Monday, June 11, 2007

With summer quickly approaching, today felt like a good day for some blog-keeping. First like the song says, 'I know it's been said many times, many ways . . .' but if you haven't already, please consider changing your Blogger Profile to allow email. I love to reply to comments. I don't reply to every single comment but I do try to touch base with each of you regularly. If you are set to no-reply it's impossible to answer questions you have asked or just drop by with a quick little howdy-do.
Next up is a series of quilts that I have shared as I was working on them but haven't revealed once they were complete.
First the triangle quilts that I struggled with because I tried to make them 'Libby-style.' They are now quilted, bound and headed for the washing machine today. Then they will be all crinkly soft. Just they way I love 'em.


This little one I have not shared yet. I went back to that pattern and tried again . . . this time following all the instructions. Guess what? It works. Now I have this nice little patriotic pinwheel to put on my picnic table for 4th of July.
Also I finished the Holly and Berries quilt. You all gave me the right advice to put some quilt stitches in the leaf applique. I went with a vein curving down the middle of each leaf. I think it adds just the right touch. Yippee! A Christmas quilt finished in June. I wonder where I'll display it this year. (Don't you love the volunteer sunflower? Talk about a clash of seasons.)

Recently Patti asked about this quilt. It is used as a tablecloth on our dinner table and has cropped up in more than one picture on my blog. The red inner border is not crooked or wobbly - as it appears in the photo. It is a wide flat piping and not secured - leaving it to fold around at will. I had taken taken a class with Terry Thompson just before I made this quilt. As you can see I was anxious to put to use my new skills on making piping and the Vine Line Tool. Stay tuned . . . I made this top again over the weekend for a baby gift.
Finally, here's a quick shot of where you will soon find me in the heat of summer afternoons. A cold glass of lemonade and some hand work will be just what I need to cool off. There's a second chair and ottoman on the patio and plenty of shade under the umbrella if you wanna come on over and stitch.

36 comments:

Della said...

Love your quilts Libby. Lots of talent there. I tried to comment on your previous post about the apron, but for some reason it wouldn't work. So here I am to try again. I just recently came across a pillow top that my mom made in the same fashion as your apron. I can remember making the aprons with my mom and sisters, but I guess it never occurred to any of us to keep one. I enjoy your posts very much. Reserve that extra seat for me, I need someone to quilt with.

May Britt said...

I love your outdoor place and I would love to come over to sit there and stitch with you. Still very hot in Norway, but they say it will be colder wednesday. I am not complaining but I hope this is true. It's too hot for me. I love your quilts. Your little pinwheel is so cute.

Beth said...

I love all of your quilts, you're such a prolific quilter! And your backyard looks very inviting on a warm summer afternoon of stitching. I should get my DH to put up a patio umbrella like that.

Susie said...

Your backyard looks so inviting! Summertime is such a great time to be outdoors doing what we love!
Your quilts are lovely as always..
I have to 2nd what you say about emails in blogger profiles. Many have not changed and although I have most addresses,
it does take extra time to paste them in!
xo

The Calico Cat said...

Thanks for the quilt show - I am so amazed at how quickly you finished the holly berries quilt! I still love your Libby Stars - I may have to steal that idea for an impending wedding gift quilt...

Angie said...

I love your Holly and Berries, Libby! It turned out just perfect! And of course I love the other quilts as well...have you ever posted one that I haven't drooled on? LOL I would love to come sit with you and stitch and gab out under your umbrella...a nice cool drink and breezes in our hair, quilts books and fabrics all around, that picnic quilt out of the back of your car....ooooh, how soon can I be there?? LOL

McIrish Annie said...

That chair is very tempting!! If you weren't on the other side of the country, I would have my bottom in that chair right now!!LOL


The triangle quilts are wonderful. thanks for the second look!

Knot Garden said...

All those quilts are beautiful, my favourite is the pinwheel one. I like the close quilting that you do on your quilts. I would love to come over and stitch with you in your garden, but I don't like the heat so I would need that umbrella:)

Dawn said...

