Friday, October 26, 2012

I'm Getting Excited!

I received an email from my friend Alice just the other night to let me know that she had finished quilting my Comfort & Joy quilt and included a few "sneak peek" photos just to tease me and I thought I'd share them with you.

She is one amazing longarm quilter.  Just have a look at these close ups!











I absolutely can't wait to see the entire quilt up close and personal.  Hasn't she done an amazing job?  And I think she's working on my Wish quilt at this very moment.  With any luck, I'll have them both back either next week or the week after.  If I sound impatient, I most definitely am!  Woo hoo!  

If you missed them, you can see both flimsies here in my last post.



It was a beautiful day yesterday so Mr. Painted Quilt, Ollie and I went for a drive through the countryside to enjoy what remains of the Fall foliage.

Before we headed out, I took this photo standing on the road in the front of our house which you can see in the background.



This next photo is on one of the back roads near Bear River, Nova Scotia, a short drive from where we live.  



Nova Scotia is becoming world renowned for it's wine and this next photo is of the Bear River Winery, just a short distance away from the above photo.



I don't enter many giveaways but when I saw this charm pack of Polka Dot Stitches by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs being offered by Bev at 44th Street Fabric, I just had to enter.  

And look what arrived in my mail box today!


  
Thank you so much, Bev.  I have just the perfect project in mind!



This morning Mr. PQ and I decided that it was time to get Ollie a new bed because he and Frankie were outgrowing the old one which is actually a crate liner and not a bed per se.  So we went to good old WalMart and came home with a new one...and guess what? 



He loves it!  And there's plenty of room for Frankie in there too!


Shhhh...baby sleeping.
Ahhhh...life's comforts.  Aren't they great?


33 comments:

Ginette said...

I can't believe she didn't show it to me before sending it off! LOL I can't wait to see your completed quilt!! Ollie looks so comfy in his new bed!

Loris said...

Your quilt looks like it is becoming even more beautiful!
Thank you for sharing pics of autumn in your neck of the woods. It must be even more gorgeous in person. Enjoy!
And love to that sweet Ollie and Frankie. The new bed looks perfect!

paulette said...

The quilting is STUNNING!! Perfect icing on the cake!!
Love the Fall shots and little Ollie is adorable...could rub his belly all day long!!
P

Sharon said...

Love the quilting, I am always stumped on Churn Dash blocks and I really like what she did. I have a baby quilt that needs done and I believe I shall "copy" her design, Can't wait to see the whole piece. Gorgeous colors in your neck of the woods.

KaHolly said...

Wow!! I can tell it's going to be wonderful. Can't wait to see what she does with the Wish quilt. Is she local to you, Kaaren? I'm interested in finding a long arm quilter here in NS who lets the quilt speak to them and quilts it accordingly. Up here we have a few who know their machines, but just pick a pattern and go with it. They do nice work, but the patterns don't always work with the top. At least in my opinion.

Radka said...

Lovely pictures of your part of the world:-)
I can see why you are looking forward having your quilt back, the quilting is beautiful, but so is all the work you have put into it! It is going to be one great quilt!

Wendy said...

The quilting is beautiful. I'm loving all the fall pictures. I made your fall pincushion....and it look great with the fall decorations.
http://snippetsofaquilter.blogspot.ca/2012/10/pincushion-finished.html

Bev said...

I'm glad you got your charm squares! I hope you enjoy them! Can't wait to see your quilt!

Cheery wave!

Bev

Lesley said...

Stunning, stunning, and more stunning! Alice's quilting and your piecing have certainly mixed well! Can't wait to see the quilt in its entirety! Love your pics...the countryside is gorgeous, a little more colorful than what I see out my back door. And how comfortable Ollie has made himself! Thanks for a wonderful read and see!

WoolenSails said...

I can't wait to see it all, there is nothing like quilting to really finish off our quilts. I do free motion, but I would love to have a long arm. Ollie looks very happy in his new bed.

Debbie

Heartsdesire said...

