I gave in to childhood wishes last night. Instead of hitting the task list I gave in and carved our pumpkin in honor of the approaching all hallows eve! The first cut into the top was almost scary as I wondered what I thought I was doing. Should I think more carefully about this or just go for it? Then a funny thing happened.. then the smell pumpkin center hit me square and center in the memory pocket. Oh so many halloween nights came flooding back. Visions of gypsy costumes, pirates, dinosaurs, rock stars and my favorite...a bird with a huge tail and beak flooded through my head.
I have heard that smell is the most memory associated of our senses. That was clear as I could almost feel the crisp cool night air, hear the chatter of the other trick or treaters and smell the newly crunched fallen autumn leaves. The excitement of hours of door knocking gave way to the thrill assessing and comparing the goodies. As I remembered the carving just happened and before I knew it...was done!
BOOOOO! Did I scare you? I put in the candle set the jack-o-lantern outside on the steps to welcome a few lads coming over to watch movies and it didn't scare them either. Rather interestingly, one boy had never seen one actually carved into a pumpkin and remarked that he was in awe as he thought it was plastic! What is this world coming to I ask?
Moving right along to other things that could be scary like trying new techniques...smooth...oh so smooth...
Speaking blasts from the pasts, Ginger Snap from Material Obsession One was one of my all time favorite quilts. It came from the discovery of a 60 degree ruler and using up my stash. It was fun to revisit this pattern with Carol the other day. It was fun to see the palette updated from Anna Maria's designs mixed in with so many from the original time.
In Making Quilts we focus mainly on quilts from my books. I have to say I love this class as it is a rewarding experience to see the quilts made up in different NEW combinations. As the saying goes, hindsight is best so sometimes they even come out BETTER than the original!
Sunburst is a fantastic block. Every time we do it in a class I get so excited watching the combinations come to life. Anne has been working these colours and now that there are so many we can see how they are all relating and fill in gaps where necessary. It starts out a bit slowly but gains momentum and now Anne is happily making more confident choices and working color, pattern and design in new ways.
Catherine is making Gypsy Kisses. She chose the Flea Market Fancy background which is an all time favorite fabric. Catherine has now mastered foundation piecing and is working on applique in this quilt which really captures the essence of the original but still has her taste imbedded in the combinations.
Denny just joined us this week and dove straight into the deep end. The background here is Reece's shot cotton spot and the feature print is Freda... the rest is sheer fun. Using scraps and bits from her stash as well as a few chosen fabrics with great motifs we are working a collage style medallion. By the end of the session Denny was practicing free motion applique.
Judy came in a while ago, found Sue Cody's Enchantment pattern and we had so much fun picking fabrics that she came along with Carol. This pattern has so much room for a personal touch. Lots of fun things to do with fabrics. Too bad I didn't get a photo of the borders but maybe next time!
Looking back at these photos it is amazing to see how much diversity there was in one group. Applique, foundation piecing, modern free motion and templates. Could be scary but instead it is just fun. Making Quilts...something for everyone! Happy Halloween and memory making to all of you! k