Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Leafs Me Happy Blog Hop

Today is my turn on the Leafs Me Happy blog hop organized by Cherry from Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio and Madame Samm from Sew We Quilt.
We were asked to make an unfinished 10.5 or 12.5 block using any fall fabric.  To start, I went through my stash and grabbed all my autumn-y fabrics.
I sat staring at the fabrics waiting for inspiration but since my sewing time is limited to my baby's nap time, I figured I needed to just start something so I went to my old standby and started with a quilt-as-you-go log cabin.

Which I then turned into this little zip pouch.


I then thought that maybe I would make an autumn table runner so I took out some linen and started making HSTs.  Here is what the block would have looked like:
 
However, I decided to add a row of sashing between the zig zags since I thought it needed to be wider.
Unfortunately, my seams are totally off and I'm not sure how I feel about the row of sashing.  Now I'm thinking I might want to make three rows of zig zags but I'll need to get more linen before I can do that so for now this is a WIP.  It is probably better for me to put it away for a few days anyway so I can come back with fresh eyes before I start ripping out the seams.
We were also supposed to name our projects- I enlisted my 9 year old and she named the QAYG block - Fall Time Apple Picking since there are a few apple fabrics in the mix and for the zig zag quilt - zig zaggity zig.  So, I'll stick with those!
Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out the other bloggers posting today for this fun hop and click here to enter the giveaway from Tactile Fabrics for a beautiful fat quarter bundle of Art Gallery Fabrics.

Linking up my small finish (zip pouch) to TGIFF which is being hosted at Better Off Thread this week.

109 comments:

  1. Love the colours in both pouch and zig zag. Orange is such a happy place :)

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  2. I love all these fall colors! Autumn is my favorite season. Adorable zipper pouch and great quilt. Linen is perfect for a fall quilt and looks so great against orange!

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  3. Love the fabrics you chose and that little zip pouch is adorable! The linen really looks great with your zig zags! TFS

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  4. Finding time with little ones is a trick..I love how you made the block into a little zip pouch - very clever. New and fresh eyes will get the zig/zag straightened out. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Love the pouch! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Love the little pouch and the fabrics look great with the linen for the table runner.

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  7. Love both your projects and don't worry about the wonky seams just quilt it on top and nobody will notice! thanks for sharing your projects!

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  8. The zig zag is a funny idea. It would be a nice table runner. Like the colors :)

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  9. Oooh I love both of them and think the wonky seams look fine - however I am my own worst critic and think you are doing the right thing by putting them to oneside for a few days - when you look at them again and if you still arent happy then change them but if you are more relaxed about it then go with as they are - dont forget that they are handmade with love however they turn out! thanks for sharing.

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  10. I love both your project but your pouch is a little darling. And the zig zag such a funny idea. I think i have to make me one too.
    And dont worry about the wonky seams, no one will notice when you have quilted it.
    Thanks for sharing
    Britt-Inger in Malmö, Sweden

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  11. I love your WIP! I think the sashing really makes the colours pop (even more)! Lovely pouch too. By the way, I couldn't see any seems going of! Well done.

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  12. Really love those colours and especially the pouch. Straight line quilting is very effective. I agree about the seams, especially as you are giving it to somebody.

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  13. Great fabrics! and I love both projects - especially the pouch!

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  14. Both of your projects are great! Your pouch is so cute...who doesn't love a new pouch? Will we see the finished product sometime later?

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  15. I like them both. And I do like the zigzag with the sashing.

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  16. I love the mind of a 9 year old! Such fun to have one close at hand to assist with creating names for your projects!! :) Do they ever get elbow deep in the creative process? I can only imagine what wonderful creations that would come!!! :D

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  17. Both your projects are lovely. thank you for sharing.

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  18. Great fall colors, great designs for both blocks! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Lovely, lovely fabric pics and the zip pouch is gorgeous, well done

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  20. Your blocks are great and I love that pouch!

    Don't be too hard on yourself on the tablerunner.. :)

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  21. Great pouch and I like where you are going so far with the runner. The colors are fantastic together.

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  22. I love both of your projects! The colors certainly say "fall" to me!

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  23. I really like your zig zag runner. It's so simple yet eye catching! Beautiful job!

