Day 14: Pumpkins and Sunflowers

This one was inspired by the photo on this month’s Better Homes and Gardens magazine.  I used Arches watercolor paper, so it looks a little different than all the others I have been painting on Aquabord.  I love the colors of Fall and especially sunflowers and pumpkins!Pumpkins and Sunflowers

Day 13: Pumpkin Patchwork

I know.  I’m a day behind.  Somehow I’ll make it up this week.  Years ago I bought a quilt pattern designed by Cheri Saffiote for Indygo Junction.  That’s what inspired this little painting.  I probably will never get the quilt made, so this is the next best thing.Pumpkin Patchwork

Celebrate Autumn

I think this will be my last Autumn painting for awhile.  The leaves are just starting to turn on the red maple at the end of my driveway.  As I observe the changing colors, I am reminded of what a glorious world we all live in.

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I went out last week to a farm stand in Wisconsin and bought 10 pumpkins of various sizes.  Then I stopped at Walmart and got several inexpensive mums.  This is how I decorated by my front door.  It won’t win any awards, but it makes me happy.

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I used an antique wooden ironing board that I got years ago as a plant stand.

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The quilt was an inexpensive buy off of Ebay.  It’s in pretty ragged condition, but it looks great by the front door.  And I don’t worry about it getting dirty or faded.  

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I have several vintage quilts that I use on my front porch.   I change them with the seasons.   It helps establish me as the “quilting house” for my long arm customers.

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Hope you enjoyed this little tour.  Happy Fall!

 

 

 

Halloween Meow

Another picture with my favorite Fall theme.  And more pumpkins–they just go with everything.Image

I also quilted up a cute Halloween wallhanging.  It was just a simple fabric panel–no piecing.Image

I quilted a spider web on each of the center blocks.

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I used some orange/yellow variegated thread for the stars.  I also quilted: “Happy Halloween”.

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I added loops in the inner borders and some oak leaves in the outer border blocks.

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So, what do you think?  Quilting really DOES make the quilt.  I had a lot of fun doing this for my friend Marge.

 

 

Give Thanks

Day 22 

It’s Autumn.  With all the beautiful colors starting to appear and the pumpkins on my porch,  my thoughts turn to our beautiful world.  And how thankful I feel to live in it.  This song/hymn  has been running through my mind:

For thy bounteous blessings

For thy wonderous work,

For thy loving kindness,

We give thanks, O Lord.  

Enjoy the beautiful colors of harvest time!

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Do Pumpkins Grow on Trees?

Day 19

Pumpkins, acorns and sunflowers—what an unusual tree!  The blackbird likes it.  Puts him in that Autumn mood.

I promise I will paint something without a pumpkin  before this challenge is over.  For now, I’m still loving those pumpkins!Image

5 Little Pumpkins

Day 16

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?)

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Mr. Scarecrow

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the colors.  I love pumpkins.  I love anything with an autumn flavor.  And even though it’s still officially summer, it’s September and that signals Fall to me.

Today is the beginning of the  Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I started my blog after her similar challenge in January.  Even though I’ve been painting just a year, I feel like I’ve come a long way from my first attempts just a few months ago.

Since I do love Autumn, expect to see a lot of Fall subjects in the next 30 days.  My mind is bursting with ideas.  I just hope I can keep having them for the next month.

Today’s pic is Mr. Scarecrow.  I’ve just always liked scarecrows, crows and pumpkins, so this pic was a natural.Image