Saturday, November 1, 2008

new month = fresh start

Hi everyone! Wow its November already. The summer months just flew by and now we are closing in on the end of the year. I can hardly believe it. I feel a renewed sense of energy and a new desire to get back to "normal" (believe me, in my family normal is a VERY relative term lol) The air is getting cooler and fall is definitely in the air. And so with the beginning of the season, I too, am going to try my darndest to focus on a new beginning of my own. I had to get a quick picture of the pumpkins on our porch. We did have 2 that we had carved, but they were well past their prime. I just love the rich orange colors! The painted one one of the mouslings picked out, and the one on the right came home from a field trip (and that one is going to be turned into pumpkin pie on Monday ;cD)

Also snapped a picture of a lone little dandelion among the fall leaves on the ground. Now is it just me or is this little one a bit of a late bloomer? I just don't remember having dandelions this late but then again, I could be mistaken. I just had to snap a picture after my little one said "Mommy, look its the first flower!" Too cute!!

On to quilty news :cD Yesterday I spent part of my day in Amish country on a shop hop. I never have enough day to do as much as I would like. So much inspiration!! So much fabric!! One of these years I am going to have to try to get to all 12 shops. Their theme this year was Pineberry Creek. I really liked the fabric...very country...and picked up a couple kits that I plan on turning into some throw pillows. I've also gotten some sewing done. I finally got those borders for the quiltalong quilt started. I love to use up as much fabric as I can. I hate to see any go to waste if I can help it. So I used up the scraps I had, cut them into strips and, well here is what I have so far...

Also got several string quilt blocks done. I have 256 done and I need 308 although I can't for the life of me figure out what I wanted the dimensions of the quilt to be :cS I just know I wanted a BIG, WARM quilt for the winter and these string quilts (with extra fluffy batting and flannel for the back) really fit the bill.

This is just part of the blocks I have. I have another stack just as big as the one on the right put aside waiting on the rest of the blocks to be done. I just love these string quilts. I love looking at all the blocks and seeing all the different fabrics and remembering the quilts that the fabric went into. Well, I am off to get some more things done. Not the least of which is to put finishing touches on my PIF gifts. I am soooo excited to finally have everything almost ready and ready to mail out by the end of the week. Hope everyone has a weekend filled with lots of your favorite things. Warm country wishes all!!


QuiltedSimple said...

Oh I love going to Amish country - I'm assuming you went to Berlin, Kidron, Charm??? Miller Dry Goods? That place is dangerous to my $$$ budget. If you didn't go there - where did you go? I'm always looking for good fabric stores... Love the pumpkins - I can't believe it's November either. You've got a huge stack of quilt blocks - can't wait to see the finished product!

country mouse said...

Yup that is exactly where my friend and I went. We didn't make it to Miller Dry Goods...not enough time :c( But in some ways thats probably a good thing cause, like you, it does some serious damage to the budget ;c)

Sara said...

Glad your back! I love the blocks from the string quilt, its going to be beautiful!

julieQ said...

Wow, what a lot of lovely string blocks! So pretty all together.

Comfort Cove Designs said...

oooh thats alot of string blocks! I love how they are turning out! I love making scrappy quilts myself. I am currently working on a crumb quilt myself. I have 63 crumbs made and ready to put into a quilt. I will eventually make smaller crumb blocks to put into the border.

Love your blog!

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