Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Beyond the Cherry Tree & More

Good morning! The cold night time temps means it's time to once again bring out the whopping 100x100" quilt for hand quilting in the evenings. 
I got the table extended a bit so I can trim up a larger quilt and get it ready for binding, but thought it would be a good time to spread this out and see where I am on it.
I laugh when I see this block. It has 57 leaves! I was hand appliqueing this quilt but when I got to this block and got a few leaves hand appliqued on, I knew I'd never get it finished, so I started machine applique and finished the quilt that way. All except the bias stems. I opted to do them traditionally by hand. 
My borders have the cross hatching going one direction and it looks like I need to continue the other direction. I also think I didn't outline all of the border applique. I figure I can easily go back and do that after the quilt is completed. 
Here's my center blocks. That's a lot of grapes! 

I'm looking forward to getting up close and personal with this one again. Maybe I'll complete it this winter!!

Hubby and I and the 2 dogs went for a last outing in the camper. The temps took a dive over the weekend and inside the camper our water froze! I think it is the coldest time we've been out camping. We had fun but both agree we are fair weather campers. 
I look forward to seeing the larches (also called tamarack) change color. Did you know they lose their needles in the winter? 
Always squirrels and chipmunks getting ready for winter. Elsa thinks they are great fun to watch. 
Surprisingly the trees around the lake weren't changing color as ones not around the lake. This one was the exception. It was about 35 degrees and that sun sure was welcome!

This is such a great time to head to the mountains. Hunters are out but the campgrounds are pretty much empty. 
It takes our aging Porter time to recover, but he sure likes it outdoors. 
All that squirrel chasing poops Elsa out. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful week. 


  1. You were sewing e grapes when I began reading this blog! The quilt is beautiful.

    Too chilly! But looks like everyone had fun---nice camp set=up!--- and I am imagining the most wonderful crisp clear air.

  2. I am in love with your applique!! So very will a very close connection with it, as it comes to life! I love your camping trips...very fun!

  3. I see fishing poles..... were there fish for dinner? The cherry tree quilt is amazing....

  4. That is an amazing quilt--just beautiful! A tribute to your patience and perseverance...
    Hugs, julierose

  5. Happy to see this quilt—so pretty!
    I think you’ve earned your polar bear patch!

  6. Absolutely beautiful quilt and now is just the right time to get back to hand quilting it!

  7. Your Porter seems like a wonderful wonderful old dog. Nice that you get out camping. Love your quilt - that's a lotta leaves (and grapes).

  8. Love seeing you quilting projects, camping and the dogs. Thanks for sharing...

  9. I adore your Cherry Tree quilt. I hope you can enjoy putting some stitches into it this winter.

  10. I think it is a wonderful time to be outside. I love the crispness of the air but I doubt I'd like frozen water! Lol! Your Beyond the Cherry Trees is so beautiful. So nice to be hand-quilting it. Can't wait to see its final photo shoot.

  11. I love seeing Beyond the Cherry Trees pop up every once in a while. I still think this is one of my favorite quilts. Sure hope you can call this one finished this winter.

  12. I admire your dedication to hand quilt your beautiful large quilt. Nice that you could get away & camp one more time this year.

  13. This quilt is beautiful, Lori! Love those fabrics!

  14. You'll get that quilt finished this winter. It is beautiful. I had to laugh at your comments about hand applique. I would have done the same thing. I really like the look of handwork but I have way too much fabric to use up before I die to spend time on hand quilting! LOL

  15. Great quilt - love that inking! your camping always looks like beautiful spots. Go Porter!


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