Celebrations & Another 100 Blocks

4 May

Fellow Quilters,

Another great issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks (#11!) is hitting the newsstands this week, and once again I am participating in the blog tour for the launch.logo

I really enjoy participating in these tours.  I usually scan the issue, searching for designers who are also part of Northcott’s pattern design team, or blocks that feature Northcott’s fabrics, and recreate these blocks in the collection that Northcott has advertised in the issue.  There are 7 blocks in the current issue that fall under this umbrella, including my own block – a big Woo-hoo!  Because I have a block in the issue, I have been invited to blog on Thursday as well, so I shall do “my usual” on Thursday’s blog – please come by then and check out the blocks to choose your favorite for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 11.  For this post, however, I thought I’d share a bit of something more personal.

The collection that Northcott has advertised in this issue is Stonehenge Celebration 2, perfect for Independence Day, with waving flags, stars and fireworks.  That got me thinking about the things we celebrate.  As I write this post, I am sitting at my kitchen counter, with the tantalizing fragrance of peaches wafting through the kitchen.  Now, I live in Canada, and peach season is still 3 months away.  For the month of August, I buy basket after basket of juicy peaches, eating them for breakfast, dinner and night-time snack.  My favorite thing to do with them, however, is make peach pies – from scratch, including the pastry, with a lattice top.  Yum!!  You need in-season peaches to make pies.  The ones you buy in the middle of winter just don’t cut it.  When I was a kid, my mom would pack my brother, sister and I in the car and drive to the Niagara region about 2 hours away to pick baskets of peaches for preserving.  Yes, I know it was child labour, but there is nothing better than eating a just-picked peach warm from the sun while filling your basket.

I spent the past week in Florida, getting my mom packed up from her winter home, and driving her back to Canada.  As we travelled up through the top of Florida and into Georgia, we passed billboards announcing PECANS.  Hubby’s ultimate favorite pie is pecan pie – gooey and thick with pecans.  After passing several of these signs, I suggested to Mom that we stop and get some.  We pulled off the freeway to a roadside stand.  Right beside the pecans were baskets of peaches – golden nuggets of Georgia sunshine.  They lured me. The young guy manning the stand knew how to sell.  “Would you like a taste of one?” he asked, and handed me a wedge of deliciousness.  It tasted just like the ones I picked when I was a kid.  “They’ll be ripe in 3 days or so,” he said. Our journey is a 3-day trip.  “Sold!” I said.  The basket of peaches went into the back seat, and the heavenly fragrance filled the car for 3 days.  We enjoyed them when we stopped to stretch our legs, and there are just enough left to make a peach pie for Mother’s Day this weekend.

Mom and I shared lots of laughs, good times and great meals over the past week.  It was a rare treat to spend an entire week with her, and I have much to celebrate on Mother’s Day.  After I dropped Mom off, I arrived home to a spotlessly clean house (even the windows were clean!) and dinner on the table.  I guess I’ll be making a pecan pie too.

What about you?  What have you celebrated recently, or will be celebrating in the coming weeks?  Post a comment on my blog by noon on Tuesday May 5th for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 11 and a packet of Stonehenge Celebration 2 fabrics.  Enjoy the blog tour (http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures), and see you again on Thursday!



107 Responses to “Celebrations & Another 100 Blocks”

  1. Martina May 4, 2015 at 4:36 am #

    How great to have time with your mom with lots of laughter! I will soon celebrate my 50th birthday, lol! and my brain is busy on thinking of the how. I would love to invite my closest “girls” (family and friends…) and have a fun time together.

  2. Anita May 4, 2015 at 5:33 am #

    I celebrated my birthday last month.

  3. Shelley Williams May 4, 2015 at 5:44 am #

    I am celebrating a new sewing room floor and reorganization project! I am very excited to once again sew and quilt after 2 weeks of flooring and painting. I look forward to Quiltmaker every month and I was excited to see the newest issue of Quilt Blocks released. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  4. Jeanne May 4, 2015 at 6:07 am #

    Celebrating my grandaughter’s college graduation this month as an accountant after four years of hard work.

  5. JoyceLM May 4, 2015 at 6:42 am #

    I had two friends celebrate their retirements recently. I made quilts for each of them. Thanks.

  6. Julie in GA May 4, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    My sister is only 55 years old, but she is able to retire this year. I am rather jealous, but very happy for her too and look forward to celebrating with her when I visit in a few weeks.

