Saturday, November 30, 2013

Country Charmer QAL Parade

Update: Winner of the CCQAL giveaway, chosen by Random.org, is #3. Congrats to Nancie Anne Quilts! She has been contacted and will be emailed her $20 gift certificate directly from the Fat Quarter Shop. Thanks to everyone for coming by!

Welcome to the final day of our Country Charmer QAL...a quiltalong that promised to be an easy peasy, no pressure, do it at your own speed QAL.

It all started with a gorgeous quilt design by Lynn who blogs at Sew'n Wild Oaks. Her Country Charmer quilt design was just so pretty that I just had to make it and so did many of you!



Then along came Sue from Quilt Times who designed our very own CCQAL button that you see at the top of the post. Thank you, Miss Sue!

Many of you have joined us for our monthly updates since then to share your progress. Lynn was with us every step of the way, sharing her tips and expertise, holding our hands as we took baby steps at first, and then put all our pedals to the metals. This year we've seen many beautiful blocks, quilt tops, and finished quilts. Our first linky at the end of January set the bar pretty high. For a quick trip down memory lane to our first Linky, click HERE.

Today is our final CC link up, the day of our CC parade. It is your last chance to share with Lynn and I the pictures of your CC quilts, tops, or blocks. Mr. Linky is set up below for you to link up your blog post to show us your CC. If you don't have a blog, you can share your quilt with us by emailing a jpg to Lynn or myself and we will post it on our blogs. You can also post your CC directly on our Flickr page HERE. 

Lynn has already sent along a picture to me of Jean's CC quilt and will post it on her blog as well. Jean lives in Livermore, CA and is a regular customer at In Between Stitches, the shop where Lynn works and where her patterns are available. As you can see, Jean's work is exquisite.



Her fabric choices are wonderful and I have fallen in love with her floral border. At a quick glance, the borders appeared to be appliqued, but it is actually a wonderful floral fabric. It takes Jean's quilt up to another level. Congrats on a beautiful finish, Jean!

I want to share another pic of my finished CC quilt. If you recall, Miss Lynn herself did the fabulous quilting on my quilt. She has such a talent for design, fabric selection, and machine quilting. I consider myself very fortunate to have a quilt in my home that has been quilted by Lynn. You can see all kinds of pictures of my finished quilt HERE and HERE but here are a couple  more. I wrapped myself up in CC and Woodworker Hubby took the pics on a very cold winter morning. Is this not a cuddle quilt? 



Since today is so special, I am having a giveaway! Leave a comment below before Wednesday, December 4 at 9:00 pm EST and you will qualify to win a prize of a $20 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Also, if you link up today with a CC update, or email your CC quilt picture to me, please email me with your full name and mailing address and I will send you a little something to thank you for joining us this year. 

Huge thanks and hugs to Lynn...her participation with her stalkers admirers is so greatly appreciated by all of us!  

Before I go, I want to show you another one of Lynn's designs that I just finished this week...my Nostalgic Christmas quilt. I changed the size of the blocks just a tad, so my finished quilt is about 60" x 60". The quilting was done by Ange at Quilting on the Mira. Just ask me if I love it?





One more "before I go" update. After trying to heal my recently acquired tendonitis (tennis elbow) on my own, and having no luck, increasing pain and increasing lack of mobility, I have decided to bite the bullet and stop doing what is making it worse under the advice of my massage therapist. 


Starting yesterday, I have begun ice treatments and am doing stretching exercises three times a day and am committed to no more quilting, sewing, rotary cutting, or iPadding until my arm improves. I am typing this with my left pointing finger and it is very slow and frustrating. Now that the CC parade is on the go, I will be taking a holiday from blogland until I have healed sufficiently to return to quilting and blogging. I will still read all your blogs ( I can still read!) and I will continue to be inspired, but will refrain from commenting 'cause it is just too difficult and painful to reply. (Apparently, if I had a newer iPad, I could talk into it and the iPad would do the typing!). I will reply to any comments left on this post...it just may take longer than usual.

I will update this post with the name of the giveaway winner next week and will email the winner to let them know.

So, my friends, have a wonderful Christmas and I hope to see you in the New Year. It's always a great day for quilting somewhere!


52 comments:

  1. Just linked my Country Charmer.

    Hope you feel better soon

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  2. LOVE*LOVE*LOVE this quilt and the quilting is out of this world!! Bravo!!
    P

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  3. Gorgeous dahling! I'll be carching up with you when its morning MST!!!!

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  4. Beautiful quilt, Lesley! I love this pattern.
    No need to reply. You just take care of yourself and get better!

