Friday, February 22, 2008

Good news! I am a quilter. From time to time I manage to finish a quilt. Trust me, I was beginning to have my doubts. Yesterday in the late afternoon, I put the last stitches into the binding of this bear paw quilt from Prairie Children and Their Quilts. I went back through my blog archives and found that I had pieced the top and did the quilting save the border back in November. I amazed at the small amount of time it took to put in those finishing stitches. Why do we - I mean I - allow these things to languish so near completion for so long?This morning I got the last of the binding stitched down on this little quilt, too. It was pieced and quilted in early January and sat waiting for me to cut the scallops and make the bias binding. It is a wonderful thing that quilts are patient. I don't think I will make a scalloped border on something this size again. Those are some pretty tight little curves. I used a juice glass to mark my cutting line. Next time I think I'll just do a gentle free-hand wavy line. (The quilting is not as prominent as it appears in the photo. I used a monofilament and it is really picking up the flash from the camera.)
Today I plan to tackle this basket. It lives under my sewing table and catches all the spare fabrics as I'm stitching. It is hard to believe that I have already cleared it out once. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled out all the pieces that are fat quarter size or larger and everything civil war, no matter the size. It is still filled to near overflowing. I hope to end up with 5" squares, 2 1/2" and 1 1/2" strips. The rest will go into a basket for applique shapes.
It is raining again today. It has been a few years since we have had a winter with normal rainfall. I had almost forgotten what that was like but I am enjoying it very much. Poor Harper is not. So I am trying to make every excursion to another room or out to the garage a fun trip where we run, skip or take along a tug toy. She's catching on and she's not amused by my antics anymore.
She didn't even bother to stir when the flash went off. We should have some drier days next week and all will be forgiven.

34 comments:

Quilt Memories said...

Perhaps Harper and I have a lot in common.....LOL.......... I HATE Rain and it has rained here the last 3 days. I sure wish it would stop, but at least its not real cold! J

Dawn said...

Chloe is getting lethargic too with so much snow and no time to run and play outside. Heck so am I! I LOVE how our black quilt turned out! That is an awesome quilt! Kathleen Tracy is speaking at our next guild meeting! I can't wait! And hopefully enough people sign up for the class she is doing so it doesn't get cancelled.

Bren said...

Your finishes are WONDERFUL!! I plan to get the Prairie Children book and make a wall of the quilts....someday.

Beth said...

I am lovin' your little quilts! I need to make something small and try my hand at meandering quilting. Is Ms. Harper getting cabin fever? LOL

Screen Door said...

I love your quilt!!! The basket of "quilt wannabees" looks pretty tempting--- I'll fight you for the plaids *S*. At least Harper know her limits and stays in. Ransom wants to go running no matter the weather-- he just doesn't want to do it alone....

Kathie said...

two great quilts, I love the first one and the fabrics you chose. I have that book and hope to make a few of the quilts in it someday!
The second one...wow not sure I would have attempted that border and binding!
It looks amazing though. 'What is the size of that quilt?
thanks
Kathie

kjquilts said...

I love your teeny tiny hand stitches and that scalloped border deserves an award!

Guðrún said...

Beautiful, beautiful, little quilts.

Rose said...

Very nice quilts. I've been hankering for the Prairie Children book and you are pushing me over the edge. Ha!

Marilyn R said...

What great finishes! The scalloped border is wonderful!

paula, the quilter said...

I have been wondering lately if I'm still a quilter. I seem to be doing an awful lot of knitting. But then I whip out a lap sized top for QOV in one day. One day! 'course it was big blocks. Enjoy the normalcy of a rain. We seem to be having a 'normal' winter here too.

dot said...

Your comletes are great. It does feel good to finish a quilt and you have done a wonderful job of it. Good work.

KCQuilter said...

Oh, Libby, love, love, love the little quilts! Makes me wish I didn't have so many irons in the fire so I could get back to making doll quilts. I just love them so much. And I'm with Harper---bring on the nice, dry, warm weather---puh-lease!!!

Takako said...

Your doll quilts look so adorable! I just noticed that I have the same fabric as you used for the border on the Bear Pow quilt! It looks beautiful!
My daughter has just got another puppy (3-year-old beagle) early this week and he took off for a while when I opened the front door to see the police officer and ran around our neighbors for whole one hour!! He must be much opposite from your puppy...
(Thanks your visit on my blog!!)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Fancy doubting yourself as a quilter...both quilts are fantastic....love the quilting...

