Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fall Quilt

I have a wall in my sitting room that I like to decorate frequently, I change the decorations with the seasons (or whenever I get bored with them). And I just took down the American Flag that has been up since the 4th of July and I have been looking around the house for something sort of fall-ish to replace it with... but, no such luck. So, I decided to make something... a fall-ish looking wall-hanging of some sort.
So, I rummaged through my fabric stash and collected anything that reminded me of fall. I actually had all of these fabrics on hand except for the dark green and an orange fabric that I picked up on a recent trip to Wal-mart.
Since I wanted to make something quick, I went to my easy, no-brainer pattern that I end up doing a lot. I guess I do it a lot because I like it a lot! However, I think it might be time to expand my strip-quilting horizons and try some new patterns... one of these days.
I kinda like that there are no obvious fall references like pumpkins, maple leafs or halloween scenes... it's just a collection fabrics that made me think of fall.
I like that it looks like it has some history to it, like if I saw it at a thrift store or a garage sale, I would totally snag it! And I would be really excited to find it! Yeah, I know, I'm cheap, but I'm okay with that. Somehow things have more value to me if they're either cheap, we're a challenge to find or have some sort of interesting story behind them.
After I finished the quilt top, I hung it up in the spot that it was intended for. That may have been a mistake. I still need to decide how to quilt it... and the motivation for making that decision has decreased significantly already, since it's already serving it's intended purpose.
Hmm... what do you think?
How should I finish it? Should I tie it, have it quilted, or is it time for me to bite the bullet and learn how to machine quilt it myself?

Chances are, it's going to stay just as it is... and I think I'll rummage through my fabric and dream of something else to make. Happy sewing to me! :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Our little girl turns 11 today and it's the first day of school. So, yesterday she spent the day organizing her school supplies, trying on various outfits and we made caramel brownie cupcakes which she decorated all by herself.

Happy birthday, Elena! We love you bunches!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

We are back from our vacation, we had a lovely, wonderful, busy time, we just haven't had a chance to document the rest of the trip in photos here... yet. We're busy transitioning back to school and eager to get back into a routine.

This fall I'm looking forward to the crisp fall weather, eating piping hot chili, spending a lot of time with my sewing machine, ignoring the yard some more, watching some football on the big screen, buying pumpkins to put outside my front door, having bonfires with friends... oh, it sounds so dreamy... and so far away... it was 95 degrees here today! I stayed inside and dreamed of fall.

My daughter has been bouncing off the walls giddy, so excited for school to start!
My son well... he has this to say; "What, school starts tomorrow? Ugh!"
Oh, how I love my two completely different kids! :)