Quilting at the Speed of Life

I woke up this morning around 2:45 am to thunder and incredible lightning. We have had so much rain lately! The Cannon River that flows through our town is running high, sending some of the businesses along that river scrambling to get sandbags in place. We have a little creek in our backyard that feeds into the Cannon, but so far it has stayed within its banks. We are up high enough that it is never a threat, even when it overflows.

The speed of our life this month has been full to overflowing as well. All good things, but definitely keeping us hopping! More on that in a minute, but let’s talk quilting.

My hourglass blocks are still sitting nicely in this little basket.


Yesterday I had appointments in the morning, and then brought Mount Hood over to a friend’s house. Sometimes talking through the next step with a friend helps me think more clearly; two heads are better than one. I have a plan. However, no more work on this quilt until next week; our weekend activity won’t involve quilting.

This weekend will move at a fast pace as we help our daughter relocate for her next job. We are moving her in this weekend, so there will be packing, driving, and unloading. I am so excited for her, and her new place is really charming. So my sewing task for today is working on some bedroom curtains for her. Such is the speed of life, right?

While I’m riding along on our road trip, I hope to give this little table runner some thought. I made it awhile ago, and all that’s left is quilt and bind it. I’d like to practice some FMQ and give it a go on this runner. Maybe I can even do some doodling practice while I’m on the road. If it turns out okay, I plan to give it as a gift.

This picture was taken before I began blogging or even thinking about how to stage a picture. Ignore my busy ironing cover!

And before we know it, the cooler weather will be with us and I’ll be ready to pull out my fall decor. This is a little wool candle mat that I made. I found a leaf in my back yard, photocoped it, cut out the photocopy and used it as a pattern for the leaves. Once I had them on, I added a backing with a little extra on each end that I turned into a binding. Easy peasy.


So no finishes to show today, but I’m making progress, and that’s enough to make me happy dance!

Whoop whooping today with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


8 thoughts on “Quilting at the Speed of Life”

  1. That mat with the fall leaves is so sweet and simple. I am really looking forward to cooler weather. We have many of those decorative pumpkins growing in our garden and it will be fun to use them through out the fall.

    For the table runner, have you considered pebbling around the center stars? It would be relatively simple and the stars would pop up within the pebbling. Just a thought.

    Have a fun weekend with your daughter. 🙂

    1. Thanks! And yes, pebbling has been coming to mind, although I’ve never tried it. Lots of practice in my future!

  2. Your table runner is beautiful. I especially like the border fabric you chose. It looks great with the stars. Your wool candle mat is fabulous.

    1. Thank you! I can’t take credit for the fabric in the table runner; it was a kit I purchased a few years ago.

    1. Thanks, Katy! Wool applique is very forgiving, I think, as well as relaxing. It can be addictive too 🙂 Just sayin’

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