Thursday, November 12, 2009

For most of this year I have only dabbled with quilting projects here and there. So many other things had to take precedence. My quilting suffered and so did I. This week I decided to take the bull by the horns and work on completing a few things that have been languishing in my basket. So I headed down to the still unpacked quilting supplies and dug around until I found a fabric I knew I had. (Why is it no matter what I'm looking for is in the last box I open?)
Eureka! Just enough of what I was looking for on hand to make a ruffle.
Later today I will attach it to this along with some fabric on the back. Voila! A new pillow sham for our bed.
A companion for this one that I finished last year. I think it's going to look great on our bed.
Also down in the bottom of the basket were these little blocks. Finally I trimmed them down and assembled them into a top.
Now to find a batting scrap and make a sandwich. The whole piece is only about 13". I bet I can get it hand quilted in just one evening. When it's all done, I'll wonder why I waited so long.

32 comments:

Karen said...

This has really been a disjointed year for you. The New Year is going to bring you lots of time for your sewing projects. I will be watching for lots of finishes from you!

Lori said...

Woo-Hoo! I bet it felt good to find a few little things to work on. I love how your Bird in a Tree turned out and a pillow sham is an awesome idea!!! Likewise, the mini quilt is adorable. Have fun finishing it up.

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

I love the mini quilt you have posted today. It is so adorable. The pillow shams are beautiful. I bet you have lots of finishes after the holidays. Blessings, Karen

dee said...

You've had a few things on your plate but you are heading into the snow season so I bet you turn out more beauties than ever. Have fun Libby!

Quilt Hollow said...

So much else going on in life at the moment for you. Isn't it amazing at no matter how much else we always need the little bit of quilting to fill in any voids and just get that feel good feeling? Your little quilt is adorable...and I must add that the pillow sham would also look fantastic in my home! Tee Hee

sewprimitive karen said...

Okay, I'm dying, I love everything you showed AND linked to :-).

Screen Door said...

Life is about living --- and quilting is for enjoyment, not pressure. Love your ruffles... I guess it's a carryo ver from Chels being little, but Ruffles look great on anything.....

Carol said...

It always feels so good to sew a bit when we've been away for a while. Sewing does the body good!

paula, the quilter said...

That is going to look splendid! I would have never thought of a black ruffle. Did you use a ruffler or just zigzag over a cord?

Chocolate Cat said...

So nice to see you becoming more settled !! and yes the thing you need is always in the last box!!

WoolenSails said...

You didn't do much, did you;0 LOL
All I got done yesterday was a punch that I gave up on and decided to make smaller. Today is cleaning day, so I can head out tomorrow and have some fun. Hoping to hit the prim barn and the fabric warehouse.

Debbie

Kim said...

Alas, the things we search for are always found in the last place we look, lol. I bet it feels good to be doing some finishing. I found out recently that it helps life feel normal again!

Dixie said...

I find when I have major changes in my life, its good to take baby steps and it all seems to work out and get easier with time. Love your finishes!

On the treadle machine front, we finally went to the sewing machine store during the week when it open to get the new belt. Apparently there has been a big run on treadle belts recently, as they only had one left in stock, but we got it for $7! They were ordering more, so I would be happy to get you one if you haven't found one yet. They make them longer than you need and you cut the leather to size. One side has a little staple inserted and you fit it on the machine and make it fit. Jim is going to help me put it on this weekend. I can't wait to take the treadle for a spin!

Shakerwood Primitives said...

I'm surprised you have had time to open even one box! And I think there is some law (like Murphy's!) that says it is ALWAYS in the last box you look in. If it was in the first box, then you wouldn't look anymore and that one would still be the last one. (Get it?)

Just love the pillow for the bed.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

well--it looks like you are finally making the house into a new home!!! It always takes time--and I know it had to have "felt" good to sew again--and with the holidays ahead, bet you keep right on sewing!!!
hugs, Di

May Britt said...

Your mini dresden plate is so cute. And I soooo agree that then thing you are looking for are always in the last box.

Dana said...

I expect you will be wearing the black ruffle around your neck as a scarf when you get off the plane next month - I hope you won't need it - it's been in the 70's all month. Warmest November I can remember. Seems we always have a fire going by Halloween - but no ashes in the ol' stove yet!

Colleen said...

Oh such lovely projects, Libby! Very cute :o)

Kathie said...

oh Libby I just love this little quilt
can't believe you had those little blocks hidden!!!!
glad you found them and very happy to hear your taking a bit more time for quilting in between getting the new house in order!
Kathie

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I love when you get stuck into quilting..... more wonderful projects. Loved them.

Petra said...

Yes...why do we wait for so long to ifnish??? ;o) I would like to know that to!!!!
Lovely projects Libby!!!

The Calico Cat said...

Love that little quilt - it reminds me of a personal UFO...

Stina said...

Ok Libby.. I did the posting from Petra..My daughters profile... didnt see that she was inlogged at my computer!!! :o)

Behind My Picket Fence said...

Cowabunga, batgirl - those are awesome pieces. I really hope they get you back playing with needle & thread - and fabric, etc., etc. It's good for the soul and you have wonderful taste. Keep 'em coming!

Stephanie D. said...

I'll bet that felt good!

gwen said...

I like the mini quikt a lot. And even if it is small, quilting it in one evening means that you quilt fast.
Maybe if you still have time on your hands, you could come over here and paint some walls. I guess you have experience in it by now! It is great to see pictures of your house getting done into your home though!
Take care.

Guðrún said...

I love the pillow sham and it will match the other one perfectly. I am sure you will finish quilting the small one in one evening.

Mary said...

Glad your back, have missed your updates, I love your pillow sham, Hang in there, Hugs, Mary

yellowfarmhouse said...

Looking great Libby - that will make a great addition to your bed and those little dresdan plates, dang those are cute.

Looks like you are settling in wonderfully. Snow will be here before you know it, :).

Hugs - Karen

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I love the little sham, it will wonderful with the other one, and the mini quilt is wonderful too. Show it to us when you have it all done, please?
Blessings,
Marcia

Erin said...

wow really nice projects to work on Libby! Once the new year begins..you will start anew! Takes a while to get settled! Plus this getting dark so darn early really stinks...does not motivate us here...most of the time...for a while until we adjust...

suz said...

how lovely - the dark ruffle really makes the stitchery pop! I'm sure you were glad to finally get some sewing in - beats painting any day!