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  5. I so love your Country Charmer and your Nostalgic Christmas! Thank you so very much for organizing this for us The journey has been lovely.

    Get well soon There is no need to respond to me. I would prefer you all healed and back to what you so obviously love doing.

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  6. Your quilts are beautiful Lesley! Hope you're feeling better soon! I had a similar problem this fall and had to finally have a cortisone shot. It worked wonders! Hope you're able to be back to quilting soon!

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  7. Both quilts are lovely! Even with your time away, you still have so many finishes for the year!. I know it will take a lot of discipline to walk away from your quilting, but it will be worth it in the long run. Have a Blessed Christmas! (No need to reply....just get better!)

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  8. Even though I've been on the sidelines for much of this, it has been a lovely project to watch and thanks to both you and Lynn.

    Hope your elbow is getting better.

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  9. Don't stop blogging...it's a journal of your life and great therapy! Keep us posted on your progress. We are here for support! You will be back at the things you love before you know it so stay strong and positive!

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  10. Get well soon, Lesley! Love the CC parade!

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  11. I came back for another look at that gorgeous quilt and saw your not feeling well!! WHAT?!! No blogging? You will be missed...hang in there and GET BETTER!!
    P

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  12. Love that pattern. Will have to put it on next years list of quilts to make!!!!

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  14. Too bad about your arm...but on the bright side, maybe you wont be able to do housework for a while, too! :-) You'll be back quilting in no time. Have a great weekend.

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  15. Oh Lesley....you will be missed, but I understand the importance of healing it before it is too bad.

    Your Charmer is gorgeous. I am enjoying seeing them today in the parade.

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  16. Beautiful quilts!! Take care of your arm. I broke my wrist a year ago, so I understand the limitations. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Leslie, I wish you the best.
    Thank you for sharing all this wonderful CC.
    Greetings Grit from Germany

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  18. What a lovely picture of you in your quilt. I'm sorry to hear about your tendonitis - what a thing to happen to a golf loving quilter. I'll miss seeing your creations and hope you also have a wonderful Christmas season. I love Jean's quilt; the border is to die for. And of course your quilt is also a beauty. Lynn's design is a gem.

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  19. I am going to miss you while you heal but you have got to get better so you can quilt again. I know how painful it can be. I did not get my CC finished yet but will get back to it in the new year. So many beautiful CC out there. Merry Christmas and take care.

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  20. Thanks so much for organizing this fun QAL for us and get well soon - at least you have a beautiful quilt to cuddle up in!.

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  21. Well, I certainly hope that your elbow improves! I'm just being introduced to the country charm pattern, and yours is just wonderful! I enjoyed my visit over to Lynn's blog, too. thanks so much.

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  22. So sorry to hear that your tendonitis is taking so long to heal. Your quilt is beautiful and it was great to see how a floral border made Jean's quilt look.

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  23. Beautiful quilt as usual Lesley.
    Hope you heal very soon and are out of pain.Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas.look forward to seeing you in the New Year.Take care of yourself.
    Laura xxx

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  24. Hope your arm heals. Your quilt looks nice and toasty and a pretty design.
    Merry Christmas! 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  25. Lovely quilts! Hope you are out of pain soon. Don't want anything to interfere with your quilting.

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  26. Lovely quilts! Hope you are out of pain soon. Don't want anything to interfere with your quilting.

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  27. Oh get better soon. I hate it when they tell me I can't do something I love! Lots of hugs and prayers for a speedy recovery. LOL My country charmer stalled but I am back on the bandwagon. I have just decided that I cannot just have one project going I have to have many.

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  28. Ouch! Hope you get better soon. I've loved Lynn's pattern since the first day I saw it. I've finally plucked up the courage to have a go at it, after seeing so many beautiful versions - I want one!! Thanks for the giveaway. Linda

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  29. I love the pattern, but it didn't fit into my quilting schedule this year. I am hoping to make one in 2014.

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  30. HELLO, LOVE THIS PATTERN!
    THANKS FOR SHARING IN A NEAT GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  31. Oh what we do to ourselves by doing what we love...I'm certain that wrapping yourself in your Country Charmer is the best medicine! Thank you for your devotion to this QAL project...It has been my true north in this very busy year!

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  32. Lesley, I once had tennis elbow from my job in the bank and had acupuncture which really did help. Love all the country charmer quilts and wish I knew where my little table runner was so I could take a photo, but being packed away I may post a pic next year once settled in our new house. Take care and hope you are well enough soon to do the things you love.

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  33. Your quilt is gorgeous! Sorry to hear that doing what you love is causing you pain. I hope you heal sooner rather than later.

