Greetings dear readers! Because it is fall, I decided to take a break from the ”Stormy Weather” borders and work on Maple Leaf Rag instead. Hard to believe it was a year ago that I started this! I began by putting it back on the design wall:
The 2 side borders are mirror images of each other. Both have all the applique done; only one has the embroidery embellishment complete. I’d like to complete all 4 borders by the end of the year. In the past week, I’ve made all the parts for border #3 – 51 leaves, 41 berries, and 8 branches. All edges are prepped and turned under:
It didn’t help that I had misplaced the leaf templates and had to make new ones!😧 Then I had to decide how I wanted the branches to approach each other in the corners – there were 3 possibilities:
The third choice, with the branches ”facing” each other and in which one could draw a line connecting them seemed like the obvious best choice. This leaves me a triangular area to design something for the corners. I also looked at several color options for a narrow border strip to separate the center and border and I like the lighter value green.
I laid out the stems and have them almost all stitched down; then I can place all the berries and leaves on:
The appliqué tsunami continues to roll! Meanwhile, look at what I did last week:
My first Trunk Show in almost 2 years! I packed up 27 quilts and did my program for the Evergreen Quilters in Kennebunk, ME. It’s a 50 minute drive from here and they were a lovely welcoming group. Next week I have my last scheduled one (for now). Al and I will drive 8-9 hours to Rochester, NY for that one! We’re hoping for some pretty foliage on the drive.
Speaking of foliage, it looks like it might not be a particularly good year for it in my area of southern NH. Apparently the significant rain and the warm weather we have had this year are making the color changes later and less brilliant. I can see this is true, but I search out beauty when and where I can find it. Here are some Earthly Delights:
The mushrooms have been wonderful – numerous colors and shapes:
Can anyone tell me the name of this amazing pink plant?!
Have to close with something that is more fall-like:
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi