Sunday, October 31, 2010

Boo!

Happy Halloween!

I really like Halloween.  I don't know why.  We don't dress up and we don't go to any Halloween parties and we really don't get that many kids (although you'd never know it by the amount of candy my husband buys - and eats - starting in early September - LOL!).  But I like the decorations.  And I love Fall, it's my favorite season.  (And I kind of like eating the candy too).

I asked hubby to be on the lookout for some plastic pumpkins on his Saturday yard-sale rounds, because I thought I could switch the planters on the hooks in our front yard with pumpkins.  Of course, he went overboard and bought all kinds of Halloween decorations besides the pumpkins - like orange lights and skeleton lights and ornamental things, etc., etc.  ... but I think it all looks pretty Halloween-y ...



Oh, look, you can see my ghost trying to photograph the window, in the sun.  Great photo.  Better not quit my day job.

I thought I'd show a few Halloween/Fall things I've made.

I made this Pumpkin Quilt that appeared on the cover of American Patchwork and Quilting two years ago.  It was designed by Avis Shirer of Joined at the Hip.  It was on the cover - as soon as I saw it I knew I had to make it.  It was fun to make and quilt (well, except for all those 1"x2" finished Flying Geese!).  I have it hanging in my office right now and I get so many compliments on it.  I love it....

Here's a close-up...


This Fall wallhanging was made quite a while ago.  This comes from a great little book - Quilts Say It Best by Eileen Westfall from That Patchwork Place.  It's pretty old now, from 1997.  Each wallhanging pattern combines words and sayings with patchwork.  I definitely want to make some more little quilts from this book.


The fabric I found for the "pie crust" was just perfect!  I love when you find just the right fabric.

Here's a teeny little pumpkin quilt that I have hanging on the door in my kitchen.  So far, I have teeny quilts like this for Halloween, St. Paddy's Day and Valentine's Day.


I bought a bunch of Halloween fabric at the PA National Quilt Extravaganza last month (I still need to blog about my haul from that show!) to make a really cool pumpkin quilt I saw somewhere on the internet.  It was made from just squares and half-square triangles and was a huge pumpkin face (kind of like a watercolor quilt, but not quite if that makes any sense).  But, I can't for the life of me remember where I saw it though.  I have my pile of fabric all ready to go and this is one of those things that will bug me if I can't find it again.  I really, really want to make that quilt!

I hope you enjoyed my Halloween roundup.  Don't eat too much candy!  o:)

(Very Pathetic) Clamshell Update

I missed last month and this is all I have to show for two months...


At this rate, it will be the next decade before I get enough clamshells prepped to make the quilt.  But,  I guess that's par for the course since I still have WIPs from the 1990s that are still not finished yet (I can't believe I actually admitted that!  o:)

But, this is a long-term project, so I'm not fretting too much!  

Maybe I'll do better next month!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I'm excited to participate in Amy's from AmysCreativeSide.com Blogger's Quilt Festival again!

The quilt I'm sharing this time was made for my lovely daughter-in-law, Raqhel, about 3 years ago.  She wanted a quilt for their living room and she asked that it be black, taupe and cream.  I'm a little more colorful than that generally, so this color scheme was a bit out of my comfort zone.  But, I could see where she was coming from based on their living room.  So, I resisted the urge to throw in something wild and keep to this neutral scheme.  I wish I would have bought enough fabric to make two.  I adore this quilt!  It lives on the back of their couch and I love to visit it.

What also makees this quilt a little different for me is that I didn't use a specific printed pattern.  Highly unusual for me (although I'm trying to do more on my own).  I knew what I wanted it to look like and thought these colors might look good done in the Jacob's ladder block.  I thought the "stripey" set would set off the colors well.  I was really happy with the fabrics I chose and the quilt wound up being pretty large (I forget the actual dimensions). 


I thought the striped inner border really set it off well and as you'll see I used the brown for the binding.  I quilted it using the Lace Quilt EZ pattern board.  The quilting doesn't look so great up close and personal in this picture, but the pattern looks great overall on the quilt.


I was thrilled with how it turned out and she loved the quilt (now if I can just get her to start quilting o:) )

If you'd like to see the parade, go to Amy's blog - you'll find lots of cool quilts and blog links!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Kenny's Flea Market Finds

Here are two more knick-knacky things my dear husband came home with the other week.  This cute little treadle machine with a "quilt" in progress....it's very sweet.



This shadowbox of buttons is really cool and will hang on the wall in my sewing room...I love the "wallpaper" used as a background - I think it really pulls the whole idea together.  I don't know how old this is, but it really gives off an "old-fashioned vibe.  The buttons look fairly old too.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy 5th Birthday!

