Monday, October 1, 2012

October Fun is Here!

October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came- 
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples, And leaves of every name.  
The Sunshine spread a carpet, And everything was grand, 
Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band.

George Cooper

Tallulah Gorge 

I wanted to start my favorite month of the year out with a special post.  A special post needs a special picture so I searched through my albums and found this one which was made about eight years ago.  I LOVE the mountains!  I've been trying to get my husband to move to the mountains for about as long as we've been married.  For some reason he insists on living close to where he has a job.  Go figure!  Well, maybe someday.  I've told him for years that if I ever get out west and see REAL mountains (not just the little Appalachians) I might not ever come home.  Humm... Maybe that's why we haven't been there yet.  LOL

Oh yeah, back to the picture.  This was made at Tallulah Gorge State Park one beautiful fall day.  It just so happened that it was a scheduled water release day and the river was full of kayaks too.  Most of the time the water isn't fast enough or deep enough for them (none in this picture).  

This is going to be a very, very busy month for me!  I have so many things to do that I can't wait to do.  There are blog hops, birthdays, parties, trips, a wedding, new adventures, new designs, new tutorials and hopefully some quilting will get done along the way too!  My calendar hasn't been this full in quite a while!

Today is the first day of not one but TWO Blog Hops I'm participating in.  The first one is: 

My day is October 8th

Soma at Whims and Fancies has lined up designers to release a new paper pieced pattern that you can download EVERY DAY this month.  You will find the first one at Ruthie Quilts! and quilts...  I've seen a few that are coming and if you are a Halloween person you will be very happy with them!

The other Block Hop that started today is:

My day is October 10th

Cherry over at Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio is the Cheerleader for Madame Sam this time.  If you have ever been to her site you know what a classy hop she always produces.
Today's blocks can be seen at the following sites:

Now that's the start up news for the day, how about a finish up bit.  I'd like to say a big THANK YOU!  to all of you who came and visited my site during the last few weeks as a part of the Glorious Autumn Block Party.  When I found the poem at the beginning of this post this morning I just had to use it.  It reminded me so much of all the lovely comments that were left about favorite trees.  Maples were a hands down winner.  You should take a peek at them if you haven't read any.  It will put you in the mood for Fall for sure.  

Now it is time to announce the WINNERS!  I promised on my Leaf Vase Block Post to select THREE WINNERS and here are the numbers:

Congratulations to Deb #57, Lou #99 and Richard #68!  Your prizes should arrive soon.

Now I also promised in my Perspective at 100 post a few days ago that I would offer a GIVEAWAY just for my followers.  Well, here it is!  To celebrate having all 100+ of you reading my blog I'm giving away a cute Fall themed magnet, matching notepad and two batik fat quarters.  (I know you've seen this fabric before but it was laying on the cutting table and it matched the quilt block on the magnet and notepad perfectly.  Plus I have a bolt of each one and I love batiks so I figure everyone else will too!  I promise to do something else next time!)

Giveaway Prize for Followers

How to win?  Tell me in the comments below how you follow my blog (via Google+, RSS etc.) 
AND what is your favorite post in my blog.  If you have anything you'd like me to write about  you can mention that too.  New followers may participate.

Giveaway closed October 7th.  Winner will be announced Monday, October 8th.


  1. My favorite post is your Leafy Vase tutorial with ironing tips. The tutorial is what brought me to your blog (not sure from where) and I can use all the pressing tips I can get.

    I follow via RSS Feeds.

    Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

  2. i follow gfc or goggle like your blog you do good

  3. I'm a GFC follower and love your tutorial posts :)

  4. I follow via gfc
    I love the quotes you publish! Today's is especially nice!

  5. I love your tutorial and of course ,I`m a follower!!

  6. I follow you via Google Reader. Tutorials are always nice though I just enjoy reading about your projects. Thanks, Patricia.

  7. I am a follower on Google Friend Connect! :-) One of my favorite posts on your blog is the Leaf Vase Block Tutorial-- love those Fall leaves! I have to say, though, that this post is a close second-- because of the beautiful photo of Tallulah Gorge and the wonderful poem by George Cooper! I'm just getting started on my Third Weekend in October quilt-- and wouldn't that poem be perfect for the label!?!! :-) Thank you for the chance to win!

  8. I follow via google reader and like your newest blog post about "visually seamless" in fact I pined it for future reference. I hate seams in quilts, thanks for the tutorial.

  9. I think I found you with this post as I always love seeing other peoples sewing rooms!

  10. I find new blogs to follow off of One Pretty Thing, or other peeps' blog lists. Frankly, I don't know how I found you. I probably copied your address to my "add to" spot. Google+ or Google Friends doesn't always work for me. I don't know why.

    I love your blog! The quote at the top is always interesting - I love quotes, too. And I especially love the tutorial that is coming up on how to match seams. That one should get an Emmy or Oscar! I follow close to 100 blogs, and have recently purged a bunch (and added some others) and you are still on the list...


  11. I found you on Glorious Autumn Block-Leaf Vase and follow you on Google. I enjoyed your tutorial on your hidden seams. Great technique for noisey fabric. Thanks for sharing with us today. Judith, Texas

  12. I follow your blog on Google reader and love your tutorials - especially the seamless seams one. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us.

  13. I follow you blog with Google and I'm sure I'm going to enjoy your blog post as well as any tutorials. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  14. I follow via both GFC and Google Reader. My favorite post is about the problems with diagonal quilting. I'm new to quilting, and I had NO IDEA about that (it was FANTASTIC to know it before doing something I would have later regretted). :)

  15. Hi!!! I am a new follower!!!! I had previously seen your glorious autumn blocks and came to see your posts for something wicked!!! Your blog looks like fun!!! Love the gorge pictures and all the fall leaves you have!!! I will be back for more fun!!!!

  16. Patricia, I just wanted to say a big "THANK YOU" for the beautiful batiks and notepad/magnet set! The batiks will work perfectly on my Autumn leaf quilt-- wonderful colors! And, I love the magnet and notepad set and will think of you every time I use them! Thanks so much!! :-)


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