So our PCS (Army code for changing duty stations) this past summer was a bit bumpy. And then we camped out with family for the better part of two months (woohoo for summer on Cape Cod!). And then we finally moved into our new digs in September and I've been busy decorating and figuring how to stretch our teeny amount of apartment furnishings into filling up a whole house on a not very large budget. So that's why I have been MIA from work and growing my business and posting here, but even with some delays and speed bumps, I have been crafting!
In November I finished the memory quilt above for my friend, Crystal Clark, owner of Oh, Juniper, using fabric from clothing that had belonged to her parents. It was challenging to try and tie the colors I had to work with together; Crystal provide a few coordinating fabrics, but the shirt from her mother was a light aqua that required a little finagling to get to fit next to warm, deep reds and navy blues. Serendipitously I had purchased a delicious blue berry patterned piece of fabric for my mom's cherry collection just a few months earlier that I thought might work (a benefit to crashing with the 'rents - access to thousands of fabrics in my mom's sewing room - though I did have to replace this one since her cherry collection is the only hands-off part of her stash) and when I laid it alongside - voila! All of a sudden the aqua fit, and then the addition of the striped border really tied it all together. The pattern for the quilt is one I designed myself.
One other fun thing I made in November - ears of "corn" for my daughter's Thanksgiving party at school. This is my first year having a preschooler, so I'm getting to try lots of fun new ideas : ) The recipes for the two types of corn are online - the "Indian corn" with dried fruit was definitely the better of the two - I used raisins, dried cranberries and dried mango. Yum!