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A Quilted Halloween Story

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A Quiltbug Quilted Halloween StoryIt was a dark and stormy night.  smiled to herself as she thought of the cliché and hugged Joseph's Coat a little tighter around her. It was an old purple coat he had found abandoned in a trash can earlier this winter and had given to her along with a red hat. She thought the coat was a dandy, for she had spent her pension on brandy and summer gloves.  The red hat didn’t go and didn’t suit her but she wore it anyway.
Josephs Coat Lowering her head against the bitter wind, the old woman continued trudging down the street, running her stick along the graveyard’s rail fence to keep her balance. She imagined herself a ice cutter ship, plowing through the storm at sea to open an access route in the deadly ice.
Salem Quilt Block She kicked a Mason Jar. The noise startled her and she looked up, fearful  that she might be lost. Pasted to a nearby pole was a carnival poster from the summer past. She closed her eyes for a moment, the memory of warm summer winds in her thoughts. She remembered walking to the carnival in Salem, the sun warming the woven ribbons in her hair, calliope playing, her next door neighbor Mollie at her side. Such happy times! So different from the sobriety of her youth. Mollie was gone now, having taken the road to Tennessee to live in the delectable mountains with her family. was envious of Mollie’s choice for she herself had no family.
Mollies Choice   opened her eyes, looked around and was forced to walk around a box of broken dishes - Dresden plates, they looked like. There were matching cups and saucers, too. She reached down and picked one up, after removing a discarded apple core. "True blue pottery" , she read. A howling black cat ran by and, without thinking, hurled the shard at the cat. As it scampered through the light, she saw it was only a calico cat, chasing a mouse.
Memory Quilt Block It was All Hallows Eve, and was anxious to get inside before midnight. Faces looked at her from garret windows and attic windows. Ghosts gibbered at her from all sides. Jack-o-LanternsQuiltbug Quilted Halloween Story leered at her. Her heart thumped and she set a drunkards path as she darted from bush to tree, compelled to get out of the way as something large rushed past her.

She tripped and fell on a toad in a puddle. Confused, she picked it up and discovered it was made of cement. She wondered - what was the beast that had rushed past her?  Was it even real, or had her imagination conjured up yet another mystery? She was so tired! She sat on the pavement and rested a bit.

Garret Windows  Examining the tracks it had left, she thought maybe they had been made by a bears paw. Was it a bear she saw? brushed a maple leaf out of another impression and examined it. Could they be goose tracks?  Looking up, she smiled as she saw the Scottie dog, just scampering around the corner. That was it. She was comforted to see a flock of birds in the air, preparing to land. They seemed to be the wild geese which been here before. The returning birds were a sign of safety.
Around the Corner Quilt Block She struggled to her feet, and setting her course by the Big Dipper, she tottered off towards a crooked path. She came to the crossed roads and shook her head to clear her thoughts. Where should she go? To the right was the barristers block, so named because of all the lawyers that lived there. Straight ahead was Union Square, the courthouse steps just barely visible behind the little red schoolhouse. To the left was Patience Corner, an aptly named community where her tolerant Grandma used to live. It had been her favorite block as a child. 
Garden Path Quilt Block Ghost ’s mind traveled back in time again, as she remembered her grandmothers flower garden. Her grandmother was a farmers daughter, a housewife, and her garden bloomed from May to December. The garden maze was her grandmothers pride and joy. As a child, it was 's job to take the basket and fill it with corn and beans. She would gather eggs from the hen and chickens barn, too. ’s grandmother believed in economy and was very thrifty.
Thrifty Quilt block A comet streaked by and illuminated the stepping stones that made it possible for her to navigate the railroad crossing safely. That settled the question. She was homeward bound. Humming gaily, she twirled on her tip toes and crossed the rocky road.
Contrary Wife quilt block  made her way to the Log Cabin  that was once her grandmothers home. She saw a golden glow in the distance, over the hill and valley. What was that in the window?   Through the light and shadow of the forest path and stiles, she thought she could see the glow of a jewel box. Could this be for her?  She ran to the house. A gingerbread man who was adjusting his bow tie opened the door, his contrary wife in the background.
Path and Stiles Quilt block A Quiltbug Quilted Halloween Story"Welcome, welcome!" he cried. "You have come just in time! We are about to go on a trip around the world and we need someone to watch our treasure!" He thrust a treasure box in her hands, picked up a nosegay and began a square dance. thought this was very odd behavior indeed, but her attention was distracted by a puss in the corner. Before she could say jack in the box, the man and his wife had twirled out the door, looking for all the world like spinning tops.
Puss in the Corner Quilt Block Stunned, sat heavily in a chair and opened her prize. Inside was a cracker box, baby blocks, a jar of baby food and a toy fish. "That’s odd", she thought. "I wonder what these are for?" Just then, a baby crawled in to the room and started to cry. "It’s going to be a very long winter", she sighed. Then she brightened. It seemed she had a family after all.
Halloween Quilt Garden MazeGarden Maze Quilt Block


Use these blocks to make the quilt to the left. 

If you have read this far, you deserve a Halloween Crown!


by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats 
and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Jenny JosephWhen I am an old woman, I shall wear purple


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