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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A garden visitor.... more UFO's almost finished.....





Ok, we have had some fun the past few days..... just getting away. And while eating my breakfast.... the other morning...what did I spy in my garden?????? But this lovely little creature nibbling on all of my garden shrubs. I should have taken a picture of the almost gnawed bare little bush...I still haven't planted yet!!! Not sure how to dissuade him from eating them.... ???Any suggestions??? Sorry for the blurriness..but forgot I had been taking pics at night...and hadn't changed the settings. I was afraid that if I moved too much, he would run away...before I got the photo.

Today was a lovely day, I did finally put the final border on this little scrappy string quilt..... It is a double sized quilt, hope to load it tomorrow...and attempt to quilt a bedsized quilt..... for me. It should be fun. Think I will do a simple free hand pattern.... since I don't know how to do anything else.... *o* Shame! At any rate.... going to get this on the machine, get it quilted.... then will try to figure out what to do for bias binding??? Any suggestions will be duly noted. This little quilt was made from all the leftover bits.... that I scratched from all of my friends fabric leftovers. I got yellows from Peggy, Reds from Jean, The hot pink and orange and some blues from Ann, then the greens and dark blues from Enid. It was so much fun, going through their leftover scraps. I inititally made a little flowered machine appliqued quilt which is also not finished, with the first bits, then had so many cut strips left from the border of that first quilt, that I had to do something with....so Scrappy Strings was born!!!! Way different from most of the quilts I have made...but lots of fun. The professor and I are going to hear Colin Powell speak tomorrow evening so won't get much done .... but will show the progress .... and if this turns out...then may go ahead and do the scrappy flower quilt next. I have plenty of batting...but have to sort what to put on the back of these quilts.May just piece from the stash.... have plenty of that stuff around.

33 comments:

MYRA said...

Nature, ya gotta love it...even though some damages comes with it... Nice Bambi, leave the shrubs alone... 8-)
That's a lovely scrappy string quilt I notice you have some darker fabrics in there, how about "framing" the quilt with a darker binding? Just a thought! 8-)
Thanks for visiting my blog! I think alot of us are well on our way to finishing things up for Finn's Challenge!
Happy stitchings! 8-)

squawmama said...

Love the little sweet deer. Sorry he had a feast on your plants but he is so adorable... And the quilt what can I say but beautiful..

Hugs,
Donna

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

This is lovely. I love scrappy. It is really cute.

Libby said...

What a great quilt . . . so many memories from those strings. That's what makes scrap quilts my favorite of all *s*

Midlife Mom said...

What a great quilt! I really need to finish up some UFOs but I just don't seem to get to it in the summertime. Hopefully this winter. You make such lovely things and how nice to have fabrics in them from friends. Makes it really special. I would love to hear Colin Powell speak. Please tell us all about it!

Justine said...

Hi Colleen! I haven't had a chance to look over your blog yet, but wanted to thank you for stopping by mine! Wow, South Africa to Mississippi, eh? WOW! Sounds like you've got an interesting life there!

Justine :o )

Brown-Eyes said...

Hi Colleen...Nature's critters can be beautiful and ugly at the same time...ugly, like our squirrels who take bites out of our garden produce and spit it out if they don't like it and then move on to our pecan tree...LOL Oh well, they've got to eat, too! Beautiful quilt, by the way... ;-) Bo

hunnybunny said...

How beautiful is Bambi?? I'm sorry he's eating your plant but man is he cute.
I love string quilts, the y really are my favorite. The way those are set is stunning! Can't wait to see the quilting.

Betty said...

Wow! Your quilts look awesome!
Thanks for visiting my blog and the sweet comment.
I will be back to see the progress of your future quilts.

Darcie said...

Love the quilt and the story of its conception! I always love when I can make a quilt "out of nothing"...and then purchase a purdy (pretty) plaid binding to bring all of the colors together in harmony.

'Course...the hunting is half the fun! (For the binding...not the deer!) ;-)

Lyn said...

Hi Colleen, what about a scrappy binding, with some of the colours you have used.Loved seeing the Deer. Regards Lyn

em's scrapbag said...

What a fun visitor. I love your scrappy quilt. I agree a scrappy border would be nice.

Margaret said...

Scrappy! looks perfect to me. All things bright and beautiful, an adorable shot of bambi saying " who me nibbling"

Kitty said...

What a privelege to have a deer in your garden!

Fabulous quilt.

x

Ruth's Place said...

Love seeing your deer. I've got guinea fowl running in the garden at the moment, but I can't seem to get a shot of them!

Your blue quilt is fabulous, a scrappy binding would be perfect, imho.

Anna M. said...

I love your quilt...scrappy quilts are my favorite. I am just learning to do the machine quilting...it seems to be a lot harder than I thought...but it's fun, and I'm sure I'll become addicted! =)

MARCIE said...

Your scrappy string quilt turned out great! Isn't it fun to add in scraps from others? I would love to hear Colin Powell. Was it good?

Valerie said...

I had those little "sweet deer" in my garden too. They loved my peas but I think they realize it is hunting season now and they have disappeared. This is my first visit to your blog. I will be back.

Brenda said...

Love your blog. I am from a small town in Mississippi just north of where you are, Corinth. Will definitely visit again.

Lea said...

Your strip quilt is absolutely beautiful! I love that way you set blocks and borders. *S*

mamajil said...

What gorgeous quilts!! what a cute little deer sorry he is snacking on your plants!! :)

Thanks for visiting my blog and for the kind words!!

On my Verandah.. said...

Lovely Quilt good luck with the machine quilting...half your luck I would love one myself...Have Fun anyway.
cheers
maree

Lorraine said...

Very cute visitor....but I am thinking also very destructive in the garden! Don't have those visitors here so can't offer any advice on stopping them from munching on your garden......love the Scrappy Strings quilt...it must also be a lovely reminder of quilting friends!

Messy Karen said...

i like that you left the scraps in the border big. nice proportions.

KCQuilter said...

What a darling deer! And I love your scrappy strings quilt. Such memories stitched in. Thanks for stopping by my blog--and welcome home!

Eileen said...

The deer is so pretty. Just a baby. But they can be very destruction. Someone told me once that if you put hair around outside, it will scare the deer away. But this was a barber, and he had access to it. I don't know where one would actually get enough human hair. I'm sure there are other things you can use.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Deer are so sweet and can be such a pain. Could you plant some hot peppers--I know this helps with bunnies.
Pretty quilts :)

ivoryspring said...

Colleen,
Your qilt turned out so nicely! I can't wait to see the finished work!

Judy S. said...

Very nice quilt, Colleen! How about a binding from the same fabric as your narrow border? I am partial to darker bindings for some reason. Cute photo, but oh they can certainly make quick work of the choicest plantings. How was the Colin Powell evening? It sounded very interesting.

Gill - That British Woman said...

great in one sense to be able to see a deer close up, but annoying if they eat all your shrubs........

love your quilt,

Gill from Canada, originally from England

Julia said...

Hi Colleen,
thank you for visiting my blog,
As cute as the deer is,it's a shame they love to eat one's garden.
I love your scrappy strings quilt...a lovely reminder of quilting friends!

Pearl said...

Hi colleen, thank you for visiting my blog & the lovely comments.
You have some wonderful quilts here, I love the table runner.

Elaine Adair said...

I DO love that blue string quilt!!!