Hi Quilting Friends,
Welcome Fall! We’re so excited to welcome autumn, along with (maybe?) some cooler weather. It always so much fun to participate in the blog hops with our quilting friend Carla at “Creatin’ in the Sticks”. (Thanks Carla!!)
Fall takes its own sweet time to arrive here in Houston. September usually brings us daytime temperatures in the low ’90’s, with occasional rains from the tropical systems that drive our weather in September. We’re currently “enjoying” a bounty of rain from Tropical Storm Beta. (No flooding in our neighborhoods so far, knock on wood!) Most years the Autumn weather switches from hot to cold overnight and then the leaves turn from green to brown. Last year was an exception, with fabulous fall colors on the oak trees in my neighborhood. Here’s a picture that I took in November, 2019:
Gorgeous, right? I wish that this tree lived in my yard. I usually decorate for autumn, indoors, since it isn’t always obvious when fall has arrived, outdoors. (Well, except for the school buses on the streets!) I strew the mantle with colorful (silk) leaves and I hang my pretty autumn wreaths and miniature quilts to encourage my brain to believe that autumn has actually arrived.
Speaking of quilts, here are a few of our autumn-themed projects from Autumns past, for your viewing pleasure:
Today’s project is a pair of colorful hot pads, made with our popular “Wonky Churn Dash” foundation pieced pattern.
I challenged myself to complete this project using only fabrics that I had on hand in my extensive private textile collection. I decided to alternate the placement of the gold star fabric and the orange checked fabric to make each hot pad unique. (Sorry about the photo! I tried several times to get a picture in which the large calico corn print fabric doesn’t look blurry, but my camera seems to be confused by the print. I hate it when that happens. Trust me; they look much better in person!)
Susan wasn’t excited about my new hot pads; she “isn’t a fan” of the fabrics that I used for this project. (Good thing that I wasn’t making them as a gift for her birthday, right?) I like them well enough, and they’ll look pretty with my autumn decor. They are definitely an improvement when compared to my existing hot pads. (I blame the kids and their on-going love affair with Tater Tots made in the toaster oven.)
We’re pleased to announce the winner of our “Wonky Churn Dash” block pattern giveaway, Susan N! Enjoy your pattern, Susan.
The “Wonky Churn Dash” pattern is also available for purchase in Ms P’s Pattern Shop.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing my new autumn hot pads, the perfect way to “Welcome Fall!” What do you look forward to seeing or doing in autumn? Leave a comment and make our day!
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