Friday, May 01, 2009

This morning felt just a little like Christmas to me. As I was opening the windows when I first woke up, I spied a golden surprise in the garden - the first squash blossom.
I quickly grabbed the camera and headed outside to see what else I might find. And there is was - another little surprise. A little potato poking its way out of the soil.
The potatoes are an experiment 'to see what will happen.' I had some potatoes sprouting in the pantry and decided to plant them. I cut each little sprouting eye and planted separately. Keep your fingers crossed. This could be really fun.
Just look how the broccoli has grown.
The lettuce keeps producing nicely.
The peas are plump and yummy right off the vines - pod and all.
Harper has staked her claim.
I promise I won't plant anything in her favorite viewing spot. This is where she stations herself to keep vigilant squirrel watch. So far this year we are squirrel free. I don't mind giving up a little patch of garden for that.
Today's 'Top of the Closet' quilt is from my first quilt camp. There's no label and I can't recall the name but there was something about plaid in the name. That's what drew me to the class and I couldn't sign up fast enough.
Then armed with my supply list, I didn't select a single plaid for the entire quilt. That's just my nature. This is the only quilt I have given to a long-armer to quilt for me. It doesn't feel like my quilt anymore. Someday, I will pick it all out and quilt it myself. Then it will belong to me again.

25 comments:

Yvonne said...

The garden is looking wonderful. I pulled out my camera yesterday to take some pictures and it was deader than dead....all set for today though.
I understand about not wanting someone else to quilt your quilt for you....I feel the same way.

KC Quilter said...

Love, love, love your new banner! And wowser, your garden is starting to pop. That Harper looks like the bestest of squirrel patrollers.

Stephanie D. said...

Seriously? You're going to pick all the quilting out and redo it so you can call it yours? Libby, you leave me questioning your sanity. Or your amount of free time.

Got my veggie garden planted yesterday--photos later--but I hope it looks as good as yours in a few weeks!

Candace said...

The veggies are looking fantastic! I really love the colors in your quilt and the little trees and bears on the border - but I know what you mean about wanting it to be totally yours, Libby!
Cheers!

Karen said...

Would you really pick it out and quilt it all over again?
Your garden looks very good. Do you think it does all its growing at night? I always feel like I heal at night.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Oh how your garden has grown! Before you know it will be in full bloom!

Love your plaid quilt! I know what you mean about doing your own quilting! I have to do my own quilting on my sewing machine. I am not very good but it is completely my own----mistakes and all! Character if you will.

BTW-Love the new banner! Is it you own creation?

Quilt Hollow said...

Well, look it there a new banner! I thought I arrived at the wrong place but it was welcoming so stayed! LOL
Your teaching me to put labels on my quilts.

Dixie said...

Your garden is really coming along and all your plants look so healthy! Almost everyone I know is gardening this year - even if its just a couple of tomato plants. We are about to harvest the first batch of arugula. It has been cold again here again, so the peas havent't started blooming yet. Have sent a few quilts to my aunt for quilting on her longarm, but I prefer to do them myself because there is nothing like making it through the quilting and then onto the best part - hand sewing down the binding. And of course, the ahhhhh moment when the last stitch is taken and the knot is buried in the seam...

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, Libby, those plants look so pretty. Your new banner is great. And that quilt from the class!! It is so great, why don't you just throw it on a bed and then it will start feeling like yours :-)

Jeanette said...

Love your quilt! And, your veggies, look so yummy. We still have snow around here. ugh! :-) Love your new banner, too.

Finn said...

Doesn't look like anyone will be calling you "mary,mary..quite contrary.." anytime soon, your garden is just lovely and growing to beat the band. It really is a joy to see, isn't it? All that promise of what's to come. Hugs, Finn

Guðrún said...

So you haven´t had except one quilt quilted by a long arm quilter! I have not had one but that is because I think it is so expensive. I have missed Harper, glad to see that she is on a squirrel watch.

Judy said...

When I was little the potatoes were our job in my grandma's garden. She used the pitchfork to turn them over and then we got down and dug with our hands to find all the potatoes! I thought it was fabulous and of course we never realized that she just didn't want to bend over and do it all herself! *s*

McIrish Annie said...

The day you start picking out the quilting on that quilt have your DH take you to the Loony Bin because you have gone over the quilting edge! LOL!!!

Miss Snips said...

I too have finally decided to send a quilt top to a professional to have it quilted - but I don't ever expect to pick it out and re quilt it myself -- I know I will never again feel that this quilt is truly mine, but it has laid in my closet now for 13 years without being finished - I love the top, but for some reason I have never been able to find the motivation to do it, even though I am sure I have done 50 or more quilts in the meantime...

Janet said...

your vege garden is looking very good and I like the new banner. I feel the same way about the long arm quilting, I've only had one done and that was for a gift.

AnnieO said...

Harvest time will be here before you know it! Congrats on all your garden children. Love your quilt from the closet...I am currently having that debate myself: will it still be my quilt if I don't quilt it? Will my son still feel my love even though the stitches are by someone else? Tough questions! I am leaning towards quilting his giant-size quilt myself, though I may change my mind when I've had a few hours of wrestling...

Nines said...

Great garden and quilt. thanks for sharing.

Loris said...

First off..love the new banner too! Very nice to look at.
Next, love the not "plaid" quilt. Funny what you said about having a longarm quilter do it for you. I did longarm quilting for others for awhile but before I had my machine never took one in for someone else to do. I think I would have felt the same way as you :-) There is just something about doing the whole project yourself that I enjoy as well.
Your garden is growing beautifully.
Harper is doing a good job.

Julia said...

Your garden is wonderful! Such fun to watch it grow and when you get blossoms it is the best! I might try some peas this year too! I did buy some lettuce seeds. Your lettuce looks so yummy!

This quilt is very stunning! I know what you mean about the quilting thing, I have to do my quilts from start to finish. :~)

Kim said...

Hey there Gardner Libby! Things are looking good in the garden, Harper content to stand watch - my Lucy is the same for squirrels.

Your quilt is perfect. The removing of all of those stitches is liking to cause damage and shorten the life of one of this beauty. I do understand how you are feeling, if only we knew how we would feel before sending it off to the quilter, but we just can't. Lesson learned. But this quilt is still all you in that you chose the fabric, cut and pieced it to perfection and then enjoyed the completeness of your creation. If the quilting is of good quality and you like the appearance, well, girl, consider making peace with your choice and spend your valuable time working on a quilt that needs quilting. No regrets...

Quilter Kathy said...

Enjoyed the garden tour!
That quilt sure looks trickey! Was it hard to make?!?
I was intrigued by your comment about the quilt not feeling like yours since someone else quilted it. I have been thinking about sending out some quilt tops so the quilts could be finished and used, instead of sitting in the UFO pile. But I have been hesitating, because I really want to do it myself and enjoy the entire process. I think I'll just keep thinking about it!!

Susie said...

You have blossoms already? I'm impressed. Our tomatoes have blooms set on, but not squash or cucumbers.
We're having a nice steady rain this weekend.
If Harper wants squirrels we have plenty to share. They aren't afraid of Vincent in the least!
xo

Carole said...

WoW! Your garden is coming along nicely! We planted radishes and lettuce on Sunday. My daffodils are up and beautiful! Harper does look comfy! Lovely quilts you are showing us! I cannot wait to see how you quilt the retro cowboy quilt! Keep well!

Rosaline said...

I really like this quilt - so unique and the colors are antique looking. I wish you had said more about the quilt design as I'm curious to know how you made the curved pieces. Looks like it may be pieced as opposed to appliqued.