The top is done and sandwiched for my version of the Quilt of the Month from the Smallquilttalk Yahoo Group. This lovely September Challenge Quilt pattern is free from Kathleen Tracy at A Sentimental Quilter. The center is a Doves in the Window block, one of my favorites.
These are the fabrics I started with ...
These fabrics are an assortment from Andover, Red Rooster and Clothworks that I purchased from Pickering Farm in various baskets at a quilt show booth. The fabric line names are "Candy Corn," Halloween Masquerade and "Funky Fall." They are sew nice!
As you can see in the finished top, I decided that I needed a less busy neutral for the background fabric and dug one out of my stash. I also decided to save the orange on cream "Happy Halloween" print for a more dedicated project for this holiday.
Then I decided to make a design change and piece the center cross and the outer border so I could showcase more of these wonderful fabrics.
calculating the pieced border
sewing the pieced border in rounds
I loved sewing with these fabrics. I only bought a couple of half yards ands fat quarters of these pretties. I also bought this fat little bundle of yummy ...
... and a Halloween panel. I love these fabrics! I want more!
I am plotting and planning my annual fall trek to Pickering Farms. If you love country and primitive and reproduction fabrics and you live in New England, you should visit this shop. It is a little off the beaten track, but is perfectly located in a circa 1790's historic house in the country.
Next month for Halloween, I really want to make this pattern from Jess at the Quilt and Needle ...
The piecing method called for sewing corner squares on the Kansas Dugout blocks and cutting off the extra triangles. These were very large triangles so I sewed an extra seam as I went and cut off the HSTs and used them to make this smaller quilt which is my own layout.
I put the last of the binding stitches on the table runner yesterday. With the birthdays and such, it was a busy weekend. Yesterday was My Girl's Birthday and she spent part of her day with me and brought her puppy. So I had a great day but did not get much sewing done.
On Sunday Charlie and I made our first trip to our favorite orchard to pick early apples, late blueberries and get our first gallons of apple cider for the season. We like Carlson Orchards on their beautiful hilltop in Harvard for our fall harvesting. They also make yummy apple crisp and have now added apple cider donuts to their shop sampling. We think the Carlson Orchards Premium Blend Cider that they sell in their shop is the best we have ever tasted. Sometimes you can find their cider in stores in the area, but the stuff they sell in their own store is the best.
Since we had big bags of beautiful Cortlands, MacIntosh and Royal Gala apples, of course, i had to bake pie. On late Sunday night, my hubby and our oldest son, Jon, could not sleep until I cut into that first pie of the season. This one is ...
Dutch Apple Pie
... with a crumb topping.
I enjoyed the fruits of my labors today for a late morning snack ...
Now there is only one piece left. My hubby just called during his lunch break and asked me when there will be blueberry muffins. That is on the menu for dessert tonight. We did pick enough of those small native blues for a pie, too. I am planning that one for the end of the week when our Matty will be home to enjoy it, too. Matty and I share a love of berry pies. Matt likes apple, berry and other fruit pies best. Marissa likes pumpkin best. Charlies and Jon like apple and pumpkin pies best.
My hubby gave me this rose bush last winter and it survived indoors in a pot until I could put it outside and replant it in a larger pot. It has been blooming again. I love yellow roses. We used to have roses in our garden but lost most of them to a few harsh winters and other problems. We have been doing work in the yard this summer to put a new garden in close to the house in a sunny spot where I hope they will be better sheltered and will not have to be moved. I am thinking to try to bring this one back in, though, and try to winter it on my front porch.
I have been quilting the
Sunflower Table Quilt
that I made from scraps from my wall quilt. I did an easy stitch in the ditch for this one and it went very fast.
When I make the binding strip, I like to roll it around and empty thread spool and place it on one of my thread holders so it does not twist and flows easily into my feed dogs.
Today I am hand sewing the binding to the back and baking the first pumpkin pies of the season even though it is quite warm and summery here today. My Girl's birthday is coming and she has requested pumpkin pie rather than cake since she was a 'tween. I used to have to bake a cake, too, for her friends who did not share her enthusiasm for pumpkin custard.
mmmmmm ... cupcakes !
We have many cupcakes left from my birthday yesterday for anyone who does not want pie today.