Thursday, December 27, 2007

Is it Spring yet?

While Loving Care, Light Ash Brown, #75, does it's thing on my flowing tresses, I will return after "hibernation" to take part in more entertaining activities, like posting and blogging. Let's see -- I have 40 minutes to play. I've tried to check into your blogs during my hibernation - hope I haven't missed too much!

Finally, a border solution to my quilt below, which has been named "Checkers Tonight Dearie?" Once the solution was determined, I am wondering why it had become such a problem. Maybe I was just thinking too hard. It's officially a top, and when I purchase 7 yards of ONE fabric for the backing, it will be machine quilted. Thank you all who made sensible suggestions -- I think the successful one was "put it away for awhile."
This was my view very early Christmas morning - how much better can nature be? Such perfect timing. I bundled myself up and went outside early, in the quiet, before the snow-blowers started rumbling, to enjoy the still air. 6-8 inches of much needed snow!
After finishing that "Checkers Tonight Dearie?" project, I just HAD to make a new quilt, after I saw this cute little "Bee" fabric at my LQS. The rest was all stash. This will be a Linus Quilt, and you might recognize the pattern, from our friend Bonnie at www.quiltville.com. This went together in 2-3 days, between other jobs, so if you haven't made one, this is a GREAT little and FAST quilt. I've had the backing fabric (little colorful frogs) for 5 years, bought especially for a particular pattern, but have been using up the coordinated fabrics, so who knows what the original plan was? Looks great here! The inner border and most of the binding is black and white striped which echoes the black and white bee body.


Happy New Year Everyone!

24 comments:

Beth said...

I also have troubles with borders..and then when they are done, wonder what all the fuss was about! I love the Checkers quilt! I'm just starting to cut for Bonnie's Scrap Users system...as soon as I find a home for the diff sized strips! HA!Happy New Year My friend!

Tanya said...

That Checkers Tonight Dearie is a beauty! And the border is setting it off wonderfully. I find Bonnie's ideas wonderful too and today started a border using her "system" too.
And what a wonderful snow scene! You are surrounded by beauty inside and out!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Your quilt looks great! and I love the Christmas morning picture...sums up the beauty of this time of year perfectly.

joyce said...

Your border solution is perfect and it looks like Christmas morning was too. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Nancy said...

"CTD" is a wonderful quilt and what a terrific border!

N, NP

paula, the quilter said...

I sometimes put things away and then 'conveniently' forget about them. I'm glad you didn't forget about Checkers Tonight Dearie because it is just beautiful. The storm we had yesterday is moving a bit south and will probably hit Iowa and Chicago so you might not get any snow from it, so I'm glad you enjoyed the snow you got on Christmas Day. We have a total of 12" now. Nothing like last year, but it is also -9°F this AM. Brrr.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

"Checkers Tonight Dearie?" is spectacular! Well done, the brewing/ fermentation process certainly paid off! Your Christmas morning photo could well be your Christmas card front for next year, it's lovely. The bee quilt is simply too, too cute; destined to be well loved and greatly appreciated.

sMC said...

Welcome back from hibernation. Can't wait to continut to be inspired. Happy New Year and all that Jazz.

Kim said...

What a perfect solution! 7 yards for the backing. Ouch! That stings! Well worth the investment though. I love the bee's and frogs. Such whimsy! Like the bee's, I missed you during your holiday hibernation. Welcome back. :)

Nurse Nancy said...

The Checkers Tonight quilt is gorgeous. I do the same thing with putting them away sometimes when I am having trouble picking a border.
Wish we could have had snow like that for Christmas. Wish we could have snow like that anytime!! lol

Angie said...

What a beautiful Christmas morning, Elaine! What I wouldn't give to get a 'snow' this year...sigh. Yes, I'm one of those snow lovers...and we used to have them here, but it's been at least 6 years since we had more than a dusting. :/ Your quilt is another beauty, girl! :) And your Linus quilt is just adorable! Happy Holidays to you, my friend, and wishes for a pieceful, healthy, Happy New Year!

Morah said...

Ok, at the risk of being snotty.....is that border not dangerously close to your original idea?????LOLOL!!!! I had to go back and look! I do the same thing. Reject the first idea and eventually come back to it...or some modification of it. It looks lovely and the dark light of the checkerboard really does make a difference. As usual, great choice. Love it!

Sweet P said...

Gorgeous quilts! Welcome back from hibernation.

Patti said...

Glad you stopped in to say hi! The border is absolutely perfect - and such a simple solution! Congratulations on getting the top finished. Good for you!

atet said...

Oh what a fun little donation quilt. Love that bee fabric! Your Chekers quilt is wonderful -- and yep, sometimes putting it away for a bit is just the answer!

meggie said...

Perfect border!! Love that quilt.
Also love that Bee quilt.

Your beautiful picture would make a lovely postcard.
Happy 2008 Elaine!

Kim said...

Yippee! a great finish! OMGoodness, I luv the snow pic and the landscape quilts.
Thanks for stopping by, I have a new finish tonight but need to sew the label on the back. It's 12:32 and I just finished stitching it out on the e machine- too tired to sew it on now ;p
Happy New Years!!!

Lynn Dykstra said...

Hi Elaine,
Putting things away fixes so many problems! I pull it out after a few days an realize all is fine.
The checkers quilt is beautiful and I love that frog fabric on the last quilt.

Owens Family Adventures said...

Welcome back to the world of blogging!!! Happy New Year!
dawn

Jeanne said...

Elaine, your Christmas morning photo could be a commercial card. It's just stunning. I can almost hear the quiet. VBG Your Checkers quilt is so beautiful and the little quilt is really cute, too. Can I come hibernate with you? I'm not a winter gal.

Nettie said...

Oh, your checkers quilt is beautiful! So elegant and understated and yet kind of pizazzy, if you know what i mean.

Also love the backing on your Linus Quilt.

The Quilter said...

Your checkers quilt is fabulous! Faced with that many small squares and triangles I would probably panic. You did a lovely job on it and should be very proud.

I need to look up the Linus quilt thing. Sounds like something I would be interested in.

Are you an ex-Tennessee girl? I saw the picture of Cades Cove you posted 12/30/07. We lived close to the Smokeys for many years.

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