Tuesday, February 21, 2012


When I told Mark was I going to write a post with the title, "anticipation," he did exactly what had been running through my head. He started singing the Carly Simon song from 1972. Awesome. I love it when that happens.

 Fast forward to 1:07 for the chorus--that way it will stick in your head all day. :)

So. Anticipation....

Remember this quilt? Colorbox.
Anticipation kicked into high gear when Mark's cousin, Ione, longarm quilter extraordinaire, sent me a sneak peak and told me the quilt was in the mail and should arrive today!!

It's really hard to see her amazing quilting. I'm pretty sure when the box arrives, I'll do the same thing I've done the other four times a quilt has returned after spending quality time with Ione: I open the box. Stare in stunned silence. Shed a few tears at the absolute beauty of her artistry. And then feel like taking it and showing it off to anyone I can grab. Friends. Family. Strangers on the street.
A few other things anyone reading can anticipate:

A Leap Day Superior Threads giveaway is happening on February 29! My friend, Elizabeth, and I got the ball rolling on this, because this day only happens once in a blue moon every four years. (Side note: You all know what a "blue moon" is? I didn't, until my brother-in-law got married on a blue moon--when there are two full moons in a single month). Anyhoo... some other bloggers jumped on board with this fun giveaway as well. You won't want to miss a chance to try some of this fabulous thread.

The nice people at Penguin Books/Dutton contacted me to see if I would be interested in reading and reviewing a new book by Jennifer Chiaverini, Sonoma Rose. Having read several of Jennifer's books before, I was particularly interested in a book that takes place in Sonoma, California, during the Prohibition era. When I'm done, I'll be happy to pass it on to someone else.

Look at the blocks printed on the inside front and back of the cover. I might want to try making "Sonoma Rose," and also "Road to Triumph Ranch."

While we're talking about books, my awesome friend, Riel Nason, author of The Town That Drowned, one of my favorite books of 2011, has agreed to give away an autographed copy of her book as well. That happens on March 1.

So, go ahead. Start singing along with Carly Simon and do some anticipating of your own.

And if your doorbell rings today, it will probably be me, wanting to show you the gorgeous Colorbox quilt!


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Cindy said... #

EEEEEeeekkk! Even I'm excited to see it! Post photos later today, will you?

Unknown said... #

Now I will be singing that song all day... of course in Anticipation.

Unknown said... #

Colourbox is looking awesome! I can't wait for its big reveal!

Katy Cameron said... #

Hmm, I'm thinking not so much anticipation as 'tease' ;o)

Rachel said... #

OH. WOW. I can't wait to see!! LOVE it, you did an amazing job!

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

I can't wait to see it!!!

Deborah said... #

I feel like the really lucky one because I get to see this quilt IN PERSON!

Mama Pea said... #

What a great, fun post. I can't wait to see how the quilting turns out. Hey, thanks for the suggestion of Sew Modern. We went and had a great time. I don't know if you saw my blog post about it. I thanked you for the suggestion. The shop was so you! :-) Thanks again!

ferne said... #

Lucky you! I love Jennifer's books, be sure to post your review. I actually made a few blocks from the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler. It's nice that they put some blocks with the book. I'll be checking it out!

felicity said... #

Mark and I think alike - I was already singing in my head when I saw your post's title in Reader!

I can't wait to see the full reveal of Colo(u)r Box!

Poppyprint said... #

I'm looking forward to the colourbox quilt reveal as well!!! I LOVE Superior thread. Thanks for the heads up on giveaway day.

Terriaw said... #

what an exciting note to get, that your color box quilt is on its way back to you! I would be jumping up and down too. Can't wait to see it.

Rachel at Stitched in Color said... #

What a lovely concept! Congrats!!!

pinsandneedles said... #

I'm anticipating trying out some Superior threads! Yay!
Your quilt is gorgeous...so bright and cheerful!
I would love to read the new Jennifer Chiaverini book Sonoma Rose. It is on my book list. Sounds interesting. Thanks!

Carla said... #

I'm on Pins and Needles you clever girl!

Letterpress said... #

WooHoo!! I'm really excited that you'll get your beautiful quilt back and will show us all the fabulousness of it. You are one terrific talent, girl!

Put me on the list for needing to borrow the book when you're done with it. I see Pins and Needles is first--can I be second? Can I? Can I, huh?

Way to go on the Superior Thread build-up. I'll start mine tomorrow. Had to get through the grading today!!

You're the best--

CitricSugar said... #

That IS a lot to anticipate. Fun fact: I was named after Carly Simon, not because my father had a crush one her (he did) but because he really liked the name.

Riel Nason said... #

:-) !!! Colourbox already looks fab, I'm sure the quilting will just send it over the top to FABULOUS-O-NESS-SQUARED. See, I am a writer, I can make up words. Mwhahahahaha. THanks for giving away the book. :-)