There sure has been a lot of traffic through here lately...both the blog and the house. Who knew there was so much blankie love out there? Thanks to several generous mentions around the internet, the blankie post got over 4,000 hits last week! I heard that blankie was far and away the hit of the birthday, though it was sent along with the gift, not as the gift. And her first reaction on the phone to me was that it *looks like new!* Definitely one of my most satisfying projects.
Although I cringe a little (ok, a lot) when bloggers apologize for not posting for a while, I feel some small explanation for my prolonged absence might be in order after my recent *I'll be posting more regularly now* declaration. It was high anxiety here last week when a parade of prospective buyers had me spending literally hours parked in the car down the street during numerous showings, with one lengthy revisit, followed by a flurry of questions such as "can they be out by the end of the month?" This while prepping for our trip. Remember, I was going to throw a bunch of summer things in a bag and head off into the sunset? (Or would that be the rising sun?) As Molly would say, *dreaming!* Invitations materialized, plans multiplied, wardrobe considerations developed, more gifts were needed. And my usual pre-trip panic set in. Long story short, the buyers decided on *the other* house, our clothes are all ironed & laid out, gifts & wrappings are set to be packed. And not much else got accomplished. But I did come across this basket block I made a while ago after falling in love with an antique quilt on eBay about 5 years ago.
At that time, I used to regularly peruse the antique quilt listings and save favorite shots to floppy discs for inspiration. And until I came across the block, I had forgotten about the discs. What a treasure trove! I'll share some more when I get back.
The block, as I recall, was a pain to draft and assemble, but its charm may entice me to fiddle around with it some more. Am I the only one who sees a Chinese lantern-y look to the basket? I think it looks right at home on my Japanese tray and obi runner. Asia on the mind, I guess.
I've been promising some links so here are a few that might be new to you...something for everyone!
- A couple of quilt blogs that I've been enjoying lately are Quilt Otaku and Exuberant Color. Each has several months worth of archives that are well worth reading through.
- Cherry Blossom Hill Studio is another blog that deserves more attention, in my opinion. Quilts and knits...wonderful photos, lots of info.
- Jane Ann has been making gorgeous pineapple blocks and Swim Notes has been posting her bright, fresh quilts on Flickr since giving up her (much missed) blog, Swim.
- Lucie Summers is a British collage artist whose assemblages caught my eye on Flickr several months ago. My favorites are several that she currently is showing at the Nahcotta show in Portsmouth, NH but she has recently opened an Etsy shop where she sells smaller pieces. And she blogs!
- How about these Estonian mittens that showed up on Kindra's blog? The strawberries! I need to take a closer look at these when I get home from Japan.
- And all of you knitters who are considering holiday projects? Look no further! (I found this hilarious link at My Half of the Brain, a blog of wonderful tutorial links.)
- There are some great personal stories of *blankie love* that people wrote about in the comments on the last post. My very favorite is one of the last (on the second page of comments...something new on Typepad?) left by Lynn Dykstra. Aww.
BTW, did you know that a little pre-treatment with Dawn dishwashing liquid will remove stubborn little grease spots on clothing? Ironing my trip clothes this morning, I came across several nasty little stains on newly washed items and re-washed them after applying a little dab of Dawn. Voila! (Note to self: make yourself an apron when you get back from Japan. And wear it.) I told you there'd be something for everyone today!
I don't know if I'll be posting from Japan. In any case, I'll be back in a couple of weeks. I'm off to finish packing...all of our things plus the items that Molly requested. Think I'll be able to fit my clothes in?