I went outside today with DH and kids to photograph the Dear Jane. Here is the photo we got...not perfect, but Aine is quite under the weather and we couldn't go far afield. A trip to the doc for a bad sore throat (strep?) is on the cards for tomorrow.
Here is a behind the scenes photo showing you that it was our 5 year old daugther who took the photos for us, bless her litte sore throated self! She was excited to do it though, so we went for it.
Have a look at the girls 2 years ago, when I was starting to construct the top, my how time flies!
I finished 2 tree quilts, one for myself and one for my swap partner in the ALQS. If you are reading swap partner, which one do you prefer. I actually like them both, but neither is perfect. I hope to have time to hand quilt the swap quilt before I leave and mine over the summer.
I have neglected to get a photo of my little ballerina shoe knitting which is currently languishing as I work on my DJ wallhanging I still plan on giving away (and hope to time it with my 200th post...yes it has taken this mostly once a week poster 3 years nearly to get to 200!!).
I have to tell you about a visitor we had on Thursday. She found me while surfing for quilters in Ireland and quilt shops in Ireland (almost none to speak of!). She saw the blog and emailed me, and we arranged to meet in Limerick during her bus trip around Ireland. Kay is from Brisbane Australia and came bearing goodies, and a large stuffed dog, Digger, that Aine fell in love with. She had to take Digger around for the day and take photos of him, it has something to do with beer money for the party the last night? Here are some photos of Kay (blogless) and Aine and of Digger with a Killaloe backdrop.
I think she had fun seeing a bit of our countryside and visiting some of my friends and seeing some of my quilts. My patchwork group leader is the sister of a well-known rugby player/commentator, Keith Wood, and her tour leader is a rugby commentator in Australia, so we stopped in my favorite cafe where the big brother of Mr. Wood is the owner/chef. We hope it duly impressed her tour leader, lol.
She brought me this wonderful stack of magazines and Lynette Anderson's Saltbox Sampler pattern and some yummy scrummy fabrics!! Thank you so much Kay, I hope you enjoyed the visit, Aine had a great time with you!
Katy and family will be visiting next Friday for the week. We are all looking forward to the visit. Katy promises to teach me how to make quilted postcards (plan to make some for the Sisters Quilt Show fundraiser for my mom's cancer unit in Bend!!) and I will teach her to knit!!
Mom is doing okay, they didn't stop her treatments, so the doctors aren't too worried about the shingles for the moment. She is hanging in there!
Thanks again everyone who visits, all the comments and friendships really make my day.
Your Dear Jane quilt is fabulous. well done! I have stalled at block 30? - about halfway through row c - but I am feeling more inspired now Ive seen yours.
What a great photo, think I need to borrow your photographer!! Great to have the progress shots, with the girls that much smaller!! Love the tree quilts, you have been so busy. How generous you were to meet Kay and show her around and what lovely gifts she brought you. Enjoy the magazines!
Being a rugby mad family we too would have been most impressed by the Keith Wood connection - Ireland have never been quite the same since he retired. Your little imp is getting to be quite a photographer, but then who couldn't take a good photo of such a gorgeous subject?
Amazing quilt pictures, Cathi!!! I checked a book out from the library the other day (for sewing tips) and they had a whole chapter on quilting ... temtpting, but daunting, too!
I hope Aine will soon be feeling well again.
sorry to hear aine is sick. The DJ is incredible. I'm hoping you will agree to be a feature article in an upcoming IQ!! This would blow the cover off the new mag.
Sounds like you are having fun...but hope the little one is getting better.
Wow...every time I see your Dear Jane I'm awed.
Lovely goodies from abroad...aren't quilters nice!
I am so impressed with your Dear Jane and with the great photo Aine took. Tell her I hope she feels better very soon. We certainly know about sore throats at my house! I hope your visit with Kate and family is great.
Your DJ is just outstanding, Cathi...what a masterpiece of work! Terrific photos. And such fun to see your girls 2 yrs ago...how they have grown! Hope Aine isn't too poorly and will be feeling better soon. Such treats of magazines and fabric, and not least meeting Kay--a super testament how blogging brings people closer--literally! Happy Days ((HUGS))
I know its nuts to be commenting on your blog when I will probably see you tomorrow ( though I missed you today, hope you are all feeling better). Even though I have seen it lots of times in different stages, the DJ quilt is just amazing. Aine is definitely your daughter - the photo is spot on.If you need anything , give me a buzz.....
really, that should say "try to teach her to knit" - it's been attempted before :)
DJ looks great, but I already said that when I had my sneak peek...
looks great and all the great presents/mags etc from Oz.........
Just lovely, just breath taking...the DJ is soo wonderful...I'm more impressed that your 5 yr old took the picture!! :)
How neat to meet internet friends from afar! I would love to visit and me you :)
I don't know who your swap partner is, but I like the one on the left if you are looking for input on the ALQS.
Oh, Cathi, it is so beautiful! I love the photo with the girls on your quilt. You must be floating on air....
Good wishes to Aine that she is feeling better very soon. She took a great photo for you - I find that my Little Boy often takes great photos and from an angle that I don't usually consider! Definately a good idea to take photos of the girls with your current works in progress - it IS really fun to see how they grow as you work on something - or how big they were when you were working on a project. My own favorite quilt photos have Little Boy in them! I am sure you will make GREAT fabric postcards - go MOM!!! Great cause. And - fun to hear about your visitor from Blogland! What fun gifts!!!
It is a stunning photo. (Please tell 5-year-old-child she has skillz!) I may be shamed into starting one due to your blog. See what you do???
And I like the Tree of Life on the right. I am very impressed that you have it all completed already. I have to start mine still. I think I just figured out what I am going to make, EEK!
Aine took a great photo! The quilt looks amazing.
That quilt is just glorious!! I have such respect for "Dear Janers." The amount of time it must take to complete one should boggle the mind of any person who sees it. I think you did a wonderful job!!!
WOW! That Dear Jane is wonderful. I admire all the ladies who've decided to take on Jane. Lovely! ~jen~
She's a great photographer :) Your DJ is stunning. Wish I could see it at Sisters but I won't be in town this year :-(
Followed the link to here from Katy's knitting update. She's doing well!
Your Dear Jane quilt is incredible, you must be feeling exhilarated by the feat!
My thoughts are with you, your Mum and family. This is a battle I have experienced first hand and know how you are all feeling. Stay positive. Kerry
Hi Cathi, the DJ looks fantastic. What a labour of love. Nice to have a visit from someone who lives in my home town - you say she doesn't have a blog?
Wow! It just looks magnificent. How your darling girls have grown in just a short time! What a precious photo to have.
[...] depths of closet/despair….I saw a lovely completed Dear Jane quilt that Catherine made on Celtic Knots… which inspired me anew. I was beginning to suspect that the quilt was unfinishable….. [...]
I was at Kate's blog and it sounds like you had a really great time! Love the little bags- I need to make some grab bags like that. And a crayon purse...
Your Dear Jane is gorgeous!
Beautiful scenery...and the yummy Bailey...with great companies! Enjoy the season and hope to hang out with you and your girls in the summer.
You Dear jane quilt is gorgeous!!!!I simply love it.
Bye, from the Netherlands, Willeke
Your Dear Jane is beautiful! I just found your blog and it is wonderful- you have re-inspired me for my DJ journey I just have begun! Hope it does well in the show(it should!) Thanks for sharing!
Your DJ is so beautiful! I have to finsh mine!
Greetings from Austria
I am drooling over the Dear Jane quilt!
Without a doubt, this is the most beautiful Dear Jane quilt I have ever seen! The colors and workmanship are magnificent.
Kathy from California
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