Tuesday, July 08, 2008

It's time again for the 'Tuesday Tour.' Yes, that is me in the backyard each Tuesday morning, still in my pajamas taking pictures of the garden. Certainly this confirms to my neighbor that I am out of my mind. Today is a collage of the trellis progress - from an ugly pile of rocks in May to a thriving planter that has offered up harvests in just one month.Can you believe it? I went back and checked the dates. I planted the herb plants and seeds in the planter on June 3rd. I think maybe they were magic beans after all.
Later in the day, I sat down at my machine and quilted. I made up the quilt sandwich on this crazy courthouse top over the weekend. I wanted to practice a little with quilting on the tabletop again before I began quilting Fever.
It took just a little over an hour to quilt up. I'm going to stitch down the binding tonight and have a complete quilt real soon.
That was just the inspiration I needed to get going. Here is a look at Fever in the machine. There's a lot more quilt to stuff through than the courthouse steps. I'll work from the middle toward the edge, making each pass a little easier before I flip and go the other way.
I can hardly believe this quilt is nearly done. It began last fall when I was wanted to find something quick to 'whip' up while Hubby was away for a week for work. Silly me - things just never work out that easy. Still it will be well worth the wait. It'll be on the bed before we know it.

27 comments:

Linda said...

That's amazing to have a harvest so soon after planting, must be all the Ca sunshine.
Can't wait to see your quilt all finished, just love it.

Quilt Nut said...

wow those do seem like magic beans!
congrats on finishing your courthouse steps! can't wait to see Fever finished-it's one of my favorites of yours

Stina said...

Think it´s magic beans after all...amazing it is...wish we had that climate here...
I´m so impressed of you...finally quilting that quilt...I ´ve had a large quilt lying for years...been afraid to tackle it for quilting...maybe it´s time...someday... ;D

Lyn said...

Hi Libby, is it very hard to machine quilt the fever quilt on your sewing machine? I am waiting for spring to start a vege patch. Your plants look soo healthy. Warmest Regards Lyn

Helena said...

I think you can see the plants growing! It´s a hard work to machinequilt such a big one. Ask me, I know! But it´s very fun and I think Fever will be (and already is) gorgeous!

May Britt said...

It feels so good walking around in the pyjamas in the morning, just feeling the fresh morning air and just relax, no stress getting dressed.

loulee1 said...

The colours in 'fever' look great, really warm and cozy.
You've got the right idea, start in the middle and work out.

Dianne said...

Fever is looking so gorgeous, Libby! You quilt like I do...from the middle to the outside. But I don't see any safety pins? Do you spray baste or something?

The garden is looking wonderful...inspiring, since it was 36 degrees and raining here today....winter, ugh!

Carol said...

They are indeed magic beans...that is amazing. Fever is just wonderful...it will be amazing on your bed.

Screen Door said...

I love the garden tour!!!The quilts are coming together. There is just never enough time for all the quilting we want to do..

Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

Your garden looks wonderful - mine needs an overhaul! I love to play around with plants, but it's all pretty new to me, and this year, I packed so much in together, it's a complete overgrown mess! LOL* I have to do some moving around and learn to let the plants breathe. :)

Your Fever quilt has to be one of my favorites...I can't wait to see it finished! :)

Darlene said...

Wow, those were magic beans.

And, 'Fever' is almost done. Yippee!

paula, the quilter said...

Fever is going to be so nice and cozy on your bed this winter. The planter is great! I planted around June 3 too. But unlike your plants my are just now beginning to grow (if the grasshoppers would leave the lettuce alone). Must be the colder nights that we have.

Julia said...

I am so excited to see this "Fever" quilt finished. I have loved watching it come together from the beginning. It is going to be a beautiful quilt.

Your little garden is so cute and is producing so well.

McIrish Annie said...

your quilting looks great! I don't remember that courthouse steps quilt. I really like the colors!

Judy said...

Birds of a Feather was my largest quilted and it really can be done. It's just a matter of squishing here and there and finding that nice flat area and getting in the zone! I know you know what you are doing...you've done so many, and before you know it you'll be done. Hope you made tons of bobbins before you started! That's the one thing that get be...the bobbins run out too quick! They should make a machine that has a whole spool underneath!

Carole said...

Gosh, I was hoping to see a picture of you in your pjs! lol Lovely little garden! I do love your work! Beautiful quilts!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Woo Hoo look at the progress in that garden - lots of yummies waiting to be eaten. Love the courthouse steps and you go girl on the Fever - that's an amazing amount of fabric to quilt.

Hugs - karen

Patti said...

And it will look marvelous on the bed! What is it about us quilters - I know I'm always thinking "I'll just start this new thing because I know it will whip up in no time at all" - and then it never does LOL! You'd think we'd have learned by now to multiply by at least ten whatever amount of time we think it will take to do a project.

I can't get over how great your garden looks. Really inspiring. Makes me want to get out to shape up our backyard now that I'm retired. First I need to get these knees into shape however.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

That bottom quilt is stunning. I just love the colours you've used!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Oh I forgot to say...both me and the DH had a giggle at your comment about taking pictures in your jammies...I've been know to do that!

Carin said...

If all it takes is taking pictures in your pj's for your neighbors to think you are nuts then your neighbors have a low crazy tolerance. LOL!

Marilyn R said...

You've been keeping that machine humming! The Courtyard Steps look great! I'm looking forward to see more of Fever.

Guðrún said...

Beautiful quilts. Yes those must have been magic beans.

Karen said...

You are on a roll - both quilting wise and garden wise. The very secret quilt that is now not so secret turned out wonderful. And the crazy courthouse step quilt is simple but yet it is something I really like.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Both quilts look fantastic and you must have a very green thumb...

Malagueta said...

I love the Courthouse Steps quilt. Did you design it?