|My garden Gnome holding up my finished top|
I finished my version of a Civil War sampler commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War from Barbara Brackman's Civil War Blog in 2011. I call it "Succession to Emancipation" because it starts out with the seven sisters block representing the seven states that originally succeeded from the Union and Emancipation because I have little ladies all around the quilt with different skin colors representing freedom for all races.
I did many more blocks and even bought the book here that has more block patterns but this is the way the quilt top ended up. And now it is #19 in the 'Big Top' closet downstairs. Although I'm in the process of putting a quilt on the frames and there is one in the hoop so there are actually only 17 quilt tops waiting in the closet. 17 sounds so much better than 19, don't you think?
Bonnie Hunter's Mystery QAL is starting next Friday. It is so fun to participate in these QALs. It is called On Ringo Lake and requires aqua, coral, chocolate brown, and neutrals. I don't have enough of either aqua or coral and prefer using something I already have. I do have some fabric that I collected to make a watermelon quilt. I think I could substitute the green for the aqua and the red for the coral - using black instead of brown.
I would call it On Ringo Lake Eating Watermelon - ha!
I'm still thinking about it.
I am continuing to big stitch the baby quilt. This project is taking longer than I expected. I work on it almost every day and thought it would be done before Thanksgiving. Sigh. . .
My hands are so dry. The skin on my thumb cracked last night. It's from quilting and doing dishes (I've been cooking up a bunch ahead in preparation for next Thursday). The turkey, stuffing and broth for gravy are all in the freezer to be thawed next week and then heated through. I bought a roaster oven. I've been married 44 yrs. and had never used one. It is really slick. I think it will get a lot of use when I'm planning big dinners because it is an extra oven. It even cooks pies (so it says).
Just thought you might enjoy seeing my real live garden Gnome. He is planting tulip bulbs.
It's actually DH getting the yard ready for winter.
We got snow yesterday. You can see a little of it in the first picture with the quilt top. It was a great day to stay indoors and sew - thus the finished top.
I'm linking up with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.
Thanks for checkin' in,