This is Charlie. Contrary to everyone’s belief, he has a sweet tooth that would rival anyone. He would do anything to get a lick of ice-cream, watermelon, sweetened cream, or anything else sweet you can think of.
One day he learned that on All Hallows Eve, if he puts on a wizard’s hat and a bow tie and sits very very quietly amongst the Jack-O-Lanterns, magic leaves will come and carry him to the land of the Seven Sisters who would give him lots and lots of sweets to eat. So he came to me and asked if I would make a hat and a bow tie for him. I was happy to oblige.
As the evening approached, he wore his starry hat and bow tie, smartly walked outside, sat down in the pumpkin patch and waited very patiently.
Charlie has a very bossy sister and two very clueless brothers. Although they keep a respectable distance from each other, they all love to play with Charlie. His sister specially loves Charlie and keeps a wary eye on him at all times. Charlie excitedly told her all about his plan. She didn’t really believe him, but she was not about to let him sit outside all alone either. Who knows what peril would befall her brother! She was also not going to leave the other two out of sight, because then she would have to spend the rest of the night looking for all of them if they got lost. So the bossy sister pushed the disgruntled brothers out the door and all of them surreptitiously waited a little distance away from little Charlie as the sun sank below the horizon.
They waited and waited and waited some more. Then, when everything had gone quiet, when all the kids had gone home after their Treat-Or-Trick runs and the Jack-O-Lanterns were about to go out, they heard a rustle and a swoosh. Suddenly off they went, all four of them, carried away on gigantic leaves! These were no ordinary leaves, of course! On each one of them, a different adventure waited for the little kitties. They stayed together, hopped around and rolled from leaf to leaf, played and had amazing fun.
All this time, while they were busy playing, the leaves carried them onward and upward to the Seven Sisters. By the time the little kitties got there, they were exhausted. They sat in the midst of stars and each had their favourite food to eat while watching the Jack-O-Lantern-lit Earth turning down below. Charlie had his most favourite sweets to eat that day and nobody was going to stop him. Slowly as the night got deeper, they fell asleep on top of each other and they were carried gently and silently back down to earth, down to their soft, warm beds.
My first-ever visit to a Pumpkin Patch
I had wonderful time drawing, creating the layout, and designing the patterns for Charlie’s Adventure. I definitely had just as much fun as my little kitties. Charlie was all right with sharing the story with all of you as long as he and his beloved Papa could have the quilt.
At the last minute I also decided to make this little quilted pillow from the scraps. I specially fell in love with the orange scene fabric and I really wanted to showcase it. I will share more detail about the pillow next week along with its measurements so you can make one too.
Charlie sat here and supervised as I was writing the story. Actually, he was trying to convince me to give him some sweet treats. He was very disappointed when that didn’t work, “Nobody at home ever gives me anything!” So he went off to bed to dream about his special All Hallows Eve adventure while snoozing with his pumpkin. Supposedly the pumpkin gives him sweet dreams. He wanted me to wish all of you a Very Happy Halloween!
I am off to enjoy a little more October magic!
Sandra Strait October 31, 2020 at 19:26
What a wonderful story, Soma! And I’m amazed at that quilt and pillow. You are so talented!
Sue October 25, 2018 at 01:30
Wonderful story and beautiful quilt, thank you for sharing . Charlie is one handsome cat.
Lara B. June 24, 2015 at 16:55
You swept me away with your story of Charlie and the Seven Sisters Soma! And the quilt and pillow you designed are simply marvelous!
The real Charlie is sure a sweetheart!
Pauline F November 1, 2014 at 09:47
WOW loved Charlie’s tale, the quilt and the pillow!! Spooktacular inspiration…thanks bunches for sharing your talent!! Happy stitching!!
Frances October 31, 2014 at 13:25
What a creative cat Charlie is to have us follow his story as a wonderful quilt is created. Good work.
Frances October 31, 2014 at 13:20
What a perect story about Charlie and the creative forces which led to his lovely quilt. A halloween treasure.
