Friday, November 30, 2007

Holding on to Autumn

Here is my journal quilt for September. This is a combination of techniques. I used felt and yarn for the trunk with my felting machine. I used the "snippets" technique for the leaves and did lots of free motion quilting. The date is NOT on the quilt. LOL.I used my camera at work to take this pic. We need to date all our photos. Anywho, I love autumn, the colors and the smells. Autumn doesn't get as much recognition as it used to what with Halloween in the stores in July and Christmas shoved upon us in September and October. For me, autumn is a time to tidy up the nest, inside and out, to enjoy the last days of strong sunlight, and to settle in for winter. I really do hibernate! I don't like the cold, never did, even as a child. I venture out only when necessary.

I am trying very hard not to get caught up in the "media blitz" of Christmas. I was pretty upset when I went to the mall to return something five days BEFORE Thanksgiving and they were playing holiday music! I know the setup has to be done but can't the music wait til the day AFTER Thanksgiving!!

I enjoyed "sharing" everyone's Turkey Day with your pictures and such. We spent the day with my brother's family. He is the one with triplets who will turn 13! in February. It's hard to believe how grown up they are. They also have a daughter, my godchild, Bridie, who is 5. My son, Alex, and his SEVEN loads of laundry were home for a week. It was a wonder he could close his trunk! LOL!! He is pretty stressed out trying to finish his senior thesis and set up his internship for next semester. He got some much needed rest and I sent him back loaded up with clean clothes and provisions for the refrigerator. He will be moving into another apartment about an hour from school and even further north! He will be working at Jay Peak, a ski resort about 2o minutes from the Canadian Border in Vermont. Don't know if we will see him but for a few days at Christmas.

I am soo very busy at work! I have very little time for quilting. I continue to work on my winter challenge quilt. I'm excited to show it but need to wait til the challenge date, December 12th. Maybe I can give you a peek at the fabrics I am using! They are fabulous! I'll do that in my next post. I am working on some Christmas projects and my PIF gifts are coming along.

I guess I will have to open the Christmas door soon. It's not that I don't love Christmas - I really do! I guess I just long for the simpler days. I want to try to recapture some of that feeling that I had as a child at Christmas time. It's hard to escape the barrage of commercialism that has a hold on this country at this time of year. It starts earlier and earlier.

Woww, on rereading , this post is a little solemn. I guess I feel like the last leaf on the maple tree about to fall to the ground. It's goodbye to Autumn!


cher said...

loved your post-I too like to do the nest thing-and then stay inside all snuggly and warm and quilting my brains out when I am not at work-hope you have a lovely holidays that are stress free!

Vicki W said...

Love your journal quilt. Autumn colors are my favorite colors!

Libby said...

Autumn is my favorite, too. But since we don't get a true fall or winter, I have to live vicariously through the photos from others. Your journal quilt is perfect - really captures the essence of the season *s*

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Your journal quilt is great! I too love the fall - summers are very busy for me and I am sooo tired in Sept., but by Oct. I am all rested up and really enjoy the fall days - putting the gardens to bed, planting new bulbs, picking apples... Christmas seems far off for us because we live so far away from stores and such. My son is exploring the Christmas decorations box, but we still have no tree... soon! e



Debra Spincic said...

What kind of felting machine do you have?

Finn said...

Hi Annie, I'll join you in the 'farewell to autumn' song *VBS*
Strangely enough today, when I went to get the mail, I head Canadians...*VBS* It would be odd except we have a flock that seems to winter over here. There is a small rapidly moving river just south of me, and the 'millpond' part of it never seems to freeze over completely...I'm guessing that's where they hang out.
Love the September journal've caputured autumn perfectly. Hugs, Finn

diva of quilts said...

Your autumn quilt is sooooo charming!

Wishing you a Christmas season full of peace and wonder (and as little commercialism as possible).

Shelina said...

I just love your autumn journal quilt - I've been wanting to make something like that for a while, but haven't gotten around to it.
Winter took me by surprise this year. My cans I use to put leaves in were emptied one day, and I was thinking I would rake and fill them up again the next day, but we had four inches of snow, so I had to shovel instead!

Vivian said...

Great colours and design in your autumn journal quilt. I also work with a group. You can see mine - click on art quilts.

Librarian Lee said...

ha! How about going to the mall a week before Christmas and they're removing Christmas and putting up Valentines Displays - no wonder I feel out of synch...I'm living six weeks behind the rest of the world!

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