Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I'm just so darned happy! Why, you ask. Because I have finished my first project in the new year. Perhaps it was not such a feat, but it counts as a finish to be sure.
This little baby languished as blocks in the bottom of a basket for over a year. Finally I got it assembled into a top only to make it wait more than month before some simple hand quilting and a binding. I have to say it was worth the wait.
I also have a finish from the old year that I haven't yet shared.
Just before The Princess arrived, I put the last stitches in Christmas Punch, the quilt that Marcie so generously designed and offered on her website. I took some liberties with the border to make it my own. I love that it doesn't scream HoHoHo. Wouldn't it be darling come spring with a bowl of strawberries? Thank you, Marcie. I've got a complete set of her free Christmas designs. I hope she does another in 2010.
I've been taking pictures of things that strike my fancy as I've been out and about exploring. They don't really seem to fall into any blog-worthy category, still I'd like to share them. I've selected two today that were taken while we were sightseeing with The Princess.
The first if from our day at Old Sturbridge Village. We had a great time. It was snowing lightly and there were so few people there it seemed that we had the place to ourselves. This is a close up of some ice and mossy stuff on a fence railing.
Not half bad for a cell phone picture.
The second random offering came from a stop to take pictures at a water spillway. We parked near a cemetery that I drive by regularly. This was the first time I ever noticed the sign.
Seems a little obvious, don't you think? Well, I'm off to take Harper for a walk. With camera in hand, there's no telling what random pictures I'll have for next time. I'm hoping to spot some icicles.

33 comments:

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, Libby, love, love the little quilts and the photos. Dead End, what a hoot. It must have been so peaceful walking around Sturbridge, aaahhhhh.

kjquilts said...

Love both of your finishes. I finished something today too. I'll be posting later today. The sign is hilarious!

Karen said...

Two wonderful finishes. That cold weather and snow is keeping you in the quilting mood!

KSedlak said...

I love your little quilts.What a great feeling to have two finished projects and it's only the 5th of January. How lucky for you to be so close to the Sturbridge Village. The pictures are great. The camera sure helps us to see more than we realize. It brings beauty and humor in unexpected places.
Thanks so much for sharing.

Loris said...

Love the photos and the quilts. You are doing some good things there in the cold.Keep up the good work and thanks for the New England pictures. I love them!

Beth said...

I love your little quilts, very cute indeed. I like the picture of the cemetary, and yes it does seem pretty obvious! LOL

Quilt Hollow said...

I think te quilt you made from Marcie's pattern is fantastic! I really love the colors you chose and your right...a big bowl of strawberries come summertime. (one can dream of warmer temps)
Your other little quilt is also so darned cute!!

Jeanette said...

I love your little quilts, too! I like the colors and scalloped border you put on Marcie's quilt pattern. The picture with the "dead end" sign is pretty funny. :-)

Kathie said...

oh the little quilts are just wonderful!
like what you did with the border and that green plaid well one of my all time favorites, I just love that color green!
funny sign!
Kathie

Shakerwood Primitives said...

Wonderful finishes! Love the colors in the Christmas Punch. I've been in an olive green/turkey red phase for a while. Hope I don't grow out of it anytime soon!

Cathi said...

Gorgeous little quilts! Congratulations on your finishes!
Icicles? I'm sure you'll see them.

Mimi said...

Love the quilts, but just had to mention the "dead end" sign. That would make a great Jay Leno segment. You should think about sending him that photo.

Sweet P said...

Great little quilts!

The sign in the cemetary is too funny.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Congrats on 2 great finishes! What a great way to start 2010.

Now I am off to check out Marcie's free pattern!

Stay warm.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a great post! Love the projects you have recently finished! And what a great photo at the cemetery!

WoolenSails said...

Your quilts are beautiful as always. I really love the first one, so simple and prim and I want to make it. What pattern is that? I like how you used the homespun check behind it.

I love walking through graveyards, you can find beautiful art work on the old stones in New England.

Debbie

Chocolate Cat said...

2 Finishes - well done! I hope you found some icicles to photograph, quite warm here again today!!

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

I always love all the quilts you do. You have such a good eye for color and texture!! Will you pick out all my fabric for me? LOL
Funny sign too...they also need a one way sign there =)
melissa

QuiltingFitzy said...

I love your first finish. Has got me to think about hexagons in wool.

Lori said...

Congrats on the 2010 finishes! The top quilt looks so vintage. Very cute!!!
I got a good laugh at the sign in the cemetery. Wonder if anyone was thinking about that when they put it in?! LOL

Nines said...

The quilts are darling. Love the photos.

AnnieO said...

Love the little quilts! The first one is so vintage looking, great choices on getting that aged look. And the second is my favorite red and green colorway. The scalloped border is a great touch. I'm hoping to have a couple of finishes soon too, and one is a little quilt (baby) so should be quick to quilt and bind. Thanks for sharing the "walk" pics!

Stephanie D. said...

That cemetery looks creepier with all the tombstones sticking up out of the snow than any I've seen staged for Halloween!

That first little quilt looks as if it was put together a hundred years ago. You've captured the feeling perfectly!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Beautiful quilts Libby. You seem very quick to me, but it took me 9 years to finish my first quilt! I loved the cemetery photo. It reminds me of the time I saw a candy store sign and above it was a dentist sign. I always wondered if he owned the candy store and he was drumming up business?
Blessings,
Marcia

Candace said...

Two wonderful finishes, Libby! I would be very happy, too! Beautiful picture of the moss - and I love the cemetary's back East - have been known to wander ta couple and find very old history tales in the markers themselves! I hear you on missing your radio show - we're having the same problem here!
Cheers!

dee said...

Hi Libby,
Your happiness is catching. I'm always so delighted to read about your adventures. I've been to Sturbridge many times but not for a number of years.
The quilts are so lovely. I especially love the red.That one would be up all the time around here just because it's so pretty.

QuiltedSimple said...

what pretty finishes!
kris

MARCIE said...

Oh my gosh, I love that cemetery picture with the sign!!! So funny! Also your two little quilts are wonderful! The Libby touch is magic!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

O I did enjoy the little quilts you made.... wonderful...but chuckled at the dead end sign.... priceless.

Jenni said...

Great sign - gave me a laugh. Nice quilts too.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Your Christmas Punch is GORGEOUS! I love the colors you used. DH just took over a grave digging business from the guy he used to fill in for when he was on vacation. Anyway, soon after he took it over he answers the phone - " You stab them, we slab them". I about died until I found out it was the guy he bought it from!

Guðrún said...

Both quilts are gorgeous. The sign is too funny.

Rose Marie said...

Wonderful finishes and a happy birthday! Chuckled when I clicked onto the dead end photo.