|Sunset on Lake Erie October 15 at the home of friends of ours|
|Not sure of the variety, or wait, I think this may be an oak?!! My friend Doug taught me that red oaks have pointed leaves...please do let me know.|
|I think the big one right in front of me and on my right is a silver maple. Maybe a red maple! Autumn Blaze is a hybrid of those two I learned.|
A little maple of my own has been a-happenin' in my sewing corner...
|Love it when seams line up purr-fectly!|
|From cutting, to discovering my desk lamp throws some lovely warm heat (don't worry; the iron wasn't on), to settling down all nice and cosy, ensuring both sides of her head got toasty, to oops! Guess she sat too near the pile of HST trimmings...|
|Some of the incredibly rich hues in this gorgeous line.|
The Autumn Abundance blog hop runs all this week. Be sure to check back as I will update the links below as each post goes live. You should get some great Fall inspiration!
Monday - Bernie at Needle and Foot
Tuesday - Janine at Quilts From the Little House
Wednesday - Mari at The Academic Quilter
Thursday - Tish at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Friday - moi!
Back to Canada. I've been thoroughly engrossed in another fantasy by Ottawa, Ontario resident Charles de Lint, Trader. I am nearly finished; if you like a good fantasy, especially one that paints the veil between Faerie/Spiritworld and ours as being very thin, and blends Celtic lore with Native American, then you will love his work. The Little Country is the first of his that I read, with Moonheart and its sequel, Spiritwalk, in a three-way tie for favourites.
While working on my quilt, I decided to go through some CDs that I was organizing, ensuring they are loaded into the laptop (and therefore my devices) for easy transport. This was the point at which I realized how I'd unknowingly been surrounding myself with Canadian art while I worked on my Autumn Abundance quilt. I'd completely forgotten about this gift from my mum from several years ago, a Canadian Brass CD, love! Bach's fugues have mesmerized me since I first was learning them (and they are hard!); the intricacy and interweaving of themes in each 'voice' quite a work of art and organization, not to mention genius. In keeping with the fantasy atmosphere, Canadian Loreena McKennit's haunting melodies are just the ticket. They've been getting a fair bit of play recently. I do believe I own every one of her CDs, and, imported into the laptop though they all may be, I will still keep the hard copies!
Canada is such a rich country in many ways from resources, to a variety of peoples, cultures (we are multicultural and proud of it), vistas, and interesting weather to be sure! Out west in Alberta, they had an unwelcome blast from Old Man Winter a couple of weeks ago, and he is hanging on yet with his icy fingers...
Still, there is incredible beauty and magic to be found:
|Photo courtesy of my sister Linda, taken by her son|
2000 miles to the east and 700 miles south of Edmonton, I sat and enjoyed the sun and water on my walk yesterday. Canada is indeed diverse.
|Can you spot the black Lab swimming? Ah, would Rocco have loved to be with him...|
Ahh, Outlander...Scotland...one day I hope to go there... Finally, a nod to Canada's 'mother' country, from none other than my own proud to be English, mum. She sent me this photo the other day, her lunch of homemade broccoli soup (she makes the best) on her Union Jack placemat I made her last year, and in the background a tablerunner from probably about 15 years ago that I also made her. How I love seeing my quilts being used and loved.
|Photo courtesy of my mum. Thanks Mum!|
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