Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Patchwork Pumpkin

I was recently digging through my sewing wasteland closet in search of batting scraps when I found this little patchwork pumpkin that I had pieced probably 7 or 8 years ago. And I suddenly felt like rescuing it. (I'm sure it helped that it was a Halloween-y time of year when I found it.  I probably would have thrown it back in the pile if I'd found it in January or something.)

And voila - new life for a little patchwork pumpkin - now a throw pillow.  I was so in the mood to just do something with it that I may or may not have resorted to quilting with navy blue thread when I realized I was out of black. But that's between you and me.

I also made a very quick Harry Potter robe last night using some inexpensive rayon knit and the same method as the Jedi robes last year.  Two seams and it was done. I didn't even stop to think about hemming any of it. You'd think that because I enjoy sewing so much, I'd love putting Halloween costumes together. But no.  I even swallowed all pride and allowed Amazon.com to provide the Ninja costume this year. Worth every penny.

But I still need to scrounge up a witches hat and a Miss America costume. I swore I'd have everything ready before I went out of town, and here I am the eve of Halloween...ugh. Then I need to try to remember where I hid the candy from the kids before we went out of town.
But in the mean time my pillow looks happy on the couch next to my favorite Halloween quilt.

On a much more important and serious note, sending love and prayers to all those affected by hurricane Sandy.  It's surreal to see the images coming out of New York. Blessings and godspeed to all those involved in the recovery efforts!

24 comments:

Wendys Hat said...

Love this!

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

Very cute! If only my hubby tolerated pillows.

IzzyR said...

Thank you Amy , I live in NJ right by Philly on the map but on the Jersey side. We slept down stairs last night in our living room. We heard a lot of scary noises . Today we went for a walk which I will post on my blog a little later and there were lots of trees down, one on a house the other really close.. Dont you love happenstance to find that awesome little pillow is lovely surprise. It is so pretty. We have a British Pub in the town next to us we are a Quaker town so we are dry but not next door LOL!! Tommorrow for Halloween they will have Harry Potter night , if you dress in character you get free beer :) However trick or treat has been cancelled here . Maybe Friday or Sat tey say maybe..

Sheila said...

What a great pillow this block has made , looks great with your other pillows.

NadineC said...

I'm very certain your little pumpkin block is MUCH happier to be a pillow on your couch, and the navy thread just makes it that much more special :-)

Brett and Jenn said...

Your pumpkin pillow is so cute!

Maria said...

I love all the colours. Looks so pretty. So much better as a pillow than thrown in a pile somewhere.

Micki Clemens said...

I also think its great! I'm glad u found it a nd finished it. Happy Halloween ! Micki

Cindy said...

LOVE your fall pillow - how colorful next to your other fall items. Very pretty, Amy!

Carla Bynum said...

Hi!!! Love your pumpkin pillow!!!! Looks great on your sofa!!!

Goddess in Progress said...

Love that little pumpkin pillow! And I'm with you, I'm generally not a costume-sewer, either. This was the first year I've made a costume for my kids, and it was a relatively quick-and-easy Jedi for my son. I was more than happy to purchase my daughter's Tiana costume. (Cute shop - littledressupshop.com - has princess-ish and other costumes that seem much nicer quality than some of the junky branded ones I see in the stores.)

I don't know, do they take away some of our crafter street-cred if we don't make our kids' costumes? I'll take the risk. :-)

jlk said...

I don't make my kids costumes, either. Someday they will tell stories about how negligent that was.

prairieharmony said...

Cute pillow and you found it just in time :)

Marian Griffin said...

I *love* your couch pillows and blanket! I bet that little pumpkin is so happy there! It looks great! Well done!

CathyK said...

I LOVE that pillow!!!!! Would you by chance have a pattern for that?

trish said...

Your pillow is adorable!. :0) It looks so happy there with your quilt. :0)

Cherilyn said...

Cute pumpkin! I love the idea of making pillows out of orphaned blocks! I always enjoy reading your blog. Happy Halloween!

Jolana said...

Great idea! :-) Really lovely choice of fabrics... I have to enlarge my fabric stash :-) Jolana

amy smart said...

I'll take the risk too. I say, sewing time is too precious to be interrupted by polyester blends.

Teri said...

Love both the pillow and the quilt. It was definately worth saving! Crazy thing is that I have some of those fabrics still hanging around on my shelf.

Stephanie said...

Super cute!! I made a patchwork pumpkin this year too, using linen as a background, but I like your black background even better!

Thimbleanna said...

What a fun new pillow! It goes perfectly with your other Halloween quilted items. Perfect!

MellieWo said...

The pumpkin looks great with the dots!

Crystal said...

I love the binding on that pillow - makes it perfect! Very lovely and I'm not really a lover of Halloween :)