Hello all, Mary Ellen here.
One of my chores for today is taking down all of the Halloween decorations, which include quite a few quilted items, and replacing them with fall/Thanksgiving things. Do you have a collection of holiday quilts? After one has been a quilter long enough, it seems that a collection of “quilts” (I’ll use that term to include bed quilts, wall quilts, table runners, …, anything made of a fabric sewn to other fabrics!) grows and grows, until it seems that we will soon have day of the week quilts! Some of you are of an age to recall day of the week under pants! Did you actually wear them on the correct day?! Oops, I digress.
What kind of quilts will you be bringing out for the month of November, until it’s time for all of the Christmas stuff? I’ve got a door quilt of a ginormous turkey in a pilgrim outfit that will go up soon, kitchen tea towels with fall fabric hem bands, hot pads and pot holders with turkeys on them, lots of wall pieces with pieced and/or machine appliqued leaves. I have two fabrics that could be made up to add to the collection-one is a new striped fabric perfect for the 60 degree table runner pattern by Karen Montgomery that has dancing turkeys saying “gobble til you wobble” that I want to use soon. The other fabric I have been hoarding because I know I’ll not be able to get anymore like it (do you do that too?). It has a crowd of wacky looking turkeys wearing football helmets all over it. I only have a fat quarter left–oh no!
So how do you decorate with quilts at this time of the year?
I have a wall hanging of a turkey, pumpkins with sayings, table runners, stuffed pumpkins and more. They go up Nov 1 and come down Dec 1 when I decorate for Christmas. Then it takes two days for ALL the stuff to come out. I omitted Halloween this year but am ready for the rest.