15 October 2019

Weekends in Fall

One son is home on fall break so this past weekend I enjoyed
lots of family time.  I watched lots of football, played corn hole,
threw around a football, cut back rose bushes (because I had
to do some yard work!), cut up more pumpkins, made salted
caramel (for apples) and a huge crockpot of chili for everyone.
And, I ordered up a bunch of firewood (always a happy day)!

Family stuff.  Fall.  Football.  Firewood.
You know.
Oh, and in between it all, I did some quilting.
(Shoot--that doesn't begin with "f".....wait!)
I quilted on fabric!!

I think that makes up a pretty decent fall weekend!
We were missing this guy, though:

I figure it's time for an update on our favorite cadet.
I don't have permission to post the whole photo so that's
kind of a blurry zoom-in but this was a group getting
ready for the homecoming parade.  We'll be heading up to
NY pretty soon to see him--and the fall leaves--soon but
 not before we welcome our granddaughter into the world.
Like I said:  family stuff.

Now, about that quilting.

Autumn Nights is now fully quilted and just waiting for binding.

And the gift sewing?
I'm linking up to Inquiring Quilter today for these
next two gifts.  Her theme is a celebration of love
so I thought quilting up gifts for loved ones fit
pretty well.

Scrap Happy wall-hanging top now has a border and is ready
for quilting.  This will be the first Christmas gift completed!

Holiday Table Runner 12x33

The first of 7 table runners (that number just keeps growing)
has been pieced and quilted and just needs a border.
 It will be given to a friend in a couple days for her birthday.
I have a pantograph with holly leaves so I just had to
put this little table runner on my huge quilt frame.
If I was smart, I'd make the other 6 runners all the same
size and line them up to be quilted all in one sweep.
Hmm.  The jury is still out on my intelligence so we'll see.

Dark pic alert.  Sorry--it's sunny in our sunroom.  Go figure.

Time for a little long arm love:  last month I celebrated its
2-Years-With-Me birthday.  I'm pretty sure no one else on earth
performs this insanity but, in my defense, it's easy to remember
when I got it on my birthday.  I kind of like looking back at all the
quilts I've made on it so far--and it's a lot.

The Scrap Happy wallhanging and the blocks in my
table runner came from Kim Diehl's book Simple Whatnots.
As with Scrap Happy, the tiny little pieces in these 6" blocks
found me with some points off a little there and there.  I clearly
need to up my game when it comes to these minis.
But that's ok--I will usually accept any quilt challenge.

(shared with permission)

Except maybe these tiny little guys shared on Heartspun Quilts.
PLEASE go look at these.  You will not be disappointed.
And then go check out Rogue Quilter where Janet, the
Master-Piecer behind these little gems, blogs.
There are even more.  
Oh my gosh.  Just.  I don't even know what to say.
I guess maybe they speak for themselves.

Anyway, Kim's book has made it onto my Christmas list.
Maybe then I can keep practicing my mini piecing.

Well, enough enjoying this foggy fall morning
over a coffee.  Time to sew.

Today's Link-Ups:

Inquiring Quilter 
Quilts that celebrate love.

Quilt Fabrication
Midweek Makers

Happy fall--and gift--quilting!


Debbie said...

It all looks good! Like the idea of quilting all the runners as a group....a good plan. Your minis look fine to me. Never compare yourself to Janet....she is an absolute master! And she shares great tips!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Cheree! Fabulous post, to stay in the "F" family. Fall, football, firewood and family are just the best. That nice stacked parcel of firewood will be snapping and keeping you toasty for a bit. Your Autumn Nights is a beauty. I love the four-patch or patchwork border surrounding all those lovely stars. It just enhances those four-patch center pieces. Lovely! ~smile~ Roseanne

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

This post was so filled with family, fall, and love! It was wonderful to read. Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.

Susan said...

Lovely fall and winter projects at your place!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

That block is way too small to make. Smart you showed someone else's block instead of making it yourself. You've been busy.

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