“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”
– Charles M. Schulz
“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!”
– Rainbow Rowell
While I enjoy these splendid Autumn days, I am slowly making progress on the Aunt Bea’s Parlor embroidery blocks.
Block 18 is finished!
Along with stitching on Block 19 today, I am going to plant a few bulbs in the garden.
That is an interesting thought to ponder…planting hope while the leaves are falling.
I am linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching. If you click on the link, you can check out the projects that others are working on! Maybe you’ll be inspired to relax with some slow stitching, too!
“October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture-month.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
I am a happy camper! I actually finished a block in just one week! Ha, ha!
Block 17 done!
The pattern, and my Google searches, show the embroidery being done with a running stitch, or a backstitch. I chose to embroider with a stem stitch.
I don’t know why. But there ya have it.
Onto Block 18!
Just three more blocks to go, and the embroidery portion of Aunt Bea’s Parlor will be finished! Woohoo!
I am linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching. Click on the link, and check out the projects that others are working on! Maybe you’ll be inspired to relax with some slow stitching, too!
“In emerald tufts, flowers purple, blue and white;
Like sapphire, pearl, and rich embroidery,
Buckled below fair knighthood’s bending knee;
Fairies use flower for their charactery.”
― William Shakespeare
“Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that – one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
I am still slowly; very, very slowly, stitching blocks from the Aunt Bea’s Parlor pattern.
I have finished block number 16.
Onto block number 17.
Progress is happening!
I am linking up with Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching. Click on the link, and check out the projects that others are working on!
I was blessed to have my son, and his family, visit for their spring break. I had to work, but we managed some time together.
One of the things that we did, was to take a little walk around Old Marcus.
Every year, Lake Roosevelt is drawn down, and reveals the old site. One can see the crumbling town foundations that are normally under water.
My granddaughter has a little sewing project going when she visits.
The kitty will become a cushion, but it is slow progress since we don’t live close to each other.
The family has gone back home, and I have spent the morning making small design boards. This small project has been on my to-do list for a long time.
I used pieces of scrap foam core and batting to make mine.
They range from 9″ to 15″ square.
I used the tutorial from Bee in my Bonnet. These are useful little boards!
Judy, at Patchwork Times, announced #1 as the UFO goal for April.
I shall be working on #3 as that is the number called for in January, and I worked on #1. Oops.
My goal for the month, then, is to make shopping bags.
My thought is to incorporate some orphan blocks into the project.
This should be fun and easy.
I am linking up to Elm Street Quilts at One Monthly Goal.
Tammy Silvers, from Tamarinis, invited me to participate in the Island Batik Coastal Mist Blog Hop.
This is my first blog hop and I have had a great time! Thank you, Tammy!
*Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to enter a fun giveaway!
The fabrics that I chose to use from this sea breezy collection are beautiful and vibrant! My photos do not do them justice!
I’ve showcased the fabrics with a table runner.
I used Aurifil 50 wt. for the piecing. Aurifil 50 wt. and WonderFil 80 wt. Deco-Bob were used for the machine quilting.
If you are an EQ7 user, and you would like to have the project file for the Sea Breeze table runner, simply click on my Freebies Tab at the top of the blog. You will find a link that will take you to Dropbox, where you can download the project file for free. No need to have an account with Dropbox.
I also made a cute little fabric basket from the scraps.
Listed are the dates and participants of the Coastal Mist Blog Hop. Have fun!
February 04 Erin/Aurifil of Aurifil
Click on the link below to enter to win a Coastal Mist Precut Bundle giveaway! (Link expires when the blog hop ends.)
I have wanted to make the Siggy doll since I received the premiere issue of Soft Dolls and Animals in 1997.
Umm…yes…1997. I was going to make the doll for my daughter. Somehow, time has gotten away from me.
So, I have made two dolls…one for each granddaughter.
I think I lost my mind! I thought that it would be fun to alter the simple pattern a bit.
I have a new respect for doll makers!
I tried making bendable fingers…that was tough.
I tried making toes. That was tough.
Worst of all was the hair. Whatever was I thinking?! Hot glueing a bunch of tangled, curly hair was tremendously boring and tedious for me!
Oh nooooo…I couldn’t just buy a wig…or make one. I had to glue this stuff by individual strands.
Sometimes, I am an idiot.
These dolls have more hair than Cousin Itt!
I shall be making a dress outfit for each doll.
Should be a piece of cake.