Sunday, October 23, 2016

Indian Summer

Hi friends! I finally stitched my 2016 Butterfly Threads Mystery Blocks together this week. This was a really fun mystery project hosted by Diane.  I used up lots of scraps for this one. You can find the link to the pattern here:
 I love how rings were formed when the blocks were connected! I taught my Quilty Fun class yesterday and picked up a beautiful green to use as a border for this project. I also have a perfect blue backing from my stash, so hopefully this will get quilted and into the finished pile soon. I am not sure who is going to receive this beauty, but it would go nicely in our family room so it may just stay on my couch.
 I am so excited because I booked my daughter's flights home for Winter Break. We are not going to see her for Thanksgiving or parents weekend, so we are really looking forward to her visit at Christmas.
 She is doing amazing at Colgate University--2000 miles away in central New York. She is enjoying her classes and so far has earned A's on all her midterms and papers. Her great study habits are paying off.
 She has made some great friends and is volunteering in the admissions office as a greeter and gets to go on a recruiting trip in the spring! Of course, she is having a very fun time with socializing too! They refer to Saturdays as Fraturdays.
 The one thing she really misses is our dogs, but she got to go with one of her friends to her house for a visit and got a dog fix with their Bella! I know our dogs miss her too because they have to inspect every room in our house looking for her and go crazy when we mention her name. They also seem confused when one of us drives her car.
I miss her so much! It is so nice to be able to communicate regularly with texts, emails, and FaceTime--luxuries that did not exist when I went to college. She sends me funny pictures like this one when she does activities she considers "adulting." Since she is loving college so much it makes it easier to deal with our empty nest. Plus, I have been enjoying sending her care packages.

We are having perfect weather with temperatures in the mid-70s--Indian Summer, so my hubby and I went to watch a soccer game that a bunch of my girls were playing in. They played great and tied. We spent hours and hours at soccer games with our daughter, so it was nostalgic for us and not nearly as stressful.
I am participating in Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy and crew
What I am working on is a present, so no pictures. But, this is my Down in the Garden Block 1 with all the embroidery completed. I still have to make a Dresden plate to appliqué on the green gingham.

I am heading to my sewing room to watch football and be productive. Have a great week!

15 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing the pattern for the beautiful quilt. Happy Indian Summer!

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  2. I really like your mystery quilt! It looks so cozy. Great scrap design!

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  3. Isn't Facetime amazing? We Facetime with our grown son every Sunday, and I love it! Your Butterfly Threads mystery quilt is really neat! I noticed the way those corner blocks appeared to make a circle right away! I always love when there is a secondary pattern formed as the blocks come together.

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  4. Oh what fun your daughter is having....and good for you getting soooo much done. Seriously, I get home from school and after an afternoon walk and dinner am exhausted. Good for you!!!

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  5. The quilt top is beautiful and I enjoyed the update on how your daughter is doing in college! I know that it was hard to pick which one was best for her ( I remember that )

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  6. Your mystery quilt is beautiful! So good to hear your daughter is happy and enjoying college life. Love the Down in the Garden block.

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  7. That's a lovely finish on the top with the mystery blocks. The circles that were created were the first thing to catch my eye.
    Hopefully the time flies and your daughter is home for the Winter break. The dogs will have to be patient, too!

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  8. So great to see Heather doing so well! Also how cool you're staying so incredibly busy!! I'm finally retiring in Nov!! I can hardly stand it!! 16 working days to go..

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  9. Thanks for the update on your daughter. I know Thanksgiving won't be the same without her. My own daughter left San Diego today. After nearly 23 years she is biting the bullet and moving back to Nashville. I cannot wait!

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  10. That was a terrific mystery quilt! I'm sorry I missed out on that one cause I really like it!
    Love that stitchery block you're working on!

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  11. Oh my goodness, this post it all about me! I love what you have done with the mystery, it looks great and I can't wait to see the borders! And your daughter is experiencing exactly what mine is...LOVING school, but missing the dogs more than anything! Luckily, I'm only 95 minutes away so I've been able to bring the dogs to her to visit and she's come home once already. It is so hard being away from my girl but you are so right about the texting, facetime, etc. It really helps.

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  12. It's wonderful that your daughter is enjoying college life, especially since she is so far away from you.

    I love the Butterfly Threads Mystery Block quilt. Your scraps play together very nicely in this one.

    Nice to see block 1 of your Down in the Garden project as well. Those must be some small dresdens to fit on the green piece.

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  13. I like how the little squares placements give a circular look to the block.

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  14. Fun story! so nice that she is enjoying her time and making the separation easier for you because of that. Lovely quilt top, too! Thanks for linking to Finished or Not Fridays!

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  15. LOVE your scrappy fabrics for this one. It turned out great. The green border will be perfect for it. I also like the way the blocks form rings when sewn together. Your daughter is beautiful! Enjoy those college years... make some memories.

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