Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall-en Stars and the Leafs Me Happy Blog Hop!

Welcome visitors from the Leafs Me Happy Blog Hop!  Wow, there have been so many amazing blocks presented!

Fall - en star!  Get it?
When I think of fall, I immediately think of New England.  I grew up mainly in tropical climates, so the changing of seasons isn't exactly the same as the dramatic changes seen in New England.  My grandparents used to tell me stories of how every year right about now, there would be an increase in traffic in front of their little cottage (they lived on one of the main routes for foliage viewing), and of course the beautiful colors that the trees were showcasing.  I was in Connecticut last week, but the leaves were just starting to change and weren't yet at their peak.  It would have been so nice to see the brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds associated with the area.

Of course, it is easy for me to dramatize the whole thing.  I am here where the palm trees stay green all year round, and as my uncle pointed out, I don't have to rake those beautiful leaves just to have the wind blow them back in the yard again.  Perhaps, I will just enjoy the colors in my own way.

Fall - ing for foliage?  (I am no good at naming blocks)

As I was making blocks for this blog hop, I stumbled across Anjeanette's Blog.  She had a great tutorial on how to make a leaf table runner.  What better way to bring a little New England into my home at the beach? I doubled the size of her blocks, because I needed something a little bigger.  Here is my go at it:


I made one block from a bunch of scraps, loved it, and then made some friends....





Can you tell, I don't have a lot of orange scraps?  And, that top tip was a little tricky.  I may need to redo a few before putting everything together.


But they do look nice all together, don't they?  Obviously, still a work in progress, but this blog hop DID call for unfinished blocks!  (Thank goodness!)

Anjeanette's finished table runner looks amazing!  Please do hop over there as well today and tell her so.

Also, here are today's other participants!!



Wednesday 10


I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with on this last day of the blog hop.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Jen

89 comments:

  1. Love all your blocks and your leaf runner is going to be stunning. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Wonderful blocks! Perfect colors for fall. Your Uncle is so right, the raking is no fun at all. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Wonderful colours for fall. Your runner will be terrific. Thanks for sharing with us all.

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  4. Hi!! All of your blocks are wonderful!!! Love your colors!!! Perfect!!! Well I guess raking leaves is not much fun, but you never wait for the wind to blow them around, you have to invite some little people to jump in them with you!!!! Hee hee Thanks for the fun!!!

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  5. The colors are as varied as the trees - simply beautiful.

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  6. Really nice blocks, they look so difficult and great colours! thanks for sharing

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  7. New England in the Fall is high up on my wish list, but your Table Runner will make a great substitute in the meantime!

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  8. Amazing blocks. That will be a stunning table runner! Lucky you, living on a beach.....I get to experience the "joys" of the seasons here....mainly seems to consist of grey skies, rain and mushy leaves! Better to imagine all those lovely leaves, crisp and colourful! Well done!

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  9. Love the first block, I have been looking for the 'right' sun or star motif for ages as a feature block for string pieced crumb background, I think I may have found it! xx

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  10. Oooh these are all so lovely, they will look fabulous on your table - I live in England so we have wonderful autumnal colours every year and get to play in the leaves which is lovely but then living by a beach sounds idyllic too! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I love your leaf blocks, they will make a great table runner. The star blocks are beautiful as well. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. absolutely gorgeous...all of them.

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  13. I love all your leaves together!
    Thanks!

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  14. Beautiful blocks, great colors!

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  15. I was wow'd when I saw the first star block! The colors are stunning. I love paper piecing. Then I continued on and liked the next block, too! What a cutie! Then you turned us on to Anjeanette's blog and her wonderful tutorial. Your blocks from that tutorial are amazing. I like your choice of fabrics. I have seen a similar block with a pieced stem. I like the embroidered stem - it gives a different look to the block that I really enjoy. Thank you for taking time to participate in the blog hop. I'm sure you inspired not only me but many others - some who commented and others who are busy and did not take the time to comment. Again, many, many thanks.

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  16. Your blocks are sew wonderful. I love all your leaves with the wonderful colors.
    Thanks for sharing
    Britt-Inger in Sweden

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  17. Your blocks are fantastic with that beautiful fabrics.

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  18. Those stars rock the house!! and the leaf blocks are pretty too! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Awesome blocks. Great Fall colors. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  20. Your blocks are gorgeous! Your piecing skills are perfection! Gorgeous all around!

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  21. I love every one of your blocks! From design to color, you did a fantastic job. I hope I can do work like that someday, but I am still in my beginning stages of quilting. I aspire to be that good..

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  22. Beautiful blocks! I love the fabric, your leaves are perfect... thank you for sharing :)

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  23. Those leaves are just gorgeous as are the other blocks.

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  24. Love your Blocks! Clean and Fresh Looking. I am now a follower and look forward to getting your posts.

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  25. You had me at that first block...gorgeous blocks here, thanks for sharing!

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  26. Oh my! All of your leaves are beautiful! I love them! The tips do look like they would be a little hard to make but they are certainly worth it! It's a shame you didn't get to see the leaves in full color. It would have been so nice! I like the palm tree colors of the block to. Great job!
    hulseybg@gmail.com

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  27. that's going to be a fantastic table runner, I love the colours!

