Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October Stuff

Happy Humpday!  Thank you for all your nice comments on my recently finished Alice Payne Quilt.

We had a little weekend getaway to the Adirondacks last weekend and I did a little early morning stitching in a real log cabin.
I almost look like this painting.
The drive up from CT was absolutely gorgeous!  the colors were at peak.  We had a wonderful visit with friends.
I'm working on a new applique project.  Here is the first block.
It was inspired by this oakleaf and reel quilt that Mary is working on during my recent visit.
I make freezer paper patterns that can be re-used.  The staples are key to getting a good cut.
Here is another quilt I saw on my trip.  This is Sheila's Sunflower quilt.  Isn't it fabulous?  
It was inspired by Jan's Antique quilt.  You can see Jan's post about it here.

Making new friends has been an unexpected and wonderful benefit of being a blogger.  I recently met Jackie from England who wrote me and suggested we meet for coffee during her US trip.
 I felt a little nervous about meeting a complete stranger, but Jacky and her husband were absolutely delightful!  I didn't even need to use my "fake eye appointment" for a quick getaway.    She brought me a sweet gift of this pincushion and needle keeper.
Isn't that clever?  Thank you Jacky!

Thank you, Wendy of Constant Quilter, for sending me this surprise Halloween Fabric.  It is by Moda and I've never seen it before.
Thank you, Rondi for a surprise package with this fabulous little quilt complete with toile' and HAND fan quilting.   I just love it.
Here is the back and the other fun Halloween goodies that she sent. Thank you Rondi for the wonderful surprise - Wow.

Swap Update:
I'm still waiting for some packages.  As soon as they are all received I'll be swapping and mailing out the swap.   

While you are waiting how about a new recipe?
A Copycat recipe for Panera's Squash Soup.  It's really good!  Here is a link to the recipe.   I cut the heavy cream and the cream cheese and added a little more brown sugar.  MMmmmm  autumn..........

Have a great week!
xo 

32 comments:

  1. Your picture of you stitching does look like a painting! Love the new project. We were also out "leaf peeping" this weekend and it was awe inspiring to say the least. You got some lovely gifts. How fun to meet a fellow blogger from the UK. Lovely post Barb!

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  2. So much goodness in one post Barb! I love the picture of you sewing to the globe lamplight. Interesting fabric you are using for the applique.

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  3. You've been wonderfully busy!
    Always a special treat to meet fellow bloggers.
    Love your newest applique' project and yes, there is a comparison to that painting. ;)

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  4. Such a great shot of you stitching at the beginning.
    Wow--that applique quilt is going to be stunning!
    Looks like you have had bundles of fun lately

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  5. I hand stitch in the early morning too, but not by lantern. Nice picture! You received some very nice gifts! I love the trees in fall - looks like a lovely drive! The recipe looks good - I printed it out - love soup in fall and winter.

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  6. Yes, the sunflower quilts is awesome. I had to check it out on her blog because I am in love with this one. Thanks for sharing the link. Your new project is VERY interesting too. I love the fabric you picked for the first block. Will the background be the same all over or will it be different in each block?
    You need to make yourself a bonnet then you will be image perfect. ;^)

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  7. I love both of your stitching pictures - you in your jammies? and the painting :0) Such interesting fabrics for your new project -I'm curious to see it grow. What a wonderful Sunflower quilt - it was fun to revisit Jan's blogpost - thanks for the link. Wonderful pumpkin faces in that fabric from Wendy - what a great print!

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  8. I was in the ADK last weekend. We stayed in Old Forge, NY. The View museum had a quilt show opening, Quilts Unlimited on Friday. I also bought fabric at the Crazy Moose in Inlet.- good thing- they were closing on Sunday. I have to get my photos up on my blog. Can't wait for the swap blocks.

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  9. Fun post filled with all kinds of fall goodness! Love the fall trees! Great picture of your stitching by the lantern on your fun new project!

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  10. Lots of good things going on with you! That new applique block is so cool, very interesting fabrics.

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  11. Love you sewing in your pj's and the trees look fabulous along with all the quilts.

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  12. I loved that first photo ; that's a keeper and a fun comparison to the painting :)

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  13. I loved that first photo ; that's a keeper and a fun comparison to the painting :)

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  14. I love the comparison of you and the painting. Just a quiet moment with you and your stitching. The colors in New England are so lovely. How nice to spend some time peeking at leaves. Your new applique is contemporary and fun. It's a wonderful pattern design. How fun to meet another blogger. You've had another busy week.

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  15. I am jealous that you got to spend time in a log cabin and stitching! I used to want to live in one but have learned that they take a lot of maintenance.

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  16. I too enjoyed your post! Love the picture of your stitching and how fun to meet a blog friend in person!!

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  17. Handstitching a quilt in a log cabin by lamplight - it doesn't get much better than that!

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  18. The quilt of Mary is sumptuous and I think yours will be too with an interesting fabric ! I can't wait to see you progress!
    Lovely presents and a friend to add on your loooong list :)
    The picture of you, appliqueing in the morning is very romantic .... that's a beautiful picture !

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  19. I'd say there's a similarity of you quilting and the woman in the painting :) Love it! Interesting fabric in your new quilt block. Fun gifts from your blogging friends, too. Soup sounds really good. Yum!

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  20. You're too funny -- I guess I never thought to have a fake eye appointment in my back pocket LOL. I've made some really good friends through this blogging lark -- and meeting the overseas bloggers has been super fun. Love all those fun new goodies!

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  21. Thanks for the recipe. I plan on making it this weekend. Can't wait for the Broken Dishes blocks!

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  22. So pleased you were brave enough to meet us. It was great fun and we really enjoyed chatting with you. Your new applique project seems to capture all the fall colours we saw, it looks lovely, as does Sheila's Sunflower quilt.

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  23. I love that photograph of you hand stitching! You DO look like a painting!

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  24. Love the fabric you chose for your Reel block - what a FUN idea!

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  25. You do look so like the lady in the painting, and you're so sweet in your pj's! Great new block you're working on and love that flower quilt.

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  26. I love your posts, always so clever and witty. Looking forward to following the applique project. Thanks again for the swap!
    Rondi

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  27. What a great post--you are so busy! I have a lot of African fabric but never thought about using it for applique, great idea and one that I don't think I've seen before. You come up with the best things!

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  28. I love your recreation of sewing by candle light/lamp! What beautiful applique creations! I am glad you didn't have an eye appt when you met me in Paducah over a year ago! LOL

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  29. You look so peaceful in that photo! Looks like a perfect beginning of another beautiful quilt. I love that pattern. Happy sewing!

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  30. I was thinking the first photo looked like a painting and then scrolled down to see you thought the same. I love your new applique project!! How wonderful to meet a real blog friend. Isn't it amazing how many different ideas are out there for needle keeps and pincushions. I love this one Jacky made for you. Rondi's toile quilt is gorgeous too. Did the dolls fight over who slept under it first.

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  31. Oh I love that Oak leaf and reel block. What a spectacular fabric! I think it is so wonderful to meet new friends from Blogland. I love your fake eye appt. line! My husband thought I was crazy to invite someone I had never met (Randy, Barrister's Block AND her husband!) to stay over night at our house. We had a ball! And to have her go to VT with us was really special. Glad to hear your visit was as pleasant. Happy Halloween!

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  32. Love the new appliqué project both yours and Mary's photos. Very inspiring! As Usual Obe Won :-)
    I'm finishing my BowTies as a baby quilt for a new granddaughter (due 1/2017) and working on the center panel for the broken dishes blocks to act as boarder. Will share pics when closer to finish.

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