WIP Update

Hello Everyone! Hope you’re having a great week. I have just a few things to share that I’ve been working on this past week.

First up, Moda Block Head Blocks:

 

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Moda Blockhead Number 36

 

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Moda Blockhead Number 37

The Blockhead BOW is getting closer to the end. Only 11 more to go. I have a setting in mind, and have been looking for fabric, but I would like to use a black print that would go with the fabrics that I’ve been using. Most of the black prints are over 5 years old and leftovers from a quilt I made my brother-in-law. I may have to go with a solid.

In my last post, I showed you a few pictures of the Vintage Holiday Mini blocks from the Instagram contest. I have the mini finished, but don’t have pictures of it yet. While I was posting pictures of things that I have made with Bonnie and Camille fabrics and patterns, I posted this picture of a swoon block:

IMG_5373.1Somebody pointed out to me that the part of the block was backwards. I looked at it, and couldn’t see it until I looked at a few earlier blocks,

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Can you see the difference? The white triangle on the corner units should be on the inside, not the outside. I made three of them wrong. I hope to get these fixed by the end of the month so I can show them for the contest. I probably would not have noticed them until I had the whole quilt put together. Then, they would have stayed.

I told you that I was going to see my daughter swim in Melbourne, FL last weekend. It was great to see her swim and we were able to have lunch together a couple of the days. I found four quilt shops to visit one afternoon, so that was fun, then we went to Melbourne Beach and had lunch one day.

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The Atlantic is much prettier in Florida than it is further up the coast. On Sunday, the morning session was over about 11:15 and my flight didn’t leave until 5:30 so I had some time to kill. I drove to Sebastian Inlet State Park and had lunch and spent some time exploring then killed a few hours working on some embroidery for an upcoming month of Jacquelynne Steve’s Art of Home Club. This was my view:

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Lovely to sit there for a few hours. This is a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on,

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I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgivingwith family and friends. We have some outings planned for the next few days ourselves. Thanks for stopping by.

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November Embroidery Finish

Hello Everyone! I have a finish for you today for the 2017 Finish-A-Long. You can find my list here. It’s the November Mini Embroidery quilt from Jenny of Elefantz’s “a year in the garden”.

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I actually finished this several weeks ago, but my computer has been out for repair, so I haven’t been able to blog. The border fabric is from Chestnut Street by Figtree and Co.

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The above picture shows the embroidery a little bit better. I used DMC floss, Aurifloss and Sue Spargo perle cotton. I quilted it with Aurifil 50 wt. cotton.

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Here it is on the background quilt. I love the fall colors. I  haven’t started December’s yet, but I think I will go back to the light background quilt or I might have to do a special one just for December. We’ll see how the time goes.

I have been busy with an Instagram contest using Bonnie and Camille fabrics, #12contestsbonnieandcamille.

These are a few of the blocks. The pattern, Vintage Holiday Mini, is also by Camille of Thimbleblossoms. I just have to bind it. The mini is also this month’s Minis and More project.

MINI_Vintage_Holiday_cover-01You still have time to make it if you want to join in and send a picture to Sherri or Michele.

I’ve also been busy with other things, but I’ll update you sometime next week on those. I’m off to Melbourne, FL (by myself) to watch my daughter swim at her mid-season swim meet. I’m looking forward to some warm weather and maybe a little beach time. I also have that December embroidery to work on while I’m there.

I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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I Love Home Block 4

Hello Everyone! It’s time for Block 4 of Jacquelynne’s I Love Home BOM. This is the last block and next month, we’ll be finishing the quilt. Our sponsor this month is Olfa and they are offering an incredible prize. More at the end of this post.

Now for my block this month:

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This is another great block, but it does have the Half Rectangle Units again. Don’t forget to use Jacquelynne’s tutorial to make them. The fabrics are a mix of Fig Tree’s Coney Island, Chestnut Street and Strawberry Fields Revisited. There are also a few of Corey Yoder’s Sundrops and a few Bella Solids, all by Moda.

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Here is a close up of the applique/embroidery. I didn’t use any new stitches this month, but I did use the chain stitch around the flower centers. Instead of appliqueing the leaves and small hearts on the roof, I made them using a satin stitch.

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Don’t all the blocks look great together? I’m ready for the sashing and borders. I’ve been doing a little planning using Jacquelynne’s color sheets. Have you used them?

