Just like that Halloween is over and we are headed straight for Thanksgiving. November always seems to be a month that is holding it's breath. The rush of September and the fun of October are over. December craziness is at the doorstep. November is just waiting. Waiting for the holiday season to start. Waiting for the real cold to begin. Waiting for the time to change. I always feel like I should be out Christmas shopping and getting ahead of the rush, but somehow I never manage to do it. I wait.
It's been a beautiful fall here. So much amazing scenery. Floyd and I also managed to sneak away to Cape Cod for a couple of days to pre-celebrate our 20th anniversary.
I've gotten to work on some amazing quilts this fall. The first is from Peggy. She made is out of beautiful Allison Glass fabrics.
This next quilt was made by Jody for her annual raffle. I love the paper pieced "driver".
Our guild made this quilt and it was donated to go to a child in crisis.
I was lucky enough to be treated to three quilts from Michelle this October. Each one is more amazing than the last.
I myself have been in a bit of a quilting rut these last few months. I have been knitting instead, which made this year's day at the New York State Sheep and Wool festival a little more expensive.
This is a bit of what I scored.
Our guild is going on retreat in a couple of weeks, I'm hoping that will inspire me to jump back in to sewing. I have this pile ready to be cut for a Sunday Morning quilt. Wish me luck!
What are you working on? :)
Well over a year ago we were asked to attend the wedding of one of my childhood friends, on Martha's Vineyard. Jim and I have known each other since Kindergarten! Floyd and I decided to make it our summer vacation, and stay for the whole week leading up to the wedding festivities. What a great decision! We had a beautiful week of hot, sunny weather, and got to explore this amazing place.
We spent some time sightseeing and relaxing on the beach.
I got to hang out with my girls and my better half.
The wedding was so beautiful with family and friends all speaking so lovingly of Jim and David. It took place at the foot of Edgartown Lighthouse.
We got to spend time with old friends...
... and we met lots of great new friends!
We laughed. A lot.
And we cried a little too.
I went to my first clambake at Jaw's Bridge. Remember the scene when the shark went in the pond?
I wore this special necklace that Floyd got me for Christmas last year just for this party.
And now for the quilty connection...the present. I knew when I saw Elizabeth Hartman's "Preppy the whale" pattern that it was the perfect one for my wedding quilt. I bought the pattern and rainbow fabric last year. This past winter when it was negative 10 outside I started putting it together. It was radio silence on social media so it could be a surprise.
I quilted it in an all over wave pattern.
It got it's photo shoot by the sea.
I made a 'beach' for the back with two 'love whales' swimming in the ocean.
I think they liked it!
Thank you everyone for a special week!
I am a really delinquent blogger lately. I don't know why but this spring seemed really busy, and now here we are in July and things haven't slowed down. I'm hoping now that school is done, and the holiday is over things will turn to a lazier pace. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
I'll try to catch up on some quilting. This navy and white was made for a friend's niece who graduated from Penn State this spring. The front is a St. Louis sixteen patch from all kinds of navy prints alternating with Kona white. The back got the rallying cry of Penn State "We Are!". I used the alphabet patterns from Moda to spell it out. I loved the way the letters came out and would love to do a quilt of the whole alphabet.
Pardon the bad lighting!
The quilting added a great touch with all over paw prints.
I was lucky to work on several quilts from Michelle that were just adorable. This one got quilted with a new to me swirl pattern and I can't wait to use it again.
This is another of Michelle's quilts. It's a giant bear paw that we quilted with a big honeycomb pattern. I loved the texture it added.
This next one is a jelly roll race quilt that I did this spring. It was from an old Kate Spain roll of "Good Fortune" fabric. I got the middle pieced then scoured the internet to find matching yardage for the border and binding. I got lucky with a quilt shop from Texas that still had some in stock. Thank you Google!
This was quilted with "Al fresco" and I am very happy with the result.
While cleaning out the sewing room I found these orphaned churn dash blocks and put them together finally. Hoping to quilt it this week.
I have also been working on some baby girl quilts for a couple of special people. I'm using 'Snippets' by Cotton Way for the pattern. I have LOTS of half square triangles to trim...so I'm off! What's your summer project?
Once the time changes and we gain some extra daylight, we like to take our furry friend on a walk in the evening. I've always liked sunset. Things quiet down as the night approaches. It is a peaceful time. I brought my camera along to see what was popping up along Frog Hollow.
Our lilac is making some slow but steady progress. Buds are getting bigger. I can't wait for an actual flower, even though they make me sneeze like crazy.
