Monday, October 10, 2016

Blocks to make

   I spotted a sew along for Fall at From my Carolina Home blog.  Each Friday Carole will post a project....do one or all.  She gives a good tutorial on making the leaf block, too.      Here are my first two, done very scrappy with what I found  already cut in the scrap boxes.   I need to dig some more and cut more background pieces.  Good practice for me.





    I added two more blocks to the Let's Book  It project.   On the wall they look good....but here they look too light (bottom right).    
  Studying this block, I can see that color/value placement really affects things down the road in assembly.  I like the light value strips mixed in, but now see that  I can do better in placing them toward the center of block.  I will try again.


Note:  Take photos of your project.  Then view them on the computer screen.  It is easy to spot potential problems that way.
I am willing to show the "good, bad, and the ugly" as a learning tool......but know it is not required.


Quilting is more fun than HouseworkCynthia is hosting a linky party for scrap projects at Quilting is more fun than Housework .  Check it out for inspiration.

 Happy stitching.   

16 comments:

  1. Thank you for the link to 'From My Carolina Home'. I saw the quilt along the other day, then lost it and didn't remember who was doing it. Beautiful leaf blocks.

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  2. I love your leaf blocks. Think I'll head over and check out From My Carolina Home. You are right about the color values in your blocks. Sometimes I use black and white photos to help me see the values. It's so nice to have you posting more often. ~Jeanne

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  3. I love your scrappy floral blocks. Thanks for the links.

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  4. So many fun quiltalongs going on right now. I love your leaf blocks and the soft colors you've chosen. Thanks for the link to the 'From My Carolina Home' blog.

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  5. Those are pretty Maple Leaf blocks!
    I think when we share our "didn't like it" experiences, as well as our "love it" experiences, we all learn. Thanks for being willing share your learning experiences with us!

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  6. Great start on the leaves. I agree with Janet - I like to see the 'ughs' with the 'ohhhs'. We all have them and need to learn from them.

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  7. Thanks so much for the mention, Debbie! Your leaves look great!

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  8. I saw Carole's block tutorial too and pulled some fabric. Thanks for sharing your scrappy blocks with Oh Scrap! this week!

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  9. I really like how the light fabrics in your "Book It" project create a light star/flower/design as a counterpoint to the dark ones. I have made a similar block for a Stash Bee member and have the pattern on my "to do" list. . . .after seeing how the colors work in your picture I think it may become a more urgent project.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

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  10. So good to see you 'back in the saddle', Debbie. You have been an inspiration to us all and I will continue to pray for your continued success in gaining back everything that was lost to you. The will to succeed is a strong one, and I know you can accomplish what you set your mind to.

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  11. Pretty leaves. I particularly like the one on the right. :-)

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  12. The leaves are pretty. I like making leaf blocks. They're kind of fun and a great way to use scraps. It's good to see you sewing again.

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  13. I've started the HST for my leaves but haven't actually sewn any leaf blocks yet.
    I think you need to make a few more pineapple blossom blocks and play with the layout before you decide that the light sides don't work. Glad to see your progress.

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  14. I totally agree with you Debbie, photos have shown me many, many mistakes in my work! Your maple leaves are beautiful and Carole has a great tutorial!

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  15. Fun blocks and lesson learned. Your quilted projects will look great.

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  16. I've always wanted to make a whole quilt of scrappy leaves like that. I was just saying the other day that my cell phone is one of my greatest quilting tools--I had my latest quilt all laid out on the floor but it took seeing it all in a small picture--especially because they're large blocks--to see I had a block turned wrong. I'd like to think I'd have noticed it when sewing it together but better safe than sorry!

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