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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pumpkins and a Turkey



It is October already, 2008 sure has rushed on by. Halloween is such fun holiday. Love doing paper piecing pumpkins. Note on the 1st picture the pumpkin on the left is chalked while the pumpkin on the right has only pen work.

The next picture shows both pumpkins chalked, one is chalked using brown on the pumpkin while the other is chalked with red. It is fun doing the same paper piecing but changing it with pen work or using different chalks.



A little history on Trick or Treating.....Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question, "Trick or treat?" The "trick" part of "trick or treat" is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. It has become socially expected that if one lives in a neighborhood with children one should purchase treats in preparation for trick-or-treaters.





More pumpkins. Some pumpkin facts.....Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A. In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling. Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine. Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites. Pumpkin flowers are edible. Pumpkins range in size from less than a pound to over 1,000 pounds. Pumpkins are 90 percent water. Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.



Here's the first of the turkey paper piecings that I will be making. I use my stickles to color the tips of his feathers.

Turkey facts. Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead. Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining. A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. Their field of vision is about 270 degrees. This is the main reason they continue to elude some hunters. A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

4 comments:

Jac said...

Great paper piecings Patty and I really enjoyed reading your halloween facts.

Cathy said...

VERY INTERESTING FACTS...I LEARNED SOME NEW THINGS TODAY! AND AS YOU ALREADY KNOW, I LOVE HALLOWEEN!

I GET SO TICKLED WHEN I SEE THAT EMAIL POP UP THAT YOU UPDATED YOUR BLOG. I REALLY ENJOY READING IT AND ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING THE NEXT UPDATE.

P.S. I LOVE THE WAY YOU COLORED THE TIPS OF THE TURKEY FEATHERS -- VERY CREATIVE!

-CATHY

Pinky said...

SUPER CUTE love those pumpkins!

tuit said...

Patty I think Halloween is your time of yer LOL I so love your paper piecings. You should put some on the sell/trade board at the CR and she what happens. I bet if you take orders you could make a killing!!