I hate November. I was trying to think of a clever title to convey that, when I thought of the poor people in Buffalo, NY and the surrounding areas. It is cold and dreary and bleak here, but I am not buried under five or more feet of snow.
Our leaves, which were so pretty and colorful a week ago, have suffered from the first hard frost, and are now brown and dried up. This is now just a memory.
But I would rather look at dry brown leaves than several feet of this.
We have had several days of very cold temperatures, but we are warm and cozy in our house. I just saw a news story that in some areas of New York state, they are running out of food and fuel because of all the snow.
I have my sewing machine and many crafts to work on. I am not out shoveling all that snow!
The tiny little Scrap Star quilt is quilted! And I actually used my Sweet 16 for the quilting. I WILL master that thing while I’m not working. We’re going to have another session today, in fact.
The sun refuses to cooperate, so you’re not seeing these trees in their best light. The cardinals and one border are actually red. This quilt will rely heavily on quilting to bring it to life. I don’t have a clue how I’ll quilt it, so any suggestions are welcome. I started this at a previous retreat, and finished most of it at the recent retreat. I’m always surprised at the finished size of my quilts. I think this is intended as a wall hanging, but I don’t know many people with a blank wall this big! I need to learn to read the sizes and try to visualize them before I get started.
Shhh… this is secret sewing for Christmas. I’ve been doing a lot of hand applique, and the end is in sight. I like it so much I don’t really want to part with it, but it is intended as a special Christmas gift.
I also started a new cross stitch pattern that has been in my basket for a couple of years.
And just yesterday I started a new stitchery project. I went to our guild’s Hands On sewing day, and took my new light pad to try out. The light pad is awesome, and I’m already in love with this little stitchery.
So, I have plenty of hand work to keep me busy on these cold not-yet-winter nights. And I have a stack of flimsies just waiting to be quilted. And I have enough fabric and patterns to keep me busy for several years. And I have my new friends from Hands On. And I have my many blog friends. And…And….And….
Many blessings, indeed. Sunny