Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Be still my heart . . . is that The Princess at the sewing machine? Why yes, it is! She wanted to make a housewarming gift for a friend that just moved into new digs. She decided on an apron. We searched the Internet, found a nice tutorial, then changed our minds. Instead she chose a darling little panel at JoAnn's, brought it home and went straight to work. The neck and waist ties were clearly made for a 3 year old, so she's going to buy some coordinating grosgrain ribbon to make her project adult sized. I think a new sewing machine might be on the gift wish list this year. She's made some curtains and expressed interest in making some skirts. I don't know if she'll ever become a quilter, but you never know.
I finished the last stitches in the binding of the courthouse step quilt this afternoon. It was a fun little quilt to make and a great way to use up some fabrics that were languishing in the cupboard. It will most likely end up as a gift.
Harper is doing well. After the pain patch had been off for nearly a whole day, she finally ate some food. Let me tell you, I was getting quite worried. The vet assured me she was fine, but what reasonable person wouldn't worry after a whole week with just a few bites of chicken and a couple of doggy treats. We are still giving her an oral pain pill to help at night. She has never been one to complain or show pain - so we are guessing.
She keeps eyeballing the ottoman - a piece of furniture she's allowed to jump on. There are weeks to go before jumping is allowed. We leave a big basket on the ottoman and fill the easy chairs with pillows when we leave the room to discourage a girl from trying to get too comfy. Every day is one closer to being allowed to do all the things a puppy dog enjoys. This, too, shall pass.

40 comments:

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

Congratulations to your daughter! Hope she keeps up sewing :o)

I absolutely love the quilt that is behind her in the picture of her sewing. If you have a chance, can you tell me what pattern that is?

Screen Door said...

This photo is one for the scrapbooks... That DNA is coming through!!!!! Sounds like you two are having so much fun... Give harper hugs.

Jeanne said...

How nice to see your daughter sewing at the machine! I'm glad Harper is doing okay and hope he can jump on the ottoman soon.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Looks like another quilter is "born"! It will only be a matter of time before she gets into quilting!

Thanks for sharing!

May Britt said...

The same feeling when I caught my DD in my sewingroom making her tablerunner some time ago. Don't push her, let her decide the speed and what to do :)
Hope Harper is feeling not to sad not being allowed to jump on the sofa.

Kathie said...

oh isn't it wonderful to see her behind a sewing machine! Do you always have a quilt on the table?
Love the quilt on the wall behind her as well...can we see the whole quilt someday?
I only hope one of my daughters will sew eventually too!
Love your courthouse step quilt, love the colors in it.
I should make one of those too for my wall it would be perfect for my sewing room.
Kathie

Carol said...

Howie and Zack send puppy hugs to Harper and Zack (the one with experience in the knee surgery area) says "Harper, be good, no jumping...you'll be great soon!"

Hummingbird Chats said...

It is so nice to have you back blogging..This time of the year seems so busy for all of us. I do hope that you and your DD will be sewing together on all kinds of sewing goodies real soon.
Our dear turtle is named Ripa, because when we first got her my DH was going to give her to our granddaughter. Our DS name the turtle RIP..as in Rest in Peace. hehehe Now she is big enough to be child handle and she is loving her new tank.. Katie

Guðrún said...

Nice to see your daughter at the sewing machine :) I bet Harper doesn´t understand why you fill all her favorite chairs so there is no room for her.

Simply This That and the Other... said...

How cool. I wonder what my mom thought when I started sewing. Good stuff. BTW I love your banner! I know it's been there for a bit, I just keep forgetting to comment on it. The quilt is awesome!

Darlene said...

So much good news............

The Princess is sewing :-)
Harper is on the mend :-)
A cute quilt finished :-)

Life is good!

McIrish Annie said...

exciting! that's how i got started! first a skirt, then home dec, next throw in some batting and she will be quilting...

I know i've said this THREE times but that courthouse steps... fabulous.. so simple but quirky and very effective.. :)

Angie said...

I know you are thrilled to have her home AND behind that sewing machine! :) Your gardens are just gorgeous, Libby! Dewey and Badger are sending consolation howls and growls to Harper...they can't jump up on the furniture at all, and haven't been able to in many many moons, but they can still empathize with Harper. Hope she's back up to puppy tricks soon. :)

Wendy said...

It sure is nice to see them take an intertest in sewing. My youngest DD loves to sew when she has time, can't say the same for my older DD she won't even get close to a machine. I love your new quilt.

Karen said...

Really enjoy the shots of your house: primitives and quilts and productivity everywhere. Your Fever quilt is very pretty, love the red plaid sashing.

Judy said...

I saw those apron kits the other day and they were sooo cute!! Yep, a girl has to have a decent sewing machine in her house!

You'll come home one day and find her on the chair or ottoman despite the pillows and then you'll know she feels better.

Karen said...

