Sunday, October 20, 2013

Quilts, apples, autumn and stitching!

Hey, everyone!  I hope this post finds you all well, happy and doing some fun things!  I have been busy since my last posting (so long ago).  I can't get the pictures to work for me tonight putting them in the order I wanted.  I have been working with this for a bit and am going to simply post as they some stitching items at end, quilting to begin and tons of others in the middle.

First up - I started this quilt with a class I took when I turned 40.  It's called Nancy's Fancy and I made it for me- love the colors.  I figured I better get it done as I am turning 50 next month!  Doesn't she look good with my chair (stitching baskets behind - LOL).

Purchased the  new Jo Morton batik/reproduction - some fat quarters.  The color is a bit off in these photos.  Looked okay on my camera...

 I have been cutting and cutting and cutting.  These are for the pattern below.  I picked up this beauty at the Quilt Show this August.
 More squares.
 There are over 1,100 half square triangles - 1.5" each - in this baby.  I used half-square triangle paper and have them ready to cut apart and then square up each one.  Yikes!

We are in the thick of autumn!  My favorite season.  Did you see the new banner picture I have loaded?  This is a group of trees I pass each day going to and from work.  They were absolutely gorgeous last weekend with the sun, the red/green/yellow leaves the dark trunk.  I couldn't resist snapping a picture.

My son, husband and I went on our annual apple picking outing a couple weeks ago.  Picked mostly Macintosh and spys.  My son LOVES homemade applesauce and was told he had to help or I wasn't going to make as much as he wanted to have in the freezer. 
We peeled and chopped, stirred and tasted.  Here is our bounty!  Yum!   He eats it partially frozen and loves it as a snack or for breakfast - hence the partial containers.

 I know I have mentioned the challenge for my sampler guild - I chose the Keep Me Sampler by Moira Blackburn.  I have made some stitching progress.  I have changed almost every called for color.
 I  love this banner on the side!
 I've also been working on Birds & Berries by JBW Designs.  I am using Gloriana "Topiary" silk and the color variation is stunning!

Besides all that...working, getting ready for Halloween and reading quite a bit.  Today I made beef stew (with Elk) and an apple pie.  Going to get off the computer now to finish up laundry and treat myself with a piece of pie! 

Have a great week!  Thanks for visiting my blog and for sticking with me to the end!

Sherry :0)