Thursday, August 27, 2009

Small triumphs have been occurring around here. They started yesterday when I finally got the suction cup our recently purchased GPS to stick to something (anything) on the dash. Trust me when I say that was more difficult than programming the thing to my desired destination.
And where was that destination? A quilt shop, of course.
It felt like a little slice of heaven. So many samples, patterns, fabrics, kits - all the accoutrement necessary to inspire. And that is just what happened to me. I saw a sample near the door made using a charm pack and some background fabric - no pattern necessary. Knowing I had a little background fabric tucked away with my sewing machine, I selected a charm pack and hurried back to The Pad to get started.
The rest of the afternoon happily making little snowball blocks. This morning they were all assembled into a top. I even put on a back (no batt,) did some simple ditch quilting, and added binding. Ta da.
I can't remember the last time I sat at my machine and sewed, at least two months. It really was fun and I haven't gotten to stitch down the binding - my favorite part.
The success of that trip inspired me anew today. I headed out to a farmer's market. Look at all the goodies that came back to The Pad with me. Looks like we'll be eatin' high on the hog this weekend. After two weeks of being totally lost and confused most of the time, it feels a little more like home to visit places that seem so familiar.

36 comments:

Darlene said...

Little adventures to make it all feel like home = bliss!

Love the project - I'm really glad you discovered and visited a new quilt store.

Quilt Hollow said...

Sounds like your getting your feet wet so to speak....and settling in a bit perhaps.

paula, the quilter said...

A quilt store always makes it seem like home. The produce looks just so good. Yum.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Good going Libby, getting to know your area and making it home takes time, sounds like you made a giant step.
Nice setting on your snowball quilt, and what a wonderful selection of veges from the Farmers Market. Enjoy!!

Colleen said...

Very cute Libby! I am glad you are finding some happy moments.

Colleen said...

Very cute Libby! I am glad you are finding some happy moments.

McIrish Annie said...

Peaches are the best right now. and see if you can find a place to pick blueberries. We picked 10 lbs over the weekend. I'm blue but in a good way! glad to hear you are getting used to New England.

quiltmom said...

Libby,
Lovely new quilt you are creating- there is nothing like a quilt shop to inspire one to create a new quilt.
The fresh fruit and vegetables look fabulous- don't you love blackberries? I do but they are quite expensive here most of the year. On the west coast they grow in the ditches and can be found in lots of places.
My mom and aunt have been picking berries recently- my aunt found saskatoons ( sort of like blueberries though they have their own distinct flavor. My mom was out at my aunt's farm to pick the raspberries before they went to waste. She turned some of the pails into raspberry jam- my son will be thrilled.
Nice to see you begin to find some new places to explore and enjoy- I am sure you will meet some quilters in New England that share your passion for quilting.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Lindah said...

There's nothing like a bit of quilt piecing to return things to a sense of normalcy. I'm glad you found the quilt shop and the FM... now you have special, homey destinations, too. It takes time to settle in after a big move, but it will come.

loulee said...

A quilty shop will soon begin to feel like home. And it sounds like you're a regular at the market. You'll soon settle in.

Your latest creation looks sweet.

sewprimitive karen said...

So cool. I'm envious!

Sweet P said...

The Quilted Crow is a great little store. Did you visit the Tea Shop next door? The first time I visited the Quilted Crow I couldn't believe there was such a great store somewhat in the middle of nowhere. You are so close to me, well. maybe about an hour away! I can't wait to meet you sometime in the next few months.

Kathie said...

oh I am so happy for you that you got to a quilt shop and that you were able to sew the day away!
YEAH!!!!!
I knew you would love that shop!
I am considering doing the settlers pride bom with them
did they have it hanging in the shop?
Kathie

dee said...

The snowball quilt is darling. Happy to hear that you're getting out and feeling more at home. Have fun exploring!

yellowfarmhouse said...

