Monday, November 4, 2013

And the winner is . . . . .

Gail is the winner of the Midwinter reds layer cake but the other winner is
fall! 

Of the over 180 comments left for the Midwinter Reds by Minck & Simpson for Moda layer cake giveaway, 85 folks said that fall was their favorite season.  I loved all the reasons people gave for loving fall as much as I do,  it appears no matter where you live, you have a wonderful fall.  Several people mentioned loving fall for the colors, and that's definitely the case for me, the browns, golds, oranges, and most importantly the reds!  I hadn't really stopped to think about it until several of you mentioned that.

Second place was spring, with less than half the number of fall comments, with 40.

Here's what surprised me most, winter beat out summer!  Winter got 16 comments and summer got 11! I think more sewing time and Christmas pushed winter over summer, and who can argue with that.

And several people just love whatever season they're experiencing at the time.  I've never lived in an area that didn't have 4 defined seasons, I'm not sure I could, I do love the changes, all of them.

I spent some time this weekend packing up the Halloween decorations and getting out the Thanksgiving ones.  It's a pretty easy transition, I just pack up the pumpkins with the faces and leave out the plain ones.  My mantle is an easy fix too, I swap out the Halloween plate with this Thanksgiving one, the colors work for both.


And it was also time to swap out the quilt in the living room.  I hated to take down Hallowe'en 1904, I loved seeing that quilt hanging every day the month of October, but I have a new fall quilt to hang this year, Wild Air.  This quilt had a rocky start.  I signed up to make this quilt at a class, and it was around Spring Market crunch time, and the only picture of the pattern that was provided was in black and white.  I didn't have much time to select any fabric so I went with this Jo Morton print from her Annandale line. 


Well when I got to class and saw the actual quilt, in beautiful spring colors, and all my other classmates projects, who were using spring colors, I sort of fell out of love of my version of Wild Air.   I finally finished this project, in the fall I think,  and just recently got it back from my quilter, Connie Lancaster, at Quilts Plus in Indianapolis, IN.

I could not love it more and am thrilled it's now hanging in my living room.  The pattern Wild Air by Carrie Nelson for Miss Rosie's Quilt Co is available for download if you think you too need some fall Wild Air in your life! (click here)  I wish I could take a picture that really gives you a feel for the richness and beauty of this quilt, it's the epitome of fall, my picture does not come close to doing it justice.


Whew, see what I mean about that pattern, mine could not look any different, but in this case, different is a good thing! I think  Nicole at Sister's Choice is going to be working on Wild Air as soon as she finishes Nantucket, and I think Nicole's version is going to look closer to mine than the pattern cover, which is the nicest complement a quilter can give another.  

And speaking of Nantucket, we've picked up a few more members for our sew along, Janet and Jennifer left comments saying they were joining us.  Hey ladies, since you don't have blogs feel free to send any of us updates and pictures of your progress for us to share!  And Vicky, at LA Quilter, got a jump on us with some Nantucket sewing this past weekend.  Check it out here.  Vicky is working from the outside in on her Nantucket and has started on her 9 patches.

For those you who were unable to leave comments, your email was good enough, I put your names in the basket for the drawing with all the comments.  I'm sorry google was uncooperative but in the end you were in the running too.

And finally, thank you so much for all the kind comments you left regarding my blog anniversary and about how much you enjoy stopping by to chat about quilts with me.  Even though most of the time the chat is me chatting to you, you have no idea how much it means to me that you stop by and enjoy my blog and the quilts I make.  When I think of all the blogs and all the quilters and all the designers and shops competing for your time and attention, that you think enough of me and my simple blog to stop by is humbling, truly, thanks so much!

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19 comments:

  1. Your Wild Air is gorgeous, it got me thinking that I have yards of a floral print I bought because it had the colors of our family room in it. I've had it for years, well 5 at least, waiting for the right quilt design to come along. That design just might be Wild Air!

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  2. I guess I need to let you know that I look forward to reading your bog each and every day and it is because of you that I have ordered Midwinter Red and other FQ packs. Totally enjoy your quilting style. Keep up the good work

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  3. I love the effect of using the same floral print in the border as the setting triangles. Beautiful quilt! Also, I think I'm the Jennifer to which you are referring about joining the sew along. I am, in fact, doing that and I started my cutting last night. I have a blog if you want to visit anytime, it's called "Seams Crazy" and you can find it at www.jlgwyn.wordpress.com. Thanks so much for the ongoing inspiration!!

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  4. Your Wild Air quilt is gorgeous! I love the colors. Great job.

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  5. LOVE WILD AIR ! I am a big Jo Morton fan . I would love to see a close up of this quilt :-D

    Oh and by the way .... I just purchased Nantucket quilt kit so count me in on the sew along ;-)

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  6. Wild Air is beautiful, Thelma.

    I'm considering joining your Nantucket sew-a-long - may I?

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  7. Your Wild Air looks great and just perfect for November. BTW, to add another choice for Midwinter Red, did you see the latest quilt on Moda bake Shop?

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  8. Wild Air is a wonderful fall quilt. I love all those flying geese and your colors = PERFECTION! :)))

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  9. I love your Wild Air. I must admit I much prefer the autumnal colours you have used to those in the original pattern. I think they give the quilt great defintition and of course they are some of my favourite colours to stitch with.

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  10. Wild Air is beautiful!! I love the rich deep colors. And thank you for taking the time to write your inspiring posts. I love to read your blog. So keep it up :-)

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  11. I love your Wild Air quilt Thelma! It is beautiful hanging in your home! Congratulations to your winner and to Fall! My favorite time of year also!
    Now let's get started on Nantucket... the party is getting bigger... that is so fun!

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  12. I LOVE your version of Wild Air! It's just perfect!

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  13. Congratulations to your winner...great prize!

    Wild Air is a pretty design and I love your version in the fall colors. I absolutely can see how Nicole likes those fabrics as well.

    Good luck with the Nantucket sew along...I look forward to watching everyone's progress.

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  14. Your Wild Air is wonderful. The colors make me want to go east and find some colored leaves to play in!

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  15. Wild Air is an awesome autumn quilt, between that pattern and Jo Morton fabrics, you can't go wrong! Just to let you in my little secret - those pumpkins with faces - I just turn them around - hahahahaha!!! I love that turkey platter, and have a similar one, gosh, I need to find it!

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  16. Wild Air is beautiful! I make short work of changing from Halloween to Fall. I turn most of the Jack O Lantern faces to the back and leave the plain pumpkin side out with the other pumpkins. I will be eagerly watching the sew along on Nantucket! Congratulations to the winner! Mid Winter Reds are everywhere!

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  17. Happy Blogiversary Thelma! I always look forward to reading your posts :-)

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  18. Happy Blogiversary Thelma! I love reading your entries and seeing your beautiful quilts. It's always a good day if there's a new update from Cupcakes and Daisies in my reader! I voted for autumn, and like you I live in a part of the world that has four distinct seasons (South Australia - we're told it's very similar in climate to California). I don't think I could live in a two climate region either.

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  19. Happy belated! I enjoy your postings and "visit" you often! Even though I'm not sewing at the moment, it's nice to live vicariously through your fabric adventures! Thank you, thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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