Nice to have you back Cathy, have a very Merry Christmas with all your family and a safe, happy and healthy 2011..
Lizzie
xxx

Shelley said...

Sorry to hear about your shoulder pain, but so happy to hear you got your sewing groove back!! Another lovely quilt - you are always so creative with your use of patterns and color :)

Happy Belated Birthday and a Merry Christmas to you!

Tarnyia said...

I was wondering where you had got to... glad you are back and glad you are sewing again and what a beautiful use of fabric's... you always put them together so well... and happy birthday for the other day xxx

Maree: said...

Happy Belated Birthday Cathy...WOW I Love what you did with those Fabrics...Just Gorgeous!!Sorry to hear about your Shoulder I Have the same with My Left..I've been told what mine is caused from & it won't get better so Unfortunately we carry On....
Have a Lovely Xmas & All the Best for 2011....I Look forward to your Creations for Inspiration....
ho ho ho

Lauren said...

WOW! This quilt is gorgeous! Glad to hear you are able to sew again.

Anonymous said...

Please go easy on yourself and rest that shoulder. Your quilt is just so amazing and inspiring, in keeping with your body of work. How ever do you get so much done?
I love your blog!
Greta

Selvage Quilter said...

Glad to hear that you're feeling better and getting some serious sewing therapy. I love your quilt. The colors make me happy.
I agree with anonymous: go easy on yourself.
Hugs to you!
Karen

quiltmom said...

Cathy,
I am sorry to hear about your shoulder problem- hope that you are feeling much better.
Your kit has turned out so well- I love how you have used the fabrics to make the quilt your own- I also love the fabric additions.
I think simple quilting is a great idea- I am sure it will be beautiful.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Wishing you improved health and prosperity in 2011.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Julia said...

I just love your fruit salad quilt..so happy and summery for this Aussie hot weather..
Hope 2011 is a better year for your shoulder... Happy Christmas!

ranette said...

Wow Cathy...working with all of that yummy color is one way to overcome that darkness for sure! Your fruit salad quilt is just amazing and I LOVE the red for the borders!

Feel better and have a very Merry Christmas!

Crispy said...

Oh Cathi, I'm so sorry you have been in pain!! I'm happy to hear you are back to quilting, a thing we all have a hard time being without on ocassion. I love the choice of triangles instead of the squares....such a pretty piece :0)

Happy Belated Birthday too!!

Crispy

Bronwyn said...

Hope you have a very merry Christmas Day Cathy!! Lets chat in the New Year!!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Hope you are feeling better and sewing again soon! I love reading your blog and seeing what you are working on!

Kim D. said...

Love the Fruit Salad! I hope your arm is better. I've had repetitive wrist sprain and I feel your pain, no fun at all.

John'aLee said...

What fun and beautiful quilts. I hope you are feeling better. I know what chronic pain is and it is nooooo fun! Take care of yourself!

Kelly said...

gorgeous quilt Cathy! I hope you had a lovely (and shoulder pain free) Christmas, and a happy new year to you too! xx

Sonja♥ said...

oh! I love this quilt, Cathy............
Perhaps because it remains me the kimono of my youth... I lived in Tokio while I was a child;)
Unfortunately for me, it looks like Material Obsession doesn't have these nice japanese fabrics in its kit anymore...
I wish you a Happy 2011!!!!!
And I hope the pain in your shoulder will leave you alone this new year;)

Ann said...

Yours is the first blog I've read in about 2 months Cathy. And it was well worth it - lovely quilt, and hopefully many more in 2011 :)

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

I'm sorry to hear about your shoulder... :( The quilt is lovely! It makes me want to do something with triangles. Hmm... :) Happy New Year!

Jantine said...

I am happy you could go back to quilting and you really thoroughly enjoyed yourself. This turned out another incredible quilt! Just love it!

Shiree said...

I love what you have done with this quilt Christine it looks fabulous, I hope your shoulder allows you to keep up this stunning work,

Lurline said...

Lots of love and a Happy Belated Birthday, Cathy!
Hugs - Lurline♥