Monday, October 8, 2012

My day on hop...Leafs me happy Day #7

Welcome to my stop on the hop!
 
 
I want to send HUGE thanks to our lovely cheerleader, Cherry, the wonderful hostess of this hop and to our favourite head cheerleader, Madame Samm.  Thanks to each of you for leading us, inspiring us and cheering us on! 
 
What have I sewn to share?...The first block I'm sharing is one of several newly sewn blocks...it is being added to ones I sewed  earlier this year... ( for a quilt started from leftovers).  I've been waiting months to gather just the right fabrics to help me finish this quilt.   Thinking about what blocks I could make for the blog hop, I soon realized that I had a perfect fall coloured project already started...plus, I had just acquired a few more orange fabrics... meaning this would be the perfect time to add a few more blocks towards finishing.
 
  I'm sure you'll agree, the design of this block is quite simple, but wait until you see what happens when you make several of them and start playing with a layout.
 
 
Orange Twirl ...12.5" block


See how this block design is dependent upon selecting different values (for contrast)?   I'm now up to 20 blocks on my design wall (some aren't completed in this photo... plus there's definitely a couple I will be changing.  Nothing like a design wall to let you see whether a single block or layout is good or not! lol)




"Leaf me" Twirling Quilt (possible layout...)


The next couple of blocks have me excited to share because I tried a technique I've been wanting to do for ages. 
  At this stage, the applique pieces are merely spray basted in place onto a 12.5" background piece of brown corduroy to get things started (stitching them down comes later as you will soon see why...). Corduroy?  Yes!  It's a fine wale cord, so it's super soft and sews similar to quilting cotton.  I wanted it for the texture it adds and for how yummy it looks with orange. :o)
12.5" Falling for Plumpkin block
 
I know the blocks look pretty ordinary at this stage... but if you look close at the pumpkins you may notice something odd about them (no, I'm not referring to their less than symmetrical shape... ;o).   Look closer... do you see stitch lines and slash lines (probably easiest to see on the applique in polka dots, above)?
 

There is a good reason why I sewed all those diagonal lines and cut between them. 
 
 
I made chenille! 
I used 4 different values in orange fabric to make each applique so that once the cut edges were washed and frayed, you would see contrast.
Now the pumpkin appliques have lots of texture and variations in colour.   I simply combined scrappy patchwork to frame the appliques, so the finished pillows are a mixture of bright fall colours and cozy texture. I'm so pleased with the results!   Is it any surprise that I've named these "Plumpkin Pillows"? lol 
 
"Plumpkin" Pillows ;o)
Scrappy patchwork in fall colours + soft corduroy + chenille = cozy fall decor!
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.  I hope you've enjoyed your time here. Know  that you're welcome back anytime!  Now you best be on your way to visit these lovely ladies, you don't want to miss any of the wonderful creations they're sharing...  Happy hopping! 
 
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81 comments:

  1. There is nothing wrong with corderory and just love the plumpkin pillows! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Your pumpkin pillows are sew awesome
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful works
    Britt-Inger in Malmö Sweden

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  3. Loving that orange quilt in the making! Looks so good on the design wall.

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  4. And again you did it..... You made a beautiful block!!!!!

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  5. Your pillows are very cute, but I really love your twist quilt blocks!

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  6. Your quilt is going to be incredible! It looks gorgeous. I think I fell in love with your pumpkin pillows, they are absolutely awesome!

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  7. Your projects are wonderful! Well done!

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  8. Love learning new things! Will have to check out the corduroy on my next shopping trip!

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  9. Great project. SUch inspiration. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  10. Your chenille is gorgeous and the use of corduroy is brilliant! I have a similar piece in my stash and have been wondering just what I could do with it - I love the texture of it. Thanks for the idea! blessings, marlene

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  11. What a great technique! and it makes for terrific pillows. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I love that twist quilt, I'm looking forward to seeing it finished. Your pumpkins are great, what a fab idea! I love corduroy!

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  13. Love your projects and the fun plumpkins :)

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  14. Love the pillows AND the great quilt.

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  15. Wellll dearest Kathleen, pumpkins was our flavour today..I even snuck in a piece of pumpkin pie for breakfast...oh yes...and I sat here and enjoyed YOUR view, our view with Autumn splendor...

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  16. very very cute use of the chenille!

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  17. I absolutely LOVE the snail's trail blocks. That is going to be a gorgeous quilt!!!
    The pumpkins are adorable! Great idea to chenille them and put them on courduroy! You're so smart!
    Great job!

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  18. lovely quilt...and great pillows

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  19. What a beautiful quilt! And I love your pumpkins!! The corduroy is a fabulous choice.

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  20. Chenille and SnailsTail--Look Beautiful! Thanks For Sharing

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  21. Love the orange swirl quilt! And fuzzy pumpkins look so cudly. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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  22. I love the orange quilt, it has always been one of my favorite blocks. I really need to make one.

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  23. Pumpkin pillows! How original!!! LOL! Hey it works! They are wonderful! I like the texture in them like that. Great visual and feel to them. Great job!
    hulseybg@gmail.com

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  24. I have never tried corduroy on a quilt before but it is perfect for your pillows. The chenille pumpkins are great for those pillows too. like your orange snail trails.

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  25. Gorgeous pillows. Thanks for sharing

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  26. Wow......you sure gave us a feast for the eyes! Lovely blocks.

