Despite some cold days, we have had a beautiful fall season this year here in the Hudson Valley. Floyd and I took Heidi to the Walkway over the Hudson last week. If you ever get the chance to visit this park don't miss it. It is a stunning walk, with amazing views up and down the Hudson River.
We watched this tug boat push a barge heading south.
Even though it was a garbage barge, it sure looked pretty!
Remember the big tree that I wanted to take a photo of every season? Well I missed spring and summer, but I ran over there the other day and got late fall.
It was late in the day so they are a little dark. The tree had already gone brown and lost a lot of leaves. I will have to try again next year.
The ridge is now brown and emptying of leaves quickly.
I can see little clumps of bittersweet on my walk with Heidi.
I'm taking advantage of all the local apples and making lots of homemade applesauce.
After some time on the stove it turns into this yummy treat.
I have been changing over to Superior thread, my rainbow is growing! It sews up so nicely.
I'm trying to finish up some things that have been in the works for a long time to make way for some new projects. I love binding.
It's going to live here when I get this quilted.
Look at this lovely stack of 5" charm squares. There is a plan for them.
Remember all the men and women, past and present, serving in our military. Thank you for your sacrifice!
What's everyone up to this week?
Excuse me for being a little bit of an absentee blogger, I know it's been a while since I've made an appearance here. My sincere apologies! I had to have a bit of surgery at the end of last month, nothing serious, but I have been out of commission for a few weeks. Thankfully that is all behind me and I am well on the road to recovery!
The very first weekend after my surgery was the retreat weekend for the Hudson Valley Modern Quilt Guild. I was hoping I would be well enough to go, but it was sadly not to be. The one thing that I didn't miss was a tour at Hawthorne Threads which is located right here in the Hudson Valley. They were so great to invite us to their warehouse and give us a behind the scenes peek at their business. It was amazing. I wanted to move in and never leave. I went home and placed an order. Thank you Hawthorne Threads!
Over Columbus Day weekend we made a trek out to State College, PA so daughter number one could take a campus tour at Penn State. We had a quick trip, but managed to squeeze in a visit with my college roommate and best friend and her family, and a couple of ice cream cones from the Berkey Creamery. If you ever get a chance to visit don't leave without having a cone, they are amazing!
I think my girls may have inherited my Penn State DNA. LOL!
I was able to get to this year's New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. It was unbelievably crowded. I think we bought more wine than yarn! I did pick up some beautiful hand dyed yarn from Dancing Leaf Farm.
I am not a great knitter by any stretch of the imagination, but when the weather turns colds I do like to have something I can work on. I love beautiful yarn because it does the work instead of my knitting skills. Knitting has been a good recuperation activity.
I have been back at the Longarm in the last few days, just finishing up some things that have been hanging around my sewing room. First up is a little wall hanging with a hand appliqued pumpkin. I quilted it with a pumpkin design and it really brought it to life.
Next is a lap quilt from a tumbler kit that I purchased from a local quilt shop. I quilted it with little trees and cars. I hope it finds a little boy to snuggle with it!
Michelle dropped off her Bee Quilt. It's all ready to get quilted. Here is the before shot.
We had a beautiful mild day here today, but the forecasters are calling for a big change in the next few days. The 'S' word has even been tossed about for the weekend. Really?
Even Heidi is enjoying the leaves.
The ridge behind our house is still turning.
Floyd is getting us ready for winter.
I am watching a Dracula marathon. I love October.
I'm a day late! Yesterday was the first anniversary of Under the Rainbow Quilting becoming official as far as the Federal government is concerned. It doesn't seem possible that it was a whole year ago that the name became real, and this journey began. I should have baked myself a cake but Floyd and I are trying to be good. I hope things continue to grow and expand during the year ahead. That's the plan, now I need more quilts to make that a reality! I spent time this morning picking out some fall patterns. I will try to get them up tomorrow so you can check them out.
I'm working on a few of my own unfinished projects. This first one is a two color postage stamp quilt. It is from a pattern from a quilt along a few years ago on www.psiquilt.com. It is a great pattern that makes a nice sized quilt from two jelly rolls. It involves a lot of mindless sewing of strip sets and blocks, but it has amazing results. This will be the fifth one I've made. You may have suspected I am a Penn State alum, so this one is blue and white for Penn State. I am contemplating quilting it with paw prints. :)
Remember the big pile of purples I pulled a long time ago? It is still a work in progress. I am using Camille Roskelley's Puddle Jumping pattern. Not sure how it's going to come together yet.
