Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!!

Bessie is ready for Halloween and we both wish you a day filled with the best treats and very few tricks. Best stitching wishes from both of us!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thunder in OKC

Last night was exciting as we were part of the sell-out crowd at the first regular season home game for the new Oklahoma City NBA basketball team….the OKC Thunder!!!

Our sweet daughter, Maggie, and her husband asked us to join them for this big event. We all look forward to many years of enjoying professional basketball close to home!!

On the quilting front, I finished the autumn table runner. I will be using the extra pieces to make two more. Here’s the finished project.

I must get busy on the baby quilt for our niece. I have a couple of quilts in the works but I’m anxious to get out my Christmas fabrics and make something from them.

I also found a neat item on Ebay. It’s called a “class in a kit” and it really is. It’s a tutorial you can touch. I started working on it and couldn’t stop…more addictive than popcorn. I love to have something to do by hand in the evenings so I’ll be working on this and plan to get more hexagon papers and start a long-term quilt project. The Grandmother's Flower Garden is one of my favorite patterns. I have quite a few blocks I did by hand years ago but didn't use the paper-piecing method. Those old blocks are pretty but not as precise. I love this method.

Speaking of hand work, I pulled out this little kit that I started years ago and laid it out to see how it will look. I just have the last two blocks to finish (where the big white areas are) and then the entire little quilt can be sewn together and hand quilted. The colors are rich deep turquoise, purple, lavendar and cream. There is something so satisfying and peaceful about hand work:)

We've had our first frost and the summer plants are gone. We'll need to do some flower bed cleaning and bulb digging. All that will have to wait while we take a little vacation break.

Happy quilting and blessings to you!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mail Call

It’s such fun when the mail brings packages!

I was so thrilled to be the winner of Jeanne’s giveaway as part of the Fall Into Fall Blogger’s Giveaway. Here’s all the nice things Jeanne sent…the cutest Halloween bag filled with Halloween fat quarters, this great fall pattern and quilt postcards and Halloween candy.

Thanks so much, Jeanne, for a great giveaway.

Danetta had three prizes in her Fall Into Fall Giveaway and my name was picked for this great book. As you can see from part of my stash (forgive the messy stack), I can certainly make use of these patterns.

Thanks, Danetta! The book is great!!

After being the fortunate recipient of these ladies’ generosity, I plan to participate in Debi's next giveaway and pass along the kindness.

Quilting bloggers are the nicest people!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Seasonal Sewing

Last week was a busy week of sewing gift goodies. I completed a spooky bookbag and a birthday apron. I forgot to take pictures of them before they were given.

One of my projects was a Halloween costume for our "granddog." Virginia is a beautiful Boston Terrier and she is so sweet to model her new costume! She is good girl, especially when cheese treats are involved!!!

The fall colors were calling me so I decided to use some of my autumn fabrics for a table runner as a gift. I am using this pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop. When I started piecing, I realized that I would be cutting off the triangles and not using them. So I started sewing them together. I got enough half squares and small hourglass blocks to make another table topper. I’m happy with the mixture of colors and patterns. I tend to be concerned that it is too busy…but looking at it makes me happy and it looks like the colors do in nature.
Here's the runner ready for the batting and backing.

There's a cold front on the way so I'm hoping for some rain and a real fall-feeling day tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by for a visit! Have a beautiful day.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Counting Down to Halloween

Another beautiful fall weekend with just a little wind and the promise of rain coming this week. I'm enjoying this fall so much as comfortable days and cool nights stretch on.

One of my projects reached its new owner so I can show it now. You've had peeks of the fabrics

Here is the finished little quilt. I used the pattern Spider Pumpkin from Fall 2008 Easy Quilts. I made the spider webs with Fun Fur yarn.

It's now in the mountains of North Carolina at the home of our older daughter, Amy. She has loved Halloween since she was little and we always had so much fun decorating and celebrating this historical holiday.

We are sad that the OU Sooners lost to Texas on Saturday. The Red River Rivalry is always a big fall event. Maggie and her husband (both OU grads) went to Texas for the game. Amy earned her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt so we are also cheering for the Commodores. Her husband has his Ph.D. from Tennessee so we also support the Vols who are struggling this year. Needless to say, football is one of our major fall interests. We're also big basketball fans as well. Watching games on tv is a great time to cut out quilt pieces or do some hand stitching :)

Today I'm finishing more of the little quilted Halloween baskets. I also have an apron to finish as a gift.

Have a great Monday. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.