Waiting for Autumn

The Autumn Equinox 2017 in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 3:02 PM on Friday, September 22.
It is 5:42 pm, and I have the air conditioner and ceiling fans on.
The temperature has gone down to 92 at this time.

I made an autumn pillow, in order to make fall feel welcomed when it arrives on Friday. Maybe a little positive thinking will get the autumn breeze to come.
For the pillow, I used some of the fabric swatches my brother sent me; along with remnants from last year’s fall project.
The pillow backing is made from fabric I purchased to make table place mats.
 
I have viewed many tutorials on how to miter corners.
For the place mats, I tried the “lazy binding” method.
I am not satisfied with the results, so I will have to rethink this.

I used the fabric swatches to make the leaves for applique.

This morning, my husband helped me drop off the three quilts at the location for the quilt show.
When we arrived at the center, I ran into Vicky, from Las Colchas.
She is one of the ladies who helped me when I first started quilting.
It was good to see her again.
The guild members measured and bagged my quilts.
There will be a preview for participants on Thursday night.

The center is on the Northwest side of San Antonio.
Traveling to the center from our home on the Northeast side, was a trip down memory lane.
Our first apartment and schools where we worked were in this area.
We did a little time travel and drove by to all the special places from our past.
It turned out to be a very nice morning.

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Anticipation


In 2016, I went to a couple of local quilt shows.
It is always so inspiring to see the beautiful creations on display.
A thought came to mind, that maybe, one day, I could have one of my quilts in a quilt show.
Then, this past February, I visited my friend, Jeana, and dropped off the quilt top of the Tribute quilt I made in memory of my mother.
Jeana is always so supportive and informative; and I admire her work.
I was surprised when she said that I should enter this quilt into the Salute to Texas Quilt Show.
This was a boost to my confidence as a quilter.

Since then, I added two more quilts to be entered to the show.
The Wild About Texas quilt was inspired by the beautiful photography of Richard Reynolds.
I discussed design and fabric with my friend, Nancy. She was a great help on this Texas quilt.

As mentioned in a previous post, the third quilt, Hope, was inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem.
Both the Tribute and the Hope, quilt were made from block patterns chosen from Lucinda Ganderton’s book, Block a Day.
I learned so much from this book.

Since January, I have been anticipating and preparing for the experience of being a quilt show participant.
I finished binding the last quilt yesterday.
Today, I checked and re-checked each square, seam, and inch of the quilts…more than once!
My OCD is on over-drive.
I think the quilts are ready to be delivered tomorrow morning.
The anticipation as I prepared for this quilt show has truly been very exciting.

I would like to thank my family and friends who have put up with my craziness.
I would also like to thank my blogging friends for their comments and support.


Checking over the fronts and backs of the quilts ONE MORE TIME!

Great Day

It was a great day, visiting my son and 3-year-old grandson.
My grandson has his own workbench in his dad’s workshop where he creates beautiful works of art.
These are two wood sculptures he gave me today.
He said he used plenty of glue to make them sturdy.

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These are my new treasures!

 

Hope

 Source

Today, I am binding and putting the finishing touches on one of the quilts that I entered in the Salute To Texas Quilt Show.
Back in January, I was walking around JoAnn’s and I found six different fabrics with birds.
I love birds.
Anything with birds.
With no plan in mind for how to use this fabric, I purchased some yardage of each of the six.
On the way home, my favorite poem by Emily Dickinson came to mind.
At this time, I was studying and making blocks from Lucinda Ganderton’s book, Block a Day.
I chose some blocks and used the bird fabric for the center points of each block.
Here are some close ups of some of the blocks:

I’ve made and attached the label.
I have also made the sleeve.
Now, it’s binding time.

Burrito Pillowcases

 A pillowcase of Jack-o-lanterns and candy treats
for you to lay your head

Think of fun October nights as you dream in your bed

My daughter-in-law loved the other pillowcases I made.
I needed to make two more.
When I went on my Halloween fabric purchasing spree, I found these adorable wacky polka-dot fabrics.
I thought that the Jack-o-Lantern and candy fabric, and the polka-dots, would make cheery pillowcases.
   
I made these burrito pillowcases instead of binding a quilt that must be delivered to the show on Tuesday.
I’ll start tomorrow.

Terrific Thursday

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What a Terrific Thursday it has been!
My granddaughter invited me to a Grandparent’s Day Lunch at her school.
There is NOTHING like eating lunch in a school cafeteria…I love it!
My granddaughter gave me a tour of her classroom before we went to lunch.
Lunch was filled with delightful conversation.
Then, of course, we went out to recess.
At the end of recess, my granddaughter lined up with the rest of her class.
As I walked away, I looked back and I could see her sweet face still looking at me.
I waved and blew her a kiss, and she in turn blew me a kiss.
I really wanted to go back and  hug her, but I didn’t want to embarrass  her.
  

Recess Fun

Afterwards, I made my way to the B&B Quilt Shop…just to look around. 
Nancy and Lori, the two sisters who own the store, are super helpful.
I just so happened to take my QAL blocks with me, just in case I saw something that might enhance the quilt.
My plan is to make a keyboard outer border with all the fabric pieces I have used in the Christmas quilt.
I have been looking for a sashing fabric that would make the blocks pop out.
My blocks are dark red and green fabrics with many patterns.
The sashing needs to be something a bit more subdued.
Nancy helped me find a gold-ish fabric that reminds me of garlands. I also found some beautiful fat quarters that might be useful in the remaining blocks.


