Friday, September 23, 2016

Apple Season


We took our grandson apple picking last weekend.
Young children have a way of turning any outing into a joyous adventure.
He thought he might need some help so he brought along the perfect friend for the job. Fireman Kevin is a very good tree climber.

And his Papa gathered up an Apple Picker to assist him as well.

Here is Alex taking inventory of what was gathered (so far)

We finished the day in celebration by making a homemade Apple Pie.

Although Summer weather has decided to overstay her welcome here, I am already embracing the Fall season. Wishing you a wonderful start to Autumn!

every quilt tells a story....

Friday, September 16, 2016

Dutch Treats and Spooky Quilts ... Oh My



Here is our volunteer Team hard at work this week setting up a new and exciting Quilt Exhibit "Midnight in the Garden of the Quilt"
This special event is curated and presented by Polly Fogle Mello.
(can you see the snakes slithering down the sides of this baltimore style quilt?)

Take a walk down the dark side of quilting with Polly Mello's Collection:
"Quilts That Go Bump in the Night"!
Here's a sneak peek of another one of the quilts on display.
How strange to see Buzzards as the birds of choice for this block.

The VA Quilt Museum is currently closed for Exhibit changes but will open again on Tuesday, September 20th. For more information about this quilt collection, Exhibit and Seminar click HERE and also HERE.

Do you own a Mourning Cloth/Quilt or really spooky Quilt?
I'd love to hear about it!

every quilt tells a story...

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Happy September!


My first little Dutch block for September.
We are having a heat wave here with temps in the high 90's this week.
YIKES, it sure doesn't feel like fall is around the corner any time soon.
I hope Jack Frost decides to AWAKEN from his slumber in the very near future. (grin)

I made progress on my Broken Dishes blocks for the swap that Barb Vedder is hosting. I am using several different red reproductions fabrics, but will only be sharing pictures of 1 of them here until after the swap. I don't want to ruin the surprise for others that are participating.

I hope you are having a happy and stitch filled start to September!

every quilt tells a story...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Farewell August...



My 8 block round up for August.

I'm Jumping ahead on a fun new project...

Barb Vedder of Fun with Barb is hosting a wonderful new Swap.
Participants are making and trading Red Broken Dishes blocks.
It's a favorite block pattern of mine and I LOVE Red quilts!
So of course I rushed over and gleefully signed up for this exchange.

I've got 160 HST's pieced and ready for pressing.
These are for the first 40 Broken Dishes blocks.
I will be making 80 blocks for the swap, using reproduction red prints against a natural cotton muslin. (more pictures coming soon)

I'm looking forward to September...
Apple season and cooler temperatures for open windows & outdoor stitching.

every quilt tells a story...

Monday, August 29, 2016

Botanical Show & Tell

These are all of the blocks that have been posted thru August for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt sew along! I laid all of my blocks onto my friend Pamela's design wall last week to have a better look at them.
(they are not in the order they will appear in the quilt)

The Botanical Blog has received LOTS of beautiful block pictures this month for Show & Tell! To see the latest submissions click HERE!
The next block in the series will be revealed later this week on September 1st.

I hope you are having a Happy and Stitch Filled end to August!
every quilt tells a story.....

Monday, August 22, 2016

Double Dutch and something New



It feels like I'm finally making progress again on these little blocks.
The pair above will make a total of 6 Dutch Treats completed so far for August.

I discovered a fabric collection at The Quilter's Studio in Fairfax, VA on Saturday that just drew me in to take a closer look. The line is called Foxtail Forest.
I haven't used my sewing machine very much the past 3 months.
That's about to change, at least for a couple days this week.

I love the colors and the childhood prints remind me of sweet, simple joys.
Looking forward to making this into a small couch quilt, perfect for a little Cutie to cuddle under this Fall.