"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Saturday, September 5, 2015

FNWF,RSC,Pin Cushion Parade and a WIN!

We’re preparing to go on vacation soon, and I’m afraid that when we return, summer will be over.  So we took a little drive today to get some fresh peaches.  Somehow we came home with peaches, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and a squash.  Oh, and a pastry from our favorite bakery.  We were also looking for farm eggs, but everyone seemed to be sold out.  Going to the produce stands for fresh fruits and veggies is one of my favorite summer activities, and we always come home with more than we had planned for.  Dinner tonight is grilled shrimp, grilled tomatoes, and grilled corn.  Yay – no pots and pans for me to wash!

Last night was FNWF, and I put the finishing touches on my doll quilt for the month.  Don’t for get to click on the link to see what fellow stitchers were doing all around the world  When I was pulling out my orange fabrics for RSC, I had a few peachy colors in the pile and decided to use them for the doll quilt.

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This was inspired by a Darlene Zimmerman pattern. 

My other RSC project for the week was a Dresden plate.  Each month I question whether I will like the result of making a scrappy plate, but I always love them.  I can’t wait to put them all together at the end of the year.  I now have 9, and I think I will need 13 for the layout I’m contemplating.

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My friend Ida, over at My Sister Made Me Do It is hosting the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade.  Be sure to click on the link to go see the parade.  I have two entries, although I have many many more pincushions. 

First up is my chook!  He sits beside my living room chair, and does duty for all my hand sewing, embroidery, hexies, etc..

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I’ll have to ask Anthea to help me name him!

Next  is the wool cushion that sits beside my sewing machine, and gets used daily.  I won this in a drawing several years ago.  I love anything Sunflower!

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While we’re on the subject of sunflowers, I saw a picture of a sunflower field on FB earlier in the week, and it wasn’t far from home.  So DH and I loaded up our cameras the next day for a short field trip.

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The farmer will use them for birdseed eventually, but says he really planted them just for people to enjoy.  He even left a small area of one field unplanted, so cars could safely pull over and park.  I’ve seen a few sunflower fields before, but never anything this huge!

On a final note, I mentioned in my last post that our Club was having a UFO challenge, and I WON!!!!!  I won a gift certificate to the store that sponsors the club.  How fun is that?

Happy stitching…… Sunny

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34 comments:

  1. sunflowers always make me smile..........always so bright and happy.........

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  2. Congrats! on your finish, your WIN, and your lovely ORANGE Dresden Plate quilt block. Looking forward to seeing what others come out of your sewing room this month!

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  3. oh i love you nature pics Sunny and boy you sure have been busy ,and thankyou for sharing your pin cushions,hope you have a wonderful holiday my friend xx

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  4. Congratulations on your win Sunny. Here in France we have fields and fields of sunflowers in the summer - even so they are always a delight to see, so cheery and happy. I love your little chook pincushion. xx

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  5. Can't beat the fresh fruit and veg stands. They are wonderful.
    Love the colour challenge and the orange is great. Cute pin cushions, too. The sunflower field looks amazing.

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  6. Lovely projects.... Beautiful sunflowers x

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  7. Congratulations on your UFO challenge win...
    Love your orange RSC projects...
    What a amazing field of sunflowers. .......

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  8. An entire field of sunflowers! I'd be beside myself! I've always had a "thing" for sunflowers, but they're especially meaningful to me now. After the floods caused by Hurricane Katrina receded, sunflowers sprang up all over New Orleans and came to symbolize the rebirth of the city.

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  9. Your sunflower pictures are awesome! Love the scrappy Dresden plate block.

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  10. Wow ... a whole field of sunflowers. I'm not sure that I've ever seen anywhere close to that many sunflowers in one spot. That sunflower pincushion is adorable. I love your orange Dresden.

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  11. Love the "Sunny Dresden" and all the sunflower pics...I planted sunflowers this year but none came up ๐Ÿ˜ž thanks for sharing your lovely pincushions on the parade!

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  12. Your Dresden is very bright and cheerful. I love your little chick. I might have to see if I can make one. I love the sunflowers. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I miss seeing sunflowers--don't think I have seen any down here!!
    did find some little pink flowers when DD pulled off the road so I could take some cloud photos, though--
    love all your projects--I really basket quilts--
    glad to hear you are having some fun--smiles, di

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  14. Those dresdens are really going to be spectacular. I'd love to see a photo of all of them together one of these months.

    The sunflower field is spectacular. What a great idea for the farmer to share with everyone.

    Yes....you do have one of my sunflower pincushions! Both of the pincushions are charming. Thanks for joining in on the fun.

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  15. Congratulations on your competition win Sunny! I adore your orange dresden plate... it is beautiful! Cute doll quilt and pincushions too and I love the photographs of the sunflowers! Christine x

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  16. love your dresdans. they are going to look so good all together,how fun to see those sunflowers. that is awesome. and congrats on the win! whoot whoot!

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  17. Your doll quilt is very sweet. The sunflower fields must have looked amazing wi the sea of yellow. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  18. Congratulations on the win! Bet that gift certificate won't stick around long. ;- ) I have one of those chook pincushions too, made by a friend of mine many years ago. It would be an easy thing for me to end up with a huge pincushion collection. I have to exercise great self control whenever I see a truly unique one!

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  19. Your Dresden is very lovely, the scrappiness is so nice. Sorry I have to say I hate sunflowers. Give me an iris any day. But that farmer was so thoughtful to let folks park there. Glad you got there.

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  20. I love the dresden and I think all the different colours will look fabulous. Thank you for the link to the pincushion parade...I would love to have a look.

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  21. Gorgeous photos of the sunflowers and your pincushions are very pretty

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  22. Sunflowers are just perfect for you Sunny! Your beautiful orange Dresden plate reminds me of one too. Love your two pincushions!
    The farmer sounds like a really good man to think about people like that.

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  23. What beautiful sunflowers. I love the idea of making Dresden plates for scrappy Saturday. I just made some scrappy Christmas Dresdens, and like you I wasn't sure how they would look. I think they look a lot different once they're put together, and yours look great.

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  24. If that is the field I think it is....you were only about 5 minutes from my farm!!! This farmer plants fields in various locations each year with sunflowers and they are so enjoyed by many. Congrats on the win!

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  25. Great pin cushions and cute quilt! Your Dresden plate is stunning. I don't work with oranges enough!

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  26. Those Dresden blades will make a beautiful rainbow at the end of the year. Glad you made another.

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  27. Fantastic win Sunny... gorgeous sunflowers...
    as for your pincushion, yes he looks to have a bit of personality... Lawrence the Log Cabin Chook? ... or maybe Pecky Pete? I'm sure you can think of something!

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  28. Love the orange Dresden plate. Think I will do them next year.
    Cute pin cushions. Love the sunflowers : )

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  29. Congrats on your win Sunny. With all the quilting and sewing you have been doing, you get a lot of use from the certificate. Seeing sunflowers in person is just so uplifting isn't it? And to see a whole field must be just wonderful. How nice of him to plant such a huge field (and leave parking). The Dresden plate is beautiful. (as usual) You will have such a pretty quilt.

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  30. Love your chicken, I keep meaning to make one as I keep chickens :-)

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  31. I've never seen that many sunflowers! Thanks for the pictures.

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  32. Your doll quilt and dresden are both so pretty!!!! I too love sunflowers, they're the happiest flower, I think! What a lovely thing for that farmer to do. The pincushions are just darling....and congratulations on your win!!!

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  33. congrats on your win.
    your doll quilt is so sweet. love the orange dresden too.

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