Thursday, November 4, 2010

October was gone before I knew it. I love autumn and we are having a glorious one this year. Most of October was filled with warm days and cool nights and the air seemed to have a golden haze. Now the trees are beginning to lose their leaves and the nights are getting colder.

Going to chemo treatments keeps me busy but I have few side effects so it's not really difficult. Those days I usually come home and sit and sew. I did finish several projects in October. Here is the table topper I made for my older daughter who absolutely loves the Halloween season. I fell in love with this fabric panel!! I also made this quilt for my younger daughter but the quilting took longer than I expected so it wasn't ready for Halloween. I machine quilted the spiderweb pattern on the plain blocks and the other blocks are disappearing nine-patch made from charm squares. She will enjoy it for next Halloween especially since it has her favorite bright colors!!!

I made a couple of fall table toppers as well. When I got out the big plastic bin with all my Halloween and fall fabrics, I found these little hour glass and half-square triangles blocks I had left over from a table runner I had made a couple of years before. I got carried away with the fun of sewing these little fall blocks and made more than I needed for the project. So I tucked them in the bin and forgot about them until this fall. It was neat to pull them out and make these table toppers. This is the one I made for my sister-in-law.

And the one I made for our dining room still needs to be quilted. I'll get that done before Thanksgiving.

So October was a productive sewing and quilting month. I have plans for a few gift projects in November as well as some much-loved scrap quilting.

I'll close with pictures of our granddogs celebrating Halloween.

This is Virginia who lives in North Carolina.

And this is Violet (on the left) and Honey May (on the right) who live in Oklahoma not far from us.

They are all three adorable and very dear to us.

I'm off to fix spaghetti and salad for supper. That sounds so good for a chilly fall night.

Happy stitching!


The Other Barb said...

you have been busy for sure. nice projects. I like the spider web quilting on the one piece.

Anonymous said...

Karen, that spider web quilting is very impressive. All neat and lovely projects, so glad you've had them to keep you busy. Your 'Honey May' granddog looks exactly like our elder-Dachsie girl 'Chloe' (except some years younger). Sadly, we just had to send our 15 yr. old 'Chloe' on her way to a better place. She was very special.