A Pillow to Match

NOTE: If you’re here from the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, my featured quilt can be found at this link.

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I found an orphan block in my stash leftover from the Halloween quilt I made for/with Dave. So I made a quilted pillow cover to match!

He loved it so much, he hugged and squeezed it!

The beauty of making these pillow covers is that you can take the pillow form out and use it for a different cover when that season is behind you. Easy enough to whip up in a day!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Have you heard of Amy‘s Blogger’s Quilt Festival? It’s an online festival for bloggers to feature a quilt they made. It takes place during the semi-annual Quilt Festival, a trade show where wholesale fabric companies and designers gather to sell their wares to quilting industry businesses.

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival
This is the fourth festival, and my fourth time playing along. This time, I would like to feature my Halloween quilt.
About six years ago, I made this quilt at the request/demand of my husband Dave. He makes me a better person, pushes me to challenge myself, and cheers for my successes. When he asked me to make a quilt for his favorite holiday, I seized the moment!

He really designed this quilt himself, starting with picking out all the fabrics – black cats on orange, spiderwebs on green for the binding, purple night scene for the backing.
He even picked out the pattern he wanted me to use, chosen from this book.
I know it’s not the most “modern” quilt by some people’s standards, but I love this quilt because it was fun to make, and especially because I made it for my amazing husband. He is my rock!
Thanks so much for stopping by to see my quilt!
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I also wanted to mention that my shop is a sponsor for the quilt festival!

If you enter your quilt, you will be entered to win something from a selection of prizes. I donated this project bag for a lucky person. I made it to be the perfect size to hold your needle case, scissors, hand sewing (or knitting) supplies, rotary cutter or whatever you travel with. It also has a pocket inside to store your small, loose items like a box of pins or stitch markers.

Now go check out all the other great quilts being featured in blogland!

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Here are the quilts I shared previously:

A Fun and Productive Weekend

We had a nice dinner party on Halloween night. We invited my aunts and uncle who live in a retirement complex so they could see all the trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood.
front porch on HalloweenI think we had at least 30 kids, and they were all wearing fantastic costumes. I was so impressed! After our guests left, we hung out at the neighbors’ bonfire for some cocktails and a few laughs.

pumpkins lit up on the porch

Next up, I finished quilting my table runner today! I mentioned previously that I used Anina’s pattern, which I liked and would recommend. I don’t think I was as precise as her pattern calls for, so it turned out a little more wonky, but in a good way, of course! This project is made from the Natural Territory fabrics by Terry Atkinson, which I found at my local quilt shop.

Fall Table Runner

(My photos turned out a little dark – I had to hurry before the sun set early today with our Daylight Savings time change.)

I used the walking foot to quilt random lines across it, which was fun. I think the straight lines gave this project a cool, modern effect.

Back of Fall tablerunner

I just need to finish hand sewing the binding to the back and then it will be ready to use through the month of November. It measures 17 inches x 46 inches, just right for our buffet.

fun colors for fall tablerunner

I am looking forward to working on a few patchwork products this week to post in my shop for the upcoming holiday seasons. Hope you all had a great Halloween weekend, and have a great week!

Halloween Treat Bags

Check out these three stuff sacks I made for trick-or-treating on Halloween! As with all of my stuff sacks, these are designed to carry your stuff, from your lunch or a pair of shoes, even candy.

Halloween Treat Sack Trio

I used fabrics from the Spooktacular collection, which feature bright orange, purple and green bats, spiders and ravens. Very cool! The first stuff sack measures about 13 inches tall with a 7 inch flat bottom, and this cool purple lining.

purple treat sack

Check out this funky purple fabric on the bottom!

purple bottom

The second one has the bright orange lining. It measures about 14 inches tall with a 7 inch flat bottom.

orange lined treat sack

And the third one has the orange and white lining with ravens, bats and spiders, oh my.

white-orange lining

I think all the bottoms look cool!white-orange bottom

I listed them in the shop tonight, so stop by to check them out. I only made three, and there’s still time to get one shipped to you before Halloween arrives.

A Dinner Party

I may have mentioned here in my notebook that we aren’t big on entertaining, but we are trying to make an effort to have people over more often.

I have a couple aunts and an uncle who live in an assisted-living facility whom I don’t see often enough. I grew very close to them and we spent so much time together; they were like my second moms and dads.

I didn’t think they would see any trick-or-treaters on Halloween, so we decided to have a dinner party with them, and let them answer the door when the kids came around. We had such a great time that we are already looking forward to having another dinner party… soon! Can you believe that? The more I host these types of parties the more I grow hooked on the idea.

I always try to keep things simple, but add little touches that people will smile about, making their experience more enjoyable. I found this cool fabric at Joann’s, two yards of which made a perfect tablecloth for our Halloween dinner party.

From that picture, it’s a little hard to tell that the fabric is purple sheer with black furry spider webs all over it. It looked cool draped over the table!

I used an old popcorn tin as a platform for all the black and orange tealight candles we had. I didn’t have enough time to make party favors, so maybe I’ll plan ahead for the next party.

We served chili, cornbread muffins and homemade applesauce, which all turned out perfectly. (whew)

Everytime I make chili, it turns out different. This time, it was perfect so I had to jot down the ingredients: ground chuck, can of chili starter, can of diced tomatoes with chili seasonings, can of tomato sauce, jar of chili sauce, dash of tomato paste for thickening, and salt and pepper. (forgot the onions) We served it over pasta but I left that out of the chili so it wouldn’t get mushy and in case someone didn’t want that.

I didn’t take a picture of the dessert, but it turned out yummy too. I made gingersnap ice cream sandwiches from the Martha Stewart Living November issue. They were delicious, especially with the butter pecan ice cream in the middle. I guess we ate it too fast to get pictures.

I also found this cool sign that glowed in the dark.

I’m a little bummed that it’s all over because everyone had such a good time. It’s Sunday night, which just adds more sadness to another fun-filled weekend. I’m already brainstorming ideas and looking forward to the next dinner party!