Thursday, June 17, 2010

Long time no post, huh? So I was thinking I'd share an up-date of the happenings around here. Then back to my little rabbit hole I shall go.
First off, I've given up the idea of having a garden this year. I just don't know where to begin, what to plant or how in the world anything would produce when all it seems to do is rain. There are brief periods of sunshine, but it sure doesn't seem like enough to actually ripen a tomato. I am a California girl after all. A California girl through and through. The learning curve has been great here in New England. Maybe tomatoes next year. In the meantime, a few flowers have popped up spontaneously and in spite of my lack of skill.
These are right on the corner under a tree.
And these are right by the front door.
With all the rain, I've had plenty of time inside to work on quilting. I finished this beauty that has been waiting to be quilted for almost 2 years.
Stitching binding is still my favorite part of quilting and a scalloped edge makes the job even more fun.
Another piece in the finish column gave me chance to try something new.
Instead of adding a binding, I simply trimmed everything then pulled the back over to the front. I saw this method again and again at the Amish crib quilt display a couple of months ago. For me I don't think I would use it on every piece, but on the right quilt it would be just perfect.
The third quilt that I've finished can't yet be shown . . . at least not from the front.
But here is a view of the back. It's a project undertaken to help a friend. And really got me excited about quilts and quilting again. In the end it helped me WAY more than it helped her.
More than anything, the days are full with our little flower, Daisy. She continues to grow like a weed and makes us laugh and smile every day. Here she is enjoying one of her favorite occupations -
stick gathering. I tell you, that girl loves a stick. The problem is that she may actually be part goat. She is not just content in carrying a stick around. She much prefers to eat them. This keeps me ever vigilant when we are outside. Sticks are abundant around here.
But with all that play comes some rest, too.
Just when I think I cannot chase her around another moment, she will finally collapse and take a nap. The perfect time for me to curl up in a chair next to her and get some stitching done - you see in the time it took to write this post the sunshine left us and the rains have begun again *sigh*

47 comments:

Shakerwood said...

It's hard to plant things when you are planting in mud! Glad you popped in for a little visit. Pop in again when you get a chance. I'll be waiting for you !!

Kelly Ann said...

This fall plant lots of bulbs...I had the prettiest tulips in New Hamsphire...they came back year after year it was amazing... I had a garden the first year, planted, ready for this, 10 tomato plants for two people...yes I was freezing tomatoes for the upcoming winter. Daisy is getting to be a big girl...beautiful...

Milah said...

I know what you're saying about all this rain. I can't complain though, 'cause we got all our crops planted in time! I'd rather have it wet than dry so we don't lose our yields.

Lori said...

It's nice to see what you've been up to. It has been very wet here too with a nice day thrown in every now and then.
I love the new quilt with the scalloped edge!! It is really fantastic!!
PS, Daisy is adorable too!

Bunny said...

Love your quilts and especially the scalloped border, they are wonderful. Great lillies love them.

QuiltedSimple said...

It's been wet here in Ohio too - glad to see you are keeping busy! Daisy is sure growing!!! Enjoy your summer
Kris

Judy in Michigan said...

So nice to hear from you again. Your beige/brown quilt is spectacular!!! Is this a pattern of your creative minde? or one we can purchase?? I absolutely LOVE it. So sorry about the rain - we have had alot this summer too. Does Daisy like to visit friends? hint, hint. What a cutie-pie!

Quilter Kathy said...

Great to hear from you!
I am having the same worries about my garden this year...too much rain and not enough sun. We shall see. I always think of the pioneer women at this time of year and how they must have worried about feeding their families.
I love binding too and have never tried a scalloped edge before. Your quilt is gorgeous!
And Miss Daisy is so adorable in all her photos!

Quilt Hollow said...

Daisy has grown like crazy and is just darned adorable sleeping right there on the quilt. Gosh Libby I never have figured out about a garden and was so envious of yours in CA. I'm of no help whatsoever. I did however plant one cherry tomato plant in a larger planter on my deck and have been lucky enough to eat some from it (before it dies). :-) I think I told you last year I need to start with just one...and I did.

Chartreuse Moose said...

The finished tan/brown quilt is lovely! I envy your love of binding, especially scallops! Oh, isn't this rain frustrating?!!! I have ended up skipping a garden also this year, never a dry moment! We'll just have to plant a few more quilt gardens I guess, until the sun shines again!

Julie in the Barn said...

Nice to hear from you, Libby. The lilies are cheery. Mine aren't blooming yet. We haven't had much sunshine out here either. I just can't get excited about a veggie garden this year. It's too cold still and the tomatoes probably won't ripen before the snow flies. Oh well, I'm at least getting lots of quilting done. Going to Escondido next month and I'll sure miss seeing you.

