Monday, October 08, 2012

Remember when?  This blog used to feature quilting projects with stunning regularity.  This year that all but dried up as I struggled for something - anything to post about.  Well, now the secret is out and I can share with you  . . . The Wedding Quilt!
A queen-sized whole cloth quilt that I have been working on (with dogged dedication) since March.  It is shown here before it was trimmed, bound and washed.  The blue lines help the design to be seen.  I held my breath while it was in the machine - not only in hopes that those lines really would wash out but also in fear that my stitches might somehow unravel. Everything worked out beautifully and it came out of the dryer that delicious crinkly look that I love so much.
This photo shows the VERY LAST stitches loaded on to the needle and my under the quilt finger in all of its stabbed and calloused glory.  Hubby and I had The Happy Couple over for dinner last week and presented them with the quilt - after all the sauces and salsa from our favorite Mexican take-out had been safely cleared away.  They seemed quite happy - The Princess said she thought they might be getting a quilt.  The Intended was impressed that all the stitches were done by hand, though wondered aloud why it couldn't be done on the machine (he's a very mechanical kind of guy).
Hubby and I had a little celebration of our own over the weekend.  We celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary with a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth.  The weather was beautiful and we really enjoyed ourselves - though we checked our cell phones often to see if there was a frantic call from the puppy sitter begging us to come get our darling little charge.  That didn't happen making the weekend a complete success.  
We brought Larkin a souven-ear!
All of my doggies get mouse ears.  But at long last, Disney has seen fit to make them in a doggy size! After we took this photo, we had just enough time to run out the door to get to puppy kindergarten.  Somebody was graduating yesterday.
We still have a l-o-n-g way to go in the training cycle, but we are on our way.  Next week we start our second set of kindergarten classes.  These will be a LOT more learning and not so much 'recess' time.  Should be interesting.

32 comments:

WoolenSails said...

What a beautiful quilt and so much beautiful stitching. I do love to hand stitch, but it is hard on the hands and definitely on my fingers, lol.

Happy Anniversary! Love Larkins present, he looks so cute in them.

Debbie

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Belated Anniversary to you. We celebrated #34 last June. I love the wedding quilt and your finger looks just like mine does. Machine quilt, heavens no-it is so much more fun by hand.
Our puppy is half way through his obedience 1 class and doing nicely.It will be nice to have a well mannered pup. Have a nice day!


IzzyR said...

OMG !! That quilt is a treasure !! Remember when in Colonial times they stitched the groom to be into the sheets so he could not get away to the bride to be's room during the night ?? hahaha well this reminds me of stitches of love covering and protecting the happy couple with warmth, and love!!! Your doggy is a hoot!!

Darlene said...

The quilt is beautiful and I know the happy couple will love it to pieces. :-)

Larkin is growing so quickly.

AnnieO said...

Oh my gosh, that is a true masterpiece and I know at least your darling daughter knows what went into it, lol! Your poor finger.

Happy Anniversary!

Larkin is soo cute in her ear-wear.

Guðrún said...

Wow, stunning, stunning quilt!!! Happy Anniversary to you and your DH. Larkin is a cute little girl with the mouse ears.

Diane said...

You stitched a beautiful heirloom!
Congratulations on your anniversary and Larkin's graduation--what a busy time you're all having.

Lorraine said...

Wow!!! Amazing quilt! I have a whole cloth quilt languishing in the "to do" pile.....must get going on it again! You have inspired me! Love love love Larkin's head gear...and congrats on the graduation!

Quilter Kathy said...

What a beautiful and perfect gift! Can you show more close ups of the design? Did you buy it pre-marked or mark it yourself? Enquiring minds like to know these things! Congrats to the little fluffy mouse on graduating!

Carol said...

Libby the quilt is breathtaking! Look and that sweet girl in her ears! And she's so smart...Happy Graduation!

Nancy in MT said...

