Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The last few days it has seemed as if I sat quietly enough I might be able to actually watch the garden grow. Last week, when the mercury soared, I feared that many of my new plants would be lost. There were a couple of casualties - one cherry tomato and several of the pumpkin plants - but on a tour this morning I spied a future eggplant.
The squash bed is filling out nicely.
The surviving tomato plants are blooming with abundance.
This afternoon I plan to do some quilting. The pattern is called Big Baby Star. The quilt is a baby shower gift for a mommy that is using a retro-cowboy theme. I made my fabric selections using a swatch of her focus fabric and the paint chips she has chosen for the nursery.
Here's another 'Closet Top' quilt.
The pattern is called Candy Stripes and has been published in AP&Q magazine and one of their books. I would say this was my first official scrap quilt. I had previously made quilts with a scrappy look, but these pieces actually came from the scrap basket. The original has a pink ticking for the stripes, perhaps they were thinking cotton candy. When I found the black ticking, I knew I had my candy - Licorice!

28 comments:

paula, the quilter said...

I must have known that you had a Tin Lizzie, but it surprised me when I saw the picture of it. Now I'm jealous! The garden looks wonderful. We awoke to snow yesterday -- go figure.

Karen said...

Oh, I like that big star that's on the frame right now. And you scrap quilt from the closet is a winner too. I think we should just trade quilts for a little while so we can have something new to display. I like most everything you show.

Judy said...

Everything is growing nicely!

Quilter Kathy said...

Enjoyed seeing your garden plants...gives me something to look forward to!
Great scrap quilt!

Lea said...

Mmmmmm...the eggplant! one of my favorite veggies....yum yum :-)

Love your baby quilt, The lone star, It's very cowboy thing!!!

Candace said...

I'll be watching my garden through your eyes this year, Libby! It's looking so lush already - if I had planted you wouldn't even see the seeds poking through the ground yet!
I love the one-block quilt! And what a great theme for a baby - is it going to be a cowboy or a cowgirl?
I didn't realize you had a Tin Lizzie. When I was looking at long arms, she was on the top of the list...haven't got one yet, though. How do you like her?
Cheers!

Laurie said...

I have that quilt circled in my magazine knowing that I'll make it some day...hasn't happened but your version makes me want to start sewing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Milah said...

I love both quilts. It would be nice to see the star quilt in the babys nursery, hint, hint.;D

KC Quilter said...

That quilt is PERFECT for a retro-cowboy baby! Lucky kid. And your garden is looking good. My favorite farmers' market opens this Thursday and I can't wait.

AnnieO said...

I had plans to start some tomato plants but that hasn't happened yet....I guess its not too late, though! Love your quilts, the colors look very huggable!

The Quilt Buddy said...

That is going to be one lucky buckaroo! He will love his quilt!

Love your candy quilt! How can you go wrong with a little bit of licorice!

Kathie said...

looks great in the garden, someday we will have a garden too.
oh love the star quilt, love the inner border being scrappy. See you have the machine set up again guess that means a lot of machine quilting will be happening???
OH I love the licorice quilt, ahhh may have to do something like that from my scrap basket, mine would be a mini though, ok maybe not!
Kathie

Carol said...

Your garden is looking great! I've done the Big Baby Star several times for baby's...great quilt!

Lynda (Granny K) said...

I love your Liquorice Candystripe quilt - great colours! Scrap quilts are my favourites.

dee said...

I still have that issue of the magazine because I loved that quilt so much. Your version is delicious Libby. Thanks for the garden tour. Such a pretty time of year.

Julia said...

Woo Hoo! A beautiful Libby creation loaded on Cassi!!! How fun! :~)

Libby, Libby, How does your garden grow? Quite well!!!

It is official, I love every quilt that you make! The Candy Stripes is fantastic!

Sweet P said...

Your garden is doing well. The quilts are gorgeous. Great job on them.

Wendy said...

Your garden is coming along nicely. And the new baby quilt is going to be loved. I love your scrappy version of the Candy Strips because my favorite is black licorice as well.

Marilyn R said...

I am always happy when I see my plants grow instead of die! Your plants look like they are thriving! Love your quilts!

Sherry said...

Hi Libby. Your garden looks so nice. That star quilt will be just perfect for that little cowboy's room and I love your Candy Stripe quilt..looks awesome!

Stephanie D. said...

Glad you didn't lose more than that in the garden! Love that cute little eggplant!

I didn't realize you had a quilter!

Love the theme of "retro cowboy!" The quilt goes perfectly with that.

Jeanne said...

Your garden is looking super. Ours is partly under water. It could stop raining here now!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I can't wait to plant my garden. Even with the 90's we had in NH last weekend when I was in Tennessee, we had a frost this morning so still too early here in NH.

Guðrún said...

Your new header is great and I can see your garden is growing

Catherine said...

The licorice quilt looks so cozy! Your garden is amazing. The leaves on the trees on the roof garden are just about to start opening. I can't wait.

Finn said...

Another lovely quilt. I remember the pink ticking stripes, and you know, I like yours much better! Hugs, Finn

QuiltedSimple said...

Your garden looks great! And I love the 2 quilts - the colors are so pretty - can't wait to see the big star quilt completed
Kris

MARCIE said...

I am drooling over all your good stuff! Quilt, strawberries, veggies! All quite yummy looking!