Hello Fall!  Summer was so much fun, packing the days full of as much activity as we can….but oh the beauty of Fall.  The scented aroma of the vegetation as it starts to die off, the beautiful warm shades of the season.  Your senses go into overdrive.  And we don’t have to wait much longer for the annual Falling Leaves Shop Hop!  Coming up September 28th – October 6th.  Seven great shops:

Busy Bobbin – Rice Lake

The Calico Shoppe – Eau Claire

Know Sew Perfect – Deer Park

Pins ‘n Needles – St Croix Falls

Quilters Corner – Clear Lake

the Quilting Nook & More – Osseo

Thread Lab – Menomonie

As I was putting out Fall quilts last weekend, the past Falling Leaves Hop quilts took me down memory lane.  What a fun time thinking back on the incredible fun this event is and this year looks like it’s going to be another awesome event.  Gwen Lundgren, quilt designer out of the Twin Cities designed a pattern for this event.  Each shop you visit you will receive a free fat quarter and pattern piece to make this quilt.  To keep it new and fresh, the theme this year is Red, White & Blue.  Love it.  I’m definitely going and will be picking up the fabric and pattern pieces.  This is my kick off to the Fall season with making this quilt and donating to the Quilt of Valor program.  They also mention “find each shops favorite thing”….now I’m intrigued.  Once their quilts are completed they will be displayed on their websites and facebook pages.

The summer wasn’t spent totally outside…I did manage to make a cute bag to hold a travel iron.  It was a simple rainy day afternoon project:

Our small group who did a shop hop up to the Fabric Patch in Ironwood had a great time.  Joanne had a darling bag made with cork fabric.  We all fell in love with it and wanted to give it a try.  She said it was easy, but her easy and my “bag challenged” brain are far apart, so we elected to start off with a simple bag and are making the “Melford Messenger Bag” by Charlie’s Aunt/Emma Brennan:

Haven’t finished my carry bag for the Featherweight, but pieces are cut and I’m getting excited to get back to that project as I just got an extension table from Sew Steady made specifically for the Featherweight.

Don’t forget to pick up your September/October copy of the Country Register.  Packed full of fun articles and recipes.  It also has some cut small patterns for Fall ….perfect for wool lovers!

Making these bags has been fun and in the process you gain more confidence and your mind opens to unlimited possibilities.  Each new project or adventure we take opens so many doors.  More open doors….more possibilities.  We’re never too old to embrace new.  Hope you’re enjoying the beautiful Fall weather we’ve been having.  Try a new project, what’s the worst that can happen?  We all have dozens of seam rippers!