Thursday, July 31, 2008

How lucky can one girl be? A package arrived on my doorstep yesterday afternoon. My Four Seasons Quilt Swap has arrived. 'Summer Sunflowers' I just love it.My partner Dixie does not have a blog, so this it the very first public reveal. I sure think this quilt says, 'Libby.'
Dixie sent a couple of other fun goodies, too. A Mary Engelbreit journal and notepad - just the right size to drop into my purse and make notes when I'm out and about. I used to carry a similar one, that's now full with sayings and quilt ideas that inspire me wherever I go. I'll enjoy doing that again with a fresh, new book. Thank you, Dixie!
Last weekend, I pulled out my hexagon basket to assess where I am with this project. I have been working on this since January 2006. I cut lots of strips of fabrics, then started basting hexagons.
The original plan was to baste everything before I began stitching the blocks together. About 6 months of that was all I could stand and I started assembling stars. I finished 9 stars all the way before I ran out of black hexes. Then I assembled more stars until I ran out of cream hexes - 14 more.
Then came the decision on how many stars I wanted in my quilt. I came up with 41 and I constructed the centers for those. Now they wait for cream and black which is yet to be cut and basted. I still don't know how many diamonds I need, but I have a good stack assembled. I will probably have to cut more fabrics for them and baste again.
When I ran all those scenarios through my head, I decided I just couldn't wait any longer to see how it was all going to look when put together. Two and a half years of delayed gratification is all I could take. Here is what I've stitched so far.
There are enough completed stars and diamonds to complete the second row. Then back to basting for me. I'm glad I chose to stitch them together. It's just the inspiration I needed to kick start the project into high gear again. There's probably another 2 1/2 years . . . or more left in this project. It'll be worth it in the end.

40 comments:

Vicki W said...

Your 4 seasons quiltis lovely but that hexagon quilt is going to be incredible!!

paula, the quilter said...

That 4SQS is great! Lovely applique. I like to do the hand piecing of hexagons. That's why I have two completed GFG quilts both completely done by hand. I should work on getting the third one done -- it's started.

Carin said...

Your four seasons quilt is so beautiful.
I have a grandmothers flower garden quilt that I have been working on for at least 3 years. I have flowers but they aren't connected I think I may have another 3 years of work LOL!

The Calico Cat said...

Love the star quilt. I started something similar a long time ago, but is has long since found a new home.

(So long - it had really bad cheap fabric in it...)

Jeanette said...

I love the layout of your hexagon quilt! What size hexagons are you using to make it?

Carol said...

OMG Libby...your 4 Seasons quilt for Dixie is just wonderful and your hexagon quilt is absolutely beyond belief. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

Suzy said...

That is one of the most beautiful hexagon quilts I've ever seen! What size hexagons did you use? I may just have to copy the design if you don't mind. Who knows when I'll get to it, but it is definitely on my to do list in the future! S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!!!

Stina said...

WOW!!!
No wonder you was happy...that quilt is fantastic!!! Lucky you...I´m going here and waiting for mine to show up...*S*
Good luck with the hexagon quilt!!

Jeanne said...

What a terrific Four Season Summer Swap Quilt! Are you sure it doesn't have "Jeanne" written all over it? *s* Love how you pictured it among real sunflowers. Your hexagon stars is absolutely gorgeous! That one is going to be a stunner, for sure.

Screen Door said...

OK-- Dixie may not have a blog, but she did her homework....it looks just like you... Can you ever have too many journals???I bet you just skipped from them mail box.:).

Judy said...

Yes you waited long enough!! Looks fabulous so far!

Becky said...

I love your 4 Seasons Quilt!!! I'm still waiting for mine to arrive!!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I love your 4 seasons quilt! Very cute! And I love, love, love your little hexagons!

Angie said...

Wow, Libby, your 4 Seasons quilt is gorgeous! You lucky lucky girl!! :) Thank you so much for the sweet comment on my recent post. I truly do appreciate that you still 'check' on me...and let me know it. :) Hugs, dear friend.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

The 4SS quilt you got is wonderful!!!!!!

