Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Wind's . . . they are a changin'

Yes, they are !!

Literally, it's windy here. Sustained about 20 mph, with gusts upwards of 30 mph. And it's a northerly wind coming across Lake Erie. We had lake effect rain on Wednesday. We still need more after the dry, hot summer. We are finally seeing a more seasonal weather pattern.

It's hard to see wind blowing in still photography, but it's still a pretty morning when the sun is trying to come through all the clouds.

Temperatures are in the 50s. That makes it my favorite seasonal clothing weather . . . 

Slippers and sweatshirts and jeans. It was still in the upper 70s last week during Susan's visit, but not too hot. We enjoyed six full days of sewing, shopping and some of the best conversations on numerous topics.

Shopping, we went to a new shop. Actually, it's an older shop that relocated and built a new shop. It is run by a mom and daughter and only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

It's bright and beautiful and I found several of the fat quarters I need for my shoebox exchange at the end of the November. I was a little behind and thanks to Susan's visit am now almost done collecting. I'm hoping to finish the last few this month.

Liberty Green Quilt Shop

After a visit to the shop, we picked up lunch and headed to Mom's for a visit. Both she and Susan were looking forward to catching up. They met last year for Susan's visit. All of us enjoyed the time together.

Pins and Needles Quilt Shop

This is a local shop that I go to regularly, but I've been putting it off in anticipation of Susan's visit. I did find some beautiful fabric for a birthday gift, as well as some beautiful greens.

They had an event going on, so the store was crowded and busy and honestly, not very pleasant to shop. I couldn't wait to get out.

Quilter's Source Quilt Shop

This is my most local shop, five minutes from home :) The staff and the owner are all very nice and accommodating. I also found a couple more of the fat quarters I needed.

Sewing, we worked on a quilt together. Earlier in the year, Susan found a couple of patterns on Cluck, Cluck, Sew. One was for evergreen trees, the other was called Suburbs.
Susan order patterns for both of us, along with some great fabrics from Fort Worth Fabric Studio - one of our favorite on line shops.

Susan brought some of her stash with her and I pulled from mine and together we came up with some great houses.

We had a great time choosing and matching the doors. 

Susan chose to make her's a throw size which required 40 of the houses. I chose queen size and needed 68 houses.

Susan got the first two rows sewn together and it actually fit across the queen size bed. You can see her rows here.

I got all my houses sewn and was working on the roofs and sky Monday after Susan left, between chores and loads of laundry. My goal is to have the top assembled by the end of the month.

The yard work and gardens are done for the year.

I've been keeping upwith the house. Conversations have turned to employment opportunities. Yes, there are some on the horizon. I've been contacted about the annual inventory job in December and have accepted. Honey Do has given me a few odd jobs and inventory recently with the promise of more to come shortly and even the potential for permanent part time next year. Nothing definite yet, but hopeful. I'm looking forward to that to some degree. We are both geting older and staying active and busy is good. Newton graduates in June and obviously won't need me as much. And a few extra dollars never hurts anyone :)

Beyond that, I have been staying busy stitching on Girls Getaway this week. There have been several days out and about, so stitching is pretty much all I've been able to manage. I'm thinking it will be the first quilt I finish in 2020.

2020 . . . are you ready? Are you making plans? UFOs? New projects?

It's kind of hard not to :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Hebrews 7:25 NIVUK


Joy McD said...

Glad you and Susan has a fun time together! It’s always great to shop and sew with friends! Love the house you guys worked on! xx

Farm Quilter said...

It is so much fun to have sewing friends com and visit! I'm glad you and Susan had such a great visit. Looking forward to seeing your finished houses quilt!

Susan said...

That's a lovely summation of our week together, but you left out all the game excitement in the living room. LOL Both the shooting and the football! That really is a great pattern, and I like it so much! I didn't get to work on mine again, probably won't until Monday, because of an unfinished charity quilt that needs to go in the mail, but I look forward to getting the rest of the trees and the roofing done. It wouldn't surprise me if you got yours finished first.

Love those winter slippers! They look quite warm and comfy. I'm sporting red and white sparkly fuzzy socks today! We are still at least 10 F warmer than you are - I guess that's standard year 'round. Except right this minute, we are 2 degrees colder than you. LOL And it hasn't been windy, though our one all night rain surely is turning grasses green. More coming Saturday and Tuesday, but that goes to show how fast the forecast changes. Yesterday, it was Saturday THROUGH Tuesday.

K Reeves said...

I love that you and Susan have an annual Quilting Camp of your own design! So much accomplished and great friend time as well!