Monday, September 10, 2018

It's Only Been Six Years...

… since I pieced together my first block for a Quilt Along hosted by a fellow blogger.

This picture first posted on 9-24-2012, showing the first completed
block and the fabric selections for my
first ever Quilt Along, hosted by blogger Joanne at Thread Head.

At that time my goal was to make 9 blocks so I would end up with a 38" wallhanging/tabletopper.  I was worried about time constraints, and evidently I felt 9 blocks would be my limit.  By November of 2012, because I was enjoying Joanne's awesome block construction instructions, and I was pleased with my progress, I decided to increase the block total to 16.  (How ambitious!!!)   Scrolling through previous posts, it doesn't appear that I ever blogged about these lovelies again.  They were stored in a basket along with all the fabrics I had selected and used, plus a few matching fat quarters I thought would work with what I had, just in case I wanted to make more.  I purchased the backing fabric at a quilt shop in Hayward, MN, on a trip back home to Iowa, from the annual Threads fall retreat in Hackensack, MN.  That was in September, 2013. 

Apparently, my concern about time constraints was spot on, because these blocks didn't see the light of day until this past January.  Snatched off the shelves of my quilt/sewing room closet upon retirement this past December, it was the first unfinished project I wanted to tackle.  I sashed the blocks with different black fabric prints, and alternated cornerstones with rusty red and gold prints.   Won't this work well all the way through to Thanksgiving?  I'm doing a happy dance.  

Tomorrow I will deliver this flimsy to my quilter, Aimee.  (Nope!  I have not mastered attempted free motion quilting, and I really want this to be stippled, something Aimee specializes in!)  Considering it's taken me another 7 months to move this project along, I feel the need to schedule some time to think about why I seem to have issues with time... 


Retirement has allowed me to rediscover my love of counted cross-stitch.  I especially like stitching on linen, 36 or 40ct... provided I have my cheaters hanging on the tip of my nose, and my Ott light is illuminating like none other.

Pumpkins and Bittersweet, design by The Scarlett House.  Stitched on 36ct linen, two strands of floss over two threads, except "Bittersweet," which is stitched using one strand of floss over one thread. 
 Bittersweets remind me of growing up in Wisconsin, 
combing country road ditches with my Mom, Grandmother, and siblings,
while my Dad gently loaded our pickings in the rear of the station wagon. 

Blogger is giving me griefs with this post... I started at 6:30pm, and have walked away several times because of frustration.  So I'm going to quit while it's going good.  (It's approaching 11pm.)  Making a quick road trip to visit siblings in Wisconsin this coming weekend.  Plans include sitting (probably more standing than sitting) in Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon, to watch the Packers and Vikings duke it out for division 1st place bragging rights.  The Packer organization should consider providing oxygen tanks to those fanatic Green Bay fans that cannot simply rely on their blood pressure pills to control the range of emotional stress experienced at any given game... guess I'll pack a brown paper lunch sack, just in case!  

Happy sewing! Happy stitching! 


  1. That is a gorgeous Fall colored quilt--love the rich colors!
    And a very sweet little cross-stitch piece.
    Enjoy that upcoming road trip!

  2. Oh Boy! After watching our #12 be carted off the field on Sunday and then back in to join the rest of the Pack and get that amazing win...everyone was hyperventilating!! Green & Gold with envy that you will be at Lambeau! Wave a quilt for us...
    Love your oranges and you are definitely going to enjoy your new quilt this fall. It is a beauty. (Also wishing you blogger-free issues...they have been filled with glitches this year)

    1. Thank you Pat. I am having blogger and computer issues like crazy... it's so frustrating!
      Looking forward to the Packer game with my Sis... although it may be a mistake for the two of us to be going together...she's as bad as I am!

  3. wonderful traditional quilt.
    My friend, Jill had a pair of nippers in her glove compartment to clip bittersweet by the roadside.

  4. I absolutely love the colours of your quilt! It is perfect for this time of the year, congratulations on finishing it!

    1. Thank you Joanne... as they say, better late than never!


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