Greetings dear readers! Signs of early autumn are visible and palpable, especially on my early morning walks. I love this season and its frequently changing landscapes. I’ll get to some “earthly delights” later, but first some quilting updates. I’ve been hand quilting Red and White Crib Quilt and have 31 of the 35 center blocks done!
I’m stitching in the ditch around each of the “logs”:
You can see it better from the back. “In the ditch” to me means slightly out from the edge so the stitches are seen.
I have 5 weeks from today to get it done. I know from previous experience that borders usually take more time than one expects but I think I’m in good shape to finish on time. A binding, sleeve, and label are needed too. I have a bad habit of not putting sleeves and labels on my quilts until I show them so I have 3 sleeves and 5 labels to do for the show over these 5 weeks!
I managed to squeeze in time to sew together all the blocks for this donation quilt (for a local homeless shelter):
A little closer:
I happily used only blue, teal, and aqua fabrics from my stash for this. I’m also pulling stash fabrics to make a back for it.
And look what I put up on my design wall, just for fun!:
The borders for Maple Leaf Rag and Stormy Weather that I’ve been working on all year! Only one border for each is completely done; a tsunami of appliqué is still to be finished, but lots of the prep work is completed. Of course 3 more borders and yet to even be started.😐 Maybe with fall arriving, I’ll take a break from Stormy Weather and do some work on Maple Leaf Rag. I like the thought of working with seasonal colors.
Recently Jocelyn at the excellent and highly recommended blog “Canadian Needle Nana” stated that she decided to treat herself to a good pair of scissors and asked for recommendations. My situation is “SCISSORS MADNESS”!! I counted all the pairs I have and it’s 30!!! There might even be a few more hidden away somewhere 😧. Accumulated over 27 years – is that a viable excuse?! My favorites are Kai ( to me they seem the sharpest), followed closely by Karen Kay Buckley (I especially like the larger finger openings), then Ginghers.
The Kais are the 3 in the middle, the KKB’s are to the left and the Ginghers to the right. I have more of these brands not in the picture and a lot of Fiskars which I bought in the beginning because they were readily available. I also have 8 rotary cutters. I’m not at all sure how the number of my cutting tools got so out of hand! Does anyone else have this problem?!
In case you’re not aware, the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) is having its annual fund raising silent auction. Members donate 12 inch square pieces of art and the money raised goes toward supporting everything the organization does. On their web site all the donated pieces are able to be viewed and bid on. There are several hundred! Go have a look and enjoy some marvelous art quilts!! Bid on something if you’re interested!
Another web site worth checking out is Create Whimsy (createwhimsy.com). I particularly like their interviews for insights into creativity. Recently there was an especially good interview with Maria Shell, whose contemporary improvisational quilts I like a lot. Take a look and enjoy! (though the pop up adds can be annoying)
If you enjoy blogs, another recommendation is Sarah Lizzies (sarahlizzies.blogspot.com). She is in Australia and posts gorgeous pictures of her quilts and her flowers; the writing is lovely too. I’m enjoying her celebration of early spring just as we are beginning to celebrate early autumn.
Now for some “earthly delights”! I’ve been delighting in the fungi our wet weather has fostered. Look at some of these wonderful swirly designs and shapes:
Some late summer flowers:
On my walk this morning the sunlight struck these grasses in just such a way as to make the tips look like gleaming gold; it was gorgeous and I managed to capture a bit of that:
Earlier last week I walked on a cloudy morning and captured this sky and pasture:
In the woods, a dead tree that woodpeckers have enjoyed and a stump with a glorious moss coating!:
This path skirts by part of the bog I visit quite often:
It’s a twisty path, requiring careful navigation, full of roots that will trip you if you are not mindful of where you step. This seems like a good metaphor for what so many in the world now face with not only wars, refugee migrations, political and religious divisions, and climate disasters, but also with all the personal physical and mental health challenges many of us face. Wishing all of you readers the very best as we navigate these challenges!!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi