Monday, October 15, 2018

Autumn crispness is in the air...

… and my computer problems are over, hopefully for good.  Don't ask... even I don't understand how or what I did to resolve the issues.  I came close to hiring several high school sophomores, (fellow classmates of  my granddaughter, who confidently professed they collectively would be able to resolve the issues), but miraculously, when I fired up my desktop antique two days ago, I was able to access the Internet, my e-mail account, and everything else I attempted to open.  Oh happy days!!!  

A seasonal table topper is done!  This 36 inch square topper will forever be known as my Thread Head topper since the blocks used were part of a sew along tutorial I participated in (back in 2012), presented by blogger Joanne at Thread Head.  (More details posted on my blog on 9/10/2018).

The top picture was quickly snapped indoors when a few rays of sun finally peeked through the window blinds, showing the true colors of the fabrics used.   A few minutes later I snapped the bottom picture on my patio before the sun rays disappeared behind the gray clouds that were sharing space with patches of blue sky.  It was a quick photo shoot... early morning brisk temps dictated it so!   Once again my quilter did a beautiful job of overall stippling, because that is what I wanted for this quilt.  With the variation of block designs, I felt the quilting needed to unify them together, and stippling was exactly what I had in mind.  Thank you, Aimee... I absolutely love the results!  I used solid black fabric for the binding, framing the blocks and simple gold border.  This will grace my farmhouse kitchen table through the month of November, with special notoriety on Thanksgiving Day.

October is flying by and before you know it the Halloween decorations will soon be dismantled and packed away for another year.  Here's are a few pictures of my farmhouse kitchen table display in honor of October 31st!

The embroidered mini-quilt is a Buttermilk Basin design, made in 2003.  I added the fabric borders to the embroidery in 2016.  HALLOWEEN is a Blackbird Design cross stitch pattern found in their book, Casting A Spell.  The cross-stitched large eyed black cat, and "31" mini pillow are designs from The Scarlett House.  The witch and owl/moon mini's are from Boo Moon, by Prairie Schooler.  The Halloween fence fabric postcard was gifted to me in 2012 by a dear friend.  Most precious of all is the origami black cat made from construction paper by my granddaughter when she was 10, gifted to me in 2012.  I added the tape for preservation purposes.  And the 5" muslin mummy was a group project at a Minnesota quilt retreat in 2004. 

I've kept the display on my living room coffee table geared towards the autumn season.  I won't be ready to part with it until after Thanksgiving.  December and everything Christmas will just have to wait until... well, December!  My house, my rules!  

The circular woolie of acorns and leaves is a Wooden Spools Design entitled From Acorn to Oak, made in 2015.  October Word Play is a cross-stitch pattern from With Thy Needle & Thread, stitched in 2013.  The mini squirrel pillow is in the Prairie Schooler leaflet #90, Welcome September.   I stitched it earlier this fall, purposely omitting the word "September."  Falling Leaves Sampler is a design from Threadwork Primitives, stitched in 2017, and loosely attached with glue dots to an old breadboard that belonged to my Aunt Helen.  The narrow pin keep is from Autumn Splendor, another design from With Thy Needle & Thread.  The wool pumpkin head scarecrow was made so long ago (2000? 2001?), that I don't remember the designer or have the pattern any longer.  (So sorry because I like to give credit... please leave a comment if recognized.)

My days, nights, and weekends have been occupied with watching my youngest grandson's soccer games, transporting my oldest granddaughter to driving lessons, and watching the same granddaughter perform with her high school marching band in regional and state competitions (why is the shortest girl on the field playing a very long bass clarinet???).  And then there's the chatting with quilting/stitching peeps as we gather for our monthly get togethers, staying focused on "finishing" projects that currently occupy space in my sewing room, as well as quiet nights with a hand sewing or cross-stitch project, the warmth of the fireplace chasing away the draft hovering at my feet.   (Can't forget to mention the rather frustrating moments while watching my Packers struggle early in their season, and happily cheering for the surprisingly good Brewers baseball team as they further their season... what would life be without sports???)

Until next time... happy stitching and/or sewing!