Oh, we can only hope Princess keeps the sewing bug. My daughter learned a bit about sewing in high school. She has never had the desire since. Myself coming from a sewing family finds it hard to understand why she didn't get the creative bug gene.
Hope Harper recovers soon!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh poor harper. Chloe loves our ottoman too! And sneaks on the couch when we aren't looking! I love seeing the princess sewing!

Knot Garden said...

You must be pleased to see your daughter taking an interest in sewing. One of mine has a slight interest, so I'm hoping that left to herself that interest will grow.
My best wishes to Harper.

Nicole said...

It's so exciting when a daughter takes up an interest she can share with her mom! Glad Harper is doing better.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Oh how fun you guys are getting to sew together!! :O)...

Santa loves to bring sewing machines to us, so she needs one!:O)...

I love the quilt behind your daughther on the wall :O)...

Stina said...

That is a wonderful picture...:o) Hope she can enjoy the magic moment behind the machine! Glad to hear that Harper is having some progress...give her a big hug!!!

Marilyn R said...

Poor Harper! I am sure she is enjoying the TLC that she is receiving. Your Courtyard Steps is adorable!

Stephanie D. said...

Good for The Princess! That's how it all starts--and there are a lot of young soon2be quilters out there drooling over retro fabrics these days.

DD was an A student in high school, college and law school--and the only C she ever got in her life was in Costuming as a drama major in college. I don't think I'll be willing her the old Kenmore any time soon.

Em said...

Wow, how did I miss so much! I like your funky courthouse steps quilt, and it's so cool that your daughter is sewing!!! I hope my daughter will want to do it too someday (when her feet can reach the pedals!) I've been really busy the last week or so - I've finally gotten a petition and proposal ready to go to the town council about my Chickens. I've collaborated with some distant neighbors who have chickens on this project... and I've set up a blog about it. There's a link from my 'regular' blog, but I'll just put it here too for ease of use - check it out! www.wfchickens.blogspot.com

Sweet P said...

She looks perfect at the machine! Is she happy to be home?

Carin said...

Its nice to see your DD sewing.
I hope your pup feels better soon.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I've been away from blogs and I see you've been busy! I need to get caught up- on sewing and e-mail and laundry. Yikes!

Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

It's great to see your daughter sewing- I feel that "ping" in my tummy for you, because I know I sure have a dream that maybe someday one of my girls might quilt! :) You never know too - when I was young my Mother (who is less a quilter and more a seamstress) tried SO hard to get me to sew...but at that time I thought it was terribly "uncool". Lol* When I did finally purchase my own sewing machine, after the birth of my oldest daughter, I discovered I didn't like sewing much at all...but it was quilting that I was nuts for! :) My Mother, I can tell you, nearly fell out of her chair with delight to discover I had any interest in anything at all that involved sewing! :)

yellowfarmhouse said...

Woo Hoo - the princess is following in your foot steps - a little bit. The quilting bug might come her way down the road. Love your finished courthouse step quilt and I'm so happy that Harper is moving towards feeling lots better.

Hugs - Karen

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Just unpacking and catching up on blogs.Only got the internet today.So good for you to have your princess back...and very happy to hear Harper is on the mend. I am itching to get back on the machine...myself. The pictures look so homey.

KCQuilter said...

Good news on Harper's progress! And how wonderful your DD is wanting to sew!!!! Now to get hubby involved, right??? LOL

Nines said...

Love the quilt. i have a soft spot for greys and browns. Glad the baby dog is feeling better. Poor thing. And happy for you with thre sewing dughter.

Catherine said...

Your little quilt is fantastic -- love it!
How fantastic your daughter is sewing -- a step at a time. :-)
Sounds like Harper is recovering nicely. But I agree, he must really wonder why his favourite spots to jump up are suddenly barricaded!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Oh, Libby-- my joy at seeing the princess at the Elna is only diminished by reading of Harper's surgery and slow recovery. I had to read backwards really fast to catch up. My life has been getting in the way of everyone else's and I've missed some valuable blog-time... suffice it to say I'm thoroughly caught up, big hugs to Harper from Hannes and family here. And, you know, skirts and aprons can lead to quilts... oh, yes they can! Life is Good!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Fabulous...and defintely a sewing machine for Christmas. I hadn't even sewn anything at her age....then all of a sudden it came from nowhere!!
I love the courthouse steps. You are so creative! Hope harper continues to improve. poor dog! Tracey

ROZ said...

Libby, that courthouse steps quilt is absolutely wonderful!

Beth said...

Wow, the princess is sewing! That's great to see! I am writing to you from Oregon, went to the Sisters Quilt Show today, now sitting here reading all the blogs and catching up.

Kathy Wagner said...

How wonderful to have your daughter share in your love of sewing! I hope for that someday!
Glad to hear Harper is eating and getting better - it's stressful, eh?

APO (Bem-Trapilho) said...

wow, what a lovely quilt!!! :)