The ground is thawing out.
Robins are back in the neighborhood.
I don't know what tree this is but the buds look like little fireworks.
These are pussy willow a step past their little furry buds.
This red winged black bird was singing away.
Down our street is an old cemetery. I know it's not that time of year, but I thought these spooky pictures were cool.
Sunset over the Hudson Valley.
Everyone here in the Hudson Valley is grateful to turn the page on the calendar and hopefully creep towards some spring weather (even though it snowed here yesterday). Spring is still being held hostage here by Old Man Winter. People are itching to be outside, clearing gardens and enjoying fresh air, but it's still cold and blustery here. I am jealous of those around the country posting pictures of sandals and sitting outside on Instagram. Patience is a virtue, right? My tiny patch of daffodils are defiantly pushing their way towards the sun despite the temperatures.
No signs of much happening with the forsythia.
We planted a lilac a couple of years ago, but have yet to see a flower as the deer have used it for a snack. It seemed to take off last summer and has a lot of buds this year so I'm hoping we see some blooms.
Once again I have been saving my trimmings and yarn scraps for the birds. I put them out in a suet feeder attached to the pool fence. I saw proof of their use hanging out of a house the other day.
I finished up two quilts this past month. The first up is my Touchdown quilt, which is a pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew. I made mine in a Giants theme as Floyd is a big fan. It's backed with some flannel that I had in my stash. I quilted it with a football pattern and it's all ready for next season. This quilt came together so nicely, I might have to make another one for my nephew. ;)
The next one is another postage stamp quilt made from the tutorial on the blog PS I Quilt. This is the fifth one of these quilts that I have made, each one so different based on the fabrics used. It uses two jelly rolls and provides plenty of "mindless sewing". Great for those rainy days, binge watching something on Netflix. I made this a sort of Penn State quilt due to its color scheme of blue and white. I quilted it with paw prints, and I love how they turned out. It is backed and bound with beautiful prints from Carolyn Friedlander. This one also headed to the man cave, ready for next football season.
I decided last week to teach myself how to make a granny square. I picked up some yarn in pretty colors for an afghan, watched some you tube videos, and I was off. It's a little addicting.
The yarn almost matches my spring M&Ms.
Lastly the sky was the most serene ombre blue the other night, with one star peeking out in the corner. Enjoy the holiday weekend!
Don't you wish there could be a finale for winter like there are for TV shows? The weatherman would say "Snow today is it for the season, tune in next January". Wouldn't that be great? Everyone loves a good finale. Remember when JR got shot? I know, I'm dating myself and some of you are like "who?". As we close out the third coldest February ever in this next of the woods, everyone keeps anxiously checking the forecast to see when this loooong winter will loosen its grip upon us. As I write this it's snowing. Again. We might get one day this week where it hits 40. Woo hoo! Get out your shorts and flip flops. I'm being very sarcastic. It has been so cold here, all I want to do is hibernate in my house. Everyone is worn out from the bitter chill.
As a result of this cold spell (Is a spell 2 months long?) I have been reading like crazy. Just this morning I finished The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It was a quick moving story about two sisters in France during WWII. I recommend it if you like historical fiction. I love historical fiction, especially WWII novels. If you haven't read All the Light You Cannot See yet, go buy it very soon, it was a beautiful novel.
I use the Goodreads app to keep track of books that I read and to look for new ones coming out. At the beginning of the year I started a challenge on Goodreads to finish 30 books this year. Last year I had a bit of a reading slump so I thought this might motivate me more to dedicate some time to reading. I also have a large pile of unread books next to my bed, I am hoping that I can reduce the pile with a successful challenge. I have put myself on a book diet, trying not to buy so many books until I reduce the pile. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I have broken my diet. Sigh. What can I say?
I have a couple of table runners to show. I don't make a lot of these, but they are somewhat gratifying because you can have a finished project pretty quickly. This one is wonky green stars. I used up some batik fabric from the hoard, I mean stash, that has dragonflies, so it was quilted with a dragonfly pattern. I think it came out cute, I'm sure it will be adopted by my mother.
This next one was actually made a couple of months ago for our guild Secret Santa. I used a pattern from Lori Holt's book Quilty Fun. I made the border a little different than the pattern. There were a lot of little pieces to put together but the mittens are so cute. I quilted it with a snowflake pattern called Glacee.
