In The Studio

October 2, 2022.

I took some time off in August and September.

We visited friends at the beach in Avalon NJ and had fun celebrating one of our friend’s 70th trip around the sun.

In September, we spent a lot of weekends traveling back and forth from Afton VA to Chestertown MD trying to line up designers and builders to renovate our historic home on Queen Street.

And then, it was time to bring in the grapes. We had a great harvest this year. We sold some of our grapes to local enthusiasts, and we still have over 200 lbs of red and 150 lbs of white, which will make about 15 gallons of red and 7 gallons of white.

We were lucky to have some friends from Colorado visit and help us bring in our harvest!

And now, on this rainy weekend, I have finally had time to get back up to my sewing studio. All of the blocks representing the states we have lived in are finally finished. I need to come up with a name for this one.

I love the look of this Pennsylvania Block…highlighting it’s nickname of the Keystone State.

And the blocks, sashing and borders are assembled into a “flimsy” (completed top). This one heads over to the long arm.

Since this Quilt Top in a Shoe Box is out of the box….I have picked a new one to get started on.

Oh look. It’s mcKenna Ryan’s pattern for coffee cups “Expresso” Such a beautiful pattern. I have a rather large collection of fabrics for this one….I may make two or three!! Nice gifts for Christmas.

The Beach Medallion Quilt is another UFO that is moving along nicely, round two is finished.

Lots of paper piecing, and trimming for round 3.

Here I am auditioning the next border and final border… Hoping I have enough fabric!

I should have more time this month to get some quilting done. Stay tuned. I promise to keep you updated on my progress.

Don’t forget to look in the shop and see if you’d like to buy a quilt to decorate for the holidays…or as a gift to give.

Betty Tucker Dietz

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