Saturday, February 02, 2008

February already! How did January disappear so quickly and what do I have to show for it? Nothing! I didn't finish a single project . . . and I'm okay with that.
I have gotten back to work on the Fever blocks. Here they are all laid out so far. The goal is a top that is 9 blocks by 10 blocks - so I need to finish up 8 more and I can begin sewing rows together. I have several red plaids to audition for the sashing and I will use a solid red for corner stones. For borders, I plan to use the aged muslin the same size as the sashing, a skinny red border and finally a wide aged muslin border that I will finish with a scallop edge. Wonder if I can get all that done by Valentine's Day.I have been working on the hexagons in the evenings and have 2 stars to go before I have 41. Then I'll start putting together diamonds. I'm going to need a lot! There was a great response to my last post with the photo tutorial. I tried to answer as many questions as I could, but if you are set to 'No Reply' it makes it difficult to correspond. I hope to post more photos of how I baste my pieces soon. I need an extra pair of hands for that. Hubby has been quite busy with work. Be patient.
Too bad Harper can't hold the camera. She is willing to pose. Here she is in her pink t-shirt. No, I don't normally dress her up. I got this tip from the folks at the local pet store. Harper is VERY frightened by loud noises such as fireworks. She trembles and tries to find a tight spot to hide in. The close fitting shirt (see the knot) helps give the sense of being in that 'tight spot' without knocking over the furniture, etc. and really helps to calm her down. When our Marine friends at Camp Pendleton are practicing their work, we pull out the pink shirt and everyone has a much better day.

37 comments:

ROZ said...

I never knew that about dogs! I know mothers wrap nervous infants in a receiving blanket and it seems to calm them down. I guess it's the same principle.

Dianne said...

Wow, Libby, that quilt is a stunner! As you know, I haven't been quilting since we moved out of the house for its renovation, but that quilt is making my quilting juices flow! What's the block name? Did you enjoy piecing it? I absolutely LOVE those colors!

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

Wow, georgeous is an understatement! I love the colors.

Lucy said...

This quilt is going to be so lovely! absolutly gorgeous

Katie said...

The shirt is such a great solution and I just know the pink color is adding the love to the "hug". Your quilt is super! Can't wait to see it finished.

Carole said...

What a lovely quilt that will be! I can't wait to see it with the borders! You do such beautiful work! Thank you for sharing!

dot said...

That will be a lovely quilt.

Judy said...

The blocks are looking so good! I love that color combination! It should go together really nicely! Poor baby, everyone hates loud noises in our house!

Beth said...

That is going to be a gorgeous quilt, my kind of colors! I can't wait to see the finished product. Look at Harper there in her little shirt, that is too cute. So it really works? That's cool!

Screen Door said...

Harper--- what a womoan!!!! Everything in life is better when you wear your pink t-shirt!!! That quilt is really turning out wonderful. Looks like it walked out of 'Country Living' or something.....Can't wait to see the borders.

Quilt Memories said...

Georgeous quilt, can't wait to see it finished. What size will it finally be? You are one smart lady!!! J

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Your blocks ae just stunning...this will be a fabulous quilt...Thanks for sharing the tip you have for Harper, I also have a dog who is scared of thunder and storms and any loud noises, so maybe I could try this on her.

Guðrún said...

Does it work to have her wearing the T-shirt? We have this problem here with my dog. Your quilt will be soooo beautiful, these blocks are just great.

Megan said...

your blocks are beautiful! I love the colors.

Mar said...

yeah for the pink shirt, poor sweetie! The red and cream is devine!

Lea said...

Oh, this quilt will be so georgeous. I'd like to see what kind of quilting design that you will use for this quilt. :-)

Dawn said...

She is adorable in her pink shirt! And oh do I love your blocks! It is looking so wonderful! Hopefully I"ll have some finishes to share in a few days!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Libby, I love your quilt so far. I can't wait to see it all done.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

That's very interesting about the tshirt. Do you think pink is her colour? I think red myself. Your blocks look great - it must have taken a fair bit of time to sew them all.

Angie said...

Ohhh, just look at that adorable Harper! Just precious!! :) Poor baby, my Badger is just like Harper with thunder, high winds, etc. and just shakes and cries, runs looking for a place to hide. Thanks for the tip about (and photo) about the tight tee-shirt. I'll try that with my 'baby' next time. :) Your Fever blocks are just wonderful, girl!! And I can't wait to see more of the hexagons!! :)

Knot Garden said...

Those blocks are gorgeous. It will be a stunning quilt.
That's intersting about the close-fitting shirt helping to calm a dog down. She must be a good girl if she lets you put that on her.

KCQuilter said...

Oh my goodness--what a gorgeous quilt that will be!! Love the color scheme. And what a sweetie Harper is--and she looks stunning in pink!

Carol said...

Libby your Fever blocks are just wonderful...can't wait to see it together...I'm thinking you can have it together by Valentine's. Harper is so cute in that shirt.

Darlene & Thimbles said...

Oh, Libby I love your Fever Quilt blocks - the colors are perfect.

I'm glad you found a solution to help Mr. Harper be more comfortable.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Those blocks looks great...and I love the colour combination!

Karen said...

The quilt in reds and tans looks really good. I have some of those fabrics you are using (or I did have them).

Cheryl said...

The quilt is so simple in its stunning beauty! LOVE it!!

Poor Harper...the t-shirt is such a creative solution...never would have thought of it.

Bren said...

The quilt is GORGEOUS! I would not worry about not having a finish in January...you were ill and still accomplished ALOT!
Pink is her color!

CONNIE W said...

Libby, Your quilt is going to be so gorgeous. Hugs to Harper, sounds like he needs them.

Wendy said...

Your quilt is coming along wonderfully...just my colours...the reds and tans are fantastic.

I hope the t-shirt works for Harper.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Oh Libby, so much to comment on! You have been so busy!!
The red and tan looks fabulous, it is huge! i think your ideas sound great for the finish.
I love your groovy dog, what a fabulous idea!
Enjoying your hexagon progress as well, it really is a lovely exercise and fantastic for travelling-makes the trip feel much less like wasted time.
Have a good day, Tracey

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Thats a great tip about the noise and tight fitting shirt and how can a girl go wrong in pink? Harper looks good in pink :O)...

Another lovely quilt you have going there!!

Susie said...

Hi Libby,
I know what you mean about January just slipping by. Such a clever idea to put Harper in a snug shirt. Sort of like swaddling a baby to make them feel secure. It makes very good sense and the look is adorable :)
xo

Marilyn R said...

Your blocks are wonderful! I can't wait to see them all sashed together!

Marcie said...

According to the response you are getting, I think you have a winner here! Yeah, I love it too. AND the doggie shirt! Good to know.

Granny Lyn said...

oh, Libby, your eye for balance is impecable! to balance the sharp edges with a scallop is genius.

your tutorials are great, too
thanks for sharing your expertise with us
lyn

Diane said...

Libby, I haven't visited you for a while and look at all you've accomplished since I've been away. The quilts are all gorgeous. I've heard of swaddling babies to make them feel more secure, but never a dog. Does the T shirt have to be pink?