Since we wrap up the Downton Abbey season tonight I thought I would share this quilt made by Emily using the Dowton Abbey fabric collection. She chose a simple clamshell pattern for the quilting. The pattern for the quilt is 'Swoon' by Camille Roskelley. Someday I will make a Swoon. I love them, all so different depending on the fabrics you pick.
Any guess on how it's going to end? Downton Abbey, I mean. (We know how winter will end, a muddy, soupy mess that will leave paw prints all over my house.) I have an inkling that Mary and Tom are falling for each other, that Bates will confess to murdering Mr. Green to save his beloved Anna, and there will be a new yellow lab in the house. Any other theories? Enjoy the show!
Happy belated Valentine's Day! I had to work the night shift, so I spent it snoozing most of the day, but got to have a nice 'romantic' dinner with Floyd and the girlies. There were flowers and chocolates and lots of laughs, which was really nice. It is so cold here today, the wind is howling, I feel like I'm on the set of Alaska the Last Frontier. The ten day forecast has no relief coming. This summer had better be hot, sunny, and dry. How did you spend your day? I saw lots of posts on Instagram of homemade pizzas, which is a great idea.
If you remember last winter I pulled this fabric pile in honor of the color of the year, radiant orchid.
I chose to use a Camille Roskelley pattern 'Puddle Jumping' for these fabric with Kona ash as the background. Like my Tula triangles quilt, I kept working on it and then putting it down for a couple of months and then picking it up again.
After Christmas I decided it was time to finish it and get it off my sewing table. So here is the big reveal. Purple Puddle Jumping...done!
And the back, made up of pieces from my stash.
I used a pattern I have seen on some of Camille Roskelley's other quilts, I am dying to try this on a nauticalish red and white quilt. it reminds me of those braided bracelets you buy at the beach in the summer.
So another project goes in the history books. I wish my fabric stash looked smaller. Somehow that's not happening. I have been saying that this year there needs to be a fabric diet and a book diet (that's another story), oh and also a food diet, LOL. I'm failing at all as evidenced by the large stack of books by my bed, the delivery, just yesterday, of my stash stack club order, and then there's the bundt cake cooling on my counter. Sigh. Instead of Eat, Pray, Love, I have Read, Quilt, Bake. If only it could be a bestseller and a movie. Who would play me? Hhhhmmm...
Last year I was most obsessed with Tula Pink fabrics. I think I made four quilts out of her fabric. The first was the postage stamp quilt for my cousin.
This next one I made from a charm pack out of a mix of her fabric. I wanted to practice half square triangles. I've been working on this for a while, picking it up and then putting it down again. Now it's finally finished.
It's a perfect sized for a baby girl. I used the same loop pattern from yesterday's quilt, with wool batting.
This quilt has made me love triangles after all. Two more Tula quilts coming up (say that five times fast), one is finished, one is still a work in progress. 😉
It's been a while since I've posted quilts so I have a bunch to share. I thought small quick posts would be better than a long, photo heavy one to catch up with what's been happening in my sewing room.
Way back in October when my guild went to visit Hawthorne Threads we saw a bundle of their solids, Hawthorne Hues. I ended up ordering a bundle to make something to remember our visit there. When I saw Denyse Schmidt's "Big Charming" pattern I knew I had a match. This quilt is what resulted. It was definately different for me to use all solids. The back ground is Essex linen which was also new to me. The lighting in these pictures is not the best as it is super bright outside today.
Here is the back, I love this loopy quilting pattern.
I posted a picture of this quilt in progress on Hawthorne Threads work in progress contest weeks ago, and they picked it as the winner! I was so tickled, I never win anything! They sent me some cute charm packs as a prize, thank you Hawthorne Threads!
Hope you all have a great day! I'm off to do some Valentine shopping. ❤️
All day yesterday I was singing that Carpenters song 'Rainy Days and Mondays' to myself. Well, it wasn't totally to myself because at some point during the day Floyd started singing it too so he must have heard me. Oops. My singing voice is not one of my best assets, but I digress. I wanted to say we should change the words to snowy days and Mondays because it has snowed every Monday for the last few weeks. Winter is wearing on us. The girls have not had a full week of school since before Christmas break. Ugh. I am having sun withdrawal. The only one who loves this weather is Heidi. She must have some Husky DNA in her because she could stay out in the snow ALL day.
In the winter the hooks around the pool are for bird feeders and they have been very active. We have a few cardinals and blue jays that are regular visitors.
All the photos are so gray and quiet feeling.
More snow and bitter cold in the forecast this week. I will use the time to keep working on unfinished projects. Stay warm everyone!
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!