Leave your worries on the doorstep

/ Wednesday, 27 January 2010 /
Grab your coat and get your hat,
Leave your worries on the doorstep.
Just direct your feet
To the sunny side of the street.

Sunny Side of the Street on the line, originally uploaded by Shadrach Meshach & Abednego.
This poor quilt top languished in the basement for over a decade, and is finally finished! I'm calling this quilt The Sunny Side of the Street. Not only are the lyrics of that song from 1930 appropriate for the bright colours, so welcome on a drab winter's day, but the sentiment they convey are fitting for my friend, who is divorcing and beginning a new life.
Sunny Side of the Street
Can you hear the pitter pat?
You know that happy tune is your step.
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street.
Sunny Side of the Street detail
I tried some fancy stitching on the quilting this time.  Not sure I'm 100% happy with the result, but it looks fine, I guess.  Also, I really wanted a red binding for this quilt, but on reflection, I'm afraid the one I used was too dark or too intense.  I would have liked one that was a bit more orangey, but I went ahead and used what was in my stash because I was in a hurry.  But it looks okay, I think.  Argh.  Aren't we all our own toughest critics?
If I never have a dime,
I'll be rich as Rockefeller.
Gold dust at my feet,
On the sunny side of the street.
Sunny Side of the Street
I'm very, very happy to be able to give a friend a gift that will provide her a bit of comfort in her days of difficulty.  It's hard to see a friend hurting.  When you can't do anything else, give a quilt!
Sunny Side of the Street backside
And now I can move another one off the list of WIPs.  I don't have very many on that list (see sidebar) - only three now, and one is already a flimsy.  Yay for me - at least in this area of my life, I appear to be a finisher!
I used to walk in the shade
With my blues on parade.
Now I'm not afraid,
This rover has crossed over.


Updated to link to Amy's Sew-N-Tell Friday!  Go look at all the goodies!

42 comments:

{ Lee } on: 27 January 2010 10:14 said...

beautiful and it does brighten up a dull day.

{ Suzanna } on: 27 January 2010 10:27 said...

This quilt is very pretty. While the individual blocks don't blow me away, the pattern they create is striking. And Lesly, your red binding appears to match the intense red/pink in the flowers in the smaller squares and really brings them out.

{ Dee } on: 27 January 2010 10:40 said...

if I just pretend I'm iin distress, can I get as lovely, cheery, happy, beautiful and thoughtful a quilt?

just teasing. you're an awesome friend for thinking of her this way. I hope it helps!

{ Love 2 Quilt } on: 27 January 2010 11:18 said...

Very pretty quilt. In the pics the red binding looks good. I think it picks up the same color in the print.

{ Cheryl Arkison } on: 27 January 2010 12:17 said...

What a lovely gift for you friend. And I agree with Suzanna, the binding really does bring out those flowers, I think it is a perfect compliment.

{ Lara } on: 27 January 2010 12:56 said...

Gorgeous Lesly. I really like the binding.

That is fantastic advice, "when you can't do anything else, give a quilt".

Yesterday I found out one of the girls my DP and I worked very closely with for a year has lymph node cancer. She's only 24. My girl friends and I decided we needed to do something for her, and I suggested a bright, warm quilt to keep her company and bring comfort while she recovers from treatment in bed. Now to decide on some fabric...

{ Leanne } on: 27 January 2010 13:15 said...

The quiltback fabric is so gorgeous. Beautiful quilt.

{ Ann Champion } on: 27 January 2010 14:28 said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I like the red binding.
Such a nice gift for your friend. She can wrap up in the quilt and feel it hug her at this rough time in her life. Hopefully, there will be better times in her future?

{ Leslie } on: 27 January 2010 17:51 said...

this is so fun and pretty and a perfect gift for someone starting over. i love the backing fabric.

{ wishes, true and kind } on: 27 January 2010 19:55 said...

Wonderful quilt, and I love the name. May your friend find her new life on the sunny side of the street.

{ Pokey } on: 27 January 2010 22:13 said...

It's beautiful, Lesly! Why do we 'pick, pick, pick'? I think the bright, bold red binding really draws out the blooms in your other print, I love it!
p.s. I see less snow in the yard, too, is it a sign of better weather-?
:-} pokey

{ chasing lightning bugs } on: 27 January 2010 23:37 said...

it is lovely and beautiful and there isn't a better gift in the world than a quilt

{ Claudia } on: 28 January 2010 18:33 said...

It's very pretty, Lesly. I love the backing fabric. I used that same print in my never to be finished snowball quilt.

{ Rene' } on: 28 January 2010 21:52 said...

I'm sure your friend will love it!!! You are right...so bright and cheery....great name you came up with for the quilt. I think of quilts as hugs so this is what your friend needs right now. You did a wonderful job with this quilt.

{ Rene' } on: 29 January 2010 07:48 said...

I'm posting another comment ... you know, official Sew & Tell Friday comment ;-) I can't believe this quilt top languished in your basement for a decade!!! I'm so glad it is seeing the light of day now and helping out a friend in need. Have a great weekend.

