Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

We don't seem to embrace Halloween here in Australia like other parts of the world but in recent years the marketing has been getting stronger and this year I couldn't resist getting into the spirit when for the first time I saw these Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins at the supermarket.

After watching numerous Youtube videos, I went to work and was quite pleased with how "Jack" turned out.

And finally, I have a use for this Witch I made several years ago - don't you just love her lace-up boots!

I received this beautiful parcel from Nadine.  The fabrics are from Provence and were selected by Nadine whilst she was there on holidays.  There were lots of little treasures in the parcel and I felt really spoilt when I opened it - thank you Nadine.

I have a couple more photos of Quilts in the Barn to share with you but please go and click on the badge on my sidebar for much better photos of all the quilts that were displayed.  I just wanted to show this one.  Look at all the detail with the different layers of fabric to create this beautiful bird.  This level of work was indicative of almost all of the quilts displayed - amazing!

Here is Sarah Morrell, made using a pale blue background.  I am so in love with this quilt!

One for all the hexie lovers.

I have made the centre of this quilt.  It has been in the cupboard now for a couple of years and I may just have to get it out and finish it???

This is called Drayton Hall by Di Ford and I came home with the pattern for this one. 

I also came home with this chair for my sewing room - yes we went to Ikea after visiting 3 patchwork shops.  As I said in my last post, we had a very big day out.

Fabrics purchased from various shops and,

this beautiful little book.  If you love cross stitch, go have a look at Jean's, from Linen & Raspberry, latest post.  You will be in cross stitch heaven!

I have been working on Swan Lake and "Hooray for Me" I have finished the fourth border!  In saying that, I still have 44 star flowers to applique down the mitred borders once it is all joined together - won't that be fun???

Now I don't have too much to show for Clamshell Club this month but I have been working on them.  I ran out of clams so I have cut lots more and have been turning over the tops in readiness to applique down.

Here is my Buddy boy.  Just had to share this pic I took of him.

Sue-Anne xxx


Cardygirl said...

Happy Halloween! love your display...I was a bit tempted by the pumpkins but stayed strong! great pics of all the beautiful quilts...so inspirational! I loved Jean's cross stitch post too.

Notjustnat said...

Happy Halloween to you and Jack! Lovely fabrics you got from Nadine. More great photos from Quilts in the barn. I have been enjoying seeing them all over again. Swan lake is nearly taking off now - Have a nice Sunday - Hugs Nat

Lizzie said...

I just can't get into the whole Halloween thing I'm afraid, I was tempted when I saw the pumpkins in the supermarket but decided against it when I saw the price...phew, expensive soup..! Swan Lake is looking fabulous Sue-Anne and of course Buddy just wins my heart, Miss Martha would love him too...

quilting Jeannet said...

Sue, it is wonderfull, the quilts of the Barn are so nice, I made als a link to it from my blog.

greetings, Jeannet

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue-Anne, Love the look of Swan Lake, you have done so much. Your clamshells are coming along very nicely too.
Buddy looks like a sweetie, posing nicely for mum!

BÊa said...

Very beautiful post : gorgeous quilts, lovely fabrics & your Swan Lake grow wonderfully. I love all !

katrien said...

Happy halloween.
Oh what is your swan lake beautifull.
You byed lovely fabrics and a nice book.

Terry said...

Very nice Jack O'Lantern. Did you same the seeds to dry and salt? oh you do need to wash off the pulp first.

Swan Lake is georgeous as is the chair.

Enjoy your week.

Shirley said...

Would you believe it but that very same chair is on my list when I next visit Ikea. You have shown some lovely goodies that has cheered me up no end. I am still loving the ice blue Morrel but have not made a decision yet. Swan Lake is looking fabulous.
Love Shirley.xx

jean said...

