Monday, November 5, 2018

Design Wall Monday - November 5, 2018

November already!  October is in the rear view mirror, and Thanksgiving is ahead!

I hope you all had fun on Halloween.  For those with little ones, who celebrate Trick or Treating, I hope you had fun handing out candy and helping them eat candy.  I didn't even buy any candy because kids don't come to our door on Halloween, and I end up eating all the candy.   We are near the end of a cul-de-sac in a subdivision where the homes are far apart, so the children knock on doors in greener pastures.

Here is a picture of four Halloween pillows on the couch in the living room:

I made the orange pumpkin head pillow, and bought the other three.  I copied the black kitty pillow's smile on my pumpkin pillow.  The ghosts that I call "Kasper and The Mrs. Kasper" were from the Hallmark store years ago, and are very soft fabric and light weight.  I have to make sure that our labrador retriever, Penny Lane, doesn't decide that they are dog toys.  She seems to think everything on earth is for her pleasure.  LOL

The main fall season quilt that I get out each year is called, appropriately "Third Weekend in October", pattern by Ruth Powers:

I know I have blogged about it before.  It is a large quilt that is 85 X 110 inches.  I leave it out until after Thanksgiving and enjoy it every year.  All paper pieced, and I would never do it again, but I did it with a friend who was making her version also, so we cheered each other on.  I am not fond of paper piecing, as I have trouble visualizing where to put the fabric before sewing the pieces.

It is also the only large quilt that I have ever free motion quilted.  I don't even remember how I did it, but at the time, I was in the groove, and quilted "veins" in each leaf, on my domestic machine.

This week we are visiting our daughter and her family in Texas, so I wrote this post before I left town, and scheduled it to post on the morning of November 5th.  I will arrive back home on the evening of November 5th, and I look forward to viewing all of your lovely design walls then.  Thank you everyone who links up with Design Wall Monday.

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Julie in GA said...

Cute Halloween cushions, and I love your Third Weekend in October quilt. It's gorgeous, and you did a great job on the quilting!

Kate said...

Your Weekend in October quilt is gorgeous! Definitely worth all that paper removal at the end of the paper piecing. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Texas. Happy stitching this week.

Gretchen Weaver said...

Your leaf quilt is beautiful! I love it! What a lovely seasonal quilt for autumn. Have a nice visit with your daughter.

Sara said...

Your fall quilt is gorgeous and the free-motion veins on the leaves is pretty. That dark background makes the fall colors look so rich.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Love the Pumpkin and ghosts and cat! So cute! The Ruth Powers quilt is so pretty! I agree with you on the paper piecing - rather pull my hair out and do regular stitching! LOL

Susan said...

Always loved that leaf quilt by Ruth, but have never made it. Maybe someday!

Denise said...

I miss having trick or treaters. We live in the county and down a long dark driveway with woods down one side. Years ago I thought about making a haunted driveway but no one would come to enjoy it anyway. Thank you for the linky party.
For paper piecing, I use crayons or colored pencils to decide on color placement. For very detailed blocks I will either write the color on the template or scribble the color on.

Eleanor Kay Hunzinger said...

I love yours fall leaves quilt and I don't mind paper piecing. Please share who's pattern so that maybe I could purchase it. Thanks so much! Kay H

Christina said...

Your leaf quilt is beautiful, I believe my Grandmother made the same quilt top from her Mother's dresses. It is not finished yet, still on the hand quilting frame.