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  27. Oh I love the orange twist!!! Love it!!! Love it!!! Your pumpkin pillows are adorable and what a great technique!! It looks so pretty!!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

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  28. These are sew sweet!
    Thank you for sharing :)

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  29. Those pumpkins make me want to hug them to my chest and curl up in a cozy ball. Great job! Never thought of using fine wale corduroy - I may give that a try!

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  30. Your pillows are CUTE!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Very very cute!!! I've always wanted to try the chenille technique. It looks fun! And the snail's trail design is one of my favorites! It's so happy in orange!!!

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  32. I have been meaning to make a quilt with that pattern. Also, I love what you did with the pumpkins.

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  33. I just adore your pillows...they are just plan beautiful, you do great work.

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  34. Adorable.. I love the pillows and so creative

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  35. That is a fun idea. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  36. I love your pumpkin cushions!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  37. Love your orange swirl block-OMG a quilt, swirling oranges, reminds me of food and I'm not even hungry! Your pumpkin pillows are very seasonal. From California, thanks for sharing.

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  38. Love your fall pillows. Great job Thanks for sharing with us.

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  39. Wow these are fabulous - I havent seen this sewing technique before I will have to give it a go! Thanks for sharing.

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  40. These are just beautiful.Thanks for sharing!!

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  41. Rosemary B here:
    Awwww I love your projects, Nice quilt blocks, I like that pattern and fabulous pumpkin

    Thank you so much for sharing

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  42. Thanks so much for sharing. Very nice!

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  43. Katherine,
    I love your creativity. Your cozy pumpkin pillows have me wanting some of my own. Nothing like a bit of corduroy and pumpkins to make a girl happy. Thanks for the inspiration. janita

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  44. Love your plumpkin pillows...so cute!!! TFS

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  45. All your projects are amazing. Love them.

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  46. Love your quilt and pillows!!! Fall is busting out at your house!!!

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  47. What wonderful blocks! I love the quilt in progress. Sure hope we get to see the finished project.

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  48. Love your pillows, so different! Thank you for sharing

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  49. It has been so long since I made chenille...thanks for reminding me of how nice it is! The texture and colors are wonderful! I also really love the orange twirl block and the patterns that emerge when pieced together. Thanks for sharing.

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  50. Oh I love those pillows , isn't chenille fun to do :-)

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  51. Chenille is on my "to do" list! Your pumpkins are so pretty and the chenille technique is perfect for a Fall project!

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  52. You do love texture and it adds so much zip to your blocks. Great idea to make chenille - the shades of orange really look great. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Great pillows Katherine!! I love it:)

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  54. Love the twist block. It'd one I want to try.
    Love the texture of your pumpkin pillows. I've never tried chennille before.....to do list!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  55. Pumpkin pillows look awesome. Also love the snails trains blocks. Happy Fall.

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  56. Love your blocks!! Thanks for sharing with us!!!

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  57. What a good idea! Your plumpkin pillows look very comfy and pretty.

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  58. Your pillows are great. I love faux chenille, and have made quite a few blankets for baby showers with the technique. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. Boy those pillows look comfy! Love to snuggle up to them on a chilly Fall afternoon with a cup of cocoa and a book! Thanks for sharing with us :o)

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  60. Love the pumpkin pillows. Like the layout also of the fall coloured quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  61. Your pillows are so cute. Thank you for sharing.

    My giveaway is still going on over @ The Learning Curve, http://jeannegwin.blogspot.com/2012/10/leafs-me-happy-day-3.html Come one - Come all and enter to win 6 FQ's of fall-ish fabric, you have until midnight Wed, October 10 to enter.

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  62. Cool technique to make the chenille! Pillows are lovely!

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  63. Sweet pumpkin pillows! Love your technique. Love the fabric for your quilt. Lovely show today. Just leafy...Judith, Texas

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  64. I love that look! You were so creative with those pumpkins--very nice!

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  65. Very, very nice pumpkins. I love the feel of corduroy and especially fine wale. It is so soft and cuddly. When I don't feel good I like to hold a pillow to me. There is something very soothing about it. The two pillows are adorable. You are very creative. Thank you very much for taking time to participate in the blog hop. Your sharing helps others to be inspired. You are very generous to take time to take time in this busy, busy world to share of your creativity with others. You will be richly blessed.

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  66. I love your pumpkin pillows. Thanks for sharing.

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  67. your pillows are so very cool. Thanks for sharing.

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  68. Beautiful projects and love your pumpkins!

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  69. Wow! Very beautiful! I love the chenille pumpkins! I'm going to Google that technique now to learn more about it! Thanks for participating & inspiring us today!! I'm a new follower!

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  70. Very cool technique! Your pillows turned out wonderful!

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  71. Your quilt blocks look amazing and your plumpkin pillows are to die for! Thanks for showing how you put them together. :)

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  72. super quilt! Perfect colors. Your pumpkins are beautiful as well.

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  73. Hiya! Your quilt blocks look fabulous. And the pumpkin pillows are adorable, just love them. Thank you for sharing with us. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  74. I love the contrast in the textures of the coudroy fabric and the cotton prints. The fraying edges will add yet another feel to you blocks. I think your "twirling quilt is stunning.

    Sincerey,
    Tricia

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  75. what lovely work! thank you for the inspiration!

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