Fall Decorating and Quilting of Course

family, quilts, Williamsburg Beauty

When I was at the store yesterday I picked up a couple small pumpkins and colorful squash for a fall decorating scheme in the dining room.  I had found a large wooden bowl several months ago that I normally have rolled up placemats in but those have been moved for awhile and a different table running was dug out of the quilt cabinet.  I made this table runner about 3 years ago it is from one of Kim Diehl’s books called “Simply Graces”.  All of the vegetables will be eventually eaten so that makes it a cheap decorating scheme as nothing is wasted!


The wall to the right of the window is where I plan to put the snowman wall hanging and then change it out as the seasons change.  The cabinet on the left side is full of quilts.  Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Crazy Mom Quilts.


I had run to the store to pick these supplies up – it was a chilly evening last night and Melanie was bringing Aniya with her and a fire in the pit was happening – hot dogs over the fire on sticks and then marshmallows – for those that asked – no Aniya is not Melanie’s child she is Melanie’s husbands great niece they spend a lot of time with her as she is at their house almost daily.  Aniya refers to me as Aunt Karen because  in the south (and maybe other places) that is how a lot of children address people who are a bit older then them who are in some way related to their family but not actually to them.


Aniya getting her marshmallows ready and Mike in the background-


All corners now have hexie flowers pinned to them – more to make as I will scatter a few more I between the vines – the vine on the wall right now was just for design purpose – other colors have been selected.  I will wait to sew the hexies down until I get more made so I can move colors around just a little bit more.


Fabric picked out for the vines – two are Stonehenge line and one is fusion.


Found all the embroidery thread I needed to get started on the stitching and the base was begun for the cake stand that the snowman is standing in.


One little area to stitch still that is why the needle is in place – not the neatest in the stitching – still practicing!  I need to lower the right side of the “plate” just a little bit on one end it doesn’t quite look placed right.  Wool Stitching is something I am not totally used to still even after doing the two borders of flowers and leaves and things on the Postage Stamp.  I am using repurposed red felted wool and it is a little different feel and thickness to it then the hand dyed wool I was using for the Postage Stamp quilt.


Craftsy is having a sale on supplies – this sale ends October 16.  You will find that since they redid their web page that  a lot of products are out of stock.  I do not know when they will be getting in new products but the old products are on sale.

(I am compensated for any purchases made through my links.)

22 comments… add one
  • Summer Oct 14, 2016

    Karen, your dining room is a beauty- so cozy, simple and elegant. I also love that table runner. I will be adding this to my weekend reading list on my blog tomorrow 🙂 Have a lovely Friday, sweet friend.
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    • Karen Oct 14, 2016

      our dining room is still rather new, my husband built it on to our house our 2 years ago and seeing as it is just the two of us here it still does look rather new! What was the dining area in the kitchen was redone too and now I have a very long narrow kitchen making it almost twice as large as it had been

  • Rebecca Grace Oct 14, 2016

    How nice to see little Aniya roasting her marshmallows! I love your little snowman on the cake stand, too. I am having a hard time getting into the seasonal decorating this year. The cool weather, the changing leaves, talk about Halloween and Thanksgiving just feels all wrong this year. I did put a stew in the crock pot this morning, though, so in another hour or so my house will start to SMELL like fall even if it doesn’t LOOK like it yet!
    Rebecca Grace recently posted…Happy Fall, Y’All: Bernie’s Sugar Shack Leaves Quilt circa 2004-2006My Profile

    • Karen Oct 14, 2016

      I usually do not plan a winter project or Xmas project I just happened to see this little wall hanging and thought because it doesn’t indicate Xmas that I could have it hang all winter long!

  • Vicki Oct 14, 2016

    What wonderful projects and your table looks so festive!
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    • Karen Oct 14, 2016

      thanks Vicki – I mainly just decorate the table in the fall and Christmas times – I had gone grocery shopping the other day and saw all the little pumpkins and squash and thought – perfect!

  • Kathleen Oct 14, 2016

    I am so loving this cool weather, perfect activity to do.
    Love your table setting, so festive. The other projects look good.
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    • Karen Oct 14, 2016

      thanks Kathleen – I really need to get the retro air ship propeller blocks back out to work and haven’t felt like it lately – how about you?

  • Sandra B Oct 14, 2016

    Love your tabletop, Karen! Perfect look for fall….Kim Diehl’s patterns are great, aren’t they….
    Your hot dogs and marshmallows dinner sounds great! Our weather in Virginia is a bit cooler, too….I am planning to make bean soup in the crockpot tomorrow…we are getting to my favorite time of year….and the beginning of what I call soup season! The crockpot gets a good workout during the cooler months of the year ….

    • Karen Oct 14, 2016

      it has been chilly two days in a row here and we finally got some much needed rain – a little over 1 inch over two nights – we needed it – now if the sun would come back that would be nice – was 59 yesterday and 62 today

  • Brenda Hulsey Oct 14, 2016


    I have a question for you. If I order from Crafsty how do I go about crediting you for my purchase? I plan on placing an order but if you can get something from them I’d like to go through you. Please let me know! Brenda

    • Karen Oct 14, 2016

      you just go to Craftsy from my link and I get credit – thanks!

      • Brenda Hulsey Oct 14, 2016

        The one in the right side top of page almost?

        • Karen Oct 14, 2016

          yes or on the word Craftsy at the end of the blog post where I talked about it – the word is highlighted in blue I believe – thanks

          • Brenda Hulsey Oct 14, 2016

            Ok, I placed my order. I hope you do get something from it. Can you let me know if you do? I want to help others with every little thing I can.

          • Karen Oct 14, 2016

            thank you Brenda for ordering through my links – yes it showed up in my account immediately! (You are feeding my quilting habit and helping our budget)

          • Brenda Hulsey Oct 14, 2016

            Always willing to enable someone’s sewing habits!

  • Belarmina Oct 14, 2016

    Karen me gusta tu decoración con calabazas
    el camino es muy bonito
    buen fin de semana

    • Karen Oct 14, 2016

      thanks – I love to decorate with pumpkins and things like that

  • lowcarbdiabeticJan Oct 15, 2016

    I do like your table runner and pumpkins – perfect for this season.

    All the best Jan

  • Sandra Oct 17, 2016

    Your dining room look so cozy and warm. Decorating with real pumpkins is a great idea. lol
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    • Karen Oct 17, 2016

      yes and I will be eating them too! some are colorful squash that I have never had before so will be trying those out too

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