Long time no blog post.  It is middle of September already!!  The girls have started 6th grade!!  Hard to believe!  The dance season has also started again…hopefully that means I will have some time for wool applique.  My horrendous cold is still lingering.  Can you believe that??  Ridiculous.  I am thinking nothing that a warm weather vacation would not cure…I wish.  I am thinking a little stay-cation is in order pretty soon, though. 🙂

I still need to do a post on my Grand Rapids AQS Show adventures.  That was going to be the subject of this post, but I changed my mind at the last minute.  I thought taking a little time for some piecing might help cure my cold as well so….let me introduce Haunted Little Houses.

 I changed up the pattern Full House Schnibbles by Carrie Nelson available here to make a cute fall/Halloween table runner!! 

It is a nice size.  It measures about 19″x53″.  I think when I started out, it was not going to be that big.  Well, you know me and super sizing Schnibbles…go big or go home is my motto!! 🙂  I love the size, though.  Perfect for the kitchen island.  I used a couple of charm packs of Trick or Treat by Deb Strain for Moda and the sashing/border fabric is from Primitive Muslins by Primitive Gatherings for Moda available here.  My all time favorite background fabric!!  I am thinking once I quilt it, it will probably be getting a tan Rit Dye bath.  Just to take the edge off the brightness of the fabric.  I will post step-by-step directions if I do.

I am just starting to decorate for the season.  Don’t you love the candy corn as fillers??  An idea I snagged off of Pinterest.  LOVE Pinterest!!!  Of course I had to buy extra candy…Alyssa thinks there is a new candy dish in the house. 🙂

I know many of you have probably already read Lisa Bongean’s latest blog post here.  “Our” quilt (here) did not make the cover of Fons and Porter Love of Quilting.  Yes, I am bummed.  We hoped that since they waited until the holiday issue to publish the quilt, that we had a real chance for the cover.  Please do not confuse my disappoint with not being over-the-moon excited about having a quilt that I quilted in a magazine because that is not the case.  BUT we are human too, I think it is only natural that we would feel this way.  🙂

Hopefully, I can quilt Haunted Little Houses soon!! 🙂


  • Leah says:

    Love it!! Great inspiration.

  • Lesley says:

    I adore your haunted houses…too cute! And I love your Christmas runner….will still buy the magazine to see your creation…but it would certainly have made a nice cover! Thanks for a wonderful post!

  • Melia Mae Quilting says:

    I have been wanting a new table runner for my house and I just love your runner, so I just bought this pattern. I have the perfect charm square pack to use with this! I am hopefully going to make it tomorrow. Mine will just be smaller than yours because my table is not as big! Thanks for the great post.

  • Heather says:

    Oh my gosh, that is so cute!! I made a square table topper using that same pattern and idea, and it was the funnest thing to make. I may have to make a runner too now 🙂 Sorry your quilt didn't make the cover 🙁 It is really great you have a quilt in a magazine though!! I hope you get to feeling better soon, a stay-cation sounds fabulous.

  • Impera Magna says:

    Cool table runnner… and I love the idea of a tan Rit dye bath… what a difference that can make!

  • Anonymous says:

    Soooo Cute!

  • Kindred Quilts says:

    Decorating for Fall and Halloween is such fun. Your Haunted Little House Runner is really cute and is an inspiration to get busy sewing for the season. Your quilting and Lisa pattern SHOULD have made the cover! And that's the truth!!!

  • Archie the wonder dog says:

    What a great runner! Hope your cold goes soon xx

  • WoolenSails says:

    Wonderful runner and table topper.


  • Jeanette says:

    Love the runner. It's gorgeous. Hugs,

  • Sue says:

    I love your version of Carrie's pattern! Love those colors and it's hard to believe that autumn is quickly approaching.

    I sure wish you could have come with us to St. Lucia. That would have cured your cold for sure.

    Get well soon!

  • Sue says:

    Oh and BTW. I don't blame you for being bummed about the quilt not being on the cover. That is such a beauty and would have made an outstanding cover photo. I know how much work you put into your quilting and we adore your work. I'll just bet that when it gets in the hands of the quilters they will all be wondering the same thing…but cover or not, I am sure it will be greeted with oooohhs and aaahs. Cheers:)

  • Mama Pea says:

    IT really looks great! I love how you used the candy corn on your candle holder, too. So cute. I never would have thought to do that in Halloween prints. Just awesome.

    Sorry about the cover. I understand your disappointment. You guys deserved it. Now it will be a great surprise to those who open the magazine. 🙂

  • Sheila says:

    I love the runner , great fabrics and perfect for the season.

  • Lynn says:

    I love Halloween quilts! And Halloween in general. Looking forward to seeing how you quilt it.

  • Bari Jo says:

    Oh man that red and green quilt is just GORGEOUS! I don't understand why it didn't make the holiday cover… it would have been perfect – like your quilting! Can't wait to get my copy! :O)

  • Yvette says:

    How adorable! You are a wonder woman.

  • Linda says:

    So cute! I do love the candy corn…great idea…I have been absent from posting myself…life has just been crazy here…have a great evening!!

  • Unknown says:

    Интересно и лаконично.

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Summer colds are very unwelcome for sure! Haunted Little Houses is adorable and a perfect decoration for a very fun holiday. I have no doubt you will be a cover girl soon.

  • Lori says:

    That is so adorable!! I love the candy corn filler- what a great idea.
    I'm sorry you are still sick. Rest and drink lots of fluids.

  • Allie says:

    What a darling little quilt! I hope you feel better soon, hon!

  • Sinta Renee says:

    Great idea for the house table runner!!! I might have to copy you!

  • Karen says:

    The haunted house runner would be an easy one to make. I love fall/Halloween style fabrics and quilts.

  • LuAnn says:

    Love it. What a pretty table using your table runner.