A very lucky unbirthday for me!

It was my unbirthday recently. Out of nowhere this beautiful, quilted and cross stitched bag arrived at my home by post.


Claire93, author of Claire93’s Blog, remembered my plan to make Halloween-themed things for my living room and very thoughtfully put this together for me, wishing me a very happy unbirthday. It is absolutely beautiful and truly shows off her skills. I’m always very much in awe of quilters. I suppose if I actually attempted quilting I might learn how. But, it’s one of those things that still looks like magic to me. A little bit of magic isn’t bad, though, is it? This piece is so detailed, right down to the little brass Jack O’Lantern sewn on. The choice of colors is truly festive and the quilting detail is really appropriate for the piece. If you check out her blog you will find all kinds of inspiration. Claire makes beautiful quilts, cross stitches really amazing pictures and adornments, and crochets very cute amigurumis. She even knits sweaters! A true crafter with so much awesomeness to share on her blog. I also love her hen house updates and the wonderful names she’s given to them.

Claire also must have read my mind, because I am feverishly stitching away at my last pumpkin for my decoration goals. I’ve been working on it all week. The four pumpkins will hang on the china cabinet doors, surrounding Claire’s beautiful bag. Here’s my progress on this fourth vegetable:

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I’m determined to have it done tomorrow and then get all four sewn to fabric and hanging by Sunday. Let’s see if I can do this! The cool thing about these is that they’re good for all of Autumn, not just Halloween, so I’ll be able to enjoy them for a while after October 31.



14 thoughts on “A very lucky unbirthday for me!

    • tonymarkp October 21, 2017 / 12:17 am



  1. nothingbutknit2 October 21, 2017 / 2:01 am

    The kindness of bloggers is astounding! A well deserved gift I’m sure:)
    Your pumpkin looks fabulous!! I can’t wait to see them all together.

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  2. Anita October 21, 2017 / 5:06 am

    That is so sweet of Claire, and I absolutely adore that bag! I love the pattern on the last pumpkin, although I must admit I’d to check back to recall how the other pumpkins look. ☺ I can’t wait to see them when they’re finally up as decorations!

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  3. claire93 October 21, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    so pleased you like it, Tony ^^ and looking forward to seeing the entire Hallowe’en display on Spooky Night!

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    • tonymarkp October 23, 2017 / 12:21 am

      It’s almost there! Thanks again. From where I sit in the living room in the evenings I’ll be able to look at the whole ensemble easily when it’s finished.

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  4. quietwatercraft October 23, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    What a lovely bag, lucky you.
    Having read your posts out of order, I know you didn’t make the sunday goal, but the pumpkin still looks fab!

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    • tonymarkp October 23, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      Thank you very much!


    • tonymarkp October 23, 2017 / 3:58 pm

      Thank you! It’s so cool to get something like this in the mail unexpectedly.

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  5. Crystal Stewart October 25, 2017 / 12:09 am

    Claire93 did a fantastic job on the bag she made for you. Your Pumpkins around her bag will set things off. You can use the pumpkins for all of Fall unless you put Halloween on/or around your pumpkins. followed Claire93 thanks to you. Thank you.

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