It has been a very busy fall for me as I was away 4 times and mostly worked on hand applique as I traveled. I took a quick road trip to Bennington Vermont in October to see the original Jane Stickle Quilt. The friend that went with me is organizing a bus tour there for Sept 2016. It might be fun to go see it again.
I tried to take lots of pictures of the original. We were not allowed to use a flash and some of my pictures are blurry, but you can still see lots of the original blocks. It is nice to be able to blow them up on my big computer screen.
I also visited my daughter and grandson in New Brunswick for 10 days. That was fun. I will be returning there next week for 3 weeks to help out as her second baby is due soon. I plan to take along some hand applique. Since I am doing this DJ2 by machine, I doubt that I will take along some blocks unless I change my mind and take some blocks to prep. Now there is an idea. But I have to be careful as she has an 18 month old who gets into everything. So no pins.
November I took the 8 hour drive to Shipshewana Indiana for the Just Takes 2 retreat with Dear Jane herself, Brenda Papadakis and Gay Bomers. That will be a definite annual event. Linda Collins from Australia and Quiltmania will be there. After returning home, we made applesauce. 137 jars of it.
December I went to Europe for 2 weeks to visit family. I completed all the hand applique on the Criswell Quilt and machine quilted it quickly. I gave it to my aunt in Poland for her 90th birthday.
Again, I only took some hand work. I am still stitching circles on my Beyond the Cherry Trees blocks. And I started on the Morrell Quilt. What is the Morrell you ask? It is yet another sampler quilt from the 1850's that Di Ford Hall created a pattern for. You can see more on one of my other blogs.
I have been having great difficulty uploading photos to my blogs. It took about 2 hours to upload 3 the other day. So, I will see what we can do about that. I might have to go visit somewhere with fast internet. Until then, I will keep on doing what I am doing.