  7. Carol W May 4, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    I will be celebrating having some big work projects completed and going on vacation!

  8. Sandy A in St. Louis May 4, 2015 at 7:22 am #

    Congratulations on the block in the magazine! What an accomplishment! This weekend we will be celebrating the marriage of a niece. The wedding quilt is done (a big yahoo!) and ready for wrapping. Just need to polish the dancing shoes and I will be ready!

  9. Ellee May 4, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    Our family is celebrating my brother’s 80th birthday on May 8th. I feel so fortunate to have the best big brother — and a great sister-in-law as well.

  10. lyeager3 May 4, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    I’m told that in 2 wks I’ll be able to move back into my condo! That may not sound like much, but had to move out last May into a smaller unit w NO sewing space. Not only will I be back w my neighbors into a “reconditioned” unit, but I’ll have my sewing room back! Big YEAH!

  11. bjday68 May 4, 2015 at 8:06 am #

    Enjoyed reading about your special time with your mom. I recently celebrated my 70th bday. It was so special to hear my two year old and three year old great grand sons sing Happy Birthday. Thanks for chance to win a copy of the latest 100 Quilt Blocks. b.j.day68@gmail.com

  12. Vivian May 4, 2015 at 8:12 am #

    Great story, now you’ve got me looking forward to summer peaches! Many years ago, my husband and I discovered Donut Peaches at our local Farmers Market so I hope to celebrate the start of the FM season soon. Hmmm, maybe I’ll get to make a quilted market bag this year too!

  13. Dana Gaffney May 4, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Thanks for the story, I enjoyed it, time with mom is always special. We are celebrating my daughter’s internship, not only did she get one, but it’s close to her home so she doesn’t have to move across the country for just one year.

  14. CateD May 4, 2015 at 8:37 am #

    This month of May we will be celebrating my mom’s birthday, Mother’s Day, my son’s birthday and our wedding anniversary. Plus the start of summer with the opening of our cottage. Whew, will be a busy month.

  15. Pat McFall May 4, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    I wish my Mom was still here to spend time with. You are truly BLESSED!!! Pat

  16. Carol B. May 4, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    What a wonderful story of your week with your Mom. That was a special early Mother’s day present for both you and your mom. My parents 65th anniversary is in two days. Something special to celebrate.
    P.S. Congrats on the block being published !!!

  17. Dee May 4, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    This weekend we will be celebrating my Great, Great niece Olivia’s birthday. My daughter (who is her Godmother) is coming home this weekend for the party – can’t wait. That being said, wish my Mom and Dad were here to see it:). So this weekend since my daughter is home we will also get floral bouquets (silk) ready to give Mom and Dad for Memorial Day. The Stonehenge is beautiful!

  18. debbierhodes May 4, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    April had 3 birthdays – mine and two of my grand cuties. Yesterday my son in law placed second in a golf tournament. Would love to win your lovely fabric, that would be a great celebration. Drhodes9@cox.net

  19. Susan May 4, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    I have been celebrating the arrival of Spring (looks like it has finally arrived and winter is gone).

  20. Rae May 4, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Patti, thank you for sharing your experience with your Mom. It is truly something to treasure. Congratulations on having a block in the magazine.

  21. Anita B. May 4, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    We’ll have a huge July 4th week-end as all our family will be here, children and grandchildren. It will be wonderful to have everyone together!

  22. Janet T May 4, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    It is like Christmas II around here in May. My two sons were both born in May. It is also my Dad’s, Sister’s, Brother in law’s birthdays, and two in early June, so lot’s to celebrate!

  23. ShariK May 4, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    I will be celebrating my birthday tomorrow – May 5. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Esther May 4, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    Sounds wonderful! Fresh peaches and a week with your mom.

  25. Jill of Apple Avenue Quilts May 4, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    I hope to celebrate the finish of a quilted item soon. It’s been a long time since I actually finished anything. Thanks for the chance!

  26. Pamela May 4, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    We’re celebrating Mother’s Day along with my husband’s birthday, my niece’s birthday, and my great nephew’s birthday, one right after the other! Such fun times!

  27. Lee Ann L. May 4, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    Celebrations? We just had our 21st wedding anniversary. We also are currently having an “open house” for this month and the month of June to celebrate the almost completion of my room (converted attached garage). I’m sure there will be more “celebrations” in the coming months ahead! 😀

  28. Jean May 4, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    This week I hope to celebrate the completion of two quilts for our show next week.

