I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving


"Enjoy your turkey!"

lizzy and Mo....

gone to the beach!....

Friday, November 17, 2017

Inside November

Hello, everyone! Do you decorate for Thanksgiving? I am not hosting the dinner this year so I again simplified my November decor by keeping things blue and white, but banishing all the brilliant  oranges and  cheddars of October/ Halloween. I go for a calmer, more neutral palette instead. For many years I switched the sofa cushions to browns and greys, and displayed my turkey plates and platters with such joy and enthusiasm. But no, not even a funny chalkware turkey this year---yes, okay, a little sad, but flexible is the modern way for holidays, right? And I am avoiding the vegan, everything-banned menu probs.

I kept out all my  mercury glass pumpkins.

Coffee table's big wooden bowl.

Dining table:

Added autumns leaves, berries, and acorn garlands. I love anything ''woodland'', so that's a fun touch and so easy.

Neutral quilts:

I love this small Star quilt I made with antique.blocks. The fabrics are perfect, and almost 200 years old!, c. 1830-45 stars .

This frayed and fragile Log Cabin quilt picks up my blues, plus has soft tans and pinks and golds.

Pitchers are easy to switch out.

This is a favorite.

A large sepia ware platter with a Mayflower-esque ship.

A little jug of the last marigolds, cut before last week's hard frost.

A pumpkin spice candle on my new little TQC project.

A little pop of bright turquoise below,

Not a turkey to be seen so far. Maybe one of my beeswax tom turkeys will sneak out still, who knows. Mo is patiently waiting for his Thanksgiving dinner. He waits every day! I think he likes these new seat cushions.


On a side note, what do you think? For Bitty?

Last post I mentioned the polka dot Blueberry backing fabric is a knock off of a Cotton and Steel print. Which led me this morning to the idea that I do have a different C & S ''modern'' print, that might make an ever sweeter backing. It's called Tulips, and is both folkloric and modern, with a hint of script or graphic in the jig jag lines of the stems? I can just make it fit I think. Opinions?


Have a fun weekend! Are you already planning your holiday meal? Favorite recipes?



gone to the beach...

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Bitty Finish

Hello, everyone! I finished my Bitty crib quilt top this weekend. I am so happy it is finished before winter, as it was def meant to be a summer project.

I sewed the last little dot centers and corner buds on Sunday.  [sorry, poor lighting so colors are off; the blues are bluer, the pale blues aren't grey, the ground is white or palest ecru.]

Mo wanted me to sit outside with him. "Yeah, right, 20* windchill, little man. That's a NO."

Here is the original pattern from Minick and Simpson, from their etsy shop. When I got this pattern I also bought their La Playa  [The Beach] pattern, really fun! Beach balls and sand pails. For someday.

I mostly stuck with their design. I am pleased to see that my color palette inspiration and the final product are quite in agreement.

I added more lollipop flower centers.

And because I wanted the quilt actually crib sized, I added a border, inspired by a Cheri Payne border. I cut the scallop edge freehand. This was appliqued by machine, raw edge; I am hoping the edge will gently fray and soften with washing.

I love this tiny calico at the bottom. It actually belongs on Silent Night, but I ordered extra.

I had a couple ideas for the backing but in the end I went with my original choice, this Blueberries dot. It's from Joann's and is a knock off of a Cotton and Steel print I loved but missed out on buying. It;s bluer than the photo and less yellow. Indigo and white.

I'll layer it up and then set it aside for hand [and machine?] quilting, next summer or next power failure.

In the early dark evenings Mo and I do a bit of peeking at the neighbors' windows and yards.

We spotted two Christmas trees and a big holiday light display so far. And it's not even mid-November.
Another house has lovely wooden Adirondack chairs on its porch, piled with Autumn golden linen pillows and brown/ rust/ cream plaid throws. Lovely mums too. The couple must sit outdoors though I have never seen them except in high summer. Anyway, in an early Christmas mood, you must read this story, about the NYC Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. HERE The arrival on the huge truck is great, picture it trundling up Fifth Avenue at rush hour! Backing in, oh so carefully, beep beep beep. I bet it makes a bigger traffic jam than a visit from Donald Trump. As it should.
I was thinking it's a bit sad to cut down such a glorious tree, surely they could go faux? But the story says the tree is then cut into lumber for Habitat for Humanity houses. Which is kinda cool.

And apropos of nothing, except my nature girl side: Eagle cam [and story of these birds each year.] Love! [if indeed it is actually working?] here

Have a good week!



gone to the beach......