Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Special Day

OK, it's time to admit that I am one of the birthday girls from the lunch on Thursday. One sister-in-law and I share the same birthday (today). It is a little depressing that this year's birthday ends with a 9 which means both digits will change in 2010. The joyful part of it is that I have 365 days until that happens.

A store 30 miles from here was having their anniversary sale with 25% off so I went yesterday and bought myself a birthday present. I NEEDED some more batiks.Last night I did some more quilting on this piece. I finished piecing it May 29th, and started quilting it August 16th. I have all of the straight line quilting done so now I have to do some free motion in the outside border. I think I lost momentum on this one because I started it a week before my mother passed away and finished the top just before my family all arrived.
I don't have any plans for today other than cleaning my house. It is something I almost always do on my birthday. It is the beginning of a new year and I need to start it with a clean house. I bought myself a new vacuum cleaner yesterday too so I will try it out today. I'm sure I'll sneak a little quilting in there somewhere too.

65 comments:

Eva said...

Happy birthday, Wanda!

sosarahsew said...

Happy birthday, Wanda! I'm sure you will savor this (and NEXT) year's birthday with the same exuberance you show in your quilting!!

Sarah

Vicki said...

Happy Birthday Wanda. It sounds like you had a wonderful early birthday lunch and how nice to treat yourself to some lovely batiks. Wishing you all the best on you birthday and may the coming year be filled with happiness, health, good friends and prosperity.

swissquilter said...

Happy Birthday Wanda from Switzerland

Kathryn said...

Oh no, a vacuum cleaner for your birthday!! Say it isn't so.
Kathie L.

Janet said...

Happy Birthday Wanda!!! I hope your day and year are the best. Batiks and lunch with your friends are a very good start in the celebrations!

Amie said...

Happy Birthday! Good for you for buying treating yourself :o) Amie :o)

Bunny said...

Happy Birthday, nice that you had a fun day and a little fabric always makes you feel better.

Jacque. said...

Happy Birthday, Wanda! Glad you treated yourself. Have a great day and a year filled with all the best.

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday! Savor each moment and let the next one begin.

Gene Black said...

Happy Birthday. I think you should clean the day before and then ENJOY a relaxing day on your birthday

Susan Turney said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy whatever you do today! Maybe you should consider all the comments regarding the BOOK from the last post and celebrate that big one with the 0 next year by publishing!!!! :)

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

Happy Birthday Wanda.
Just think of it this way, I am still a little over a year older than you!

Jean said...

Happy Birthday Wanda...love those new batiks, guess you were running out? Glad you had a good day shopping....don't clean too much!

spinningstar said...

Happy Birthday....and may you have many more years to enjoy and quilt joyously unrestrained and enthusiastic!

liz

Jackie said...

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Wanda,
Happy Birthday to you!!

I hope you have a wonderful day even if it is spent cleaning. This is something I also do on my birthday, but then add in the cooking too. Try to squeeze a little sewing time in if you can.

Irene said...

Happy Birthday Wanda. No matter what your age, you are an inspiration to us all.

Gerry said...

Happy Birthday, Wanda.
I, too, have a birthday at the end of the year and use it as a reason to begin the new year with a clean slate. so to speak.
However, gal, I think that clean sweep should not necessarily mean a new vacuum ! ! ! But it certainly does mean new BATIKs.
Again, congrats on your birthday ! ! !

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Have a wonderful birthday Wanda!! Do something you love to do...could that be quilting?

dianen said...

Happy, happy birthday Wanda! I wish you happiness, good health, wonderful times and many happy returns of this day!

However you spend the day, including using that new vacuum, enjoy!

Lynn E said...

The way you play with colour its with the exuberance of a girl of 9. I wish you the best in the new year from another scorpio. hugs

karenfae said...

happy birthday Wanda- your present of batiks is wonderful to look at and I bet you will love to play with them. I also love your very large sewing table - someday maybe I will have a space like that!
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Needled Mom said...

Happy birthday!!!!! Starting with a clean slate is a great idea.

Love the NEEDED batiks. They are always so fascinating.

I have a project that I started when I was really sick (in the hospital) and I cannot get back to it either. It just brings up such bad memories each time I look at it.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Wanda, love the batiks, the vacuum not so much. Hannah

Vicky F said...

Hi Wanda,
I'll add my Happy Birthday greetings to all the others this morning!
Batiks for a birthday sounds perfect. And the vacuum is for your practical side.
Are the fabrics draped near the quilt some options for binding that quilt?
Vicky F

Cheryl Arkison said...

Well, Happy Birthday!

Vicki W said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you don't clean ALL day - you need to get back to "my" quilt. LOL!

Kathy said...

Have a happy day no matter what you decide to do!

Lucette said...

A very happy birthday to you Wanda. The batiks are fabulous as always. I too shared a birthday with my sister-in-law last week. Enjoy your day.

Anonymous said...

Hi Wanda, HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!
Have a great day and year ahead!
jmh

SarahVee said...

Happy Birthday! Best Wishes for a great '9' year:)For me, the '6' years are always the hardest - over the halfway marker, I guess!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Happy, happy birthday! Love the fabric therapy :-)

Susan D said...

Happy Birthday Wanda! So glad you were able to get a treat for yourself. Enjoy today, enjoy this year! Have fun playing, if it's playing with the vacuum, ok, but I KNOW you'll enjoy the fabric and sewing part.