Your Comfort & Joy quilt is looking so beautiful, even though we've only had a quick peak. And your house looks lovely surrounded by all those autumn-coloured leaves. We have quite a bit of colour here, but probably not as much as you have on the east coast. Great inspiration for a quilt I think. Ollie seems very comfortable in his new bed. Hope Frankie is enjoying it as well.

Merilyn said...

What a lovely post Kaaren! I agree the quilting on the Comfort & Joy does look wonderful, she's done a great job so far! Gorgeous photos of the Autumn trees in your district, wonderful colours!!!!
Love little Ollie's new bed, just the right size for the little guy, looks as though there just might be enough room for a cat too LOL!!!!!

Sue said...

Beautiful quilting indeed! The quilt looks to be just a wonderful quilt!

The photos of the fall countryside are breathtaking too.
Our colors are all gone now and I am afraid Old Man Winter is just around the corner.

Your pup looks like he's enjoying his new bed. He's so sweet:)

Janet said...

Your quilt is looking great. Can't wait to see the Wish one. The fall foliage is gorgeous. Have you tasted the wines from NS? Ollie does look very comfortable. He is a cutie.
Janet

SueB said...

The quilting looks wonderful on that quilt. I can't wait to see the quilt all finished also.

Ollie is so sweet in that little bed.. He has grown so much.

Karen said...

Love, Love, Love the quilting Kaaren -- and the fall foliage is beautiful too! Thanks for sharing... hugs

Darlene D said...

Great pictures Kaaren, quite close to home for me! Your quilt looks amazing, can't wait to see it!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful pictures Kaaren! It is so sweet to see Ollie and Frankie being such great pals.

Sandy said...

Your snippets of quilting are gorgeous! What great quilts just ready for binding.

roccagal said...

beautiful quilting and an absolutely irresistible puppy!
Have a great weekend!

Bev said...

All is looking well at the Painted Quilt house. Yes, your quilting looks yummy. Can't wait to see the finish. Bev

taylorsoutback said...

Really like the quilting on your Comfort and Joy - especially the feathers in the square done on those 2 blocks. Great texture!

Little Ollie's new bed fits him perfectly -

Nova Scotia is on my bucket list...we have traveled to all the western provinces and territories and everything between there and Ontario but never to the Eastern Coast...someday!

Janet O. said...

Yes, the quilting looks wonderful!! So exciting to get a quilt back (soon) and love it.
Lovely fall shots--and I love seeing Ollie all comfy in his new bed.

Pam in IL said...

Oh my goodness, what a tease you got! That's some beautiful work she's done on your quilts.

Looks like you had a wonderful fall day to take a drive. Love seeing your the countryside.

Ollie looks quite comfy in his new bed. What a sweet little guy!

Sue said...

Every time I see a photo of Ollie I think how adorable he is! The quilting complements your lovely patchwork.

Patty C. said...

I so love your blog !!!!

Jackie said...

I can see why you're anxious to get your quilts back - the pics she sent you look amazing!

You definitely have some glorious color! Nothing like that to be found here in Florida.

Stephanie said...

You live in a part of the world I have always wanted to visit. Very gorgeous. Have you thought of taking the exact same photo of your house during the 4 separate seasons? Would make a lovely photo collage.

gracie said...

Great pictures and love Ollie. He looks quiet comfortable in his new bed.

Siobhán said...

Oh my gosh, you must be so excited to have those quilts on their way back home! It looks like your quilter did an amazing job with them. I can't wait for the full reveal. :)

Thanks for sharing the shots of autumn where you are--it looks wonderful!

DocSly said...

Your countryside is so beautiful. I love to read your blog as it is just like we are sitting and talking together.

Candace said...

My oh my that is going to be a stunning finish, Kaaren! Sure is gorgeous in your neck of the woods, too! I hope the big storm doesn't head your way. If it does, Ollie and Frankie can snuggle up in that wonderful new bed!
Cheers!

Sylvie BG said...

Yes, an amazing job for your Comfort & Joy ! Love it !
Thanks for sharing with us some pictures of your beautiful country. Love it too !