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Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall Halloween Tablescape using Quilted Runner

I love to do posts that show me using some of the quilted items I make.  I make tons of table runners and I really do use them.

 I will show you my current tablescape in black and white first, so those of you with sensitive eyes can get your sunglasses.  It looks pretty tame here. :)
Got those sunglasses on?  OK, here is the same picture in color....
Orange, chartreuse, black, purple & yellow are the main colors. The glasses are actually purple, but you can't tell that in these pictures.

  I went out on the deck and cut the foliage for the centerpiece.  I used a similar foliage bouquet a few years ago and really liked it. 

I made the paper-pieced table runner  and chair backs a couple of years ago.
I really like this bright runner.
This table is not really all that Halloweeny...only the skeleton straws and the spider candles suggest Halloween...unless you glance over at the curio cabinet... 
The purple glasses are stored there. Since I put them on the table, I could not leave the cabinet bare, so I  replaced them with orange pumpkins and a silver skeleton head.  If I had not done that, this table could be used for any fall dinner party. 

I think this table runner shows that quilting can be used for fun home decor.  It's not just for bedcovers anymore...though I do love my quilted bed covers, too!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Butterflies are Free

At least this paper pieced pattern is free at Double Nickel Quilts.  It was designed by Candace Moore.  Thanks, Candace!

It's an easy block to make once you figure out your color scheme and which pattern piece is which color.  I would strongly suggest you write the color on each section before you begin to sew.  I decided on pink and yellow.  I am thinking that three or four butterflies in different colors would make cute pillows for the deck furniture.

It felt good to do a little sewing. I expect to do a lot more once the cold weather sets in and my perennial gardens are put to bed for another season.  I have a lot of UFO's to complete!

Some of you may remember in June that I was planning to hand quilt my Autumn Stars quilt this summer.  I had good intentions...really, I did.
I even hand quilted one star area, then I moved the hoop to get ready for star #2, set it aside-- and have not  picked it up since!  Time has escaped...with working full time, I could barely keep up with the flower garden.

Early this morning I did put the binding on one of the animal placemats that I machine quilted last spring.
I used one of the fancy stitches on my machine. I think it will be just fine.  I have three more placemats to do. I hope to get those done tomorrow.  I made these placemats to go with these animal skin dishes:

I have been calling them leopard dishes, but I think they may be Cheetah.  Whatever they are, I am looking forward to a fall dinner party setting with my new placemats.

If anyone is still around reading this blog, thanks for stopping by! I know I have neglected this blog for quite some time.  I hope to resume more regular postings soon
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