Monday, September 30, 2013

The Leaves are Falling

Monday, September 30, 2013
It's Monday again and I can't believe it's the last day of September. Eugene has been busy trying to capture some of our beautiful maple leaves but as you can see from the pictures they just haven't turned the deep red and golds yet. The frost is coming and every day they get a little brighter. It won't be long that we will have to take time from our busy schedules to rake all those leaves up. 

Today's quilt is very fitting to our blog topic for Jeanne Kaye has already gathered her leaves together to make this excellent fall quilt. The colors are exactly what you see outside today. This quilt is a prize winner for sure and if I'm not mistaken, it won a first at the Fredericton Exhibition this year. Congratulations! Jeanne Kaye. This quilt is 66" x 76" and was quilted using the pattern "Maple Dance" at 10 inches. The pictures will speak a thousand words, so enjoy this beauty. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Autumn Greetings

Thursday, September 26, 2013.
Here we are; Autumn: the gardens are winding down with a mixture of this and that  still trying to put out their beauty. The chrysanthemums are making their show with all their fall colors. I bought a couple of big yellow ones for my porch, just so I could extend the season. 

The roses, sedum, and even a poppy which generally bloom in spring are in blossom. I see Eugene has even tossed in a crab apple to the mixture. You might say this is a fall potpourri, just like all the colors you throw into a Jellyroll quilt that I will show you today. 

This is a Jellyroll quilt, done by Natalie. It is 58" x 74" and was quilted using "King Tut" variegated thread to add that extra color. The pattern on this quilt is called "Goldilocks". It is a lovely  curved pattern that goes well with the colorful strips. This is another great fall project that Natalie has to bind.  

Monday, September 23, 2013

Pickles and Pieces

Monday, September 23, 2013
Today is the first full day of Fall and all my pickling is done. I have a small sampling of Million Dollar Pickles and Lady Ashburnham Pickles  ready for storage. Its time to clean up the garden and get ready for tulip beds. So much to do this time of year, I call this blog "Pickles and Pieces". The fabric scraps are on the table getting ready to do the Christmas and Fall projects. 

I was down river to pick up some extra veggies on the weekend and the pumpkin pile is growing. Lots of Jack O' Lanterns here and maybe a few pumpkin pies!

 The gourds are so beautiful and come in all shapes and sizes just like all those fabric scraps your rifling through for your next project. Color is certainly all around us.

Todays quilt is full of bright colors. Barb tells me that its just her scrap quilt, but my, the colors are wonderful. Barb has harvested all these beautiful shades together to pull of this bright little number. This quilt is 60" x 76" and  is stippled all over. This quilt cheers you right up. Happy Fall! Gwenda

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's Hockey Night in Canada!!!!

Thursday,September 19,2013.
I shutter to think, but, it's that time of year again when Eugene and many of our husbands will sit in front of the TV every Saturday night and watch hockey. It's not bad enough to have Saturday nights tied up but they will be able to watch it each week. . This leaving us to quilt without being interrupted, Ah! Yes! Piece (not peace) and quiet. In just a few weeks, all cameras will be focused on hockey, be it in Canada or the USA or for that matter anywhere else that hockey is played. Training camps are in full swing getting ready for the 2013-2014 season. All the Maritimes will have their eye on Nathan MacKinnon to see if he measures up to expectations. Many of the teams take their names from animal such as the "Ducks" , "Lions" or "Tigers" but as yet, I have not seen one named after an elephant although I think some of the team should be, slow and plodding along. If you are quilting, slow and steady usually wins the race.These pictures were taken by Eugene and range from L'Ardoise, Cape Breton to Cleveland, OH to L.A., California. Enjoy your hockey season perhaps wrapped in this lovely hockey quilt shown below. 

Hockey,hockey, hockey, is the subject of today's quilt. This quilt is 59" x 69" and features the Canadien's colors. It has a quilted hockey pattern all over the top with players, sticks, and pucks. Bertha has made this great quilt for her grandson and it has pictures of both him and his father. I know he will enjoy it for many years. 

The back of this quilt has a lot of pattern and is made with warm flannel.