It’s time for the Fall Blog Hop!! Today is the first day!
The lined up bloggers are as follows:
So make sure to visit each one for some great Autumn inspiration!
Look at this goodness from Sheri
Click on the picture and go straight to the tutorial!!
Is it Friday yet? Felt like it on Tuesday!! Here we are for another Block Party and this week’s block was easy to choose, I cheated!
Well, not really but I am double dipping. I mean “too much of a good thing is wonderful!” or so Mae West used to say. If you’ll recall from last week. I was totally smitten with this whole notion of reading (I am a librarian by profession) and quilting combined. Read more about this club here or at Starwoodquilter
Well, I bought my books for the rest of the year and am really enjoying this quilting novel called The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs. (Quilting novels, who knew?)
In this club, she selects books that go with the novel, see options here
. So from those I chose the one I wanted to do and that’s how I came up with the block for this week’s party. The names and how they correclate with the story is amazing. Since blocks have so many names it must be fun finding a match.
PLOT: Since the mom and the daughter are on a road trip to take her to college,
this week’s block is called “The road most traveled.” But in the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt
it’s called Hovering Hawks with different color placement.
Although this block below, from Civil War Quilts
with the same name of Hovering Hawks has an entirely different layout. “Hovering Hawks can symbolize foraging soldiers on both sides. Hawks are predators that keep a hawk-eye out for a breakfast of smaller birds and rodents, so one can see how their name was appropriated for predatory scavengers during the Civil War.”
If you’ll notice the first block piecing includes tiny triangles and a wider band on the corners and minute triangle piecing. Yikes! But guess what? I just drew on the pattern and made it all with half square triangles. Apparently everything is made simpler using HSTs. And that’s how I did it, see?
I love red, white and blue!
This month’s giveaway is a charm’s pack from the Fat Quarter Shop. Thanks to some of our giveaway sponsors.
You have until the end of the month to link up with any block you are working on, we’d love to see it, or leave a comment to be eligible to win! Thanks for coming to the party!!
That’s the name of this super easy and fun pattern from Camille Roskelley’
s book Simply Retro
. It’s the next project on the Quilt Along hosted by Jana, hop on over to her blog
and see what other people have made. We are almost done with the book!!
I opted out of making a full quilt since I already have done one baby quilt and I am working on another baby quilt and one full sized quilt, both from this book.
So I decided to make a pillow using these Kate Spain Fat Quarters I got this summer.
And I used some “word” fabric full of Christmas cheer, I already had for the back.
Wondering what that flap is for? It’s a zipper cover.
I used to be a Zippophobe
(to use the word from The Patchsmith, Amanda
.) It means “someone who has fear or anxiety at the thought of inserting, installing, attaching or assembling a zipper into any type of sewing project
So yep! I finally faced my fear and did a zipper, I used Amy’s tutorial
from her blog Amy Made that!
It was really a cinch! I think I am going to buy zippers in bulk now! : )
So I have two great Christmas pillows ready for December.
It’s time to start cranking out more Christmas Crafts.
Change. It gets a bad rap. People run from it. People rather stay in their situations and be miserable because they are afraid of it. It keeps us up at night and gives us stomach troubles but it’s really inevitable. Without change, you’d still be dating Mr. Wrong. Without change, you’d still be drinking milk in a bottle. Without change, you’d still be rotary dialing instead of texting on your phone. Without change,
it would be hot in Miami the whole year. Okay, you get the picture. Change is good and although we may resist it, kicking and screaming, it’s usually good for us, generally speaking. It opens up opportunities, closes doors we shouldn’t go through, etc…
This is one of the “inspirational” messages I have in my craft area. It’s an illustration from Mary Engelbreit that really speaks volumes in its simplicity. This can mean forgetting, forgiving or moving forward but it definitely means something is going to change. And it starts with “self.”
As I look at it everyday, little by little I just started adding words of things in life that we can do better without: things that stunt our growth, retard success and keep us dwarfed emotionally. Feelings that oppress us, lies we accept and poisons we may sip daily. Things that steal our joy and ruin our dreams. I don’t want any of it!
Think about it. What’s holding you back? A new beginning is on the horizon, set yourself free!