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These are two of the designs I’ve been playing with. Is one of these the final one? You’ll have to wait until next month to see what I decided to do. These coloring sheets will also be handy to plan the quilting designs.

Now for the Giveaway this month:

ILoveHomeBOM-NovemberGiveawayThis is an awesome giveaway, I know because Olfa sent all the bloggers the exact same package. I’ve been using mine since I received it. I did wait to put the endurance blade in until I knew I was going to do a lot of cutting in August.

There’s over 500 squares and rectangles in that container. I’ve been using the blade every since and I’ve done a lot of cutting. I will definitely replace this blade with another endurance blade. The mat is also a great size. It folds in half so it’s easy to take to retreats or classes.

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And for me, it fits perfectly by the small table I keep by my sewing machine. No more running to my cutting table to trim blocks.

Now, for the Giveaway.

***Please note that this giveaway is open to US winners only this time, due to shipping costs.

For your chance to win this awesome giveaway, tell me if you’ve kept up with making the blocks and are ready to make Block 4.

Leave me a comment on this blog post by Sunday, November 12 at 11:59 PM EDT. Be sure to check out all the other bloggers to see their wonderful Block 4 and enter on their sites for a chance to win, too.

You can also follow along and post your own pictures on social media using #ILoveHomeQuilt on Instagram and Jacquelynne’s Sew Quilty Friends page on Facebook and on Pinterest.

Thanks for stopping by.

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October Minis and More and 1st FAL

Hello Everyone! Today is the Minis and More Parade for October. It’s also my first finish for the 2017 Finish-A-Long. You can find my list here.

This month’s pattern is Mini Dashing by Corey Yoder. I felt rather ambitious a few weeks ago and started two versions of it. I completely finished one and need to quilt and bind the second.

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You can almost say I made three versions. This is my second try at the Halloween version.  I used leftover charm squares from Deb Strain’s Happy Howl-o-ween by Moda and Riley Blake’s Halloween Crayola Fabric Colors. In the original version, I only used a few of the solids and used two prints for the churn dash blocks.

IMG_5153I liked the pattern, but because I knew I was going out of town, I just picked fabrics for the star blocks and the churn dash blocks without thinking about the color placement. You can see the two purple blocks and the churn dash orange block are not in the final mini. This was all sewn together and I had already taken it apart when I took this picture. I felt it was just too busy, so I made all the churn dash blocks with the Riley Blake solids and took out the purple. I like a little order and I’m much happier with the final version.IMG_5301.1

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This is my Christmas version. I also made one new block for this one. I had an aqua star block where the red star block is in the upper right corner. I would probably have made a few more changes if I had more time, but I wanted to get the border on at least to show for the parade. The fabrics in this version are Sweetwater’s Christmas Tree Farm and Cookie Exchange and Basicgrey’s Juniper Berries all by Moda.

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I used this cute owl print for the back, but I don’t know who the designer is. I’ve had it in my stash for several years. I quilted in the ditch with 50 wt Aurifil Thread. I’m not sure how I’ll quilt the Christmas one yet. Maybe an allover design of some kind.

Make sure you visit Sherri and Michele to see the rest of the Mini Dashing Parade. It’s always fun to see how everyone makes the same pattern their own.

I have a lot of catching up to do this week. I have two Moda Blockheads, plus the new one on Wednesday to make and the Quilting Life BOM blocks for October to catch up on. Going away for a week is fun, but there is always lots to do when you get home.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

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Fall Camping Trip

Hello Everyone! We just got back from our camping trip to Fall Creek Falls State Park near Spencer, TN. This was a new park for us and it was beautiful! We left on Monday and fortunately, the forecast rain came early and we only had a few light showers during out 2 1/2 hour drive. We were able to set up and enjoy a little of the afternoon before more showers and a cold front moved through.

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I will warn you, this post is heavy with photos, but the park and waterfalls were so awesome I hope you don’t mind if I share our week with you.  Wednesday and Thursday mornings, we had temperatures in the low 30’s, probably the coldest we’ve camped in. We just bundled up and cooked our breakfast outside, then took it in the camper to eat. Tuesday and Wednesday were in the mid 50’s, but after the coldest morning on Thursday, the day warmed up to the mid 60’s and was gorgeous.

Fall Creek Falls SP has a nice lake, an inn and cabins that are right on the lake, and golf course. We didn’t have time to explore those areas, but we did drive around the park to try to see it all. For us, the main attractions were all the waterfalls. We hiked between 3.5 and 5 miles each day to see the falls and view the gorges. The trails ranged from pretty easy to strenuous. There was a lot of up and down, and the trails could be rocky and rooty.

