Sunday, October 12, 2014

Weekend Stitching


With an unscheduled Saturday I was able to take some time for myself and do a little stitching. 
I was a month behind on my Soul Searching blocks so I caught up first with my September color of ORANGE.

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Then I went ahead and did my October block of darks.

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There are now nine of them and I believe that this is where I will stop.  It is big enough as it is and three more colors will put it over the top.

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As well, I made my newest letter in the mini alphabet blocks.

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There is a new book coming out in the quilt world and I am super excited about it.  It is written by Wendy Sheppard.  Most of you will be familiar with the name because she is a prolific quilter and has had her work in magazines around the world.  I have followed Wendy for years and I must say that she is an incredible machine quilter using her home machine.  The book is available for preorder here and will soon be available at Amazon.  Meanwhile you can read more about it here.  Good luck with it, Wendy.  A blog hop is coming soon.

Wendy's Book

This is my birthday week and my husband brought me a flower..  He definitely put a smile on my face.

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A few of the children and grandchildren joined us for breakfast after church this morning.  It is always an adventure going out to eat with a large crowd.  These are happy, pancake filled tummy smiles. ;-)

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The days seem to be finally cooling off a bit for us.  As well, the daylight hours seem to be shortening.  I guess autumn is arriving.  Where did summer go?

42 comments:

em's scrapbag said...

Happy Birthday this week! Love your birthday flower. I can see why it made you smile.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a great group to join you for breakfast. Have a wonderful birthday!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Happy Birthday Week! What a lovely group of smiles and that is one fantastic flower.

lindaroo said...

Your birthday flower is delightful!

Exuberant Color said...

Happy Birthday,
I love your flower!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Well first, happy birthday! Love the flower!
I really like your blocks. The use of the colors and the low volume prints really works. Are they all black and white or did I see some blue?
You are very blest to have so many family members close. What a fun day.

Nat Palaskas said...

Loving your family photo with the G-kids! So happy to hear that Wendy is bringing out a book. I have been following here for years too. I don't know how she does it! What an energetic woman. Happy belated Birthday Mary - xox
Nat

Betsy said...

Happy Birthday. What better day then to enjoy it with all your loved ones

Betsy said...

Mary I forgot to ask, what is the name of your block?

PugMom said...

Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a wonderful day. You must have needed ALL the tables at the restaurant. I love your Soul Searching blocks and have purchased the book. It's a must do for me... maybe next year. I love how yours is coming along.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Am very Happy Birthday Mary!!! love the flower, and the large group....have a fun week

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Happy Birthday! What a great group to celebrate with!

I will watch for the book you mentioned, it looks interesting.

Those blocks look so good together...nice design and colors.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Happy birthday!

I'm particularly drawn to traditional quilts in traditional colors ... that book sounds like one I definitely need to add to my library!

Michele said...

I am so loving your RSC quilt. And it looks like you've had some great days lately. Enjoy more.

Michele said...

I am so loving your RSC quilt. And it looks like you've had some great days lately. Enjoy more.

Carol said...

Happy Birthday week! It always amazes me how a beautiful block put together with other beautiful blocks can make such a gorgeous quilt. I love all the colors in yours!

sunny said...

What's not to love about this post? I love your birthday flower - Happy Birthday!! I love your family picture. How lucky to be surrounded by so many family members. And I love your quilt blocks. I can't wait to see how you put it together.

SewCalGal said...

Happy Birthday week - but I think you deserve more time to celebrate, although celebrating with all those cute gkids looks like great fun.

Your new quilt is going to be gorgeous.
SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Trudy Callan said...

Beautiful. Happy birthday.

Candace said...

I just love those happy, bright blocks, Mary! Speaking of happy - Happy Birthday! What a very fun flower - your husband is a keeper ;>) How nice, too that you could get the grandkids together for pancakes!
Cheers!

Stephanie said...

A passel of pancake filled grandkids makes for a really fun morning. Happy Birthday!!!

Michele said...

Happy birthday :-) Your Soul Searching blocks look great! Thanks for the book recommendation. I enjoy quilting on my home machine so I'll be sure to take a look. Have a nice week :-)

andsewon said...

Happy Birthday week! Love your cute birthday flower. Looks like you had a wonderful day. You all must have filled up the restaurant!

Sue said...

Better late than never! Happy, Happy Birthday! What a great flower...looks like the type I should have...I couldn't kill it!
And what a wonderful family photo. You might think about getting a panoramic lens for you camera if you want to keep taking family photos!!!

Great quilt blocks also.

Carla said...

Your Soul searching blocks are just fabulous!

barbara woods said...

Happy birthday,great quilt

Ivory Spring said...

Happy Birthday, Mary!!! I pray God's blessings on you for another year. Thank you for being a sweet friend.

And I love love love your blocks!!

That flower is SO sweet. :)

Farm Quilter said...

Happy Birthday!!! Great flower - always in bloom and smile-inducing. Lovely family to celebrate with!!!

Wacky Woman said...

Happy Birthday Mary. Loving your quilt blocks!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Happy birthday. What a lovely family!

Fleurette said...

Happy birthday! have a wonderful week.

Jessie Pope said...

Happy birthday aunt Mary! You guys got quite the gathering together! That looks like fun.

barcord said...

Happy Birthday week Mary. Your grandchildren are gorgeous. What a happy bunch.

Linds said...

What a fantastic photo with the grandkids! And your flower is superb too. I echo your thoughts - where did summer go?
I am so hoping to be able to get closer to my sewing room soon. My daughter is camping in there, and I can't get near my machines. Or fabrics. Or stuff. Oy. The fingers are itching here. I LOVE your Soul Searching blocks. An interesting concept. xx

Jodi said...

Wow, that's a big family group - how sweet. I love your orange/white block. and happy birthday!!!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Happy birthday!!! That was a pretty big breakfast crowd! I like how your quilt turned out. You have just the right number of blocks.

Denise :) said...

Aaaah!! I meant to come over and wish you a very Happy Birthday on the 14th! Hope you had a great day! Your projects all look terrific (as usual); I'm really digging your orange Soul Searching block!! :)

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

Happy Birthday Mary!!!
I hope You had a wonderful day.
Your orange block looks great. It will be a beautiful quilt!

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Average Quilter said...

I love the soul searching blocks. That will be such a fun quilt. I received my book Friday and have been so busy that I forgot about it. You have a wonderful looking family. It is always nice to get together

Lana said...

Oh, I am playing catch up today...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! Looks like you all had a wonderful breakfast!!! And the flower is PERFECT!

Sarah said...

You've been busy! I love the pillow cases and I'm sure they'll be loved by their recipients. Good old Grandma is still getting called on to make Halloween costumes! You're very kind. I imagine costumes would take a fair while to make.