  29. Laurie parrack May 4, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    We celebrated my husband’s birthday last week, we are also celebrating Cinco De Mayo this week.

  30. Linda Flanagan May 4, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    I am on my way home from wintering in Arizona. Your time with your mother sounds wonderful. Road trips are great for talking and remembering. I look forward to reading your blog and being inspired to begin a new quilt.

    • Linda Flanagan May 4, 2015 at 11:39 am #

      We are celebrating our 53rd wedding anniversary!

  31. Debby E May 4, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    First of all I celebrate life every single day! But..coming up are my 2 oldest grand-babies graduating high school – wow – where have these years gone !!! And of course Mother’s Day on Sunday. Thanks so much for the chance to win 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  32. Marcia Hoekstra May 4, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    Retirement and lots more quilting is my big celebration. Thanks for sponsoring 100 blocks.

  33. slmrn1 May 4, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    Celebrating my nephew’s wedding this summer. finishing a quilt for them as a wedding gift.

  34. marta May 4, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    hi ! just yesterday our families came together to celebrate my youngest grand kid’s communion..thank you for the giveaway….marta

  35. Diana Tatro May 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    How fortunate I am to be the mother of 6 wonderful grown adults….This weekend, I’ll celebrate just that !!

  36. Deborah DeBerry May 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    With Mother’s Day next weekend, my daughter and her friend(my third daughter) surprised my husband and I, upon our arrival home from a trip to SC, with a beautiful yard, They worked for two days cutting, trimming, sawing, etc and it is so beautiful. So I will celebrate Mother’s Day, wishing mine were here to enjoy it, and counting my blessings for daughters who are such treasures.

  37. Lu May 4, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    Just celebrated our friends’ birthdays yesterday with a turkey dinner and birthday pies. Since we don’t get to see each other during Thanksgiving or Christmas or their birthdays we have the get together in the Spring! We had such a wonderful time.

  38. teri May 4, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    We are celebrating Mothers Day of course and several family anniversaries this month.

  39. NancyB from Many LA May 4, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    Hopefully my sewing studio will be finished soon!

  40. Linda S May 4, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    We will be celebrating my nephew’s graduation and a couple of other birthdays soon. However, no mother’s day celebrations here, as I am single with no children and my mother passed away several years ago. Thanks for the chance!
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

  41. Joy May 4, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    I’ll be celebrating a milestone birthday – 60…Eeekkk.

  42. Sandra L. McGinness May 4, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    Loved reading about your time with your Mom. My Mom just turned 92yrs. She has dementia and is living in an assisted living facility. But, we have so many wonderful memories of our times together that thankfully she still remembers,even tho she sometimes thinks I am her mother! I recently became great grandmother to 2 new great grandsons and have been busy making quilts for them. I am trying to make quilts for all my children,grandchildren and great grans., also nieces and nephews. Thankfully I am blessed with a wonderful husband who understands my need to make memories for our family.

  43. Rochelle Marouski May 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    My husband and i just drove up from FL to CT. All those signs are so tempting! But next week is the local MDOG dine around. For a small ticket price you get to eat at 25+ restaurants. Part of the ticket price goes to raise funds for a local dog park. Lots of food and free transportation for a great cause.

  44. Bonnie May 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    My husband and I will be celebrating our wedding anniversary this month.

  45. tammyreidyTammy May 4, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    I will be celebrating my sons marriage on the 23rd of this month! So excited!
    How fun for you and your mom to have a nice trip and memories to share together! I hope your hubby enjoyed that pecan pie!

  46. bobkat1896 May 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    April was our busy month with lots
    of birthdays. Thanks for the giveaway.

  47. Lisa Marie May 4, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    Wow, sounds like a wonderful week with your Mom! We celebrated this past Christmas with a trip to Hawaii. A wonderful winter getaway!

  48. Loris Mills May 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    I just celebrated my birthday last month 😊
    Your trip north sounded wonderful…especially that peach!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. Theresa MacLean May 4, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    I am celebrating that is is finally “spring” here, i wasn’t so sure we were going to get a spring at all this year. It was a very long and snowy winter and still some snow hanging around, but the sun is shining brightly today and for the last several days. I am busy starting some seeds for my vegetable garden! Hope springs eternal!

  50. Debbie@ShelteredStitches May 4, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    Hubby just retired and we relocated to our forever home in southwestern VA 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

  51. Sandy Curtis May 4, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    We celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary on Jan. 29. Today we celebrated spring by getting some planting done, It is nice to see bright colored geraniums out front after a dreary winter!!

