"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing"
~Author Unknown

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pumpkins are in season!

Oh yes! They really are as Jos spotted a stand with pumpkins for sale just two weekends ago. Yeah...my favorite season is dawning! And double yeah as I have an autumn finish too. It is pumpkin time and I just love autumn colors!


I had participated in my first QAL (QuiltALong) with Lori over at HumbleQuilts back in the spring but it became a UFO when it got warmer and then another QAL came into view. It sat neglected but this week, I decided it was time to have another finish so I got it out and worked like a mad woman on finishing the hand quilting.

I just love to hand quilt! I love the feeling of the thread weaving through the layers of fabric. I also love how a quilt changes and comes to life as you quilt.

And for me, a quilt is only finished when I have my label on the back!

Thanks to Lori for such a sweet little quilt project. I had fun making it and using up many of my scraps. And since it is a finish, there is another surprise giveaway! This is another of the fobs I made for my surprise giveaways back in May. I think I might have to start making more at this rate. *grins* I had set myself a goal to finish 6 items over the summer. So far I have given away 9 surprise gifts for 7 finishes and also completed another little wallhanging which was not a UFO. I am really pleased with those 8 finishes and hope to add another couple yet before mid-September.

And now that scissor fob.....

I went back to this post which I had so much fun writing. I used the random number generator and the winner is...

AnitaA at CountryQuilter. Congratulations Anita! Can you email me from my profile page and send me your address so I can get this fob (above photo) in the mail to you?

Last, I wanted to share a gift I made for my online friend Jenny. She does not have a blog but has become a special blogging friend when she found my blog. We email regularly and I feel like we share so very much about what makes us happy in life. I made her a fob for a pair of scissors with blue and pink beads and tiny dragonflies. Then I created a little wool felt scissor cover. I wanted it all to say summertime. Jenny's gift arrived so I can now share it with you.

And as the weekend knocks on our door today, I wish you a weekend of creative juices flowing rich and joys of the season as autumn starts to show its signs. Who knows, maybe you might find a pumpkin too.....

"Jack-o-lantern, Jack-o-lantern,
You are such a funny sight.
As you sit there by the window,
Looking out into the night.
You were once a sturdy pumpkin,
growing on a curly vine.
Now you are a Jack-o-lantern,
See your night lights shine."

30 comments:

AnitaA said...

Hé, wat een verrassing, heb ik zo maar gewonnen. Super,dank je wel.
Wat een mooie 'Pumpkin'quilt heb je gemaakt, helemaal in de kleuren van je favoriete seizoen, heel mooi geworden.
Groetjes Anita.

Margaret said...

What a sweet finish Heidi and congratulations to Anita.

Just discovered that you had emailed me several times at my stitchornostitch address which I hadn't been checking. Shame on me. Will email you soon.

Have a wonderful weekend.

hugs, Margaret

Elizabethd said...

Heidi, as ever, it is beautiful, and you are back to your favourite colourways, I see!

Béa said...

I too love automn colours, wonderful little quilt.

Jan said...

Gosh that quilt is gorgeous, some of my favorite colors!!!

Your scissor pocket for your friend is adorable, I am sure she must love it and your kindness.

anneke said...

I'm determined to not let Autumn in before September... Silently I'm hoping the Sun will return for just a few beautiful warm days...

But it is a lovely quilt with great colors!

Jenny said...

Yeah!!! Pumpkins!!!!! I love your quilt, it turned out so beautiful as always. The colors are so warm and cozy it makes me want to curl up in front of the fire with a good book or a piece of stitching, oh yes a pumpkin pie in the oven would complete the scene...grins...
Yes I absolutely love my scissor holder and fob. I take it with me wherever I am stitching, even soccer practice, and it always brings me such joy because I think of my dear friend in Holland. Hope you are having a good day and I hope your weekend is enjoyable. Maybe you will even find more pumpkin stands :)

Christine said...

What a lovely quilt Heidi, and in your favourite colours too

Barb said...

Heidi love the pumkin colour quilt, Anita must be very pleased with her scissor fob and case.
What a nice lady you are.
Hope you are feeling a little better now, I will be in touch again soon.I have done another update so get out those shoes!!
Have a good weekend take care sweetie.
Hugs

Marjo said...

I love the quilt and the colors are just perfect. Wonderful finish. The scissor pouch is great as is the fob, your friend must be excited. Marjo

Cath said...

Gorgeous finishes , can't wait to see your next projects . X

Taryn said...

Congratulations on finishing your little quilt. That was a fun project. Mine is even really a UFO yet, just a small pile of fabrics. Thanks for the inspiration.

hazel said...

Love the new quilt Heidi the coloours are so you. The little scissor case is so pretty and love the way you have put it together.

Happy stitching,
Hugs and crosses,
Hazel (UK)

leonel said...

Ola Heidi:Continou a ademirar os seus trabalhos que Magnificos e que bonitos que ficam . Parabens pela sua arte de costura com muito gosto.
Leonel Poemasdafaty

Kathy A. said...

That is a really pretty quilt. I love the pumpkin colors.
I too am looking forward to fall. This heat and humidity is really getting to me.
Lovely scissor pocket you made for your friend.

taylorsoutback said...

Great Fall pumpkin colors! And such a darling quilt for the season...though everyone here is still baking in summer heat.

Jo said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I have a free weekend and nothing planned, maybe I should try some quilting...

Carolien said...

Hi Heidi,

Your finish is lovely, a true pumpkin field! AND so very much YOUR colours again, grins :)
The fobs and that scissor holder are cute too. Congrats to the receivers and ... I'm so glad I didn't win anything!!! You gave me far tooooooooo much already :)))

Have a nice weekend & groetjes & hugs, Carolien

Daniëlle said...

Hé Anita, gefeliciteerd!!! Nooit meer zoeken naar je schaar!! Heidi, wat een superquilt is dit joh!, prachtig toch die kleuren! De achtergrondstof is helemaal super!! Op naar de volgende AFFO!! Mooi weekend, liefs, Daniëlle

Lori said...

I'm so glad you let me know your quilt was finished!! I lvoe the orange color and it will be perfect for fall!!!

Brigitte said...

A very beautiful quilt with wonderful autumn colours. I love the name, Pumpkin Fields.

Jantine said...

You have finished it and I have not even sandwiched it... Good job!

Teri said...

I'm with you in loving fall and all those warm autumn colors. The pumpkin quilt is a great way to welcome the season! As always, your work is beautiful.

Nancy said...

The quilt came out very nice. I know how glad you will be when summer is over and fall is here. I can tell you, I have never been so hot as I was at the Stephen Foster show. Oh my, it was soooo hot and humid.
I know the gifts will find happy homes.
Love Mom

Saskia said...

En in het 'echie' is'tie nog mooier!
Je gaat super snel, met al je finished projects! Enne... laat de pumpkins maar komen.
Spreek je snel

DonnaTN said...

Your pumpkin quilt is wonderful! I love those autumnal colors too. Your scissors fobs are so pretty. The recipients are lucky ladies!

Tracy said...

Your GORGEOUS quilt is a lovely taste of days to come, Heidi! :o) ((HUGS))

Sonja said...

En de ergste warmte is nu ook voorbij, dus jekunt echt gaan genieten van de herfst die er aan komt!
Je pumpkin quilt is mooi geworden!
'Moeten' gauw weer bijpraten! Liefs Son

Joni said...

Just gorgeous, Heidi! Prettiest pumpkin patch I've ever seen.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh your version of Strawberry Fields is gorgeous! I just love the colors you used. And that main orange fabric is to die for. Is that a line from here in the US?