Sunday, September 15, 2013

A quilt!  I made a quilt!  I finished a quilt!  That's right - I feel the need to just *SHOUT* it to the mountain tops!  I FINISHED A QUILT!!!!!
I have been suffering from 'maybe-I-just-don't-feel-like-quilting-itis' for a very long time.  Earlier in the summer, I was cruising the Internet looking at quilt blocks trying to find something that might spark my interest.  While looking through Google Images at Carpenter's Star blocks, I stumbled up a bunch that made me think of fireworks.  I pulled out some fabrics and started cutting and sewing.  No pattern in hand, just referring back to photos online. I have since learned there is a pattern called 'Swoon' that is the source of many of the inspiration photos.  I have chosen to name my quilt 'Summer Nights'.  The finished size is 75" square and the blocks are 16".   It's going to look great on the dining room table.  But best of all, I feel like a quilter again.
More than anything, it has just been about finding a balance.  And in so doing, quilting got pushed way off to the side.  So what else have I been doing?  Well, last weekend we traveled back to Hubby's hometown for a high school reunion.  It was a reunion that included 20 years of graduating classes.  It was fun for us both and a great getaway.  We enjoyed some time in Morro Bay -
Here is our view of Morro Rock at dinner.  Didn't matter that it was foggy, we knew it was there.
We have also been enjoying 'Breakfast on the Bluff' on the weekends.  We pack up chairs, breakfast, thermos of coffee and head to the beach.  Then we set ourselves up at the edge of the bluff.
This morning we enjoyed watching surfers, kayakers, stand-up-paddle boarders, dolphins and the occasional bird.  It was a great way to start the day.  And then we were right there to go on a nice walk when breakfast was over.
And now in the keeping with that life balance thing, it's time to step away from the computer.  But just know that I am already pulling fabrics for the next quilt.  I'm so excited to get started. 

40 comments:

Doris R. said...

Yeah Libby!!!

Doris R.
N.C

julieQ said...

I am so happy for you, Libby!!!

WoolenSails said...

That quilt is gorgeous and a lot of piecing.
Looks like the perfect place for a getaway.

Debbie

Kim said...

Life is so sweet. Good for you my friend!

Valerie the Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

...and what a beautiful quilt it is!

I think we all go through those times where we just sort of have burnout or maybe creative block...but I'm glad to see you've found some inspiration!

Melanie said...

So nice to see you quilting again-- Love the colors-- popping like fireworks... Pup looks soooo well behaved!

Doniene said...

And it is absolutely wonderful!!! Way to go Libby!!! I love stars and your fabrics and name are so perfect!!

Blessings

suz said...

as always, beautiful quilt Libby! sounds like you guys are going in the right direction - breakfast on the bluff sounds wonderful!

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Oh my goodness ... I thought I was the only one! I just have NOT been able to quilt or get in the mood to sew anything for the longest time. I was afraid that my passion for quilting had disappeared but I feel myself coming "back" ... thank you for sharing this. LOVE the quilt and you did a great job. Welcome back ... missed you. PS: GREAT picture of Larkin enjoying the beach. Linda

Dawn said...

Great quilt! When the quilting kicks in, you really get going. A finish already.
Your spot on the bluff looks fabulous.

Cathi said...

It's a gorgeous quilt!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Beautiful, beautiful quilt; I could look at it forever!!

Brandie said...

I know that feeling well! Good job on the finish, I love it!

Patti said...

I love your quilt! I, too, have been drawn to all the similar quilts being posted lately.

I'm so glad you have your quilting mojo back! Mine left for over 3 years while I was knitting and spinning so I know what you mean. Mine came back last February when I finally finished a quilt for our third granddaughter, who was almost 3! That's when I "revived" my blog also. I've really missed your posts and seeing your work. I always loved what you did.

Chookyblue...... said...

it looks great and always wonderful to finish a quilt........

Paula, the quilter said...

Yahoo! I also like how you have matched your header banner to fireworks.

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

I know what you mean about finding balance. I haven't quilted all summer and we are heading into fall! Congratulations on a great finish!

Judy in Michigan said...

My early morning eyes read: "Breakfast in the Buff". LOL

Jenny M said...

A stunning quilt! And to Judy in Michigan, thanks for the laugh.

Cathy said...

Lovely quilt. Lovely day at the beach. Hugs

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Karen said...

I won't be near a mountain top but could possibly make it onto the roof to do some shouting for you!

Dixie said...

Glad to see you are getting your quilting mojo back, and your quilt is fabulous! Love, love Morro Bay, and Morro Rock is one of my favorite places in the world. I could just sit for hours on that beach and stare up at it. I used to love the giant chessboard they had there. Breakfast on the beach sounds great, and pretty romantic too!

Dixie said...

Glad to see you are getting your quilting mojo back, and your quilt is fabulous! Love, love Morro Bay, and Morro Rock is one of my favorite places in the world. I could just sit for hours on that beach and stare up at it. I used to love the giant chessboard they had there. Breakfast on the beach sounds great, and pretty romantic too!

Chris said...

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Lori said...

Congratulations! The quilt is a beauty!!
It's nice to find balance too:)

AnnieO said...

Sending you a wireless high five! Inspiration won out in a big way, it is gorgeous. Glad your quilter's soul is being fed! I need a trip to Morro Bay too:)

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Shakerwood said...

What kind of a friend am I?? I feel horrible. I haven't checked your blog at all in 2 weeks. the quilt I was so anxious to see finished was up here waiting for me to ohhh and ahhhh over! Looks wonderful and am so glad your mojo is returning!

Karen said...

ah yes! we all get that -itis don't we?
glad to see the slump seems to be over, the carpenter's wheel is wonderful!
and before I sign off...must comment on how much I love the photo of Miss Larkin at the beach. She is such a big girl and quite the beauty!
Now I'm off to the grocery store. Soup...you made me want soup! It is fall in NY after all :-)

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