Tuesday, February 17, 2009

At last we've had some wintry (well wintry for us anyway) weather. The rains have been with us for about a week. And the temperatures have been cool enough to consider wearing shoes and socks!
These are just the kind of days to hunker down in the house and get some projects done. Or much closer to done anyway. Yesterday I pulled out my trusty old friend and set up to do some quilting.
I started small to get the feel and the rhythm.
Then I moved on to bigger things.
Now for a good movie while I stitch down the bindings . . . . my favorite part.
Look at how happy my little peas are. The rain kept them from getting thirsty.
Now they are almost tall enough to start climbing the trellis.
Harper was happy to get outside for more than just a moment. She isn't always a fan of the 'rainy day protocol' - quick trips outside and right back get her toes dried off.
It looks like she's pleading to stay out for just a little while longer. As soon as I turned my back, she'd be laying in the mud.
In other backyard good news, looks like we have a new neighbor. I was able to sneak this picture from the kitchen window.
For several days now, he has been seen scanning the area for a little snack. I'm ready to install a neon sign directing him to where the squirrels live on the bank just behind my garden. Welcome to the neighborhood. I think we are going to become the best of friends.

21 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Oh, that hawk will indeed help with the garden varmints. Your peas DO look happy, not so much with Harper... poor puppy, the sun will indeed return! Love your quilts, Libby, they look happy, too!

Catherine said...

Your quilts look so wonderful!! Poor Harper -- what a look on her face!!

Quilt Memories said...

Happy is the lady that has a sewing day! happy is the dog who has a nice outside day!
The peas look great, I know you guys will enjoy them shortly!
Bobbin

Cathi said...

Oh, how I wish I could get to the binding phase. There is something so satisfying and therapeutic about sewing down the binding while watching a good movie. Just have to get through that pesky quilting phase first!

Stina said...

Love your small and large projects...
And I just your definition of the changing weather...shoes on...LOL...
And those peas... thank goodness there still is hope for living things... When I look out there is still about 1 yard of snow and so cold you dont want to be out!! :o(

Wendy said...

Looks like you got the quilting rhythm very quickly. I love the little and big quilt.

That's cute putting on shoe's and socks when it's raining, I have socks and slippers on most of the year.

Candace said...

What a fun day with your friends Harper and Juki!! Hopefully Mr. Hawk will stick will squirrel for dinner and not the little birdies!
Cheers!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Lovely quilting you did there :O)...

So that was a hawk? I first thought a Owl. they are heavy hunters here where we live but then I saw everyone that posted said it was a hawk? When I read that I immediately thought uh oh those squirrels of Libbys better hide, then I read you say that about telling where they were LOL...

Hope your new friend stays and your furry friends will move onto a unguarded yard down the road, then everyone will be happy :O)...

paula, the quilter said...

If the hawk finds enough to eat, it will stay around for a while. We have lots of raptors around here, but then we have lots of prairie dogs (varmints!) Just be patient, Harper, the sun will come out. I am gearing up to machine quilt too.

Quilt Hollow said...

Those are some fantastic quilts and lovely quilting there Libby!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Looking good Libby on the quilting and poor Harper knows how to poor it on - what a sweet sweet look - yummy fresh peas from the garden will be a real treat.

hugs- Karen

The Quilt Buddy said...

I am enjoying the weather also! You are right, it is perfect for doing some stitching...too bad I can't stop coughing long enough to get anything done.


Good job on your projects...they look great!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Yeah for some finishes! Chloe got out for a long walk in the forest preserve yesterday - she came home caked in mud! And it was still cold outside so washing her off was terrible! Plus she hates water!

Vert Cerise said...

What a lovely star !! A nice project to start again to sew...

sewprimitive karen said...

Well, that is very lucky to have the new visitor move in. Your peas are so gorgeous I can't even believe they're real. What a gardener you are!

The Calico Cat said...

I'm so glad that you enjoy sewing down bindings. Please send me your address, so that I can send you 3 or 4 of mine that just need the bindings sewn down...

Stephanie D. said...

Wow, a hawk! Good thing Harper's as big as she is, or that hawk might be making off with her. Squirrels, beware!

Lovin' the stitchin' and the peas straining their way to the sun.

McIrish Annie said...

Mr. Hawk sure would love a squirrel and the little mices and chipmunks would definitely be a tasty tidbit.

we have had a resident hawk "snack" in our yard. Unfortunately, they seem to like birds best and ate a couple of little sparrows that did not heed the warning. lots of feathers left over in the yard.

Susie said...

We've also had the rain for almost a week now. (They said we got 4" over that time in the Bay Area) but maintain that it's still not enough to avoid a drought.
That hawk looks like he'd like to find dinner!!
xo

Judy said...

Not shoes...yuck! LOL! I hate wearing shoes and don't unless I'm forced to go outside, but I do normally have those fuzzy slip on socks on most days now as we are staying the the 40's.

Quilts look good, I love my new Juki but I'm still getting used to it's power.

gwen said...

The machine looks very practical for quilting. And what you made out of it looks wonderful.
The part about socks and shoes made me laugh too. What with all the snow and ice we are still having here I don´t know anymore what my feet look like bare! Take care.