I wouldn't say we had 'stellar' Fall weather this past weekend, but it was certainly nice enough to take a walk in the woods on Sunday.
Plus, having recently purchase some hiking shoes, it was time to break them in.
Dave and I jumped in the car and headed to Baltimore Woods - a local park and nature center with some lovely, easy walking trails.
A Great Blue Heron's wing span is about 6 feet. So this was a perfect graphic to remind us to stay safe along our walk.
Even so, there weren't that many humans around so it was easy to stay several herons' wing-spans away!
This tiny 'fairy garden' of mushrooms tucked inside an old tree stump deserved a closer look!
And there is actually a Lake at Beaver Lake! Sometimes you can't see it from the trail, but you can almost always hear the water fowl honking on the water's surface.
I've said it before, I much prefer Summer over any other season, but if I have to give up Summer, it's sure nice to have September/October blooms of New York Aster to look forward to when you are out and about.
The leaves are not quite full color, but getting there.
Back in the sewing studio, I finally finished a stitched project I started years ago around the time we took a fall vacation to Cape May, New Jersey.
This has been sitting on my worktable for a long time. It was one of the projects that got me thinking about a new way of incorporating stitching and quilting.
A quick stop for some apples (for my morning oatmeal) and pumpkins at the farm across the street from the park entrance.
These certainly fared better than the ones in our squash-borer beetle plagued garden.
I decided to turn the cross stitch piece into a pillow with a flange. I already added borders to the stitched center years ago.
This week, I added a darker border to all four sides of the block, backed it with a flap opening and then stitched-in-the-ditch to make the pillow space (above). Then I edge stitched for a nice finish.
By the way, if you're wondering about the first Stitchery Crossover online course, it's just about ready to go . . . but getting the materials for the kits has proven to be very challenging. The pandemic has really messed up supply chains everywhere. Stay tuned. Thanks for your patience!
Puffy Pin Cushion #28
This week's finish combines a taste of fall. Couched threads, acorn shapes, and a pop of bright blue.
12 to go!
Pin Cushion Auction
This week's "Puffy" auctions benefit the Alzheimers Association. Click on the photo to jump into the Auction action!
You can 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.