Today the weather report states 100% winds, tornado watch, and severe thunderstorms. We are encouraged to stock up on supplies for three days. Schools are closing all around us. I can't believe the leaf guy showed up yesterday...
It was my turn to host my daughter's Bible study group last night. I finished my fall table topper over the weekend and it made for a pretty table. I was not completely happy with the way it turned out so I'm just showing you a little pumpkin corner.
What would a fall gathering be without some take-home candy bags? Every girl needs a little chocolate now and then!
I found these napkins at Hobby Lobby. What a great reminder as we start this week out together dear blogger friends!
The winds of fall have stepped up their urgency to shake all the leaves to the ground. Every morning I awake to a thicker carpet. Change is in the air. It's time to bring in the remaining garden ornaments, put the last bulbs into the earth, ready ourselves for colder weather. It's now dark at 7:30pm and soon it will be time to turn the clocks back so that we can grasp a bit of daylight alittle longer. Today it's raining and the possibilities for spending the day are endless. Should I bake? Should I sew? Should I read? Should I... What will we do with the gift of a another day?
The other day I gave you a sneak peek of the quilt I was working on. Today I want to show you the quilt before I take it to the quilter. When my "Fresh Vintage" came from Fig Tree Quilts, I knew I wanted to make the "All Hallows Eve Portrait". I needed to make some modifications since the featured quilt was only 18"x 18". I decided to use the "Sugar Rush" pattern in Camille Roskelley's new book, "Simplify". I also decided to replace the "H" in the original quilt with "Autumn Blessings" using the book "The ABC's of Words on Quilts" by Elizabeth Scott. The fabric is "Dandelion Girl" from Fig Tree Quilts which is perfect for my house. The soft, muted colors of fall go much better with my pastel decor than the traditional fall/halloween colors.
One of the things I like most about this quilt is the scalloped border. It goes well with the other scalloped trims in the room, like my table and chairs...
as well as the wood trim around the window. It was a quick and fun project and I'll be sure to share it after it's quilted. It's now time to go back to my Red Rose Farm quilt. Hope you are having a great day!
I took a stroll out into the garden yesterday. I wanted to see if there is still any activity after all the cold days we've had. There is still much to enjoy. My hydrangea bush is fading to the warm colors of the trees behind it.
The rose is still as breathtaking as it was this summer, only in a more mellow way. Some of the flowers have started to dry but it is still blooming. I just love it!
The fall toad lily is in full swing. They have multiplied all over the flower beds. If you click on the picture, you can see their exquisite design.
The shrub rose is still producing new blooms and seems to grow taller every day. The once twelve inch container is now almost five feet tall.
As long as we don't get a frost, the blooms will continue to open. The hostas have faded back to the earth, some a bright yellow like the trees. I can sense the anticipation in this little bud, will I come out? Or will it be to cold to unfold?
Always hardy are the mums. My neighbor surprises me every year with a potted mum. It is such a nice surprise to find one sitting so prettily by my fence. Such a simple and beautiful gesture.
This is the one remaining lavender blossom for the season. I can't decide if I should cut it and dry it or leave it attached to it's life source. For now, I'll leave it and let it take it's own sweet time to enjoy the last few days of warmth and sunshine this season.
What is that darling little face peeking out? hmmm...
Today it's so quiet around my home. Yesterday at church we were challenged to turn off our electronic devices and allow some quietness into our lives. We do this to not only hear what the Lord might be speaking to us, but to also allow time for the mind to be creative. It all sounds great to me, sign me up! I decided to take a mini break from my Red Rose Farm quilt because something came in the mail that caught my eye...
If you happen to be a fan of Fig Tree Quilts, than you don't want to miss their pattern publication which comes out quarterly. For just $8.50 (plus shipping), you receive patterns and much more in this little charming and oh-so-cute publication.
I am just about done with this project, but I'm only giving you this little snippet of a picture to keep you guessing. It was fun, pretty quick and involved a combination of two patterns with the help of this...
Elizabeth Scott is also the designer behind Red Rose Farm that I'm using in the first quilt. I can't wait to show you. Do you want to see it before I have it quilted?
This past week, I spent some time at my dear Mom-in-love's home. After the passing of her husband this summer, there are many things to take care of. While we were working on a project, she came across her wedding dress.
She wore the dress over 50 years ago, getting married when she was eighteen. She was unsure of what to do with the dress and I told her I would take it home and have it preserved, but for a little while I will leave it on my dress form to look at it.
I love the simplicity of this lace dress. My what a tiny waist it has! It's so good to have our memories, and in this case a tangible one to cherish. Have a wonderful Saturday!
I have always been a person who enjoyed the end result more than the process. I don't enjoy planting bulbs in the fall, but love the flowers next spring. I quickly tire of the sweater I'm knitting but love the baby sweater wrapped and ready to give. This way of thinking has often been true of my quilting as well.
As we have all been told, life is found in the process. So I have tried to slow the creative process down and enjoy each step. I've discovered that no matter how uncertain life may be, how difficult a situation I may find myself in, there is a certain comfort I find in quilting during those times. I can look at a pattern, choose some beautiful fabric, measure, cut and sew. While I'm working on my quilt, I have ample time for personal reflection.
While I sew, I can also be thinking through life issues, asking God for direction, making lists of the positives and negatives, figuring out what to do next. In the end, if I have followed the pattern correctly, I will have a quilt that I enjoy and just maybe I will have some peace in my soul that overflows into my life as well.