This and That

The beginning of October has been full of lots of delightful things, and most of those things have not been quilting related.

Next Quilt Along Photoshoot - Behind the Scenes

Next Quilt Along Photoshoot – Behind the Scenes

In the background over the last several months, I have written the pattern for and test sewn my next quilt along quilt. My husband and I got the opportunity to head out of town for a few days and on our trip, we visited with some friends on October 1st. They took us to a park local to their home, and with my husband holding the quilt, I was able to get some nice photographs. I still have quite a bit of behind the scenes work to get done, but I’ll be able to share more about the quilt and quilt along in a few more weeks.

Apple Orchard Fun

Apple Orchard Fun

This week, we were delighted that family were able to visit us Saturday evening through Wednesday morning. We went on lots of walks at a local nature park, visited a local apple orchard, played pickle ball, put together a 500 piece puzzle, cooked and ate delicious meals, and talked and laughed together a lot. It was a really delightful and cozy visit with humans we love and care for deeply.

Apples - Quilt Color Palette Inspiration

Apples – Quilt Color Palette Inspiration

One of our guests snapped the above photo of our apples from the apple orchard. I am filing it away for a future quilt color palette inspiration!

It has suddenly become clear that fall has arrived. The sun is clearly moving south and all of the prisms in our south facing windows are casting delightful rainbows across our space again, and we have had our first good cold snap (with a day time high of 54° F and an overnight low of 34° F, just above freezing). Basically, it’s the perfect time and weather to get back to quilting Cloudy Night Sky. I haven’t made any progress since my post on Monday, so I’m not sure how likely I’ll be able to get it finished in time to submit for consideration to QuiltCon with an entry deadline of October 31st.

Speaking of deadlines, don’t forget that Sunday is your last day to link up with the #2023QuiltingQ3CheckIn.

7 thoughts on “This and That

  1. I have never seen such a dark apple – I would love to taste it! Thanks for sharing this post for a peek into your days. Glad you were able to spend time with family and savoring the memories.

  2. Debbie says:

    The breather from quilting actually sounds quite perfect! That QC deadline is coming way too quickly this year. I, too, may not be as ready as I’d once hoped.

  3. It is getting cool here too, and the fall color is beginning to show in the trees. Love the apples photo, it does look like a good color palette for a quilt.

  4. Kate says:

    Sounds like a very fun get away. We were away for the first week of October. It was still summer when we left, but it was definitely autumn when we got home. Fingers crossed you’ll get Cloudy Night Sky finished in time for submission. There are still 2 weeks left in the month, but it is going fast isn’t it?

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Lucky! I love going to markets where they have boxes of fall’s produce just hanging out waiting for you to buy some. And that photo is gorgeous, but that apple looks…past its prime? (But still interesting)
    Excited to see what you’ve dreamed up for the next QAL, and good for you, being this far ahead of deadlines. Always a pleasure to read your blog.

  6. Joan says:

    Those apples are going to make a great pie – if I don’t eat them all ahead of time! And such an inspirational color pallette they make! Enjoying your quilts thanks for sharing.

  7. Suzanne says:

    Oh my! I LOVE Autumn; it’s my favorite season. Here in Southeastern Pennsylvania it can be still warm in early October (it was this year) then suddenly it’s Autumn. I’ve loved it ever since girlhood, walking home from school and kicking the pretty leaves that have fallen. The air suddenly changes – it’s fresher! It has a faint, yet distinctly spicy scent. The setting sun seen through a whole forest of yellow leaves is exquisitely golden.
    I begin thinking of logs popping and burning in the fireplace, raking leaves (ugh!), baking pumpkin and apple pies and enjoying family visits. Snuggling into a warm bed with Hubs, shivering a little when walking the dog early in the morning. And it just gets better from there.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)