Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fall Festival (aka All Hallows Night) finish -

I finished Fall Festival weeks ago but life has gotten wild and I haven't had a chance to post it.

This was the latest sewalong with Lori at Humble Quilts.  It's from a Jan Patek pattern.  The only change I made really was switching out the turkey for a cat:

He's Isaac, my daughter's fiance's sweet old cat.

Unusual, but this Japanese print made for a great binding:

My favorite block is this one:

And the pineapples, which will always remind me of my Mom (hospitality):

As you can see, I quilted it pretty minimally, and free form, mostly free motion - so fun!  I mean really freeing and fun, since I am not a perfectionist;).

The best part of photographing this quilt was a nice visit from our neighbor with her new LAB puppy - I mean, could there be anything cuter!  My helpers were David, and a young friend of a friend staying with us for the weekend.  

And... after 11 years in this house, we move out next month to downsize.  More on that later!

Here's a little treasure I found while packing.  It's a letter my Mom wrote to my Grandma, in 1976 (bicentennial) - it's a thank you note for a red white and blue quilt my Grandma made for my little brother.  Precious!

I almost forgot to mention - I quilted the words of a poem into the border of the quilt.  It's a great Halloween poem.

All Hallows Night

Two things I did on Hallows Night:— 
Made my house April-clear; 
Left open wide my door 
To the ghosts of the year.

Then one came in. Across the room 
It stood up long and fair— 
The ghost that was myself— 
And gave me stare for stare.


  1. Nice finish well in time for the fall holidays. Maybe next year I will have time for one ... if only my co-workers would stop having so many babies!

  2. Fabulous, simply fabulous! I love your addition of the cat! You must be crazy busy with the moving plans. Thanks for taking the time to post it! Hope to see you at the AQSG seminar in October!

  3. This is wonderful! Love your sweet version.:)

  4. I love how your quilt turned out. I'm hoping to get to this one someday. Didn't I see a quilt you made in the book "Baskets" A study of nineteenth Century Basket quilts. I love the quilt you made. Basket quilts are a favorite of mine. Hugs

  5. Your quilt turned out great! Love the orange cat.
    What a big job moving is - you have my sympathies. What a nice quilt related treasure you found!

  6. Wonderful finish! The world needs more Halloween quilts and Halloween poetry! Good luck with your move and new adventures!

  7. What a great finish and best of luck with your move!

  8. Love your modifications to Jan's design. Ir looks wonderful. Hope your move is a smooth one.

  9. What a great quilt. It always amazes me how the same pattern can look so different from quilter to quilter. All individual. Of the blocks you've shown I really like that basket. It's too fun.

    I'm sorry you're moving from that beautiful home, even though I've never been there and don't really know you. It just seems so lovely.


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