Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Little Pre-Halloween Magic!

Remember when we were at Shepp Ranch and I had completed a little Halloween Stitchery? Thanks to the magic we all know happens around this time of year, it turned into this!


I dug into my stash of homespuns and found a terrific orange plaid, ran a little decorative machine stitching around the edge, then added another homespun for an outer border and backing. I absolutely love the distressed muslins out there and used a very dark one for the stichery. In order to transfer the design to the dark muslin, I used a white Salal transfer paper. I placed a sheet of it on top of the muslin, placed the design over that, then traced it with the edge of my bone folder (you must press hard). Any tool with a narrowm, blunt edge will work for tracing. The tracing lasted all the way through the stitching process! This is a great way to transfer designs when a light box doesn't work.
This cute little pillow will soon be joined with more Halloween decorations!

Speaking of magic, I got a little surprise from Darlene the other day! She sent this lovely scissor fob! How sweet of Darlene - thank you very much! It now lives on my favorite pair of embroidery scissors!

Mr. Squash and I are in Portland right now. We drove over yesterday so I could attend the NW Quilt Expo. We're staying at the historic Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland. Today I'm headed to the NW Quilt Expo to meet with the APQS folks and hopefully purchase the longarm of my dreams! Mr. Squash is staying at the hotel playing with his new iPad which we got at the Apple store near the hotel yesterday. The area we are staying in is quite interesting - a very diverse group of folks hang around here - never a dull moment!

Next post I'll let you know how I made out at the show, and I'll be sure to take lots of pictures of quilts for you to see!

15 comments:

Mary said...

Have fun at the Expo. We expect lots of pics!

Cheryl said...

I am jealous! Your own longarm! Have fun and share lots of pictures.

Cindy said...

What fun, Candace. Sound like YOU and Mr. Squash are enjoying Portland. Hope you take lots of photos to share.

Darlene said...

Oh have fun, Candace! Cute Halloween pillow, too. :-)

ferne said...

Oh boy! A long arm sounds like you have a new job for yourself!

Jackie said...

Portland is a city I want to visit one day. I'm anxiously waiting to hear of your experiences this weekend. It sounds like both you and Mr. Squash will be coming home with goodies!

Cute pillow! Love the orange handspun.

pratima said...

The pumpkin pillow is adorable! The warm plaid gives it a very cozy feel! have fun at the expo. so exciting that you are soon going to have a Long arm :)

Ulla said...

Your pillow looks very cute, great fabrics too. Enjoy your visit to the Expo! I'm excited about your longarm.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love your Halloween pillow Candace! Have fun at the show and buying your new toy!

Cyndy said...

I have stayed at the Heathman great people when I was there! Good luck with the long arm, can't wait to hear which one you get!

QuiltSue said...

Have a wonderful trip and Happy Shopping.

Louise said...

Looks like you had a bit of "pumpkin dust" sprinkled on your sweet little pillow. I LOVE
the fall season..working on a small fall project myself. Have fun at the expo. Anxious to hear what you decide upon for your long arm machine. I have just retired from that but have kept mine and guess what? I am now always the next person on my schedule! Loved the Bunny Hill quilt.

Carrie P. said...

Perfect pillow for fall. Darlene sure was busy making those fobs. She was so sweet to make you and me one.
Enjoy your trip. Can't wait to see what you got at the show.

Karen said...

Very cute! Some of the neighbors were out roasting marshmallows tonight; there's that nice fall crisp in the air. Halloween is not far off!

Stephanie said...

I'm so excited for you. Can't wait to hear about your new longarm. Great pillow. I love Halloween Magic!