Thursday, September 06, 2007

Back

Just needed that short break! Thanks to Libby, Tazzie, Juliann, Gail, Karen and Mrs. Goodneedle for those sweet, sweet comments--they were very appreciated! I love my life, but as most people do, I sometimes have to take a step back and remind myself of that!!! You know, make a new plan, Stan!




I have managed to get some sewing done--yay me! My Birds of a Feather FINALLY flew back to the nest from the longarmer! It had been away from home for six months. The pattern was a KC Star block of the month in 2006. It is from Blackbird Designs and there is also a book out with all the block patterns plus lots of other goodies to sew. Wish I could get a better photo.


Also finished up a table runner from a Nancy Halvorsen pattern, Swirling Acorns, and my own little Punkins For Sale. Lots of binding going on around here LOL! I have been anxious to get fall decorating going on!





Fall is my absolutely favorite time of the year. The colors, the smells, the gorgeous leaves, back to school, football games (go Chiefs!), pumpkins and bittersweet, jackets, cooler temperatures....aah, what's not to like?

And, a big hooray--Simply Quilts reruns are back on HGTV! (7 AM in the KC area) Even though I've seen each episode several times, I still manage to pick up a tip or two each time I see one. Plus, how fun is it to watch Alex's changing hairstyles???


In the New-Fangled Department, I found this iron-on Velcro while strolling the aisles at JoAnn's the other day. It promises to get an even stronger hold after washings. It is so handy to be able to attach it at the end of a project instead of trying to accurately place it during construction. Think bags, bibs, eyeglass cases, etc. I never did like how the stitching looked when I tried to sew Velcro on to things.


This week's projects? I am stitching the redwork paperdoll blocks for an adorable wallhanging. I'll post some progress photos next time around.
Heard this amazing quote on a commercial, of all places: "The creative process is always looking for a way to come out and play." Hold that thought...

19 comments:

Tazzie said...

Vera, I love love love your Birds of a Feather quilt, it's entirely wonderful! You must have been just thrilled to have it come home to you. The acorns, punkins, and bibs are sensational too - you sure have come back to us with a bang!
I understand completely that you needed a little 'you time' - we all do at now and then.
*big hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

maggie said...

Glad to see you back. I really enjoy your blog.I love your Swirling Acorns and Punkins for Sale and if I can lay my hands on the pattern I'd like to do one.
Fall is my favorite as well, especially the colors of fall. Fabric in fall colors sure get my attention!

Gail said...

I like those quilty pieces, especially the acorns...what is it about acorns?? Glad to have you back.

JoAnna said...

Your fall decorating is wonderful! I especially love the acorns. Simple and stunning!

Go Eagles!

dot said...

Thr birds of a feather turned out wonderfully. The acorn topper is so cute. Your pumpkins for sale is great for the fall. you certainly have been productive durung your break. I like the idea of no sew velcro.

Carolyn said...

I love the acorns...the colors are fabulous and it's adorable! Your other quilts are amazing too. Hope you enjoyed your break...you were missed!

Maddie Can Fly said...

Please let us know how the iron on velcro works. I'm like you and hated the other stuff.

Jane Weston said...

Great birds! Great Acorns! and Great Pumpkins. Your work is so beautiful.
Welcome back.

Darlene said...

Welcome back! It's always good to take a little break.

Your Birds of a Feather quilt is stunning and looks wonderful on the bed. I know you were excited to get it back.

The other Fall projects are cute.

Can't wait to see your redwork paperdolls.

paula, the quilter said...

OK, that Birds of a Feather quilt is just stunning! and I really like the Punkins. Glad you're back.

Karen said...

In complete shock here over how beautiful your Birds of a Feather is. Perfect pattern, eh? It was sure was gone for a long time??

Littlepenpen said...

Yay, welcome back!!! Your quilt is absolutely beautiful.... love the punkin wall hanging.... and am excited to know that Simply Quilts is back on the air! (I didn't know that already!)

Jane Ann said...

Well, you just made my day! When did SQ come back on the air? Wish it was with new episodes because I, like you, have seen them all numerous times. But also like you, I pick up something from nearly every show. And since it went off the air, I've gotten interested in techniques I didn't care about or understand before, so undoubtedly I'll find a new appreciation for some of the shows I only half-way watched while reading the morning paper.

LOVE the acorns. I grew up in Oak Ridge where everything--I mean everything--related to oak trees and acorns, and I have several items decorated with oak leaves and acorns around my house. Not so you'd notice particularly--it's kind of my secret piece of home.

Andrea said...

Nice to see you back ! Looks ike you had fun on your blogging break. our quilt is stunning and I really love the acorn runner. I love autumn too - roll on the frosty mornings !!

anne bebbington said...

The acorn table runner and the punkin wall hanging are just SO Autumn - lovely!

Libby said...

Glad you and your BOAF are back again *s* I bet you were happy to see it - it looks great. Fall is my favorite time, too. We don't get much of a traditional one - but I try to make up for it with colors in the house.

Laura said...

Your Birds of a Feather Quilt is Stunning! I also love your table runner and the redwork blocks. We spent hours playing with paper dolls when I was a kid.

Rose Marie said...

The BOAF turned out lovely. What a treasure!

Patti said...

Marvelous things you are finishing these days! How very beautiful the BOAF looks on your bed. Six months - I bet you really missed that top! Love the table runner and punkins also - fall quilts are the best! Some day I'll get one of my own quilted LOL!