Wendy said...

Isn't it a big load off when a couple of projects get finished. We forget that it will only take a short time to just get that binding on. Your two quilts are so adorable.

Harper looks tuckered out or bored not sure which.

Juliann in WA said...

I know what you mean about taking too long to finish things. I think I get distracted and then it gets harder and harder to get back to those almost done pieces. Love yours.

Katie said...

Great finishes. You do wonderful work. I'll bet if Kipper came over, Harper would join him for a run in the rain. Of course they would have to have the warm bath and extra dinner and finally nap. Life of a dog. LOL

Patti said...

I'd say you've gotten a lot accomplished in the last couple days! The new little quilts are wonderful. Strange - you are just exactly like the rest of us. No matter how much we love our current project it is just SO easy to be distracted by something new and wonderful that takes our breath away and gets our fingers itching to start stitching something new. We fully intend to come right back to something to finish it, and then we forget. I don't think it really matters - as you say, quilts are patient. Good thing! Be honest now - how old is your oldest UFO that you really want to finish one of these days? I bet I have you beat - I started my Baltimore album quilt in 1989! Next year it will be 20 years old! One of these days - I hope - it will be done. In the meantime it is tucked away cosily in a drawer of my island, staying nice and warm. Maybe I should start a new rumor about quilts needing to hibernate - or age - just like fine wine. Anyway - enough of my silliness. The two new little quilts are absolutely delightful - I have to sit on my hands when I see them - and repeat over and over in my head "You are focusing on UFO's! You are focusing on UFO's!"

Darlene said...

It's so easy to get distracted. So much eye candy to be seen in so many blogs leads to my distraction. LOL

Those are darling, Libby! I love everything you do!

Tracey said...

well you have just been one busy girl, haven't you? they all look fabulous, libby!!

tracey
theehandworks

Rabbit Stitchings said...

oh my that black little quilt you finished is amazing! Really really like it :O)...

Mar said...

oh my Libby, I'm loving this little scalloped quilt. Great job quilting it too!

Angie said...

Those are both just wonderful, Libby!! And Harper looks like she's had enough of that 'rainy noise'! :/

yellowfarmhouse said...

I LOVE that black quilt with the mini scallops - very striking. But I love all your quilts and your color combos.

Hope the rain stops soon so Harper can enjoy a romp outside.

Hugs - karen

Judy said...

Lovely quilts. I wonder if having every other scallop would have been easier..lunch plate size perhaps.

SO question...when you pull a FQ do you never put it back into the pile and just cut for scraps? or do you only cut scraps once it hits a certain small size?

Shelina said...

These are both great quilts. Congratulations on great finishes - I especially like the x one with the scalloped borders.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Poor Harper. We are very slothful here at the moment as it's either raining or so hot & humid that you can't move without sweat pouring off you. Saturday it was 40 deg C and today it is overcast and drizzling and almost a little cool. Simon and Chloe don't seem to mind, and they are either flat out on the floor near a door, or snuggled in the crate, on the couch or the bed.

The Calico Cat said...

Love that scallop-y quilt! (I have seen that pattern done with 9-patches..._

Stephanie said...

I think those scraps reproduce when I close the door to my sewing room! I will have to remember to cut the 2 1/2" strips instead of the squares--less time needed! I even have 1 1/2" scraps for a postage stamp quilt some day. Bonnie Hunter's method is nice, if I could only remember to do it!

Carole said...

Lovely finishes! Beats me as to why we allow our projects to linger! I gather my WIPs are fairly patient! lol I'm looking forward to making a couple of quilts from that Prairie book! Thanks for sharing!

Rosy said...

I love the way your scallops look!I am trying for the first time to make them "work" on a "mini" also. I will post it on my blog "Fabricfarie" when it looks presentable!! We had 3" of rain last weekend. Cosy time to sew!

Marit said...

Your bear paw quilt is the sweetest ever!!!
I am hoping to partner you in the 4 season spring swap ...

Aisha said...

I really like your work. I plan to do quilting someday when I get to be with my husband. It looks very difficult but fun! :D I've bookmark one quilter and would like to add you to my blogroll so I can visit your site often. :)