Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Soul Searching

In my attempt to finish some long ago started projects around here, I am happy to say that one is checked off of the list.  I believe that the blocks were completed several years ago for one of the RSC projects.  Then they sat there.  After seeing Teresa finish hers lately, I dug the blocks out, stitched them together, quilted and stitched the binding down yesterday.  I am so pleased with it.  The finished size is 76x84" so it is a good bed size.  The pattern is called Soul Searching.





 It was such fun getting reacquainted with some of the great fabrics.  The low volumes included bats, ants, shoes, chickens, bikes, cats and just about everything else one can imagine. 


Many of the colored fabrics included scraps from the children's clothing that I have made in the past so there were a lot of good memories as I stitched this one up.






The days of late have been so rainy and dark.  Today the sun has finally decided to make an appearance,  Just seeing it again boosts my spirits.  The persistent rains that we have been having are so beneficial for our years long drought.  The hills and fields surrounding us are so green and beautiful.  It is quite spectacular with the sun shining and blue skies.



The farmers are having a lot of problems with their flooded fields, but I am certain they must also be appreciative of the moisture from the skies rather than the irrigation.


This, however, was what the view outside my sewing room has been on too many days.

I was ready to grab a raft and float around a bit.  There was just too much water for the drains to handle.

We are dry for a couple of days with more rain coming in this weekend.  I will enjoy the drying out - even though it is only for a few days. 

29 comments:

Julierose said...

Oh this is such a lovely quilt--it is so heartening to finish a piece, isn't it? I am working to finish up my UFO's this year, too. Hugs, julierose

Kat said...

What wonderful timing! I remember seeing these blocks a few years back and admiring them, even bookmarking the post. Then my computer (and bookmarks) crashed. The past few days I have been searching Pinterest to find them again and here they are!! So happy to see this post, I'm going to write down the pattern name this time. Beautiful quilt, thank you for sharing it!!

Midlife Mom said...

I'm trying again and will see if blogger likes me or not! ha! Love the quilt, have been wanting to make that pattern as I have lots of strip pieces and jelly rolls. Love all your different fabric patterns! :o)

Abby and Stephanie said...

Well they do say "it doesn't it rain in California but when it does, man it pours." I'm hopeful N. California doesn't float down to S. California. I know the rain is appreciated but goodness, there really is only so much the ground can absorb. I love your memories sewn up into one big quilt. The conversational prints are always such a fun addition to quilts. Thank goodness for hobbies to keep us busy during ugly weather.

OPQuilt said...

I love that your Soul Searching quilt was a walk down memory lane for you. I always love using scraps from previous projects in my quilts, as I think it gives them added meaning for me. You have had a lot of water! We have not had your inches here, but I can see that the rains have produced some beautiful landscape. Your photos are stunning. Enjoy the sun – I hear more rain is coming this weekend.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I just love that quilt. I have the pattern even, maybe someday I will settle down and make it. Love your background fabrics.

Penny said...

I don't often comment but that is a lovely quilt. I have been interested in your weather, so glad it has finally rained but according to reports on our TV, rather too much in places.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

What a beautiful quilt, Mary! Glad you got rain, but hope things are ok there.

Quilting Babcia said...

I love, love, Love this quilt, and scrappy quilts with lots of memories built in are the very best.

Lesley said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. Love those fabrics!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Seeing your quilt quilted is prompting me to push mine near the head of the line. I quilted the 2 variations but never got the original one done.

I hope you dry out enough to enjoy the next storm.

Kathy S. said...

It's gorgeous! I love your low volume scraps. The quilting on it is perfect. It give it great texture. I'm working on a Soul Searching quilt as well. Have fun drying out for a few days.

Maria said...

I remember when you made the blocks and I also got the pattern but have never made the blocks
Yours looks fabulous and finished...
Oh do hope you dry out some before you get more rain....

sunny said...

What a great RSC project! Reminds me that I still have two to put together. I'm glad you finally got to see the sun. We really haven't had winter this year, but we have had a lot of dreary rainy days. Here's hoping for more sunshine!

Tangos Treasures said...

Love love love the quilt! Congratulations on finishing it!!
Hope you dry out quickly!!

krislovesfabric said...

How nice that you all are finally having rain, sorry it's a bit too much too fast though! What a beautiful quilt this is, I love those clips around the border, congrats on a great finish. That quilt would look great anywhere!

em's scrapbag said...

All the memories is one of my favorite things about scrap quilts. Yours is wonderful. Love all the interest in the low volume background.
All your rain is coming in the form of snow at my house.

Wacky Woman said...

I love that quilt. It is a fun use of pattern and color. Yes, I'm glad we have a few days to dry out before it starts up again around here on Sunday.

Barb said...

Do hope you have dried out by now. Love your quilt. I am not able to reply back to you comment on my blog but so appreciate you coming by.

Małgorzata Kreft said...

Great quilt! I like it very much!

Carol S. said...

That is such a gorgeous quilt! Having fabric memories in a quilt reminds me of the quilts my mom made. It was always fun to look through the blocks and see my favorite dress fabric in there. I hope the rain is letting up a bit.

Michele said...

I really like that quilt and congrats to you for finishing it.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Wow! I remember when you were doing the "soul searching" blocks! They really turned out a gorgeous quilt! I've said it before and I'll say it again....you are one of the most productive quilters I know! You complete more in a year than I have my whole quilting life! lol...........

sewyouquilt2 said...

gorgeous quilt! that soggy water view doesnt look like fun. hope it dries up soon.

Carole said...

Beautiful quilt, so full of memories. Thank you for sharing. I have mixed feelings about rain ... it is such a necessity .... I would rather have too much water than not enough .... however ... sigh! Hope Mother Earth is able to absorb the excess water!

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

Beatiful work, full of memories. I love your awesome quilting, Mary.

Teresa in Music City said...

Yay!!!! Your Soul Searching is a finish - congratulations!!! It turned out amazing :*). I've been enjoying mine in the evenings while watching tv. Rocky loved cuddling up in it when I was binding it, so I've just kept it there for us even after finishing it :*). Our winter here has been awfully gray and dull as well, although not as much rain as you have had for sure. This past week has given us some long-awaited sunshine and I'm basking in it! Like the flowers, I turn my little nose up to the sun and stand taller and straighter .... Even the air is lovely, I just breathe in the glory of it!!!!

Jeanna said...

Congratulations on such a beautiful finish. The low volume prints are so fun.

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Gorgeous quilt, Mary! It would look great in any room!! The view from your sewing room is beautiful :)

-Soma