Friday, January 23, 2009

Inspired by the first quilt of the year finish, I headed right back into the cubby and started digging through my basket of applique scraps. These are the pieces of fabric that are unusual shapes not suitable for cutting into squares or strips, but are certainly usable in a quilt. I quickly found all that I needed to begin work on the center of the first baby quilt.
The book uses raw edge applique, but I decided to needle turn instead. While I like the primitive look of the raw edge, I didn't think the finish would be the best for a little one - too many little strings to pull on, tangle up tiny fingers or possibly swallow.I can't recall doing an applique piece with so many layers in the past. I've had to keep my wits about me to be sure to get everything in the right order. I hope to get the top layer stitched on today. I'll set aside some time to start sewing up the 9 patches. I should have a quilt top in fairly short order.
Outside the worms seem to be settling in nicely. They don't eat much at the beginning - only a cup of scraps twice a week. Before too long as they multiply, they should be able to keep up with all of our scraps.
Hubby suggested this morning that I feed them the latest statement from his 401k. It didn't bring much comfort to us, but the worms might enjoy it. Come summer we could watch our 'money' grow out in the garden. He might just be on to something.

21 comments:

Paula said...

Certainly a cute beginning to a sweet little baby quilt.

Quilt Hollow said...

Your DH is on to something.

Good idea on the applique so little one's don't get fingers caught up in loose strings. It's going to be a "Libby" creation so I know I'm going to love it.

Stina said...

Ok.. 401k..???
And my mind started to wander when I read your post...( must be some damage on my brain) ... and saw you before me feeding your worms with scraps ( not the scraps you meant) from fabric and wow..I thought these worms must be in heaven and feel really good about it... lol...

Karen said...

Oh, my. I didn't know you had to feed the worms. Actually, I never thought about what sustains garden worms.
I don't think raw edge applique would have been appropriate for a baby. You are quite right about that.
Could you feed the worms some fabric and have that gorw?

gwen said...

i congratulate you on your first finish. THe nine patch quilt is beautiful, scrappy but with some interesting features.
I admire your appliqué skills, the quilt center does look cute.
As for the worms, maybe you would be intested to hear that some appartment condos in Paris introduced this sort of compost making in their back court to feed the house plants and the flowers beds! We just have a plain compost maker, no one to give a name to there! Take care.

Amanda said...

That's funny! lol Maybe my husband and I need to get some worms to see our 401k grow! lol

I love your first quilt of 09. I have a quilt that I started back in 1999 that uses homespuns and nine patches. It's a UFO that I would love to turn into something else. This quilt would be perfect! I already have a ton of squares cut, so half the work is already done!

Candace said...

Libby, please let me know if your worms help out with the 401K!! If they do, I'll be putting on my worm wrangling chaps!
Your applique is darling - can't wait to see it with the 9-patches!
Cheers!

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, Libby, your posts are wonderful. I've just been catching up.

Guðrún said...

Another beautiful quilt coming up.

Lindah said...

I like your husband's perspective!
The "horsie" is adorable, Libby. What a lucky little baby!

Judy said...

Yes our statement came Wednesday and I felt quite sick really. I love how the darker legs make them stand out, good choice~! Should be a very cute quilt!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Like the idea of the little applique, it is a sweet quilt. I am going to do a sunflowery vine on my wonky 9 patch. Thanks for the suggestion.

Stephanie D. said...

Wow, what a beautiful start! I don't do much applique myself, just because I haven't taken the time, not because I don't like it. Never thought about the threads and all in a baby quilt, but that's a good point.

Love DH's comment! Those statements should be good for something, huh?

The Quilt Buddy said...

I can tell that your baby quilt is going to be too cute! I love the rocking horse, which will work well for either a boy or girl.

Are you enjoying the weather? We didn't get much rain, but I do wish that it would get a "little bit" cooler.

Have a good weekend!

Katie said...

Neat horse applique. Good choice of fabric. I wonder about investing in worms. Better than stock market.

Susie said...

Hi Libby,
Love the cute little applique for a baby quilt.
Your hubby must have a great sense of humor. I didn't read far enough back to know about the worms but am guessing it's some sort of compost area. We have tons of worms in our compost (which they say indicates a good healthy atmosphere)
Hope you're well and happy in the new year.
xo

yellowfarmhouse said...

Oh boy don't get me started on the 401K thing - I like your hubbies idea, LOL. I'm going to share that one with Mr. Farmhouse.
Your start on the baby quilt is adorable - can't wait to see it finished.

Hugs - karen

Perry said...

Like you baby quilt, really a great idea. And, I love the idea of feeding the money statements to the worms, think I'll try that one myself, lol.

Patti said...

Growing worms to get rid of your garbage - what a great idea? And will they eventually be added to your garden? When I was growing all our vegetables many, many moons ago I composted all our garbage for the garden. Was so good for the garden, for the earth, for the landfills - just a good thing all the way around.

MARCIE said...

Your husband cracks me up. Worm food indeed! We are all gonna be worm food eventually. Not that I want to rush that. Your newest quilt is so cute! I love the horse in the center. You just keep coming up with the nicest surprises!

Becky said...

where is your recipe for that salad, looks tasty.