Marcus Island

My Mama keeps asking for an air conditioner cover, and I keep hoping she will forget.  

She never forgets…must be part elephant.

So I finally chose a pretty pink rose print (to complement her sofa) and made a cover for her air conditioner.  

I don’t have a photo.  Mama doesn’t have the cover yet, either.  I was hoping to be able to bring it to her by her birthday, but…you know, COVID and all that.

Soon, Mom!  (Yes…she reads my posts!)

Since I don’t have sewing related photos (I have done some quilting), I am giving you a photo heavy post of a walk I took earlier this week.

I am super blessed to have Marcus Island across the street from me…I love to visit here!

Marcus Island

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
― Jim Bishop

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
– George Eliot

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“THERE is something in the autumn that is native to my blood—
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.”
― Bliss Carman

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.”
– Victoria Erickson

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“Come, little leaves,” said the Wind one day, “Come to the meadows with me and play. Put on your dresses of red and gold; For Summer is past, and the days grow cold.”
― George Cooper

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.”
― Samuel Butler

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“Let whoever wants to, relax in the south,
And bask in the garden of paradise.
Here is the essence of north and it’s autumn
I’ve chosen as this year’s friend.”
― Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

Quilting Floral Reflections

I am liking the quilted circular elements!  

Floral Reflections

Not all of the blocks are quilted yet, but I thought that I would share my progress.  I know the color isn’t right.  The quilting shows up better when I take photos indoors without the lights on.

Floral Reflections

I am thinking of filling in the blocks with stippling to flatten the background and help the applique stand out better. 

Floral Reflections

Quilt On!

Floral Reflections Intro

Floral Reflections

Floral Reflections Update

Floral Reflections Update 2

Floral Reflections Update 3

Pin Basted

Floral Reflections Update 4

Floral Reflections Update 5

Floral Reflections Update 6

Floral Reflections

When I last shared an update about the Floral Reflections quilt, I shared that all of the stitching in the ditch and outline stitching was finished.

But I didn’t share a photo of what that looks like from the back.

Floral Reflections

Now I have.

In general, I am a quilt by the seat of my pants kind of girl.  I don’t usually have my quilting all planned out.

While looking at this quilt, I thought the square blocks needed circular elements.

To get started, I am going to use two circle templates.

Floral Reflections

I traced larger circles around each block using Cindy Needham’s template, and I chose a small circle template to trace ‘berries’  from Karen Kay Buckley’s assortment.

Floral Reflections

Floral Reflections

We’ll see how this turns out.

Floral Reflections

Quilt On!

Floral Reflections Intro

Floral Reflections

Floral Reflections Update

Floral Reflections Update 2

Floral Reflections Update 3

Pin Basted

Floral Reflections Update 4

Floral Reflections Update 5

 

Bow Tie and Floral Reflections Updates

In my last post, I settled on a bow tie layout.  Since then I have sewn the 3.5″ bow tie blocks into groups of 16 (4 x 4), and then into a larger block of 64 (8 x 8).  I have two of those big blocks finished, and I definitely like what I see.

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

I am hoping that I made enough bow tie blocks to sew into 12 of these bigger blocks for a quilt.

Bow Tie Leader/Ender

Bow Ties

Remember the Floral Reflections project?

Floral Reflections

All of the stitching in the ditch is done.  All of the outline stitching is finished.  All of the basting pins are removed.

Time to get serious about how to quilt this baby.

Floral Reflections

Floral Reflections Intro

Floral Reflections

Floral Reflections Update

Floral Reflections Update 2

Floral Reflections Update 3

Pin Basted

Floral Reflections Update 4

* Just a quick note…progress is likely to be slower than my usual slow.  I will be working seven days a week.  It isn’t scheduled yet, but it is inevitable until after the holidays.

Quilt On!

A Short Stroll in the Garden

The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all. -Mulan

Autumn Crocus

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Autumn Crocus

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. -George Eliot

Autumn Crocus

I end not far from my going forth By picking the faded blue Of the last remaining aster flower To carry again to you. -Robert Frost

Aster

The lands are lit with all the autumn blaze of golden-rod, and everywhere the purple asters nod and bend and wave and flit. – Helen Hunt

Aster

The aster greets us as we pass With her faint smile. – Sarah Helen Whitman

Aster

Stay healthy!  Stay safe!