Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Another round completed!

My husband has open house tonight at the high school where he teaches so I'm all alone without a need to cook dinner. So I've been working on my medallion since I got home from work at 4:00. Round 2 is now done. I love it! I chose a simple row of pieced squares because the other choices - appliquéd scallops, sawtooth, and square in a square - looked a little too complicated to be right next to my more complicated center. I'm sure enjoying working with these reproduction fabrics!

I choose the chintz that came in my first kit for the very center - here is the excerpt from "my dear husband's letter" that talks about it: "My old friend Hobbs had a bit of chintz on the shelf I thought might suit that quilt you spoke of making to grace our own bed. Mr. Hobbs kindly gave it me for less than usually, but it still came dear. Pleaseacceptt this little bit of gift from your loving husband whilst you stitch that quilt to warm our bed once I return." After reading that how could I not feature that in my quilt.

Some of the other fabrics in the center came from my dear sister Hope who wrote, "Your husband told me you begin a quilt. Myself thought perhaps you would care for some from my piecebag to put into your new quilt. Sarah sends some from her new dress - the light one with the flower and other bits." Every month our kit includes a letter from a relative, with family news as well as a bit of information about the fabric that's included. This gives us a tiny bit of an idea what it must have been like back in those early days of the United States after the revolutionary war. This is so much fun!

I hope to get at least one or two more rounds on tonight so I have a nice start to share at class tomorrow night.

I also included a few pictures of fall decorations at our house. These were taken last year - I won't have time to put them out this year until Sunday.

Thank you, everyone, for hoping I start feeling better. Today was much better - no dizzyness and not much headache. My main problem is dust mites - but if I cleaned as much as the doctor said was needed to eliminate that problem I'd have time to do nothiing but clean! I'd rather quilt and tough it out with the sinuses!

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Gratitudes:

1. The chance to take such a wonderful class from Eileen.
2. Reproduction fabrics
3. Leaves beginning to turn with a marvelous blue sky as the background.
4. Lemon for my diet pepsi
5. Scrambled eggs, bacon and toast for a fast easy dinner

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24 comments:

Rabbit Stitchings said...

What beautiful fall decorations in your home!! You have inspired to put out some things inside now, I had only put decorations outside so far...

Jeanne said...

Ha -- I was going to say eggs for supper! :)

I'd forgotten about this class -- you told us about it when it started a while back. It looks like great fun, with the letters and historical info and all that.

Your autumn decorations look so cozy! I need to get mine out soon, too!

Jeanne

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

I love it! The yellow red and dk green in your latest border are great. Also the dull purple. Ok, well, ALL of it looks great. You are lucky to have access to such a great class - the history is so interesting to me.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Oh and I just saw the rainbow print. Lovely!

Mary said...

Wow, you decorate more for fall than I do for Christmas! Everything looks very pretty.

Libby said...

Your class just sounds wonderful. The attention to detail with the kits and letters makes it even more fun.
Love all your fall dec's. I think I have the same tablecloth somewhere. I should go digging around *s*

May Britt said...

Round 2 is perfect. Can't wait to see what you are planning for round 3. And why spending time on cooking when you can sew LOL
What a lovely house you have decorated. I love the autumn but I do not have any special quilt. But I ought to do have that.

Tazzie said...

Patti, I just love your Fall decorations, they're just lovely. I'm so pleased you're feeling a little better, I hope you continue to improve. I'm with you, I'd rather be sewing than cleaning!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Silverthimble said...

Thanks for sharing the photos of fall decorations at your house. And is that roosters I see on your dishes--very nice. I love the letters you have to go with your quilt. It is coming along nicely. A couple more rounds tonight you say? Wow, you are fast! I am sure the era you are replicating was not so fast in their construction. *LOL*

Fiona said...

Your decorations are beautiful, how long do you keep them out? The quilt is looking good too.

Estrella said...

Patty that pretty you have had left to the American decoración.Los for this teneís a special art, because celebraís of special form each station of the year. Aqui in Spain we do not have custom of this, but to my it enchants to me, and as they decorate Christmas, Aqui Christmas more and more this decorating plus the houses American style. Patty English I not, use altavista translator, is a pain that of the language to communicate to us. Greetings and enhorabuena by your decoration

Carol said...

Patti...I'm with you...reproduction fabrics are just wonderful. I love to work with them. Your class sounds so interesting. Wish I could join the class, I guess it would be a rather long commute :)...Great fall decorations. I think we're having breakfast for dinner tonight. Take care and glad you are feeling better. Carol

Screen Door said...

I love your fall decorations. Looks like home.

Melanie

Angie said...

Oh, your Fall decorations are just beautiful!!! I would love coming home to that!! I haven't gotten mine out yet, guess I better hurry if I plan to get them out before the santas, huh? LOL

KCQuilter said...

Oh, your house looks so gorgeous all decked out for autumn! Isn't fall just the best season of all!!! Hope you are feeling all better by now.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh the next round is PERFECT! That really added to the center didn't it! What fun the letters are! And your house is gorgeous all decorated for fall! I am not a decorator!

Darlene said...

That's looking beautiful - great progress! It's amazing how much we can get done when we're enjoying what we're doing! :-)

Feel better!

Love the fall decorations!

Finn said...

Hi Patti, I'm trying to play "catch up"...LOL, I've only missed a day or two, but my oh my, does that leave one in the dust!
Glad you are feeling abit better. Love the beginning of your 1830's quilt, and what a wonderful idea, the family sharing and the letters. Yes, soooo much like it would have been back then..*S*
You fall decorations are just great! I have the same wall hanging from CTs, a birthday gift from a friend, years and years back...she pieced it, and I got to quilt it!
I still love seeing them on other quilters blogs!!
Congratulations on a little girl coming..*VBS* I am so envious but happy for you. Me with 8 grandsons!
Keep you that great quilty work girl. Hugs, Finn

Judy said...

Patti, I love all the decoration! The quilt is going to be stupendous and I can tell from just this start!

Linda_J said...

how very charming--and your husband is a love!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Glad to hear that you are feeling better! And, I think you made great strides on your madallion so maybe you won't be behind anymore? Nice decorations - I never really decorated before, but now with a Toddler - he just loves it!

Cheers!

Evelyn

MARCIE said...

Look at you! All decked out for the holidays! I can't get excited about doing that with no kids at home. My mom always dressed up the house for every holiday. I must confess I miss that. Thanks for sharing!

Shelina said...

LOL when I first read this, I was thinking "Your husband writes like that?" LOL. That is such a sweet idea to include letters from the past or at least of that style to give you a flavor of the era.

Cynthia said...

your Fall decorations are lovely. I find this interesting reading blogs where people decorate their homes for different seasons.
The only time i change things is at Christmas time.