Still trying to catch up. This little painting (and I mean little–only 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) was painted on a new (for me) medium called Stampbord. It’s made my Ampersand and says to use it with stamps, inks, embossing etc. It did not say watercolor, but I tried it anyway. The surface is slick, like Yupo paper–only it’s mounted on 1/8″ board. I wasn’t too adventurous with it this time. Maybe tomorrow.
Beware! Black cats are coming soon and they are bringing scary jack-o-lanterns with them!
It’s that time of year. Beware the pumpkin bird..or is it a bat? Not even the artist knows!
I was going through my quilting stash and found this Halloween panel that I must have bought years ago. It was time to make something from it, so I added some 5″ charm pack squares to the sides and some of my favorite Halloween fabric for the top and bottom borders. I think it will fit nicely on my classroom door.
Don’t forget the sale in my Etsy shop: BluePumpkinStudio.com
It’s time to get serious about this move I’m making across country in a couple of weeks. I discovered I have over 100 pieces of little art in my Etsy shop so I have decided to have a first ever SALE to lighten up a bit. If you are interested in some whimsical art from the “Quilter turned Artist”, then check it out at BluePumpkinStudio.com. The sale just runs until August first, and then I’m out of here! Thanks for all your support. I do hope to keep up with my blog better once I get settled.
Just wanted to let you all know that I have made some progress on at least one UFO this week. You might remember this Halloween quilt top from my last post. Well, with the addition of some wide borders, it is now a little lap quilt! Now it’s ready to pull out for the Fall.With addition of the orange and green borders, it measures about 58″ square–a nice lap size.
At first I didn’t think that the darker green border was a good choice. But my main goal in finishing this projects it to use fabric that I already have! I probably would have gone for a lime green or purple, but this fabric is growing on me. Who says everything has to match perfectly? Hope it makes it more interesting. I picked up quite a lot of this fabric at a guild sale years ago. I loved the little ravens (or are they crows?). It’s an unusual print and I finally found a place to use it. I made the binding out of another Halloween print that I had around.Also right out of my fabric stash I found this orange diamond fabric that looks great on the back. I added some extra blocks (and more of the green) to make the backing wide enough. Pieced backs are always more interesting just using one fabric. I quilted it with an all-over spiral pattern as you can see. Nothing fancy. Got to get these projects done!I find I do have quite a few Autumn fabrics and colors in my fabric stash. It’s obvious it’s my favorite season and now I have another Fall quilt project to add to my collection!
Trick or treat, trick or treat. Give me something good to eat!
I’ve managed to stay away from the candy so far–but it’s still early. Normally I stock up around this time for the Trick or Treaters and end up eating all the candy before the 31st. Invariably, I end up running out to get some more at the last minute. This year, I’ll just wait until the last minute buy the candy. That should save me a few thousand calories!
My favorite costume that I remember growing up was a pumpkin costume that my Mom made for my Dad. He wore it every year–didn’t mind looking ridiculous. When my boys were little, I found some hand made pumpkin costumes at a craft show. I found this picture recently of my oldest son, Scott, taken when he was in kindergarten. Isn’t he a cutie!
I also made a larger jack -o- lantern costume that my husband wore for years. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture. Maybe I can get him to put it on again this year so I can document it for posterity.
I quilted a spider web on each of the center blocks.
I used some orange/yellow variegated thread for the stars. I also quilted: “Happy Halloween”.
I added loops in the inner borders and some oak leaves in the outer border blocks.
So, what do you think? Quilting really DOES make the quilt. I had a lot of fun doing this for my friend Marge.
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said “Oh my, it’s getting late”
The second one said “There are witches in the air”
The third one said “Well, I don’t care”
The fourth one said “Let’s run and run and run”
The fifth one said “I’m ready for some fun!”
Whooo went the wind and out went the light and the
five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
(Can you tell I used to teach Kindergarten music?)