Friday, April 27, 2007

The Princess has made it safely back to her home. Everyone had a great time during her visit. Way too much good food, lots of laughs, a couple of games and time spent hanging out as a family . . . everything was just right.Now I'm trying to get back to my regular daily routines. There are some neglected housecleaning tasks to tend to and a few loads of laundry piled up. What I really want to think about is making a quilt. Remember these fabrics?
This morning I laid my progress out on my 'design floor' I'm using a pattern from AP&Q Dec '06. It's fast and fun to piece together. I need to cut the rest of the pieces for the edges. Then I can start assembling the rows. The large paisley fabric is for the outer border of the quilt. I have enough fabric that I can miter the border instead of following the pattern. This will require that I pull out some instruction books, marking tools, rulers, pins - maybe even a compass and protractor. I don't miter often enough to not require all sorts of study and test runs. Keep me in your thoughts.

30 comments:

Darlene said...

Libby, Libby, Libby - I love it! I can't wait to see it with that wonderful paisley border.

I'm glad that the Princess has arrived safely and that everyone had a great time. Memories!

dot said...

Good to hear all had a good time and your Princess arrived home okay. The quilt is wonderful. I have this pattern also and sure did like it but haven't made it yet. You have inspired me.

Fiona said...

It must have been hard to say goodbye but sounds like you have had a great time over the past weeks. And that quilt - you must cut and sew at the speed of light. I like the pattern - unusual, like an Argyle sweater.

Carole said...

Wow looks wonderful! I can't wait to see it finished with the borders! thanks for sharing! Happy quilting!

Carol said...

It's wonderful to hear that you all had such a great time. Glad she's back to her home safe and sound. Love that quilt...can't wait for the paisley border to go on.

Forgetmenot said...

It looks great so far.

Glad you all had a great time together and that your daughter is safely home.

May Britt said...

I love it. You are so clever choosing colours. And this pattern is so beautiful. Glad to hear the Princess has arrived safely back home. But I know you miss her much. So keep on sewing to get your mind occupied with something else.

Finn said...

Hi Libby, sending hugs for that empty nest feeling *VBS* The new quilt is just wonderful!! Great minds and all that jazz, I pulled out a 9 patch with fence rail in very similar colors this morning. I have the 9's done, just need a few more of the rails amd then setting sqs and tri's. Lots of cream in mine tho...love yours, very prim..*S*

And a comment here, the coneflowers look great, I clicked on it, but can't tell if you needle turned or buttonholed. How about a hint..*VBS* Hugs for new project days, Finn

Susie said...

Glad she made it safely home, but more importantly glad you were able to have a wonderful family time while she was here!
hugs!

anne bebbington said...

I echo what Fiona says - it reminds me so much of a Pringle Argyle golf sweater - very effective - the mitred borders will look spectacular on it

Angie said...

So glad she arrived safely, AND that everyone had a wonderful visit! :D Where does she live? I thought I caught that she was "back in the states" on the front end of her visit. It's one thing when they are in another state...entirely different feel when they are in another country!! I know you will miss her dreadfully--so you'll just have to console yourself with quilting and gardening! LOL I can't wait to see this quilt with the borders on--it's going to be gorgeous!

Marcie said...

Nice to see your pretty princess! You have gotten lots done while I was out of town! Your Christmas holly quilt is great and I love the new 4-patch one too!

Judy said...

Good pictures. One advantage to clearing out the room for the Princess is having it all clean when she leaves!

Looks like a great quilt. I must have missed that one. Very cool pattern!

Patti said...

Is there any particular reason you are mitering the border? Perhaps that lucious paisley fabric is a big stripe? Strips are the only reason I'd consider mitering a border. Otherwise once the quilt is quilted one can't tell without close inspection that the border is mitered. I figure why go to all that trouble? Most of mine are done to look old anyway, and mitering the borders is a pretty "modern invention" because our foremothers didn't have the fabric to spare.

Shelina said...

Yes Libby, I do remember that fabric, and it is nice to see that you have cut into it. What a lovely quilt pattern. I haven't seen that before. It looks great.
Good luck with the mitering. I have a UFO that became a UFO after I figured out how many mitered corners I had signed myself up for! Yikes! I think I might just wind up attaching them by hand applique style because I hadn't quite perfected my quarter inch seam when I made the blocks, so the mitering is a pain.

Screen Door said...

She's beautiful... got to be her mother's side of the family;)

We'll talk more later.. I'm neck deep in in-laws~~~~~~

kjquilts said...

Oh! That is going to be one gorgeous quilt! Visits are so nice, but getting back to normal feels good too. Can't wait to see the border on this quilt. That fabric is beautiful!

Knot Garden said...

Love the colours in your quilt - I'm going to look up that pattern and check it out. I have done a couple of mitred borders and followed directions but found it tricky. Looks great so far!

KCQuilter said...

Sounds like a wonderful visit with your daughter!!! I'm always so happy when my adult sons come home for a visit, but ready to get back to a "twosome" when they leave LOL! The quilt is looking fabulous.

Nancy in MT said...

Libby, it's going to be beautiful!
Good to hear the Princess made it home safely.

Cynthia said...

this quilt is looking lovely. I can't wait to see it when you have added the border.

Glad to hear you all enjoyed your time during the Princesses visit.

Diana said...

I was glad to hear the Princess made it back safely. The triangles are looking good and I can't wait to see it with the border.

Connie said...

Libby, I especially love that paisley fabric, it looks just yummy. Those colors all look wonderful together. There's nothing like special visits with family! And then getting caught up on 'real life' chores...the price to pay for all the special fun during the visits. :)

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

That is fabulous! When did you fit that in? I love the diamond look, well done and pleased the visit was great-she's gorgeous, I presume she takes after you!? Tracey

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Incredible, this quilt is gorgeous. I find that throuwing myself into a project like this is good therapy for the 'lonlies'... sounds like y'all had a great time!! It goes by too fast though doesn't it?

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Glad you had a nice visit with the Princess. The quilt will be lovely - colours are great. I would never think to put those together. I have realised recently that I have no black prints (except black and white) in my stash, so I am about to remedy that.

Jeanne said...

I absolutely love that quilt!!! Your colors are wonderful.

Dawn said...

ooo, ooooo, ooooo - I love it! Are those squares or diamonds? They look like diamonds!

Quilt Nut said...

oh i love it! can't wait to see more of it.

Anita_T said...

This quilt is going to be beautifull :-D Really looking forward to see it finished.