Ruth Stark October 31, 2014 at 08:42
Love your stunning leaves and eyes blocks!
Michele October 30, 2014 at 03:14
I really love how it turned out.
Lorna McMahon October 29, 2014 at 17:14
Your quilt is simply Spooktacular! Love those cats eyes and the way you put everything together. What a wonderful finish!
lynninflorida October 28, 2014 at 15:56
Dear Sweet Soma…love your quilt…so much work…Charlie is just precious! (our Soxie-One-Eye’s favorite sweet is cool whip!)….and that Pillow…omgosh I just LOVE it!!!
Judy October 28, 2014 at 09:33
I am now soooo happy to see the whole Charlie Quilt! I am following you in Flickr and when I saw the single blocks popping more and more in your group, I was getting very creepy and was waiting for the whole quilt to come! And now, waoh, fantastic, you did a wonderful witched worked, Charlie and his sisters are just fantastic!
Sorry for being late commenting, I am baking nearly every day for birthday parties of my kiddies, so no wicked time to read the postings, just seeing the moonlight from the kitchen window…..
Susie October 27, 2014 at 09:55
What a treasure… the quilt, and the story , you have created! I love that it features Charlie, and your own block designs! This is just beautiful! And so deserves to be featured on Mdme Samm’s Spotlight!!
I love every block! (Especially Charlie!)
Helen Bowie October 27, 2014 at 06:45
I love the design of your quilt and pillow, very contemporary. Happy Halloween!
Mary Ann October 26, 2014 at 08:24
Love your story quilt.
Renee October 25, 2014 at 19:03
Your quilt is so fun and I love the story that goes with it. Your pillow is fantastic! I love it.
Anita October 25, 2014 at 10:20
Great quilt and pillow! I like the Orange scenery fabric too!
carla bynum October 25, 2014 at 05:39
Hi!!!!! Sweet Little Charlie!!!!! Very fun!!!!! Love the eye blocks too!!!! Spooky fun!!!!! Thank You
Leah October 24, 2014 at 17:42
I was wondering what you were going to do with those eye blocks, it was worth the wait. Everything came together beautifully! The quilt is fabulous!
Charlene October 24, 2014 at 16:09
Beautiful quilt, and I love your pillow!
gail October 24, 2014 at 09:49
Charlie is adorable and so is his quilt! Love the pillow, too. :)
Janine October 24, 2014 at 05:48
That is a fabulous story and a gorgeous quilt! Charlie is a very lucky cat to have quilts and stories made for him – even if he will have to share the quilt sometimes!
Theresa October 23, 2014 at 21:43
You did a great job. Love this quilt.
Marcy October 23, 2014 at 19:49
This is an amazing quilt with a plus of a story.
Lydia October 23, 2014 at 19:47
Your story is cute! Nice quilt.
Cheryl October 23, 2014 at 19:34
I am not sure which is cuter, the quilt or the kitty!
Carla October 23, 2014 at 19:17
Now, that’s an entertaining story to inspire a great quilt. Great post, Soma. Loved every moment.
AmandaK@whatthebobbin.com October 23, 2014 at 17:26
What a fun story. I’d give Charlie a treat…too cute!
Kathy @ Kwilty Pkeasures October 23, 2014 at 16:35
thanks for sharing your talents.
Patty October 23, 2014 at 16:16
Great quilt and i love the story you told!
evelyn October 23, 2014 at 16:12
Love the quilt and the story. Charlie can’t wait to curl up on it now!
JuliaP October 23, 2014 at 16:05
Wonderful creativity in both your quilt and story! Congrats on being Madame Samm”s pick of the day.
lisa m October 23, 2014 at 15:32
Great quilt and great story! Have a Happy Halloween!
Kat Dennis October 23, 2014 at 14:49
Looks like a fun quilt.
