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