The nights are getting chillier and if one looks closely, one can see the change in color of vegetation. The goldenrod are blossoming and the leaves of the blueberry bushes are turning crimson. The grapes are now ripe and while I am writing this my industrious husband is making grape jelly from our grapes. All while I study and practice the German language!
It is said that learning a foreign language stimulate brain cells. I thought I'd start at a good point, having studied some German in the past, albeit 49 years ago since I was last in contact with the language. I am finding it logical and sometimes difficult to remember long vocabulary words. But, "practice makes perfect," as my German professor reminds us.
Below is a quilt that I made about 20 years ago. It is an appliqued quilt (needleturn technique) and is a Piecemakers' pattern. I sent it off to a friend of mine but I remember the fun I had in making it! I especially enjoyed hand quilting the swirls in the sky, representing the wind. If I remember correctly, I used a piece of felted wool for the girl's jacket and tiny buttons that would be used in doll making. The broom was fun to applique, too, and I enjoyed using Pigma pen markers to bring "her" facial features to life. The swirling leaves reminded me a New England day in autumn with the various colors of leaves, some still green but blowing off of the trees anyhow. Luckily, I had the "brick" fabric in my stash! All in all, this was a fun project and it brings a smile to my face to recall the joy I had in making it and sending it to a special friend!