Saturday, October 31, 2009

Shh - Its Halloween

This has to be the quietest Halloween ever. Only six or seven groups of children have come to the door. There is not even a dent in the bowl of goodies and it is almost 8 pm.

Pat and I carved pumpkins - he did the gory clean out the guts part, provided the ideas for the pumpkins and I did as he commanded. They look pretty good. Pat is out with Ian trick or treating with Softie - who was dressed as Vampire dog but the cape kept falling off.

I dressed up to hand out the treats - a ghoul in purple fancy dress

Friday, October 30, 2009

Most Original...that's my kid

Patrick won the "Most Original" costume prize in his class today. It makes me laugh he and Matthew come up with the strangest ideas for Halloween costumes.

One year Matthew he wanted to be a skunk but the tail had to huge and held erect and sway. Another year he gave me directions on making his costume that included a fur covered head and a plastic tentacle like arm. I don't know if it actually had a name but it was just what he wanted. This year Matthew is organizing a Halloween party in Edinbourgh and he is going as Zombie Jesus.

Patrick's idea this year was "Bedtime". He wore his black soccer tights and undershirt and black gloves and then inserted himself between 2 pillows in a pillow case so his body was covered by the pillow. He wore slippers and a night cap and carried a teddy bear with a small pillow around his neck that said "Now I lay me down to sleep."

Picture to go here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Zig Zag and Wonky Quilt Along Status

I have finished the zig zag quilt top and a little border to go around it. It went together well and I love the dash of red and the flannel backing. It will be a very cozy quilt for Pat. I wanted to do a puffy quilt as per Pat's request and planned to make the quilt as a duvet cover but did not like how floppy the top was so I tried to quilt the top to the comforter but my machine could not handle that. So I have sandwiched the quilt with two thin layers of batting. Now to quilt it. I am still mulling over what kind of stitching pattern to do - straight line I think - but following along the zigs and zags. It looks great on Pat's new bed and with the IKEA fabric of his window valance.

Pat had a great deal of input into this quilt - both solicited and non-solicited!!! He wanted a cuddly quilt that was red ad white and black. I pulled fabrics from my stash and he discarded the "flowery" ones and kept telling me to pick the simpler patterns. We went shopping and he picked the red flannel which I think makes the quilt pop. I was going to do the zigs with a variety of fabrics but he wanted one fabric per row. Now that it is done I think all his choices were the right ones and it made the quilt his. I also love that he was so sure of his wishes - no going back - no second guessing - just clear direction - do this - do that. He also kept me going on the quilt with his enthusiasm and reminders to work away.

I hope to get the quilting done this weekend and the binding and washing next week.

The zig zag quilt is the Old Red Barn Company Quilt Along Round 2, Amy of Park City Girl led this round and provide an excellent tutorial to follow along. These virtual quilt alongs are great because I get my sewing done in "off peak" moments when real time classes are not run, but still can call upon or participate with other quilters from around the world.

Photos to be added here.

Round 3 is the wonky block quilt along led by Quilt Dad. He showed us how to make 3 different kinds of wonky blocks. The process is quite simple but I found this round challenging for several reasons. I wanted to finish the zig zag quilt first so my head would be free but it took me longer than I planned so I began to think about this quilt too much. I am using black fabrics for my son Devon and they are hard to see to sew together. And the big kickers - you need to be spontaneous to pick fabrics at random to make it up as you go along - that is very hard for me. I am a planner and I plan so I had to get over this. And lastly you have to cut off part of fabric that you have sewn - arrggh this felt like wastage of lovely fabric. I cut up some strips and hated how they looked - too random.

Two days ago I sat down and just willed my way through making blocks and made 5 and a half. I used wider strips of fabric and only 3 rounds instead of 4 or 5 but I really like how they are coming along and made 4 blocks today. I think I need to make 42 blocks for a queen size quilt top so I am nearly one quarter along. So many of the quilt along participants have finished and round 4 is about to start so I want to keep making blocks this week.

More photos to be added here

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pay It Forward

Rachel at Crafty Sauce was looking for some people to play pay it forward and so I joined in. She is still looking for another player so check out her site(

If you would like to receive a handmade gift from me, and are willing to make and send a handmade gift along to three of your blog readers, please let me know in my comments. Once you accept, you will receive something from me within 365 days. In turn, you will have 365 days to fulfill your end of the bargain.

I would love to make a quilted something for 3 of you!!!

So all I need is three of you to tell me that you want in. Let me know!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pumpkin & Spice Fabric Giveawy

Pumpkin Patch Primitive Fabrics is giving away a Bundle of Red Rooster's Pumpkins & Spice Fabrics by Whimsicals. The bundle includes every fabric in the line with the exception of the panel. That means the prize is 27 Fat quarters!!!

If you want to enter, you will need to have a blog AND post a link to the giveaway and let them know you learned about it here. To count your entry you must have a link to Pumpkin Patches blog... not a blogroll, it must be an actual post about the giveaway.

So go on over to Pumpkin Patch Primitives Quilt Shoppe's blog to enter at:

If the entries reach 250, a second bundle goes in the pot and there will be TWO winners, one bundle for each!
If there are 350 or more entries a $100 Gift certificate to the Pumpkin Patch will be added as a third prize.

The winner will be picked on Halloween - timely eh? Have fun with this

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

13 Bootiful Treasures

Saucy's Halloween Charm swap arrived today it included a bracelet and charms provided by the following swappers: - pumpkin, pie and chocolate - yum - spiders, black cat, silver cat, flame, lime and orange balls - fun - Halloween pin, mini chocolate bars, skeleton head, cupcake - eclectic - vintage halloween card - beautiful - neon spider and trick or treat basket with goodies - cool

Sue - orange glass pumpkin with amber beads - happy

Tiffany - candy corn on black disk - elegant

Sharon - pumpkin, bats on lime and witches hat - contemporary

Linda - silver jointed skeleton - frightfully scary

Maureen - silver cat and amber bead - detailed

Doreen - black and silver bat - classic

Sandra - Silver and black Boo blocks - jingly

Melinda - skeleton on scrabble block with silver leaf - unusual

Extra - Wicked in silver frame, google ring and bubble yum - surprize

Loved each and every one - ladies thank you so much!!

Photo's to follow