Thursday, March 12, 2009

Where Have I Been?

Thanks to everyone for their well wishes! I'm feeling much better now! I think I must have had "selling your house" syndrome! After a few days rest and not doing anything other than what was necessary, I am back to normal!

I've really not done much other than prep some handwork and a little more crocheting. When I came home from work yesterday, I found this quilt I made many years ago draped over the back of our couch. The housekeeper had been in that morning and apparently knocked it off the wall and couldn't figure out how to hang it back up.

It's a McKenna Ryan pattern and one of the first machine applique quilts I made. It has its flaws - like the tree on the far right that is hard to see, and the fact that the water is a little too bold, but being a fly-fisher - I really like it. I got to thinking as I was re-hanging it, that it needs a bit more embellishment. I stitched in the ditch as much as I could, but I think I'll add some quilting around the border and perhaps use some metallic or decorate threads to embellish the water and the trees. The fly hooked in the fish's mouth is one of my real fishing flies!

This time of year finds Mr. Squash and I pouring through the Spring fly fishing catalogs - Orivs, LL Bean, Cabelas and the latest fly fishing magazines making sure we have enough flies and gear for the coming season! We also like to read about possible new fishing locations and dream of warmer weather to come!

13 comments:

Libby said...

The real fly is an inspired embellishment *s*

Stephanie said...

So terrific your and Mr. Squash House share a hobby and love of the great outdoors! Love your beautiful quilt.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims and Gardens said...

There are so many wonderful places to fly fish, we really are blessed to be born and live in here. Your border lends itself to some fun quilting, nice shapes, the metallic thread would fit the theme. Fishing season will soon be here.

Carrie P. said...

Great quilt. I have seen that pattern before. That is funny that you are looking through fly fishing catalogs when I thought it was time to be looking through seed and garden catalogs.

Lisa D. said...

Look at that cute-as-can-be quilt! More than perfect for a fly fishing quilter!!

*karendianne. said...

What a fantastic quilt. One of your first! Sheesh, the talent. I'll be cleaner was stressed a bit about knocking over the display piece. I woudl be.

Kanga-Roni-Bucket-'O-Cute wanted to snatch the fishy right away. She doesn't care. I think she overheard the "Miss Sophie likes fresh Tuna" convo and figured she could get away with it.

Fishy Kitties Love, *karendianne.

CJ said...

Flaws? I think it's awesome!

Kay said...

A quilt off the wall is not what you need with house for sale, is it? Funny, I have a wall quilt that I made a while back that I feel the same way about--it definitely needs more quiltin!

Cindy said...

Spring IS right around the corner and if you're looking through fishing mags, then I guess that's right around the corner as well.

Kaaren said...

Candace, my "older" brother was a professional fisherman and fly fishing was his specialty. Now I know virtually nothing about fly fishing but he used to make and tie (is that the word) all his own flies and he made most of his rods as well. I think if he could he would break into your house and steal only the most important thing...your quilt of course!

It's a beauty for sure!

sewtakeahike said...

Glad you are feeling better Candace! I think the quilt is perfect the way it is!

Gran said...

Missed you - glad you are feeling better. Ah, spring is coming. What fun to check out all the catalogues and dream.

Mel said...

That is a beautiful quilt!! I love the outdoors, even if I don't fish!

Here's to the good outdoor weather to come!!