Saturday, July 21, 2012

Stitching on Saturday with Jimmy Buffet

Around here, weekends are pretty much the same as  weekdays. The cattle don't care that it's a Saturday and if there is a leak to be fixed, it gets fixed, Sunday or not. But sometimes, a free day rolls around and sometimes it falls on a Saturday. Like today. We still chore and check some water and tend to the garden and chickens and water, but that's a free day around here.

This morning DH is off playing and I am choosing to ignore the kitchen floor and play with fabric. DH called right after he left and said he forgot  coffee and was turning around so I filled his mug and met him out in the drive. When he drove up I grinned and said, "Now where are you gonna get service like THAT?!" He chuckled and handed me this:

  and said, "Not that that's all your worth, but it's all I got." :) That's ok. I'll take a kiss and a rain check. ;)

Gosh! I almost don't know what to do with a free morning! I don't really want to trim blocks for the gypsy quilt, but I do really want to get it pieced so that goes to the top of the list. So I trim a bit and sew a bit...all morning and I make good progress


 even though I get sidetracked by the precarious stack of fabric on the cutting table.

 New projects! No. stay focused.

I would love to finish this up, but I still need a backing. Last week we made a day trip to Texas to take a few head to the packer and drop off a trailer that needed a new floor and rewiring. We took the opportunity to whisk college girl away from her veterinary diagnostics and take her to lunch - a treat for all of us!

And I coerced DH into stopping at a quilt shop for a few minutes so that I could begin my search for a backing. I am not a blue person, but lately I have been drawn to teals and turquoise and azure. Perhaps I've been listening to too much Jimmy Buffet. He's keeping me company today too....I'm growing older, but not up... sing along!

A few years back, college girl had to take a test with lots of odd questions that was supposed to gauge her aptitude  for various careers. Stay with me for a minute. :) She came home excited, saying that she was supposed to be the captain of a ship and she said, "Hey! I can be a pirate! How cool is that?!" Still makes us laugh. The kid's weakest subject is geography and her sense of direction is a bit skewed. However, as I am typing this, I am beginning to think this piece could be a nod to her her inner pirate. Pirates are a kind of gypsy, aren't they? And even this desert rat has a bit of salty sea in her.

I picked up this piece, but they didn't have much of it.

The good news is that it is a new line and I can get lots more if I choose to use this for the backing. But, I don't know if it's a good choice. What do you think?

Should I go with something else? There is so much going on on the front that I don't want to make the back too busy. However, the sea is calling me...

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks good to me. You need a bright color to balance the others.

Jo said...

Oh yeah, Jimmy Buffet quilts with me too...i love the blue you choose.

yorkie mom said...

Go with what your heart calls for you to use...

Kristie said...

Awww...how sweet of your hubby! :) I used to meet Richard in the driveway everyday when he got home from work....but not anymore! LOL! I did that for about 10 yrs.

I'm loving your quilt! I like the fabric that you picked for a possible backing.
Kristie

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

I see at least 4 fabrics on the front that pick up the color of the backing piece. Looks good to me!!!

Trust me.... you are worth more than 31 cents. More like the value of the woman in Proverbs 31.

I've had bronchitis for a month, actually since about the time I found your blog. I started reading back at your first blog when I couldn't sleep at night because of coughing and have read all of them as I recouperated. You've led an interesting 'ranch' life, raised great kids, posted really good recipes (thank you for the email about the peppers) and I've apprecitated the quilting posts most of all.

Just want to say thanks for the trip!!!

Gwynette
Quilting in the Boston Mtns. about the Ozark Plateau

Doniene said...

It's lovely!! Does she like that color! So cool and refreshing!! I can so understand the "side - tracked" thing!!! I took a break from hand quilting and pieced a small quilt - just to use up some fabric on my shelf!!! So, take a break!! Oh by the way the gypsy quilt looks awesome!!

Blessings

ytsmom said...

I say go for it! Besides, how many times are you going to see the front and back at the same time?

Nancy said...

I think the blue is a good choice. Building off of the pirate theme, the quilt top looks like a treasure chest filled with gems. It's wonderful

carol fun said...

That is a beautiful piece of fabric and I do "see" the "sea" in it. I love the is quilt - it looks wonderful on the in the sunshine. Hang in there - the end is in sight! And you are worth waaaaay more than 31 cents and I'm sure your DH knows it - take care!

Janet said...

Love the blue and Jimmy too!

Karin said...

I love the blue! I had to LOL at your daughters test! When we took aptitude tests when I was in high school, mine told me I should be a diesel mechanic! LOL!

Judy Laquidara said...

I love hearing stories about husbands and wives who like each other and still have fun after all these years! I like the blue and I like the pirate/gypsy connection.

JMF said...

Holy catfish how big is that quilt going to be....I love it and the blue for the backing. If your daughter decides she doesn't want it send it to South Dakota!!!!!!!! I won't hold my breath she will treasure that quilt.

Karin said...

You two made me smile!

Oh boy this quilt is huge - what size is it? I love the fabric you picked for the backing. The quilt will be awesome!

Shelly said...

What is that on the clothesline? It looks HUGE! And I thought I made big quilts!

Gmama Jane said...

I've delightfully discovered your blog!! how? I have no idea but you know what happens when you start clicking with no direction other than something sparks your interest! I love reading about you and the mister because it is like reading my story!! After 40 yrs, 3 kids, 5 grandchildren, we still LIKE and LOVE each other! We live on a small farm in north Alabama but hubby always dreamed of being a cowboy...even his name Roger was after Roy Rogers! Hope to visit again soon. I'd like to invite you over to my place if you have a spare minute!!
Ps...you might want to consider turning the Word ID off so it makes it easier to comment for those of us with poor eyesight!!
Blessings
Gmama Jane

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