The featured image above is my “auditioning” my Thanksgiving table. New napkins and placemats! Getting me in the mood…it will be here before we know it. On with October in review:
October was a very busy month…a trip to Alabama to sew with my auntie, progress on my Ruffled Roses, and I finished the MQ Mystery top! The quick-and-dirty summary is: lotsa sewing! But you came for the details…
I did the matchstick little border and the paper-pieced lattice border. Those borders are framed by a peach 1/4″ border. The next big border is an appliqued swag and roses border. I have the applique pieces prepared and ready to glue baste.
I got my top done in the month the mystery ended — a new record for me. This was a mystery by Minnesota Quilters, the pattern is “Flight of Fancy” by Kari Schell. I don’t believe it’s available outside the group, but it could possibly be in the future. Here it is, blocks laid out but not yet stitched (didn’t take a final picture).
Yesterday I started the Spotlight Shawl. Love this yarn — Madelinetosh Pashmina in a yummy cocoa/turquoise mix. There will be a second color of the same yarn introduced, which will be turquoise. Fun easy knit so far…
I started making little watercolor paintings a couple of years ago (and when I say “painting”, it’s not artistic…it’s more like painting the side of a barn). After they are dry, I cut them up into smaller pieces, run them through my Cuttlebug embossing machine, and make a card. They are fun and easy. I did about 50 of them on Tuesday. (They make great gifts.) If there’s any interest, I’ll do a little tutorial.
I spent a fun and relaxing week in Huntsville, AL, with my Aunt Bert. I was still recovering from some medical issues, and she pampered me royally! I am truly back at 100% and it feels wonderful. We did a lot of sewing, some card making, and she introduced me to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which I loved and devoured the first season. Looking forward to Season 2 in December on Amazon Prime. (language not for the easily offended…)
This was a super fun week, meeting a longtime friend for breakfast on Wednesday (Arlene and I are celebrating at least 53 years of friendship), meeting other friends for lunch on Thursday, and joining in a gathering of sewing friends for stitching on Friday! Life is good. Here is a shot of Arlene, taken at the Galleria at Ampersand:
The apples have been wonderful and cheap, and we’ve been eating a lot of them. My favorite breakfast is the Dutch Apple Pancake recipe on the Williams Sonoma site. Pictured below, ready to go into the oven. It puffs up like a popover. This is a double recipe in a 9×13 pan, plus I increase the apples by one or two additional because I like lots of apples! Good cold the next day or heated up. Yum!
I’m listening to “Bone Box” by Faye Kellerman. Too early for a review.
I added a couple of photos taken in October in the right-hand column above.
You can stick a fork in October — it’s done!