In The Studio

November 5, 2021

I can not believe that we are already into November. Last month was a full one, we had a great harvest of apples and grapes, with wine making under way.

Part of our 2021 apple harvest
Cabernet Franc
Vidal Blanc

Sadly…we had a bear attack at the vineyard and lost all three of our beautiful sheep. We will reinforce our seven foot fence and add an electric fence line on top.

We have two years worth of shearings from our baby doll sheep…and I want to get it processed and make it into something with which to remember them.

We have made plans already to buy some new sheep and start over, with a different breed. This time we are getting some Shetland Sheep, they will also be low to the ground but lighter than the Ole English Southdown Baby Doll sheep.

Manny, Mo and Missy after they were sheared this year

I did squeeze in some quilting…this top is finished and will go under the long arm needle soon.

It’s made from many half square triangles in a split nine-patch pattern. The blocks were from a block exchange I participated in with a group of quilters from Fairfax Virginia.

I was able to move the Black and White and Red quilt top along.

I did not have enough of the fabric needed for the border, so I had to order some more. It has come in and this top should be done soon.

I am a month behind on my embroidered red work birds.

These Chickadees were the September block. And I am still working on the October block. It’s block #12 so when it’s finished I’ll get to work on making the quilt top.

We took a short vacation at the end of the month to visit our son and his girlfriend in California. As you can see, I take lots of photos that might inspire my next quilt.

We visited the aquarium at Monterrey Bay…

Tasted some Pinot Noir wine at Dutton Goldfield in the Russian River Valley.

Did some bird watching at Bedwell Bay Front Park in the shadow of the Facebook Offices.

Took a nice walk up to the Point Vicente lighthouse in Rancho Palo Verdes.

I even get block ideas from the tile floor at the mall!

Hoping that I will have more time to quilt in November!

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