Saturday, October 13, 2012

Like sands through the hourglass


Hello Friends! 

Long time, no blog.  I can't believe it's almost been a month since my last post, but you know how it goes.. Because there are so many fall activities that I deeply enjoy and look forward to each year, I stay pretty busy and I haven't mastered blogging on the go yet, so, yes, I've been a neglectful mother to my little corner of the web, but I will try to do better this month.

First, I have a bit more progress to share on the tartan plaid coaster (last seen as a circle - now on it's way to being an octagon). 

I won't even get into the amount of time I have spent ripping out and re-stitching this sucker.  Nope.  Not going to go there because, I want to like this puppy when it is finished.  I am praying for amnesia..  Let it suffice to say that this will be my last "irregular" tartan - ever!  I do however hope to play with the technique sometime in the future (distant future...)  :-)

After really giving the finishing technique a lot of thought, I decided that it would be much easier to work the edge if it had straights, not curves, so I converted it from being circular in shape to being octagonal.  Well, as you can see, I'm still in the middle of converting.  All of the horizontal rows are finished and about half of the verticals are in.  Since the rows get shorter as you approach the perimeter, I feel like I'm closing it on it, but then it seems that every time I say that, two weeks go by and it looks exactly the same as it did two weeks ago.  At any rate, I am finally pleased with the overall plan (size, shape, colors, finishing) so I suppose my OCD flair up should be subsiding any minute now.  :-)  We can only hope!

Last weekend, I spent three lovely stitch-filled days with my EGA friends at a nearby conference center for our annual fall retreat. 

turquoise and lime green quilt

As always, the weekend flew by in a flash and a good time was had by all. 

sweet little acorn fob on 40 ct. silk gauze

cross stitched pumpkin sampler

I get soooo A.D.D. when I see all the lovely things the ladies bring to work on.  I want to do all of it!!! 

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Fall has really settled in here in my neck of the woods and I am loving every minute of it.  The birds are so fun to watch this time of year.  The house is bathed in her fall finery, and I've pulled out all my favorite autumnal recipes.  If I'm lucky, I'll get my first apple crisp of the season in the oven today.

Now, I'm off to errand-land. 

Have a great weekend friends!