I love your Halloween quilt, Really love it...I love fall too and Halloween is just one of if not my favorite Holiday... though sadly its kind of a non holiday here it seems anymore :O(...

and you know your Hex quilt I am totally in love with, glad to see pics of it again :O)...

Di's Quilting and Craft Blog said...

This hexagon project is going to be truly wonderful. Keep at it!

sara said...

Dixie's quilt is fantastic, and just amazing!!!!

dot said...

What a great 4 seasons quilt. To bad Dixies doesn't have a blog, I would love to see her other work. I like the hexagons. I am still slowly but surely working on my GFG. Mine is probably 2-3 yrs in the making. Slowly but surely.

Sweet P said...

The quilt is definitely you!

Your hexagon quilt is coming along great.

Mar said...

be still my heart, those stars are gorgeous!! And the 4 seasons swap, wow, it's beautiful, lucky you!

Marcie said...

Oh Libby, be still my heart! I do not have the patience for hexagons, but I sure love yours! How darling to photograph your darling SF quilt in the SF garden! The quilting on that is amazing! What a wonderful gift!

Carole said...

What a lovely quilt you received from Dixie! Have fun with the hexagon project. Keep well!

Sue said...

Your hexagon quilt is going to be striking! Can't wait to see the finished product.

Finn said...

Boy, oh boy, am I behind!!! But my best congratulations on your 2 yr anniversary, Harper being a whole dog again, marvelous looking jelly, a great Fever, inspiring goodies from the Festival and a neat Anniversay present.Wheeez, did I get them all? If not, forgive me *VBS* Big hugs, Finn

Alison-My Little Stitching Corner said...

Your stars are amazing and you are lucky!! The 4 seasons quilt is gorgeous.

anne bebbington said...

Libby your four seasons summer quilt is gorgeous - please give me first refusal if you ever tire of it although I'm sure you never will :o)

Knot Garden said...

The 4 Seasons quilt is a beauty.
Your hexagons stars are amazing , such a wonderful effect! Even if it does take a long time, this will be an heirloom quilt.

Margaret aka Supermom said...

Dixie's quilt is gorgeous!

Catherine said...

Wow -- that is an absolutely gorgeous Four Seasons quilt! How fabulous!!
I love your hexagon quilt -- how large are the hexagons? I'm playing with the idea of making a quilt with over 10,000 half-inch hexagons -- which is aptly named "Insanity".

Julia said...

I love your 4 Seasons quilt! It is incredible. Dixie did a great job. You are a lucky girl!

Your hexagon stars is going to be incredible!!!!

Diana Banana said...

Wow! I love your stars! I can't wait to see it completed.

Darlene said...

Your 4 Seasons Summer quilt is adorable and definitely says Libby!

As you know I got very frustrated with my GFG project - I still say I'm going to drive to see you for a day so you can clear up the stupid in my brain. LOL Will tomorrow work? :-) YOurs is awesome!

Cheryl said...

What a great swap quilt. I am in awe of your hexagon quilt....WOW!!!

Yvonne said...

Wow....love the 4 season and your sunflowers...oh my.

I love your hexagons....I wish I would have listened to you and got the 1/2" ones instead of the larger ones.

em's scrapbag said...

Your star quilt is a maze za zing! Keep up the great work. Who cares how long it takes. When you love something it is time well spent.

Guðrún said...

The stars and diamonds are gorgeous. Yes the 4season quilt says Libby :)

teodo said...

The quilt you have received is wonderful and the hexagon BELLISSIMI (wonderful)
ciao ciao

yellowfarmhouse said...

WOW your four seasons quilt is wonderful, I bet you were thrilled to open that box. Oh my goodness that hexagon quilt is going to be a stunner. I know it will be a long process but what a treasure it will be when your done. Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs - Karen

katelnorth said...

great 4 seasons quilts - wow. I missed autumn, and I haven't received my summer one yet, but winter and spring have homes in my house...

Like the look of your carrot cake as well - I made a courgette (zucchini) cake for similar reasons recently - a neighbour handed me a huge bag of courgettes and there are only so many things you can do with them - soup, stuffed, salad, even just as a veg on the side and we still had about 3 left!

Marilyn R said...

The 4 seasons quilt you received is fantastic, in design as well as the quilting. It does say your name! I love the hexagon stars. They are stunning!