Over coffee

If we were having coffee, I’d probably tell you that the outside is buttoned up for the coming winter season. Leaves are deep and a couple of acres of them still need to be moved. The only gardening left is to be done tomorrow at the two churches where we’ll deadhead and arrange the fall planters.

I’d have to admit I’m already thinking about next gardening season and wondering what kind of annuals I can find that don’t need deadheading. I’m working hard on less deadheading and less weeding. So chime in if you have suggestions.

The sewing season is in full swing. Seasonal pillow covers, mug rugs, doll quilts, and table runners have all been made so far.

QuiltThe biggest project in the finished column is the king-sized quilt. After ten months of working on it, I was more than ready to gift it. I learned an extremely valuable lesson – it is really easy to write a check to a long-arm quilter when it is returned professionally quilted and trimmed. By the way, it took me a mere 45 minutes to machine sew on the binding and 7 hours and 45 minutes to hand sew the back of the binding.

I’d also tell you we’re thinking long and hard about how to spend our travel budget for 2016. Right now Ireland is holding the top spot.

I’d share that I read every day, but the last real page turner that I couldn’t put down was Lee Child’s Make Me with his character, Jack Reacher. If Jack Reacher was let loose in the real world, a lot of people and things would be whipped into shape.

I’d also admit it is pumpkin season, and we’re doing our part by trying to find a really good pumpkin beer. We had a wonderful one with cinnamon sugar rim at Atlantic Grill, but the food was average. Another one was enjoyed at Redhook Brewery where the beer was pretty good and the food was good.

Then, I’d really want to know how you’re doing and what you’re working on? So, speak up and tell me what’s going on in your part of the world.

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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68 Responses to Over coffee

  1. joyroses13 says:

    OH I would tell you how I would love to go to Ireland with you , I would carry your bags 🙂 That has been a dream of ours to go there someday! Hope you can make it! Great job on your king size quilt, I would not have the patience or skill for it!

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  2. Joyce says:

    I enjoyed having coffee with you! I actually do have a cup in my hand right now!
    It’s your quilt that I can’t take my eyes off of! A beauty of a sampler that must have been fun to piece. And you arranged the colors in perfect balance. I’m grateful for the time cutting devices we have these days, too. Think of making that one without a rotary cutter, sufficient light after 8 PM and your long arm convenience! You must be so proud of this project!

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    • Wow – did you bring up something to think about. I have enough of a challenge cutting with a ruler and a rotary cutter let alone thinking about free handing with a pair of scissors. No wonder I admire those old quilts – it took a lot of skills to complete them. I’ve found that after 8 p.m. the only sewing I do is hand with a lot of light on the scene. 🙂

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  3. Usual chaos here–putting together a PowerPoint for a big garden presentation tomorrow, trying to write two garden columns simultaneously, researching gardens in SW France for a September 2016 tour, and getting ready for a week-long volunteer planning meeting in Washington, DC, which begins Sunday. I like a life full of adventure, though, so it’s all good. Thanks for the coffee chat:-) Mine is Columbian with half-and-half, no sugar.

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  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    Ireland sounds good to me 🙂

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  5. Shelagh says:

    Just finished reading “After Alice” by Gregory Maguire. Planning on re-reading the Carroll books now! Knitting socks (as always); a stash busting handspun sweater mulling in the brain; pool for six of my big goldfish set up on the porch, surrounded with the plants back from their summer camp; pumpkin baking and smelling real good…..

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  6. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! And I love all of the Jack Reacher books! I’m reading them in order and just finished “The Affair”. I have a few more to go before I get to the latest one. I’m a tea drinker instead of coffee – Earl Grey in the morning and green tea in the afternoon.

