Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fall Frenzy!

Our weather here in the desert southwest has finally gone into cool down mode!
Our nighttime temps are in the 60's and our highs are under 3 digits!
The next 8 months are why we tolerate our sizzling summers.

To celebrate the arrival of FALL,
I have gone into pumpkin overload.

October Brings,
by JoAnn Mullaly,
graciously gifted to me by my friend, Deb,
is in the process of being machine quilted.
Wish you could see the stitchery better.

Primitive Pumpkins,
designed by Rita Briner, of the Quilters Station,
is officially a finish and
adorns my dining room table.

I purchased #308 Punkin Seeds
and plan to start on it soon.
Should be a quick and fun project and will look great on my sideboard!
TOWQS has samples of several of her framed wool creations on display
and I want to make one of each!

Amidst all this fall frenzy,
I continue to stitch away at my Pennies From Heaven BOM.

Introduced the first aqua wool in block #3.
Did you notice I actually did a little embroidery...the stems.
The inner black circles are not embroidered yet...I am a chicken.
Struggling with the little lazy daisy stitches.

I have also started on Izzy's park quilt...
one cannot live on handwork, quilting and binding alone!

#469, from the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour.
I don't know how many blocks I will make or how I will set them yet,
but I am enjoying playing with bright fabrics for a change.
Lee plans to publish a pattern for her setting in the future.

Last week we took a needed vacation on Maui.
The diving was not all that great,
but that is the foot of my flipper in the upper corner
and I hope you can see the dolphins that swam next to us.
What a thrill!
However, the best part was getting to see my granddaughter experience the ocean for the first time.


Rosie said...

I used to think you just had a knack for choosing the best projects. Well, maybe so, but mostly it is that your work is exquisitely done.

Sue said...

I love pumpkins and these look great.

Love the Pennies from Heaven. I use this website quite often when I need to get some embroidery direction :
It's a real life saver :)

Happy fall!

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Elyte said...

Yes, I noticed the embroidery before you mentioned it. Gives the piece an extra special touch.
Your fall decorations are lovely and really give the seasonal feel.
Vacation fun with family and dolphins, all is good in your part of the world.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Lovely post, Cheryl.

Your grandaughter is adorable!!

:) Carolyn

Wendy said...

Oh I love anything with a pumpkin on it. Sounds like a fun trip.

Aunt 'Reen said...

Just love all those beautiful projects you are working on! You've been so wonderfully busy!
Thanks for sharing some vacation pictures - what a great picture of your beautiful granddaughter!

Lori said...

Cute fall decorations!
Maui is one of my favorite places. What a lucky woman you are!! Your grand daughter is adorable!!

libbyquilter said...

that granddaughter is growing so fast~! did she get to experience the dolphins at all?
i nearly cry just thinking about getting to actually be around a dolphin . . . must be magical.

all of your fall cuteness makes me realize that i've got to step it up a bit with my own fall decorating . . .

i'm off to check out the links. especially those small pumpkins . . . hmmmm . . .


Kathie said...

what a special memory this trip will be, she is adorable love that hat!
I love pumpkins so I never tire of them in any quilt and of course the fall colors!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Cheryl. You've got a great set of projects going. Very fun! I especially LUV the BOM block with it's beautiful colors. A knock-out!
best, nadia