Friday, September 24, 2010

SAL setting and follower appreciation gift

Just in case you all are wondering what I have planned for my SAL blocks, here is a mock-up of the streak of lightning setting.  I selected this navy, but don't know if it does the blocks justice.  Then again, this picture was taken with my old camera.  The battery in the new one is dead and I couldn't wait for it to charge.  Believe me, they are much more vibrant in person.
                                           
Perhaps a borderless quilt with my cheddar for the binding will perk it up. Too bad I couldn't put a cheddar stripe wondering through the streaks.  I'll have to ponder that one.

Quilting will help as well.  A wonderful winding feather in the streaks will be just what the doctor ordered, don't you think.  If you all have any suggestions, please leave them for me in your comments.  Love those comments!

And now for the winner of my follower appreciation gift.  Kimber at Heirlooms by Ashton House, number 13 must be your lucky number.  And so ends my experiment with the visitor counter.  My curiousity has been satisfied. 
Last night was a full moon.  That meant my DH was up at 3am to hike the McDowell Mountains. Crazy man! The temperatures are finally cooling down around here and this morning was lovely.  I stepped outside in my jammies to capture the moon before it disappeared. The Octillo plant is one of my favorites.  In the spring it gets beautiful red-orange flowers at the tops of the stalks.
And look what I found blooming, my barrel cactus.  Blooms in the desert are so ephemeral.  One cactus produces the most delicate white flowers that open up early in the morning and then wilt away by noon.  It is unusual to see these cactus blooming at this time of year.  

Have a great day and weekend.  I am meeting with Lin and Kathy today to continue to test Autumn's Bounty and then my SSQSG meets this Sunday.  I will remember to take my camera this time so I can share all the beautiful work the ladies stitch. 

6 comments:

Mary Lou Casada said...

Love the navy setting fabric (and the lightening streak set!)! It give the blocks a vintage feel without taking away from their sparkle! Love the cheddar touches, too. Just right! :-)
Congrats to the winners and to you for having great commenters, visitors and followers!
Blessings,
Mary Lou

Rosie said...

Ephemeral, a perfect word, also describes the dwarf Mexican petunias bordering my garden. Their purple blossoms last but a day, but many more take their place all spring, summer and autumn. These plants, like yours, love the heat.

Stray Stitches said...

Congratulations to Kimber! Are you telling us that the SAL is now finished? Now that I'm four blocks behind? LOL!

Cheryll said...

I think the navy is GrEaT. This will look stunning when finished.
:)

Anonymous said...

Cheryl:
I don't even know how to quilt and I so enjoy your blog and comments; you go girl! Love your abbreviations like DH! :)
Elaine

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Oh, I'm so excited! I feel so lucky to be the new owner of your exquisite pincushion. I can hardly wait to see it in person. Thanks so much for making my day!