I plan to make some fabric pumpkins with the fancier swatches in box of fabric my brother gave me.
The fabric is rich in color and texture, so I wanted the leaves and stems to be made with wool.
I found some perfect squares of wool at the B& B, at a pretty good price.

I will start on some projects tomorrow, after I return from a dental appointment. 😦
Even though I have a great dentist, this is one appointment I always seem to postpone.
It should be for a cleaning only.

On my way to the fabric shop, I received a call from my daughter-in-law, who lives  in Mckinney, Texas. She had received the box of Halloween things I made, and she was excited and happy about all of the items.
(Dresden Halloween Pillow, Sugar Skull pincushion, Sugar Skull Dresden table top, one large  and two small Halloween fabric pumpkins.)
We spent a good while talking about different ideas and tutorials. She is making a fleece and felt blanket that she designed herself. It will be a four seasons blanket. I can’t wait to see it.
Now, I am ready for Friday.

Fabulous Free Fabric

My brother is such a sweetheart for sending me these fabric squares.
I have spent a few hours just sorting and thinking of how to use these fabric swatches.
Most are 100% cotton, which is great.
The colors are amazing.

There are fourteen polyurethane front with linen backing.
These would be perfect for place mats, if I could find a good pattern or figure something out myself.

Any ideas are welcomed!

Tomorrow, I will be attending Grandparent’s Day Lunch with my granddaughter.
She loves to hang key chains on her backpack, so I just made her one.
In the box of fabric from my brother, I found some  soft, textured sample blocks from Chella.
I chose the pick square.

This is her heart-shaped key chain:

It will be so much fun to eat in a school cafeteria once again!

Fabric Heaven

My morning coffee was interrupted by a knock on the door.
The mailman had a heavy box for me.
I started racking my brain to try to remember what I ordered.
Then, I saw that it was from my brother.
He is the VP of operations for a furniture design center.
I started hooping and hollering when I opened the box to find it filled with gorgeous fabric samples.

I am in Fabric Heaven!
So many colors…
So many textures!

Block 5: Snow Much Fun!

Participating in the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along is SNOW MUCH FUN!
Block #5 is an adorable snowman designed by Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting.

Every year, I taught an integrated instructional Snowman Unit; and my first graders loved it. The unit started with the viewing and reading of my favorite of all time…The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. We made snowmen out of socks, read every snowman book I could find, drew snowmen, and wrote poems and stories about snowmen.

So, this morning,  when I saw  that Block #5 was a snowman, I did a happy dance.
It took me a while to choose the fabrics. My husband and my sister both chose the fabrics that were the favorite of all my choices.
I have concerns about the white with green polka-dot fabric that I chose for the snowman’s body. One of the dots bled a bit when I ironed the seam.
I will use  Shout Color Catcher when I wash the quilt, and hopefully it will not run.

Since I wanted my snowman to have character, I added reading glasses.
He is a scholarly snowman who loves to read books.
His name is Professor Frost.
He is holding two of the many snowmen books I used to read to my students.

The two books are: Snowmen at Christmas  and Snowmen All Year by Caroline Buehner.

Part of the fun of participating in this QAL is the mystery and not knowing what comes next.
It is also so enjoyable to see the different interpretations of the block that are posted by other participants.
With each block, I can see that I am learning something new and refining skills.
This snowman block has some small pieces, and I can see that my cutting is more accurate.
Also, I noticed that I am improving in sewing a quarter inch seam.
Sherry Sish provided excellent directions.
Abbie, of  Sparkle On, gave a good tip about adding to the width of the side pieces in order to facilitate squaring the block at 12.5″ x 12.5″. I also tried to follow her lead on reading the whole directions thoroughly before starting. This is a step I usually skim over. Thanks, Abbie!

Now I am ready for Block #6.
Is it a Gift pattern on the block?
Maybe a Stocking pattern…
Oh, is it a Wreath pattern or maybe a Bell?

I designed some of my own pattern blocks that I might try out if these items are not included in the QAL.

Halloween Crafts

Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative.
Judy Gold

One of my daughter-in-laws loves Halloween.
She is also very creative in sewing, and making purses and other crafts.
I have quite a few purses that she has made me. She knew I dressed for the seasons and holidays when I was teaching. One of the purses she made for me was a Halloween purse.
When I spoke with her the other day, she said she is already thinking of ways to decorate her house for Halloween.
I thought I would send her a few items to help her decorate.
I will be sending her a Halloween package in a few days.
The package will include the following:

Table Top


Sugar Skull Pin Cushion

Two Standard Size Pillowcases

Dresden Pillow
Tutorial by Rob Appell


Fabric Pumpkin
I am thinking of looking for a decorative spider to add onto one of the web panels.
I looked at two tutorials for this fabric pumpkin:
Quill Cottage Studio  and Pink Suede Shoes

I have enough Halloween fabric to make some smaller pumpkins.
It’s time to go to Starbucks for some pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin bread!