Charlie's Adventure A Halloween Story about a little cat Charlie @ by Soma

Charlie’s Adventure

Autumn Halloween quilt by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies


This is a story about Charlie’s adventure.  I shared this story once before when I made the quilt top.  That was so many years ago that I thought would share the story one more time, along with the finished quilt.  

Charlie is my sweet little orange kitty who, contrary to everyone’s belief, 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, Charlie 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 him a hat and a bow tie.  I was happy to oblige.



Autumn Halloween quilt by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies



As the evening approached, he donned his starry hat and bow tie, smartly walked outside, sat down in the pumpkin patch and waited very patiently.




Autumn Halloween quilt by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies



Charlie has a very bossy sister and two very clueless brothers.  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 knew 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.




Autumn Halloween quilt by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies



They waited and waited and waited some more.  Then, when everything had gone quiet, all the kids had gone home after their Trick-Or-Treat runs and the Jack-O-Lanterns were about to go out, they heard a rustle and a swoosh.  Suddenly they were off, all four of them, carried away on gigantic leaves!  These were no ordinary leaves, of course!  On each one of them, a different adventure awaited the little kitties.  They stayed together, hopped around and rolled from leaf to leaf, played, and had amazing fun.




Autumn Halloween quilt by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies



All this time, while they were busy playing, the leaves carried them onward and upward to the Land of 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 were carried gently and silently back down to earth, down to their soft, warm beds.




Autumn Halloween quilt by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies




I had a 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. 

Now I am really glad to have finished the quilt so that they can huddle under it together and dream of sweet things. 


For the most part I did wavy quilting to depict the wind that blew them all to the Land of the Seven Sisters.  I didn’t want to purchase new fabric for the binding, so I used some lime green material that I happened to have at hand.  Although I had originally had a purple binding in mind, I rather like this one.

One day I would love to illustrate this story for a book.





Charlie Cat Scaling Wall - Inktorrents Graphics Soma Acharya



As you know, Charlie does tend to come up a lot in my stories and artwork.   This is a sketch I made of him trying to climb a wall.  “Trying” being the operative word.




Charlie's Snowflakes - Lost Pages watercolour paintings by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies



Last week I shared a  little story about how he was one of the helpers of the Winter Fairy.   You can read that little story here.




Charlie's Snowflakes - Lost Pages watercolour paintings by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies



Charlie sat and supervised as I wrote the story.   Actually, he was trying to convince me to give him some sweet treats.  He was most 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.


Although he is now 17 years old, he is still the perpetual kitten of our home and continues to make us laugh with his antics.  Also, much to his chagrin, he gets smothered in hugs and kisses all the time, despite loudly claiming that “he is a grown-up boy who should NOT be hugged and kissed”.


Whether you read it today for the first time, or re-read it, I do hope you enjoyed the story, even though it is out of season.




Next time I look forward to sharing with you my adventures into the world of natural ink making.


Until then,


P.S.  I always get asked – the patterns are available in my shop.


I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page. Please pay a visit to some of them.  They are a fabulous bunch!  This month I am also joining Cheryl’s favourite finish and Em’s One Montly Goal.




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October Colours – Autumn Forest Walk


October is here.  Alongside mostly cooler days, I have spotted colour changes in the leaves here and there.  I will soon be out and about a LOT more with my camera and paintbrushes, capturing the quintessential autumnal colours and enjoying not only my favourite seasons, also my most favourite festival – Halloween!  After being homebound for close to six months during spring and summer due to severe allergies, I look forward to this every year with much excitement.

I have a few sewing projects to share with you that are made from my patterns –





The camera was made by Becky as a gift.


Kat made a bag for a secret Santa present using the Artist Paintbox pattern.






Purchase Halloween Witch Hat



The first witch hat was made by Mary.  She used dot-to-dot quilting for it, which I found to be so unique.


The second one was made by PumpkinHollowQuilts.  She makes some of the best Halloween cross stitches and decorations.



They are all made from some of my favourite patterns, and I am delighted to be able to share them with you. 




 I made a Halloween-themed block from my Shattered Star pattern.  I earnestly meant to quilt this block by now.  Much to my chagrin, that is unfortunately not going to happen.  I am going to turn this into a pillow.

Linking up with One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty!  Great way to get those small or big finishes achieved.





Most of my things are still in boxes while we wait for a few home improvements.  I did pack some of my drawing/painting supplies in a bag since I can pretty much sit anywhere and start to draw/paint.  The only thing that could distract me is the call of the outside.




Purchase Autumn Forest Walk


The woods around here will very soon start to display the most amazing autumnal colours.   Mother Nature uses her Midas touch to transform the area into the most vibrant shades of gold and yellow.  Even painting that transports me to a different world. 




Purchase Autumn Forest Walk


In the spirit of sharing some of my autumn dreams with you, Autumn Forest Walk is now available in my shop. It would be a lovely fall display and perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.  If you are a tree-hugger (in the most literal sense) like me, you would probably enjoy having it around all year long as I do.


To make things a little easier for the oncoming holiday season, I am doing free U.S. shipping on all of my paintings in my shop.  I am also happy to combine shipping charges for multiple international orders.




See you on Oct. 31st for Wandering Camera!


Happy October!


I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.  




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