Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall 2012

With the time change back from Daylight Savings Time, it suddenly got a lot cooler here in Southern California.  We also had a couple days of rain. 

Fall also marks the start of the new television season, a visit from my dad, travel or road trip with him, and a new applique project.

This year, I have decided to start on "Abundance". This is my first fall themed quilt. It is a Verna Mosquera pattern.  My friend Lynn attended her retreat a few years ago.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to join her but I did purchase the pattern and a kit with some of the fabrics she used.  I've completed a few blocks already.  So, I've decided to post them here as I complete them.  I started with a relatively easy block- the pilgrim's hat.

I am using wool felt for the berries on the twig.

Here are some strange gourds- the kind with the nubby growth that's gross and fascinating at the same time.  Has anyone actually cooked and tasted them?

And finally, a wishbone.

In case you are wondering, it took a couple weeks to complete these blocks.  I haven't really been tracking the number of hours it takes to complete an applique quilt.  I should do that just to see how long it actually takes.  

I am still working on 2 other projects- the Bordered Diamond quilt from the Kaffe Fassett workshop is on my design wall.  And I am still machine quilting the Berries and Bluebird applique top.  I like to work on 2 or 3 projects simultaneously and switch back and forth.  

Before I end today's post, I'd like to share some sad news.  Yolanda Radig, founder of the Orange County Modern Quilt guild, passed away from cancer last month.  She is OCMQG's first President and she has touched the lives of many people who will surely miss her.    Although I did not know her very intimately, I will always have positive memories of her.  Yolanda was generous, gracious, encouraging and always enthusiastic.  She was also a gifted quilter and I have admired her quilts and her color selection.  The image below is from her blog and it is a tribute and a reminder of a fearless warrior who will always be an inspiration to me.  

Good night, Yolanda.  It was a pleasure to have known you.  


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