Thursday, October 1, 2009

Halloween fun!

Halloween is in the air! One of my favorite times of the year. Jolene is having a wonderful giveaway. Blackbird designs new chart, with thread and fabric! What a great way to celebrate the season. Also my friend Sharlotte is giving away a beautiful needle case. Go over and take a look!

I just put up my quilt that I made last year, that matches Blackbird's sampler, so I thought I would share.Blackbird Designs Midnight Silhouette without the leaf border
I opted not to put the leaf boarder around the edges, because quite frankly, I think that would have sent me to the loony bin. Appliqueing all those leaves? What was Barb thinking? (Love ya Barb, and you have more patience than me!) I was going to put a scalloped edge on this, but forgot to share that vision with the quilter, and she quilted a wonderful leaf border all around, which didn't leave me room to do that. I'm still happy with the way it turned out.

Light Your Way by Blackbird Designs. This is in the "Trix or Treat" Book.
I made a few color changes
Here are my changes:

The pumpkin = Cognac (Weeks)
The border = Caper (Weeks)
Words and Crow = mascara (weeks)
Stars = Finley gold (crescent colors)
5 squares below star = cognac
Date = caper
Pumpkin Stem = Caper
Basket = Mascara
Leaves = Caper
Flower = Mulberry (weeks)
4 squares and initials = Mulberry

Thought I would also share one of favorite Halloween samplers. I stitched this last year, and love the way it turned out. The frame is the best part. It looks like it's been painted 15 times or so. I think it really adds to the vintage charm of the piece.

One of my many Halloween walls.
Hope all is well with you dear friends. I haven't had much else to share lately. I'm up to my eyeballs in school work with my kids. It does make one cranky when there is no time for stitching and sewing!
Until next time.

25 comments:

Sharlotte said...

Gorgeous ,gorgeous,gorgeous! I've been wondering about you as I see you posting on other blogs. Hope things are going good.

ohiofarmgirl said...

Your display is so cute. And the quilt looks just beautiful.
I am in my 15 year home schooling...it is so wonderful...My oldest in now a senior in college...I so miss her! The time goes so quickly...enjoy them while they are there. Dianntha

Cari said...

Oh my gosh Loraine your quilt is just ADORABLE!! Good JOB girlfriend. Love your holiday decorating!! Hope you get a little stitching time in!! HUGS

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I LOVE the quilt - so wish I could do that. It is absolutely perfect. Your Halloween stitchy piece is darling and yes, the frame is FAB!

Your wall is just awesome looking - I just love Halloween decorating.

I've missed you - I know you've been swamped. Like I've told you before, I don't know HOW you do it!

You're a doll!

Mos Los Vagabondos said...

Beautiful quilt! And what a fun sampler, gotta love BBD.

Margaret said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt with us. I'd forgotten how nice the original pattern design was. :D I love that stairway where both pieces are. Beautiful!!! Hope you have more time for stitching!

Melissa said...

The quilt is gorgeous Loraine! And I love the pumpkin stitch. You're getting in the spirit of Halloween already!

Deb said...

Oh my gosh Loraine, do I love, love that quilt! I didn't know that there was a quilt that matched the sampler? It looks so great hanging over your staircase like that. You don't sound like you're an appliquer! I don't think that I would have put all those leaves in either! UGH.

I love Light Your Way too and that frame is so perfect for it. I don't know if I'd say it's the best part, your stitching looks pretty wonderful, but it sure fits the design well.

Your Halloween wall looks wonderful and I hope that you can find some time around the school work to get some stitching in. I really don't know how you keep up with all of it!

Cari said...

Dear Lorraine, I just discovered your blog - I'm not sure how I have missed it for all this time. I look forward to coming back and perusing thru your past entries and seeing all the lovely things you create.

Your BBD quilt is just beautiful and looks stunning hanging in the stairwell - and that colored wall, what a great eye you have for design!

The frame is absolutely gorgeous.

I look forward to visiting you again soon.

Tammy said...

OMG Lorraine!!!! I'm drooling over your gorgeous pieces--the quilt and the stitching. And need I say that your Halloween wall is to die for?? WOW girl--you got it goin' on, seriously. That quilt is FABU! Now I have to see if I can go find that BBD pattern to buy tonight. I need it NOW. :p

Tammy said...

I'm a dork Lorraine---I HAVE that pattern book, lol. Would you mind sharing your color changes with me? I love your color way-it's great.

staci said...

That quilt is wonderful! You are so talented! Love your display, so festive and eyecatching!!!

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh, Loraine!! You really impress me so much. I love your display wall, and the quilt and the Halloween sampler... oh my. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I always focus on non-seasonal stuff and then see beautiful work like that and want to kick myself. Lovely work... and I will keep coming back to this post when I need a kick in the pants to do some seasonal stuff! ;)

Mylene said...

That's a beautiful quilt and WOW! your Halloween wall looks great.

Jane said...

Oh Loraine, I just love that quilt of yours!!! It's so gorgeous and something to treasure for years to come. I'm really liking the BBD newie, Midnight Watch. You'll have to stitch this one too in keeping with the quilt.

I love your BBD framed piece also. It looks beautiful and the frame is such a good choice for it.

Thanks for all your comments on my blog - they're a joy to read. I'm glad I've inspired you to do Strawberry House some day too! :)

Cindy said...

Your quilt is awesome! Love the Halloween wall, too :)

woolwoman said...

LOVE your BBD quilt Loraine - it's a marvelous! Looks stunning in that spot which I presume to be a wall in your stairwell. Perfect spot! Love the little sampler too and the framing - whoooo - awesome - thanks for sharing your displays - very nice - Mel

Michelle said...

I am in love with your Midnight Silhouette quilt!! I'm definitely going to have to make this one! Love your Light the Way changes too - very pretty!

Cari said...

Thanks for visiting my blog - my weekend will be spent kitting up all my new goodies - can't wait!

Tammy said...

Just wanted to pop in again and thank you for your color change info you gave. LOVE that! You need to email me and let me know what kind of stuff you were designing Lorraine. I'd love to see. I couldn't find a link to email you from your blog. Thx again for the great comments and encouragement! And I have to say again how much I ADORE your quilt!!! :)

Parsley said...

I enjoyed stopping by your blog. I envy your talents in stitching and sewing. The quilt is great!

tara said...

Fantastic quilt. Fall/Halloween is my fave time too.

Parsley said...

Yes, we do have a lot in common.

Stop by my blog often or follow if you'd like. Oh yah...you could even enter my giveaway for CHOCOLATE.

I'm starting a project in stitching this weekend. Wish me luck. I 'think' I can, I 'think' I can. LOL

Jane said...

Loraine, thanks for commenting on my Bug Ball. You're so sweet! Go get your own out and we'll try to stitch this together if you like. I don't know how fast I'll be with mine, so we can just see how it goes. I'd love to see some pics on your blog of where you're up to with yours. Keep me posted!

Cathy Lloyd said...

Lorraine, I really enjoyed reading your post on this very chilly and so fine morning. Your daughter and "Julie" are just darling! My 24-year-old daughter has Addy and one that looks like her. She still ooohs and aaahs over the catalogs that are still coming to our house. She and her best friend took a trip to LA this past spring and stopped at the store..they both came home with a couple of new outfits! We never outgrow our love for dolls! Enjoy! Love your BBD quilt and the fabulous walls you have going up your staircase! Thanks for sharing!