QUILT INFO

The quilt block shown is made from a pattern called "Garden of Hollyhocks" and is found in Norma Whaley's book "Sweet and Simple".

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

JACK-0-LANTERNS QUILT

A finish to share with you.  I started the "Jack-O-Lanterns" quilt last year in the fall but did not complete it in time for Halloween.  I finished the binding two days ago.  Too late for Halloween this year but at least it was quilted before October 31st.
The quilt looks wider at the top in the photo but I assure you it is not.  My husband is holding it up for me and I promised to edit him out of the picture.  This was a fun quilt to make.  I think there were three mouths, three noses, and three sets of eyes in the pattern.  You mix and match them at random and come up with different looks for the faces.  The pattern is in a book by Terri Christopherson called "Sunflower Patch".  Below is a picture of the back of the quilt.  I like surprises on the quilt backing.
I used up fabric pieces to construct the backing and made a giant version of the jack-o-lantern block.

I received a cute handmade pumpkin pincushion from Desi.  Good for fall decorating and to add to my pincushion collection.  A big thank-you, Desi!

It is hard to see in the picture but wire was curled to use for the vine and Desi attached a tag with a thank-you and her name.  A nice touch.

I found the following hand crocheted items at a thrift store.
I am guessing that they are all meant to be pot holders, though a few are kind of small.
I discovered this morning that the white & yellow one becomes a basket when you hold it by the little hanging loop.  I don't know how you would display this to keep it in the basket shape.  It is flat until you hold the loop and let it hang.  I don't collect these kind of items but they deserved a home.  Maybe I can find a better home for them one of these days.
The crocheted bag is from the same thrift store.  It has a drawstring.  I am not sure what it is meant to be used for.  Nicely made though.

Have a great day and take time to sew!

Karen

38 comments:

  1. But you are WAY ahead of the rest of us for next year. I think it's adorable!!

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  2. On the crochet items the small ones are probably coasters.

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  3. The quilt is very cute and you will be ready next year. Love the crocheted items.
    Sheila H.

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  4. I love your quilt! It's very Halloweeny! lol!

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  5. How big are the crocheted items? Could they be appliqued as the center squares in a log cabin style block?
    The jack-o-lantern quilt is adorable.

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  6. I love the crocheted items! I collect vintage crocheted potholders and hang them around my kitchen.

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  7. I love the little crocheted pot holders. I've seen some of them at flea markets. Have looked for patterns. Your quilt is beautiful.

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  8. story of my life....i always work on seasonal quilts during 'the' season. eventually i get them finished up just after the season has ended! But yes! now you will be so excited when next Halloween comes around! Nice work!!

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  9. Think of your Halloween quilt as early for next year. I love it!

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  10. Really like your pumpkin quilt, that was a cute idea for the back. I would keep it on display until Thanksgiving :)

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  11. Karen, your Jack O Lantern quilt is really great. I love the back. When I saw the picture I was totally surprised when you told us it was the back of the quilt. Now that I have my sewing room in order...finally, LOL, I hope to get some seasonal items made through the year for decorating. Your hand crocheted items are truly wonderful. I have two of my grandmothers little items in my sewing area as I love them. One of them is shaped like a turtle and it opens to hold a bar of "Sweetheart" Soap, with a tiny drawstring around the neck to keep the soap in. (remember that brand?) It was a perfect oval shape and she made dozens of the turtles as bath scrubbing clothes. Sweetheart was the only soap she liked and of course my mother followed suit. I was so delighted about 5 years ago when, going through a box of photos I found the little crocheted turtle. I think maybe a bar of Dove would work in the little guy but I haven't tried it yet. He just sits and looks cute! The little granny square bag is really nice. Good finds! Thanks so much for sharing photots of all the treasures. Hugs...

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  12. Nooooooooo....not another finish!! And of course it's gorgeous!! AND it's reversible so two quilts in one!! I bet in school you got straight A+s..yup...thought so!!