  52. buntyw May 4, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    My youngest son’s 21st birthday this month!!

  53. Donna Joy May 4, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    Just celebrated my granddaughters 9 month celebration. She is a darling and I am loving sewing for her. Thanks for sharing your most wonderful fabric

  54. Michele May 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    We will celebrate graduation on Saturday which marks the beginning of summer vacation. More time to read and to sew!

  55. Karen in Breezy Point May 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    After being cooped up all winter, I am just happy to celebrate Spring!!

  56. Margaret Andrews May 4, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    I will be celebrating the birth of a new granddaughter when we travel to Italy next month to see her for the first time. What fun and excitement! So enjoying that 100 blocks is coming out again!

  57. Cecilia May 4, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    I will be celebrating Memorial Day weekend when all 3 of my children, their spouses, and our 4 grandchildren come for a visit at our new home in Florida. It will be great to have everyone together again.

  58. Liz May 4, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

    A group of us celebrated with a friend on his 60’th birthday.

  59. Nancy Roraback May 4, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

    I will be celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday…poolside BBQ with family!

  60. Loretta T May 4, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    My son’s 11th birthday and Nieces graduation are this week!

  61. Joanna May 4, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

    I’m celebrating the beautiful May weather, flowers and gentle temps we are having now, after a challenging winter. Some pecans and peaches would be a treat.

  62. Linda Webster May 4, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

    My son’s birthday is coming up later in May so we’ll be having a family birthday party for him!

  63. Betsey Ryan May 4, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    Okay Patti ….how did you get the peaches across the border?????? Enquiring minds want to know. I’m celebrating the completion of last years $10.00 Quilt top, which by the time I get it completed as quilt will be well over $500.00. With a little bit of luck I will be able to celebrate it’s total completion as a quilt and ready to put it in our guild’s next show ….in two years!!! It is too bad that it isn’t a “Snail’s Trail” pattern.
    TTFN Betsey

  64. Cheryl M May 4, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    We will soon be celebrating my granddaughter’s sixth birthday. Should be a hoot!

  65. Denise Finucane May 4, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

    We just celebrated a HUGE family milestone two weeks ago – my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary – so my mom, aunt and I made a king-sized quilt: Dresden plates with family photos in each centre. We had a big party and brought some pigma pens along so everyone in attendance could sign the quilt! A great memory!!

  66. Ann D May 4, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    In addition to Mother’s Day this month where I will spend time with my son and DIL, I will attending a wedding the week after that. I am looking forward to both events.

  67. Cyndy Knapp May 4, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

    I will be celebrating my birthday in about a month. I’m always glad to make it one more year!

  68. Dorothy May 4, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    I have to ask to.. How did you get peaches across the Canadian Border??? Eat a lot at the last stop???? Love the Stonehenge fabrics. There are lots of ways I could use it. MOstly for the next quilt I have to do for a teenage grandson!

  69. Kathy h May 4, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

    What a great trip with your mom. I will be celebrating my daughter’s wedding this month.

  70. Kris S May 4, 2015 at 8:10 pm #

    I envy your road trip with your mom and I can just smell those peaches. I made a trip to Florida with my mom for her 80th birthday many years ago. It was a great time for us both.

  71. Kris Bolick May 4, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

    We celebrated my son’s engagement on Saturday! So exciting! Now to plan a quilt for them, thinking about a signature block.

  72. dhowardvt May 4, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    we just celebrated that my daughter & her husband purchased their first home!

  73. Sandy A in St. Louis May 4, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    We will be celebrating the wedding of the flower girl from our wedding this weekend. Doesn’t seem like she should be old enough to get married already!

  74. Carol J May 4, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    We just celebrated the birth of my second grand daughter on March 31st. Then there will be Mother’s Day, birthdays, Father’s day, anniversaries and so on lol. Love everything Stonehenge!

  75. Lee May 4, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    celebrateing my daughters college graduation! thank you!

  76. Christine May 4, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    Hi, Patti. I am celebrating warm weather! And traveling on a quilting bus trip.
    Christine from Ontario

  77. Wendy May 4, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

    I celebrated my mother’s 88th. birthday recently and will be celebrating the birth of a new grandchild next month. Yay!!

  78. Julie B May 4, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

    My husband got to spend time with our granddaughter that we have not seen since she was about 2 years old.

