Monday, June 04, 2007

Let me start today by thanking all for your kind comments on Hubby's official retirement. We did enjoy a celebratory dinner at one of our favorite places Friday night. Now it's back to business as usual.
There has been some quilting going on here. I have been hand quilting the Holly and Berries quilt in the afternoons. I noticed I was having a difficult time seeing my work at night - black thread on black fabric. Then I got a new (stronger) pair of reading glasses and my stitches came back into view again even after the sun goes down.
I have been doing a big stitch using Perle cotton. First echoing the applique pieces - then filling in the negative spaces. I'm left now with the outer edges and then the decision of whether or not to stitch on the holly leaves. I'm thinking they may need a little something. I know I will get plenty of advice *s*

Harper is doing her part. There's plenty of puppy hair on my project. It shows up particularly well on the black.
While wandering around in the yard, I found this little bee hard at work. These California poppies (and all the others that are nearby) have returned on their own from the plants that went to seed last year. I love the casual way things return year after year - some sprouting right in the exact same spot and others moving their way across the beds to a whole new place.
It makes the garden a surprise almost every time I go out to have a look.

20 comments:

Linda said...

Libby, your quilt is lovely. I'd be interested in knowing how you quilt with the pearle cotton, not being a hand quilter myself.

Screen Door said...

Class Lady - Harper-- She's just admiring the work close up...*s*

Katie said...

I like the leaves without quilting. Could also do tiny meandering? It is beautiful any way you do it. Just as Harper is. Also interested in how you quilt with the pearle cotton.

Diane said...

Libby, I've only tried the big stitch with perle cotton once but it gives primitive quilts a nice effect. Your holly quilt is lovely. Personally, I think the holly leaves need a little something. Maybe a single vein down the center of each leaf would be enough. Diane

gwen said...

I agree with Diane, the holly leaves need some veins I think. Otherwise it is beautiful and quilting with perl cotton is a good idea. I am curious to see what you will decide. Take care.

paula, the quilter said...

I'm echoing the veins. And I really like the ribbon border on that quilt.

Carole said...

Your quilt looks lovely! Glad to see that Harper approves of the quilt! Quilt inspectors are so particular! lol I hear you about gardening surprises. We have morning glories that re-appear every year. It's amazing to me that the seed live through our harsh winters! Keep well!

Judy said...

I vote for just a simple spine line down the leaves, not even from top to bottom just centered..maybe about an inch from each end. I'm sure you will gets lots of advice.

It looks great though! I will have to do this one some day. Not this year but it could be a great quilting project for next winter...Jan/ Feb especially with the quilt on your lap to keep you warm!

Knot Garden said...

You could try a vein on a leaf and see if you like the way it looks. How ever you do it the quilt is beautiful, and so is your lovely dog:)

Hedgehog said...

Just love your holly quilt. I'm looking for a project to try some applique for the first time - this might be an idea (or a small verison of this!).

Finn said...

Hi LIbby, sorry to be missing so much lately. I think of you daily and really appreciate seeing your comments as part of my day. Not quite fair tho, I'll try to do better *VBS* Hugs and congrats on having tha 30 yrs. behind you....a nice milestone. We did 4 active, and not sure about the inactive. I liked the life style but he didn't...end of story.
You do manage to keep so very busy...LOL, love the volunteer poppies. Things like that make it much like a cottage garden..love that look, all tumbled about in gay profusion!
The holly is looking wonderful with the big stitch. I'd cast my vote for a vein in each leaf, partly to anchor that part down, partly for definition. I didn't know you did the perle cotton quilting. Tonya was one of the first I had encountered who worked with it. I've been at it since my eye surgeries back in the late 1990's. It's fun and forgiving, and quick compared to hand quilting.
I got such a giggle out of reading your advanture into the two hex quilts...LOL. Checked out the site and it looks like fun..leave it to Libby...LOL Sending huge hugs for my bread baking friend, and some ear scratches for Harper, Finn

Dawn said...

It is wonderful! I'm still mad I haven't had a free moment to start mine. My vote - the holly needs something. Maybe just a straight line from one tip to the other.

atet said...

Your holly and berries quilt is looking beautiful. Isn't it amazing how the glasses keep getting too weak (I would never suggest eyesight getting worse -- not with the fact that without my lenses I can't see past my nose)?

meggie said...

The quilt is nicely complemented by Harper!

Shelina said...

When I made my leaf wreath quilt, my first applique project, I did a chainstitch vein in all of the leaves using different colors of embroidery floss. Besides adding an interest to the leaves, it also made me feel better having the extra security than just applique.

Angie said...

Hi Libby! I think Harper may have claimed the holly quilt for his own. :) It's going to be a wonderful quilt for Christmas...must make me a Christmas quilt one of these days. *s* Your poppies look so cheerful! I really need to do some weeding in my beds. *sigh* Congratulations on your hubby's retirement! It really is a big deal when they retire from the military. :)

Dana said...

Wow! I love the quilt. I've always wanted to quilt with pearle cotton and "big stitch". The pup is just precious. Everything here has tons of fur on it.

Susie said...

Hi Libby,
So glad Harper is doing his part!
Your quilt is lovely, and I certainly wouldn't have a clue on giving you any advice :)
I do love your poppys, being a CA girl!!
I love flowers everywhere and I think the randomness of them only adds to the beauty!!
xo

Wendy said...

Your quilt is looking gorgeous!. I have a quilt that I started the "big stitch" on and lost interest because it looks messy to me. Maybe I just need to be persistant.

Patti said...

Well, I've not read the advice you got, and you've made your decision, but I know what I'd do. I'd quilt veins in those leaves. I love how quilted veins look in leaves.