Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New York Beauty Ready for Lenni!

Oh - My -Gosh! I can't believe it's been nearly two weeks since I posted. Since Mr. Squash's back surgery, I've been a busy gal helping him recover, taking care of things around the house, and OK - I'll confess - spending a LOT of time in my studio!

Yesterday I finished my New York Beauty flimsy! I wish I didn't have to wait until later in November to take delivery of Lenni. I really want to get this quilted, but I'm practicing patience and Mr. Squash is teaching me how to chant from his days in Peace Corps, Nepal ... Lenni, Lenni, arrive soon to the Squash House, Lenni ... somehow I don't think that will speed her delivery, but I can dream! Actually, you should know that Mr. Squash helped me with the layout on this! Those of you who have made New York Beauties know that there are endless ways to arrange your blocks and we had a lot of fun figuring out which we liked best! The fabric used in this is Pat Sloan's Old Blooms from 2003 - gosh - can't believe I've had this around for so long!
Speaking of beauties, Autumn is finally in full swing here! You wouldn't know it to look at our yard. Most of the annuals, perennials and roses are still blooming, but I did plant garlic and put the raised beds to rest for the winter by spreading straw on top of them. Check out the neighbor's gorgeous maple tree! I can't believe ours to the right of the photo hasn't even changed as yet!
This is going to be my next project. I've been wanting to make a tree skirt for ages, and I love this pattern from Perkins Dry Goods! I'll be making it with Northwoods by Holly Taylor. I ordered a fat quarter bundle of it today from Green Fairy Quilts - more than enough for the skirt (maybe both) and stockings for the mantel! Hard to believe that Christmas is two months away - eek!


ferne said...

You have been a busy girl! I am loving that tree skirt pattern and will be checking out for myself. Enjoy your time with Lenni!

Sharon said...

That is a beauty. I quilted one of these that was huge when I first started with my machine. Loved it, lots of funky swirls and spikes and spirals. ?, why the straw on your garden beds?

Vintage Sandy said...

Your quilt top is beautiful can't wait to see it quilted and I really like the tree skirt....prayers for Mr. Squash continued improvements!!

Chris said...

Your New York beauty is gorgeous!! What a project. Are you planning to hang it in a special place? :-)

Love the tree skirt pattern. Haven't seen it before or heard of Perkins Dry Goods so I'm going to have to check them out.

Fall has hit the Palouse and we have snow on the mountain. Christmas is indeed getting close when we see snow!

Louise said...

I would say Mr. Squash advised you well on the block placement. Does this mean his recovery is coming along well? Fall is in full bloom here as well. My husband thinks if he keeps watering the hanging baskets on the front porch he can nurture them along all winter..Silly boy! Enjoy the fall. Good time to nest in and stitch.

*karendianne. said...

Oh Candace this is stunning. So wonderful to see you and this amazing workmanship. My best to Mr. Squash... Warmly, *karendianne.

Mary said...

You did a great job on your New York Beauty. Don't know what is nicer, your quilt top or your yard. Hope you have lots of quilts tops waiting for Lenni.

QuiltSue said...

Your NYB is stunning. It's going to be even more so when you've quilted it.

I hope Mr Squash's recovery is going well.

Jackie said...

Your quilt is a beauty! I hope Lenni gets here soon so you can get to quilting.

I hope Mr. Squash continues to recover well. I'm sure he's enjoying you taking care of him.

pratima said...

Your New York beauty is spectaular! The intensity of blue is brilliant with the blocks. The tree skirt is lovely Hope Mr.Squash is recovering well :)
Enjoy the fall views!

Carrie P. said...

Candace, your NYB is fabulous. Congrats! Stephanie will be proud.
The tree is so pretty but I was admiring your green grass.
Great pattern for the tree skirt. I am working on binding for one I am making.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Wow, love love that flimsy. It is spectacular. The yard is beautiful. Best wishes to Mr. Squash House.

Karen said...

Candace, I LOVE your NY Beauty, it is GOR GEOUS!!!

Karen :)

Wendy said...

I've been thinking about tree skirts as well. Love the New York Beauty, I bet you're excited to get your new machine.

Lisa D. said...

I don't know how I missed this post, but your New York Beauty is stunning - especially when you click in for a close up. I'm sure you are on pins and needles waiting for Lenni. I hope Mr. Squash's recovery is going well.

Ulla said...

Your co-operation turned out beautiful!
I hope your Lenni will arrive soon and you can start playing with him.

Linda said...

Hi Candace! I'm dying for you to get your Lenni! I've been waiting. Please post lots about it!

Barb said...

That is one amazing quilt you have done....just beautiful!

sewtakeahike said...

Just stopping by to say a little hello Candace! Your new york beauty is, well, very beautiful!! And your yard looks amazing! I hope you and Mr Squash are enjoying retirement!

Louise said...

I miss seeing you post ..hope all is well. Perhaps, your Lenni has arrived, now wouldn't that be fun!

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