Stuffed Pumpkin

I love pumpkins. Pumpkin anything. Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin this. Pumpkin that. All pumpkin, all the time. Every Fall, it’s an obsession.

It’s only natural, then, that my daily fabric obsession would meet my Autumnal pumpkin obsession and make friends.

A stuffed fabric pumpkin!

Flowers are for Fall, too!

My fabric and pumpkin obsessions are well acquainted.

Many stuffed fabric pumpkins!

Lots of stuffed fabric pumpkins!

Best friends, even. I’veĀ  introduced them to my lesser embroidery obsession.

Many stuffed fabric pumpkins!

This is the detail of the embroidery in the background. It’s a design from Crabapple Hill called Autumn’s Harvest Pumpkin #304.

They all get along swell.

Imaginary obsession play-dates aside, I’ve been busy with Thanksgiving preparation. And by “preparation ” I mean “cleaning”.

We’re having a smallish Thanksgiving, just immediate family. Which will be great, but will still require the dining room table. When you use the dining room table as a work station, work gets interrupted when you need the dining room table for, you know, dining. So the dining room is getting fancied up. And the dining room table is getting cleared. And I’m counting our cranberry sauce cans carefully so that we have enough.

We have much to the thankful for this year. I hope that your Thanksgiving is just as blessed as ours is sure to be.

See you later, in the Christmas season! [Christmas Day is about a month away. Don't PANIC!]

Quilt Show Weekend

Mom and I went to the Georgia Quilt Show at Gwinnett Center Saturday. It was great: quilt inspiration and shopping under one big roof with clean bathrooms! What more could a quilter want?

Aside from wanting a Taco Bell inside Gwinnett Center, I can’t think of anything. This is not a strike against Gwinnett Center; by my estimation, any building can be improved by an addition of a Taco Bell. Luckily for us, Discover Mills Mall was close by with a handy Taco Bell. (Though, no clean bathrooms in that mall… It used to be a wonderful mall, but it has really deteriorated since I lived in that neighborhood. Shame.)

But you didn’t come here for my (admittedly verbose) Theory of Building Improvement via Taco Bell and Clean Bathrooms. You came for the pretty quilt pictures. I have ‘em. Here you go.

At the Georgia Quilt Show

Not a rug, a quilt! I loved the design of this one. Clever.

At the Quilt Show 2

I loved the traditional quilt blocks in the bright colors. Gorgeous! That black band across the bottom of the quilt is the rope used to keep people away from the quilt, not a part of the quilt itself.

At the Quilt Show 3

And now, for something completely different. This one is just lovely. I love how the designer alternated appliqued blocks with embroidered blocks and echo quilted around them all.

At the Quilt Show 4

This is a whole cloth quilt in a very striking purple/blue. The quilting on this is amazing.

At the Quilt Show 5

This is a detail of the whole cloth quilt above. I hope I can quilt like that someday!

At the Quilt Show 6

This is a detail of a green and yellow quilt. I love the wavy quilting around the square Celtic knot. Does anyone know what that’s called? I can’t find a reference for it.

I spent most of my time (and money) at the Primitive Gatherings booth. I wanted everything. I settled for buying some bundles of miscellaneous wool and a wall hanging kit, From the Bittersweet Vine. It has a pumpkin, sunflowers, a crow, and embroidery. Of course I love it; with that combination of themes, I could not not love it.

When I returned home and looked at everything, I realized that my worst fears had been realized: I didn’t buy enough wool. I blame inexperience. It was my first quilt show and I just didn’t know any better. Next time I’ll seriously stock up when I can be there to touch it.

It is so hard to find wool in this area. (Maybe it’s because we’re in the South?) The local quilt shops just don’t carry it. At least I can order it online now that I’ve experienced the wonderful quality of Primitive Gatherings’ wool.

Anyway. I’m going to make the wall hanging next Spring. I just don’t have time to do it right now. In between fighting off the Worm Horde, finishing the already large project list, making presents, avoiding the news, cleaning, cooking, working, and gaming, I just don’t have time for another project.

The Bookshelf

I’ve just added a new page to the blog: My Bookshelf. It’s where I’ll list the books in my massive book collection. The permanent link to it is on the header bar above. I’ll update you here when I add to it.

Right now, I have only 5 books listed, but I’ll be adding more soon.