Sunday, 20 October 2019

Happy Scrappy Project and Halloween Stitching

Our beautiful golden maple tree viewed through the back stairway window.  The orange has faded to yellow.  Even on a dull day, it looks like it is lit up.

 Here it is from the front veranda.  It is very old but still puts on quite a display.
I feel awed each time I glimpse it on my way to the sewing room.
 I've been giving my hand stitching a little attention this weekend. So far I've stitched two of the six designs from Buttermilk Basin.  I'm using basic back stitch and running stitch for the yellow and orange.
As I mentioned the designs are very simple. I haven't done embroidery like this in a long time.
Here is the one in hand for today.
I'll be trying to work out how to incorporate these in my autumn quilt project.
I've also spent time organizing and sewing more of the Dresdens.  I've got 45 blocks made and need more. This is the most happy, scrappy project ever.
Below the view from my sewing room window just before our first overnight frost. That's a little stained glass of the pitcher plant, the provincial flower of my home province, Newfoundland and Labrador. I love having little things around that are momentos of home. More especially now that such things do not give a tug on my heart.  Trees all around us here in our wooden house.

Mr. Toad showed up one day in the back yard looking like he wanted in the house. I found the line and bumps on his back interesting. (I know I'm weird like that.) They show he is an American Toad and looked very well fed.
It's a sunny Sunday here so long walks today.  Take Care all.
Happy to link with Kathy's QuiltsViewing Nature With Eileen, Quilting is More Fun Than HouseworkSmall Quilts and Doll QuiltsLove Laugh QuiltSum of Their Stories and The Jesh Studio.



25 comments :

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

now that I am home again and can read blogs easily I had to go back in your blog to see what all you have been up to - I love your tree with the orange leaves - a beauty for sure - your Dresden Plates are scrappy and so pretty. Love all your plants, the soup in a previous post, Happy Thanksgiving to you that post looked wonderful and your hubby in excellent condition with the firewood!

Libby in TN said...

That tree is spectacular! And your hostas are beautiful.

K Reeves said...

Your maple tree is just glorious! You have a nice challenge working out how you can incorporqte the embroidery into your quilt. I know you'll come up with a great plan by the time you finish stitching. :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello,
Wow your tree is gorgeous. I love the pretty color. The stitching patterns are cute. Cute toad photo! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week! PS, thanks for the visit and the comment.

Julierose said...

I am loving your dresden corners--what size are your blocks for this one?
Your tree is stunning--fluorescent against that blue blue sky. Our colors are all grayed off and muted this year--so far nothing brilliant...hugs, Julierose

Nancy J said...

Your maple, absolutely amazing, the height, and that colour.And the hostas, I found two yesterday that are just poking through, and more to come I hope. And I bought a small 4 inch high maple tree at a church garden fair on Saturday, I am now wondering if it will grow equally tall!!!

Ornery Owl of Naughty Netherworld Press and Readers Roost (Not Charlotte) said...

Wonderful photos. The maple is glorious, and I love that little toad. <3

Little Penpen said...

Your embroideries are so cute and your trees are amazing! What beautiful color!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Those bright trees are gorgeous.

CathieJ said...

Your first photo looks like a gorgeous painting. What a view! I love those simple embroidery pictures. They remind me of pictures when I was a kid. Does that date me? Your dresden corners are so pretty. You are right, those are very happy, scrappy fabrics!

Brian said...

We love the bright and beautiful colors. Oh that toad looks interesting!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Such beautiful trees, Jocelyn! What a lovely view you have! I love your Halloween stitching - it would be fun combibed with some fall patchwork.

juneper/Jesh said...

Totally understand having momento's around from home! so, have I from the Netherlands. Boy, am admiring your courage regarding your present quilting project, just can't imagine sewing all these seams for one quilt square! Hope you will finish it. The map;e tree is gorgeous - such an inviting bright color! Many thanks for sharing your Autumn experiences with All Seasons - have a beautiful week!

Michelle Ridgway said...

What a stunner and how wonderful to enjoy it every day. Love your scrappy Dresdens too x

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

If I was a toad I would want to live at your house too. Beautiful tree photos. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

Lynn said...

Wow, your maple is stunning! I shower my husband :"We really should go to Canada" was his response. Yes please! Love your nature photos and creative work.

Mary in Peoria Handmade said...

That first photo of your tree is just stunning and looks like a picture! Love it.
Those embroidery blocks are just too cute. I can't wait to see them in your quilt.

Marly said...

How wonderful to live in a house surrounded by trees! I'm interested in your scrappy Dresden blocks and look forward to seeing them in a quilt.

MissPat said...

Magnificent tree in Autumn splendor. There's a beech tree in a neighboring yard that's just starting to show it's orange glory. We had a huge toad taking shelter in our garage this summer. Well, the garage is more an overgrown garden shed, hasn't seen a car in the 30 years we've lived here. Have a good week.
Pat

Jenn Jilks said...

That is a lovely tree. Such colours.
Good luck with your hand work. I've been transplanting and moving dirt before we freeze!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your tree is definitely spectacular! And what a lovely view through your sewing room window.

Angie said...

Jocelyn - that is a STUNNING maple tree - how blessed you are to have this within eyeshot! Your hostas look great for this time of year. When we lived in Cleveland, they would be shot full of holes by this time - my losing battle with slugs. Maybe I needed more toads like yours!

AnnieO said...

Those trees are gorgeous--I would never tire of them either. Lovely simple embroidery that goes quickly and makes you smile. Have fun with your scrappy Dresdens.

Lea said...

Beautiful Autumn foliage, and colorful needlework projects!

Judy Hansen said...

Love your fall tree colors - the leaves are all in the air here, falling to the ground, and the beautiful colors are now a blanket under each tree. Love the toad. He looks very happy.