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  24. Love your zig-zag runner. The linen is a great choice to show off all those nice bright colours.

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  25. Yum, FMF fabric, great choices...love your pouch :)

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  26. Great color choices and nice name picked by your daughter.

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  27. Yum, FMF fabric, great choices...love your pouch :)

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  28. Yum, FMF fabric, great choices...love your pouch :)

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  29. Love the fabric combinations in Fall Time Apple Picking! Beautiful. It is really cute as a pouch. Thanks for sharing today!

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  30. Excellent names!! She chose well. I like the ziggity zagity zig table runner. I really need to get in gear and make myself one of those for the fall.

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  31. Beautiful projects! I love that you made the log cabin block into a pouch. The linen looks great with the zig-zag colors! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

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  32. Great projects - love the pouch and your zig zag WIP looks fabulous!

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  33. love the name and I think the sashing should be a different color linen.. but I really like it.

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  34. Very nice! I really like zig zag quilts and orange is one of my favorite colors.

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  35. Wonderful projects and I love the quilting on your little pouch! Great work!

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  36. What fun -- and what great fabrics you chose! And I love the name -- tell your daughter she gets an A++ for naming skills!! :)

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  37. Yes there is no doubt about it..YOU is feeling fall..and that makes me and everyone here very happy..sew glad to have you on our hop..YOU is amazing..

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  38. Very cute! Love the runner :)

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  39. I love the name! The runner will be cute when it's finished. Great fabrics!
    hulseybg@gmail.com

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  40. The little pouch is just so cute! I love it!
    The runner is wonderful and looks so modern and fun.
    xx

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  41. Great projects...love the fabrics!

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  42. Love the colors AND the names. How clever to make a zip pouch; I've never known what to do with single unfinished blocks (I don't need any more pillows!), now I do!

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  43. Great projects.Like the block being made into a bag.Thanks for sharing

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  44. Hi Beth-I see we both like bright colors. Your little zippered pouch is very cute and that table runner is jazzy! I also noticed your fantastic crocheting. I crocheted a blanket to cover our king size bed that reminds me of your granny square project(s). Another fun craft you and your daughters can do together is Macrame. I made plant hangers, belts, necklaces, earrings-it's fun, too. Or needlepoint is also very versatile, particularly using plastic canvas. From California, thanks for sharing and have fun and enjoy your little girls while they are young as they grow up too fast.

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  45. What a fun block, I luv the little pouch. A finished project, great job, thanks for sharing in the blog hop....happy stitching, Pauline

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  46. Thanks for sharing. Really enjoyed your blocks!

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  47. The little pouch is adorable, what a great idea. Thanks for sharing all.

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  48. I love your log cabin quilt as you go. I have heard of this technique but never did it. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. What fun things you made. I can't pick a favorite.

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  50. Both projects look amazing!!! Love them!!!!

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  51. What a great zippered pouch - I haven't tackled one of those yet but I love them. And I really like your zig zag table runner - perfect for fall. blessings, marlene

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  52. Love the pouch. It looks like a great project for Xmas. Thanks for sharing

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  53. I sew the same way sometimes. Get so far and then just stop for one reason or another. I like the fabrics :)

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  54. Lovely! I think your zigzags look perfect!

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  55. Very cool pouch...how do you do your quilt as you go square.....

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  56. I love log cabin blocks and you using it to make the pouch is a great idea--love it! As for the zig zag runner, we are our worst critics and are quick to see our errors. The colors are beautiful and I'm sure it will be amazing when you finish it. :O)

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  57. Great projects , the little pouch was a terrific idea and those zig zags are very modern :-)

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  58. Love your zig zag table runner...what's off? Can't see it from the pictures - I think you did great!

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  59. Love your little pouch. Your zip zag will come along in time.

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  60. What a neat little pouch, very nicely done!

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  61. Love your fall colours and your projects are great. I love the zigzag,,may have to try that.

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  62. your modern block and table runner are perfect for fall.

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  63. Looks like it wants to keep growning in your. Love the fall colors , thanks for sharing
    in stitches

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  64. Your projects are so pretty, and your daughter chose the perfect name! :-)

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  65. Love the pouch and the table runner - you are the Queen of the blog hops ;-)

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  66. Love your little zippered pouch. I am going to give this a try! Thanks for the inspiration and cheering everyone on.

