Quilt Qwazy Queens Day Two

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Quilt Qwazy Queens Day Two

Welcome to Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop Day 2, hosted by Marian at Seams to Be Sew. You’ll find the list of other participants at the end of my post who are also offering daily giveaways. Thank you, Marian, for hosting another brilliant hop.

Our theme this year is UFO’s (Unfinished Objects), you know! Those quilt tops you finished and not quilted yet. Or maybe you haven’t even made all the blocks yet for a complete quilt top.

After much debate with myself about how I am going to show my huge amount of UFO’s, I made the decision to show you ONLY 20 of them, and not all 87!

And to make it easier, I left them all in 1 photo and not 20.

In this photo I have the following UFO’s; Fantastic Beasts 1 & 2, I want to believe, Pink Kitty, Pinstripe Crossing, Star Trek quilt, My Favourite Things, Project of Doom, Signature top, Pinwheel table runner, T Shirt quilt, Ipad Quilt, Place mats, Candlewicking quilt, Fall panel, Camping quilt, Little pink house, Stacked Windows, and Paper Piecing Vintage.

These are the ones, that I had every intention of finishing off this year… what a laugh. This year, is turning out to be just as busy as last year.  But I will persevere.

Please go and visit the other ladies who is posting today, to see what they have been busy with.

FunThreads DesignsElizabeth Coughlin Designs |
| Life in the ScrapatchThrift Shop Commando |

And don’t forget, there is some awesome prizes to win.

The FatQuarter Shop March 15 – 22, 2018
150.00 Gift Certificate

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Aurifil March 16 to March 19, 2018 – Shipping Is International
Aurifil Grunge 10 Spools 50wt – 50.00

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Sewing!

Vanda

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

Don’t forget, besides the prizes you can win each week, there is also a big prize for everyone who posts a finished quilt at the end.

Here are some of the sponsors for the BIG prize that you can win at the end of the quilt along.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

And now for block 10.

This fortnight’s block is a Christmas lantern designed by Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery. You can find the pattern and tutorial for the block on her blog here.

Here is my finished Christmas Lantern block.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

Quilting the block

Below is a couple of close up photos of the quilting on this block.

I started by stitching in the ditch around the lantern.

The blanket stitched around all the applique pieces. You can hand stitch or machine stitch this.

And finally I did from free-motion meandering in the background.

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On
Becca at Pretty Piney
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts <—–That’s me!
Now for the prizes for submitting block 10!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to win these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

Add your link on the linky party at Diane Lomax at Cwilt. If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter the giveaway by posting you block on Instagram with the #iwishyouamerryqal and in the Facebook group – I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along with the #iwishyouamerryqal. I can’t wait to see everybody’s blocks.

Miss a block!

Don’t worry, here they are;

Block 1: direct link to the block 1 post, that has the download link

Block 2: https://www.jandabendquilts.com/home/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-2-christmas-tree-farm

Block 3: http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/2017/08/i-wish-you-merry-qal-block-3-tutorial.html

Block 4: http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2017/8/27/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-4

Block 5: https://poweredbyquilting.com/2017/09/11/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-5/

Block 6: http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-6/

Block 7: http://sandystardesigns.com/2017/10/10/wish-merry-quilt-long-block-7/

Block 8: http://alicesamuelsquiltco.com/i-wish-merry-quilt-along-block-reveal/

Block 9: http://www.snowydaysquilting.com/blog/2017/10/23/i-wish-you-a-merry-quilt-a-long-reindeer-games

 

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Vanda Chittenden

Enter If You Dare Blog Hop Day Two

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Enter If You Dare Blog Hop Day Two

Yesterday started the Enter If you Dare Blog Hop, a Halloween theme.

I had so much fun, making the mug rugs, and wall hanging for this event.

But first!  A big thank you to Marian at Seams to be Sew for planning and running another awesome event. Be sure to visit Marian blog every day to get the pretty awesome patterns she is giving away.