  79. Pam R May 4, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

    Celebrating selling my house and building a new one–if I survive it all!

  80. Kristine Dauth May 4, 2015 at 11:40 pm #

    Quality time spent with your mom making new memories and reminiscing about memories past. And so close to mother’s day! Glad you enjoyed yourself and made it home safely and to a spotless house, to boot! We have lots to celebrate this time of year – our anniversary, our daughter’s anniversary, our son’s birthday and son-in-law’s birthday all in the span of 6 days.

  81. Judy May 5, 2015 at 12:25 am #

    Sounds like you had a great time with your mom. I have memories of peaches from my childhood also. Our neighbors grew peaches to sell and we always went over to pick fresh peaches and I remember eating them for breakfast on many summer mornings.

  82. Pat V. May 5, 2015 at 12:58 am #

    I recently celebrated my 60th birthday AND my 35th wedding anniversary!

  83. Nicole Sender May 5, 2015 at 1:18 am #

    I celebrated my son’s birthday and got to see my grandson!

  84. Chris May 5, 2015 at 4:20 am #

    We just celebrated a good friend’s 75th Birthday. Quite a party. She truly deserved it and everyone had a wonderful time.

  85. Sandi May 5, 2015 at 7:31 am #

    It sounds like you and your mom had a wonderful trip! I’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day with my mom by going out to breakfast. Thanks for a chance to win.

  86. Lynn D in NC May 5, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    We will be celebrating my sons birthday in a few days.

  87. Jane May 5, 2015 at 8:07 am #

    We will be celebrating our oldest granddaughters high school graduation AND acceptance into her college of choice. We are so proud!!

  88. Jill Knight May 5, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    My daughter is graduating from college. She definitely needs a quilt for her new apartment.

  89. Deb G. May 5, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    We are celebrating the college graduation of our youngest daughter this Friday, and then off to a special resort in the Orlando area for a family gathering!

  90. Colette May 5, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    Even though we live far away my baby brother is having his big 4 0 this month, so we have been teasing and laughing about what a huge milestone this will be for not only him, but our mother too!

  91. Tatyana May 5, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    Celebrating my daughter’s first year of school, who would think that when she was just born 6 years ago?

  92. Delaine May 5, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    We will be celebrating my father’s 89th birthday soon!

  93. Karen Thurn May 5, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    Celebrating a son’s birthday this week and a husband’s next week.

  94. Vicki H May 5, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

    We are celebrating my grandsons birthday today. He is all of 6 years old.

  95. Sandy K May 5, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    We had a quiet celebration for my birthday 2 weeks ago.

  96. Dot H May 5, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    In my family there is a birthday every month of the year so there is always some celebration.

  97. Cathy B May 5, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    We will be celebrating my son’s 13th birthday soon. Yikes, a teenager!! 😉 Thanks!!

  98. Regina May 5, 2015 at 7:32 pm #

    Our big celebration month is February – but this month we are celebrating PLANTING SEASON!!! (finally!)

  99. Karyn May 5, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    Hi Patti! Make sure you check out the blog tomorrow since I submitted a quilt using Northcott that should be featured! We will be celebrating birthdays in June!

    • Patti May 6, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

      Awesome Stonehenge quilt, Karyn!

  100. Emily C May 5, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    We will be celebrating my nephews 10th birthday this weekend.

  101. Deb May 5, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

    i’ll soon be celebrating 35 years of marriage!

  102. Loriann May 5, 2015 at 11:56 pm #

    We are in the midst of “birthday season” in my family. It’s even more fun now with a niece and a nephew in the mix.

  103. Rachell Reilly May 6, 2015 at 12:12 am #

    My husband is a firefighter, and his department just had their annual awards banquet. I was finally able to attend with him this time; a great dinner date! Even better: I got to celebrate, because my husband received an award for Community Service! He wrote and put together a 90-minute multi-media presentation for the drivers’ education students at the high schools located in fire department’s city. He has taught this presentation four times now! In his presentation, he teaches students the laws about driving around public safety vehicles, what to do and how to act (pull over to the right, etc).
    I’m so proud of my hubby!

  104. Cheryl Buchanan May 6, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    Of course Mother’s Day is fast approaching. More than that, my sister will be here and she hasn’t been home in 16 years! So, it is a double celebration for us. Would love to win so I could make something sensational to celebrate the occasion.

  105. Quilter Kathy May 6, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    So exciting… this is my favourite magazine!
    I am celebrating my “notiversary” this weekend 🙂

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