Tuesday, July 22, 2008

High On A Hill Was A Lonely Goatherd..........*

Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo.



Look what the mail brought me recently....




.....a note from the wanderer.




But, I'd already had a phone call. She's home. Refreshed and renewed. Full of alpine air, and edelweiss, and inspiration---n'est pas Rise? Look for spectacular photos and astute observations---Lord no! Not here---over there, oh-verr theere!

The phone call was also to inform me that she had received a package......
Which means I can finally show all you quilting maniacs that, once again---is that at least three times this year? Could it be habit forming?---I've actually finished something!



"Folks in a town that was quite remote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Lusty and clear from the quilter's throat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo!"


I am waaaay better at starting stuff than at finishing it, so when I do actually finish something, it's cause for singing [see above] and dancing in the streets!

This pattern is based loosely on a pattern called "Quilting With Laura", the Laura in question being Laura Ingalls Wilder. I added the prairie points, since where do prairie points belong if not on a quilt inspired by Little House On The Prairie? As soon as the piecing was finished I folded it up and off it went to the closet, to join all the other disgruntled, half done quilts. But this was its lucky year. I knew Rise liked it. It seemed too easy----most of the work was already done! Add a little quilting, and presto---instant present!

Only trouble is, now the natives are restless [the other UFO's are threatening to riot, and burst out of the closet.] They want me to commit to at least an approximate date by which they might reasonably expect to see the light of day. Jealousy I call it. Geez, just because I finish one of them. You'd think they could just be happy for him. Instead we have all this unrest.....

But, you can't keep a good woman down----not even rioting UFOs. They just have to have faith. And patience.

Meanwhile, Rise is back!

"O ho laydee odl lee-o,o ho laydee odl lay,
O ho laydee odl lee-o, laydee odl lee-o-lay."





* With apologies to Mssrs. Rodgers and Hammerstein.

23 comments:

thailandchani said...

Very pretty! Those quilts really are beautiful!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, it's beautiful! I'm right in there with you on the better at starting than finishing! I'll have to be more sensitive to my projects though -- I didn't realize there was jealousy and discontent in the dark recesses of my sewing room!

brigette said...

beautiful quilt!!! thanks so much for sharing it with us!

sMC said...

love the quilt and the colours. of to see what Rise has been up to :)

Helen said...

That is a really beautiful quilt. I love the praire points along the left hand side. a great idea.

jkhenson said...

The quilt is very lovely, but now I have "high on the hill was a lonely goatherd" swimming around in my psyche. :) Thank you for a big smile this morning! :)And who doesn't have projects waiting to be finished, the idea of creating them so enticing, the time to finish them so slim... doesn't everyone? :)Thanks for sharing, as always, Molly

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Ah, so that's where she's been. You know I don't know anything about quilting but this one is quite pretty.

meggie said...

That is so lovely! I am sure it will comfort Rise in more ways than one.
Wonderful gift, Molly.

sMC said...

gosh Molly you must think me so stoopid or very Senior. I meant 20,000 visitors not posts. So you will be around lol.

Pam said...

That quilt is wonderful. Congratulations on completing a beautiful piece of work.

fifi said...

you are a clever soul!
A lovely job.

Stomper Girl said...

Well done you. I've no idea what a prairie point is, but I'm glad you put them on.

Tanya Brown said...

Hooray! Rise lives!

Your quilt is stunning. I'll bet Rise is delighted.

Shall I send you some of my UFOs? There's one of green and yellow lurking in the laundry room. It sears my retinas each time I see it.

Kacey said...

Love it! Love it! Funny thing you wrote about the lonely goatherd...I was off visiting (and buying) my favorite quilt shop and checking out the Amish quilts in Holmes County, Ohio. Thanks for the comment about my M.I.A. status...I got home and posted a bit about my trip, including a picture of a goat! I just love people who are clever with quilts... you are indeed one!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I don't suppose there's anything I like better than a sampler quilt! This one is particularly beautiful - I love your color choices. Blessings, marlene

Kacey said...

Hi Molly, You mentioned on your comment at my place that you had read a book about a woman who lived with the Amish. I attended a lecture by Ami Simms, a noted quilter from Flint, Michigan, who had lived with the Amish and took up quilting after her time there. She is a terrifically funny person and her studio is wonderful. Did she write the book you read? She has a monthly newsletter that is hilarious... Google her sometime.

Roz said...

Lovely quilting!

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

You mustn't apologize, that's a lovely song and I sang it along with you.

Fantastic job on the quilt! Wow!!

You never cease to amaze me.
Such a talented woman!


Scarlett & Viaggiatore


ahem...

ps~ s'il vous plait, paperstick instructions... merci!
;o)

Lindi said...

Love the quilt. Maybe I should be finishing one of my ufos instead of reading blogs...but I must check Rises's first! lol

Julie's journey said...

What a beautiful quilt! How amazing and talented you are. Just tell the UFOs you will get there - eventually.

Julie's journey said...

Molly, thanks for your kind thoughts on my blog but more information please. I want to dance again too! and yes I have tried all those drugs with major side effects and no gains. My email is juliesjourney1@gmail.com.

Isabelle said...

I always wanted a sister and don't have one and now I want one even more. There is no way that my brother is going to make me a quilt. Sigh. Yours is quite lovely.

I'm interested that Rise addresses you on the postcard as "Ms". Very modern.

Margaret Cloud said...

You do very nice work, I always am amazed at people who are gifted in ways to create beautiful things, keep up the good work.