Welcome September and the start of my favorite season of the year! Cooler days, the harvest season in full swing, the gathering-in of all manner of the season's bounty, crisp clear skies, and the glorious hues of the sugar maples followed by the quieter bronzes of the oak trees, long rides through the countryside -- it just doesn't get better than this.
Grandbaby #8's first quilt top is now complete and awaiting backing and sandwiching, then some time under the needle. This baby's quilt will be machine quilted since they live in an apartment with shared washer and dryer of unknown quality, and there are also pets in the family who undoubtedly will wrongly assume the quilt is theirs and snuggle into it every chance they get!
I was looking for a simple and graphic design for these fabrics, part of a fat quarter bundle. I loved the simplicity of this pattern, as it went together quickly in those 10 and 15 minute snatches of time over several days. I found the pattern designed by Vanessa Goertzen in the February/March 2012 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts.
I love the white sashing and border fabric, the texture resembles a beautiful linen. I hope you can see a bit of the texture in the next photo when it's enlarged.
I believe August 31 marked Day 299 in my Quilty 365 adventure. A little over two more months and the first goal will have been met! I plan to stop at 366 circles and wait and see if any additional ones will be required to make the quilt top, though right now I'm thinking there may be extras since the plan is to place a narrow sashing around the squares and set them on point. Haven't had time to do all the math and sketch out this setting option yet. Anyway, here are the August circles, plus a couple of favorites for the month.
Over the weekend we harvested much of the garden basil and made three big batches of pesto to freeze for the winter months. I also picked mostof the dillweed, cut and packaged them in freezer bags for our favorite dill bread and dill-mustard sauce for fish. The tomato canning is in high gear these days, and I find myself wishing there were many extra hands to help with the prepping and processing. It really has a way of cutting into the quilting time doesn't it?!
I'll be linking up with Audrey at Quilty Folk where other intrepid circlers will soon be posting their progress.
I'll leave you with my favorite tomato pick of the year so far, which alas ended up in a canning jar along with the rest of its less glamorous friends. I would have taken this one to the county fair had it ripened a month sooner!