Monday, October 09, 2023

Come On, Fall Color!

I took this photo Saturday morning as the sun was shining through the trees...slower to raise itself into the sky at this point.

I'm still looking at the sky through a filter of green - but I know in just a few weeks that  those leaves will be down and I'll once again have a long-range view of the mountains toward the east.

Soon.  And I know it will happen all to quickly.  The last two mornings our temps have dipped into the 30s - 

Yesterday morning above the Hubster's shed - some rusty oranges!

Meanwhile at the inn -

This is also the time of year that the Tree Urchins (Aka chestnuts) begin to fall to the drive from the 2 giant and ancient chestnut trees in the side yard.

Spiney, pokey, heinous things!

We rake them up and load the wheelbarrow using a pitchfork.  And then over the fence they go to be eaten by the deer.

The deer stomp on the hulls to release the nut from inside  - they love them.  They can have them.

Nasty horrid Tree Urchins!

Meanwhile, inside the inn:

Susan's Allietare is coming together!

From blocks to assembly -

Rows ready to assemble -


Edges will be trimmed and borders added after she gets back home - what a huge accomplishment!

Back to working on her mini Morning Glories blocks!

We all cheered when this one was finished.  Beautiful!

Pine Tree Point is also coming together.

Three blocks standing tall.

It's a holiday free for all!

Irene has been working on this shop sample for display at  Cotton to Quilts.

Another Tada! A big one!

This quilt is called All Wrapped Up 

 Cotton to Quilts has a few kits left if you are interested.  The pattern is available there too.

Halloween is still happening in Pam's corner!

Spider & The Fly continues to grow - and I can't wait to see her blocks laid out together.  Her
Halloween neutrals are so super cute.

There is some Halloween Cat fun going on in two corners of the room as well!

Truly adorable!

This pattern is called Just Kitten Around.  Too cute!

And this.  I am so happy about this!

I'll have more of this to share as I continue to work on it - today I begin borders.  I have something simple yet scrappy in ind. I'm excited to see what finishes up this beauty.

Yesterday we drove to Jonesville NC to visit with Jeff and Casden while Ashlyn was at work.

Lunch out at a Japanese steakhouse.  YUM.

Back to Jeff's to spend time together which included a couple of Halloween type movies on Disney+.  The Haunted Mansion was a favorite as a kid and I wanted to see the latest incarnation.  It was fun and cute and we enjoyed our time - with popcorn.

Now I want to go back and see the 1990s version with Eddy Murphy.  I think that will be saved for Halloween night.

Today is the last day for Irene's Sewciologists and plans include all of our group and over-the-porch-rail photos.  The past week flew by so quickly!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend with some time to do what you love to do.

You have made Starshine a hit! Thank you so much, everyone.  I can't wait to see your projects in progress and down the road - finishes.

Quilt Details:

Let Your Strings Shine! String Piecing by machine made easy – and a great way to use up an armful of favorite scraps in a rainbow of blossom colors! Full color photos, step-by-step instructions and many helpful hints included.

Quilt Size: 83’’ X 92’’

Introductory special:  I've placed the PDF pattern for Starshine at 25% off in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop. No coupon needed.  

Pricing good through 10/15/23. Hurry now and save!

Even more:

I'll be drawing for 2 winners who will each receive a Starshine PDF pattern from me and a Star Bright Color Roll from Cotton to Quilts.  The fabric rolls are a great way to add sparkle to your own scraps.

And yes, they have neutral rolls and blue rolls too.  Check them out!

Enter to win on the Gift-Away Page.

We will draw for our winners on Saturday, 10/14/23.  Good luck, everyone!

Other goodies going on (If you've made it this far)

For fun, I've placed the PDF pattern for the Punkin Patch Runner at $5.00.

Let's celebrate the changing of the seasons with some fun string-pieced pumpkins!

And if you've got this one as a UFO - it's time to pull it out and finish it up.

You'll also find Appalachian Autumn at 25% off in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop. No coupon needed.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Don't give up on your mojo! Pet the fabric, cut the fabric, press the fabric, stitch the fabric, whatever it takes.
Vintage nine patch quilt top found in Virginia.
Happy Monday, everyone!



  1. Anonymous10:28 AM EDT

    Love those shoes peeking out at the bottom!

  2. "Chestnuts roasting on a open fire......jack frost nipping at your nose" The deer know a good thing when they taste them :0). Love the quilt shows from the INN, so many talented quilters :0) Happy sewing Bonnie

  3. Love, love, love your feedsack + shirts + white quilt top. Excited to see where you go with this one!

  4. Aliatare! on i finished right along and made the scalloped borders, one of my favorites.... thanks for sharing, I'm getting new "spectacles" hoping they'll allow me to take up quilting again!... I love your posts and thank you for sharing all the quiltville happenings!!! Cats in Carlsbad CA

  5. Anonymous6:46 AM EDT

    My mojo is getting a jump start from de-cluttering the sewing space. It’s like a breath of fresh air and so long overdue. Now I can get going on all those UFOs. FranSak in Pa


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