Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall is in the Air - Can you Feel It?

I love Fall.  Don't know why, but when I start to notice the sun coming up later and going down earlier, a little coolness in the morning and night air, well, it just makes me happy!

My pumpkins are already purchased and my baking has taken an upswing.  Gotta try those new recipes before the holidays you know.  Even my tomatoes have decided to ripen.  This was not a good tomato year in the Bay Area.  Probably too cool.  I will have plenty of tomato sauce for the freezer to enjoy over the next year, but I don't have to stalk my neighbors with bowls of tomatoes in an attempt to give them away as I have been known to do in high volume tomato years.

On the quilting front things continue to be a little slow.  I finished my addition to Ruth's quilt top for the round robin bee I'm in.  She wanted a quilt that was 32" long by 60-70" wide to hang at work.  I received it with the first 3 rows in place and I added row 4:


I like that red stripe fabric.  Reminds me of Pippi Longstockings and the Wicked Witch from Oz.  You know...I'm melting, I'm melting, look what you've done you wicked little girl.  But I digress.

One of my quilts was accepted into the New Quilts of Northern California special exhibition at the Pacific International Quilt Festival.  I entered two, thinking Screaming Green would be selected, but they surprised me and selected my orange Wonky 9 Patch:

I followed an Elizabeth Hartman tutorial to make the wonky 9 patch blocks.  Several of these blocks came to me as an exchange in an internet swap called Blockwork Orange (gotta love the name!).  It's quilted with a ginko leaf pattern by my longarm quilter friend Dee Small. 

The PIQF is an amazing show of hundreds and hundreds of top notch quilts from national and international quilt makers.  It's at the San Jose Convention Center from October 11-October 14.  Unfortunately, I won't be in town during that week because I am in Philadelphia for a meeting.  Darn - I won't even get to see my quilt hung at the show.  Take some pictures for me if you go.

I am starting a new quilt after being on design hiatus for a few months.  I just couldn't figure out what to do next.  Ever have that problem?

Aaaanway, that's it from the Robertson household. 


  1. Yes absolutely I have had the problem of what to do next. I am currently on a little hiatus from quilting because I don't have anything in mind. In a while I know the creative energy will come back and I'll get into something. I can't force it to happen, but generally I can give a nudge by picking up some fabric to play with for a few minutes.

  2. Congrats on your wonky 9-patch quilt getting accepted to PIQF! I love the fall, too... wish the afternoons didn't still feel like summer.