Greetings dear readers! Hope you are loving early fall as much as I am. I have been working on finishing my September mini and will post that 3-4 days from now so be sure to check back then. I do, however, have a few things to share today. I went shopping in Portsmouth, NH at the Portsmouth Fabric Company last week with my quilting buddy Janet Elia. It’s only 30 minutes away for me, but 2 hours for her from Taunton, MA!
After shopping we enjoyed lunch and strolling around Portsmouth together, browsing in some of the other interesting shops there. What a fun day!! From that bag you see me carrying, it looks like I bought a lot, but mostly it’s the jacket I had been wearing! I bought a few more contemporary florals to add to my growing collection:
Mostly just quarter yards. I’ve been actively thinking about how to use these new fabrics searching out design ideas – nothing just right yet!
By the way, Janet is a fabulous quilter! She doesn’t post often in her blog – janetanncreations.blogspot.com – but scroll back through her posts and you will be treated to many photos of her wonderful quilts! Go see!!
I recently saw these fabrics on line at equilter.com and knew I wanted to make a Christmas quilt (lap size) as a Christmas present for my 14 year old granddaughter. She loves Christmas! There was a pattern and a kit was available, but I decided to order the fabics and make my own. There are 2 panels and I’ll put one on the front and one on the back:
There’s a wonderful border stripe – 4 stripes per length of fabric:
There are several fun corner blocks to choose from on this panel:
And I chose this fabric to use on the back (in lieu of the border stripe):
I’ll need to get going on this pretty soon to get it done by Christmas!
I’m sure I’m not the only quilter who is interested in finding functional and, if possible, attractive “containers” for all of our stuff. I eat yogurt almost everyday and sometimes buy the yoplait in glass containers. I discovered the labels can be peeled off and these make nice containers for lots of small stuff:
I have these 2 small beautiful boxes my daughter brought me from her college semester in Russia and I keep pins in them:
I bought this felted box with a hand embroidered top in Budapest and keep my large supply of clips in it:
I’ve got a lot of nature photos to share! Color is gradually starting to show here and there, but things are still mostly green. The bog, with all the moisture, is turning a bit earlier than everything else:
The moss at the bog is turning a rusty color:
Mushrooms are exploding everywhere and in lots of different colors!
Down by the river, some of the early turning leaves fall onto the narrow shore and into the water:
The water accentuates the color:
I gathered up some leaves and decided to ”stage” some leaf and mushroom compositions into ”Forest Still Life”s. As with anything like this, some work and some don’t, but I had fun with the idea and plan to continue. Here are the first few – don’t miss the upside down mushroom in one of them!
Thanks for visiting and check back in 3-4 days to see my mini!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi