Saturday, September 21, 2013

Last Day of Summer

Today is the last day of summer. Autumn is my favorite season and it looks like it will be starting off perfectly with mild temps during the day and cool ones at night.
 
I love looking at all the beautiful fall colors, don't you?
 

 
 
Today I am finishing up my last signature blocks for the second swap in my Yahoo small quilt group. I mailed in the first group of Snowball blocks last week.

 
I had so much fun making these and all of the other blocks below, picking through my pretty scraps to put the fabrics together. Most of them are different. I think they all turned out splendidly. You can probably tell which ones are my favorites.

 

 

Seems to be a theme here. I didn't really plan it but when I laid them all out I realized I used an awful lot of red prints. And blue too, of course. I wanted to send in blocks that everyone would like and I had to remind myself that not everyone likes blue (or red, apparently) as much as I do. So I had to throw in some made with brown and green to balance the whole lot out a little bit.

 
Pink made a frequent appearance as well.
 
 
I wonder - who will be the lucky recipient of this one??
 
 
Or this other one? I really hope they find their way to good homes . . . .
 
 

It was fun but also grueling at times, finding the time to make so many blocks (over 100) and also make sure they weren't too wonky. I had to rip and resew more than I want to admit but, the best part is  - I'm DONE! What a great feeling. All I have to do today is trim them up and mail them in on Monday. No more unfinished blocks hanging over my head. I can now work on other things for a change without that nagging feeling in my head.
 
I made a few extra blocks so I can pick out the best ones. I will have a few blocks left over that may not be perfect but I don't quite know what to do with them. So I am putting the word out  - if any one of you would like one of these signed, imperfect blocks to put into your own signature quilt, send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope and I will mail one out to you.
 
Mail to:  Kathy Tracy
P.O. Box 1083
Deerfield, IL  60015

 
 
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Yesterday was my birthday and tonight we are going out to dinner with both of my kids in the city to celebrate. Last year we ended up stopping for gelato for dessert when we were finished with dinner. Who needs cake? It's not a real celebration without ice cream I always say.
 

 
Of course, no one but me remembers that we did that, so this year I picked another restaurant near that same gelato place . . . .
 
 
 
 

27 comments:

Me and My Stitches said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful dinner and gelato! I'm so glad that the weather has cooled off, and it really feels like fall. I love everything about it - the colors, the smells and the comfortable temperatures. Oh...and wearing sweatshirts!

marie said...

Happy Birthday to You! My---does that gelato look good-----which flavor did you choose?

Mary said...

Hi Kathy, and best wishes on your birthday! We have some great gelato here in Virginia, too! Enjoy your special day. And I'm so excited to see your invite for a siggie block. Our "Little Women" group is working through your Sewing Circle book and I have a bunch of the siggie blocks already made and ready to trade. I will find one with some red in it and send it to you. I would be honored to have one of your blocks in my quilt! quilty hugs, Mary scraps-and-quilts.blogspot.com

quiltgrannie said...

Happy Birthday Kathy, I love the colors of fall too! It's my favorite time of year.
I'm glad you were able to celebrate with both your kids. Karen/IL.

Leeanne said...

Happy Birthday! Wow so many sigi blocks, wonderful fabrics. I am a winter lover myself, here in New Zealand we are into Spring, which is very pretty of course.

katyquilts said...

Your blocks are beautiful! Wonder which one I will get :).

the girlfriend gap said...

Hurray for September birthdays! Hope you had a wonderful day. :) My birthday was yesterday. I would love one of your signature blocks if they are not all spoken for yet. They are delightful. I have been following your blog for a while. Everything you make delights me. Hope to make one of your quilts some day. Thank you. janita

Sue Bennett said...

Happy birthday Kathy. Your blocks look great. My choice is going to be red or blue. So glad you joined in on the swap with us.

marian said...

Autumn is also my favourite season, i love those rich earthy colours. However, we're coming into Spring in Aus and i must admit i love seeing the flowering bulbs & the garden coming to life again.
I hope you had a lovely birthday Kathy.. i'm sure you enjoyed your yummy gelato dessert lol!!
All your signature blocks look beautiful, i look forward to receiving one of the friendship blocks.. any colour will do :)))

Liz L said...

Happy Belated Birthday Kathy, you share the same Birthday as my twins. Love fall it means I can get back to quilting. I would love one of your blocks.
Liz L

Susannah said...

Happy Birthday, dear sweet girl. May you have a wonderful year to come. God bless you.

Best Wishes,
Susannah

Margreet said...

Happy birthday to you ! What a lovely quilt you show us. And all these signatue blocks you made.......so much ! They look great ! Have a sunny sunday ;-)) hugs from Margreet

Saskia Smit said...

Happy birthday or as we say it in Dutch: Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!

maria.c said...

Buenos días y FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS!!!! La colcha preciosa, los divinos, un gran trabajo. Aquí al otro lado del Atlántico tb llega el otoño y como para ti, es mi estación favorita, me encanta salir a pasear a los bosques y admirar estos colores tan bellos, y por otra parte la temperatura mucho mas saludable.

LavenderBlue said...

Happy happy Bday! I would be thrilled to include one of your pretty blocks in a quilt. Sending an envelope on Monday. ;-)

Merilyn said...

A very Happy Birthday Kathy!!! Sounds like a wonderful evening out with the family.
All your blocks look just wonderful, you did a great job with them all. I'm sure everyone will be very pleased with their blocks.
We're into Spring here in Australia, but already it is promising that Summer will be a scorcher!!!!

N.C.Fabric Junkie said...

Your blocks are absolutely beautifull! it really shows how much time and thought went into each one of them.!

scottylover said...

Happy birthday! Such cute blocks. Glad you got them all done. Can't wait to see the ones you get back in exchange!

I had some extra signature blocks that I did for a guild swap so I saved them and have been using them for labels. Mine didn't have the year on them, though.

Sandy A

sandi s said...

Happy Birthday, Kathy! I wish for you a happy and blessed next year. Your blocks look great, anyone will be thrilled to receive one. Have a great day! Hugs, Sandi

Jans said...

How do I do that so you could send a block to the Netherlands.
Happy Birthday to you and have a nice meal with your loved ones.
Greetings from Janny Schoneveld

Kathleen Tracy said...

Janny - Please e-mail me and
I will give you info. -Kathy

Maxine said...

Happy Birthday. I'd take gelato over ice cream and cake any day. By the way, your blocks are beautiful.

pandchintz said...

Happy Birthday!! Love your thinking on the gelato! Enjoy Autumn and well done on all those blocks - marathon effort!!

KMSC said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great one!

annie said...

happy Birthday!
I love the reds & blues & the greens and the browns.
How lovely of you to share!

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