Sue-Anne , a great post, love the detail in the applique bird. You really must pull out your four basket quilt and finish it. I also have that pattern, it is a favourite.
Not only am I the Queen of starts, I am the quenn of collecting patterns lol.
Love your swan lake . When are you going to start Drayton Hall ? Kate from Empty field has already made a great start to hers.

jean said...

btw Happy Halloween, DH bought bags of lollies to give to the kids that come to the door. I think he is disappointed as he has only has 3 lots ring the bell so far lol

Leanne said...

Lots of nice things there but the cutest by far is Buddy.

Cheryl said...

Happy Halloween to you! This used to be my favorite with all the little ones in costumes. Not much anymore, although I still love the decorating. Yours is fabulous. The witches laced up boots are the best! But then you clamshells are so serene! And I just want to scratch Buddy's chin.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Great pumpkin! I don't cut them now that the boys are grown, but I always put a couple on my front steps and love them. Your fabric gift is wonderful as is the fabric you bought! Your quilt is amazing and I really enjoyed the beautiful quilts you took pictures of. The clamshells are lovely too. I have seen other bloggers working on them and I was tempted, but one can't do everything, can one? Maybe someday in the future. Hee Hee!

Annemieke said...

We weren't brought up either with Halloween but there is some other tradition on the 11th of november where little children walk from door to door with a lantern and get candy. It is called: St. Maarten. Ofcourse there is some history to it.
I love your post, a long list of beautiful things. Especially the Morell with the blue fabric, the applique bird, your swan lake is looking very good and ofcourse your dog!

Deb said...

Oh my goodness, so much in this post. I am in absolute love with Swan Lake. That is going to be one beautiful quilt.

Love the pictures of all the quilts too - Drayton Hall is a stunner - but they all are wonderful!

And love your Halloween decorations. The witch is adorable.

Karen said...

Nice Jack-O-Lantern and the witch is excellent! Lovely gift from Nadine and what you purchased is just lovely too. Look how far you have come on Swan Lake,beautiful!!!! And, speaking of beautiful... just look at little Buddy boy!

Diane H said...

You have done Hallow's Eve proud with your Jack'o'lantern, Sue-Ann. But where is Buddy's costume?

Anonymous said...

i loved the pale blue background of the 'morrel quilt' also, i am going to use it when i start. i also bought 'drayton hall', loved the scrappy diamonds! i will never live long enough to finish everything, i will have to add a note to my will to contact some of you younger blog girls to come to the rescue! 'swan lake' looks beautiful!

Karen said...

Wonderful quilts. Seeing them makes a person want to hurry into the sewing room and sew, sew, sew!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Love the fabrics you bought...very pretty!
Your Swan Lake quilt looks divine...I bet it will be amazing once it is all quilted up!

Marieke said...

Wow: your Swan lake looks wonderful. Love to see 44 star flowers! Your Jack looks great and so does your witch! And how about your Buddy Boy: what a sweet dog! Gotta hug him!

Brandie said...

Wow, the quilt is going to be amazing when it's finished. I love to see the progress.
And those quilts from the barn, I wish I could make just 1 as beautiful as them.
Happy late Halloween.

Siobhan said...

Buddy is adorable!! I loved seeing all the quilts from the barn--what eye candy! Your Swan Lake is amazing, too. You've gotten so much done on it! I love your Halloween display, too.

Elly D said...

Sue Anne you have a beautiful blog :) and do some incredibly beautiful work. Your Swan Lake project is awesome and I love how you are doing your Clamshells. Thank you of your visit to my blog and your lovely comments on my clams...

Barb said...

Wow - what a fun and busy post.
I think your jack is great and I love the witch!
Thanks for more photos of W in the B. I love the floral applique' one especially.
Your little buddy is just too fluffy and cute!
wish I could give him a pet

Marieke said...

Dear Sue Anne, how are you? Haven't heard form you for quit a while. Ik hope you are fine!

taylorsoutback said...

Have been drawn to the Drayton Hall pattern for almost a year now and it is finally available here in the US through Reproduction Fabrics.com.
How fortunate that you could actually see the completed quilt!
I am weakening by the minute:o)

Visiting your blog is so inspiring - love the quilts you are working on!

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