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  28. They are all sooooooooo pretty! This is going to be gorgeous when you're all finished.
    xx

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  29. Beautiful! Love your maples leaves especially!! :)

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  30. Beautiful leaves! Love the colors used :)

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  31. I love autumn leaves and autumn colors, and yours are wonderful! :)

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  32. Your blocks are beautiful!! The last ones are especially pretty!

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  33. Looks just like Fall! So colorful.

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  34. HI Jen....wellllllll what can I say...your blocks just made me smile..take a peak over there...maybe I can return the favour

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  35. Love your blocks but especially the fallen star block! Your color choices are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  36. great blocks and colors. Very inspiring.

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  37. What beautiful paper pieced blocks and your leaves are wonderful too!

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  38. Beautiful blocks - the colors in the Fallen Star are wonderful! blessings, marlene

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  39. Beautiful blocks - thanks for sharing!

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  40. Beautiful blocks!! I am so fortunate to enjoy the colors of fall of the north and then spend the winters in the south! Yes - the palm trees are so nice not to have to rake leaves - the Live Oak trees are another story!! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Lovely fall leaves. I do miss Autumn. Florida seems to have two seasons only. Hot and hotter

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  42. Your blocks are beautiful. I miss fall in New England. Life keeps taking me back to CA and now I am here for good.

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  43. Sweet leafy mable leaves! Beautiful fabrics. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  44. Love your maple leaf blocks! Fall-en star too, cute name! Here in southern Ontario we have some really nice autumn colours.

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  45. I love those leaves! Sew pretty!

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  46. Jen-Your blocks are stunning! I can't believe you're a "newbie" It's interesting to me that you mentioned, as have others, that that in different parts of the country the leaves are just beginning to change. Here in California, the Bay Area specifically, they have already done so. I guess I assumed that the changes take place about the same time, but apparently not. I recall seeing on the news that some states did get that first winter blast of snow just this past week. The weather people seemed surprised, but I also heard awhile back that we were going to have an early winter. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

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  47. Your leaves will make an amazing table runner. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. So beautiful!!! Love the fabrics your used!!! :-)

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  49. Fantastic blocks, Jen! You've captured the beauty of fall in the colours you chose for your blocks. Very lovely!

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  50. Beautiful fall maple leaves--a great job!

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  51. Your fall blocks are absolutely beautiful- thanks for sharing!

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  52. Your blocks are beautiful! I love them all.

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  53. Pretty leaf blocks and gorgeous colors.

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  54. Love the colours you've chosen for your blocks! They really scream fall to me! Thanks for sharing

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  55. Very pretty fabric and the design is terrific. Thanks for the link to the tut. Very easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.

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  56. Rosemary B here:
    Oh my goodness I love love love your blocks and your adorable result. I want to make these
    All of your blocks are so wonderful, great colors
    Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and creativity

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  57. Love all your fall blocks! Thanks for sharing

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  58. Wow! Awesome work! Beautiful blocks! Thanks for participating & inspiring us today! I'm a new follower!

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  59. I love the fabrics you used for your leaves. they are beautiful. thanks for sharing.

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  60. Your leaves are beautiful...Don't you just love the fall colors? I sure do.

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  61. I hate that I am seeing your blog post in a hotel room because now I want to run to my sewing room to make some of those gorgeous leaves, but my sewing room is a whole state away! Great eye candy here!

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  62. I hate that I am seeing your blog post in a hotel room because now I want to run to my sewing room to make some of those gorgeous leaves, but my sewing room is a whole state away! Great eye candy here!

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  63. great blocks I love that style of leaf and you second block looks like it would make a nice snowflake ( we have snow falling here not just leaves )
    thanks for sharing
    in stithces

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  64. Beautiful blocks! I'm in Florida also so looking out the window all I see is green...so your blocks remind me of home in Virginia.

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  65. I love your blocks , your color choices are great !!

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  66. Love your leaves. Ours are really coloring now. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  67. Love the leaves they will look lovely in a quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  68. I love this pattern for the maple leaf and I'm visiting Anjeanette's blog to find out how to make it. I did look at her runner; wow, did you see all that micro-stippling? I like that you stayed in the same color family for each leaf. Your going to have a marvelous runner/table topper, too.

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  69. BEAUTIFUL !!!! You got those leaf colors exactly right !

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  70. Bright, scrappy, happy......love them!

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  71. Pretty Pretty Blocks. thank you for sharing. Beautiful

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  72. I am totally "Fall-ing" for your scrappy blocks! Thanks for sharing them all with us :o)

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  73. I love the colours in your leaves. The blocks look great and they'll make a nice runner.

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  74. cute leaves. I think that I could make this block. Some leaf ones seem too complicated.

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  75. Those are fantastic. I like all the colors.

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  76. Your start block is great! And love all those maple leaf blocks!!!

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  77. Hiya! Very VERY nice. Love your leaf blocks, they're so colorful (even the orange one). The Fall-en Star is so pretty. Thank you for sharing your work with us. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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

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  79. Lovely blocks! Thanks for sharing your beautiful blocks!

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  80. I love your blocks!! They look amazing!! Thanks for sharing them with us!!!

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