The sky is glowing with color as the leaves change from green to the brilliant shades of fall and at times the air is filled with the toasty smell of the leaves being cleared through the woods and burned in little campfires.
Click HERE to see a great video of the fall colors around my home in northern Michigan.
This sweet block was made by Eliza Campbell. It has lots of embroidery and single thread details. All of the stems are embroidered using an outline or stem stitch in a medium green. The details at the top of the strawberries are stitched using a darker shade of floss. It's hard to tell for sure but it looks like the stems going to the strawberries themselves were stitched using the darker floss. They have worn away and may have been worked with fewer strands of floss making them more vulnerable to deterioration. The strawberries have single thread stitches scattered across each one using a single strand of cream color thread. I might consider using a light yellow for a more realistic look.
This block has a scattering of fall leaves. It was made by Louisa. While it may look simple, all those dips and curves are going to take some time to get just right.
This month's prize is a copy of Bonnie Hunter's new book - Addicted to Scraps. I can't think of anyone who works harder and shares more of themselves with quilters than Bonnie. She has a great new ruler that came out at the same time as the book. Check it out HERE.
I think by now you know how this goes...... leave a comment on this post and on the 20th of the month I'll draw a name to determine the winner.
I can't wait to see those of you who are traveling to the Shipshewana Quilt Retreat in a few weeks. The retreat this fall is full but there are still a couple of spots open in the classes with Linda Collins.
We'll get together again in April without a teacher and then again next November when our guest teacher will be Di Ford Hall. Many of you have written and called asking when you can sign up for Di's classes. Registration will begin in January 2017. Watch for details on the Shipshewana Quilt Retreat web site or sign up for the Sentimental Stitches newsletter (sign up in the right sidebar). I'll announce the registration opening and events through the newsletter. I'm working on dates and teachers for 2018 and 2019 because Shipshewana is a magical place for quilters and I think everyone needs to visit there at least once....or twice....let me be honest.....twice a year is hardly enough!!!!