4/20/13

A Finish!

This morning I sat and finished hand-sewing the binding onto the Plain and Simple Amish Sampler quilt.  I am so happy with how this turned out.  I started it in January, 2012.  It was my very first NewFO!  And may I just say that this is what I love about the NewFO Challenge.  If I hadn't set out to start something new each month, I have no doubt that this quilt would still be on my to-do list.

And here it is!


We had to hold it horizontally to be able to hold it straight.  It's 85 inches wide x 103 inches long, and so we can't hold it high enough to get it off the floor.  Here's how it looks from the back.


The pattern suggested using a deep olive green for the back, but I prefer this royal blue.  The quilting was done by my long arm quilter, Erin Davis.  And next week, I'll be linking up to:

So with that done, I can move on to some other things.  I want to finish up the dog house for my Gardener's Journal quilt, and then move on to the last of the vintage miniature sewing machines.  But since I spent the better part of my waking hours last week sewing, I should probably do something less fun today.  I have a little bit of housework to do, but not much.  Then, I can go back to sewing.  Baking is sounding very tempting right now too.

Sue and I walked yesterday, and--miracle of miracles--we managed to find a window of opportunity to walk without getting rained on.  Next week is scheduled to be nice, and so I'm planning to get out in the yard and clean up the winter kill.  Here's our forecast for the week--with some highs reaching into the 70's!  Of course, it won't be as warm on our hill, but I'm not complaining.



If you want to see the dead come back to life, just show up in Portland when the words "sunny and pleasant" and "bright sunshine and pleasant" and just plain "pleasant" are associated with our weather forecast.  Sunshine:  it's a beautiful thing.

We're planning some work on the main floor of our house.  We're going to carpet our dining room and living room and have the hardwood floor in the kitchen refinished.  Monday I'm going to pick out some carpet, and I have worker bees all lined up to do the work.  The only thing I need to know now is how long it will take to get the carpet--oh yes, and picking a color would help too.

After that, I'm going to stop in and buy some annuals to plant in my terra cotta pots in the front of the house. My tomatoes are still trying to decide whether to live or die, and so I'm still up in the air about whether to use my own starts or purchase some healthier ones.  We looked at the starts at the last Farmer's Market, but they were no larger than the ones I had started myself.  Also, they are almost exclusively slicing tomatoes, and I want more sauce tomatoes.

So that's my agenda for the next week.  I'm planning to do some sewing, but maybe not as much as I did last week.  How about you?  Is your weather starting to play nice yet?

19 comments from clever and witty friends:

Vicki W said...

It's beautiful!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

It is just gorgeous and Erin really gave it a 'loving' quilting.

WoolenSails said...

Your quilt is gorgeous and I love the quilting you did in the blocks, a true treasure.

Debbie

Lyndsey said...

Barbara I think that is one of the most beautiful quilts I've seen in a long time. Erin has done a magnificent job on the quilting

quiltzyx said...

Congrats on your finish! The quilting is fabulous - and I'm glad you picked that blue for the back too. Blue is much happier than green, imho.

Looks like some nice weather ahead for you. We've been breezy & warm the last few days, but 'they' are saying it's going to cool off some again.
I actually tried to do a self-portrait for the 52 Photos Project. We'll see how it comes out when I get home in a little while (working right now).

Vivian said...

Georgous and inspiring! And the stitch work your quilter did just makes it sing (evidence of a great collaboration)!

To me the choice of the backing is another opportunity to individualize and be creative with your project so I really like that you did that.

Marls said...

Fantastic Barbara.It is wonderful and Erin has done a brilliant job with the quilting. Waht pride of place is it going to reside in?

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Fantastic quilt and quilting. Congratulations on a finish....someday I'll know that feeling....giggle.

Lee said...

Great quilt! Nice all around! Enjoy that pleasant weather :) Dare I say we were in the upper 80s today - would much prefer low-70s!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

So pretty! It is BIG too.
Carpet color- in our old house I matched the carpet color to the animal color so any hair between vacuuming blends in.

Samantha said...

Gorgeous finish! I love it!

Brown Family said...

it is beautiful. Enjoy your sunshine and yard work

Lynne said...

Looks great, I especially love looking at the quilting in the back view!

Patrica said...

Your Amish quilt is just wonderful and should brighten any cloudy day. How great to have a finish to a project you feel proud of, kudos to you.

gpc said...

Absolutely beautiful! We have sunshine today, so of course I am about to head 4 hours north for a work seminar, where it will be winter again, lol.

treadlemusic said...

That quilt is gorgeous and well worth the wait!! Sounds like a lot on your plate but that weather forecast looks awesome! I would be thrilled to see even close to our 'normal' 60's! Snow again this a.m. and rain now. 42F and very windy....no walk for me!! NASCAR is working out pretty well for the afternoon! Hugs, Doreen

Melissa said...

It is positively stunning! Congratulations! The dead have come back to life this week in Olympia, WA too. Up here we have to wear sunglasses not because of the sun but because of all the shorts being worn for the first time and no tans yet :) haha

Kris said...

Wow is all I can say!

Kate said...

Congrats on the finish. Plain and Simple Amish is gorgeous!