With lots going on behind the scenes at the Hummingbird Highway, I took a little break this week to experience FALL.
For the last few weeks, Dave and I have made a weekly walking commitment. We seek out a local walking trail and walk 3-4 miles on either Saturday or Sunday.
It has been good to get out and breathe outside air for a bit, since we're both working from home.
The fall colors are past peak in my area, but there are still a few hold-outs.
This bright orange tree and its reflection on the calm Erie Canal is one of those stunning holdouts.
Until recently, I had a large basket full of strippy batting scraps.
You know - those bits of leftover strips trimmed from the edge of the quilt after it's quilted?
If you haven't finished a quilt in a while, your batting scrap stash may be suffering. I've only finished a couple quilts recently, so I haven't really been adding to the basket much lately.
But . . . Look what has happened!
Fall can't be Fall without apple pie. I purchased some mini-pie pans from a Pampered Chef party recently, but I can't get away from a good old-fashioned 9" two-crust pie.
Homemade crust and local Northern Spies apples screams comfort food to me! And the baking scents of cinnamon and nutmeg are intoxicating! (The pie was dern tasty, too!)
All summer long this beautyberry bush lurks in our front yard.
You'd never even notice it.
But in the fall, the grape-colored berries put on a striking show, making this one of my favorite autumn plants.
Everything else in the yard has that fall-weathered look to it. And then you see that pop of intense purple!
Halloween in our neighborhood always has been a family-friendly affair. This year, the neighbors started chatting several weeks ago in our neighborhood facebook group about making this a safe, but special year for tricks and treats.
One neighbor is going all out with a Great Pumpkin display. A trail through the pumpkin patch will lead treat-seekers to socially-distanced goodies.
Our mediocre pumpkin harvest has been supplemented with additional orange orbs from a local farm stand at our front door.
The weather is supposed to be perfect for some safe outdoor treats.
And at the Sewing Machine. . .
This has been my in-between-other-sewing-stuff-I-gotta-get-done, on-again, off-again quilt project for a few months now.
I need a baby quilt that is ready when I have a baby gift situation. It's so much nicer to work on this stuff when there isn't a deadline looming.
This project was made entirely from a fat-quarter bundle and alphabet panel.
Even the back is leftover fat quarter parts. I though I put a couple fat quarters aside for a matching binding. I may have to go on a deep-dive in the stash to unearth them! (In other words, I can't remember what I did with those binding fat quarters!)
Puffy Pin Cushion #31
The black and cream fabrics have a smokey gold print. I struggled with how to capture the essence of the wispy feel of the smokey fabric. These wavy petals with fly stitching seemed to do the trick for me.
9 to go! . . . SINGLE DIGITS!!
Make your own four-patch pin cushions. For the step-by-step tutorial, jump over to the blog and scroll down to the first Puffy Fours post from March 5. That's when I started, about the same time the world was shutting down. And that'll bring you to the beginning of the four-part tutorial.