Katherine October 23, 2014 at 14:04
So imaginative and charming! Definitely an inspired idea that you manifested quite beautifully, Soma. I’m going to scroll back up to have another long admiring look at that quilt. :o) Fabulous job!
Saucy Chick Sherry October 23, 2014 at 13:54
Wicked Wild Story Telling Here with your fabulous Black Cat Crossing Quilt and Pillow. I totally believe a kitty with a sweet tooth. My kitty used to eat oreo cookies with my husband. Thank you sew very much for participating and hopping. Creative Black Cat Crossing Bliss…
Marlene October 23, 2014 at 13:40
What a darling quilt! I loved it and I loved the story of Charlie. :) blessings, marlene
Quilting Tangent October 23, 2014 at 13:33
Cute projects. Happy Halloween to you and Charlie.
cindy October 23, 2014 at 13:28
Love the story, your quilt turned out so nicely. Love the pillow! Thank you for sharing your talent today.
Wendy October 23, 2014 at 12:57
ha ha ha what a cute story. What a gorgeous quilt! Charlie is so cute my kittie likes to eat ice cream. I love the pillow too. Very creative!
Tonia conner October 23, 2014 at 12:30
Charley is gorgeous, The quilt is cute too. However I’m really taken with the pillow. Give Charley a tiny treat for me.
Heidi October 23, 2014 at 11:36
I love the colors you worked with! Great!!
Lori Morton October 23, 2014 at 11:26
Loooove Charlie…would give him some treats!
Your quilt is AWESOME!! the pumpkins glow like candles lit inside & the eyes shone too! Grrrrreat job!
Jan October 23, 2014 at 10:52
Cute story. Your quilt is absolutely stunning!
LJ October 23, 2014 at 10:29
What a wonderfully fabulous adventure. You are a magician with your words as well as with your quilting. That story needs to be memorialized and kept with the quilt. Thank you for such a fun and totally enjoyable time.
Brandy October 23, 2014 at 09:56
Oh my gosh, I want to snuggle Charlie so much, look at that sweet face! I don’t know how you resist his requests for treats. I love your story, and of course your piecing is beautiful as usual. I’m feeling inspired again! Oh, and we had a lady talk about paper piecing at guild the other day, and it sparked my interest again, so I may actually be trying it before the end of the year. :) Congratulations on the wall of fame too!
Joanne H. October 23, 2014 at 09:38
Your post is so fun and creative! I love your quilt and am so very happy you joined this hop. Thanks for sharing your creations with us today.
Joyce Carter October 23, 2014 at 09:37
Such a beautiful story to go with your beautiful quilt. I really enjoyed Charlie’s whole adventure. Great job!
Jill October 23, 2014 at 09:28
Stunning quilt! No wonder you took the top project today!
Nancy October 23, 2014 at 09:07
Soma this is just over the Top fabulous!! I just Love the Quilt and the Pillow(Yes would love to make one)!! and the story is just to cute! Thanks so much for sharing your very Creative Halloween Talent with us!!
Susan October 23, 2014 at 08:53
I really enjoyed the story and your beautiful quilt.
Cheryl Gerald October 23, 2014 at 08:43
Beautiful Quilt!! Beautiful Story
Joan October 23, 2014 at 08:39
What a wonderful way to create a quilt. I love your story and even love your quilt more! Sew creative! Poor Charlie sitting by your side as you create with “NO TREATS”
Chris October 23, 2014 at 08:09
I love the quilt and the story.
Mary Ann October 23, 2014 at 08:08
Awww you ended my hop with such a sweet, beautifully “illustrated” story. Bravo for all your creativity. Happy Halloween Charlie! :)
Jennifer B October 23, 2014 at 08:04
A wonderful quilt and story – just purrfect! Love the picture of Charlie – he’s beautiful.