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  7. Laurie Graves says:

    Sounds like you’re moving right along. Yard work is at the top of the list at the little house in the big woods. The gardens are nearly cut back: next on the list—leaves. Out of six cords of woods, Clif has less than two cords to stack. As for reading…I am a Shakespeare lover, and I am reading “A Year of Lear” by James Shapiro. The book chronicles how the very tumultuous year of 1606 influenced Shakespeare’s three great plays—“King Lear,” “Macbeth,” and Antony and “Cleopatra.”

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    • With leaves and wood checked off your list, no wonder you are able to expand your horizon by delving into Shakespeare’s writings. I’m feeling a little lame reading mysteries while you are reading real literature. LOL

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      • Laurie Graves says:

        Oh, no! We can’t always be scaling the heights. I certainly don’t. You just happened to catch me when I was reading a book about Shakespeare. Read those mysteries and enjoy!

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  8. joey says:

    We’re not zipped up for winter yet. Not all the leaves have fallen, and I use all but about two lawn bags to cover my beds. There are even some tomatoes still ripening and the blackberries gave me a second run, just picked last week. We’re in the 70’s this week.
    Ireland is the plan for our first trip post empty nest, so of course I think that’s an excellent choice! Every one of my friends who’ve been loved it.
    I’m still working on home improvement projects. I get delayed by my husband’s schedule here and there, but it’s going well.
    Your recent quilt is beautiful — great colors!

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    • It is wonderful that you can reuse almost all of your leaves. We just have way too many. And, I’m jealous you are still harvesting fresh produce – enjoy every bite. I’m so glad there are so many votes for Ireland. 🙂 Home improvement projects – love them.

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      • joey says:

        I know, right? Now, I must admit the ones on the east side of the house will not break down enough and I will need to remove some and haul it off to the back 40, but still, nice!
        I think the thing is although we live on a wooded acre in a wooded street, we have a nice mix of conifers, so that cuts down on some of the leaves to rake 🙂
        I’ve never had my berries re-fruit before! I wondered if it was because we had some freezing temps and then really warm weather. I dunno, I’m not complainin! 😀

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  9. The quilt is lovely. Cheers!

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  10. Ogee says:

    Coffee in hand as well – so it counts! Fall (in the form of sweatshirt weather) has finally arrived. So welcome after our scorching and endless summer. We’ll be laying fresh paths in the garden this weekend for the winter in hopes of that El Nino they have promised us. I vote for Ireland as well. And the quilt is stunning! Virtual coffee chat? Anytime!

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  11. quiltify says:

    LOL Other than your gardening talent, I really think you’re me! I’m into Kate Carlisle mysteries right now. Her heroine is a bookbinder… sigh

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  12. love the quilt and oh Ireland sounds wonderful! 🙂 Take one million pictures! 🙂

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  13. Dan Antion says:

    It sounds like you have been very busy and putting up some good results Judy. Ireland is one of the places I might like to visit. I hope it hangs onto the number one spot (so I can learn more about it). I’m moving the oak leaves from our neighbor’s tree into a compost bin. I will vacuum up maple leaves later with a machine that also mulches them, and we’ll add that to my wife’s garden before she tills it in for winter.

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  14. Judy, lovely, lovely quilt. We’re having some Indian summer, so things aren’t buttoned up for winter yet here. I’ve read and enjoyed “Make Me” and all Child’s other Reacher books. You’re right that Reacher would shape things up. 🙂 I know they made a movie of one of the books, but there’s no way that Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher. None!

    On the vacation front, I think Ireland sounds wonderful. Haven’t been there since the 70’s, but it’s lovely and has all that great beer. In the non-alcoholic drinking department, I’m a tea drinker, too, although I do like a mocha or cappuccino once in awhile.

    janet

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    • We are having a week of 60’s as well. Tom Cruise is definitely not Jack Reacher. I was thinking maybe 6’2″ Gerard Butler could bring Jack Reacher to life for those of us who have relished each and every book. I wonder if Cruise bought the rights because that is the only way anyone would think of him as Jack Reacher. 🙂 Have a nice cup of tea this morning to get you started on a wonderful Wednesday.