The Bonus Blocks

Ok! yes I am starting this post a little back to front.

Marian asked all the bloggers if they were interested in making some of her bonus patterns to show off during the hop. (The free patterns mentioned above). And I jumped at the chance.

Here is my two that I chose for my day.

This one looks just like a ghost emoji. I think it is so cute. Click on the photo to go to the page where all these patterns are shown.

I chose a black background, as you would see your ghost during the night, and bordered it with a green to match his eye. A super easy applique pattern, I chose to machine applique the pieces to the background at the same time quilting it through the quilt sandwich. I then back stitched the features in the face. You can just make them out in the photos, I do wish I had chosen a darker green.

This one above is a traditionally pieced pattern of Frankenstein. Mostly squares.

I chose to quilt this wall hanging (20 x 20″) in a criss cross pattern, and think it turned out very well.

Click on the photo to go to the pattern page.

My contribution

Alright, I need to confess something here.

Every single hop and quilt along I have taken part in, I have designed something new.

But circumstances in the last couple of months had been against me for this one.

The patterns I am showing today, is both free and new to me. Freshly made, quilted and bound, hot of the presses.

But not designed by me. Both these blocks below can be found free on Fandom in Stitches and is designed by my friend Jennifer Ofenstein, these patterns can also be found on her own website called Sewhooked.

A list of other bloggers during this event.

Wednesday, Oct 18
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt Doodles
Tea Time Creations
Thursday, Oct 19
Tweety Loves Quilting
Patchwork Breeze
Quilt In Piece – this is me
Ms P. Designs USA
Friday, Oct 20
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Maria Magdalena Living Ideas
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Just Because Quilts
Monday, Oct 23
Bumbleberry Stitches
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Pumpkin Patch
Tuesday, Oct 24
Words & Stitches
Seams To Be Sew
Moose Stash
Quilted Delights

The best part – The Prizes

a $75.00 gift certificate,

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Timeless Treasures bundle of fabric.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cost To Ship 7.19 USA / Canada/Europe rates will be given when address for winner is known.
All US Winners bundles are shipped via USPS Priority Mail. No Exceptions.

Blog Giveaway Guidelines

Please take the time to read it.

Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.

You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.

All winners will be announced on October 25, 2017.

You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.

Winners are expected to pay shipping costs for the product they won.

You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don’t do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.

If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.

In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway… do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and…

Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don’t win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.

No purchase whatsoever is necessary.

You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.

You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.

Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.

This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.

Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.

The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.

Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn’t read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.

 

Happy sewing!

Vanda

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Six Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Six Plus Prizes

Don’t forget, besides the prizes you can win each week, there is also a big prize for everyone who posts a finished quilt at the end.

Here are some of the sponsors for the BIG prize that you can win at the end of the quilt along.

And now for block 6.

This block is designed by Sandra Healy http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/shop/.

Fabric selection for this block.

I chose a delicate colors for this block.

Here is my version of the block

Quilting the block

I started by stitching in the ditch around all the squares.

Then change to a applique stitch on the machine, you can also use a satin stitch or hand applique your block.

And stitched all the way around the stars and the angel.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Six Plus Prizes

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Becca at Pretty Piney

Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting

Karen at Tuna Quilts

Now for the prizes for submitting block 5!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to wind these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released. The link to Island Batik is here.

Add your link on Sandra Healy’s blog at http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/shop/. If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter the giveaway by posting you block on Instagram with the #iwishyouamerryqal and in the Facebook group – I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along with the #iwishyouamerryqal. I can’t wait to see everybody’s blocks.

Miss a block!

Don’t worry, here they are;

Block 1: direct link to the block 1 post, that has the download link

Block 2: https://www.jandabendquilts.com/home/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-2-christmas-tree-farm

Block 3: http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/2017/08/i-wish-you-merry-qal-block-3-tutorial.html

Block 4: http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2017/8/27/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-4

Block 5: https://poweredbyquilting.com/2017/09/11/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-5/

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Vanda Chittenden

Beginner Paper Piecing Tips

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Beginner Paper Piecing Tips

Thank you Sam Hunter from Hunter’s design studios, for planning this series of tutorials and tips. There has been some really good reviews on a lot of the tutorials.