SewCalGal said...

Happy Birthday! And what delightful fabric you bought for your birthday present to you! I can't wait to see how you use it. I'm sure it will be beautiful.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Mary said...

Wanda, Hope you have the Happiest of days today!!!! Your quilts always cheer me up and thankyou for bringing them to us via this wonderful blog. Mary

Anonymous said...

Gosh i forgot the date again,well it might be, that i will soon be there at the nine thingy also.Have a happy and great day.Wig.

Maria said...

Happy Birthday Wanda. I hope the coming year is filled with health and happiness.
Hugz Maria

Sequana said...

Happy Birthday! What kind of a present is a vacuum cleaner? *L*

I share that same feeling about my next birthday. I move into a new decade in Feb, 2010 - and I'm not happy about it. This seems worse than turning 30. *sigh*

Debra said...

Happy Birthday dear lady. What kind of vacuum did you get?

cookie said...

Happy Birthday to you!!!

the fabric you picked out for youre self is very pretty.

enjoy youre self today and clean the house tomorrow.

Kerstin

hetty said...

Oh, no! You got a vacuum cleaner for your birthday? LOL! Glad you picked up some more batiks too. Now that's a real birthday present. Happy Birthday Wanda! Wishing you all the best! Hope you don't spend the whole day vacuuming, but get a little sewing time in there too. That quilt looks very nice by the way.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Wanda. Your blog is one of my favorites, thanks for taking the time each and every day to share your work. It is a gift you share with your readers, a very generous gift, too.
I hope you have a great day!

Linda H.

Diane said...

Wanda, Best wishes today and always. You're supposed to stop counting with birthdays ending in nine!

Heidi said...

Happy birthday from Heidi, Germany

Anonymous said...

happy birthday to you, your sister-in-law, and my husband! hope you get lots done. sometimes cleaning is the best way to spend the day. many blessings to you!

heather

Julie Bagamary said...

Happy Birthday!! Thanks for letting everyone know so we can celebrate with you the life God has given you and you share with all of us.

Leslie said...

Well, Happy Birthday to you, Wanda! How nice that you can celebrate with family and then enjoy yourself by buying fabric (who doesn't need more fabric, especially batiks?!) and sewing. I hope you're having a wonderful day and I wish you much health and joy over the next year, and many happy returns.

Marina Louw said...

Happy Birthday Wanda! Hope you have a wonderful year with lots of quilts ahead - from South Africa

Purple Pam said...

Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday dear Wanda.
Happy Birthday to you....
and many more!

jovaliquilts said...

Have a VERY happy birthday!! Here's my favorite birthday video, really fun and funny:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIfxriwEgMs

Diane said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Wanda !!! A fabric purchase is a necessity on such an occasion. The vaccuum sweeper, not so much. Enjoy your day!!! best Wishes.
Diane

Millie said...

Happy Birthday, Wanda! You share this day with my grandmother, who taught me about making quilts. She would have been 104 today.
Enjoy the day, and best wishes.

quiltmom said...

Happy Birthday Wanda,
May you have a special day and a year that is rich in wonderful experiences. I hope that your family come and help you celebrate how special you are- May it be a day Filled with Exuberant Color.
I love your batiks - you have wonderful taste.
Warmest Regards,
Anna

Ruth Anne Olson said...

Happy Birthday Wanda! Have a wonderful day. I'm glad you gave yourself a gift of some badly needed batiks. We always need more fabric, don't we?

Sue said...

Happy Birthday, Wanda. Hope your day was productive and satisfying.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Wanda!! Great BATIK choices for your present!! Many happy more days. Gail Norback

Farscapegirl said...

Happy Birthday Wanda! I look forward to seeing what you make with the new Batik fabric! Next year hire a maid service for your cleaning day and give yourself the day off ;)

imquilternity said...

Happy Birthday Wanda! You bring such joy to my world everyday with your wonderfully inspiring posts! Hope you enjoy many, many more.

GARI said...

Happy Birthday. You beat me by 14 days. However, I have had LOTS of birthdays that ended with a 9, and I have had an equal number that ended with 0 and each of them has been great. Just one more year to be creative. Yea!!!!!

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday, Wanda! Almost 1000 posts, WOW!

Linda said...

Happy Birthday, Wanda - it's my birthday too. Happy Birthday to both of us & many more years of quilting pleasure. It's Prince Charles' B-Day as well but I don't think he's a quilter.

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday Wanda! (A sister Scorpio...I KNEW I liked you!) It sounds like you had a nice day...and a sweet treat with the batiks! I had a birthday this week also, on the 11th, and I also treated myself with some batiks!

And my birthday age ends on a 9 too. I'm not really looking forward to that next one either. We'll have to commiserate together...but it does beat the alternative. *grin*

Cathi said...

Happy Birthday!! Your batik purchases look like a perfect birthday present.

Kristin L said...

Happy Birthday!

When I lived in Germany, I learned the custom of celebrating birthdays simply -- with coffee and cake and a few good friends -- except those "0 year" birthdays! Those ones are for going all-out with a big party! Don't see it as a depressing thing, see it as an opportunity to celebrate big time!

Wanda said...

Happy birthday. No depression. No sadness. No regrets. Just life and celebrating that life. It's all good.