Sunday, February 01, 2009

My, oh my, how time can just slip past in just the blink of an eye. Already we are flipping the first page of the new year's calendar. I think that I made good use of January 2009 and hope that trend continues for the remainder of the year.
I have renewed my commitment to hand quilting Amish Pinwheels. Some unseasonably hot weather caused me to push it aside for a number of days.
I am making a concentrated effort to put some stitches in it daily. Quilting a block each day is a near manageable goal. I won't beat myself up if I do fall short on a day or two here and there. It will be easier to maintain once I finish the applique and embroidery on the baby quilt which may even be today.
To satisfy my urge to sew on the machine this past week, I started a new project. I came across this tutorial while blog surfing and just had to give it a try.
Since I don't happen to have a 'jelly roll' on hand in my stash, I just dug into the 2 1/2" strip bin and got to work. The bin is for all practical purposes empty now. Only a few random pieces are left. I'm sure there is plenty of fabric in the cupboard that will cut up nicely so the bin can be refilled.
The weather continues to be unseasonably warm during the day. This is good news on the gardening front. The peas that I planted mid-January have begun to poke through the soil. I wonder if they are as happy to see me as I am to see them?
This is the look I received from Harper when I brought the worm bin inside earlier in the week. While our days are nice and warm, the nighttime temps have been dipping into the 30's.
The worms seem quite happy with the arrangement and have been keeping up with the twice weekly supply of kitchen scraps. Looks like I'll need to start feeding them a little more often so they don't go hungry.

25 comments:

Stephanie D. said...

California seems like Texas right now: "a whole other country"--and I'm not even in those iced-in places in the midwest! Pea-planting in January. That's just wrong. lol

Love that look on Harper's face!

I haven't tried the French Braid technique (except on DD's hair many years ago!), but I bought the book and I love the look. It's on my to-do list.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Hi Libby!

I was just outside with my little person, and boy is it getting hot again!

I love your braids! I have been looking at that pattern and I have it on my mental "to-do" list. You know that I have to finish the others before I start something new...but...you never know!

Have a good weekend!

AverettLadyNana said...

Thanks for telling us about the tutorial for the quilt. Printed it off and put it in my 2-1/2 inch strip drawer to do for a future project.

Juliann in WA said...

I made that braid quilt last summer from my pink and brown stash and it was really fun. Love you scrappy version. Oh how I wish I could be gardening but we are at least another month off for planting. enJOY

Yvonne said...

Love the braids.....it's going to be a good long while before we see anything popping out of the garden. I'm thinking I agree with Harper. :)

Guðrún said...

I feel sorry for Harper ;) The braids look promising.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Wheh, At first I thought you were going to say Harper ate the worms! Chloe is always looking for "things" to eat outside! LOVE your braids! That is going to be really fun in a quilt. I worked on some hand quilting this weekend since I"ve been sick with a cold, but my finger got really sore now so it is on hold for a night or two!

Lisa Boyer said...

Thanks for the link to the tutorial! I love how yours is coming out...such great colors!

Candace said...

Oh I just love your worm tales, Libby! Harper is worried - he can't figure out why they're getting more scraps than he - LOL!
Your braids are so colorful - but you'll have to fill that scrap bin again - sounds good to me!
Cheers!

paula, the quilter said...

Those braids would make dandy borders! Send some of that warmth eastward, would you?

Kathy Wagner said...

I sure do feel happy reading your blog! All the good things in life...hand quilting, scrap quilting, composting, warm weather and gardens...and of course your faithful puppy! What more could a girl ask for?!?
Love the scrap braids...I have had a quilt like this in the works for years. I don't even know where it is at the moment. I should get it out to work on at retreat!

Perry said...

I'm with Harper on the worm bin, lol. He could probably smell them even if you couldn't. I am sure they smell like dirt. Looks like a fun project you have going with the strips.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Congrats on the new PEA babies. Know you must be happy...and happy worms too. I love that french braid...if I just wasn't able to start another project .... as I am leaving Friday to fly up to my moms. Have 3 quilts to quilt before then. Yikes!I can't wait to see your braid finished.

Marit said...

I love what you did with the braids. I think this is one of the best fabric and colorchoice I have seen used in this pattern. Of course, this is my very personally opinion ; )

Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

The braids look beautiful. I love how they have the "libby" twist to them, and are in your warm prim palette!

What do you use to mark your quilts for hand quilting, if you don't mind me asking? Is that chalk there I see?

Joyce said...

I love the braids. I made one awhile ago but it didn't make much of a dent in the strips. Maybe it's time for another.

Brenda said...

Oh, I'm so jealous to see those little pea plants... I have nothing but ice to stare at and those little green guys make me dream of brighter days. Thanks so much for sharing.

Julia said...

I have always wanted to make these braid strips. Are they hard to make? I will have to go check out the tutorial. What are you going to do with yours?

Are your peas staying safe from the evil squirrels? :~)

Linda said...

I have that quilt on my todo list too! :) Love the colors/fabrics you chose for yours!
Wishing we had your heat! From the groundhogs view in our area looks like I shouldn't start planting indoors for another month or two! lol Glad you are able to keep to your hand quilting "commitment". That is something that I could never fathom doing, but love to see others work! Keep up the good work!
I, like others, am agreeing with Harper! lol It is wonderful that you are doing it, but I would be a tad bit (okay alot!!) squeamish! :D
Linda

Jeanne said...

I think Harper is wondering if you've gone over the edge! VBG Oh, the peas look so good. I hope that groundhog was wrong this morning. I'm ready for spring and planting. I like your new project! If you need more strips, let me know.

Judi said...

I love the hand quilting projects, there isn't anything more beautiful than a hand quilted quilt!

Carole said...

Oh.... a glimpse of spring from your garden! Here, we have a few feet of snow! It will be a while before I see signs of spring, in the meantime, I'll enjoy yours! ;o)

Catherine said...

I'm tempted by those braids! Thanks for posting the link to the tutorial -- I've been slowing making friends with my sewing machine, so might just be able to tackle something like that. :-)

kjquilts said...

Happy strings hanging out! I need to go check out this tutorial because I do have a jelly roll just laying around!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

oh like the new quilt you started :O)... I love that pattern for a quilt... its on the to do list!!

Bringing in the worms huh tee hee... hey I am not saying a word after what I have been doing with baby goats...not a word!! tee hee... worms need to be warm too... and so do baby goats :O)...