{ Thelma } on: 29 January 2010 07:57 said...

I'm so glad this quilt is seeing the light of day, it's lovely! I'm sure your friend would cherish anything, what a wonderful gesture, but this quilt will be easy to love, it's just so cheerful.

I think the binding looks great, but you know me and red!

I have one little one inch block on the top I'm working on now that is driving me crazy. It would be tough but not impossible to replace but I'm going to try to live with it, "good is good enough"...I just keep saying that, but so far I'm not believing it. Yes, we are our strongest critics.

{ Jennette } on: 29 January 2010 08:17 said...

New follower from sew and tell.That is beautiful!

{ Busy Little Quilter } on: 29 January 2010 08:33 said...

How sweet of you to give your friend this beautiful quilt. I love the colors and the red binding is perfect.

{ Anne at Film and Thread } on: 29 January 2010 09:30 said...

Your friend will cherish this quilt. It is so cheerful and pretty!

{ amylouwho } on: 29 January 2010 10:59 said...

I love it! And that Sandi Henderson on the back is one of my favorite prints! Great job and so nice of you to give to a friend in need.

{ Diane } on: 29 January 2010 11:47 said...

What a wonderful gift! I agree with the remarks here on the binding, from the pictures it looks perfect and brings out the dark in the blocks. And the backing is such a pop! It matches so well!

{ Mandy Noble } on: 29 January 2010 11:47 said...

What a pretty quilt! What a wonderful friend you are.

{ beth } on: 29 January 2010 11:56 said...

I'm sure glad this quilt was able to come out of hiding!! that red binding is perfect in my opinion!!

{ ktquilts } on: 29 January 2010 12:22 said...

A beautiful quilt, a beautiful gift, and a beautiful heart--yours!
Blessings,
KT

{ Happy Cottage Quilter } on: 29 January 2010 13:02 said...

Oh wow Lesly, I love it! Beautifully done.

{ Beth } on: 29 January 2010 14:40 said...

Love the name you chose for this quilt it really suits it - so kind of you to give this beautiful quilt to your friend.

{ Catherine } on: 29 January 2010 15:36 said...

Such a bright and cheery quilt. Love the fabrics and I think you've done a great job with it all. A lovely gift for your friend in need and very aptly named!

{ Nina... } on: 29 January 2010 15:50 said...

I could use a sunny quilt, so tired of all this rain! Such bright and happy colors. Your quilt is beautiful!

{ Kristen } on: 29 January 2010 16:09 said...

I love it! I am glad you finished it. I like those borders that frame a quilt. It picks up the pink beautifully.

{ Holly } on: 29 January 2010 17:27 said...

A very sweet gift for a friend. It has a wonderful fresh spring feeling.

{ Karen } on: 29 January 2010 19:33 said...

You have done a great job. It looks wonderful especially for 10 years old. I think it will be a wonderful gift. I often refer to my quilts as hugs while you are sleeping. My son likes this concept. I hope your friend gets great comfort from your gift. And yes we are our own harshest critics.

{ Rebecca } on: 29 January 2010 20:21 said...

Beautiful! What a thoughtful gift!

{ Kim } on: 30 January 2010 01:00 said...

Your friend will love it. The quilt is beautiful.

{ trish } on: 30 January 2010 08:18 said...

Your quilt is beautiful.
:o) Trish

{ Michelle } on: 30 January 2010 10:14 said...

Wtg on the UFO finish! And I personally love the dark red binding.

I'm sure your friend will find much comfort in this gift!

{ The Tripp Family } on: 30 January 2010 10:59 said...

I love it! I'm with Suzanna and wasn't too sure I loved the colors, until I saw the whole thing, then LOVED it! No wonder I'm usually horrible at choosing colors :) Love the backing too! Wonderful job.

{ KQuiltyBee } on: 30 January 2010 15:47 said...

You know, I like the binding--not so matchy-matchy. This will be a good thing for both you (finished WIP) and your friend!

{ Lady Docker } on: 31 January 2010 18:08 said...

Glad to see your quilt finished. I think the binding goes well with the colours in the quilt. Your friend is so lucky to have it and a good friend like you to support her at her time of need.

{ Carole Davids } on: 31 January 2010 19:19 said...

Following from the Sew N Tell!

Love the florals in this quilt. Great colors.

Carole
http://sewcuteblog.blogspot.com

{ tara } on: 31 January 2010 20:53 said...

The backing is so pretty it could be a reversible quilt.

{ pinksuedeshoe } on: 1 February 2010 14:19 said...

Love the Farmers Market on the back! One of my very favorite lines ever. Beautiful work.

{ Celia Ambrose } on: 6 August 2011 22:09 said...

Just found your blog today....taking time to look at all your beautiful quilts. Have my own fabric stash, just haven't been sewing or quilting much. Life happens, and other needs take over the "I used to love quilting mood." The binding on Leave Your Worries is perfect. Thanks for sharing your completed projects.

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