Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Doing handwork leaves the mind with lots of time to think. I've been doing a lot of handwork lately which has lead to whole lot of thinking. Now that I've solved all the world's problems - hear that world leaders? Just give me a call - my mind begins to wander to other things. What better thing to ponder than the next quilt. Why stop with one when some things are just better in twos?
I've been wanting to make a Lone Star quilt for some time now. I tackled one in a class very early in my quilting career. It wasn't pretty. I struggled with every seam. Most were sewn at least twice. It is not a very flat quilt. It is not a very square quilt. But it is a done quilt and I learned a lot.
I went out to the stash cabinets and pulled these fabrics for my latest attempt
They had been earmarked for another project that has never gotten off the ground. It turns out that I have just the right amounts of each for what I want to do. Clearly this was the reason I never started on the other project. Sometimes fabrics are smarter than we are.
While I was in the cabinets, I brought in these charm packs.
I have been wanting to make a spring/Easter quilt with them for two years now. How do I know that it has been two years? I blogged about them in this post. My plan is to make a small table topper using the disappearing 9 patch.
I have this pattern by Lakeview Primitives. That bunny will make the perfect applique embellishment.
Just a few more stitches of handwork and I'll be back in the cubby.

29 comments:

Screen Door said...

OK---LOL--- don't hate me... but ...that bunny..... he needs LOTS of love. I don't think his momma loved him very much....but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I bet in your eyes--- he's "Drop Dead Gorgeous....." can't wait to see him made up....

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paula, the quilter said...

That bunny is a bit scary. It looks like he's gone tharn (remember In Watership Down?) But I bet you can make him lovable. It's funny how some fabric just refuses to be made into what you think it should go into.

Stina said...

Come on girls...lol... give this little Bunny all the love he deserves..or is it a she... I bet Libby will take care of him...wont you...?? I know you will :o) It will be like in The Ugly Duckling...:o)
Good luck on your Lone star...brave woman!!

Catherine said...

The bunny is rather formidable!!

Oooh -- I can't wait to see your Lone Star in progress. I keep thinking of making a small one by hand. Love working with those diamonds but ...

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I get in trouble when I think... obviously you have better luck when exercising the gray matter. You have some wonderful plans, I look forward to seeing these come together.

Vicki W said...

I love the lone star fabrics - its' going to be beautiful!

Candace said...

Libby - you've taken a load off my mind with your world problem-solving - thanks! That lone star is going to be really interesting with those fabrics - and I really love the charm packs - very pastel-ey - Mr. Rabbit will look very "charming" with them!
Cheers!

Kathie said...

love your new header picture...
oh a lone star,someday I will make one too
love your fabric choices...
Kathie
oh that bunny is so cute, but I agree think he was not feed well...maybe you could make yours a little chunky?

QUILTILNLG IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Hi Libby--first i think your projects are going to be great--and i love the bunny--perfect touch this time of the year!!! And yes I do believe the fabrics know what they are best in--the same thing has happened to me a couple times!! I also have to tell you I seen a site on your page called "Quilting is my Passion"--it is soooo funny cause my first name for my new blogsite was that--then i changed it to Quiltingisblissful, I just visited her site and told her how funny it was--am glad i changed mine now?? Back to quilting for you--Di

MARCIE said...

That bunny is hilarious, and I know that by the time you get done with him we will all be swooning!

Julia said...

Oh, you solved the world's problems, that is fantastic!!! Now I can quit stressing over it. I hope they listen! :~)

I am in awe of the Lone Star. I can't wait to see it. That is a quilt that I will probably never do, but I do love them. I have a pattern by Anka's Treasures, that uses a cheater method. That will be the one that I make someday.

Debby said...

Don't worry to much about the troubles!!! I like hand piecing to, it's so relaxing. I did the lone star by hand, diamond by diamond. I just have to put the corners on, but did the wrong cutting. So, i have to wait for new fabric. Look at my weblog if you like.

Greetings Debby

Joyce said...

Shopping the stash is so much fun. Love your choices.

~Bren~ said...

Oooooo. The Lone Star quilt is probably one I will never attempt. Very intimidating, though I got the Paper Piecing catalog with my hexagon order yesterday, and they have a pattern for the Lone Star using English paper piecing....that may be a way for me to do one someday. Feels like a cheat though ;)
Your fanrics are wonderful!

Judy said...

Does that say Peanut Butter Bunny? LOL! I don't think he's all that bad at all, very cute for the applique embellishments!

Juliann in WA said...

You have some fun projects ahead. I especially love the fabrics in the first picture - beautiful.

Cathi said...

The fabric for your Lone Star will be stunnng. I'm a fairly new quilter (3 years) & did a Lone Star using Quiltsmart. No way would I have tried it on my own! It turned out very nice & no one is the wiser!!!!!

Guðrún said...

Do you have a little "shop" out there, you just go and pick up fabrics :)

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I love those colors.... what a cool Lonestar that will make. I so want one...but unless someone else makes me one...don't see it in my future. I keep hinting to a couple of my very good friends...I even tried to trade quilting for a flimsy... so I will have to be patient until that ship arrives!

Sherry said...

Wow, wonderful pics for a spring quilt. Maybe soon you will consider a Maypole type of spring quilt! It's a beautiful line of fabric.

Carole said...

I read you about handwork and solving the world's problems, except with me, it was solving my fear of doing my comps. But, it's behind me and now I can move forward. Amazing how much fear can bog you down. Love your ideas. I do like that bunny. It's hard being the black bunny of the family! ;o) Fabrics often speak to us, it's just a matter of listening! ;o) Cheers!

Cathi said...

I think the bunny needs to have one of his ears bitten off (like a chocolate Easter bunny).

I had some kits from several years back. Never got around to making them and when the lightbulb FINALLY came on, I took the kits apart and used the fabric for other projects. Like you said, sometimes the fabric is smarter than we are.

Wendy said...

I was just looking at that bunny pattern, I think he's adorable, can't wait to see your new Easter quilt.

gwen said...

So you were the one who solved all the problems we were having, well in that case, you should start at least 5 new projects! The black Easter bunny has not got a "physique facile" as we say in my family but I bet it will look gorgeous on the charm pack quilt.
I am in awe at your hexagon quilt. Good thing you made a new header out of it. Take care.

Stephanie D. said...

Well, I can rest easy tonight, knowing the problems of the world are in capable hands! Wish I could say as much for the bunny. I think he needs a nose job.

Love the fabrics, though!

kcenya1950 said...

I love that bunny. He is so cute. A nice change from all the springy ones right now on all the blogs.

Yvonne said...

Can't wait to see the new projects.

quiltmom said...

Hi Libby,
I love your story about the Princess and the red Lettuce- often it is the small things in life that are somehow unique to you and your child that one remembers- My son used to tell me (when he was about 3-4) that it was wind- ing outside when it was windy. He was a restless boy and sometimes he would go outside and shovel the rain. He had lots of opportunities to shovel snow but when spring came and he needed to play outside on a rainy day he would shovel the rain...
I love your lone star fabrics- it will be gorgeous- I have made two but not diamond by diamond . I used a strip piecing method and cut them at a 60 degree angle. It worked very well . Sometimes the math to get the corner pieces is intimidating but all you will need is a calculator and tape measure. Lone stars are so pretty - I look forward to seeing yours..
Be well,
Regards,
Anna