Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Hi all!  I know this is a late post but better late than never, LOL!  My progress so far:

Rita's Water Ice is quilted.  I have to trim and bind.  I have some white-on-white fabric but I am vascillating between binding the quilt or doing the shams.  I don't have enough fabric to do both and need to make a run to JoAnnes.  Finishing the quilt may take priority.  That way I can label the back and then work on quilting the shams.

To Ann (A Good Yarn):  Since I only mostly do stitch-in-the-ditch quilting, the "mess" in the last post identified as Rita's Water Ice was in quilting process.  I have a heavy machine that sits in the middle of a 6 foot long table.  I roll the sides of the quilt and pass it back and forth through the machine.  It involves having to swing the whole quilt around when time for another pass.  The quilts are usually larger than the table and have to be folded to support the weight.  It would be so nice to have the room to spread everything without folding, but one works with what one has!

The borders for Patriotic Denim are complete but I can't attach them until I am finished with Rita.  One more narrow denim border still needs to be added and then I can bast and quilt.  I don't think this will be too much of a problem because there will be no batting in this quilt.  Too much weight!  I still need to put the shams together which will involve making more blocks.

This is my progress on the handwork piece:
Still have a little more than half to complete, but most of the real heavy needlework is done.

I made this little carryall bag in summer during my "finishing" phase.  I've gotten so many compliments I've decided to make some more.
The pattern was so simple and easy to make.  I am sure you have seen printed panels for pillows at the fabric shops.  Those panels are just the right size for the front of the bags.  A little quilting and a little cutting is all it takes.  The one I am working on now is still in pieces, so I will have pictures in the next post.  Maybe more than one!

Remember this little guy? 
I stitched this lion so long ago, I think I was in my late teens or early 20's.  Someone saw it on my blog and made an offer.  Turns out that someone has the mate!  Different pose with a purple mane but definitely the same lion.  The two belong together, so I accepted the offer.  Never, ever considered anyone would want to purchase my needlework!  Do I get a feather for my cap?  LOL!

Last, I am making another dress for Autumn. Not because she needs it but because I had the perfect pattern and the perfect fabric and I just couldn't help myself. A picture of the completed dress will be forthcoming.

That's all for now!  Ta ta!

Love from Liri


  1. I have two of those lions in my keepsake box!! Very cute;) My mom made them for me...have never been able to let them go;)
    Good to know someone is getting things done/created;)
    Happy Quilting!!

  2. Those flowers are gorgeous; great work! The bag is cute too, but that lion is special! I love that look out the corner of his eye! *giggle* ---"Love"

  3. It's good to hear from you and that you have been so busy. You have a lot done! The bag is very cute and your needlework is beatuiful, too. I think finishing the quilt is a priority, it will be great to have it done. It is a gorgeous quilt, too. Your little lion is adorable and now it has found it's mate. Have fun with your projects!

  4. You've definitely been busy! I hear you on denim quilts being too heavy for batting. The needlework is coming along nicely and congrats to you for having someone want to purchase the lion!

  5. You certainly have been busy. Great to see what you have been doing.

  6. Your needlework is just fantastic. Love the lion. He looks like he has been up to no good. LOL. Cute bag. Can never have too many good size bags.
    Happy stitching.

  7. Thanks for the explanation Liri. I have a terrible time wrangling the bigger quilts on my small table. A 6 footer would be terrific! Your projects look so good - I like the bag and as always your embroidery is first class. ann :-)