Karen said...

Your quilt with the scallop edges is a winner! I really, really like it.
I have never lived in New England but surely summer is not filled with rain every day. Must be an unusual season there. I know other parts of the east are having unseasonal rains also.

Kim said...

Hi Libby. All things flowering, quilt and puppy are coming along nicely there. The sun is FINALLY showing itself here this morning. Rain - argh...drought season straight ahead, lol. I potted a couple of tomato plants - designed for potting, in very large patio containers. You could do that without too much effort and it's not too late for your zone to get started. Easy gardening. :-D

AnnieO said...

Hi Libby! Great to see a post from you and get caught up on your doins'. I am not having a veggie garden this year either. Two jobs and too much quilting to do :) Love your quilts you got finished and look forward to seeing the front of the other. Aren't lilies the best? They grow and bloom without pampering. My daylilies are just going like mad, but I have to water mine, unlike you!

Sharon said...

We are having rain and cold days here in the Pac NW and slugs are everywhere. I had a row of lettuce up on a Thur and by Sat it was all gone! Nice update, enjoy your visit back down the rabbit hole ;-)

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

Hi Libby!
Nice to hear from you. Your quilts are spectacular!! You always do such amazing work...really.
Don't give up on the sun yet. It will come out, I'm sure of it. We have had a pretty long rainy spell here in Michigan as well, but we were able to plant our community garden anyway. We just got really muddy doing it.
Happy quilting! Melissa

Jo said...

Daisy is a sweetie!

Your quilt is fabulous. I love the scalloped border. Two color quilts are great.

Thanks for sharing,

Jo

sewprimitive karen said...

omg the quilts are so gorgeous. Somebody is going to mistake that first one for an antique. What's the second one; should we know that one? Daisy is so cute asleep.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I'm sad about your garden! We are eating peas and lettuce by the bushel right now and are about to pick green peppers so start early with those next year. And here's a hint on everything else-don't start from seed-buy some plants at the local nursery. We do that early and put them in the sun during the day and bring them in at night for quite a few weeks but we have little tomatoes that will grow fast as soon as it's hot (tomorrow). We get a lot of tomatoes every year. It's really not too late to plant.

Vals Quilting said...

OOOOH the rain, it's been raining here on and off for days but the "off" part has been enough to mow the lawn and do some weeding, not plants have been planited and I have some adorable pots (got on sale) that I would love to load but again in the mud? That quilt is gorgeous I have 2 that I need to finish, one is a class samplers and the other is a shop sample - must layer, bind, quilt, bind.
The binding part is my favourite too!!
Valerie
http://www.PastimesOnline.ca/Vals-Quilting/

Loris said...

oh yes, I remember the rain in June. Really teaches one some flexibility!
Love the scalloped edge quilt! It looks wonderful :-)
Sweet Daisy is sure getting big. Love those moments of sleep, don't ya :-)

paula, the quilter said...

The scalloped edge is beautiful and doesn't it add such a nice finish! You are right about Daisy growing so fast. Does she stumble over her paws?

anne bebbington said...

Libby I just love your scallopped edged quilt - I'm almost tempted to try that on Carolines Soft and Gentle quilt - was it difficult to work out the maths for the scallops?

As for the garden ask your neighbours and newfound quilty friends what works for them and Kelly Ann is right plant lots of bulbs in September and October and Spring will be a joyous riot of colour for you

Chocolate Cat said...

Glad you've been enjoying some quilting. Daisy is just adorable.

MARCIE said...

Hi Libby, how fun to have unknown flowers sprouting! I adore that big quilt that you just finished! You always find the most interesting designs! And the scalloped border is lovely.

Stephanie D. said...

Daylilies! Love 'em!

Guess you'll just have to find a Farmer's Market and pick out their tomatoes--and maybe their brains. Or maybe there will be a Pick Your Own farm nearby. Or a co-op?

Be careful with the sticks. Tandi is a stick-eater, too, and gashed her gum, got an abscessed tooth (all unbeknownst to me) and had to have the tooth pulled. She gets a very stern "DROP IT" now when she goes for sticks, and I try to keep them all scooped up and toss them into the woods. And she's not a puppy anymore.

dee said...

You seem to be getting some of the rain that usually falls on us. The national flower of Long Island is mold. It has been a strange weather/plant growing pattern, even for us. My plants are healthy but they are hardly floweringlots of greenery but no blossoms. Every year I plant a coleus bed that gets lush. This year something(slugs?) is eating & making them into lace. Very strange.

