Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Midweek: quilt mailed off and a new scrappy project


Welcome autumn!  A cold front came through on Tuesday and the temperature dropped 10+ degrees. Our afternoon outing to Lyons Woods was very comfortable both for me to walk and for Stevens as he sat in the car.  (He's unable to walk long distances -- especially at the pace I've developed over this past year of near-daily walks!)

Oriental bittersweet or spindleberry.  The vine grew across a 2" gap (right photo) to wind around the tree trunk (left photo).  I've only seen bittersweet at Lyons Woods.

Left: the rose hips from Japanese or Seven Sisters roses look more like berries than rose hips.  It's a non-native rose with profuse white blossoms.  Right: the rose hips from native rugosa (wild roses) are larger. 

The sumac looks ready for Christmas with its red-and-green foliage. 

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Thank you all who commented on the quilts I bought at the estate sale last weekend.  An update on the signature quilt:   I did some more searching and figured out more relationships (grandmother, daughters, cousins).  I couldn't get a definitive church affiliation. Then I discovered the Itawamba Historical Society which has a museum, archives, restored buildings, and a genealogical library.  I wrote a letter explaining how and from whom I got the quilt, boxed it with the quilt, and send the package off to the historical society yesterday.  

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In the studio:  I prepped the back for the Christmas basket quilt. I'll deliver it to LeAnn tomorrow.  She quilted the Magpie Hug a couple of months ago.

I usually cut scraps into predetermined sizes (squares and strips) except when I don't feel like it. Those go into a medium-sized plastic tub. The tub was getting pretty full so I made a bunch of slab blocks.  They're 6.5" unfinished. I think I'm going to set them with topsy-turvy triangles (one sample on the wall).  

You know better than to ask if I emptied the tub.  <grin> 

Linking up with   Midweek Makers

P.S.  One more flower photo.  Field thistle.  


Katieinnebraska said...

I emptied my shoe box a couple of days. Lots of squares and strips put away and 20 blocks for a lap quilt. All I have to do is quilt it now, and donate.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Nann! Lyons Woods . . . is that in Lake County Illinois? I work each day in Glencoe and I am fairly certain that I see that sign on the way home each day. Hmm. I'm going to have to pay closer attention but I think it's near Waukegan. It looks like it has very nice walking paths. ~smile~ Roseanne

Caroline M said...

I think I need a bigger scrap tub or maybe to stop finding ziploc bags of scraps that I've tossed into cupboards to sort "later".

You can buy bittersweet as an ornamental climber here, seeing as I turned up plenty of web pages about how to ensure its destruction as an invasive pest i think I'll pass on that.

cityquilter grace said...

ooh i would drive along 495 in northern mass late fall and see all the bittersweet berries...very nice scrappy...let us know when you DO empty that tub....LOL...if we are still around that is

Vicki in MN said...

When we put all the scraps into a block like this it looks so busy as a quilt, but then you add those outer triangles in solid and it calms it right down, so amazing how each step can change it!

Kate said...

The cool front this week was much appreciated. Looks like you made the most of the cooler weather. You definitely put those odds and ends scraps to good use. The museum staff are in for a fun surprise.

Michele McLaughlin said...

I love your slab blocks, what a great idea! I always love seeing your garden photos! Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!

Ellie said...

Distressing to see how many invasive plants from elsewhere have established themselves in nature areas! Be careful what you plant! The slab blocks look good. Will you use the same solid for each block or a variety of solids? Enjoy our lovely weather!