Lots of congrats to go around, been waiting to see that quilt, beautiful and a family treasure as well as Pup and I guess I better include Hubby. n

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Beautiful quilt! I know the Princess and the Intended will treasure it.

Happy 33rd to you and hubby.

And lastly congrats to Larkin the beauty on her graduation. She looks stunning in her souv-ear!

Loris said...

Wow! That is quite a secret and amazing work! It's really beautiful and will surely be treasured.
Larkin looks sweet and adorable. congrats on the graduation...how could she possibly need more training ;-)

Dixie said...

Mmm, the wedding quilt looks wonderful, and I'm sure they were thrilled! Jamie and Brian got married on May 5th, and I'm just starting to embroider the names on the muslin signature patches we collected at the wedding. I better get a move on if I'm going to finish by their first wedding anniversary!

Karen said...

Gorgeous quilting. Your poor finger. Give it a rest for a while.

Kim said...

What joyful days, the completion of and presentation of the wedding quilt to the newlyweds-to-be...wonderful. Happy happy anniversary and congrats on the successful training of Larkin's parents, lol...you know they really train us at doggie school, right?

Chocolate Cat said...

Wow what an amazing quilt and special gift for the happy couple! Larkin looks SO cute in her ears!

Jenny M said...

A beautiful quilt for the happy couple to treasure forever. Congratulations on your 33rd anniversary and what an amazing place to go to celebrate.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Congratulations on each of these wonderful, marvelous milestones!

Lori said...

The quilt is amazing and so beautiful!!! I know it will become a lifelong family treasure and heirloom!!

Claudia said...

The quilt is beautiful !!
Congrats to Larkin!

Karen said...

OMG...talk about gorgeous-ness!
This is absolutely amazingly stunning...am I gushing enough??
Lucky Princess :-)
Congrats to Larkin...woo hooo! Give him a big smooch all the way from the east coast.

Think I'll go read a quilt magazine now, I'm persoally overwhelmed by your productivity.

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Happy anniversary and congrats to Larkin on her graduation ... proud parents you must be! The quilt is beautiful and will certainly be a precious treasure for the happy couple. Lovely work!

Melanie said...

Tons of thoughts here - Congrats to larkin on being a graduate....no dropping out aloud. 33 years a milestone to also be proud of. gorgeous quilt with the calluses to prove it. The 'Prince to be' still has a little learning to be done when it comes to quilting. He's a work in progress;) You'll have him naming quiltblocks before you know it....

Cathi said...

What an absolutely priceless beautiful heirloom that quilt is!

Happy Anniversary!

quiltmom said...

What a wonderful heirloom quilt for your daughter and her intended. It is such a special gift..

As for Larkin - I hope the kindergarten lessons go well- I do recommend some recess time so Larkin can continue on the learning trail.
Happy Wedding Anniversary- we were married the year after to you though we don't celebrate our anniversary until December. May you and your beloved have many more happy years together.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Sweet P said...

What an incredible and gorgeous quilt! I'm sure they will treasure it for a long time.

Belated Happy Anniversary!

Texan said...

Happy Anniversary to you guys! Congrats to Larkin on her classes! We too have a L O N G way to go with Keeper on training. He is learning, we are finding out Great Pyrenees do not learn or think the same way Boxers do LOL. So we have had to make some adjustments in training. :O) Having had Boxers for 20 years I guess we just assumed LOL.
The quilt, one word. WOW

Stephanie D said...

What a beautiful quilt! Has it been a surprise from the Princess or did she know about it?

Larking is getting so BIG! So sweet! And it looks as if she's getting used to the camera early.

suz said...

just getting caught up from vacation - your daughter's quilt is wonderful. That's quite an accomplishment!

Hogan's Adventure said...

Larkin is just darling, puppies are so much work but what joy they bring. Our Golden Retriever puppy is 6 months old next week and just fills this house with joy!!

Mamen said...

Precioso tu trabajo, eso lo dice el dedo agujereado.
Saludos y besos desde España Mamen