Fall is arriving in our neck of the woods. It has gotten chilly very quickly here which makes me a little nervous about the months ahead. Autumn is such a beautiful time here in the Hudson Valley. We have lots of orchards and pumpkin patches. The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival is next month. It is a site to behold if you have any interest in yarn or fiber arts. There is apple pie, pumpkin bread, and homemade applesauce to look forward to. The bees become very busy before the frost comes.
Every year I tell Floyd I will not go crazy with mums and every year I get sucked into their gorgeousness at the nursery. Is gorgeousness a word?
I have discovered that they are combining colors in one pot! This one had to come home with me.
I think I'm going to add a couple of little pumpkins to this window box.
This grass turns the most beautiful purpuley color in the fall. Purpuley is not a word.
This Dutch oven was a Father's Day gift for Floyd to use in our fire pit, but somehow it is a perfect Halloween decoration. I am calling it our cauldron, much more spooky than Dutch oven.
I know it's early for Halloween...but aren't they cute!
Last year at the end of August, one of the girls who had just started coming to our Hudson Valley Modern Quilt Guild meetings asked if I would be willing to machine quilt a piece to be raffled off to benefit a group that she volunteers for called Friends Helping Friends. It is a group that is based here in the Hudson Valley that holds an event in September to raise money for people fighting cancer. All the money stays in our community, essentially helping our neighbors. At the time there was no Under the Rainbow Quilting or Statler Stitcher on my longarm. I had been thinking hard about taking the next step, but hadn't quite gotten there yet. To make a long story short, I ended up doing a big meander on that quilt and it went on to raise several hundred dollars for the group, and it was the beginning of my friendship with Jody. It was also the spark that got me moving on starting Under the Rainbow.
Fast forward to this year when this quilt 'Synergy', became the raffle quilt for this year's event.
Jody meticulously paper pieced all those blocks and then bordered it with this beautiful cone flower fabric. You can read about it on her blog www.thevanillayear.com. She chose chain maille for the quilting pattern, which I have now done on several quilts and I love every one. There were so many beautiful colors in the quilt it was hard to pick one for the thread. In the end, the pale lavender won out over the others.
The pieced back is almost as beautiful as the front.
This next quilt was a little project I have been working on over the summer. At my "other" job, our tech Aimee graduated from nursing school and took a job as a nurse, so we are losing her. She is always smiling and laughing and eager to help in any way. I wanted to make her a quilt to snuggle with after long days on orientation. This quilt is like her, bright and happy.
It was quilted with a pattern called "Splat".
She liked it!
My furry best friend turned 5 last week. It is her made up birthday because the shelter we got her from didn't have any information about her beginnings. She had her birthday burger, much to her delight!
Hope everyone is having a good week. What are you working on? Fall projects? Christmas gifts? It's not too early to plan ahead!
So the last couple of weeks have been busy in a good way! I've had the pleasure of working on some really beautiful quilts. Each one has been so different. The first one belongs to Shelly. She is making this bright throw quilt to cuddle up with this fall. She chose bright red thread and interlocking squares as the pattern.
Here is her great pieced back.
Aren't these wonky blocks so cute?
The next quilt was for a friend of my Mom's named Pat. It is a big quilt destined for her bed.
I quilted it with big feathers and swirls. I love two color quilts!
I'm not a huge feather person but I really like the way these came out.
The next quilt is one I made for a baby that's coming soon. It's a pattern from Camille Roskelly's Simply Retro book. It went together really fast, and I love the bright modern colors.
I used chain maille for the quilting pattern. I've used this several times and I like it more each time.
Today I did another baby quilt with this pattern for the quilting for Jody. She chose a baby pink thread. It was made with Wee Wander fabric which I adore!
The weather is supposed to be hot and sunny this week so I'm going to try to eek out a last blast of summer before we are back to reality. What's everyone's plans for this holiday weekend?
Wow! The days seem to be slipping by so fast. Labor Day is right around the corner. We have had beautiful weather but it is definitely moving towards autumn. Driving to work this past weekend at 6am there was fog in the valleys and a little chill in the air. I love the fall, don't get me wrong, but there is something about summer, schedules are relaxed, the days are nice and long, and we spend lots of time outside. This is probably why I have been AWOL from this blog.
The farm market produce has been amazing. I'm going to turn into an ear of corn.
The flowers are loving this weather.
I've got a couple of client quilts waiting for my attention this week. I'm also working on a couple of baby quilts. I will be back later in the week with some pictures. What's everyone else working on?
