Who's the witch today?
Why that would be yours truly.
This is what we're going to make today... ta dah! A pumpkin!
Except this isn't the real project. It would be cheating. Big time. Por quoi? Because there is no sewing to do, no glue involved, just four items and about 60 seconds... less, actually.
- 1 orange or halloween-ish/fall-ish fat quarter
- leftover batting ~ I used a piece measuring about 6" x 18"
- 1 stick
- 1 roll of bathroom tissue
Open fat quarter. Lay fat quarter wrong side up on flat surface. Fold batting to make loose roll. Roll loose roll loosely around roll of tissue. Place roll of tissue in the center of the fat quarter. Starting in one corner, insert edges of fat quarter in the center of the roll of tissue, gathering fabric as you work around the fat quarter until fabric is completely inserted in center. Adjust gathers as desired. Place stick in center of pumpkin ~ in the center of the roll of tissue.
How easy is that?
It does kind of relate to a Nelson family Halloween tradition though. Which, coincidentally, is the topic of the day ~ tradition! Why do I suddenly feel like Tevye? I doubt he did much with Halloween but I could be wrong. I bet he liked Fall though.
The Nelsons, on the other hand, were very into pumpkins, the carving part. We always had seven or eight pumpkins, and if it had been up to my brother and me, we would have had more. We also loved handing out candy to the little trick-or-treaters that would come by early in the evening. After that, we would go out with our friends and find those houses with "spookier" decorations.
For Thanksgiving, we always did the "family thing" with the cousins, my Aunt Marilyn ~ a quilter ~ and my Uncle Jimmy, and the grandparents. My grandmother ~ Nana Nelson ~ always baked Sticky Buns. Light, delicate yeast dough with lots of cinnamon, butter, pecans and ooey, gooey, caramel goodness. The buns didn't need icing... icing would have ruined them. I am sad to say that despite many attempts to duplicate the sticky buns, they just don't have that "Nana magic" that makes such things so special.
One of the "traditions" I remember most about Fall isn't really a "tradition", we just did it a lot. My Dad was a big sports fan and Fall always meant most of the organized professional sports were doing "something". Wanting to expose my brother and I to as much of that as possible, my parents took us to football games for the 49ers and the Raiders; baseball games at Candlestick Park in San Francisco and the Oakland Coliseum ~ including a couple of World Series' games between the Cincinnati Reds and the Oakland As; basketball games with the Warriors and hockey games with the Oakland Seals. It didn't hurt that the Fall weather in Northern California is usually quite wonderful.
So what is today's project?
Have I mentioned that I'm a "pillow person"? I love pillows. I love making pillows and pillow covers. I love changing the pillows and pillow covers I have on a regular basis.
So I can never have too many, especially when they can be made to suit the season.
I love these rectangular pillows, kind of like lumbar pillows. This one measures 16" x 24". While I filled mine with an Ofelia Blad cushion from Ikea, it's easy to either stuff the pillow with fiberfill or make a muslin pillow form to the specified size and stuff that. The best thing about this size pillow is that they're comfortable for naps, they're great for behind your back and they just look nice mixed in with the regular squares we all seem to have. Six blocks ~ you can use these Hole in the Barn Door or substitute some other 6" x 6" block, whatever you prefer.
And because I finished this one pretty quickly ~ in about two hours ~ I had time to make something else, something a little more Halloween-y.
- Black wool ~ approximately 9" x 12"
- Pillow background ~ approximately 14" x 18" -- I used a piece of the Moda Crazy Cut Linen and pre-washed it. It shrunk a lot but the results are much nicer.
- Pillow backing ~ approximately 14" x 18" or 18" x 18" for an overlapping back closure
- Black perle cotton or embroidery floss -- I used a No. 12 perle cotton
- Bat Template ~ use the template to cut 1 large bat and 2 small bats from the black wool
- 12" x 16" pillow form ~ this is a boudoir pillow or baby pillow
Using a chalk marker, mark the "edges" of the pillow on the front of the pillow cover -- 12" x 16". Place the cut-out wool bats on the linen and pin in place. Buttonhole stitch the bats in place. Steam the finished piece ~ you probably should block it properly but I didn't have time so I just steamed it a lot. A lot. And then I finished the pillow.
For the eyes on the bat, I just pulled a couple of threads off the side of the linen and used that to make a couple of cross-stitches for the eyes on the bats. Por quoi? Because the color matched.
To be eligible for the Fall-o-ween Blog-Hop Grand Prize, you need to leave a comment on this post before midnight on Wednesday, October 6th.
And if you leave a comment on this post before midnight on Wednesday, October 6th, you could also win this...
I'm sorry about the glare but I didn't want to remove the wrapping lest your prize come complete with a little bit of Rosie. The winner will receive all three of these little Moda Crazy Cut bundles -- one bundle of linen fat quarters and two bundles of wool fat quarters in assorted colors.
Until tomorrow my pretties!