Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Here it is - the 3rd quilt from Prairie Children and Their Quilts - Broken Dishes. I quilted it with Baptist Fans and I'm not particularly pleased with how it worked out. I got lazy and used a commercial stencil to mark them and it didn't quite fit right. While it was quick and easy to get the marks on, I should have worked out a template of my own to make them fit properly (I'm not quite ready for the free-hand technique that Tonya uses.) The next quilt in the book is Bear Paw. I have made my fabric selections and just need to get the pieces cut and ready to stitch up.
I had one of those *YIKES* moments over the weekend when I realized that (U.S.) Thanksgiving is just next week. With 5 Thursdays in November this year, it feels like it's coming a little early. It has been quite some time since Hubby and I celebrated a holiday at home - seems like for the last several we have traveled to visit relatives. So I'm very much looking forward to preparing all the foods that we enjoy on this holiday and wrote up a menu list yesterday afternoon: turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, roasted carrot soup, butternut squash, spinach souffle, apple pie. Boy oh boy, that is a ridiculous amount of food for two people, but I can't see clear to cut a single thing. I surely won't have to cook for a week.
Everyone is getting ready for the season around these parts. Here's Greer (the garden guardin' gal) in her new finery. Her last outfit had been faded for sometime. But when Greer suffered a broken arm it seemed like the right time to update her duds and fix her arm, too. It sure is fun to pull up the window shades in the morning and see her looking fresh and new once again.

29 comments:

Yvonne said...

Oh boy, I get to be first...lol
I'm sorry you're not pleased with it but it's looking very fine from here. I just love Greer....she is too cool. Your Thanksgiving menu sounds wonderful...I hope you have a special day. I love being home for the holidays. :)

Hedgehog said...

Very cute little quilt! Have fun with the Thanksgiving cooking! I'm still contemplating how to quilt my bear paws - will be curious to see yours!

McIrish Annie said...

Don't be silly! You ARE ready for Tonya's free hand quilting. Your next little quilt is where you should start!!

Beth said...

Another cute quilt! I got the book too, but haven't started anything from it. I have a few things I need to finish first. I will probably be cooking dinner this year at my house too, but nothing very fancy, just the bird and maybe a couple of sides.

Linda said...

It's adorable Libby, and like Yvonne said can't see a thing wrong with it. That book is on the top of my Christmas wish list.

paula, the quilter said...

I think you're ready for freehand stitching too. And Greer is quite well dressed with the pearls and all! *smile*

Marcie said...

Here I am coveting another Little Libby quilt! I think it is neat that you are making each quilt in the book. My ADD won't allow that. Look at that Garden Angel all decked out there by her garden bed. She looks like Church Lady coming to call!

Darlene said...

Another truly sweet quilt! You're doing such an awesome job, Libby!

Oh my Miss Greer is truly dressed in her finery. I'm not sure what I like more the strand of pearls or her hat. :-)

Guðrún said...

How many quilts are there left to do now? This one is as great as the others. Dosen´t Greer get lonely out there?

CONNIE W said...

Miss Greer looks so nice in her duds. When her arms tire perhaps she can catch a quick nap in her bed. Your Thanksgiving menu is making me hungry, especially the stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy.....yummmmmm.
I like your little quilt, it looks so country.

dot said...

Greer looks like she is all dressed and ready for that Thanksgiving diner. I like your little blanket.

Susie said...

Your Thanksgiving menu sounds delish!
You'll enjoy leftovers, but that's part of the joy of cooking dinner at home, isn't it!!
Love your garden guardin' gal!
xo

KCQuilter said...

Ohmigosh, that little quilt looks like an antique! You've done an amazing job with the fabric selection. I think I need a class from you!!! Love the garden-guarding Greer--she's a beauty.

Dawn said...

Oh Greer is just lovely! And I love your little quilt - the fans look fine - just like in the old days when they had to make do!

Tracey said...

looks wonderful to me, libby! but really, if it's bothering you that much, let me email you my snail mail addy and you can send it on it's way. :o)

tracey
www.theehandworks.typepad.com

Deb Geyer said...

I just bought the pumpkin for our pumpkin pie! YUMM!

The quilt looks great!

yellowfarmhouse said...

I think that quilt is darling and I really admire you that you hand quilt your projects. I LOVE LOVE handwork of all kind, except for hand quilting. I just can't get into it.

Greer looks so spiffy and fresh. How cute is she.

Hugs - karen

gwen said...

And yet another beauty from your sewing room! It looks antique and the fans are just right.
I wish you time yor the cooking of all the nice things you mentioned.
Take care.

Knot Garden said...

Your Thanksgiving menu is making me hungry! Another adorable quilt, and your garden looks so green and healthy.

Marilyn R said...

Ilove your Broken Dishes quilt. The red just makes it sparkle!

Finn said...

Hi Libby, I think your broken dishes are just adorable...I love the look of it, old and friendly. And on vintage doll quilts, the quilting shouldn't be showcase after all. It probably was done by a child, remember?? *VBS* Do give the free form fan a try...the first few arcs are hard but it gets so much better as you go. I did a piece about 24 X 24".
I must say Miss Greer is looking quite fetching. And will no doubt have all sorts of interested male scarecrows checking her out.
I'm itching to start a quilt from the Prairie children, but have been restraining myself...LOL
Hugs, Finn

Sweet P said...

You did a great job on the quilt. I may have missed something but are you making every quilt in the book? And what are you going to with the quilts?

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Industrious you...working through all the quilts-well done.
Enjoy your thanksgiving preparations, wish we had that one! Tracey

Elin said...

Are you going to make all the quilts from the book? Then you should have a label called by this name, then it's easy to find the quilts...I've got the book also, but I've not made anything so far. I just love this book!!
And yes, your quilts are lovely!

Sonnja said...

Beautiful little Quilt!!!
Kind regards,

Sonnja, from the Netherlands

Nadine said...

LOVE this little quilt, Libby !
I don't see anything wrong with your quilting : it gives it an old look that I love. You're so good also at colours !

Hugs & smiles,
NADINE

Carole said...

Cute quilt! Love Greer! Nice outfit! Have fun preparing for Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing!

Bren said...

Greer is looking very spiffy I must say! Your broken dishes quilt is wonderful!!! I can't wait to see them all together!

Patti said...

Don't be so hard on yourself - the fans look great! Just like what a little girl of the prairie years would have made.