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  15. Eliza Waters says:

    Sounds like you’re all set for the big freeze, cozy inside with your projects. Not looking forward to shoveling snow, but comes with the territory, right?
    I’ve been enjoying all the seed heads and can’t bear to cut them down. I’m toying with the idea of leaving them until spring, wondering if the birds will feed off of them?

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  16. Nadezda says:

    Judy, I love your king-sized quilt, it’s beautiful. It’s my dream to make something like quilt, but I have to learn to. I think going Ireland is amazing idea. Have a nice week!

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  17. Oh< Judy….Ireland! Go! GO! Maybe no pumpkin beer to be found there, but the Guinness will make up for that. Tell Dennis I said so! I will share any information and suggestions about Ireland to encourage your traveling there, you'll love it! Yes, I agree…hard to find the perfect Autumn beer, I'll help in the search though and let you know what I find on my end. best to you…..and the quilt, beautiful!

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    • I will be sure to let you know as soon as we put down the deposit. 🙂 I do wish I could magically find myself at the Atlantic Brewery up near you because we just drank the last of what we bought. Great beer!

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      • Judy, Will you go on a tour bus while in Ireland? Consider doing both…. a bus tour and then also rent a car to explore the parts of Ireland that a tour may not reach. Of course the driving can be a bit hectic to get use to…..fast driving in small cars and very narrow roads…..but the parts of the landscape it will allow you to see will be worth the effort. Maybe a pub to pub tour? Keep me posted!

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  18. I just started trying to learn a bit of Irish from the free ‘Duolingo’ app.
    The quilt looks so beautiful! I’m sure sleeping under it will be a dream 😪

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  19. I LOVE that quilt!!! Now, about that hand sewing of binding – do take a try with Susies Magic Binding on your next “doll quilt” or “mug rug” and see if you like it. Link to the tutorial – (http://www.52quilts.com/2012/05/tuesday-tutorial-susies-magic-binding.html) . It is my go-to binding for everything. Takes an extra step in the “construction of the binding” but with your walking foot and a bit of patience it goes on totally by machine and looks fantastic. I would never finish if I had to hand sew the binding. Pat Sloan also has some machine finished binding tips on her blog.(http://patsloan.typepad.com/quiltershome/pat-sloan-machine-binding-tutorial.html ) . Oh, back to the coffee, I would tell you that today I have 20 “pillow cases” to make…….time to get busy right after I write my blog posts. 😉

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    • Based upon one of your previous posts, I’ve used the two color binding a couple of times. I love the look of it. I also like the look of the stitches on the top, but sometimes I am not so happy with the way it looks on the back. I guess I need more practice. 🙂 Twenty pillow cases – wow!!!

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  20. pagedogs says:

    We are taking advantage of the warm weather to continue clearing brush and small trees around some of our old apple trees. We plan to start pruning them next spring and to plant more fruit trees for a small home orchard. I’m looking forward to settling in with several sewing projects this winter and to dusting off and fixing up my very old loom and doing some weaving again (it’s been MANY years–so I may have to learn all over again). That’s my coffee talk for now!

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  21. When they picked Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher, I despaired of ever watching it. Cruise is NOT Reacher. But the movie is okay, if you never read the books. It’s still nice and Indian Summery here. I’m very much enjoying the weather, as long as it lasts!

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  22. KerryCan says:

    Thanks for taking the coffee break with us! You’ve been busy and your quilt looks amazing! I, too, vote for Ireland–I’ve been there a few times and always want to go back as soon as I leave!

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  23. germac4 says:

    I enjoyed your coffee break, love the quilts and books and plans for spring. I think Australians plan for long hot summers more than winter, so I’m tucking the plants in with lots of mulch in case we get some really hot weather in December.

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  24. Sammy D. says:

    I loved this coffee date, Judy. Your wintering sounds cozy and I needed a recommendation for a goid fiction escape – Jack Reacher it is!

