Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Walk Through the Neighborhood

The weather last week was just gorgeous and I soaked up as many sun rays as I could! You never know how long the nice days will last around here, especially at the end of October. I seem to remember many cold Halloween nights and sometimes there has been snow!
We've been pretty lucky with the warm days lately. 

Today felt colder. I had to wear socks for the first time and as I sit here, I have my shawl around me. All I want to eat is hot soup and warm bread. To snuggle up in a quilt on the couch and knit something. Drink cocoa. 

How about you? What do you do when the weather gets colder?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Flashback Friday

Flashback to mom and I on the 4th of July, 2000.
I made this quilt wall hanging for my folks and had maybe made two quilts before this one. Difficulty wise, this was the most difficult pattern I had attempted. I remember that I wanted the star blocks to look like they had a round border around them. The pattern didn't have that option, I think I just made it up by sewing triangles to rectangles and then trimming them down to fit. 
Look at how none of my seams match :( 

Looking at this picture makes me want a redo! I still like it though, even with all the mistakes. I think about how back then, I would just go for something and try it. 
Which brings me to this basket...

This is the basket full of blocks that I've tried.
It could be the basket where quilt blocks go to die.
These are my maple leaf blocks that need to be sewn together into a quilt top. They've been in the basket for probably a year and are the newest blocks because they were on the top of the pile.
Look what else I found!

I counted 30 different blocks/projects!
Some of these blocks are singles that I wanted to try and some are leftovers from other projects. I need to figure out what to do with them. Maybe I could make something like this quilt that my friend Kristie made!
So guess what was at the bottom of the basket? 
My purple and white scraps. 
I've been wondering where those went!

Do you have an orphan block basket? 
Let me know if you have any suggestions for what I can do with all these blocks. 
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Supernova Friendship Block Swap: Blocks 5 & 6

We made it to the last blocks for the Friendship Block Swap! This has been so much fun and I'm so glad Kristie asked me to do this with her!

Kristie and I decided to go ahead and make an extra block each so that our quilt top will have twelve blocks on the front instead of nine. I wanted to use all of our blocks on the front, not just nine with an "extra" on the back. I mean, I love them all, there was no way I could decide which block to put on the back!
Kristie's blocks are the purple/blue and peachy blocks on the top row and mine are the yellow and purple/red blocks on the bottom row.

Getting to know Kristie and making these blocks together has been so much fun. I think we have probably had more fun than most since we live in the same town and have been able to meet up several times. I can't wait to put all the blocks together and finish this quilt. I know it is going to be my favorite! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


 Just some photos from our adventures lately.
 Fall is beginning to show it's yellow glow. The house plants have been brought inside. I picked the last of my pretty flowers. Yes. It's time to start coming in. 
All I want to do is make soup for supper and sit on the couch and knit. I've done both, knitting and soup making. We tried a new recipe which is here. It's pretty tasty! 

Today is my last day of fall break, so I'm trying to decide what to do next. I have a clothes closet that needs to be organized but then what about my sewing projects? And oh, the sun is actually shining today! I should go outside, too. 
I think I'll have one more cup of coffee and then decide.