Friday, October 18, 2013

Have I told you.....

How much I love Autumn?  Today has been such a beautiful Autumn day.  The sun is shining and the colors are glorious.

We took Sammie out to Wolcott Mill Metro Park for a good work out.  We thought the workout was for her...but we are the ones that got the work out.  I'll show you some pictures of the park but first I want to show you what I have been working on.

I came to the party late....I didn't see Lori @ Humble Quilts latest QAL until the third round.  I'm pretty busy with other projects but I did want to do a smaller version of Lori's block.

 I had this chicken blocks and was always going to make more and have a queen size quilt.  Best laid plans.....  So when this project came along I thought this block would be perfect.  The red borders has these spots that remind me of eggs.  The pieced border was made up of triangles that were trimmed from projects.  I save them in a box and when I have a bunch I used them in other projects.  The 3rd border is chickens.  My quilt measures 13" and will fit perfect on my table quilt stand or on the wall in my kitchen by my chicken collection.  I have 2 tiny buttons for the eyes that I will add after I quilt it.  Thanks Lori for another fun QAL.  This is something I will definitely do again.

I got caught up on my Hip Chicks BOM (Joined at the Hip).

 I am surprised that I have been able to keep up with this.  It is going to be a nice quilt when finished.

I also got a couple of table runners made for Christmas presents.

They are the same size but at the angle I took the picture, one looks longer than the other.  Does it look familiar?  I made another one earlier and have a picture on my left side bar.

Now for our walk.  Wolcott Mill Metro Park is a bit of drive but on such a beautiful day it was enjoyable.  We took a longer drive to get there that took us through the country and down dirt roads.   All of a sudden my husband stopped and said look what is in the front yard of this house.

At first I thought he meant the pumpkins...then I saw them.  PEACOCKS!!! Then Sammie saw them too and started barking and they took off running.

This is the mill that the park is named after.  We've been here many times.  Once a year they have a quilt show.  

I love how they decorate the mill buildings with Scarecrows.

 After we checked out the mill we went for a walk.  They have quite a few hiking trails.  Sammie took us on a real hike.

 It was such a lovely walk.  The trail for the most part was covered in leaves and went up and down some hills.

We came across this tree that was hollowed out at the base.  There were all these tiny mushrooms.  It looked like a fairy garden.

On the way back to the car we missed our path and ended up in a field that had this mess covering it.  We almost stepped on this cute fuzzy caterpillar.

That was the end of walk.  Sammie didn't want to get in the car while Terry and I were dragging our butts and couldn't wait to get in.

I'll leave you now with this picture.  I loved how this leaf was shining against all the brown curled up leaves.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, October 11, 2013

Autumn....My favorite time of year!

I guess it is because I'm an Autumn Baby.  My birthday is the 14th of this month.  We celebrated Autumn by going up north and visiting my son Patrick, his wife Courtney and my granddaughter Ashley.

I always like to take up gifts when we go to visit.  I took Ashley a container of cake mix to make 3-2-1 Micro wave cakes.

This is what I took up to Courtney.

 Ashley and I hung it on the table quilt hanger I got Courtney last Christmas.  She was so surprised.

I've got lots of pictures to show you from up north but first I want to show you a few projects I've worked on since we got back.

These are a sew of the Japanese X block swap I belong to.  These are October blocks.

 These are the next installment of blocks for Joined at the Hip BOM.

Now for some up north pictures.

 Patrick got a dog a few months back.  Roxie is a Red Fox Lab.  She's 8 months old and loves to play.  She thought Sammie was a new chew toy.  They had lots of fun playing together although Roxie backed her into a corner a few times.

The first two day's in Marquette it was sunny but windy.  The rest of the time it rained.  Luckily I got some pictures with the sun shining.

 Lots of color up there, and as you can see a lot of trees have lost all their leaves.  It was really beautiful.

We went to a little park down by the lake.  This is a special place for me.  My Mom and I would go there on picnics when ever we would go to Marquette for our day out.

I just love it when the waves are crashing on the beach.  It is such a beautiful spot.

Standing on the beach you could see the Marquette Lighthouse. 

Thanks for sticking around to see all my pictures.  We were only gone 5 days but it felt like a month.  On our way home we stopped at a rest area for one of Sammie's many potty stops.  Couldn't resist taking a picture of these.

The neatest group of mushrooms.  I've only seen mushrooms like this one other time when I was living with my Dad.

I hope you are enjoying a truly wonderful Autumn.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy