I was already to write today’s blog about Fall and how much I love it – when I am actually living in area that gets to experience Fall – but that will have to wait until paragraph 2. I called Paula yesterday to wish her a safe trip – she and hubby JR are traveling to Colorado for Quilt-A-Fair (paragraph 3) – and she told me the latest good news: our Glory Bound quilt will be featured on the cover of the Dec/Jan issue of “Quilt” magazine!!!!!! Cover girls, twice in 2 months – I can’t believe it!!!! My children are now assured of a second Christmas gift this year – yes, indeed, an autographed framed copy of this cover!!! At this rate we may have to dedicate an entire wall to quilt magazine covers – just kidding – fame has gone to my head – lol !!!!
Fall – my favorite season – cool, crisp air; hillsides ablaze with trees in beautiful reds, golds, and oranges; apple picking and fresh apple cider; pumpkins; and of course, candy corn! As a good friend has always said – “She’s never met a pumpkin she didn’t love!” I know Clair is anxiously awaiting October 1 – that’s Fall decorating day for her – and there will be a tear in her eye when she changes over to Christmas decorating in December. That was living in New York, but now I live in Florida and it is still hot, palm trees don’t change colors, and there are no apple orchards. Thank heavens the local CVS had candy corn!!! I will decorate in another week or so – company coming next week – and I will love how my house looks. I will munch on some candy corn, look at the pretty decorations and maybe even pull out that recipe for German Apple Coffee Cake that is perfect for fall. It’s best served warm with vanilla ice cream and I’m sure I can convince Francie and her crowd to come over and join us.
Paula and JR are actually in Longmont, Colorado today setting up for Quilt-A-Fair, a two day vendor show sponsored by the Colorado Quilting Council. If you are in the area, stop by and say hello. The hours are Friday and Saturday (9/23 and 9/24) from 9am-5pm. Paula brought some of our newest quilts and kits with her: A House Divided, Belle Meade, Second Hand Clothes, Legacy, Cactus Baskets, Country Pinwheels and Country Spools. You can’t miss our booth, we are right at the front door.
So while Paula is off at a quilt show, I’m back at home at the sewing machine. Fall Market and Festival are just around the corner, so I’m working on completing the quilts that Paula designed for her 2 new fabric collections – Country Manor and Tavern Blues. There’s 1 word to describe both of them – gorgeous!!!! I love both of the collections, but I’m probably a little partial to Tavern Blues – navys, browns and khakis – can you say yummy!!!! Both collections should be shipping in October/November and we plan to have kits for both of the new quilts at Festival. Rumor has it that I will be working on a small quilt after I finish these two – a little different for us!!!!
Paula thought it was time we did a little something for ourselves, something not business-related, so we are doing an exchange of 4″ finished star blocks. We each make 2 blocks at a time and then give one set to the other person. Paula has already given me 6 blocks and I think she has another 6 ready to go. Me, on the other hand, finally took some time last night to get some fabric cut and paired up for blocks. I just finished sewing the 1″ Spinning Stars for 24 sets of blocks (yup, that’s 48 blocks – I’m psyched). I love having the Spinning Stars sewn because now I can pull out a little baggie and piece 2 blocks.
I hope you enjoyed this first day of Fall, wherever you are!!! Until next time, happy quilting,