On our first day, we hiked from the Nature Center near the camp ground to Fall Creek Falls. Just as westarted out from the Nature Center, we passed the Cane Creek Cascade and went over a long suspension bridge.

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Cane Creek Cascade

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Suspension Bridge over cascades

 

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Cane Creek Falls (right), Rockhouse Falls (left)

We continued to hike along the edge of the Cane Creek Gorge rim, stopping at all the overlooks until we came to Fall Creek Falls.

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Fall Creek Falls

Not a lot of water falling, but still pretty. Fall Creek Falls is one of the tallest falls east of the Rockies

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Base of Fall Creek Falls

The trail to the base of the falls was very rocky and steep. We needed about a 10 minute rest after returning to the top before hiking back to the Nature Center.

The next day, we waited for it to warm up a little, then hiked the Paw Paw Trail. According to the trail map, it looked like a 1 1/2 mile loop. Either we are really bad at reading the maps (not) or the mileage wasn’t marked correctly. It ended up being about 3.5 miles. You hiked up from the Nature Center on the other side of Cane Creek Gorge, then it was mostly flat. It was a cool, but beautiful day.

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Walking through the woods on the Paw Paw Trail

After we finished the hike, we went looking for gas (which there wasn’t much around the park) and ended up driving out of the north entrance and through a scenic windy road through the northern parts of the park and into Spencer. We thought we might find lunch there, but couldn’t really find anything. We ended up getting a bar-b-que sandwich at a gas station/market/hardware store before heading back into the park from the west entrance.

As mentioned earlier, Thursday morning was the coldest yet, definitely low 30’s. Fortunately, it warmed up quickly and away we went. Our hike on this day took us to the Fall Creek Falls parking lot and from there, we hiked the Piney Creek Trail, mostly through the woods, then we took the Millikan’s Trail to the overlook. From the overlook, we walked out to Buzzard’s Roost, a steep bluff overlooking Cane Creek Gulf.

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View through Cane Creek Gulf, looking north

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Buzzard’s Roost

This was as close as I wanted to get to the edge!

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Looking towards our next overlook

You can see in the picture above what some of the rocky bluffs look like. This was the next overlook on the trail. After that one, there was not trail, but we hiked back to Fall Creek Falls on the scenic road, hitting all the overlooks along the way.

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My hiking partner (and hubby) on top of the world

Once we got back to the Fall Creek Falls parking lot, we drove along the scenic road to Piney Creek Falls and had lunch.

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Piney Creek Falls from Overlook

We hiked down to the falls and crossed another suspension bridge. We actually went out to the top of falls, although the trail didn’t look like it was being kept up any more. We had to get down to the creek and walk across the rocks to get to the top. It was worth the walk.

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Top of Piney Creek Falls

My husband was braver than I was, he stood close to the edge to get this picture, I wanted to see down into the gorge, but didn’t want to stand. This was a great way to get a look.

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Piney Creek

 

Piney Creek was beautiful. My husband is a trout fisherman and thought the creek was perfect for fishing. Next time we go, he’s going to look into fishing in the area.

Thursday was our longest day, almost 5 miles of hiking, but it was perfect. When we got back to the campground, we had a surprise. Our empty cul-de-sac now had was filled with vintage RV’s. There was a rally that weekend. Our neighbors were kind and we were able to see the inside of a couple of them.

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Except for the one in the middle, they were all small inside. Very cute though.

We will definitely plan another trip to Fall Creek Falls SP. Maybe when it’s a little warmer and we can do some lake activities. It would also be fun to rent a cabin that’s right on the lake. I hope you enjoyed the travelogue. This is a fun way for me to remember our trips, too.

I’ll be back in a few days with the Minis and More for October. Thanks for stopping by.

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A Quick Check In

Hello Everyone! I wanted to do a quick check in. It’s been pretty busy here and I’m home between traveling. This past weekend, we went to Pensacola to see my daughter’s first home swim meet of the season.

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She’s in there somewhere. They are getting ready for the 1st event, a relay. We had a nice visit even though it was short. Now, we are getting ready for our camping trip to Falls Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee. After the rain and the front goes through, it’s supposed to be the coldest temperatures of the season. We are taking just about every coat we own! It should warm up by the end of the week though.

