Friday Finish - About last October...

Ok so I know we're all dying for spring, and nobody really wants to read about Halloween, but I have a few little finishes I didn't want to forget about, so please bear with me!
Last October I was so into the fall atmosphere, I decided to whip up a little fall themed runner for my table.  What better represents fall than some modern maple leaves?  I went through my precious AMH scraps and made a little autumn flavoured gradient selection.  (How gorgeous are AMH fabrics?)  I used a low volume print with a touch of gold metallic from Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics for the background.
In the end I had to cut some leaves out because it would have been too long - as it is it's a yard long!  We also made two jack-o-lanterns because doing them with your kid is a lot of fun and one wasn't enough!

We also made some awesome chocolate sugar cookies and decorated them to take to Olivia's first Halloween party, organized by some of the "expat mommies" that I know.  She wore a little mouse costume we picked out at Carter's in August (I plan ahead peeps!).


My sister in law, who was visiting from Buenos Aires, also requested a little set of four placemats and I happily obliged.  She asked for orange and yellow, and I used the ever awesome Lemon Pepper pattern that I've already mentioned many times here.  I defy you to find a stain on these placemats!

Thanks for going back to October with me for a minute.  Next week: a springy finish!

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WIP Wednesday: Flowering Snowball Quilt

I have finally arrived at the basting stage!  It's kind of a double-eded sword.  I have a finished quilt top, so I'm happy.  But it also means my back is killing me because I've been crawling around taping and pinning the quilt sandwich every few inches this morning, while trying to keep Olivia (in my slippers!) off of the quilt and out of the pins at the same time.  I don't know which is harder!

I have to tell you the best part: almost all my seams match!  I pinned the edges of the flowers so that I would have nice, smooth seams in the white snowball parts.  But even the middle of the flowers match.  I have no idea how it happened.  I'm just going to put it down to me being awesome :)

I would love to have this quilt hand-quilted like Mary did, but that would mean I would have to do it, so it ain't happening.  I think I'm just going to do some wavy lines in white Aurifil, to fake the wonderful, crinkly stippled look, which I am also not able to do.  If I was smart I would probably devote some time to learning FMQ and hand-quilting to expand my repertoire of quilting techniques, but once I get to the basting part 1. I'm anxious to get the quilt done and 2. I don't want to screw it up practicing on it!  

It's going to be backed with some vintage cotton sheeting that my friend gave me.  It's got little yellow flowers so it'll fit right in with the retro fabrics in the top.  I've got so much sheeting left I could even make a fitted sheet and pillow cases for Olivia's twin bed!  (I love me a matching bed set!)

Ok.  I've got another third to do and it's nap time now so I better get to it.  
Thanks for popping by!

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