Patricia C October 23, 2014 at 07:48
Like the combining of the fall leaves and the Halloween cat!
cucki October 23, 2014 at 07:38
Your quilt tells a wonderful story….i love it so much
Thank you for sharing :)
love and hugs
cucki October 23, 2014 at 07:37
Your quilt tells a wonderful story.i love it.. Thank you for sharing …
hugs and love
Carolyn October 23, 2014 at 07:31
Your quilt tells a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing :)
Kathleen October 23, 2014 at 07:29
I love your story, and your quilt! I feel the need to read this to a child now :)
Lana October 23, 2014 at 07:24
BRAVO!!!!!!!! Everything from the story, to the ENTIRE QUILT, the PILLOW…and now that adorable kitty and pumpkin! I loved the way you showcased the fabrics…and even that pillow!!!
Man! You did GOOOOOD!!!!!
Kathy h October 23, 2014 at 06:40
Wonderful Charlie story and a beautiful quilt. I love the pillow too.
Mary W October 23, 2014 at 06:35
What a fun story and your wonderful quilt to go with it. You did a spectacular job on it. We have a yellow Charlie too, I will have to read him this story. Congratulations on being chosen today.
BarbCarol October 23, 2014 at 06:29
I gave your very skillful paper piecing a good study, as it is on my “to learn” list. The quilt is great on it’s own, but the story really enhances the visual. Thank you for both.
Felicia Few October 23, 2014 at 06:14
Great paper piecing and project, they are just great.
Vicki H October 23, 2014 at 05:59
Cute story and wonderful quilt. Love the pillow too.
Lynette October 23, 2014 at 05:59
Oh my gosh! Your Charlie block is wonderful! So fun to see everything together in this quilt – love the star blocks in it. The pillow is terrific, too, with the tree fabric reaching up into the patches above. :D
mdm samm October 23, 2014 at 05:48
Both you and Charlie, created a pretty amazing quilt…YOUR p.p. is by far the most intricate, professional and pretty colourful to date…..when I grow up I want to be a Paper Piecer too and create such wicked projects like this…woww!
Connie Campbell October 23, 2014 at 05:42
What a sweet story and a wonderful quilt and pillow! Charlie is sure a cutie and you really did a wonderful job paper piecing him!
selina October 23, 2014 at 05:38
Thanks so much for the story it was wonderful. The quilt was a terrific depiction of it. Charlie is a beautiful cat and so worthy of both a story and a quilt.
Linda Winters October 23, 2014 at 05:27
(I can’t tell if my comment was published or lost, so I might be leaving a second one.) I wanted to be sure that you knew how much fun your post was this morning! I love Charlie and his quilt. Thank you for sharing his adventures this morning!!
Doris Quilting Queen October 23, 2014 at 05:24
I don’t know what’s more creative, the story or the quilt. Both are wonderful! And poor Charlie…. he’s so neglected!
Sandra Visser October 23, 2014 at 05:21
Love that pillow. Your quilt is so interesting and fun looking.
Linda Winters October 23, 2014 at 05:19
What a cute quilt and imaginative story! Thank you for entertaining us this morning with Charlie and his adventures!
Jeanie October 23, 2014 at 05:05
Thanks, Charlie, for a great story to highlight a great quilt! Love the pillow too.
Katie October 23, 2014 at 04:54
The quilt is awesome and loved your story to go with it. Such a fun read this morning. Thank You.
krislovesfabric October 23, 2014 at 04:54
Such a great story to go along with your quilt design…I love your Halloween Sampler and your feature kitty heroes :) Great pic in the pumpkin patch…that outer border really just brings the quilt together! And Charlie’s expression…well, he kind of stole your post, didn’t he? Thanks to you both for a fun Fall trip into your storyland!
Marjorie October 23, 2014 at 04:52
This is a wonderful post!!!!! I enjoyed your story and your projects are fantastic
Carol October 23, 2014 at 04:33
Loved the adventures of Charlie! Your quilt is just beautiful with the Maywood fabrics and I love all your paper piecing designs. The pillow and little pumpkin are too cute!
Vickie October 23, 2014 at 04:28
OK ! YEs you rocked it today…you and Charlie. I REALLY like your quilt ! And congrats on growing those perfect pumpkins !