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  34. Hi Lesley, I am sorry about your tennis elbow, especially the not quilting part!!! But I did have it and it did go away in a few weeks with ice and when you stop aggravating it. I will certainly miss your blog, I enjoy your quilts so much and love your color selections. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Looking forward hearing from you hopefully after New Years, Unit then, read your blogs and get newly inspired.

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  35. I can see why you'd want to wrap yourself up in that beautiful quilt..wow! Your Christmas one is gorgeous, too! I've had that nasty tendonitis before and it is no fun. My boss talked me into that little strap that goes on your arm just below the elbow that's made just for tendonitis and luckily it worked. Hope you get better soon!

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  36. Your quilt is gorgeous Lesley and I also love the nostalgic Christmas quilt , lovely job! You take care of the elbow and no need to reply to me either , I would rather you rest . Hugs Sheila

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  37. First of all, I am sorry about your tennis elbow problem and that you won't be able to do the things you enjoy for a while!! Your quilting is lovely and the quilting is wonderful. I wanted to take part in the quilt a long but just had too much to do! Rest and let your tendonitis heal!!
    Gloria
    gyates625@bellsouth.net

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  38. Just a beautiful quilt so sweetly frosted. Thank you so much for being such a gracious host each month. No need to reply - many gentle hugs.

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  39. What beautiful quilt! I just love it! Sorry to hear about your tennis elbow - hope it all gets well soon.

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  40. Sure hope you heal quickly so you can get back to quilting.....LOVE your quilts. Thanks for a great giveaway

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  41. WOW! the quilts are just fabulous! I feel your pain because I suffered from tennis elbow a couple years ago. It took a long time for me to heal and I still have to be careful how I use my elbow. Get well quickly.

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  42. Lesley, I pray your arm/tendons will heal quickly and you can resume the life you love! Your quilt is beautiful...enjoy your cuddle time with it. Also, please don't reply to this little note, I know how difficult it is...just know I am praying for you and hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year doing all the things you love :)

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  43. Get well quickly! Your quilt is gorgeous. :))))

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  44. Lesley I will miss you and your quilts, get better soon. Thanks for all your enthusiasm throughout the year.

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  45. No need to reply cuz I know you're hurting but I just wanted to tell you again that your quilt is beyond gorgeous and of course the icing on the cake/quilt is Lynn's quilting.

    Take care and rest that arm. In the meantime, if you find that your stash is overwhelming you and is just sitting there doing nothing, I'd be happy to take some off your hands. *wink*

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  46. Love your quilt! Hope you feel better soon!

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  47. It is a delight to see you wrapped in that gorgeous quilt of yours.
    I am so sorry to read that you are missing out on your stitching but I do understand that it is all for the best. I hope you heal super quickly. I will be thinking of you.
    Also, apologies for taking so long to comment. We have had our internet down for a couple of days. In fact everyone through our provider was out in the entire state.
    Hope you get lots of reading done - and no typing!!

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  48. Very sorry to hear that we won't be hearing from you for a while. Imagine that our injuries prevent us from something as simple as writing. I hope you recuperate soon and are back blogging in the new year. Have a good Christmas!

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  49. So sorry to read your information on post, Lesley. Love the picture of your wrapped up in your wonderful quilt!

    Rest up and hope you will be back in 2014 with us!

    Hugs, Carolyn

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  50. Hi Lesley, sorry I missed this post - I came looking for you as I haven't seen you around for a while :-) I hope the treatments are having the desired result and I hope you are feeling a lot more comfortable. I can't believe how many quilts you have finished in the latter half of the year! Awesome!! You don't need to reply to this. We'll see you when you are good and ready - HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!

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  51. I am sorry you are in pain and glad you are resting. I have health issues as do others. My question though: how much backing fabric did you use on your beautiful Country Charmer quilt??. I know you made it larger. Just out the mumber if you can. Fat Quarter Shop is having a sale of Windham fabrics, and there are some of my Pink and Chocolate fabrics, but all my fabrics and patterns are at our other rental. (We are still moving and there was a snow storm so it has taken us longer). It is very trying on us financially and emotionally. Our daughter wants this house stripped as she is filing bankruptcy. I have been trying to sell her things.....anyway. So if you could just write a number I would so appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas dear Lesley. I know how much you enjoy your Santas. Next year will be better!
    Judy. jlblvn@gmail.com

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    1. Judy, I sent an email to you, but not sure it went. I actually made the same size quilt as the pattern calls for, so I purchased 4.5 yards of backing fabric and 1 yard of binding. Have fun with your CC!

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