    Well done, just pulling your threads!!
    Take care!
    Paulette

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  13. I really like your jack-o-lantern quilt. AND what bonus to put a big pumpkin on the back. You could hang it in a north window (where it doesn't get any sun) and enjoy it from inside and out.

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  14. Good Afternoon Karen,
    I must say the back of Jack is just as lovely as the front!! Job well done and so creative!! Fun quilt for Halloween of next year for sure! LOL At least you worked on it during the season this year right? LOL I just love seeing your holiday quilts in the past few post....Christmas is coming....anything for that? OK..teasing.
    Is your friend visiting yet?

    Hugs!

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  15. Love that quilt and the backing is inspiring! So cute! Don't you love fall?

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  16. Love your pumpkin quilt! The back is perfect - makes it reversible. What great finds at the thrift shop. They look like they're in great condition.

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  17. Don't you just love thrift shop finds! Someone took a lot of time to hand make those! I bet you are all grins that the pumpkin quilt is finished :O)

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  18. I love your pumpkin quilt, both front and back! I finished up my Halloween quilt two days before Halloween so it is all set for next year, too! Love the little crocheted items. I wonder if you could starch the little basket one and let it dry with something propped inside to help keep the shape until it drys, hmmmmm.

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  19. I love the Jack-O-Lantern Quilt! It'll be ready to enjoy for Halloween next year! Love the size of it too!

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  20. Wonderful piece for fall and love how you did the back, so it looks just as nice as the front.

    Debbie

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  21. The Jack-o-Lantern quilt is very cute. It made me smile seeing those smiling faces.
    How about you get one of those small fancy candle holders/lanterns - the ones with a stand that has a hook - and use the stand for the crochet basket?
    Elzaan

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  22. I remember seeing that pumpkin quilt before when you were working on it last year. The finished quilt is adorable!

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  23. so happy to see you are finishing up the jack o lantern quilt...you know how much i was coveting that last year :) it is adorable!

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  24. Great treasures you found at the thrift store. The crochet items look like they are in excellent condition. The little dresses are very cute.
    Love the pumpkin pincushion. The little tag on it is a great idea.
    Great idea for the back of you Pumpkin quilt.

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  25. Love all the Jacks and how their eyes are different. Great idea to put one on the back! The thrift store finds are fun. That's a cute basket.

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  26. Love JACK! Fabulous finish!

    So many great treasures. Enjoy.

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  27. Love your quilt~ and the back is perfect! :-) My DGM was a crocheter, and she would use a heavy starch to hold the shapes for big ruffles etc~ maybe that would work for the basket. I don't have any of the things that she made, but the memories are sweet~ thanks! They are all adorable pieces! Have a happy day!

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  28. Love the pumpkins and the singleton on the back just makes it AB FAB. Thanks.

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  29. How fun!! Jack O Lanterns! I love these guys! What a great surprise on the back!!! Great Job!
    I haven't seen crochet pot holders in a very long time. I always thought them too pretty to use. The basket one is definitely unique. :0)

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  30. Ooooo I LOVE your Jack o Lantern quilt, and how clever is the back?!
    It's as good on the back as it is the front !
    And I love your basket collection quilts from your last post too... You are waaaaay tooooo good at finishing! Hahaha!
    Hugs Wendy x

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  31. Thank you for your comment on my blog, Karen! I love your pumpkin quilt, I do love those colors very much, and the back is gorgeous! As is the pumpkin pincussion! What a lovely gift!
    Greetings, Cisca

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  32. Wonderful finish on the Jack quilt, you can never have too many pumpkins, quilts or pincushions. I love the crocheted pot holders, I especially like to find the dress shaped ones to hang on the wall in my kitchen, good find.

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  33. Con gratulations for this lovely quilt!!!. I hope you didi enjoy it at Hallowen time,

    Kisses

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  34. your jack o lantern quilt is so happy and fun - just wonderful!
    your thrift store finds are so cute!

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  35. I was going to say the small round crochet pieces are most likely coasters but I'm not the first to think that!

    I love your two basket quilts. I hope the recipient of the second one appreciates it.

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  36. I enjoy your quilts...and your thrift store finds!!!

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