Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Recap

I was very happy to get back to my machine today and do a little sewing after a brief hiatus. Mr. Romance had a four day weekend, so I promised him no sewing and very little blogging for the four days. We had a fun weekend. We saw two movies, Midnight in Paris and Bridesmaids. Don't judge me on either movie. We enjoyed both for different reasons, but I have to say  I laughed myself silly watching Bridesmaids and I really enjoyed the scenery of Paris in the Woody Allen movie, the storyline not so much. We ate out every night and basically had a "staycation". My mom was in Albuquerque with my brother for my nephew's wedding, so we were empty nesters for the weekend. We swam, did a little gardening and just relaxed. So, I really didn't miss NOT sewing at all.
I also did a photo shoot with our son and his beautiful wife and kids. I'll post photos of that after I get some of the shots edited.
So this afternoon I got one 4x4 block of my Circle Me Back to Amsterdam quilt pieced and then had my first attempt at QAYG (quilt as you go for my non-quilty readers). I must say I am pretty excited about this project.
Here is the first block.

Now if you remember my inspiration was this bag


Imagine my shock and surprise when I came across this pattern today.
And after I posted earlier about copying from someone's blog! But, really, I did not copy this quilt. I used Ayumi's bag as my inspiration and hopefully there are no lawsuits in the works. Ha! Ha!.
 So one block is pieced and quilted, another is pieced. There are a total of 9 blocks made up of 16-6 inch squares. I think this should go pretty fast now that I have time to work on it.
To be continued...
I'm linking up with Lee's WiP
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Annabella said...

It`s looking so good and I love the fact that you used the bag as inspiration but it looks very different if that makes sense. Your long weekend sounds lovely.

Elizabeth D. said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful long weekend! Good for you for highlighting Julie's pattern; I can absolutely understand that feeling when you come across similar work on another blog. Ayumi's bag is definitely inspiring, and different from Julie's pattern. Perhaps Julie drew her inspiration from that bag as well, who knows! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday!

Becky said...

LOL - I saw your post about this quilt before and thought you were following Julie's pattern! HA! Yours turned out beautifully. I often wonder how pattern designers do it, when i try to design something it seems like it's already been done.

noga quilts said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend, wonderful!
Your block is lovely, and don't worry if you see similar patterns, we all get inspiration from everything around us, and your work is really unique!

Geri Centonze said...

Amazing coincidence about the quilt! I love what you've done so far.

LaDonna and Diana said...

Just goes to show great ideas are going to happen! (I've had this happen to me alot too!)


Ruth said...

Great block! I love it!

Bree said...

That's looking great! I love the circles :)

Kate S. said...

Sounds like you had a nice a relaxing weekend! I was just thinking about trying QAYG at some point - I'll be interested to hear how you find it.

Wendys Hat said...

Looks great! Are your circles left raw edges or appliqued down?

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