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Happy Together

LeafytreesThis is the time of year that my Japanese bloodleaf maple trees really get showy! Their dark red leaves turn bright scarlet overnight sometime after the first hard freeze and the front yard lights up! :) Besides the mother tree that sits in the middle of our front yard (and has maybe tripled in size since we bought the house in 1987)l, there are three 'baby' trees that grew from seeds of the mommy. Also in our rather small front yard are two swamp maples and an ash tree. And, as you might guess, not much grass. :)

I came out to go to see my surgeon yesterday and found this beautiful carpet on the front driveway:

LeafycarpetLovely red carpet all around with that wonderful walking-in-leaves sound (my daughter says she feels like she's walking in cornflakes:). Ahh, Fall! :) The birds are heavy eaters at my feeder these days with visiting squirrels added into the mix. Must be the beginning of breeding season because they are chasing each other around the yard, up and down trees and across the eaves with vigor.

Today was the monthly meeting of my Sew&Tell group of friends. So nice to see everyone in real life! As usual, we met at my friend Barbara's house. Some of us actually had show and tell to share and, for a change of pace, I remembered to take pictures.

BethsqulitBeth was hand sewing the binding down on a rainbow I Spy baby quilt. Soooo cute!


Kathy was starting a new project - a kit from Bear's Paw in Towson for a wool applique block that I really like.

I quick copied down the designer's website so I could go buy some of her designs.

Might have to give the shop a call. :)

SandiessamplerSandie won the prize for most items to share today! Here was the first one -

a sampler that will likely go to her brother-in-law.

SandiesmachineI've seen a number of sewing machine patterns but this one Sandie made was pretty eye-catching.

SandiesamyThis top was made from parts gifted to Sandie by another of our members,

Amy, who got tired of making four patches. I think Sandie said this is Amy's Revenge. :)

Sandie'sblockThe last thing she shared was this 18" pieced block that is part of a design series (wish I could remember the designer's name) ... I quite like this block and might like to make some for myself. The little 2" pinwheel units were gifted to Sandie by a past S&T member who has since passed away.


Behind Sandie you can just see two of Barbara's quilts on her work wall - a Halloween black

cat and (just peeking out) a nice Sawtooth Star in browns and slate blues.


As usual, we shared a pot luck lunch together (I was pleased to find things to eat that were easy on my stomach - AND managed not to get overfull). Eating together is a time-honored social activity and I've been feeling a bit anxious about how that would work for me now. I feel much better after today's lunch with my ability to exhibit self control and still have fun :)

Chilly and wet on the way home ... and a quiet evening reading and resting. Wonderful day!

:) Linda


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