Can you believe it’s November already? Where has this year gone?! Seems like just yesterday that I announced my new Sugar Block sampler club, and now we’ve already stitched up 11 of this year’s 12 blocks. I’m sad that we only have 1 more block to go, but also really excited that soon we’ll all be getting our blocks stitched together and quilting our colorful samplers…just in time to start some fresh new projects in 2014!
Here’s where we are so far…just one more block to go!
This morning Sugar Blockers woke up to emailed patterns for this block, which I’m calling “First Frost.” I just adore these cool, crisp colors…reminds me of waking up to all of our lovely late blooms covered in a shimmering Fall frost. Magical.
Truly, this is a really classic block, with very historic roots. In fact, even though I designed this sampler over a year ago, I was giddy when one of my great aunts passed a family heirloom quilt to me this summer, with a strikingly similar design.
The construction is different, as these blocks are made with Y-seamed diamonds, but I still can’t help but see the close similarities. And look at this unbelievable lattice hand quilting!!! All of those teeny tiny perfect little stitches! It absolutely makes the quilt!
The other thing I couldn’t help but notice was that every single one of the blocks is brown and navy, except for one. This lone block has a pop of red, and it’s noticeably not symmetrical within the block. So intriguing! I wish I had more background on this quilt…all I know is that it comes from my mother’s side of the family, and belonged to my great grandparents…and I imagine handed down to them from a parent or grandparent. To me it looks 1800s, and I know that most of my family was living in the US during this time. Could it be war related? A coded message? Or they just ran out of brown? If you have an inkling what this single red block could mean, let me know!
What else are we cooking up this month, other than deliciously historic quilt blocks? Dessert of course! This month’s recipe is perhaps the most deeply rooted of all the recipes I’ve shared so far.
Pumpkin chiffon has been a part of my family’s holiday tradition for generations. My grandmother wrote in our family cookbook, that it was passed down to her in 1956, and that it was already legendary by that point. She made it every year, my mother makes it every year, and now the torch has been passed to my sisters and I. What a delight it was to spend the afternoon with my dear Mama this week, learning the carefully timed steps to making this fluffy, nutty twist on the classic pumpkin pie. Best eaten on a brisk winter evening, sipping coffee, wrapped in a warm snuggly quilt, and watching your favorite football team (winning, of course), with glowy fire crackling at your feet. (!!!!!!) I know! Euphoria.
What else is up? Well how about A GIVEAWAY!!! Sounds like a fun way to ring in this gorgeous fall month, yes?
The lucky winner will receive a collection of brand new goodies from my sewing room, including a fat quarter bundle of Tim Holtz’ fabulous “Eclectic Elements” line for Coats & Clark, some hot-off-the-press FreeSpirit prints that I just brought back from Market, a darling new pillow pattern from Schlosser Designs, and a couple of beautiful greeting cards from Dianne Springer Designs.