Fall is here!

I love Fall.  I think that Autumn and Spring are my favourite seasons.  They are mild in temperature, and they are just so incredibly colourful.  And when I look out my front window, I can definitely tell that Fall has arrived.  Time for pumpkin flavoured everything!

Under the ash tree in the fall

I’ve been plugging away at my Broken Herringbone, making bunches of blocks in spurts and then stopping for awhile again. I love how it’s turning out. I’ve haven’t decided which colour I want at the top and bottom though, to start and finish the chevron rows. Start with orange or start with blue?  I’m hoping to do a 4×5 layout.

MSBHQAL 12 of 20 planned blocks, layout 1

MSBHQAL 12 of 20 planned blocks, layout 2

I need to decide before I can finish it, since I have to make more of the blocks that I start and end with. What do you prefer?

My Road to Fortune blocks (free pattern here) are coming in from my bee mates. 5 have arrived so far, plus my own, so I’m waiting on 6 more. It’s looks like what my head thought it should look like, which is wonderful.

Simply Solids Bee - Aenous - October blocks so far

My stack of finished tops is at 6 right now, so I’m going to challenge myself to not start anything else new until I quilt at least 1 or 2 of them.  I will only be allowed to finish in-progress stuff.  So, nobody start any cool QALs soon, ok?

Edit:  This is post 100!  Woohoo!  Should I have a giveaway to celebrate?

Linking up with the Needle and Thread Network.

Mermaid mini

I uploaded these pictures to Flickr a week and a half ago, and then forgot all about blogging about them.  Oops!  Thing 3 was invited to a birthday party, with Under the Sea being the theme.  Since there was a picture of a mermaid on the invitation, I decided to make a little mini with a mermaid as a gift.

I searched for a pattern, since I didn’t feel like drafting one myself, and came across one from Sewing Under Rainbow as part of the Big City Girl QAL. The block is called the Warsaw Mermaid, and originally had a bridge in the background. I wanted to simplify it a bit since I had a time crunch, so I re-jigged the pattern to take the bridge out.

Simplified Mermaid block

I took my time with the pattern, since it is rather complicated. Actually, it’s the most complicated paper piecing pattern that I’ve ever attempted. But it actually went really well. It did take forever, I estimate about 8 hours just for piecing the block together, but it was totally worth it.

Completed Mermaid mini

The birthday girl’s favourite colour is purple, so I made the tail purple, and the borders and back purple as well. I thought the quilting part of this thing would be the easiest, least stressful part. Not so. While I was doing the free-motion, my thread kept breaking! I tried everything, changing the needle, the thread, re-threading, new bobbin, taking apart the machine and looking for anything inside that might be doing it, and nothing helped.

Completed Mermaid mini

So when I was done the top half, where the water meets the sky, I decided to change gears and use my walking foot for the bottom half and do some wavy matchstick quilting. And then the thread breaking completely stopped! Mr. Apple Pie suggested that the free-motion foot might be the problem, and sure, enough, there was a little burr on the one side of it that was causing the thread to break when it rubbed up against it. I’m really glad I figured out what it was, because I was so frustrated that I was ready to kick the machine to the curb.

Completed Mermaid mini

In the end, it worked out, since the breezy sky is all swirly, and the bottom half has lines like the gentle grades of the beach and the dunes. So all’s well that ends well. And most important of all, the birthday girl liked it!

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Sewing for Stuffies

This weekend something very special and rare will happen in the Apple Pie house.  My husband and I are going on a date!  A pre-planned date!  The things will all be at friends’ houses for sleepovers, and we are going to go out and paint the town red.  We might be really brazen and stay out super late, till 10 o’clock! (And sadly, this is not a joke; we are often home by 9:30 on date nights.)

So, when you are going to a friend’s house for a sleepover, you best little stuffie always comes along.  And your stuffie needs a sleeping bag too, right? I had seen a pattern for a stuffed animal sleeping bag at Apple Cyder awhile back, and decided to try it out.  The pattern is great and these went together very quickly and without incident.

Stuffie sleeping bags

There they are, all snug and cozy. They all chose their own fabrics. Thing 1 picked the aqua, Thing 2 picked green, and Thing 3 picked pink.

Stuffie sleeping bags - back

The backs are different, but coordinating, as requested.

Thing 1 - Stuffie sleeping bag
Thing 2 - Stuffie sleeping bag
Thing 3 - Stuffie sleeping bag

I’m sure Bianca, Speckles, and TJ will be nice and warm, and help them to sleep well.