Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The tints of autumn

Last weekend, we headed south for a short weekend trip to South Missouri.  The skies were cloudy, but the rain held off until evening.  We visited Dogwood Canyon outside of Branson, Missouri....absolutely beautiful!  Jim and I hopped on bikes and rode for 2 hours through the beautiful park.  Here are more pictures from our trip...it was just too short!  Hope to go back next spring when the dogwoods are in bloom.

John and Jenny were also celebrating their wedding anniversary...
good times with good friends!

Happy Fall!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Yellow mellow, ripened days... Beauteous, golden Autumn days.

Jim and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary yesterday.  It has gone by so fast!  Next weekend, we are celebrating by taking a weekend trip to South Missouri with some friends.  The fall foliage should be beautiful!  Hope this fantastic fall weather we are having holds out for next weekend....Jim wants to drive the Mustang convertable one last time this season.  

I have not accomplished much in the sewing room...but I have been sewing on a wool wall-hanging. It is going to be cute...hope I get it finished this week so that we can enjoy it for Halloween. Fortunately, it will be ready for next Halloween for sure!

Gourdy's Gang

And here are a few more fall decorations in my house.....

Have a wonderful week...hope you are enjoying some of the beautiful autumn days!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dancing at the Movies - Music Video

Ok...I admit I cannot dance, but I love to watch anything that has to do with dancing. Yup...I love Dancing With the Stars, and I am a Gleek. This video has so many of my favorite dancing movies and is set together so well.

So take a break, and enjoy!


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Back from AQS quilt show

I love this one because of the scriptures quilted into it.  I know you really cannot see it, but it is wonderful!

Love this use of strings!

I thought of all of you bloggers that have been making hexagons when I took this photo!

The AQS quilt show in Des Moines was wonderful!  Lots of beautiful quilts and 197 vendors to intice me with all kinds of new projects!  Here are a few pictures of some of the quilts I drooled over.  And I got to meet a fellow blogger, Carolyn from Lee Prairie Designs.  She is adorable, and so sweet....just like her blog. 
Well...I am off to decide which project I want to start on!  Hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful fall day!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Broken Pottery

I finished my little broken dishes blocks, and sewed up this little quilt.  It is hard to decide what to name it...so I decided on Broken Pottery for lack of a better name.  The blocks are finished at 3inches, so the quilt measures out at about 24 inches square. I machine quilted it with a cross-hatch  and put a vine in the border.  It does not show up at all, but I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.  Sometimes it is fun to just start sewing blocks with no idea of what I will do with them...play time!
And the quilt below is a better picture of the quilt on my dining room wall....Starry Night from Jo Morton's book Hearthside Stars.  This was a project at a quilt retreat a few years ago.  Perfect for fall decorating!

On Friday, I am off to Des Moines to the AQS show.  Anyone else going?  It would be fun to meet up!
Looks like another beautiful fall day...enjoy!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Autumn is the hush before winter....

I love to decorate for fall!  Probably more than Christmas....I have started to pull things out and hope to add some Halloween this weekend.

Wish I could take "magazine" photo shoots....oh well.  This is our dining room. 
Today, I am spending most of the day in the sewing room...machine quilting.  Trying to decide if I like using the nylon invisible thread...it hides a multitude of mistakes, but I am not sure I like the look.  I think I will do my next one with some other thread...any suggestions?   Hope to have a picture at the end of the weekend of the little quilt I made with the Broken Dishes blocks I made.  It turned out better than I had originally thought!
Hope everyone is having a fantastic fall day...there might be a light frost on the pumpkins tonight!