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  67. Very colorful, love the little pouch. It's always nice to have a helper when it comes to naming projects. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  68. Rosemary B here:
    Oh I love your creations! really cute fabrics!
    thank you for sharing your creativity

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  69. The zippy pouch is beautiful and I think another row of zigzags would look great - odd numbers of things always seem to work better.

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  70. Hiya ... I love the contrast of the bold prints with the organic look of the linen. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  71. You gals are just having too much fun with your blocks. They seem to be morphing into other nice things.

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  72. I like how you turned your block into a zippered pouch. I need to try one of those some day. Good names from your helper too! Thanks for sharing.

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  73. love your projects, just wonderful!

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  74. Your pouch is very cute and I do like your zig zags. I agree that I'm not that crazy about your sashing in between but that's the way of quilting. Sometimes we do something and our best intentions just don't work out. I made a slice and dice quilt recently and am just not happy with it - I think it was my color choices. :( Thanks for sharing.

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  75. Love the zip bag and all those half square triangles. Great fall colors.

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  76. Love your sweet little zip bag and the half square triangles will look perfect on your table. Feels like autumn. Thank you for sharing Beth...Judith, Texas

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  77. Hi! I love the runner!
    I'd suggest taking out all the sashing strips, then you can cut those up, make smaller HSTs, maybe alternating with the sashing blocks if needed to fill in space. Even if you only have enough fabric for a middle row, they would be smaller, but would look great!
    then you could do sashing with a complementary fabric!
    Best of luck to you no matter what you decide!
    The zippered bag is great too!
    Take care, Leslie

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  78. The little zipper pouch is darling!

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  79. Cute little pouch...neat idea. I think I would take out the sashing also. Thanks for posting.

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  80. Love the pouch! Do like the zigzag effect, but maybe without the sashing, also. Or if they are properly lined up might be better, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  81. Love all the fabrics! Both projects are wonderful.

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  82. These are so cute, Beth! I love those colors and prints together. That pouch is adorable!

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  83. Both projects are lovely, thanks for sharing.

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  84. I love the autumn colours, you really capture what I love about this season - OMG and all the comments you received!

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  85. Both projects are lovely! I love the colors. I didn't even noticed the seams until you mentioned it.

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  86. I love the zig zag, looks great to me.

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  87. Sweet little pouch! The linen paired with the autumn colours is fab!

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  88. Hiya! I love the little pouch, so darling! I think the zigzags look fine as is, but 3 rows would probably look good too (sorry I'm no help). Thanks for participating and sharing, have a great weekend. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  89. I love your little pouch. Those fabrics are great!

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  90. Adorable little pouch! I often have to leave a project "stewing" overnight and come back with fresh eyes the next day!

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  91. Love the pouch! Thanks for sharing.

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  92. Your fall colours are great! I love orange with linen and I think the zigzag runner will look great.

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  93. I'm just drooling over your fabric choices and the beautiful blocks you made with them. I have a serious weakness for scrappy and projects with linen.... sigh... Absolutely gorgeous!

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  94. Great fabric choices. They are perfect for fall.

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  95. Love the little pouch! Thanks for sharing and good luck on figuring out what you'll do with zig-zaggity-zig!

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  96. Those fabrics are so perfect together.

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  97. very pretty thank you for the inspiration!

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  98. Love the zipped pouch. I like your zig zag colors, but prefer it without the sashing.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  99. Beth, those colors are perfect for the Fall. Cute pouch!
    You are right - sometimes a little break is needed before the frogging begins!

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  100. Love the fall colors! I miss seeing those oranges and yellows on the leaves out here. No one will notice a couple little off seams except you, but it is always good to step away for a bit and come back with a fresh eye. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

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  101. Well, I am finally able to respond (darn computer issues)to the very talented Bloggers while participating in this Blog Hop. Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your post and will be a Following along with you through Google. Thanks For Sharing

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  102. Hi Beth, I just saw this post and I love all the fabrics you threw together for the little zip pouch! Scrappy fabric choices always give the eye so much to take in. Nice to take my mind off the Endless Winter of Small Sicknesses we've been having in our house!

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