|"Faithful" block from Lori's quilt-along|
My first project when we got back was to finish Lori's (Humble Quilts blog) latest quilt-along, her "Faithful" block. Her header photograph shows her full quilt top made from nine of these blocks, and I think it's stunning. I made just one block for now. It was a great way to use up little HST, but all those little pieces don't play nicely if you're not paying attention to accurate seams, or if you don't press the seams neatly.
I cut my outside border a bit wider than Lori's instructions, so I could square up the block if needed. Yes, I needed to, but not a lot.
My attention seems to be somewhere other than on blogging and quilting these days. For days I don't go near my favorite blogs, and I haven't read or commented very often. My focus on quilting is sporadic at best, and I'm not getting much done. The mojo is gone and must be hidden in a baggie or storage bin somewhere. I'm not happily stitching with a smile on my face, as my thoughts keep wandering to other things.
My thoughts are turning more toward family; winter weather approaching; trying to simplify content of rooms; attempts to make our house more quilting friendly; prioritizing what to spend time doing and what's not worth my time right now; trying to come to terms with assorted disappointments in life; and upcoming events, both the positive and the "What in the world will come next?" variety.
|hand quilted and done -- 18 x 23"|
I also read Jennifer Chiaverini's book The Union Quilters (thanks for the loan, Chris), and I'm nearly done with The Master Quilter. I own many of her books, and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed reading about the lives of Sylvia, Gwen, Sarah, Bonnie, and all the rest of the Elm Creek Quilters (and the ancestors).
Photos below are from our visit with our son, DIL, and the grandkids. Three photos were taken at Steed's Dairy Farm, Columbia County, Georgia, a working dairy farm with a corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, and lots of entertainment for kids. (all photos enlarge with a click or two)
|Maddie and (escaping) Drew among pumpkins at a dairy farm|
|Maddie assembling a s'more, with Grandma watching|
|Drew getting a ride on Daddy's shoulders|
|Drew found a special rock to show Grandma|
|Maddie (with butterfly face painting) practicing milking|