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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ode to Tonya

I've been getting ready for my (imitation) birthday this coming March 4, with the Amazing Quilt Babes. I thought since Tonya is away from her goblins and skeletons I would go ahead and post the beginnings of the birthday day work.

It's been hard to stop making the pumpkins, since I have them all cut and ready to sew. And I have to admit that the letters are quite addictive too. But, I've made myself stop now, so the group can have some of the fun too!

This is the first fabric that was audtioned, and the "jacks" stayed overnight on the bubbles. The next day, I decided I just didn't like it for a Halloween quilt with some punch to it.

So I rooted around in the stash, and finally decided on the green leaves for the sashing and the swirly back and beige for the cornerstones. I think the purple will also make it a bit more lively too. If you enlarge the photo, you can see the apostrophe and the small letter "C" that I practiced getting the sizes right.

And I mis-posted the other day. There will be a total of 23 letters for this quilt. I told the girls the other night at stitch group, so I will tell you, too. This is going to be Happy Jack's Pumpkin Patch with a total of 9 pumpkins, all different fabrics for the backgrounds as well as the pumpkins.


Finn said...

Hi sharon, I love your Happy Jack''ll be a great quilt! And I think this time of year is perfect to be working on it..keep up the great work!

Happy Valley Quilter said...

Doesn't it feel funny working on fall projects in Feb? LOL! I'm just finishing stitching down the binding on my small pumpkin and fall leaves quilt. What a catching phrase for your quilt!

Patti said...

Wow - you will actually be able to get this done for Halloween! Good for you! I never think to get my Halloween swap blocks out until early October - and then it's too late every year.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I love the colors you have chosen in your second picture...much better than the first sample you have posted. It's livelier and the purple adds warmth to it.

The Calico Cat said...

Ya know, several hours ago I tried to reply to this post - blogger completely quit on me! I really like the plan and the second version is so spooky already by using that green!

Patti said...

Like your new picture!

Tonya R said...

Congrats on the weight loss. You were so good while you were on holiday and I most definitely have not been. And resisting Girl Scout Cookies? Now that's willpower.

The jack o'lanterns are loads of fun. Have to say the dark green sashing makes the quilt look dark to me - but that might just be how it looks on this dinky little laptop. Bet ya'all are gonna have loads of fun piecing the rest of the quilt top.

thanks for posting some Halloween for me.