Ready to Go

Even though I make it a point to clean up my sewing room each time I use it, the room still gets out of control. This week, I have been making numerous small projects. I finished with all of them today, and the sewing room was a mess.

Since I plan on starting on a new quilt tomorrow, it was time to do a major cleaning and reorganization of my sewing room. I love the excitement that comes with planning and starting a new quilt. I have never made an attic window quilt, so I am looking forward to trying it out. I have been looking at different pictures and tutorials of the attic window quilt, and I have finally decided on the one I want to make. I drew the blocks on graph paper, and took the plans to my friend at the Mesquite Bean. She helped to figure out the amount of fabric I would need. Since I tend to miscalculate, I wanted her input. I found some great fabric at the Mesquite Bean to make the attic box around the trademark character fabric.

I plan on making four rows of three blocks. There will be 2″sashing, a 1″ inner border, and a 6″ outer border.

One of the small projects I completed today was a shopping bag for my daughter-in-law who is a seamstress, crafter, and quilter. I used the Time to Go Shopping Sack pattern by Fishsticks. ( I just read that Fishsticks is going out of business.)

My daughter-in-law loves anything Halloween, so I am including a Quilter’s World magazine I saw when I was grocery shopping. The magazine fits very nicely in the shopping bag. The Quilted Tricks & Treats issue has 22 fun projects. There is a wall hanging with haunted houses that I was tempted to make myself, but my To-Do list for August and September is already too long.

My room is all set up and ready to go. Hopefully, I can start fussy cutting the character fabric for the attic window quilt tomorrow. I also want to work on some of the blocks for my house quilt. I had purchased some Halloween fabric for another project, and I was able to fussy cut some of the Halloween characters for the house doorways.

Pumpkin Time

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself,
than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
Henry David Thoreau

Starbucks has declared it to be fall, by now serving their Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Although, I am having mine on ice, I am in a Pumpkin Patch frame of mind.
I’m not sitting on a pumpkin, but I am enjoying a peaceful, autumn feeling.
Maybe if we think “fall”, it will come.

Phyllis, a dear and loving person, “liked” one of my Halloween pins on Pinterest.
I had pinned a Pumpkin Patch Place Mat,  designed and quilted by Chris Malone.
I found the pattern in the Quilter’s World magazine that I purchased from Amazon.
(Quilting for Autumn, November 2015)
It took me three days to make these four place mats.
I was working on many projects at once, and decided to finish the place mats.
Phyllis loves autumn, so I want her to have these for October.
I used some remnants, and purchased some fat quarters.
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