Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall Quilt Progress

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I've made a ton of progress on my Fall quilt! Monday I spent a good 5 hours sewing and got the bottom half completely sewn and a good start going on the top half. This large block design is a dream to sew - it would be a perfect for beginning quilters. I'm finding that part of the reason it is sewing up so well is because I measured and cut very accurately. I bought a 6x24 quilting ruler for this one, and I can't believe I ever went without it before! I got fairly technical with my block labeling. Everything is numbered and lettered to ensure it gets put in the correct spot and so far no mistakes.

Overall I am really pleased with my progress, and I should be able to finish the top half and get the whole top completed today. I had made a goal for a start to finish time of two weeks, so it would be ready before the weather starts to really cool off. Hopefully it will be on my bed sooner than I had planned!

New Baby Kitties

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Sunday we went to pick up some baby kitties to live at my parents house. A few days shy of 8 weeks old, these babies are so little and cute!

Why must baby kitties be so cute?? I want them ALL!!

They are brother and sister, soft as feathers, and have the most playful spirits - and the cutest part of this story is that when we were taking them from the mama cat and saying goodbye she gave each of them a little lick on the forehead.

Gahhh!!! Cute overload.

Friday, September 23, 2011

First Day of Autumn

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Happy First day of Autumn friends.

I've seen pumpkins showing up at the market, along with displays of cornbread and cider. It's still awfully warm here, but if I know Autumn, it won't be for long. The nights are starting to really cool off which is the first sign.

I certainly will celebrate tonight with a pumpkin latte.

Don't you love a change in season?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall Quilt Fabrics

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My fabric arrived for my fall quilt! My package from Sew Mama Sew was just as beautiful as ever - and as I pulled the fabric bundle out of the packaging everything just sang in perfect harmony. I am so excited to start on this.

Erika and I are endeavoring in quilt making together this Fall and I drew patterns for both us based on this gorgeous quilt by One Shabby Chick. The large blocks are perfect for showcasing beautiful fabrics, in fact, once Erika showed me that quilt I couldn't imagine any other possibility for mine. I decided on 90 x 9o inches for our king size bed. I hope to end up using a nice flannel for the backing, making it cozy warm for the Autumn months.

This is one of the more exciting projects I've started on in a while - probably because it is for us. I know that this quilt will be loved when it's stormy out, when the rain pours, and when the morning cold slips through the glass during the chilly months of the Autumnal side of the year...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Little Hello

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Just wanted to say hello. Hello!

I ordered all my fabric for my Fall quilt today. So exciting.

Enjoy your Saturday friends.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Learning to Can

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Finally! I've learned how to can! My first attempt at home canning was very gratifying and it was actually really really fun. For those of you who can on a regular basis, I want to be like you. And guess what? You ladies better tell your husbands what's up, cuz mine knows how to can. So now that I've gotten a taste of the process I have a lot to look forward to. Having a large home garden like we do means that when we harvest we usually have way more that we can eat, and so we have to do something with it. This week we had half a crate of green beans and about a crate of cucumbers to take care of.

We spent a few hours today canning cucumbers and green beans, and freezing even more beans. We have a vacuum sealer for preparing food portions for freezing, which is even more fun.

Today one of my coworkers was reflecting that if she had lived in another time in history she would for sure have been a hippie. I said I would have been a pioneer lady. And wouldn't you know it, I am certain I would.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall Quilt

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Celebrating the seasons - I just can't get over how much I love it. For years I have been wanting to make seasonal quilts for my bed, and I am finally starting with a Fall quilt. See I have this idea in my brain that it would be super fun to switch out bed quilts with each new season. If you're a nut like me, you may think the idea is smashing too.

Here is a fun little Polyvore set of the fabrics that I decided to go with for my king size Fall quilt. I think I am going to make the patten up myself, so we will see how things transpire. I will keep posting on this project throughout it's progress, and maybe you will get inspired too!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hands

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I've been in love with laurel wreaths lately. I want to draw them or paint them or stitch them all over the place. This little hoop was done for my mother in law's birthday. She loved it and I am glad because I almost didn't finish it to give it to her. I started doubting her reaction to it but Billy thought it was lovely so I kept stitching. And wouldn't you know! I love how it turned out. I am so not technical when it comes to embroidery, I just freehand penciled this whole scene at record speed. I really should learn to be more methodical! Even so, it was enjoyable and ever satisfying to use my hands.