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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The End of September

I know that September still has a couple of more days, but it’s close enough. It’s starting to cool off here this week. I think we have finally seen the last of the 90s here. The next couple of days will be highs in the 60s, so it should feel like fall…finally! Saturday will be our big yard sale and it should be a lovely sunny day and 75, plus (hopefully) we’ll get rid of some of our stuff. The rest will be at the thrift store by next week. None of it will come back in the house!

In September I’ve done a bit of everything. For handwork I have continued working on my cats needlepoint project, and I have made a bit of progress. I am basically down to the space between the cats and the flame in the fireplace…



I also started on a crochet poncho for the trailer. I figured that might be nice in the evenings when we sit outside. Usually we take quilts or blankets outside when it’s cool enough. We still have a couple of camping trips planned for this fall, so I hope to get it done quickly.

I also finally started stitching the birds to the backgrounds on my Sue Spargo Bird Dance project. I am working on this at Tuesday quilting bee, so it will be a long term project. So far I have 2 birds stitched down…



I also made some progress on my Gypsy Wife quilts. The top for the batik version is done and I hope to start quilting it next week…



I still need to finish the last section on the neutral version, and I hope to get that completed in early October.

I also got blocks put together for a new Christmas quilt…




I still have a border to put on this, but hopefully I can get the top completed and get this quilted in time for the holidays.

I also put together the Witches Hooray table runner and got it quilted…



I have some black strips to use as binding and I hope to get that attached in the next couple of days so I can take it to hand stitch down the binding next week at Tuesday bee. This will actually be a wall hanging when it’s done.

For my scraps, I was hoping to get more twosies put together, then start on making 4-patches. I have several 4-patches finally done now…



This is a leader/ender project, so I only work on it when I’m piecing. Today I’m working on some strip piecing for some charity quilts for our guild, so I’ll be able to put some more of these together. I found this light fabric on my shelves…



…and thought I could use that for alternate solid blocks in this scrappy 4-patch project, but now I’m thinking a navy blue might be better. I’ll have to look and see what solids I have stashed away, because I really don’t want to buy any fabric for this. I may go ahead and use this light fabric because it’s been on my shelf about 15-20 years, and it is high time it fulfills its purpose in life. I have a long way to go on this project, so I have some time to figure that out.

For October, I plan on continuing with the 4-patches; I need to get the binding on Witches Hooray; I want to quilt the batik Gypsy Wife and finish the top for the neutral version; I need to finish a (secret) Christmas gift; I have more charity quilt blocks to work on; I want to finish the poncho and the cats needlepoint; and I hope to start on another quilting project that will be a Christmas gift. Phew! That sounds like a lot of work. We’ll see what can get done.

I will be linking up today with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I hope you stop by and see the wonderful projects everyone is working on.


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