Waking up to silence

We have had loud city noises since mid-July. After the local festival, road construction on a side street started. The staging area for all the equipment was in the parking lot behind my house. The house was rattled daily starting at 630 with the equipment being started and then the  compacting machine went on till 7pm or later. The road is now open just in time for school to start and they moved construction to the next block beyond my hearing. Now if the porta potty that Is sitting in the parking lot on my property line would move, life would be back to normal.



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Speaking of normal, I am getting into a new normal for the fall. Our son is back in college. I have also have had a silent house. We have been going away for the weekends. Weeknight are usually filled with tv and going to the gym. I continue to sew and quilt. However, high school football started last night and we went. It was a beautiful night and our team won soundly. Good start to the season because a few years ago we lost every game. I still know a few of the boys playing and that makes it fun to watch.

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I have just quilted this most romantic quilt for Phyllis. It is a moda fabric and it is quilted in all over feathers. I love the softness of the quilt and the feathers are a nice background texture. Queen sized and destined to be a gift for a wedding. I love it!!!


Long weekend. I hope the weather cooperates with RenFest. Overall, one week left before our vacation. It expect it to be long a long work week in 4 short days,  actually. I hope to quilt one more quilt before we leave. I have to start packing soon. I am getting excited but we will see how I do on the long flight. I got motion sickness last flight I had.


Stretching myself

This next quilt is something totally out of the ordinary in the quilting for me. I loved  working on  this customer quilt. This octogenarian made this quilt for a grandchild. She did  a great job!!

I think that I am getting the hang of making more customized quilting. I think that the quilt turned out and I am pretty excited about it!!! Remember my work is all done freehand.

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Click on the picture to enlarge and see the  details,


It’s that time of year….

to take our youngest back to college. This time I took him by myself. I don’t usually drive that far or in that much traffic but it worked out just fine. I need to get more confident with my driving. I was tired and car sick by the end of the road trip but all in all it was a good time. The dorm set up went very smoothly. I took today off to recuperate and clean up the house. I wore myself out cleaning today and then went to the gym. The rest of the post will be pictures that I took on the trip and at the college.

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I have been pretty busy and here are a few pics to prove it!

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I love this rich colors and this autumn fabrics in this quilt. Sue made this quilt for her home. I quilted it in an all over feather stitch in a copper thread. Love it!


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And Carol made a baby quilt. It is quilted in  flowers and ribbons. I love the pinwheels and the fabrics are adorable! I think this will be treasured by a new baby!

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I have to say that I even sewed a block or two recently. I haven’t sewn a block in a while because we’ve been so busy with summer, Highland Games and work. I am looking forward to sewing a couple of quilt tops soon.


And then today I saw the airing of an episode of Quilty. It was so much fun. I blogged about it here. It is pretty cool to see the end product. I can’t thank Quilty enough for this opportunity, it was awesome!!!


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Yesterday was a great Highland games in Sparta. It is a festival that is full of great music, dance demos and beautiful park. My husband had a great day and tied for third in his group.  I have tons of pics and movies on several devices. I am testing out each one and its limits so I am prepared for SCOTLAND, next month. I can hardly wait.



Now to settle down and get some long arming done today.


Squeezing the most out of summer

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There is something about Queen Anne’s lace that I really like. It reminds me of tatting. I love the purple centers. It is really quite complex clustering of tiny groups of flowers and most tatted doily’s are assembled in the manner.



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This last flower is the Mr Lincoln rose. Its lovely. I love the color and fullness. So the flowers are reminding me that summer is still here. It was 80 today. It was lovely and sunny. I refuse to look at the leaves that are changing, lol. Yea, they are right next to the flowers so that’s not easy but it is all about perspective isn’t it. What we are looking for, what we choose to see.


Design wall Monday

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This is the latest customer quit I am working. I decided that feathers felt right for this project. And I had a copper colored thread on hand that was perfect color , I think that it will look great.

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I am making a mini chevron block. I had 13 of these purple and green fat quarters. I also have 2 1/2 inch hst paper piecing papers. I like how the two blocks look next to each other. I am not sure how many I can get out of these fat quarters but there will be a pretty cool design I think.

I have been working full time at my day job so I have survived the first round of downsizing. I have been commuting half of  my time to the office 40 miles away. I have found it bites into my quilting and cleaning time. So things are a little more chaotic around here but I am getting a routine going with the commute.


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yes, the trees are showing the beginning of fall colors. My son returns to college in two weeks.  It is a start reminder that I need to savor each ray of sun and get out and enjoy all of memories to be made this summer!!!!