Even when I’m so excited about a project, I can’t seem to put thought into action until the deadline is eerily close. My intentions are good; I always intend to start my large and lofty projects with enough time to complete them. But more often than I’d like to admit, I find myself regrouping in the eleventh hour.
Since I’m assuming I’m not the only procrastinator among us, today’s the day we talk about quilting gifts and home décor ideas for the fall holidays.
Now that we are taking down our patriotic décor, we can start preparing for the ghosts and goblins to appear. Since I don’t want to be scared to death by a zombie decoration lurking in my hallway, I’m not one for gory decorations. Instead, I gravitate toward what I like to call “Happy Halloween” decorations such as the “Ghostly Trio Banner” by Lisa Chin. Using felt, ribbon, and fused appliqué these banners work up quickly. This whimsical banner is so versatile you can hang it over a doorway or you can make it long enough to hang along a banister. To make this project your own, try experimenting with different appliquéd shapes including jack-o-lanterns, witches, or cats on your banners.
If you’d rather skip the hubbub of Halloween, you can make general autumn-inspired home décor. I like the idea of bringing the crisp color of falling leaves indoors by creating the “Curved Leaf Coasters” by Laurie Russman. To create these oversized coasters simply layer fabric over a leaf and rub a paintstik across the fabric to reveal the stem, veins, and outline of your leaf. Once the paint has dried for seven days, (yes, you read that correctly; seven days) you can apply fusible stabilizer and add free-motion stitching to highlight the painted veins. Laurie suggests using batik fabrics for their tight weave and texture, but you can experiment with a variety of fabrics along with a multitude of leaf shapes and sizes as you create your own set of leaf coasters.
While we are on the subject of quilted autumn decorations, how about a Thanksgiving table runner? No, it doesn’t have to have turkeys and pilgrims appliquéd across the top. Well, it can if you want it to, but I was thinking more along the lines of the sleek and sophisticated “Quilt-as-You-Go Table Runner” by Patti Dockus. I particularly like the way the richness of the dark red is set off by the neutral beige and charcoal grays. Plus, this is such a customizable design that this quilted table runner can really be tailored to any season or kitchen décor.
Whether you want to fill your home with autumn ambiance or you want to make a wonderful Thanksgiving hostess gift, now’s the time to get started. Enjoy the process of making without the stress of a looming deadline and delight in the finished product during the season it was intended.
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