Greetings dear readers! Last Thursday Al and I drove north into the White Mountains of NH where peak foliage color was predicted. Oh my goodness, it was glorious!! It was an absolutely perfect day for the drive. For mile after mile, hour after hour, we were steeped in a golden glow of reds, oranges, peaches, corals, golden yellows, and greens topped with a deep blue sky. For many of the beautiful vistas and striking individual trees, there was no ability to pull over and stop for photos, but I did my best to grab a few to share with you:
And then the very next day I snapped the following photos on my walk within a mile of our house:
The beauty of autumn comes and goes so quickly. It is ephemeral, like so much in life, and I am trying to be mindful of its wonders every day while it lasts.
Many thanks to reader, Debbie, who, after reading my last post, identified the source of the paper patterns I used for some of the blocks in “Sweeet Journeys.” I was able to find used copies available on Amazon if anyone is interested! I’m tempted to get one myself, but I’m trying so hard not to buy new books!
Speaking of books, I have been doing some significant time-traveling in my recent reading. Well written, well plotted historical novels with nuanced characters are a favorite genre of mine. I’m currently on the last of these 4:
Great Circle is mostly the very complicated story of Marion who falls in love with airplanes as a girl in Montana in the 1920’s and ultimately circumnavigates the globe as a pilot, alternating with a story about Hadley, a Hollywood actress who plays Marion in a movie in current times. The Pull of the Stars is about a nurse midwife working in Dublin during the Flu pandemic and WW1 in 1918. The Invention of Wings is about a slave and her owner in the early 1800’s. The Wolves of Andover (currently retitled as The Traitor’s Wife) takes place in Massachusetts in 1673 and is based on the possibly true story of the escape of the man who beheaded Charles 1st during Oliver Cromwell’s time, though is just as much about the woman he meets and falls in love with here. It’s actually a prequel to Kent’s book “ The Heretic’s Daughter” involving the Salem witch trials. My book group read the latter several years ago and loved it. If you enjoy high quality historical fiction, I recommend all of these!
Most of my quilting the past few days involved a) finishing the quilt top for my donation quilt and sewing the back for it together b) starting to gather things I need to do an appliqué (prepared edge) demonstration at my guild’s (Cocheco) annual show October 22 and 23 and c)starting to prep for a talk and trunk show I’m doing for my local Active Retirement Association on the 27th. I’ll be talking to a group with many non-quilters for the first time, so need to keep that in mind and make adjustments to my usual presentation.
Here’s the quilt top:
It’s 50.5 inches square and could be gifted or used as a baby or lap quilt. I hope it fetches a decent amount of money for the library! Because I’m so busy this month, I’m having it quilted by one of my favorite long- armers. I did manage to make some progress hand quilting Sweet Journeys, too.
Hope you are getting/taking the time to enjoy the wonder of autumn along with the joys and comforts of sewing 🙂.
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi