Monday, June 9, 2014

Let's have a picnic with SEW WE QUILT!


I signed up for this blog hop because...well, I'm not sure why. I think I had a lapse of sanity given all the other things that I have on right now - quilt show quilts, quilt backings, destash sales, house buying... Nevertheless, I refused to give up, give in, or otherwise say 'die'.

Also: while it's heading into summer territory in the Northern Hemisphere, down here in the Southern Hemisphere we're bound for winter. As a result, the weather has been growing distinctly colder and chillier, with occasional squalls. And they'd been predicting rain for the entire weekend...

Luckily, the rain obviously hadn't yet gotten the memo when I nipped down to a local park for my quilt photoshoot with a basket, a book, my handsewing, and box of donuts!

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I haven't been to this park in decades - not since I was a kid, really, but it's lovely and well-kept, and well-frequented by families in the area.

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And here's my happy, bright picnic quilt, all laid out!

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The fabric collection for the block accents and the border is Sanae's "Oh My!" line from 2011, and the background fabric is a print that I've had lying around for at least as long - little coloured speckles on cream. I pieced and quilted it on my domestic machine just this last week.

For my picnic, I brought a book (Nalini Singh's latest Psy-Changeling novel - just came out the other day!), my handsewing (in the little "ta-da!" bag), and a box of donuts.

Sunday morning picnic: quilt, handsewing, book, donuts.

No, I didn't eat all the donuts - just one. They're destined for church supper tonight. I was going to bake (both for this and for church supper) but after I had my 20 year high school reunion last night (Wait, what, twenty years? Who gave permission for it to be twenty years?), I'm exhausted and need a "nanna nap".

When I wake up, though, I'm off to admire all the other picnic quilts around the hop: I haven't had a chance to look in-depth, but there's been some beautiful work displayed!

My fellow picnickers for the 9th are:
Monday June 9
Cherry Blossoms
The Quilting Queen Online
Mad Quilter's Disease
Daisy Days
Buzzing and Bumbling
From My Carolina Home
Sew We Quilt

But the full list can be found here (my blog), or here (sew we quilt blog).

Have a lovely summer, and when our summer comes around, I will definitely be picnicking at this park with some friends!

40 comments:

  1. A good looking quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Bless you for doing this in the colder months! Your Quilt is delightful, and so perfect for a Picnic!! Thank~You for sharing your Day with us!!
    Huggs, Nancy

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  3. Your quilt is so lovely. Thanks for sharing

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  4. A lovely quilt and I am sure there will be many more picnics in your future with that beauty. Glad you were able to share with us today.

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  5. Sel it is a very happy quilt and I love it! Class reunions are so fun, don't you think? And, trust me, twenty is nothing. I'm going to my 50th in October. :) I sure wish I had one of those donuts this morning - what a great breakfast that would be. blessings, marlene

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  6. Looks like a beautiful day. Your quilt is lovely.

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  7. Your quilt is perfect for your picnic. I love going back to parks I visited as a child. Lots of things have changed in the park I enjoyed as a child but the one constant thing is the little train that you can pay a quarter and ride around the tracks. :)

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  8. What a great pattern for a picnic quilt! I love the bright colorful blocks! Your setting is equally beautiful! I'm glad the weather held out for you!

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  9. I keep forgetting all around the globe you are experienced fall into winter...gosh and here we haven't had a full blown summer yet as it is still spring...and still you make a lovely picnic quilt and bring along at least a dozen donuts zoo this was a sweet start to our day...I can't say I have ever had a donut for a picnic but it is a sweet treat lol...

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  10. Your scrappy quilt is just right to picnic on....very pretty. My goodness, you do have alot going on ! Hang in there !

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  11. What a bright scrappy happy quilt...nice!!

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  12. Great quilt! I didn't know she had a new book out! Any good?

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  13. Doughnuts, a book ,and sewing looks like a perfect picnic to me. x

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  14. Your quilt is beautiful...love the scrappy and bright look! Donuts sound like a perfect picnic food to me! :O)

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  15. I hope you had fun at your 20th class reunion. My 45th is in August. I had planned to go as I went to my 15th and haven't been back since for one. Well, another more exciting trip opportunity arose, so maybe I'll make the 50th. I adore your quilt. The colors resonate PICNIC! I love the nice clean, cheerful look to it. I'd love to know your review of the book. I read by spurts and am in a reading mood and looking for some good books. Thanks for participating and being a great inspiration for a wonderful quilt and a simplified picnic - simple can be better. I love donuts and that a soda pop would be a great picnic for me - of course, the book included. Have a great week!

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  16. Morning Sel! Will you be my new best friend?! I laughed through your entire post...I mean, I didn't laugh at your quilt, it is really cute...but really, when it got to the doughnuts I said to my husband, "I love this girl!" So he took a look over my shoulder and agreed :) Super great post, especially with all the other "stuff" going on. I'll talk with you again, because I am going to follow you :)

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  17. That's a really cute quilt. I bet it feels great to have it done. Beautiful spot and yummy donuts.

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  18. That's my idea of a great trip to the park! Everything a girl needs - a book, a little stitchery, a donut (or a few - I'd probably eat half the box all by myself...) and a great quilt to wrap up in! Glad the weather cooperated, too!

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  19. Your picnic quilt is adorable and such a great place to have a picnic. Thanks for sharing your perfect picnic with all of us.

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  20. Nalini Singh's latest Psy-Changeling novels are favorite reads of mine too. love your quilt. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  21. Beautiful park and it compliments your adorable quilt. That box of donuts had me worried until I read you just ate one. I don't know if I have that will power. Love the fabrics and your quilt.

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  22. Your quilt is beautiful! And who wouldn't love a donut picnic! I'll have to try one of those soon!

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  23. Your quilt is wonderful. Lovely colors too. Donuts and a book sound great--I'd add coffee. But how could you stop at one donut?

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  24. I'm still smiling...though how you resisted the box of donuts and only ate one amazes me!! Lovely quilt and you'll be so excited to really use it properly when summer returns next year.

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  25. Beautiful picnic quilt! Fun pattern and fabrics. Thanks for sharing your picnic with me. Please pass the delicious looking donuts ... ;) Pat

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  26. LOve your quilt, sew colorful and happy! Thank you for sharing and joining the hop.

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  27. Yummm.....doughnuts! I love them and never would have been able to eat just one! :) Your quilt is lovely....pretty fabrics.

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  28. Well, who would have thought about donuts. Yum, Yum! and a yummy quilt too. Funny how we take our season for granted and don't realize it's different around the world!

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  29. Your quilt is really pretty! I'm so glad the weather cooperated for you picnic. I'm impressed by your willpower. I mean you were tired, you needed the sugar fix and still you stopped at only one doughnut!

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  30. Thank you for being part of this fun hop.

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  31. Ohhhh, I love your picnic quilt. And donuts for a picnic...now your talking!
    ;-)

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  32. Your quilt is beautiful....I love your choice of fabrics and the block design you chose. Donuts, oh a I love the cream filled, pass me one.

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  33. You got a very pretty day considering the wintery-ness I'm sure you are experiencing right now! Thank you for joining the hop, I love your quilt, and good luck on your WIP list, it's intense!
    ~Brandy

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  34. I love your picnic quilt! Very pretty! The park does look very inviting! xo jan

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  35. Hey, I just discovered and started reading Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series. Have read about four, have the rest lined up on request at the library. I spotted the new one on the "new and interesting" shelves, and tracked back to the beginning of the series. Great picnic. My kind of food (anything someone else makes) and entertainment. BTW, I do like your quilt as well.

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  36. Very nice picnic quilt! thanks for sharing.

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  37. Very lovely, scrappy quilt!

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