Sunday, October 11, 2015

Leaves, leaves, leaves!

We have had the greatest fall weather this week. A bit of rain, not enough as we are so dry. The leaves have started to fall because of the drought. So sad to see 60 foot oaks look so sad.  Fall colors are just starting here with the sumac. But I don't think we will have much color this year since we are so dry.  So I am enjoying stitching on Trailing Vines.  Each branch is a like it's own little project. Since I use the freezer paper on top method of applique, it a nice little surprise as I uncover each leaf as I applique them down.  Then as each branch is completed I hold up the strip and admire how the vine has grown. This week I completed four branches.  I applique a bit each morning as I sip my morning coffee and  finish each day with some applique. This is a pic of my second strip.
Last week I finished three branches and had started the fourth!


This week's progress with seven branches completed!

During the afternoons I have been trying to get in some hand quilting stitches.  It is so nice to sit and enjoy some stitches once I get all the "have to" things done around the house.  I have one block completely done on Baltimore Garden and have marked another so there is plenty of stitches that needs to get done this week.

I hope you can enjoy some "me" time and put in a few slow stitches.  I think it is so important in this busy world to take some time for ourselves.  I am linking up to Slow Stitching Sunday where other slow stitchers will link their wonderful projects. I love taking time out of my stitching to see what others around the world are stitching! Hope that you will join us!

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  1. From your title, I thought I was going to see some beautiful fall pics of Nature. Instead I see beautiful leaves from Carla. Very nice. Love your hand quilting too.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! Love stitching every day such a joy

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  2. well YOUR leaves are not in drought that is for sure...growing by leaps and bounds :)

    Love the hand quilting!

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    1. Thanks Deb! Amazing how a simple shape can be so much fun!

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  3. Your hand stitching is wonderful--it's going to be an awesome quilt! Love your progress on the leaves too!

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    1. Thanks, well album quilts seem to call for a bit more attention, but I think it will be worth the effort.

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  4. I completely agree on taking time for ourselves in this fast paced world. I think I'll get a few stitches in while I watch the floors dry =)

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  5. All the beautiful leaves are inside your house! Gorgeous!
    Thanks for linking up and contributing to a wonderful Slow Sunday Stitching!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Thank you for hosting each Sunday, I really enjoy seeing all the different projects!

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  6. Your trailing vines is so pretty, the finished quilt will be beautiful. I really like your Baltimore Garden quilt too, lovely quilting. I'm not very good at quilting in a hoop.

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    1. Thanks! It took a lot of practicing to get comfortable with hand quilting, but I was determined to learn. Thanks for stopping by

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  7. I love the leaves. They are beautiful

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    1. Thanks! I learned to applique cause I love hand quilting appliqued quilts Now I am addicted to both!

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  9. The leave outside. Isn't not be very colorful or pretty but the leaves inside certainly are! And your Baltimore Garden is coming along - your quilting stitches are superb!

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  10. Oh my, those are lots of leaves. I have not yet attempted FPA. Your Baltimore Garden is lovely. I'm trying to do some stitching every day.

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    1. I used to mark the seam lines but than tried just leaving the freezer paper on top and really liked not having to mark the seam lines. I enjoy stitching daily too!

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  11. Your Baltimore block looks just wonderful with your hand quilting! and I love the vines. Happy stitching :)

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    1. So glad to have finally started Baltimore Garden, feels so good to be hand quilting. The vines are growing in the evening when the light is not quite as good. It's so much fun to have so much hand work in the works.

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  12. Your vine is looking good. Will be a wonderful quilt

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    1. Thanks! I just love using the bits of scraps and seeing how each branch turns out!

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  13. Beautiful! Lots of trees around here are stressed too. Hopefully, they will be ok in the spring.

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    1. That is what I am hoping! We have gotten two very short lived showers but I am sure the grass is at last thankful, not sure it helps the trees much!

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  14. You are steaming through those vines! Very inspiring. I love the Baltimore quilting. It seems that all of my stitching lately is "slow" so I guess I should try to link up tot the slow stitching Sunday as well. Thanks for sharing your "lovely" progress.

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    1. You should join us! It is nice to take little breaks and see how everyone's projects are coming along! We all understand it's not about speed but about the journey

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  15. Those leaves look rather addictive. And it's so nice to see all that beautiful quilting on Baltimore Garden. I'll bet you are glad to see that progress.

    It's been beautiful weather here too the last couple of days so I sat out on the deck and enjoyed some time quilting and talking to husband about next year's garden.

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    1. I am so glad to finally have started the quilting on BG. So many stitches in this quilt but it will be worth it. The leaves are a bit addictive!

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  16. All those little bits of time clearly add up - you are making great progress. The vines are beautiful: I think I would be quite happy just to have one of those strips up on my wall.

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    1. I just love them too! Dreaming about when I get all of the strips done!

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  17. so pretty are your leaves and your applique work also....thanks for sharing

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  18. Your Baltimore Garden block is gorgeous!

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  19. You will have that leave quilt top done in NO time at all. I can't believe all you have done already. And the Baltimore Garden as well....your quilting is lovely. It too will be finished quickly.

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  20. I love love love those colourful leaves!!!! I try to get some stitching in most days. I find it helps to keep me relaxed and relieve stress. Have fun stitching this week!

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