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    • I believe there are around 20 of them to choose from. He’s a unique guy just enjoying life in as simple terms as he can make them, but he always finds himself in trouble somewhere in the country and then you get to experience his adventure of getting out of it. Please let me know if you like him. 🙂

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      • Sammy D. says:

        I will! I’m reserving one to pick up at the library. Didn’t Tom Cruise do a Jack Reacher movie or am I confused? (That might be a rhetorical question on the ‘am I confused’ part!)

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      • Yes, to the question, but as you read the book about this tough, really tough, well over 6′ tall guy, think about Tom Cruise and see if you would have cast him in the role if he hadn’t bought the rights. LOL 🙂

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      • Sammy D. says:

        I read one review that said it should have been Tom Selleck 😊😊 He always gets my 2 thumbs up!!

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      • Sammy D. says:

        Not that I’m fanatic about anything (OCD-lite?!?) but I stayed up way past my bedtime reading Tripwire. I can’t for the life of me think who could play Jack Reacher because of his size (sadly Tom Selleck isn’t quite right), but having just re-watched Australia in which Hugh Jackman is so buffed up tough guy and hopelessly smitten with his female character all at the same time, I might have been caught visibly drooling, I’m going to throw his name into the mix 😀

        This was just the easy adventure fiction I needed right now. Thanks!!

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      • LOL I understand because when I get a new Jack Reacher book I usually read it within a two-three day period. I can hardly put it down. I can see Hugh Jackman making a good Reacher. 🙂

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  25. Ireland is great! Beautiful countryside and the friendliest people you could wish to meet. We are lucky here in England as it is just a short ferry ride away.

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  26. Grandma Kc says:

    I wish I was there to share that cup of coffee or to share some of that pumpkin beer — or maybe both! Your quilt turned out just amazing, I can’t wait to see what you whip up next. I truly hope you get to go to Ireland. I got to live vicariously through you last year and I can do it again this year! Places I will never get to. As for here, this has been a stressful week topped off by a stressful day. Tomorrow will be better. Yeah for Friday!

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  27. Cheryl Robertson says:

    HI from California! Yes, I too love Jack Reacher and I agree Tom does not fit the part. I was thinking more of a younger Nick Nolte. Although, my son saw the movie and thought it was well done. I’ll reserve judgement until I see it.
    I’m working on my Christmas cards and some recipe books for my sons. I want to pass on our family’s recipes before to much longer.
    I’m still getting tomatoes but they aren’t very good. I guess it’s time to pull the plants out and compost the beds.
    Take care

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    • Yes, there are a lot of the more ‘mature’ actors who in their younger days could have played a great Jack Reacher. I was thinking today that Gerard Butler could pull it off. The movie script was good, but I kept looking at vertically challenged, cute Tom Cruise and just couldn’t ‘see’ Reacher. Cards are a good topic for this electronic age because they require time. Family recipe books sound like a wonderful gift – so thoughtful and practical. Enjoy any fresh tomatoes you can get because I’d sure enjoy just one more fresh tomato sandwich. 🙂

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  28. Sartenada says:

    Very beautiful quilt!

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  29. Dawn says:

    Such fun to catch up over coffee (tea, for me, please!), Judy! Your quilt projects sound amazing! Handmade kindness warms the heart every time it is shared with those we love! Hope that your Ireland trip will happen in the new year. We’ve been away spending time with family in Arizona. Autumn is a lovely time to hike in the desert! The temperatures are cooler and delightfully comfortable there now. We even made time for some antiquing in the Southwest. It’s fun to explore… and it’s fun to be ‘Home Sweet Home’ again! Happy November days, Judy! ♡

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  30. trkingmomoe says:

    Your quilt is lovely. I know how long it takes to sew a binding on the back side. I do my own also. Thanks for stopping in to my blog and reading it.

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