Tuesday, October 30, 2012

November Blocks

It's time again for two more blocks. This month the first block is comprised of four traditional blocks called "Geese in the Corner". This block is foundation pieced and is a fun and easy block.
 The second block is a fairly basic leaf block. I've arranged them so the look as if they are swirling in the wind. I used the polka dot because in November in this part of the country, we often have a mix of falling snow and falling leaves.
Click here for the instructions. 
I hope you enjoy these blocks! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Costume

I just finished this Halloween costume for my older grandson Max. He wants to be a chef this year. He is a dedicated cook in his toy kitchen.
I'm really pleased with how this turned out!
Did you know that you can download Simplicity patterns. I didn't, but after going to the store and finding out the pattern cost about $15 and wasn't on sale, I came home and checked their website. It was available for $5 there. Just one warning however, it took 87 pages to print the whole thing out and a while to assemble the pages. I used the fast draft setting on my printer and ended up with a very useable pattern. So I'm pleased and in all fairness there are six different costumes in the pattern.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

What I'm Working On...

I've been sewing on some projects that I can't show you on the blog yet. They are all slated for future posts. I've also been working on a stocking for my younger grandson and I can share my progress there.
  I'm determined to have this finished by Christmas so I working every chance I get. No more lazing in front of the TV! 
Here's a picture of  a socking, from the same pattern, that I made for my husband a few years ago.
 You will notice the colors are quite different. I always feel that the colors required are just suggestions and feel free to change to please myself or the recipient. The pattern is from Donna Kooler's Ultimate Stocking Collection. This book is full of fun patterns.
Oh, I just can't resist...here's a sneak peak of one of my projects. The whole project will be coming in the Holiday Lane Blog Hop coming Nov. 21 through Nov. 30th.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Leafs me happy Day Four

It's day four of the leafs me happy...my day. My block is called Autumn Breezes. It is 12 1/2 inches square and is foundation pieced. 
 While I was designing this block I decided to design and make a wall quilt as well. Things were going really well. I was able to make all the foundations small enough to fit on an 8 1/2" x 11" page so it worked with my printer. I cut out the needed pieces easily. The foundations were easy to sew and fit together well. Then it came time to add the borders and I was missing the cornerstones and one of the narrow green borders. Now I'll show you a picture of someone who surely could not be involved in this mystery. Not this innocent little guy!
However the evidence seems to indicate that he may be implicated. I found a mangled, chewed border strip. The cornerstones have not been found and it must be assumed he ate then. This is not the first time and luckily they are small enough to travel though his digestive system. I cut a new border and cornerstones and was able to finish the top. 
This wall quilt is 27 1/2" square. I plan on binding it with the rust fabric. If you would like to make your own Autumn Breezes block or wall quilt, you can download the instructions here. Be sure to check out the other blocks!

Thursday 4
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