The first few weeks of living in our new home town 20 years ago brought many tears and frustrations. After living in Mpls all my life and moving to a small town I realized how much I was going to be missing and mostly it was my family. 20 years later - this is home. When you start finding the things that make you tick, every experience will help you to take root and make it home.

Love the quilt and I bet your enjoyed the creating of it sooo much. Enjoy those vittles :).

Hugs - Karen

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I know that shop, it's great. You simply must get yourself to The Quilted Acorn when time allows, believe me... you'd love it.

http://www.quiltedacorn.com/

Those fruits and veggies look delish, aren't you the busy beaver piling up all those snowballs in record time?

Lori said...

It does feel good to get back to the sewing machine after it has been idle. The snowball quilt is so cute!!

ranette said...

Very cute little quilt...it helps to do something we love to make us feel more at home. The veggies and fruits look delicious!

Marilyn R said...

A good quilt store will cure all that ails *G* Your little quilt is adorable! Love the fabrics!

Judy said...

I bet it was fun to see fabric in a real store again! The veggies look pretty good.
Hopefully soon it will all settle out.

Carin said...

love your little quilt its adorable, feels good to start sewing again!

suz said...

So glad you've found the Quilted Crow. Hope you had a chance to stop into the tea shop. The shoes you bought will be perfect until the snow hits - nice and cozy.

Karen said...

Seems like you are making yourself quite at home. Isn't it a good feeling to make that sewing machine hum? Cute little project.
The word verification word is "flumplog". Interesting.

Catherine said...

You're finding the important spots nearby -- a quilt shop and a place to get fresh veggies and fruit!
Love your little quilt!

Stina said...

Glad you found a shop that inspired you to sew!!! :o)
Lucky you!!! :o)

Candace said...

How great that you're quilting again, Libby! It will surely make the days go faster until you get to move into your new digs! Are those Jersey tomatoes I see?
Cheers!

Guðrún said...

The quilt is great!

Dixie said...

So happy to see that you are able to do the things you enjoy most again! Hope you are able to move into your house soon!

Loris said...

Looks good! Nice to have your sewing machine humming again. And now your car even 'knows' the way to LQS. Good progress!
I hope they were nice and friendly.
Cool name for a store.

Sherry said...

Loved reading this post. You found a nice quilt shop. Your quilt project is a goody & so are your produce finds. Goodies all around! :)

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Hi Libby! I am glad you are getting out and about. It is hard I know from experience. We moved from Texas to Washington State. I was lost! Now I can't think of living anywhere else. I have ordered from that quilt shop and love it. The new project is great. Love it. ~Blessing, Karen

Sew Create It - Jane said...

A girl always needs some background fabric tucked away...just in case :o) Love what you've started!

Stephanie D. said...

Okay, priorities are set! We must know the nearest hospital, gas station, Wal-Mart, farmer's market, and quilt shop--and not necessarily in that order!

Welcome back to fabric therapy.

Finn said...

Oh Libby, I ache for your lostness and confusion, but I rejoice at each new accomplishment. You, my friend, are NOT going to be done in by something as ???? as a move across country.
You are of pioneer stock. You can survive the covered wagon ride even though it's the opposite diretion than "heading west to setting the frontier". You are made of that "stuff" that gives you inner strength. I've done your journey. Mine from WI to Mississippi via Grayhound, alone, 19 yrs. old...ala USAF wife. There isn't anything you can't figure out or handle!
The little quilt is wonderful, I do love snowballs, with or without 9 patches! And hurray for a Farmer's Market, see...life might be different, but it's still the same. Just different backdrop. Sending big hugs for you and Harper, Finn

kcenya1950 said...

How cute that looks -- love the colours of the snowballs. Nothing like a quilt shop trip to get us going.

Carole said...

Ah... the Quilted Crow will do that to you! I love that shop! Did you see the little tea room? I find that shop so inspirational. It just energizes me! Glad you had some quilting therapy! Cheers!