Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving and Lots of Sewing

Greetings on this Thanksgiving Day in Canada. It is a very cool day here. Fall has certainly arrived. We had our dinner yesterday for those of the family that could be here. We really did miss having Kendra who is currently in South Africa.

It seems impossible that it is already 5 years ago that we moved into this house. Time certainly does not stand still.

We have an old pear tree on the farm. It has been a real challenge to get the pears off of it this year. Usually Kendra and I would help my husband to pick them, sometimes in some rather unsafe ways. That is the way it is when you have only one or two fruit trees that were planted years ago. Now people often plant trees that are easy to pick the fruit from. Ladders are often not needed.I think we have about two bushels of fruit and there is probably another 6-quart basket there on the top branches. It will take a couple weeks for the fruit to ripen. Then I will be busy canning them or making a couple desserts or maybe some jam.
During the last few weeks I have been taking an on-line applique course. I am finding it is not as impossible as I thought for so many years. I have finished the first block but am behind in getting the 2nd and 3rd ones done. I will have to get working on that this week. I think there is only one more lesson left.

Early in September the quilting group I belong to in a nearby town displayed some of our quilts at their local fall fair. I took my blue and white Sylvia's Bridal Sampler block swap Quilt plus some small wall hangings . It was nice to let people see what we work on. The blocks in the centre of my quilt were made by quilters around the world. The blocks in the border I made plus I also included the ones I made in the centre. We also received signature blocks from some people which I supplemented with some I made and then pieced into the Disappearing Nine Patch Pattern for the back of the quilt.

It has been a while since I last blogged because I am not confident about loading photos. Today I have some help with that so hopefully that will work when I get to that.

I finished Gail Pan's Christmas Greetings stitcheries for a wall hanging. Hopefully I will soon get working on sashing it so it can be ready for Christmas.

Last week I sent the 30's repros spool blocks to our hostess to swap. I had never worked with 30's fabrics before and it was quite a challenge to find fabrics without going on line. It was fun to work with them and I really look forward to receiving blocks in return. The 10 on the left are ones I sent for the swap and the 3 on the right are ones made of vintage fabrics.

I received Cracker Blocks a couple weeks ago. They were so lovely and I look forward to putting them together. They will make a lovely quilt and I thank all the participants for their beautiful blocks.

This week I am working on finishing red, green , and tan Sarah's Choice blocks for a swap. I wasn't really going to do this swap but the red and green was calling me and I had all the fabric I needed for this so why not go for it. It has been a challenge getting the blocks perfect enough for swapping.

Soon I will be spending some time raking leaves outside as we have 5 maple trees on our lot and they produce a lot of leaves -usually about 40 leaf bags. That is a lot of raking but they have to come off the lawn before the snow comes.

I hope I can blog sooner next time so the blog won't become so long. Congratulations if you made it reading this far.

Happy Stitching!


1 comment:

Kendra said...

Happy Thanksgiving Mom, love the photo's, have fun canning all the pears, and raking all the leaves, sorry I can't fly home and help rake them.