Mild temperatures, dry air, light breezes, and glorious sunshine all added up to a perfect Autumn day!
Lake Wentworth in Alton, New Hampshire, was on my way to the warehouse sale at The Mothership, a.k.a. Keepsake Quilting's retail store in Center Harbor, New Hampshire.
You can see that the Fall colors are not yet at their peak, but there are hints of it here and there. At Keepsake, shoppers were totally absorbed in making quilty decisions from sale selections set outside on the big porch.
Right next door is their sister shop, "Patternworks," that offered yarns on sale. I was very tempted by those gorgeous skeins of light green wool! They were $12 and then would've had another 25% off of that, but I was good and only snapped the picture.
The Keepsake store was crowded but well-staffed. I only waited about 5 or 10 minutes to take my turn to be waited upon at the cutting desk, and then about the same over at the checkout. Thank you, clerk "Gloria," for taking my picture for this blog! I only bought backgrounds in pale tea-bag tans and creams, 6 yards at $4.99 each. Oh yes, and a spool of cream colored Aurifil for my dear friend, Grace, over in Maine.
The short walk across the parking lot revealed lots of license plates that were, "from away," as they say here in New England. I saw Rhode Island, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and even Missouri and California, too!
At the far end of the porch is the picturesque Senter's Market that had an amazing display of purple New England asters and bright orange pumpkins.
When I got home, I enjoyed a home made iced coffee and finished up the hand hemming of the binding on my 84"X84" Scrappy Jacob's Ladder. Wheeeee! Now all it needs is a label. These pictures were taken before I had actually completed the hemming all around. I love this quilt!
This quilt is being entered into Amy's Creative Side Blogger's Quilt Festival and that link is here.
The backing was purchased on Ebay a couple of years ago, waiting for the right quilt for it. It is a yarn-dyed 100% cotton flannel that was 60" wide and it is the Stewart tartan plaid.
It is difficult to get a good photograph of just what the quilting looks like, but I did freehand Baptist Fans which I learned online from Mary at Maryquilts.com. Here is the link.
I practiced by drawing the design, over and over, on very large paper with a marker to train my eye-to-hand coordination. That really helped me later at the rented longarm at Ellen Peters' "Cat's Whiskers Quilts" studio in Laconia, New Hampshire.
Later, Miss Tanner helped me smooth it all out, LOL!