Today is my day for some tips on paper piecing for beginners.

A lot of people who think about paper piecing shudder in revulsion or fear. I promise you, paper piecing is not difficult.

There are various skill levels in paper piecing and my tips for today, will be for the very beginner. For those who has never paper pieced before, or is still very new.

TOOLS

The right tools is very important to get a good result with your paper pieced blocks, and will make your life easier.

Here is my favorite tools to use and why they are important.

Self healing cutting mat

Rotary cutter

Quilting rulers

pins

scissors for paper

scissors for fabric

iron

ironing board

add an 1/4 or 1/8 inch ruler

tape or glue

color pencils

card stock or ruler

unpicker

THE PATTERN

When choosing a pattern to make, choose wisely. Start with something simple and easy. Something that consists of 1 piece only. Once you are comfortable with easy 1 piece patterns, you can move on to more difficult patterns, that has multiple pieces that needs to be fit together in the right order.

Take the time to learn and practice with an easy pattern, before attempting the advanced ones, otherwise you will just get yourself frustrated and upset.

Here is an example of an easy pattern.

 

HOW TO MAKE THE EASY PATTERN – STEP BY STEP

Change your stitch length to 1.5. The shorter stitch length will make it easier when pulling the paper off when you are done.

Cut out you paper template on the dotted line, this is where you will trim your block and includes the seam allowance.

The photo sequence that follows will show you how I sew a simple paper pieced block.

Pin your first piece of fabric to the paper. You need to see the lines on the pattern.

Use your little ruler or a piece of card stock, place it right on the line. And fold the paper over to crease it.

Now using your add an 1/8 or 1/4 inch ruler, make sure that the thick part of the ruler sits snugly against the fold on the paper. Depending on your ruler, it will sit over the edge by a 1/4 or 1/8 an inch. This will be your seam allowance. Holding your ruler firmly and keeping your fingers safely out of harms way. Cut the excess fabric off with your rotary blade. If you do not have one of these rulers, you can use your normal quilting ruler, just make sure that the edge of the ruler sticks over the edge of the paper fold.

Place your next piece of fabric underneath the first piece, make sure you line up the two edges of fabric to line up.

Keeping everything in place, fold open your paper, so that you can see the line you will be sewing on. And place your foot and needle, so that you can clearly see the line.

First line done.

It looks like this on the back.

Turn over and fold the second piece of fabric over.

You can either finger press the fabric or press it down. I like to press it with the iron, as it gives a nice crisp look.

Fold over the paper and trim the excess. See when you fold the paper open again, that the edge of the fabric sticks out past the line.

Carry on sewing more lines of fabric in exactly the same way.

But here is a big tip. Look and make sure that the strip you are using is wide enough. See the mistake I made here. I forgot to check, and when I folded the paper over, I saw that I was short by a 1/4 inch.

Meet Bruce the Unpicker.

Ok, checking if it is wide enough. Yep.

Once all the pieces have been sewn, your block will look like this.

Place your ruler on the edge of the paper and trim all the excess of. So that your block looks nice and neat.

Back.

Front.

Taking the paper off.

I hope this tutorial has helped you, in the journey into paper piecing.

ALL THE HOSTS

I hope you follow the rest of the hop as there’s some fantastic content coming your way! BTW, the contributors are from all over the world, so please be patient is everything is not posted at bright and early in your exact timezone! 

