I finished the Autumn Nights top in the nick of time--which
means I met my goal of "completing one more quilt top"
before hopping around to all the quilt shops
in the area and greatly increasing my stash.
I have no proof of my timely finish other than the below
pic, clearly taken at night--poor lighting, shadows and all.
I'm so anxious to show it all quilted and in correct lighting
because these colors are really so pretty. Maybe you get
a better idea in the first pic where it's on the frame.
An added border brought this one up to a nice queen size.
Here is my first one without a border. I made this
Halloween Candy quilt right about this time last year.
I just need to decide on a pantograph and then
I'll be quilting away. The simple leaf pattern
might stretch its usage a little more but I
also have a leaves/pumpkins and a leaves/acorns
design which would be more fun. Decisions.
Switching gears a little, I want to get a solid jump on
Christmas gifts so I have tried to set aside this entire
week for it. It started without my car which had been
towed off to the dealership on Saturday when the steering
freakishly went kaput. Turns out it was just a computer glitch.
In my car. My car needed a computer upgrade.
(Am I sounding old yet?)
Not sure how "smart" that is, but it was a relief
even if it threw my Monday all off.
Here's hoping the rest of the week remains open
and I can get some of these gifts made.
My batting scraps are out of control so
it's pretty obvious what I'll be making a lot of.
I've already gotten a start on this 39x39 wall-hanging
by Kim Diehl in Martingale's Simple Appeal.
I believe this will be taking care of that "tiny pieces"
craving I've been having. And I'm thinking it might
go together faster than the cutting-out process.
Maybe it was the car issue and all but today is
day two of cutting it all out.
(I'm finished but haven't decided on a border yet.)
Of course, I've been really digging through the
scrap basket for it and that takes a lot of time by itself.
While I ponder if it's worth it, it does feel good to use
some of those pieces up.
Once I finish that complicated little monster,
(actually, I'm betting it's pretty fun to put together)
I have at least 4 or 5 runners to sew up that will
certainly go faster.
But I also might have to take advantage of the beautiful
fall weather to clean the decks and windows
in some short breaks from sewing here and there.
Happy fall quilting!