Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fall Quilt Parade

Fall is my favorite season and it is finally starting to arrive in Phoenix.  Well sort of.  It's cooling down at night and only in the 90's during the day.  That is cool compared to 105 plus temperatures that we were experiencing previously with low's in the 80's overnight.  We have actually been able to shut the A/C off a couple of nights and open the windows.

I think part of why I love fall is that I'm a fall baby.  In fact, today is my birthday and it has been a great day!  I had some final tax work to finish for the deadline tomorrow, but it only took a few hours.  Then this afternoon Dawn had to run to the quilt shop for some thread, so I went along since I was done with my work.  We both found some great batiks, on sale for 20% off, and then I also found a really cute cat fabric that I bought for a backing using a 40% off coupon.  I don't think I would have bought anything had I not gotten a discount...the regular price per yard on all of the fabrics I got was $10.59.  Ouch.  I knew prices were going up, but to see even regular cotton fabrics priced at over $10/yard was hard to swallow.  I can understand the batiks somewhat, but they were the same price as the regular fabrics.  Go figure.  Seeing those prices really makes me appreciate my stash even more.

It has been busy, busy, busy around here between work and divorce stuff.  We got everything hammered out last week and filed the papers on Wednesday.  Now we just wait until January when everything can be finalized.    AZ has a mandatory 60 day waiting period and since that puts us into December we decided to just wait until January to finalize everything and file taxes jointly for 2010, which will save quite a bit in tax.  Why pay more just to have everything finalized a few weeks earlier.  We bought a ticket for T's father to fly in on 12/5.  They will pick up the moving truck on the 6th, load it up and be on their way to Ohio with a stop in Texas to pack up the stuff in that house.  In the meantime, we have been spending many hours going through things to split them up, getting rid of what neither of us wants, and then packing what T will be taking with him.  We started with the garage and have made a lot of progress, but there is still lots more to go.  

So on to the Fall Quilt Parade that I mentioned in the title to my post.  Having been busy lately with so many other things, I've done virtually nothing on the quilting front.  I have put some stitches in the binding of Strings from Stash, but that's about it, and I haven't even done that for over a week.  Since I have nothing current to show, I've decided to share a few of the fall quilts I've made over the years.

The quilt below is one of the very first quilts I pieced when I started quilting in 2001 and I still love it to this day.  I call it Moda Bear Paw because all of the fabric for the blocks was from Moda and the block is the Bear Paw block.  I am so creative with my quilt names, aren't I?  LOL

I've also made a few fall items for my sister - two small table quilts and a set of placemats.

And this last quilt was made from the rejected 4 patch units from a queen size quilt I made for my soon to be ex MIL.  The orange didn't play nicely with the rest of the fabrics in that quilt, but it was perfect with the batik I had in my stash that I used for the border.


Winona said...

Happy birthday, Laura. Glad you have had a good day. Also glad things with the divorce are going smoothly. Hope you can get things spit and packed without too much struggle. Winona

Char said...

Happy Birthday! Loved the quilt show.

Quiltbenaco said...

Auguri di buon compleanno!
Belle le tue trapunte

Loris said...

Well, I'm a day late but want to wish you a Happy Birthday anyway :-) The Fall parade was a good way to celebrate. Love your quilts. All were full of beautiful fall colors. This will be a 'growing' year for you and I hope it is a good one.