Day 1 – August 15 – Sam Hunter: How to spray baste a BIG quilt – www.huntersdesignstudio.com

Day 2 – August 16 – Mandy Leins: Thread Dread: removing stray bits after quilting – www.mandalei.com

Day 3 – August 17 – Nancy Stovall: The Sweet Creamy Filling – www.justquiltingpdx.com

Day 4 – August 18 – Ebony Love: 7 Indispensible feet for your sewing machine – www.LoveBugStudios.com

Day 5 – August 19 – Michelle Freedman: Machine throat plates – www.designcamppdx.blogspot.com

Day 6 – August 20 – Teresa Coates: Edge/Under/Top stitching – www.crinkledreams.com

Day 7 – August 21 – Kelly Cole: Ten ways to regain your sew-jo – www.vintagefabricstudio.com

Day 8 – August 22 – Megan Dougherty: Choose to Fuse: tips for working with fusibles for applique – www.thebitchystitcher.com

Day 9 – August 23 – Kim Lapacek: Tricks to being productive while hauling your kids around – www.persimondreams.blogspot.com

Day 10 – August 24 – Yvonne Fuchs: Circuitboard quilting on Domestic and Longarm Machines – www.quiltingjetgirl.com

Day 11 – August 25 – Sandi Hazlewood: Chain Piecing Quilt Blocks Tips – www.craftyplanner.com

Day 12 – August 26 – Juliet van der Heijden: Paper-piecing with children – www.thetartankiwi.com

Day 13 – August 27 – Maddie Kertay: Fabric folding for any storage solution – www.badassquilterssociety.com

Day 14 – August 28 – Cath Hall: Working with Lawn fabric – www.wombatquilts.com

Day 15 – August 29 – Tracy Mooney: Tips for the perfect seam – www.sewmuchcosplay.com

Day 16 – August 30 – Teri Lucas: How to bury thread – www.terificreations.com

Day 17 – August 31 – Debby Brown: Securing machine quilting knots – www. higheredhands.blogspot.com

Day 18 – September 1 – Flaun Cline: How to put some sparkle in your fabric pull (part 1) – www.ipleadquilty.com

Day 19 – September 2 – Jessica Darling: How to put some sparkle in your fabric pull (part 2) – www.jessicakdarling.com

Day 20 – September 3 – Trish Frankland: A bigger blade really IS better?! – www.persimondreams.blogspot.com

Day 21 – September 4 – Robin Koehler: Tips on how to travel with handwork – www.nestlingsbyrobin.blogspot.com

Day 22 – September 5 – Jane Davidson: How to make scrappy HSTs – www.quiltjane.com

Day 23 – September 6 – Linda Pearl: Low cost tips for organizing your sewing room – www.onequiltingcircle.com

Day 24 – September 7 – Christa Watson – Top 10 tips for quilting on a domestic machine – www.christaquilts.com

Day 25 – September 8 – Sarah Nunes: To Starch or Not to Starch – www.berrybarndesigns.com

Day 26 – September 9 – Suzy Webster: Testing fabric for bleeding – www.websterquilt.blogspot.com

Day 27 – September 10 – Sarah Goer: Machine bind your quilts like a pro – www.sarahgoerquilts.com

Day 28 – September 11 – Vanda Chittenden: Beginner paper-piecing tips (YOU ARE HERE) – www.chittenden.co.za

Day 29 – September 12 – Cheryl Sleboda: Needle threading tips – www.muppin.com

Day 30 – September 13 – Kim Niedzwiecki – Different thread weights and when to use them – www.gogokim.com

Day 31 – September 14 – Sandra Healy: Conquer Your Fear of Machine Appliqué – www.sandrahealydesigns.com

Day 32 – September 15 – Sandra Starley: The Basics of Antique Quilt Collecting – www.utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com

 

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Vanda Chittenden

 

Summer Sensations

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Summer SensationsSummer Sensations

Starting 21 July

What do you think of? When you think of summer sensations or holiday? I think outdoors, walks, green trees and a whole bunch more. What did I decide on for the theme of my quilt? Well you will just have to wait and see. My post day is on 21 July. There is a little hint in my comment above.  Plus there is a whole bunch of other quilt and crafty bloggers ready to share their ideas for this blog hop.

I hope to see you all here and at the other sites, while browsing through all the goodies showing summer sensations.

