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Friday, November 18, 2011

I got the best birthday present ever!!!

Yes, it is my birthday and I am not even ashamed to admit that it is one year off the big one - no, silly not my 21st but thankyou!  I may be young at heart but next year I will actually be 50 and I think that is where I will stop!  My husband gave me some lovely goodies this morning and I received some other things from friends and rellies and they are all lovely and all appreciated but the best present ever!!!! is the email I received telling me that the first of the boxes have arrived in Afghanistan.  And there are pictures!   This is the only one I can share with you, sorry, but you will just have to take my word for the fact that there were big smiles on the faces of the recipients so far.  That makes me really happy!   
The lovely warrant officer said our female soldier was delighted with her quilt and even teared up a little when she read the label.  The laundry bags were greatly appreciated too.  It is a nice feeling!

Thought I would share my birthday presents with you.  First a couple of quilt books,
 and a couple of dies for my GO!
 Some chocolate from my boys
 and a gorgeous handmade needle book from my sister-in-law!  How cute is that!
 I have had the luxury of spending most of the day in my sewing room today - except for lunch out with my husband who just happened to be working from home today - a real luxury!  I managed to progress a bit on the McKenna Ryan Christmas present I am working on.  everything is fused down now and ready for me to sew.
 I will leave the sewing till a time when I can really concentrate!
 And finally I have refined my plans for another Christmas present.  This is all I can show you at the moment.  Those aren't actually half square triangle blocks - they are actually going to be court house steps but I needed to decide where each colour was going to go for best balance.  I have probably sewn about half of the blocks so far.
This is a Christmas present for a friend who reads my blog (and lots of my friends read my blog now girls so no point trying to guess - ha ha ) so this is all I can show you till after it has been given!

Ok - I am no tech nerd but I am not totally ignorant either but can someone please tell me how to sign up to Bonnie hunter's blog so I can follow along with the Orca Bay Quilt - damn all you girls who are writing about it as you have fired up my curiosity!

Till next time...happy stitching!


  1. Happy Birthday Jan-Maree. It feels so good when you know the things we make are loved. What GREAT goodies you got for your birthday. Can not wait to see what you are working on for your friend. So glad you had a wonderful day.

  2. Happy Birthday to you and don't worry about the next one, I had that one this year and it didn't even hurt. grin

  3. Happy Birthday!!!! You can reach Bonnie Hunter's website by going to http:/www.quiltville.blogspot.com/ and you will find the "Orca Bay" mystery quilt at the top of the home page. Just click and away you go. By the way, today is the first of the "cutting/sewing" instructions. Her previous "Orca" post was background info on fabric, etc. Hope this helps.

    Bonnie's mystery quilts are great and her fabric color guides are very trustworthy. I've made several of her "mysteries" and have loved every one of them.

    Terry in So. Caliif.

  4. Happy, happy birthday Jan-Maree! Such a great present to see your boxes have arrived. What a wonderful thing you have accomplished.

    Don't worry about next year's milestone. I hopped it this year, and it was a breeze. Actually, it was really fun. Second half is supposed to be wonderful!

  5. Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you.....have a great day!
    I am sure your boxes will be making a lot of people very happy...great job.
    You have made me curious about the Orca quilt....must go check it out!

  6. Happy birthday to you!! I found your blog while hopping and stayed parked for a bit! Enjoyed seeing all your fun gifts. Have a *marvelous* day!! :)

  7. Happy Birthday Jan Maree. hope you had a lovely day - couldn't go wrong if you've been in your sewing room. Hope you find Bonnie's blog - were you thinking of doing the mystery ?

  8. Happy belated birthday...
    Would it be mean to say that I hope you 'get sucked in" with the Orca Bay mystery ??? LOL...

  9. Happy Happy Birthday To You
    Happy Birthday To You
    Happy Birthday Jan-Maree...
    hope you had a wonderful day and such great news about the first box arriving xxx

  10. Happy Birthday, Jan-Maree!! What a wonderful day you had. Don't worry about the next decade; I'm paving the way for you and it's not so bad!! Keep on doing what you love, girl! ENJOY!!

  11. Happy, happy birthday - gorgeous gifts! Enjoy every day of the next year!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

  12. HEY!!! You got the farmer's wife book! I will have to tell you where to find the templates so you don't have to use the cd! The cd has one template per page Blech! Happy birthday!!!!!!! I am just catching up on my blog reading so I am late in wishes!

  13. Happy, Happy Birthday dear friend, sound like you had a perfect day. Beautiful and thoughtful gifts from you friends. Bonnie Hunter's site is http://quiltville.com She has a lot of free patterns and other stuff on her site. Sure you will find her Mystery quilt. She spoke to our guild meeting last March, she is amazing.

  14. Sending more birthday wishes your way and a suggestion for next year....when my sister made it to 50, she celebrated for one year (almost). I'm 11 months younger, so she celebrated from her 50th to mine! She claimed every party as part of her "continuing celebration." Go for it! You deserve it!

  15. Happy, happy day! And remember, it's only a number!

  16. Happy, happy birthday Jan-Maree! Sorry I'm late, it looks like you had a wonderful birthday!

  17. Happy Birthday Jan-Maree & yes, my darling husband was thrilled to start playing Santa & the lone female on their team had tears in her eyes, how on earth would anyone be so kind to organise this for her. Thanks Jan-Maree, you're a doll & your amazing team, love Posie

  18. Happy Birthday Jan-Maree! Love all of your wonderful presents but I too think the best gift of all is the response you got for the gifts you made for the soldiers in Afghanistan - love it!!

  19. Happy belated birthday, looks like it was a great one, and you are still very young, I won't tell you how old I am, lol.


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