To our sweet girl Lilly....

We hope you know how much joy you've brought into our lives you sweet little pumpkin!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Green Quilt!

I can finally reveal the green wedding quilt!  I wasn't sure at all about this at first, but I must say, I really liked it in the end.  It's got about 30 greens in it (all from stash by the way!)


You really can't see it in the photo (I seriously need to find a good place to hang quilts to get good photos), but I wound up using the fabric on the left for the border and binding (and not the premade green binding I showed in my other post about this quilt - it just didn't go and that's fine because I'll just use it for something else)...


I used the Curlz pantograph.  I didn't want anything too flowery or feathery, and this was just the look I was going for...


I found a great wide Hunky Dory by Chez Moi fabric for the back (I hate piecing backs, I may have mentioned that before.  I love the way they look, I just don't like doing it o:) )...

And, to pay homage to the bride's penchant for wearing different colored socks, this is the label I made...

I'm still waiting to hear if the bride & groom like the quilt (they are still on their honeymoon).  I think they will - as you'll see the cake was green and the bride's dress had a green band (it was beautiful)...

It was a beautiful day and a beautiful wedding...all except for these unvited guests...

 I never saw so many stinkbugs in my life!  There were more stinkbugs than guests.  Eewwwwww.  Other than that - a lovely day!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I'm in love...

and her name is Mary Rose.   Particularly this.  I was going about my morning routine of checking my personal emails - select everything that I know is junk or that I don't have to read  and delete first and then go back and quickly review what I've kept.  I certainly don't need any more fabric right now so I should have included that email from Shabby Fabrics in the delete list this time.  Why, oh, why did I open that email?  There were links to the Mary Rose line, Collection 8 to be exact and since I liked the name, I thought, I'll just click and see.  And there was Mary Rose in all her splendor and it was love at first sight and I think I need some.  But, I spent so dang much money at the quilt show the other weekend and I still have to buy some of the sweet Lilly & Will for a baby quilt due in November that I really shouldn't let Mary Rose tempt me.  But I don't know if I can resist.

I couldn't get a photo I could post, but click on the links - or not (if you're as easily tempted as I am.)  o:)
I really need to stop opening emails from quilt shops o:)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kenny's Flea Market Finds - The Mother Lode!

Sometimes I am really glad my husband goes yard sale-ing (is that even a word??) almost every Saturday ... last week he came home with this...

I know it doesn't look like much but, oh my goodness, it's yards and yards of of beautiful, quilt shop fabric.  This pile is mostly Christmas and Fall fabrics with some purples in there.  Most are 1 to 2 yard pieces with maybe a square or a strip cut out with some fat quarters that didn't even have the little sticker taken off yet.  The lady whom he purchased them from said she was moving to Florida and these fabrics didn't "go" down there.  I don't think I'd care, but luckily for me she did!

So, hubby said she had a lot more than the five bags he got.  On Sunday, I mentioned that I wished I'd gone there myself to get some more (because I definitely don't have enough fabric, you know).  He said, let's just go back.  I was nervous because I thought she'd be a little annoyed having this strange man showing up at her house again AFTER the yard sale was over, but my desire to get my paws on more of this awesome fabric won out.  Luckily she was outside with some of her family when we pulled up and she was just as nice as she could be.  She showed me the tub of bags she had left and we asked how much for all of it.  She said $8.  I said here's $10!  Unbelievable!  How generous!  She knows what this is worth....

Twelve more bags of fabric!  Grand total for Saturday and Sunday's haul -- $19.  I had a great time smoothing and sorting and stacking my new fabric and dreaming of what these pieces can become.  

Awwwww, I'm Blushing....

Lynn of the Alamosaquilter blog gave me this...

How sweet is that?!!!  Lynn, thank you so much!  Now, apparently I haven't blogged in like a month or something so I'm just now getting around to acknowledging this sweetness, but I so appreciate it!  My very first bloggy award/gift.

You are supposed to pass on the love by giving this award to 12 other bloggers, etc., but as I am SO rudely late in acknowledging this, I am just going to list a few of my favorite blogs (and Lynn has already listed a number of favorites on her list, so I won't duplicate).  You may find some of these blogs as enjoyable as I do if you don't read them already:

  Nancy Near Philadelphia
  Thelma of Cupcakes 'n Daisies
  Heather of Quilt or Stitch?
  Wendy of Ivory Spring 
  Darlene of Quilting Daze
  Nicole of Sisters Choice
  Carol's Crafty Creations
  Pat of All Decked Out

Thank you ladies for giving me smiles and inspiration!