The Giveaway is closed. But please enjoy the free pattern!!
The wonderful Michelle at Quilting Gallery has been giving us a walkthrough to these amazing blocks! In her words…
“Over 15 weeks, 45 designers will create 12″ blocks for the Glorious Autumn Block Party. These blocks will be featured, three per week, on the Quilting Gallery site starting September 4th. In addition to the blocks, there will be Super Deals for Quilters from our favourite online retailers. Be sure to check each designer’s post, as many will be offering give-aways on their own site that everyone can participate in.”
My bio with some cute pics is on The Quilting Gallery‘s main page.
And now it is MY turn!! Here in SW Louisiana, teal season has already opened. Duck and goose seasons will open shortly. The hunters around here get up before the sun, and sit in their blinds (usually freezing their patooties off) and wait for the sun to rise. This is my representation of a goose in front of the sunrise.
The base of the block is easy, but tedious. I used 1 inch squares to make a bargello-ish block. Took me a WHILE, but they all came from the scrap bin. Leftovers from strips sets, bits from squaring up quilts, etc. I sat down and picked out 14 shades. This was what I had the first time.There was WAY too much pattern. Soooo, I flipped most of them over!!!! Yes folks, you ARE allowed to use the backside! Doesn’t this look MUCH better?
You will need 1.5 inch strips. I could have used the bargello method-long skinny strips, sewn with strip piecing, etc but I had several pieces that weren’t going to work. Sooooo, bunches of tiny, 1.5 inch squares!!!
I STRONGLY recommend some sort of labeling system. I did not, and the cat decided it made a great resting place. And when she skeddadled, the pieces went everywhere. Thankfully, I had the above picture to reference! Darn cat.
This will take concentration. I recommend a glass of wine, and nobody to interrupt you. LOL I used the EQ mockup to keep my rows in order. You can do one row at a time, or several, or all. That part is up to you. Once you have the 12 rows (sorry-forgot the picture) sew them into pairs.
Then put all the rows together and press VERY well!
The take the template plain duck and create your applique. (Yes, I know it’s a goose. Not sure why I named it duck) I used raw edge with a blanket stitch to hold it down. The pattern is already reversed.
In this picture, I have already added a 2inch border in the darkest blue.
Finish it whichever way you’d like! I added 3 rows of Flying Geese, and a panel for a Welcome sign.
Next order of business, a GIVEAWAY!! I hand picked, especially for YOU, 10 Fat 1/8s.
I visited my local quilt shop, Quilts Bayou, so these are all good, quality quilter’s cottons. Aren’t these yummy? I see another wall hanging, or a bag. Perfect colors for fall!! To win this bundle, tell me what your favorite fall food is. That’s it! No hoops. I’d LOVE if you’d subscribe to my blog, or visit me on FaceBook, or even Twitter. I have Flicker too. And Pinterest! But the ONLY requirements are that you comment below, AND that I have a way to contact you. (I have to re-give away a set of mugrugs from 2 weeks ago, because the person who won hasn’t gotten in touch with me.) A name will be selected no earlier than Friday, October 6, 2012. For those of you who are NOT quilters/sewers/crafters, I offer you this—if you win, I’ll make a table runner or small wall hanging with these fabrics instead. Deal??
It would also be awesome if you’d at least check out the 2 other designers this week. We all worked very hard on our blocks. Sew Joy creations and Harding Hill join me this week. And for the entire list, head to the Glorious Autumn page!
Thank you again for visiting. I really hope you enjoy my block.
peace and pieces,