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Fall Has Arrived

Happy Monday!

Fall has finally arrived in our area of Florida.¬† It was wonderful to wake up and feel chill in the air. I do miss having the piles of leaves we had in our yard in Maryland, but I don’t miss raking them!

Hubby had to have minor surgery on Friday so I got to spend the entire weekend sewing ūüôā while he slept.

My family are big football fans especially Big Ten College Football. I finished a baby quilt for friends that are both Purdue graduates.

Quilt Measures 38 x 38.¬† I used¬† 10 inch squares from my Simply Colorful – Yellow layer cake by V&Co for Moda. Some of the blocks are rectangles some squares to match the wonky star in the center. I used one of the prints from the Modern Background – Ink line by Zen Chic for the star and binding. The print of the black fabric has math calculations all over which I thought was perfect since the dad is an engineer.¬† I added a little embroidery “You Are My Sunshine” to one of the blocks.¬† I’m happy with the results.

 

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2017 Wonky Star Finished

 

 

2017 Wonky Star Embroidery

2017 Wonky Star Embroidery

 

My youngest son graduated from University of Michigan and also played football for them- so I am a BIG BIG fan. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I love the maple leaf quilt block, I made a table runner in Blue and Maize — I hope my son likes it.

I used the QAYG technique where you create the block traditionally and quilt each block individually before joining. Below are the individual blocks.

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The finished table runner measures 14 x 68.

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Batik Maple Leaf Table Runner

I quilted with straight lines alternating the direction on each block.

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Batik Table Runner block 3

 

I stitched in the ditch with mono-filament thread on top and matching navy thread in the bobbin to attach the backing.

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Batik Table Runner Back

 

My favorite block ūüôā

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Batik TR CU

 

Of course I made placemats and coasters to match!

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Batik Maple Placemat Coasters

 

Hope you had a great weekend also!

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Maple Leaf Obsession

Ohhh… I sew love¬†the maple leaf quilt block ūüôā

There are several versions of the maple leaf block. I like this one because it’s quick and easy!

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maple leaf batik pillow

This maple leaf quilt block can be made with any color; it can be the actual color of leaves- green for spring and summer or golden brown for fall. You could also make it scrappy with all the leaf pieces being a different color.

My latest maple goodies are:

Hello Fall maple leaf table topper

Maple Leaf Table Topper  Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Size – 24 x 24 inches
  • Fabric – Hello Fall charm pack; Sandy Gervais for Moda
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock Ellisimo
  • Thread – Superior #906 – Autumn Days – a ¬†variegated thread
  • Binding – machine stitched front and back

I love the rich fall colors and whimsical prints in this fabric line. I used a cream fabric for the body of the leaf. The print charm squares were used as the background fabric in the maple leaf quilt block, as well as the border; giving the illusion of a single in leaf in a bed of color.

Maple Leaf Star Wall Hanging

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maple star embroidery

Maple Leaf Star Wall Hanging Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Size – 28 x 28 inches
  • Fabric – Basically Patrick – Sunflower and Lily’s Garden Spice; Patrick Lose for RJR ; Ivory Basics for Windham Fabrics
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock Ellisimo
  • Thread – Aurifil 50 wt – #2026
  • Embroidery – Eat Drink and be Thankful from Embroidery Library¬†
  • Binding – machine stitched to front hand stitched in back

I’m a precut junkie – especially charm packs. ¬†They’re cute and cheap. I’m always thinking of ways to use them in projects and teaching myself new techniques. In this wall hanging I used the prints with fall colors¬†from the two Patrick Lose charm packs and the background pieces from the Ivory Basic charm pack.

I created 4 scrappy maple leaf quilt blocks omitting the stem, rotating each block so that the empty “stem” block went to the center. This created the area for the embroidery. With the remaining charms I created the border.

Maple Leaf Nine Patch Wall Hanging

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Maple Fall Nine Patch

Maple Leaf Nine Patch Wall Hanging Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf and Nine Patch
  • Size – 42 x 42 square
  • Fabric – Kona Solids, Keepsake Calicos and V&Co Simply Colorful
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock ellisimo
  • Thread – Superior #906 Autumn Days
  • Binding – machine stitched to front hand stitched to back

In our foyer I have a great spot to showcase many of¬†wallhangings. I’m using this wall hanging for this month November.

Linking up with Busy Hand Quilts Finished or Not Friday! and Fort Worth Fabrics Friday Frenzy

I love autumn themed quilts and home decor. If you need a little more maple leaf inspiration with pictures and instructions please check out:

Autumn Jubilee from My Carolina Home. I just found this site last week so I was too late to participate in the quilt along.  I have plenty of scraps to make this project later.

Aiming for Accuracy Maple Mini Quilt — free download — excellent written instructions.

Enjoy your day — thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Hello Fall

It’s the end of October, time to pull out my GO BLUE Michigan sweatshirts! We’ve had a couple of chilly days here in MD.

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors of the leaves as they fall to the ground – the deep hues of orange, yellow, green and red are so comforting.

Fall is synonymous with football in our house — my son played football for University of Michigan beginning in 2006¬†and graduated in 2010. ¬†We still follow the team as if he were still playing!

Gotta have some quilty goodness to go along with football — right??

I made this supersized maple leaf quilt last year. Not really large enough to snuggle under but perfect to throw over my legs while watching games on TV and/or reading.

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Maple Leaf Throw

Quilt Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Quilt Size: 50×50
  • Fabric: Stash
  • Quilting: Straight Line using walking foot on my Babylock Ellisimo Gold

I practiced more walking foot quilting with pillows to match the quilt. ¬†The yellow/gold pillow I used a decorative stitch from my machine, the burgundy pillow, I marked a large X and echoed each quadrant. It was my first time using a chalk pencil — I didn’t test it — and it didn’t come out until several washes later.

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2015 maple pillows

 

I love the maple leaf quilt block. ¬†It is a very beginner friendly block — you learn how to make half square triangles (HST), trimming to size and stitching them together so that you don’t lose the points. ¬†The floor rug below was my first attempt — lots, lots of mistakes. Finished is better than perfect right? ūüôā

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If you are interested in seeing a great video tutorial for creating the maple leaf quilt block, check out Amanda from 3and3Quarters.

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