My thread arrived (Aurifil #12) – I am happy once again to be sitting at the quilting frame in the evening. I order two colors of thread and then decided between the two – one was Delft Blue and the other was Jade – to me the Jade looks more Turquoise and I loved it with the mustard type color of yellow in this quilt and all the other colors in it – so that was the choice. I had ordered needles too but they turned out to be way too large and I dug out some others that I had in the drawer – some of dozens of packets of needles that have collected up – like all of you I’m sure – we try out different kinds all the time.
The thread and what it looks like in the fabric – these stitches were just testing out the thread and the needles and was pulled back out when I decided. Murrieta Stars.
The needles – much bigger than I normally use and it might prove to be too big but they glide through this flannel top, batting and flannel back really good. And easy to thread! I haven’t a clue where I got them though and so I will need to do a search and if they work well I will be ordering more.
This first border will be in a grid – I don’t know if I will carry it through to the next or not – we will see.
Fall Harvest – one border of applique done and working from bottom to top I have 2 done and on the third leaf.
Round We Go the 3rd of block #2 done – Not quite enough contrast on this one – I wish the point of the star would have been a little darker but I do like the little bird – or maybe it is the gray that should have been a little lighter – who knows – it stays!
This much done – still don’t care for that green one so much and might eventually replace it. And seeing as all the rest of them have red, gray and white shades in them, maybe I need to stick with that throughout. The top 3 are all the same design yet look different and the next four are the block #1
We took a drive up in the Ozark Mts. yesterday to see if there was any fall color – not much! it has been a weird fall, first too much rain then not enough, pretty nice days, mostly still in the 70’s – some of this area has already had a frost but we have been no where near close – I think our coldest night so far has been 46. This is about 40-50 miles north of us we live on the very first ridges of the foothills of the Ozark Mts.
This one taken at a rest area
Where we found this! Never have I seen so many Praying Mantis – (walking sticks) all over the restroom doors and outside of the building. Had to swish them away from the door handle to enter the bathroom – I wasn’t sure what I would find (they are modern flush toilets and lights) but with so many insects I felt sure they would have gotten into the building – but only two inside (thank heavens – when you gotta go – you gotta go!!)
All over the pavement too. Never seen so many in one place before!!