Dorian October 23, 2014 at 04:23
What a cute quilt, Charlie is such a cutie, love his pumpkin ‘costume’.
Elizabeth October 23, 2014 at 04:22
Great post, and “Charlie’s Adventure” is a stunning quilt! I also really love the pillow.
Elizabeth October 23, 2014 at 04:21
Charlie’s Adventure is a stunning quilt! And I really love the pillow too.
charlotte m. October 23, 2014 at 04:04
Wonderful quilt and a great story. Love the pillow too. The real Charlie is very regal sitting there. He must love the new quilt.
Marian October 23, 2014 at 03:57
Awesome, I love the eyes pattern especially, but the cat pattern is also very cool.. great job Soma.
Shari October 23, 2014 at 03:36
Fabulous! Need I say more?
DebV October 23, 2014 at 03:34
What a wonderful trip for Charlie. I am sure he had a great time.His story quilt is great and I am sure when he curls up on it for a nap he will be dreaming of the Halloween adventure.
Kim October 23, 2014 at 03:29
What a handsome fellow your Charlie is. Love, love, love your delightful story and your gorgeous quilt! Your are such a clever and creative lady, Soma. I’m in love with the orange and black scene fabric.
Betsy October 23, 2014 at 03:11
Lovely. I like it all especially the pillow. Makes me want to stitch
Carol October 23, 2014 at 03:08
Like your quilt and LOVE the pillow. I have a piece of that orange fabric in the black/grey colorway and have not used it. It’s gorgeous quilited on your pillow.
Thearica Burroughs October 23, 2014 at 03:08
Charlie is one handsome cat all dressed up in his bowtie! You did Maywood Fabrics proud with the quilt you designed using their fabrics. I am sure they are smiling big time! I sure am. Love the quilt!
Cristiana Peixoto October 23, 2014 at 02:41
Olá! Adorei as cores de seu trabalho e o Charlie. Ficou maravilhoso. Feliz Halloween!
Nana B October 23, 2014 at 02:15
What a “sweet” story. Matching a quilt to the story or story to the quilt really worked.
Britt-Inger October 23, 2014 at 01:21
I love your quilt and your Charlie block is so cute. Thanks for sharing and being part of this blog hop.
Maria October 23, 2014 at 01:07
Loved the story of Charlie and the quilt and cushion are beautiful. I must also add that Charlie looks very regal and magnificently handsome in that photo :-)
Mary October 23, 2014 at 00:32
A wonderful story and a fabulous quilt too. Those fabrics are really neat.
Shannon Meyer October 23, 2014 at 00:29
Not only a super cute quilt and pillow, but a super fun story to go along with it!!!
Anita October 22, 2014 at 22:25
A fantastic story and an amazing quilt! The scrappy pillow is gorgeous!
Judy B October 22, 2014 at 22:12
What a cool story! Your quilt is fantastic. Thank you for sharing.
Judy B October 22, 2014 at 22:09
Your story is fantastic and the quilt is the cat’s meow! Thank you for sharing.
Christine M October 22, 2014 at 22:06
Your quilt is gorgeous.
Elli October 22, 2014 at 22:04
Wow! I love your quilt and the story which goes along with it. What adorable cats!! How does your real one like hats?? Thank you so much for sharing your quilt and your story.
Beth Strand October 22, 2014 at 21:52
Adorable! (The projects and the kitty!) My black cats are getting ready for next week while my grey kitty gives me the eye and wants to know why it’s not the “Grey Cat Crossing!” Thanks for sharing!
Susan the farm quilter October 22, 2014 at 21:38
Great quilt – those EYES!!! And the pillow…wow!! Love them both!
Sharon October 22, 2014 at 21:31
What a fun little quilt – love the eyes!! And I am all for using up those scraps – made for a great pillow.
Amy October 22, 2014 at 21:28
Your quilt and story were very cute. Love your little Charlie block. Too spooking adorable!