Busy November….

Wow this month is non stop so far y’all!

My honey made some yummy spaghetti this past week… and last night I heated up some leftovers… even BETTER!!!!

Today is our Molly’s birthday day 17 months ago…

I made this collage… she spent Friday getting groomed while we ran errands around Asheville!  She had more fun though 😀

My great friend Jannessa keeps her when she is groomed and Jannessa has a white poodle named Max that is Molly’s good friend too… they love to play and nap together 😀  We are definitely blessed!

As we were leaving… her husband blessed us by sharing some home laid eggs from his chickens too!

I snapped this shot of our back yard…

 From “across the pond”! lol

And here is just a small portion of all the limbs we picked up using our golf cart to haul them away!  It has been VERY windy and cool here in the mountains of North Carolina!!!  But I am loving it and so is my honey 😀

Last Sunday I asked you all for pattern suggestions for a table runner / placemat we will use in our kitchen from these fabrics Jannessa gifted to me…

 Many of you liked the pattern that came with the fabric… a honey bun and some yardage enough for this pattern.  So I designed something similar that would meet our longer length and skinnier width requirements…

I had fun designing it… and have the colors already picked out in my head 🙂  This will be fun… I hope to start on the piecing this week!

I will also be making Jannessa some place mats that are a bit smaller than the traditional placemat and more the size of some I made when we lived in Florida… you will enjoy seeing those come about too I bet…

But for my HQAL friends and for my Slow Sunday Stitching friends… I finally have lots to show this week!

There are 4 rows of swoon blocks on this quilt and I am on the top of the 3rd row!!!

Here I am just starting the outline stitching with regular 28wt Aurifil thread outlining each swoon section that will then get big stitch quilt with Aurifil 12 wt…

 Here is a photo showing the stabilizing stitching and the big stitching all done…

 Now I am on to the medallion bottom part as I move later on to the 2nd swoon top in this row 😀

 While in Asheville Friday… and again last night…

I worked on blanket stitching by hand the crochet thread around a block for my crochet quilt in the slow making progress.  This is my long term handie project… all by hand once the squares are closed and the fabric is the same on both sides 😀

Above you can see we were listening to some music, enjoying a soda and stitching as we chatted 😀

Earlier this week I was watching one of my faves on a facebook live chat and she posted this question….

 So my challenge this week … as we enter the busy holiday time is to take a breath and a few minutes…
 Ponder this question… what are your answers to 5 things you are most thankful for?

Write them down and keep them on the mirror or by your work station… remember what keeps you grounded 😀

I want to shout out to Kathy’s Quilts for the Sunday Slow Stitching link up HERE <<<  Come see what all the chatting is about this week including all of Kathy's finished and starting Gail Pan designs!

I also definitely wanna say hello to my slow stitching sisters in the HQAL group too >>>>

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. 
We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  
If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Come play along with a link up every 3 weeks … contact Kathy if you are interested … she is the first linker in the list of names 😀

Our colors in the mountains aren’t as brilliant as they were last year because we lacked rain at the end of the summer and into the fall… we are caught up on rain now I think… but that lack of rain made us miss out of leaf looking as we drove to run errands and such.

I hope you each have a great week… I am thinking of 2 of my sons’ having birthdays this weekend <<<  One is 29 and one is 25… both are settled and happy so sew am I for them !!!


12 thoughts on “Busy November….

  1. Karen - Quilts...etc.

    everything is so pretty as always the quilting is going really well on the Swoon and I will be nice to see that one done and off the frame – while you be binding it or will Connie do that seeing it is hers. Our leaves are doing pretty good right now – I need to get a photo of the brilliant yellow leaves on the tree that is in the center of the front yard while they are still on the tree – when we drove to NW Arkansas last week to see family I was surprised going over the mountains that there was no pretty color but when we got to towns there was. Love your fresh eggs!


  2. K Reeves

    Swoon is moving along so well, and so pretty too, Kathi! Your pond gives such a nice view, I bet you love looking out in the morning or evening with the light coming in. I love your table runner plan, looks like it will fit the fabric and your table just right!


  3. Little Penpen

    I was in Black Mountain this past week, meeting half way to pick up Annabelle. The mountains were nice, but not much color, for sure. When I lived there, it seemed as if we would have great color for 2-3 days, then the wind would blow it all away. I do miss the colors!! Looks like another good week at your house!


  4. Deb A

    What a wonderful spot – sitting on the swing overlooking the pond! You have a beautiful property – so peaceful. The swoons are coming along beautifully. I can't believe how much you get done every week.


  5. Sarah

    Lovely projects you have going. Your table runner is going to look great in those fabrics. Pond….more like a lake! I bet you get some wonderful wildlife visiting?


  6. Denise :)

    What a happy lot of happies you've shared! The shot of the back of your home is lovely! And tree limbs … there's never any shortage of clearing that stuff up, is there? It's never ending, here! Your swoon blocks are pretty; I like what you've got lined up for quilting on them! 🙂


  7. Jill

    Leftover spaghetti and fresh egg are a favorite! Not together though – lol! Swoon is coming along nicely while working on your other projects. Have a blessed week!



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