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!