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Apple Harvest Mini Quilt

Here’s September’s mini quilt- an apple farm!

I love how the buttons are used for apples- did you notice the apples on the ground?  I *love* those!

This mini quilt reminds me of the 1 time I went apple picking with a friend.  We were living in the DC area & I was feeling the “closeness” of the city & tried to take a hike every weekend.  This weekend J was out of town at a family wedding (which, aside from this story, I’m sorry I missed b/c there were some great stories that came out of that wedding!) & I asked a friend if she wanted to hike a towpath up in Maryland.

We finally get up there & discover it wasn’t actually a hike….more like a walk on a very well laid out path…..  But that’s ok- we were sports- we were going to do this anyways!  Well we get talking & talking & didn’t really pay attention to how far we were going until she mentioned “uh, should we turn back?”  Then of course I realize that it was an In & Out hike, not a Roundabout!!!  (I knew this, but it just didn’t register….)  So we start back & after looking at the map we ended up walking like 11 miles that day- needless to say, we were tired.

But we’d been having such a great time together we didn’t realize how tired we were…..

So on our way home when I noticed an apple farm on the side of the road…

Yeah, we had to stop.

I had never picked apples before & was having a great time & got a little carried away…..

Well…..a lot carried away & the next morning when I woke around noon, I walked into the kitchen & realized I picked TONS of apples.

J came home that night from the wedding to remember & just starred at our kitchen- it was covered in apples!  Not quite what he was expecting!

Needless to say, we were eating a lot of yummy apples well into winter & my friend & I had a great apple story, so it was all good in the end :)

Inspiration

I love mountains, lakes & hiking.

Their greatness inspires and awes me.

The pic here is of Leigh Lake in the Grand Tetons.  And yes, when I found out it was going to be near us on the Great Camping Trip of 2011- I dragged my family there even though we had already hiked several miles, climbed a mountain to Inspiration Point & suffered injuries that day.  Luckily for us it was an easy walk.

What made the hike (walk) to Leigh Lake amazing was the surprise we received.  There we are, traipsing through the woods, walking, walking, walking & suddenly, out of nowhere we discover an opening in the trees & whoosh! Leigh Lake is before us.  And all we could was stop & gasp at it’s beauty.

That’s what I love about hiking- the surprises that are in store for us.  Here we are, going along, & if you pay attention at the right moment- there’s something amazing.  Sometimes it’s bright as dawn, screaming at you to stop & admire it’s beauty.  Other times it’s like a secret- small & hidden, where you must be open to the unknown to capture the moment.

So what is the point of this post?

I’m not really sure.

I just woke up on this insanely beautiful Nebraska morning, having spent a GREAT weekend learning longarm techniques, anticipating a full, fun quilty-packed week (which I can’t wait to tell you about!) & realizing that today I am going to a funeral to comfort a friend.

And all I can think about, is that we must be open to discovering…….