Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Little Bit of Orange

Road Trip

We covered miles and miles of road and enjoyed the fall foliage along the way.  Twelve quilt shops and 23 yards of fabric later, I had a very good time indeed.   Just one photo to show you, I seem to have taken a fancy to the colour orange.  Not everything was orange; I bought lots of other colours too!

Ring in the New!  BOM

I fell behind on my Ring in the New! BOM, but now I am caught up.  If you remember, I added an accent colour to the January and February block and thought I would do the same on the October block, but I do not like it, so the moon with be changed to black.

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!"
D. Kozen

Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow.

Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
Ripening fields lush - bright with promise...
Michelle L. Thieme


Left all alone in a very big world, how do things like this come to be?  Looking out my window exactly when I did, I guess it was meant to be.

Say cheese for the camera Lucy!

October Clamshell Report

October was not as productive a month as September when I started fresh and stitched 67 clamshells together, but I did squeeze in a little time and added 18 new clamshells to my quilt, for a total of 85.  Just 635 to go!

149 Klosjes Completed
4 made this week

I'm seeing more and more finished and near finished klosjes quilts and they are all so beautiful!  My background fabric will soon run out, but I have found a couple other fabrics that will match nicely.  My goal is to make 500 klosjes, and then I will start piecing them together.

Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)
Shades of Autumn

Back to working on my POTC quilt, I did a rough count and believe I need 504 elongated hexagons for sashing and the border.  The thought of tracing and cutting out that many pieces from a plastic template is delightful! 

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

Well, it is time for some milk and cookies, and then back to my sewing machine.  Soon I will be finished Louisa and another one crossed off my list.

Until next time.....happy quilting!



Vivian said...

Your orange fabrics are great. It's a color that's grown on me since I've started quilting. It's such an in-your-face, look-at-me, let's-have-fun color to find in quilts.
Your blocks are lovely, and thanks for sharing your progress on all your projects.
Of course we can't forget Lucy--such a lovely little lady.

Jeanette said...

The orange fabics a fabulous. Haven't even started my Ring In The New :) The fur baby is gorgeous.

Barb said...

Your stitcheries are just soooooo awesome! Love the clamshells and everything else as are one busy person.

Melody said...

Wow, Karen what a fabulous post. Lucy is the cutest little kitty. Have a great Halloween.

Marion B. said...

12 shops and 23 yards.......must make a person a happy person! :-)
Love the stitchery.
Have a nice weekend

katrien said...

Oh love thoose orange fabrics.
And what a lovely stitcheries.
Have a nice weekend.

Joan said...

Great array of fabrics you have shown us - what are the other like ? :)
I couldnt cope with that amount of drawing from a plastic template... I feel for you ♥

Diane H said...

As always, wonderful progress and an inspirational post. Thank you, Karen.

Crispy said...

Wow Karen you have been sooooo busy!! I can hardly wait to see your POTC blocks....a very tempting pattern :0)


Anonymous said...

Lucy is just too cute - I love her smile! Fantastic oranges in your fabric and the stitcheries are gorgeous.

Ellen said...

Love your new blocks! And Lucy has such a cute smile :o))

Jolanda said...

You have buy very nice orange fabric, The colour of my country Holland thank you. even so wooden shoes, tulips en cheese.
Greeting Jolanda

Cisca said...

What an inspiring post, Karen, I love your orange fabric (indeed very Dutch!), your Ring in the New, that lovely Lucy, clamshells and klosjes!
Hve a nice Halloween!
Happy stitching, Cisca

Saskia said...

Great blog Karen!
Like the fabrics, and 23 yards! I'm jealous....LOL
And you did good on your 'tasks, the clamshells, the klosjes and the stitchery!

Yvette said...

Ooooh! I love all those orange fabrics.
Your stitcheries are so cute. I look forward to seeing all those put together.

I am going to prep more Klosjes tomorrow, yours are making me want to do more.

Anne-Mette said...

23 yards of fabrics .... wauh. You have pocked out some great orange fabrics.
Cute stitcheries and I am still wondering, if your days have more hours than mine? ;-)).
Have a nice weekend.

Paula said...

ooollala beautiful orange fabric and the "Ring in the New" are beautiful all of them. 23 yards of fabric and 12 quiltshops - wow you are busy and so productive. I always love visiting your blog. Have a wonderful weekend.

Funoldhag said...

Such a nice fallish post today, Karen. Love all of your projects - and the little fuzzy live one, too. Hope you get lots of treats on Halloween! Carol

sewprimitive karen said...

Is Lucy somebody new? Bless you for taking her in.

Narelle said...

Maybe Halloween had something to do with your orange-ness.
What a precious look on Lucy's face. :)

Karen said...

I like the embroidery blocks you are using. The subtle stripe background is a good choice.

Sue-Anne said...

Lucy is a little cutie and I love all your new orange fabrics. Your stitcheries look great in the black and well done with the clamshells and klosjes - some is better than none!

Cybele's patch said...

What a lovely post Karen. I really enjoyed reading. Glad you did not reach your target with the clamshells as well. I am far behind too. It looks like none of the club did much. So far no entries except for you and me.
I would love to have taken the road tour with you. Al those wonderful shops to visit. The orange fabrics are so beautiful. They look so much like the colours I see when looking out of my window. Fall is a wonderful season. Have a lovely Sunday!

Brigitte said...

What wonderful oranges. It brightened my day.You have some wonderful projects on the go.

Melody said...

Just checked your blog again in case there was a new post, which meant I just saw Lucy again and this made smile again. She is just so cute.

Belinda said...

LOVE your fabrics girl!!! Whatcha got planned for those fabulous oranges???
Looks like you have been being productive...your projects are shaping up nicely. Your clamshell is going to be wonderful...I only managed to get two more rows 'pinned' on ready for stitching!
Great post!!

Carrie P. said...

12 shops. I bet that was fun and tiring. I just love those embroidered blocks.
Sweet kitten.

grendelskin said...

There's that door again, with your lovely clamshells loking better than ever! You're doing a fabulous job with them.

I've been leaning heavily towards orange lately too! Must be your ginger cat is inspiring you!

Cathi said...

Oooh, those orange fabrics are yummy!! I seem to have shied away from orange and think that will absolutely have to be rectified! :-)
Lucy is adorable.
Your clamshells are looking great -- it's such fun to see everyone's progress. :-)

Annemieke said...

Love your post. To do 12 quiltshops in one day...I wish we had so many to do in one day. I love all those orangy colours and your little orange kitten!

Gerda Hartman said...

Love all the orange fabric. My husband is very fond of orange. We have an orange bedroom, a bit retro.

Kate said...

Hi Karen...this is one great post..Oh My! you sure are a busy lady..I love all your work.Thank you for hosting One Flower Wednesday..It sure is a pleasure to meet so many lovely "gardeners"...

Valentina said...

Lucy is so cute! We also added to our family this week...
Karen, I think your clams and Klosjes are looking fabulous! WoW!

Elly D said...

You did good Karen :) 18 is better than my 2 ;)
Your clams are looking wonderful.
Have you looked at the Inklingo collection for printing the POTC shapes straight onto the back of your fabrics?? NA just a fan. ;) However, my block number for my POTC is 2 too, LOL.. can you see a pattern. Thank you for your visit to my blog :-D Ellyx

Quilter Kathy said...

Love your stitchery blocks!