Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Leaves...

In keeping with my new business practice set forth earlier this week - of sewing for fun on the weekend (and the weekend begins at my house at 3:00 p.m. on Friday) - I have begun to make some maple leaf blocks.  I was inspired by Erin's Indian Summer Maple Leaf quilt shown here.  Erin's tutorial for the block is here.  The fact that I had 7 fabulous maple leaf print fat quarters definitely helped that inspiration move me to jump right in.  Mind you, I have had these fabrics in my 'someday' bin for about 5 years...always meant to be used for a maple leaf quilt.  But, you know how that goes...new ideas and new fabrics and inspiration hitting from all sides...well, those fabrics soon were at the bottom of the box.  That is, until Erin showed her quilt.  Ah-ha!  What fun!  I can do this without buying any fabric! 

When I bought these leaf print fat quarters, I also purchased a multi-colored leaf print to be used as borders...or as backing for a small quilt.  For the background fabric, I am using a neutral print that adds interest without taking away from the leaf prints.  It's a tan on cream print that I have used before and I LOVE it! 

Here is my first block.  The blocks measure 12.5 inches unfinished...
These are super easy to put together.  I am so looking forward to working on this over the weekend.

This past week, I worked on dressing a doll...my first collaboration with the fabulous Cathy.  Did I tell you about that?  Our collaboration?  Don't worry, I will talk about it when I have this first doll completely dressed.  I spent quite a lot of time re-sizing patterns and sewing samples of clothes to see if the patterns needed further revision.  I am good to go with what I have, so by the end of next week, I will have some things to show you.    

Have a great weekend!



"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

6 comments:

moosecraft said...

Oh my! Your maple leaf is awesome! I've always loved the maple leaf blocks... sewing a quilt full of these is on my "list"... along with a bear claw quilt and an appliqued worry basket quilt... *grin*... have a beautiful weekend!

moosecraft said...

Oh my! Your maple leaf is awesome! I've always loved the maple leaf blocks... sewing a quilt full of these is on my "list"... along with a bear claw quilt and an appliqued worry basket quilt... *grin*... have a beautiful weekend!

Farm Girl said...

I love that block. It is just wonderful. I hope you have fun this weekend. How nice you have someone to bounce ideas off of.
Have a lovely day.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Enjoy your weekend fun time.
Great leaf.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Looks great Jacque! Aren't they fun?! Can't wait to hear more about your collaboration with Cathy!

WoolenSails said...

I like the idea of doing a rag quilt with leaves, think it would be fun, but i know I have to start christmas since I am already behind a few years, lol.

Debbie

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