Wednesday, November 11, 2009


This lovely quilt is known as a placemat. However, I will not be putting a plate on it, because I don't want to change its beautiful state. Valerie from Canada sent this to me in a swap. I sent her the one I blogged about earlier. (It's down a post or two) Since I have a Canadian background I was pleased to be partnered with Valerie. The triangles remind me of birds flying south for the winter. I think that's pretty appropriate picture considering I grew up with many relatives heading this way for some winter relief. Snowbirds.

Dear God,
Thank you for my three friends who welcome me home whenever I go away. Thank you for their friendship and the way they make me laugh. I love them with all my heart. Amen

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


This is the placemat I made for Xerxia for a swap on flickr. I challenged myself to make something Xeria would like without purchasing new fabric. I have a book that challenges quilters to make something out of the "leftovers" from other quilts. This little quilt is made from the leftovers from a quilt I made for one of my SIL's over 10 years ago .... Hey at least I am embracing the "green" side of quilting!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Practicing ....

Sometimes I can't let go of Autumn. Seems like it takes FOREVER to get here. When it finally arrives (and the weather cooperates) I just want to wallow in it for days and months. I like the change in color, the smell of fireplace smoke wafting through the air, baking things with pumpkins that don't come out of a can. I like wearing sweaters and long sleeves. It just makes me feel whole and good and happy.

But then something comes crashing through my peace ... it's name is, Christmas. During Autumn one should focus on all things Autumn. But now, there are something like 45 wake ups until Christmas (I know this because Santa is on Twitter). There are presents to be made that have nothing to do with pumpkins. I joined a Christmas Stocking swap ... it has to be mailed by the end of November! What was I thinking? I've never made a stocking before. I found a good tutorial that Amy at ParkCityGirl blog and decided I should practice. This is the result:
I think I did a pretty good job of making Autumn and Christmas meld together for some Autmas goodness. Do you think if I left it out an Autumn elf or faerie would take pity on me?