Our Oklahoma October started out in the 90s and ended in the 20s. Talk about going from one extreme to the other! And it snowed on the 30th! Extremely unusual for this part of the country. On the positive side with all of these too-hot-for-me and too-cold-for-me temps, I stayed in a lot and got quite a bit accomplished.

Oh, and I could have gotten more done if my husband hadn’t tangled with a copperhead.  We spent an entire day in the emergency room while they monitored him and did repeated blood tests to determine what changes were taking place.  Fortunately no changes in his blood so no antivenom had to be administered.  His ankle is still a bit tender but he has been back on his feet since about three days after the bite.  Then there were the two days that my dad fell and had to have CT scans to make sure he wasn’t having any bleeding in his brain.  And thankfully he was also fine except for a little bump and a scrape on his arm.  His doctor has since ordered home health, and a physical therapist is working with daddy to improve his balance.  I was the one who suffered permanent medical issues from all of this.  My blood pressure went a bit haywire, and my medication had to be increased.  A wild month to say the least.  Everything is back to normal now.

I finished Aspen’s quilt and the doll quilt that we are giving her for Christmas. I do still need to add the labels, so technically they aren’t quite finished yet. But I’m calling it a finish.  I’m sure somebody has done a pattern like these two quilts, but I haven’t seen them. I just had an idea for what I wanted to do and started cutting and sewing. I’m pretty pleased with the results. I used two layers of Hobb’s 80/20 batting on the twin size quilt with a single layer in the doll quilt and quilted them using a panto called Crayon Scribbles by Anne Bright Designs. It is one of the most difficult pantographs I’ve used, so perfect quilting it is not.

 

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In addition, I put together 4 baby quilt tops and finished one of them. I found this really quick-to-make pattern called Baby Bento Box online. I’ve also seen some variations that I may try later. I suppose because of the fabrics on a couple of these tops that these would be better as lap quilts. I really had fun quilting the little bunny one. I had never done clamshells so tried my hand at that using a 4” circle ruler and Lisa Calle’s technique. The quilt would have been just fine with the overall clamshell quilting, but I thought it looked a bit plain so added some free-motion feathers in each clamshell. I like it so much better now.

 

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My month wasn’t 100% success story. I had a flannel shirt that I wanted to add lace to the back of to make it more feminine. Sadly it didn’t turn out to my liking; and since I didn’t want to spend time ripping out everything I had just sewn in, I am going to send it to the thrift store. Somebody will like it. Maybe.

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I did spend some time working on mine and my husband’s quilt this month. Last month I only had sewn blocks into 5 rows. I now have blocks sewn into 15 rows. Let’s see……15 rows times 29 blocks……..that’s 435 blocks! If our weather is going to keep being this cold, I had better get a move on and finish this quilt so we will be cozy and warm this winter. But there’s so many other things I want to make………..

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Oh, and I found my missing string blocks!  They were between two books on my bookshelf.  I had put them there to keep them nice and flat until I had an empty project box to put them in.  It was really strange how I found them since I had already turned the house upside down three times looking for them and had given up.  So after about a month, I started thinking about them again.  So I walked into the sewing room and straight to that shelf to start searching again when right in front of me at eye level was the corner of one of them sticking out from between the books.  This second search has to be the shortest search on record.  Those wayward blocks are now safely stored in their own box waiting for me to make more.

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Happy Crafting,

Lana