Happy 4th of July weekend! After a rainy 4th its been a beautiful weekend here in the Hudson Valley. Last night after dinner I went out with the camera to try to get some pictures of the garden. Everything is blooming like crazy, but I ended up taking lots of pictures of all the birds. These birds are still hard at work raising their babies. Our yard has become a bird heaven, between all the houses, the bird baths, and they love the fence around the pool.
These girls start at dawn and work until sundown.
I love this one in our "condo" with the mama, the dad, and the baby peeking out.
Just thought these guys were so pretty sitting on the fence.
Someone is moving into our Penn State birdhouse.
At least 3 boxes in the rainbow house were lived in. The mamas love to perch in the tree and poop on the roof.
This girl showed up to munch on some weeds.
Now for some flowers. I love zinnias. We haven't had them in a couple of years due to building the pool and patio but now they're back.
This lone sunflower seed must have dropped in the rocks under our bird feeder this past winter and decided to stay.
The coneflowers are putting on quite a show.
The hydrangeas are also starting to bloom.
Our youngest pointed out that the clematis has grown into a heart shape around the mailbox.
Our guild made a scrap baby quilt to donate to Project Linus, and I was able to quilt it yesterday. It was done with just loops and I love the way it looks.
Not a great picture, but you could see Mars over the moon last night.
I've got a baby quilt to work on and some reading to do, what's everyone doing today?
Last Sunday I was the hostess for the June meeting of the Hudson Valley Modern Quilt Guild. We had a great afternoon sitting out by the pool having snacks and show and tell. I was a slacker and did not take any pictures, but my friend Jody documented it on her blog www.thevanillayear.com. She made a beautiful little bag for me out of our favorite Tula Pink fabric.
It's perfect for a little knitting project, and to my delight she put a beautiful skein of sock yarn inside. Now she has to teach me to knit socks. ;)
We have had such great weather here, all the flowers are growing like crazy. Lots of bunnies in the yard, which provide a constant challenge for our furry child.
We live not far from the US Military Academy at West Point. In the summer the Army band gives free concerts in the amphitheater overlooking the Hudson River. We have never gone to one until tonight but it won't be the last!
I finished the layer cake picnic quilt just before the concert started, it came out great.
The perfect place for our cheese and crackers.
The concert was amazing! They played music from the movies, including Frozen, James Bond, and Star Wars. Storm Troopers made an appearance and Darth Vader fought with the conductor.
Here's the money shot...
Have a great week!
A few weeks ago my friend Jody asked me to be her partner in the Supernova Friendship Block Swap. You can read more about it here http://latenightquilter.com/2014/04/29/announcing-the-supernova-friendship-block-swap/. Jody and I met last year at a Hudson Valley Modern Quilt Guild Meeting, and I have been lucky to quilt a couple of her beautiful quilts. She blogs over at www.thevanillayear.com check it out...her writing is amazing. We chose to use Tula Pink's Acacia line with Kona Coal for our background.
We had to lay out fabrics in combinations for different blocks.
I had a roll of some coordinating Free Spirits fabrics, so I will sprinkle these in where I can.
The first block was a little labor intensive, but now that I know what I'm doing they will hopefully go a little quicker.
In the end I really like how it turned out. I can't wait to see what Jody came up with!
Also in the works this week is another simple quilt made out of a layer cake that I bought a long time ago. I think it will make a perfect picnic quilt.
I was able to score some fabric for the back and binding on sale.
What's happening in your sewing room this week?
May and June always seem to be busy months in this house. Lots of birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, end of school, blah blah blah. We had oldest turn 16 last week. She is now driving (with her learner's permit) and thus we have entered a whole new realm of parenting.
I've had a few customer quilts that have all been so different, I'm really enjoying getting to play with all these amazing quilts! First was a little quilt for Susy. I didn't get a good picture of the whole thing, but here you can see the quilting pattern called calm waters.
Next up was a purple quilt for Michelle. She chose interlocking squares with cotton batting. It came out really soft and beautiful.
Next was a baby quilt for Erin. She asked for straight horizontal lines, randomly spaced. I had fun quilting it and really love the way it turned out. The colors are amazing!
Here's the back...
Remember my layer cake quilt? It's all finished and bound. I was skeptical of this pattern but I really love the finished product and will definitely use it again. It's not like I don't have any other layer cakes to use. (Can you send me the number of a pre-cut addiction specialist?)
This next picture is just because I love peonies.
I have really been 'under the rainbow' this week!
My name is Kristin McLoughlin. I love to quilt for my family and friends. I am a blanket addict. Please feel free to contact me. Thanks for stopping by!