Saturday, December 30, 2006


As the old year is about to begin, I wanted to finish a couple of projects that didn't deserve to move unfinished into the new year. The first is a quilt that I made pulling only from my scrap box. The pattern can be found at Quilttown USA . I have been calling it A Trip Around My Scrapbox. The top has been finished for months now, the back pieced and the binding ready to apply. There was just no excuse for dragging it unfinished into 2007. It has found a happy home on top of the diningroom table.
The next quilt is the top I made for the Wounded Warrior Center. The top has been complete since November. I got stalled when I had to order fabric for the back. Even though I received the fabric weeks ago, the top just laid there. I gave myself a stern talking to concerning this quilt. It's for a good cause and there is NO reason why it should be left to languish in the house when it could be out in the world. I'm much happier with myself now that it is complete. I will add a label and deliver it first thing next week.
The last photo is my very first citrus crop. I have wanted a Myer lemon tree for several years. Because we don't have a particularly large yard, it didn't seem possible to add another tree. This past spring I discovered that a dwarf variety is available. Lickety split to the nursery I went and came home with my lemon tree and an orange tree, too. I had visions of lemon slices in iced tea and fresh squeezed orange juice every morning. I'm off to a good start. There are still about 8 or 9 lemons ripening. The orange juice might have to wait another season -- there are two oranges right now.
Time to take down the Christmas decorations and give a thorough cleaning of the house to begin the new year.
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21 comments:

Fiona said...

Well didn't those two quilts just deserve to be finished - love the colours in both of them.

Angie said...

I want one, I want one---one of the dwarf lemon trees AND one of the dwarf orange trees AND each of those quilts, please. LOL Both of those quilts are gorgeous, Libby, and I know I love your stuff so much because of your knack of picking just the right colors. You really have a wonderful way of putting them together, you know! (And I'm going to see if I can order me a couple of dwarf trees ;p). Happy, happy New Year, dear friend! (I'm in my sewing "stewdio" today with a backhoe trying to dig it out some so I can cut blue fabrics for my Tree Angel. Wish me luck...and if you don't hear from me for a while, could you email Randy (my dh) and ask him to check and make sure I didn't have a major cave-in and ended up buried alive!!) ROFL
Angie

Patti said...

Well done Libby! And what a wonderful feeling of accomplishment this has given you I'm sure. The colors you've chosen for both these quilts just sing to me - I guess I'm really into reds, browns, red-browns, golds, oranges, and cheddars right now. Not sure why, but that's sure the way my fabric purchases have been leaning lately. I love the name of your first one - A Trip Around My Scrapbox is a perfect name! Would you mind if I used it also someday - when I actually get around to making a scrappy Trip Around the World?

Susie said...

Once again, your quilts are lovely!
And aren't Meyer Lemons the best???
Our little Clementine tangerine is a dwarf and it is just producing it's little heart out! They are yummy!
:)

Screen Door said...

You've got the right attitude.. I've got to get those Christmas trees down....The lemons are beautiful--you won't find those in the U.P.----ever.... Be sweet. Happy New Year.

Dianne said...

Wow, Libby -- what an end of the year for you! Both quilts are just wonderful, and I know it must feel great to get them out of your UFO line-up.

Love the Meyer lemons, too...not sure if they're available here in Australia, but it reminds me that I need to find out..,

Judy said...

Just fabulous! ANd to get them both done right here at the end of the year. I think part of the reason I have been so scattered is having quilts in the works that need time to do...like all hand work! I need some things to do that can be done quickly! You have inspried me to move along and get some done!

The quilts are simply wonderful and the lemons look so neat. I have to remember that others get sunshine all year!!

Dawn said...

Oh both of those quilts are wonderful! I remember the plaid buzz saw one when you made it! I loved it!

Sweet P said...

Those are great quilts! How cool to have a lemon and an orange tree. DH loves fresh-squeezed OJ, but living in a condo and in New England makes it tough to have our own tree.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

OK, first of all my mouth was watering like crazy when I saw the lemons - YUM. I love the cut a lemon in half and enjoy!

Both quilts are lovely. They are truly fabulous. I love your style!

Katie said...

Just testing to see if I can post with this new system.

dot said...

Both quilts are beautiful. You were right, they needed to be finished and find a home before the New Year. I have a few about 4 that should be finished also but they won't be. I like the colors you choose to use. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Carol said...

Both quilts are just wonderful...Trip Around my Scrapbox is very fun and the cheddar and red is just beautiful. I love those colors. Have a very Happy New Year! You are a great inspiration to me.

Bonnie said...

Very nice quilts - and good for you getting them done before the year-end.
Those lemons look so big compared to the little puny ones we get in the grocery stores here in the Midwest.

meggie said...

Love those quilts. I MUST get mine out & finish them!

We have Meyer lemons here in Oz- ours are not ready yet, & have been attacked by some huge hideous bugs! That Smell revolting!
We have had 3 lemons in the past- small grandson insisted on picking several when they were little green walnut sized babies...sob.

Tracey said...

Those lemons are gorgeous! Such a pretty color. Unfortunately, a lemon tree (or an orange tree, for that matter) is gonna do much of anything but DIE in my corner of the world. ;o)
Your finishes are fabulous. It always is so rewarding to *finish* something, yes?

Shelina said...

Wow you have been busy. You have two beautiful finished quilts that didn't have to wait until the new year. Good for you! We had a pear tree and an apple tree when we were growing up. We didn't eat off them much though - I think they didn't fruit very well.

Cheryl said...

You finished the year well! Love the lemons...

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Great to have those completed and a clean slate. I liked watching the wounded warrior one grow from nearly my first excursion into blogging land and I love it finished.
That $25 gift voucher sure went a long way-I'd like one like that!
Happy New year, Tracey
ps The baby was a New year's day girl!

Chris said...

I need to make only scrap quilts this year to thin out the stash and I love this one. I'll have to try it.

Cynthia said...

well done on completing those two quilts Libby. They look great. I'm hoping to get some tops quilted soon.

Happy New Year to you. Look forward to visiting you blog again this year.