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 This fabric was originally made into a shower curtain; after a little bathroom redo the curtain was retired.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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Visiting Dad

Visiting Florida is like spending a week at the spa,  especially when you live in Arizona. The balmy air and humidity does wonderful things for my skin and my curls. The lush greenery and swampy landscape are refreshing.

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Dad and I had time for great conversation, which I treasure. You’ll see him here, looking sharp in his new birthday shirt.

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I also found a really great quilt shop. I spent hours in here. http://www.rainbowsendquiltshoppe.com If you’re in the area it is worth a visit. You know they
had something I couldn’t resist. I was so tickled with this find that I snapped a photo as soon as I got to the car to share with my daughter. We love to shop together even when we’re miles apart; we chat on the phone while we shop, and swap pictures. It holds us together until we get a chance to do it in person.

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Now that I’m home and unpacked I’ll get back to the sewing room. Oh, one more small confession before I go…. I just wasn’t loving the background I had for this project in flannel…

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So, since it was on sale…I got a little of this:

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Which really makes me happy with this project. My daughter reminded me that having fabrics that really appeal make you much more enthusiastic to finish a project.

There is no change in the closet as this weeks purchases are still on the cutting table. This could be cheating.

Go Niners!

I mentioned my sister had designs on a piece of fabric in the stash residing in the closet… She casually mentioned how this fabric might make the best bag ever… So I found some sparkly metallic thread and quilted it up…

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Then, whipped up a tote for my lovely sister.

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The trip to the store for gold ribbon and black webbing for the handle resulted in my purchasing absolutely nothing extra. This could technically qualify as a miracle; an unexplainable suspension of the laws of nature.

The inside pocket, yes my sister rated an inside pocket, used a 7 inch zipper I had on hand as well.

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Go Niners!

Besides the next baby quilt that is cut out, I’m thinking seriously of selling some yardage on Etsy. Has anyone tried selling on Etsy? I’d love some feedback.