Monday, October 31, 2016

Decking The Halls In Fall

Wow! Summer flew by for me and I'm frantically trying to catch up with fall. I love to decorate with the changing of each season and I'm especially excited to decorate for fall this year as my kids and grandkids are coming home for Thanksgiving. Yipee!!!

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Although my two grandsons are too young to even notice my efforts (and as boys, probably wouldn't care anyway), I want them to remember holidays at Nana's as magical times and a beautiful backdrop is the first step. I started with the dinner table, creating a festive tablescape. As you can tell, I have never believed in the 'less is more' mantra!

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I've been trying to decide what dinnerware to use this year and finally dug out the old Canonsburg Brown Drip Carefree Ironstone that were the dishes my hubby took to college. I decided to dress up the ironstone with these cute pumpkin pottery plates I found at Hobby Lobby. I love the warm and rustic feel of these dishes.

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Then, of course, I had to deck out my vintage door with a wreath and quilt.

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The latest spot to get decked out was this antique wardrobe in the entry way. I love decorating this spot and sometimes I get pretty wild and eclectic in my décor choices for the wardrobe. It always seems to end up with some rusty metal junk!

I still have to decorate the outside entrance to the house and am hoping to get a few things made. Wish me luck as time is ticking away!

Happy Fall Y'all!

P.S. This is my one 'less is more' fall décor attempt. A simple hand embroidered towel tucked in the drawer of a china hutch.
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

One For The Win!

The power of one. I may have only finished one project to enter in the 3rd quarter Finish-A-Long but that was all that was needed. To my amazement, my project was randomly selected to win an Aurora BOM pattern from Alyce Blyth of Blossom Heart Quilts!!!

I have never won a quilting/sewing giveaway before. Not through a blog hop, or through Facebook, or through Instagram (although I've liked posts and tagged people to no end!). I am so excited! Thank you Alyce!

I also want to thank all the hosts and sponsors of the 2016 Finish-A-Long that make it possible for all of us quilters and sewists to participate. What a fun way to be inspired to finish our WIPs and UFOs!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

2016 Finish-A-Long: Q4 Goals

Since the countdown to the holidays has already started, I've decided to post a smaller list of goals for the 4th quarter of the Finish-A-Long. Maybe a smaller list won't be so overwhelming and I'll actually get something accomplished!
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The first project I'm anxious to finish is my Spell It With Moda quilt. During harvest in June and July, I finished the top and made a pieced back. I even managed to get it loaded on the longarm before our girls Row x Row road trip. But, then the accident happened and that's where it sits. Once mom is released to go home, I'm hoping to be able to get it quilted since our longarm is in her basement.
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The second project I'd like to get finished is this holiday table runner I made as a test for a quilt block I designed for a blog hop. As you can see by the wrinkles, it's been folded and stashed since I whipped it up several months ago.
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I'm still needing to make my grandson the Lego Batman quilt he asked for earlier this year. Maybe for Christmas? Let's hope I can get it done this quarter!
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And lastly, there's the test project I cut from this fabric for the most recent quilt block I designed for the New Block Blog Hop. I have everything cut to make a mini quilt so I really don't think it would take that long to sew up, but we'll see if I get that far.
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I'll be linking this post up to the 2016 Finish-A-Long 4th Quarter Goals link-up.


P.S. For those following my mom's progress, we're almost home! She moved from the Kansas City rehab facility to our local hospital a few days ago to continue her physical therapy. Hoping in a few more weeks she'll be up walking and ready to enjoy the holidays. Thank you for all your prayers!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

One & Done for FAL Q3

Well, the 3rd quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long didn't go as planned for me. I started off the first 3 weeks of July in the combine for the marathon wheat harvest and ended the last six weeks in the hospital/rehab with mom after her accident. Needless to say, not much sewing happened for me and I only have one small finish to show for it - these two zipper totes.
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These were a quick project I made for my grandsons and you can click on the link for all the details on these Zipper Totes.

I'm linking this post up to the 2016 Finish-A-Long: Q3 Finishes Link-up. Go check out all the projects for some great quilting and sewing inspiration! And you can see my lofty Q3 goals here.

We're hoping that mom will be able to go home in the next few weeks, so let's hope my Q4 goes better!