Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Quilt and The Great Outdoors

I have another finish to show!

This one has been a long time coming.  I guess I have to admit it's not my favorite.  I used a couple of charm packs for this, with more fabric from the same line.  I believe it was "Vienna Nights" by 3 Sisters.  I made the top at a retreat a few years ago and then it sat quite a while until I finally sent it to my long-armer last year.  I forgot where I had put the binding I'd made for this and ended up making something else to use.  (I've since found that binding)  And it's taken months to actually finish the hand-stitching of the binding.  My sister was working on it in October, and I took the last stitch last night.  Whew!  That was a tough one.  And I don't love it.  I like it, but I'm not in LOVE.  But the best part is it's DONE!

By the way, sorry for the poor lighting in these pictures.  It's a dark, gloomy day and that makes it hard to get a true color photo.

I made simple 4-patches with the charm squares, then set them together with a single alternate fabric.  I made sure that it went all ways so there's no real "up" or "down" to the quilt.

Here's a closeup of the quilting that Shari did.

The border fabric and quilting.

And I found some fabric at JoAnn's that coordinates with the top pretty well.  You can see that my binding fabric isn't an exact match, but it coordinates well also.

I think my problem with not loving this quilt is - the fabrics are all matchy-matchy!  I've really taken scrap quilting to heart, I guess!  But, never fear . . . I will find someone who LOVES this quilt!

We've been having fun looking out our window the last few days.  Yesterday we had some deer come to visit our yard - a mama and her baby from last spring.

They were feasting on the ivy.  They can have all they want!  I got a lot of pix of deer bums or very blurry pix.

Ah, finally mama shows us her good side.

Last night we had freezing fog, and this is what the yard looked like when we woke up.  At first I though we'd gotten snow, but the ground wasn't white, just the trees and bushes.  In this photo you can see some of the fog.

The trees were so pretty all frosted.

This photo shows some of the pond too.  It's been frozen for about 10 days now.  The fog never went away completely today.  We're supposed to have freezing fog for the next 3 nights and our high temp today was a whopping 34* f!  

It is nice to live somewhere with seasons again.  There's no doubt that it's winter here! The last ten days have been cold, but the sun was shining and that was really quite nice.  


  1. Pretty quilt. I love the Vienna Nights line. I have the blue and tan stripe with little pink flowers. I needed more of that for a project but have since found something else. Lovely quilting. It's nice to sometimes just send them off and quilt by check! Awesome photos of the frosted trees. We had dreary weather for over a week. Finally the sun came out yesterday and I made sure I soaked some of it up. We are colder here, too, finally. They are saying high only in the 20's on Tuesday. I can't imagine living anywhere without 4 distinct seasons.

  2. It's frustrating to work on quilts that you're no longer interested in. Congrats on getting it to the finish! It's very lovely.:)

  3. Beautiful quilt. Sometimes simple is the best.

  4. Oh I love your wintery pictures ! We do have winter over here right now, too ... lots of ice on the streets today, lots of flights cancelled ... perfect day to stay home and sew ;-))

  5. We don't have to love everything we make, and you are right, someone will LOVE this. It's a good feeling to finish something and get it out of the queue.

  6. Good on you for finishing a quilt you don't love so much. I think it's lovely, so warm and inviting looking. How fun that you have deers in your garden.


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