National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month. I say, why not? So the goal is a 50,000+ word novel by the end of November.  So, you may not see much here for a bit… Wish me luck!

 

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A Warm House

I don’t know the origin of house warming parties or gifts but I do know it is a great tradition. A friend of mine recently bought and moved into a new house; I wanted to share in the excitement by making a literal house warming present. Ann is an avid gardener and her home colors happen to work very well with my stash.

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I also made a stack of Christmas pot holders. This fabric was originally used as a table topper, and was languishing on the shelf. On Christmas I help out at the salvation army dinner. It seems there is always a need for extra pot holders when handling hot plates. I’ll just tuck these in my apron pocket and share.

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Here’s a sneak peak at the next project…

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I hear a  friend is expecting…this might be a great time to try out these quick and cute half square triangle patterns. More later.

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Fall Flannel

Even in Arizona we are getting into the spirit of fall. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 90°s; evenings cool enough to leave the windows open. With these chilly evenings it’s comfortable to turn the oven on without the air conditioner working overtime. last night I made pumpkin cake with apple slices and caramel.

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Flannel is also much more interesting when it cools off. I haven’t found a way to put together a quilt without holding part of it in my lap. This is a snuggle size quilt I made for a friend who has had yet another surgery and facing some recovery time.

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I used the pattern found herehttp://www.allpeoplequilt.com

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The closet is looking quite well. Organized, manageable, and workable.

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You might notice I’m in the process of covering the box of patterns. Cardboard boxes look very nice covered in fabric. This fabric was originally made into a shower curtain; after a little bathroom redo the curtain was retired. I’m loving the results here.

If you are very observant, you will notice that some stacks are actually larger after a project is complete. How can this be? I must tell you that not all fabric lives in this closet all the time. I don’t hide fabric around the house, although many people do, I just tend to keep fabric where I think I might use it. So a big chunk was in the garage trying to be a complete upholstery project. Alas, I did not love the results and that fabric has been banished to the garage until I found a new home for it. Here’s a sneak peak.

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