You put me to shame! I can't believe how much you've finished! Oh the curved vein in the holly leaves is perfect! I"m glad you did that! I really like it! But I like that whole quilt! And the triangle quilts are wonderful! I love your little 3rd try! That is too cute. I just got in the mail today a book leveraging off of that idea/ruler for star quilts, I can't wait to get home and read it! I wish I could come over and veg with you1

floribunda said...

I love the blue/beige pinwheels! What a sweet, simple design.

Ronnie said...

Thank you for sharing the quilts you make, I love the colors you choose. I found the red and white Churn Dash quilt I ask about, I was looking at some of your old posts. It is fun to look back and see some of the things you have done awhile ago.
I thought it was quite cleaver using the left over pieces from one quilt for the other one. Good job!
Ronnie

computerpeach said...

those quilts are great!

paula, the quilter said...

You are having your own quilt show!

meggie said...

So Summer over there! Lucky you.
All your quilts look lovely, love the Christmas holly leaves!

kjquilts said...

Wonderful quilts! Thanks for the invite...wish I could come stitch with you!

Nancy in MT said...

All your quilts are just gorgeous!
Can't believe you made that quilt over the weekend, all I did was stitch 5 pears on BOAF.

Carol said...

Oh my Libby...what can I say...what eye candy and inspiration today...love the triangle quilts. Your holly quilt is spectacular. I'm on my way to stitch...save me a seat :)

Shelina said...

Libby, these are all such beautiful quilts, each in its own way. And what a wonderful way to spend your time, in a cozy chair where you can enjoy the warm sunshine and the cool breeze, while viewing the fruits of your labor, both the garden and your quilts.

Diana said...

You got all of these done so fast! And they turned out so beautifully, too.

I love your backyard spot--so inviting!

Jenny said...

Your lovely quilts and cozy backyard have really tempted me to jump on a plane and head right over.

Judy said...

Wow what a fabulous spot to sew! The grass looks great this year in the back yard! All the little quilts look really good and you did such a quick fabulous job on the Holly Quilt. I keep saying it , but I must do that one before too long!

Connie said...

It is cool the way the difference in color makes the quilt look so different. And the one hanging on the fence is just too cool looking out there.

Screen Door said...

I feel like I've just went to a quilt show-- Lady, you've been busy. I try to pick out a favorite.. It's tough, maybe the blue one tied with the scalloped one. They are all beautiful.

Carole said...

What a beautiful place you have! Love those quilts! They are all beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

Oh, Libby, what gorgeous quilts you have made. Love your outdoor area too.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Leave the light on, I'll be right over!

Love, love, LOVE the holly quilt!

Wendy said...

Pour me some lemonade I'm on my way to sit n' stitch :-) Love your mini quilt show, do you have the name of the pattern for the red and white quilt? I've been looking for that one for a long time.

Pieces From Me said...

Your quilts are wonderful. The baby quilt hung on the fence is inspiring and if you have another chair, I'll be right over with my handwork! By the way, your blog is great. Bren

Diane said...

Where do I start? Everything in this post is wonderful. The quilting on the holly leaves looks great--just enough. The triangle quilts are all great but the third one really stands out. I love the fabrics you used and think I have them all--Roberta Horton's, right?

Quilt Memories said...

I'm heading your way, save me a seat!!!! Oh, how lovely that would be, what a beautiful place you have. There is no wonder your quilts are so beautiful. What inspiration you must get from your "great outdoors'

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Beautiful quilts Libby. I love how the first 2 must be from the same fabrics but sort of 'inside-out' from each other. I'd love to come over, but will wait til winter if that's ok. One day!

Lois R. said...

The quilts look fabulous! I'd love to join you in the garden. It looks so comfy and relaxing.

Quilt Nut said...

gorgeous Libby-absolutely gorgeous quilts!

Fiona said...

I'm a bit slow in commenting but just had to say how fab your quilts look. My own personal favourite is the 2nd triangle quilt but they are all gorgeous. And how brilliant to have finished your Christmas quilt in June.

Cheryl said...

Libby, I would LOVE to come over and sit in your chair, stitch and chat! It looks so inviting. Instead, I am vegging and relaxing in blog land. Oh, what a week we had! :-)

Patti said...

Oh, I really like that quilt! And it made a great baby quilt too.

I'd LOVE to come over to stitch with you - but I have to retire first!