On the quilting front, I completed another Moda Blockhead Block 32. I’m going to get behind on those again, oh well. They usually only take a couple of hours to make.

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I also made my hexies for the week for the Instagram #100hexies100days2017 with @sewfoxymama.

IMG_5125 The theme last week was the Sky’s the Limit. The first day, I made these 7 3/4″ hexies and plan to make a coaster out of them. For the next 6 days,

IMG_5151I made the five white hexies in the middle and then for the last day, the mug rug was my hexie. The print and star fabric are leftovers from a quilt I made my son about 15 years ago. I hand pieced it together and hand quilted it in the car going to Pensacola.

The other project I worked on last week was October’s Minis and More Parade mini. I was ambitious and thought I would make two. I knew I probably would only get one quilted, but that was okay. Let’s start with the first one:

I wanted to make a Halloween mini just because I haven’t made anything specific for Halloween in a long time. I had these leftover fabrics by Deb Strain for Moda from my last project and thought I could use them. I picked up the Crayola Fabric Colors by Riley Blake during a mini shop hop the week before. Perfect for this project.

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I had the rows all sewn together and something just didn’t feel right about it. Too busy, too something. This picture doesn’t show the original layout because I had already taken some of the blocks out.

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This is what I plan to do now. I hope I can get the new pieces cut out before we leave. Maybe I shouldn’t have used the black and orange dot for the background, but I’m hoping that the solids will be a bit more calming.

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I wasn’t completely happy with the Christmas version either. I counted the black and red block in the middle as red and made three of each color, but I don’t like my colors to touch so I’m going to replace the aqua star block in the upper right corner with a red star. The pattern for this is called Mini Dashing by Corey Yoder. You still have time to get in on the parade. Just get the pattern and make your own, then send it to either Sherri or Michele.

If you’re still looking for a small fall decorating project, don’t forget my Scattered Leaves and Pumpkin Pillow or Mini. It would be a great addition to your fall décor. You can find it in my Craftsy shop here.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

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Scattered Leaves and Pumpkins Pillow or Mini Quilt Pattern

Hello Everyone! I’m excited about a new project I’ve been working on, the Scattered Leaves and Pumpkins Pillow or Mini Quilt.

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I made this after the August Minis and More, Mini Pumpkins mini quilt. The inspiration for making the pillow came from Sherri and Hildy on Instagram. It was fun to make and even though there are some small pieces, it went together quickly. Definitely a weekend project.

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I wanted to make my pumpkins different than the mini quilt, so I set the scrappy pumpkin squares on point. I had played around with this pumpkin design last fall for a pillow, but never got it made. The maple leaf blocks are also simplified. Instead of making them from all squares and HST squares, I made them with rectangles and the flip and sew method. This means less sewing and matching seams!

After I made the top, I liked it so much that I thought I would try to write a pattern. I showed the pillow at my quilt guild meeting and was encouraged by the members to give it a try. So I did. I’ve spent the good part of two weeks writing it and creating diagrams (the hard part).

I’ve listed the pattern on the Craftsy platform and you can find it here if you want to take a look. The Pillow is 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ and uses a standard 16″ x 16″ pillow form and the Mini Quilt is 17 1/2″ x 17 1/2″. I used scraps of orange for the pumpkins and I wrote the directions to use a 5″ square for the leaf blocks because I had some from charm packs I wanted to use.

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I made an envelope back for the pillow and the instructions are included in the pattern.

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Don’t you love the pumpkin? I quilted in the ditch around the pumpkin pieces and the leaves, then free motion quilted a paisley pattern in the background. I added a cute little swirl to the leaf blocks.

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The pillow looks great on my foyer bench. Because this is my only fall pillow, I added my Maple Leaf Log Cabin quilt that I made about 9 years ago from a pattern that was in an issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.

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The top also looks good as a table topper and it would also look good hanging on a wall. The background fabric is Indigo and Cheddar by Nancy Gere for Windham Fabrics. The Pillow Backing is Beauty-Fall by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics and the pumpkin and leaf fabric came from my scrap stash and 5″ charm collection. The binding is orange Moda Grunge.

I hope you’ll go to Craftsy and take a look at the pattern. I have the pattern listed at and introductory price of $5.00 through Monday, after that I’ll be listing it for $6.50. If you make Scattered Leaves and Pumpkins, please send me pictures and I’ll include them in a post.

Thanks for stopping by,

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