Saturday, October 25, 2014

It's Official

October is a very busy time of year for me.
This is when I try to do too many things at once
because not only is the nice weather waning,

One last hike on a barren beach.

These errant Semi-palmated Plovers our only companions.

but it's time for me to finish up everything started,

My 'airfare quilt'.  Every year I make and sell one
to pay for my airfare to Texas.

Baby Fynn's Daycare Quilt, 24"x24"

button down the hatches outside for winter,
which includes

helping The Ranger finish splitting

and laying in his winter wood supply,
and tromping through the meadow

to clean out all of the Tree Swallow houses 
without squashing the cranberries.

I have to prepare my hand work for travel, too.
This year I decided to do a simple applique project.
I found 9 scrappy nine patches
left-over from a past leader/ender quilt
and decided to make the Honey Bee Block at long last,


so I'm prepping them for my 'to go' bag.
Of course, I had to finish at least one!

It goes without saying
that I have to sneak time in to practice my FMQ!

And sometime in between all this,
I have to pack up all of my sewing 'mess' 
for the winter.
I'm going to miss my Janome!!

Last, but not least,
September was my birth month.

Patron Saint of Hexies

I am now officially
a hexie-genarian.
I'm still not to sure how I feel about that,
but the Patron Saint of Hexies
is clearly
watching over me!

My last 'to go project' is getting it's finishing touches.
Have a funderful weekend!!


Abby and Stephanie said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I love the barren beach photo. You have lots of beautiful projects too.

Montanagirl said...

Wow, you are one busy gal with many talents! I LOVE baby Fynn's quilt - so colorful!

Sondra said...

Its time to head south the weather is lovely right now. I love the idea of the airfare quilt, you are a smart cookie--and it's beautiful to boot. Happy Belated, my b-day was the 29th and it was my broken arms one yr anniversary if you can believe it has been a yr!!Happy Trails to you!!

Maria said...

Lots of loviness in your post Karen..

Love the Airfare quilt and baby Fynns too.

Hope you had a fabulous birthday.

TexWisGirl said...

well, happy belated birthday to you! love the airfare quilt! good luck getting everything done!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I think we noticed last year that we Karen's both have a September birthday - mine is the 24th when is yours? hope your quilt sells and my oh my that is a lot of wood!!

Renee said...

haha, hexie-genarian! I will have to remember that. You have a lot of nice projects keeping you busy!

Lesley said...

Happy Birthday! Glad you joined the club...we have a lot of fun once we reach that age, giggle. Love your chevron quilt...great minds think alike. Wonderful pics too!

Raewyn said...

Belated Birthday Wishes Karen! I can see where the weather changes so dramatically you really do have to do a lot of preparation for winter... we kind of just slip gradually into it! I hope your airfare quilt does so well that you can travel business class :-) It is lovely and I also love the cute daycare quilt. Good luck with getting everything done and enjoying the last days of autumn.

Carol S. said...

Happy Birthday a little late! Your quilts are beautiful and so is the scenery photos you shared. I love the idea of selling your quilt for's a lovely quilt!

Fiona said...

Happy Hexigenarian (love that!!) and what a great post..... so much to get done but it all looks great.... I am impressed at how those wood piles are done.....

Sheila said...

Lovely post Karen , I love your chevron quilt and the baby quilt is just adorable . Love the nature shots too , I hope you accomplish all you need to get done with a little time to relax in between . Hugs Sheila

hetty said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I loved your post. So much going on. Great airfare quilt and a very cute Fynn quilt!

Rambling Woods said...

I love your stuff.... Happy Birthdy!!

Lin said...

Welcome to the club - hope it was a great birthday! So much to do here too - masses in the garden and Christmas presents to plan. Next year I WILL do CTTY! xx

Finn said...

Wow, you've been a busy, busy lady while I've been laying in the weeds! All your projects look wonderful, I especially like you Reach for the stars quilt...just awesome.
Keep on keepin' on..lots of months of winter ahead. Hugs, Finn

Debbie said...

oh my--the daycare quilt is fabulous!!!

Karen Ackva said...

Happy belated B-Day! Big hugs! Love the airfare quilt! Am in love with the daycare quilt! Happy travels!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday a little late, dear Karen!! Your works are all very nice!! Lovely nature photos!

Linda said...

Lots going on to get ready to go. I love your chevron quilt and congrats on finishing up your hexie quilt. I have always wanted to make a honeybee quilt.

Teresa in Music City said...

Sounds like you are going to be well prepared for every sewing opportunity! Love those honeybee blocks :) And Happy Birthday!!! I'll be joining you in that generation next year :)

Melissa said...

Happy super belated birthday! I love that you call the quilt your airfare quilt. That is completely brilliant! Maybe I need to start doing that!

Carrie P. said...

Great projects finished and in progress.
Oh, that is a lot of wood! We have a good stack ready for winter if we need it.

Barb said...

You are getting a lot done. I so love your nature pictures....and your projects.

Roy Norris said...

Leave the Quilting until Winter, you need to get out there Karen.{:))

Allie said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!! The quilts, the scenery, oh such a pretty post - and I LOVE your Reach For The Stars quilt, I can't believe I've been missing your posts. I'm not sure how you fell off my reader....I miss my old google reader. I'm catching up now though!

scraphappy said...

Wow! What a lot you have going on. Love those honeybee blocks. Such a great combination of piecing and applique.

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Oh my goodness girl you've been so busy. I love the Chevron quilt and would be curious as to where and how you sell it. I'm trying to save money to go to Market next year -- maybe that is how I can get there ;) Your FMQ looks like it's coming around wonderfully. I'm not sure I could go without my machine like you do but I would probably finish up a bunch of applique by storing it and the computer away.

Happy Belated Birthday too!!

Kathie Brown said...

It must be so hard to say good-bye, yet I bet you are looking forward to seeing your daughter and the warmer weather as well! Love the plovers and the waves smashing on the rocks!