As always, I'm in awe of your talent. Such beautiful work & that scalloped binding is lovely.

Wendy said...

The first year in a new house is all about discovery, watching what pops up in your new garden. The best thing for tomatoes in a wet climate is planting them in pots and keeping them close to the house under cover, they will grow and ripen just don't let that rain hit the leaves too much. The pup sure looks pooped after playing with those sticks.

Candace said...

Hi Libby - so nice to "see" you! Our spring has been the same - we had rain 25 out of the last 30 days! We decided just to plant veggies around the yard in different spots and see how things grow - no plan in mind for most of it - maybe it will tell us how to plan better for next year! Your quilt is gorgeous and probably worth the wait! Daisy is growing so fast I can hardly believe it! What a joy she must be every day!
Cheers!

Dixie said...

Yay! Libby is back!!! Missed you!!! Your lilies are beautiful and so are your quilts. Daisy is as cute as can be. Do you have farmer's markets nearby? Its been unseasonably cool here this year, but finally climbeing into the 80s so the tomatoes are finally growing a little. I love the cooler weather - just wilt when its hot...

Rhonda said...

Plant never grow for me. Each spring I try but the only thing that grows are peppers for me. Good luck to you next year!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh it is wonderful! Wish you lived closer - I made a BIG mistake a few weekends ago. OK, you know I don't like gardening, but I love the produce. Well I went to get just 2 tomato plants and they had these plants in teeny tiny bags, but they were paper so I couldn't see inside. So I bought 2. Well when Mark went to plant them there were 24 plants in each bag! They must have just been roots, because the bags were not big, certainly not 24 plants big. Anyway, I have 40+ tomato plants in the garden now!

Colleen said...

You will figure out the cycles to plant. Things grow in leaps and bounds! Daisy is so sweet :o)

WoolenSails said...

You must be getting more rain than me, lol.
We had a good amount, but lots of sun too, so my garden in coming in nicely and tomatoes are on the plants now. Love that quilt, it is gorgeous.
We are heading past you on monday to new castle. I got 3 free nights at the Wentworth by the sea for our anniversary, so a few days of fun and relaxation.

Debbie

Yvonne said...

Love your quilts....Daisy sure looks sweet. :)

Sweet P said...

I love your flowers and your quilt. Sounds like you're settling into New England.

kjquilts said...

I know you'll get your garden going as soon as you figure out what will grow there. Maybe watermeons! LOL! I love your new quilts, especially the scalloped binding. The puppy is getting big! She is a very pretty dog.

Texan said...

I use the fold over the backing to the front method a lot! I actually prefer it over doing a binding of its own...I think its because I am a little lazy when it comes to bindings!

Kathleen said...

Absolutely love the quilt you're showing in this post. Is the pattern available? It's stunning.

julieQ said...

I love your flowers!! I am so glad you have your quilt in the quilted phase...you and that quilt were so inspirational to me.

Kathie said...

thinking of you lately
oh this weather has been awful, but maybe your used to it from living in Calif!
hope your sewing up a storm and all is well...
Kathie

Eileen said...

Oh,ibby, I wish we had had some of that rain a month ago. IOt did finally rain last night.
I love you quilt and the scalloped border is perfect.
The Lilys by the tree grow wild around her and probablyu up thee.
The other one is from a bulb I believe. Yes, just wait until next year to make a garden.

The binging turned over from the back is the old fashioned wayof doing the binding. My Mother did that most of the time. It doesn't wear though. Nice to have you back for a little bit.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Cold and either rainy or foggy in Canada too, but it always is - most people just plant beets, carrots and potatos around here! Those orange day lillies love the sun and will spread a little each year - maybe you could move them out from under the tree and put shade-loving hostas there instead. Well, if you aren't gardening, at least you are making some beautiful quilts! Cheers! Evelyn

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Glad you are back... and there definitely is a learning curve to Northern gardening from California. I too have had a lull from blogging...and actually finished and started several more things. Can't wait to see what other things you will be sharing.

婉婷 said...

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Kelly Ann said...

Was just wondering how you're enjoying your New England Summer...and is Daisy Doo behaving herself...LOL...what am I saying...Golden puppies have a tough time behaving...but they are stinkin' cute..

quiltmom said...

Hi Libby,
Your lilies were beautiful, Daisy is growing like a weed and I absolutely love your quilt with the scallop edges. It has a real elegance about it. Your workmanship , as always, is fantastic.
Hope the weather has improved and life in Massachusetts is good.
Will look forward to seeing what is new in your neck of the woods.
Warmest regards,
Anna