Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Halloween Table Topper

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween. ~ Author Unknown

I've been secretly working on a little quilted table-topper for my youngest daughter over the past two weeks. I didn't want to post it because she often reads my blog.

But now that I've given it to her, I thought I'd share it.

Megan loves all those bright, fun Halloween fabrics, and had teased me about doing something when they first started appearing. I thought it would be fun to create something for her, since she's the true Halloween nut in the family (I wear that title at Christmas time!)



Here's the whole project, photographed from above. The center is an Ohio Star, one of my favorite blocks. I must confess, however, to never having made one with skull fabrics!


And here's a close up of all that fun material. The green spider and the green polka-dots came from two separate stores, and I was pleased how they well the worked and complimented each other -- if you can call glow-in-the-dark complimentary!

This was a relatively quick project to do, and I have to admit that the fabrics always made me smile. I think I may do a few more for the coming holiday season, although I'd better start now: I am sooooo slow at quilting!

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On a non-quilting note...

I had my first-ever bone density scan today. My doctor just wanted a baseline since I am of a "certain age." The test, of course, is no big deal: it's like having an x-ray taken. But my jaw dropped when they took my height. She had me stand very tall and erect -- and I've shrunk! I used to be 5'7'. Now I'm 5'6 1/4. I've lost almost an entire inch in height. When did that happen??

As I left the office, I couldn't help smiling at that old joke: "I'm not fat - I'm just too short for my weight!"



Until next time...

21 comments:

Wendy said...

What a great Halloween quote...and I loved your table-topper! What great fabric choices! I'm sure your daughter was thrilled with it.

I've heard we shrink a little as we get older. I'm gonna chalk it up to all that gravity pressing down on us over the years.... LOL

Patti said...

What a cute project for Halloween! I love the topper! I bet your daughter was so happy to get it!

grammy said...

So cool! Looks great when I click on it to enlarge (because I never wear my glasses and I am shorter!). Lots of work, but daughters are worth it (O:

Cookie Sunshine said...

Your table topper is so pretty. I love the vibrant colors and the mixture of patterns. You've done a beautiful job of putting them all together in just the right places. Lady, you have a very nice eye for composition!

As for the bone density thing, I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who is too short for my weight. Maybe we should start a club?

Hanlie said...

Since gaining weight I lost about a centimeter in height. Must be all the fat dragging me down!

jovaliquilts said...

Halloween is such a fun -- I love those funky fabrics, too! Your daughter must be very pleased with that adorable topper.

Kathy said...

Cute table topper. It makes the gift even sweeter when it is home made. Sorry about your shrinkage.

;-)

Needled Mom said...

I, too, had lost 3/4 of an inch when I had my first bone density done. Maybe we went to the same place and their ruler is wrong!!!! Did all turn out okay?

The table topper looks so cute with the pumpkins on top of it. I am sure that it will be a prized possession.

We have a new baby boy in the family as of midnight today.

Have a great week. xox

RunningNan said...

What an adorable table topper! I love it!

I've shrunk too.. I used to be 5'4, and I'm almost below 5'3.5"

Midlife Mom said...

Hey Patti! That is an adorable table topper! I bet your daughter loves it! Halloween fabircs are just so much fun.

Wow you sure have seen a lot of celebrities! I too have had a crush on Sam Elliott for years! lol! We'll have to share him!

Isn't it wonderful that Needled Mom has a beautiful new grandson! That must make #20 I think, or is it 21? He is just beautiful!!!!

nmburleson said...

I love that table topper it's so cute. You're very creative to match all those fabrics together. :)

Susie said...

Your table topper is so cute. Bet your daughter just loved it. I lost about ½" in height when I had my bone density scan done too.
xo

JC said...

Beautiful!!!!

Kelli said...

Oh, it's gorgeous, Patti! You did a wonderful job!
~Kelli

wonderwoman said...

your table topper is just lovely and what gorgeous cheerful colours!
i hope i dont shrink too much as i'm not that tall to start with!

Megan said...

As the daughter recieving this lovely gift, I should tell your fellow readers that I LOVE IT!!!!! It's absolutely adorable. It looks perfect on my kitchen table and everytime I walk by I have to run my fingers along the edge and let out a littld squeal becuase its just too cute. I don't want to put it away after Halloween!!! Thank you again, Pattie, it was such a thoughtful gift!

PEA said...

Oh Pattie, I so love that Halloween table topper, how gorgeous it is!! It's no wonder your daughter loves it:-) I was looking at the Halloween fabric at WalMart the other day, wishing I knew how to sew or quilt! lol

It's always said that we shrink as we get older...I'm 5'3", I really don't want to get any shorter! lol xoxo

Kathy said...

How cute is that table topper? I love fall decorations!

jillytacy said...

The Halloween table topper is cute! How fun!
I'm sorry you're shrinking! I am too and the funny thing is I use to be 5'7 and now I'm 5'6 1/4" I'm only 36 so I don't think I should be shrinking. Nature Girl keeps telling she thinks I'm shrinking because I take too many showers and get too wet. Pretty good logic coming from a four year old. So stay dry Pattie so you won't shrink any more. Ha, ha!

Coleen said...

I love the topper. Halloween is my favorite holiday too.

Scale Junkie said...

WOW, that is adorable!