Here is the full list of bloggers for the blog hop below.

July 21

Quilt In Piece
Moose Stash Quilting
Bumbleberry Stitches

July 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Sally’s Quilts
Life In The Scrapatch
Thrift Shop Commando

July 25

Cloth and Paper Studio
Quilt Doodle Designs
Seams To Be Sew

July 26

Seacoast Quilter
TeaTme Creations
I Can Quilt 2

Please come back and visit my blog on Thursday, I will be making my pattern available to everyone until the end of the blog hop.

A big thank you to Marian from Seams to be Sew for hosting this wonderful blog hop again.

Summer Sensations

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Vanda Chittenden

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Haunting With Joan Today

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Haunting With Joan Today

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Let me introduce you today to Joan Wintersgill. She doesn’t have a blog, so I am showing her project here at Quilt In Piece.

Today, Joan is presenting us with a pattern she made that she got from Janeen’s blog at Quilt Art. She’s made this into a pillow to present to one of her co-workers mother who’s birthday is on Halloween. She lives in England.

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Halloween Haunts Countdown

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The Halloween Haunts countdown has started, 8 more days to go.

I have added the schedule with participants below. And the prize that will be given away to one lucky visitor.

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There is 49 crafty people creating wonderful things for everyone to enjoy.

Here is the full schedule for Halloween Haunts:

On each day below, those blogs will post their items for your enjoyment. I can’t wait to see what everyone has been up to.

Featured Haunts on Friday, October 16
A Stitch In Time
Marjorie’s Busy Corner
Ravelly
Words In Stitches
Quilted Delights

Featured Haunts On Monday October 19
Charm About You
Quilting Affection
Moose Stash Quilting
Gracie Oliver Arts
Kwilt Krazy
Debbie

Featured Haunts On Tuesday October 20
Quilt In Piece  –  This is me!!!!!
The Quilting Queen Online
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Apple Avenue
Quilt Doodle Doodle

Featured Haunts On Wednesday October 21
Tea Time Creations
Grandma’s Stories
In The Boon Docks
Just Because Quilts
Just Let Me Quilt

Featured Haunts On Thursday October 22
Quilt Shop Gal
Jane’s Quilting
U Can Quilt 2
RMS Handcrafted
Everyone Deserves A Quilt
Life In The Scrapatch

Featured Haunts On Friday October 23
Free Motion By The River
Quilt Art
Joan E
It Seams To Be Sew
From This To That

Featured Haunts On Monday October 26
Beads & Birds
Needled Mom
Fun Threads
Pampered Petit
Vrooman’s Quilts
Pam G

Featured Haunts On Tuesday October 27
Tweety Loves Quilting
Sandy
How Art You
Cate’s Place
Feather Your Nest
Why Knot Kwilt

Featured Haunts On Wednesday October 28
Bumbleberry Stitches
Meadow Brook
Sew Many Yarns
In Stitches & Seams
Seams To Be Sew

And the prize!

FatQuarterShop

The Fat Quarter Shop is giving a $25.00 gift certificate for each day of this hop, You can enter at any of the featured sites of the day. Marian from Seams To Be Sew will announce the winner daily, and it will also be featured on any of the blogs that featured the giveaway entry for that featured day.

And a reminder about the Christmas is in my heart blog hop later in November.

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See you all very soon.

PS: Don’t worry Star Trek followers, I have a LOT more patterns on the way. I will not fail you. If you have a specific request, please email me, you should have my email by now, it is on each of my patterns, or leave a comment below.

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Vanda

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Coming In October Halloween Haunts 2015

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Coming In October Halloween Haunts 2015

Halloween Haunts 2015

Starting October 16, 2015

Look out for this blog hop, a lot of awesome designers will be hosting new patterns in various different types of craft.

I will be joining in on this, and can’t wait to get designing on some blocks.

See you soon.

Halloween or Hallowe’en, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.”

According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising”), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercialized and secularized celebration. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although most no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.

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