Thankful for all our blessings, including this newest addition, a "country drop-off" that wandered into our hearts and home a couple weeks ago. Eleven weeks old, Samson is small but mighty!
Here we are at the beginning of Thanksgiving Week in this strangely disjointed world in which we find ourselves. I hope you all are remaining well and have adopted the best motto I've found for our current situation - Faith Over Fear!
And here are all 13 sunflowers on the design wall, sorry about the darkness of the photo, our days have been mostly cloudy/rainy lately.
The next step will be finding background fabrics for each block and making a final decision on what method to use to applique these sunflowers to their respective backgrounds. That will come in January since there's a lot of holiday stitching and other preparations to attend to first.
And, speaking of holiday stitching, a couple years ago I inherited a UFO from a quilty friend. She had begun making the blocks for a quilt called Holly and Mistletoe, found in Barb Adams & Alma Allen's book When the Cold Wind Blows. My friend is usually a fearless applique enthusiast, but after making a stack of the square-in-square blocks and seeing the hundreds of holly leaves and berries needing hand applique that remained to be done, she decided to abandon the project. Here's the original quilt, photographed from my copy of the book:
While I love this gorgeous quilt, and who wouldn't, I've found my eyesight difficulties make a large-scale hand applique project out of the question. So the KISS principle was applied and the blocks were stitched into columns separated by plain strippy sashings and this throw quilt eventually began to emerge.
It's time once again to link up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for our November Goal Setting.
This post will be short and sweet. November is a short month, made even more so with the Thanksgiving holiday and the first of non-stop family birthdays that will continue through the end of February.
So, my goal is to finish creating the final four Sunflower blocks that will make up the center of my Diamond Jubilee Quilt. Here's a sneak peek.
I just noticed the blue flying geese in Patty's November OMG logo - guess what comes next in this extravaganza??
To see what others are hoping to achieve this month, go to the link above or here.
Til next time, happy quilting from snowy WNY where we anticipate 70 degree weather again in about one week's time!
I finished quilting and binding my 50 Shades of Autumn this afternoon. This is my version of the Humble Quilts fall quilt-along this year. Thanks Lori for an easy and fun design!
I'm happy with this little finish, from all the browns on the front, to the wonderful backing fabric found in my stash from unknown years ago. It's from a collection called Nature Studies by Benartex.
And I love the binding fabric, with just barely enough to complete this quilt with a narrow strip left over. It too is an older print, and seemed to blend well with both the front and back of the quilt.
I machine quilted the front to an all-cotton batting, and the back was separately quilted to a layer of insul-brite, and the layers united only by the batting. I think this method will make it a good hot dish mat as requested by my son and DIL for Christmas. They wanted one large enough to hold a lasagne pan on their new countertop. Hopefully there will be time to make a couple of large potholder-side mats to coordinate. There are plenty of brown scraps around here, as well as a little over half yard of that backing fabric.
I'll link this post with Wendy at The Constant Quilter when she posts her end of the month mini round-up! Thanks Wendy for hosting this fun event every month.
I'll link this post with Patty at Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal Finish link-up, where you can see what many other quilters have accomplished during October. Thanks Patty for continuing to host this fun goal-setting activity each month!
This afternoon I finished binding my Joseph's Coat quilt and can now put that one in the finished column - yay! The dog and I braved the cold almost-November gray, dank and windy afternoon in an effort to get some finished photos, with only minimal luck.
When Lori at Humble Quilts announced her fall mini quilt-along with the title of 50 Shades of Brown I decided to look for inspiration outside photographing some of the shades of brown found on our property here in the hills of southwestern New York state. Which I did over the past couple weeks, but first since this is a linky party, here is my completed top. As yet unquilted while awaiting an order for more Insul-brite since this little quilt is destined to become a Christmas gift for my son and DIL who are in the finishing stages of a large kitchen remodel. Their new cabinets are a dark brown and the counters are all a white or off-white quartz and they requested some hot dish pads including one large enough to hold a big lasagne baking dish. This should fit that request well, and I'll likely make a couple smaller square mats in coordinating fabrics to go with this one. And maybe some in Christmas fabrics, but I'm getting ahead of myself ...
We've had one of the loveliest fall seasons since moving back to western New York a few years ago, and it's been fun to wander through the garden areas and along the creek to soak in the gorgeous colors. Browns of all shades abound, but a few other colors found their way into the photos. Want to take a little walk with me?