Sewing & Snippets of Life Early November

I have not sewn very much lately…for a week or so I’d done little aside from a bit of quilting.  Here’s a photo prior to moving the hoop towards the end of October….


Then came a mild weekend and Halloween and just savoring being outdoors…

Fall has come late this year…my neighbors’ maple tree had tints of red on the edges, with the rest of the leaves remaining green for two weeks or more, and then all of a sudden it turned orange and after a windy day with rain, started to drop leaves like crazy. Many of the other trees and bushes and shrubs in the neighborhood are just starting to change.


After that rain…sun and clouds in the puddles…


Later on that rainy day my youngest pulled in with some laundry to do here, accompanied by Koopa, his dog. Grandkids were in and out after school, and getting some lovin’ from Koopa…


Inspired by the falling leaves, I pulled out the Flower Basket medallion project and added some more leaves and berries. These had been prepped awhile ago; but other projects got in the way.


I have resolved not to start any new projects in 2017, no matter how tempting they might be :)  There is enough around here to work on for ages…

While I was outside taking the photo of the floral basket applique, here’s a shot of the crabapple tree next to it…most of the leaves have fallen and just a few left were highlighted by the late afternoon sun.


I also took a shot of a pile of trimmings to go into the garbage cans next week. I have been trimming and can fill my two spare cans each week. I learned my lesson last week. Every time we had a wind gust, the cans would blow over and I’d have to ‘reload’ them. This time, I am not doing so until the evening before garbage pickup. This is just one of a few around here ….


The weather has cooled off again. 33 degrees on Saturday morning and baking some bread is on the agenda. I have moved that quilt hoop and for weekend Slow Stitching I will quilt inside this star and echo quilt it, then move on to the lines after that.


No more Floral Basket applique until I prep more leaves and berries, so I’ll content myself with hand quilting after being away from it for a week :)

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34 Responses to Sewing & Snippets of Life Early November

  1. Karen says:

    I saw one Flower Basket Medallion quilt at the show – done in the very bright colors – I have that pattern and thought to make it in duller colors and didn’t like it – I might need to eventually get a bundle of bright colors and get around to making it – love your quilt in the hoop it looks great!!

  2. Barb says:

    Working on fall colors in the fall. I wonder if you’ll be able to keep your resolve when new projects call to you? I like seeing the slow progression of your fall with all the bright colors.

  3. Joyce says:

    I love seeing that basket fill up, stem by stem, berry by berry, and leaf by leaf!
    Also, darling picture of the twin with Koopa!

  4. Kim says:

    Your work always makes me smile. I love peeking at what you are creating.

  5. I love to see your quilting projects. Makes me yearn to quilt again. But I don’t think the arthritis in my hands would allow that. So I’ll just have to enjoy yours instead! Still hot here. Not many pretty leaves yet.

  6. I love watching your hand quilting progress. Does it count as a new project if you are using up scraps from old projects? I hope not! Scrappy mystery is in the works for January start.

  7. Lorrie says:

    Your quilt is looking prettier and prettier. Perfect for fall. I’m impressed that you have said you won’t be starting new projects in 2017!

  8. Nanette says:

    I like the quilt that you are quilting. Which pattern is it – very pretty!

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Nanette it is no pattern…just made up as I went along for the most part :) Central star was a Jinny Beyer block, then I made hexie stars around that, six inch spools were next, and applique templates either found on the Net or drawn myself, more hexies, etc. Just playing around and having no clue what I was doing the entire time :)

  9. Please, more floral basket because it is gorgeous. :-) Pellet stove went on today for the first time and outside is just a sea of downed leaves waiting to be moved.

  10. Sandra says:

    I like both your projects and I really like the crab apple photo! I’ll wait to see if you can keep your resolve of no new projects in 2017…good luck!

  11. Gail says:

    We have been cleaning up the gardens and raking leaves here too, although there are still more leaves on our trees to come down. We fill large brown paper bags with leaves and garden trimmings…they are picked up each week in November and composted. Your floral basket is just beautiful…I am looking forward to seeing it next week with more leaves added! (Hint, hint!). You have a lot of projects going on but it is futile to resist starting more!

  12. Sarah says:

    You do have some wonderful projects on the go! Good luck with not starting a new project in 2017……I’ll be interested to see how that goes !

  13. Karen Beigh says:

    Ah, yes. The basket block. I am drawn to the style of basket. The criss cross strips.

  14. Love your Kim McLean center. That will be a lovely quilt. I’ve already planned my list for this year, I am finishing up many UFQ’s. Maybe next year I will resolve to only work on started projects. Blessings!

  15. You’re a talented quilter Deb. I saw some amazing quilts yesterday and thought of you!


  16. Val Reynolds says:

    You captured the beauty of Fall perfectly. Our tree’s leaves are in the crunchy, dead, ugly, messy stage! LOL!!! Trees are starting to get bare. After I finish some wool stitching I have going I’m getting back to my applique…I miss it. :) :) Yours always inspires me!!

  17. CathieJ says:

    I like your resolution to not start anything new in 2017. I think if you can have a few finishes you might give yourself permission for a new start maybe around May or June. My hands start itching for something new all the time. Your quilting is beautiful as usual. The pup and grandkid photo is adorable.

  18. Grandma Kc says:

    That flower basket square looks huge! And it is beautiful. SO is that your New Year’s Resolution? No new projects?

  19. Koops is so cute with your granddaughter! Makes me miss owning a pit.

  20. Kyle Redente says:

    Good luck with your 2017 declaration. I know how you feel, but don’t be too hard one yourself. Your work is beautiful and the fall colors are a warm and comforting color palette to work with.

  21. Deb Aylward says:

    Beautiful quilts and quilts in progress. No new quilts…. I really should do that! So many in process I could take years to get the current ones all done.

  22. Robin says:

    I love the pictures of the leaves, both in the trees and around your basket. You’ve used so many different fabrics and it all goes together. And, of course, the hand quilting is so satisfying to view.

  23. I wish I would make the same resolution for the New Year but for sure I don’t have the discipline!
    Hope you enjoyed your slow stitching today!

  24. Susan says:

    Lovely fall pictures. You’re making steady progress on quilting, and I do love that basket.

  25. Doreen aka Aunt Reen says:

    I always enjoy the seasons thru your pictures!
    Your Flower Basket Medallion is looking beautiful! It’s nice to see your hand quilting progress as well.

  26. Your quilting projects are so amazing…my Mother quilted and I have lots of her quilts…they are priceless to me! We are in a severe drought, so not much color! Have a wonderful week, Pam @ Everyday Living

  27. We have had a late fall here, too, with colors lasting long beautiful weeks. They are falling rapidly now though, and we were busy raking this past weekend. Your quilting is so beautiful; I love the basket with the fruit and flowers.
    Good for you for wanting to finish up all your projects. It would take me a long time to do that!!
    Blessings, Deborah

  28. Cathy says:

    Love seeing the progress! You’re doing fantastic work. And your dog is adorable!

  29. Bernie says:

    That is a big resolution for 2017. It will encourage you to finish (some of) your WIP. But…. can you do it??? I’m not sure I could. :-)

    The Flower Basket piece is so pretty.

  30. Anneli says:

    So beautiful quilts in progress ! I love to see the hoop and stitches and I am wondering why I always work with sewing machine and hand stitching is so much nicer!! Your photos are beautiful and your dog is so sweet! Anneli

  31. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    This years autumn weather has been awesome–wish it would never end! Your basket block is coming along beautifully!

  32. Debi says:

    Your quilts are beautiful. I’ve enjoyed following their progress.

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