Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.
Today is Halloween! Are you ready for all those little ghosts and goblins to come knocking on your door? Our porch light will be off and we will not be answering the door. So many of the kids that come knocking are in high school and not wearing costumes that it has taken the fun out of Halloween for us. I used to love answering the door to the little kids in their darling costumes but so few of those come calling any more. I think there parents have gotten smart and are participating in the group parties where it is safe and the candy isn't tainted by weidos. So, no, we won't be smiling at little devils and divas this year. What is your experience with trick or treaters?
LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY
The term jack-o-lantern comes from an old Irish folktale about "a stingy drunkard of an Irish blacksmith named Jack" who outwits the devil.
At the end of the rather involved tale, Jack is deinied entrance into heaven and hell and doomed to walk the earth until Judgement Day with only a turnip housing a burning coal to light his way (hence the name Jack's lantern, later changed to jack-o-lantern).
The upshot of the tale was that people would dress up in costumes, leave treats, and carve turnip lanterns to both appease and scare away wandering spirits on All Hallow's Eve.
When the Irish Potato Famine devasted Ireland, over 700,000 fled to America, bringing the carved-turnip custom with them. Unfortunately, turnips were not as readily available in their new home. Pumpkins, however, could be found in abundance and were a whole lot bigger and easier to carve.
Have you carved your pumkin?
SWAP BLOCKS SENT
I have gotten way behind on sharing some blocks I've made over the past month. Let me start with......
This Antique Tile block was made for Shannon on of two hostesses for September's Let's Bee Together. Everyone was supposed to sign their name in one of the white blocks, but as you can tell, I totally vegged and forgot.
Look! One of my "favorite" blocks. This mosaic was created with fabric sent by Bailey for the October Let's Bee Together. I really like the fabrics she sent. Making the block.....not so much.
I think I may have finally figured out how to make a decent log cabin block.......
Foundation Paper Piecing! Using a foundation pattern and my Add A Quarter Inch ruler I was able to create.......
These two 6 inch blocks for Jen for this month's 6 Inch Block Swaps Australia. She requested log cabin blocks made from batiks. As my batik stash is rather limited, this was the best I could do. Definitely time to add to my baticks. But at least the blocks came out true to size and are square even if the photo makes them look a bit wonky.
Last week I received a few squishies in the mail for giveaways I had won.
Gene had a giveaway for this book. I'm so looking forward to reading it but I have the previous one to read first. Thank you, Gene!
Isn't this the cutest little needle case? I won this over at Primitive Quilts and Projects. The wool is so soft and will be a great place to store my embroidery needles. Thank you, Leah!!
And remember when my little bugs quilt won the Quilting Gallery weekly contest? Well.....
I have been neglectful in publicly thanking JoJo's Quilt and Gift Shoppe for their generous donation as the winning prize award. I received this gorgeous double fat quarter bundle of Rural Jardin by French General. It still sits in its stacks until I can find the absolute perfect quilt pattern to use these on. Any suggestions? Thank you so much to both Michele at the Quilting Gallery and to Jojo's!!!
ANOTHER PRACTICE SQUARE
I have another free motion practice square to share with you.....
Graphic Flower gave me a few fits once I got past the first layer of petals. But once I got into the flow it was really fun! This sure used the thread but I really like the look. I also noticed that it made the block shrink up a little but I don't think I had my sandwich tight enough so things shifted just a bit.
Today I hope to finish my little mini quilt for November - after all, tomorrow it the first!
Crafty Imaginings By Jen is having a giveaway. You could win 4 Fat Quarters of Ghastlie Fabric, 1 Fat Quarter of Pink Kona Cotton Fabric, 1 Spool of Grey Coats and Clark All Purpose Sewing Thread, 1 100 Pin Package of Dritz Straight Pins, 1 Package of Schmetz Universal Sewing Machine Needles, and 1 Hand Exercise Ball. This giveaway ends Friday, November 4.
Quilter In The Gap is having a giveaway. You could win a ghastlie sewing machine cover. This giveaway ends Friday, November 4.
Bee In My Bonnet is having a giveaway. You could win a Daisy Cottage fat quarter bundle. This giveaway ends Tuesday, November 1.
Lily's Quilts is having a giveaway. You could win either Electric Quilt 7 software or Quilt Album software. This giveaway ends Wednesday, November 2.
Hawthorne Threads is having their weekly giveaway. You could win a So Sophie layer cake. This giveaway ends Wednesday, November 2.
Vrooman's Quilts is having a giveaway. You could win 7 pieces of Ghastly fabric (assorted sizes) and a wonderful but unfinished table runner. This giveaway ends Friday, November 4, at midnight.
Moose Stash Quilting is having a giveaway. You could win MyMemories software. This giveaway ends Thursday, November 3.
Have you entered the giveaway for the Traveling Stash? You still have time to enter HERE.