Monday, October 8, 2012

Leafs Me Happy

Like so many have stated this past week , fall is my favorite time of year , I love the crisp fall air , the changing of colors and the slower pace that fall brings so when Madame Samm announced the Leafs blog hop I knew I just had to join in . Thanks to Madame Samm and  Cherry of Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio for being our hostesses and for all the work that they have done to make this all possible   . Here in Nova Scotia the leaves are turning beautifully , not at peak just yet but gorgeous all the same, so before I share my blocks with you I thought I would share a couple of photos of the colors we are experiencing at this time.
Isn't that a gorgeous color . How about this scene , just couldn't resist sharing this one.
These photos were taken yesterday afternoon when we took a drive through the back roads something I love to do .
So on with the show , I did make a few projects to share so you just might want to grab a cuppa as this might get a little picture heavy. My first projects involved a process called Flower Pounding  that I learned many years ago at a retreat ,I had the treated fabric in my stash for at least 10 years and decided this would be perfect to showcase some fall leaves .
My first set of leaves , fun but not enough so onward ....
Still not quite enough so why not some fall flowers .All of these leaves and flowers are from my yard , the process is pretty simple , you just need the pretreated fabrics , the flowers and or leaves and a hammer ,you never know what the results will be but it is fun :-)
Sorry I forgot to take a picture of this before finishing it off . ,these blocks are 12" with the borders added .Below are the finished Falling Leaves blocks .

 My next project involved tracing off a leaf shape then dividing the leaf into sections and using some wonderful batiks that I won a short while back from Linda of Lindas Quilt mania ,actually the above borders are also from the bali pops from Linda , thanks so much Linda . I got the idea from a photo in Fons and Porter and the project was a web bonus by Laura Wasilowski  called Autumn Leaves .
I appliqued the sections on with  a satin stitch . I then made this into a pillow. 
This is called Vase of Flowers by Lori Smith , also a Fons and Porter project .I decided to share this one as it has fall colors .
Finally I wanted a little table mat and this project  is also from Fons and Porter Quilting Celebrations for Fall/winter 2011,it doesn't fit into the 10.5"or 12.5" size but it is called Autumn Leaves .

I hope you have enjoyed my little fall display and if you are a follower and would like to make a comment telling me what you like best about fall I will put your name in the hat for this small original flower pounded mug rug or whatever you would like to use it for .
Thanks for the visit and be sure to hop on over to the others that are taking part in todays Leafs Me Happy Hop and if you have missed the other days you can get the master list by visiting with Cherry .
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Sheilas quilt world (that is me  :-)

103 comments:

  1. Love all your fall display. Such pretty colours. Hugs,

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  2. Sheila, your blocks are gorgeous. Your leaf pounding technique is superb! Love the variety of blocks! Love your use of batiks ! Thank you for sharing and offering a wonderful prize.

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  3. Such beautiful work, Sheila! I have never heard of leaf pounding, but it looks great. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. what a beautiful post Sheila,you do such beautiful work,well done and lovely pics.xx

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  5. Beautiful Leafy blocks! I am not a fan of batiks, but they bring out your leafs in colors. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  6. Wow, now that is a great way to use the batik bali pop! Your pounded leaves are delightful as well.

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  7. What a wonderful array of blocks! love the leaf/flower pounding, very different. Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway.

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  8. Just lovely pieces! I've done the pounding of leaves with children and they really enjoy - we made ditty bags with their work. The Batiks leaf is just a 'popper'. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  9. Oooh they are all lovely - leaf pounding sounds fun!

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  10. Sheila your little quilts are very inspirational - I love them all!I really love the look you achieved with the large leaf. It looks like you get lovely autumn colour in your part of the world, too.

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  11. Very nice colour combination! thanks for sharing it with all of us!

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  12. The best of all with the fall is the wonderful colors.
    You have indeed been a very busy woman. I love all your projects, but most of all your pillow.
    Thank you for sharing
    Britt-Inger in Malmö Sweden

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  13. I love your leaves Sheila. Your table mat is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. What beautiful blocks! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  15. Beautiful fall photographs and your blocks are lovely too.

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  16. such very pretty leaves, and flowers. the table mat is very cute too.

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  17. I can see you pounding those leaves. That is real quilting therapy! Meanwhile your blocks are stunning! All of them, but I especially love the fall flowers. Amazing. Loved seeing the pictures of your perfect fall day. Didn't you scream (quietly and dignified of course...)when the helicopter took your son up?

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  18. Wow, lots of leaves! What a great variety!

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  19. OMG Sheila, your projects are wonderful!!!!!

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  20. The large single leaf is my favourite ... all lovely pieces.

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  21. Sheila your blocks are terrific. Never saw this effect before, really great. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  22. Fantastic Blocks. I heard about flower pounding but had never seen the results.Very nice.Your Batik leaf is awesome. I am a new follower.

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  23. Beautiful blocks, Sheila! And your fall photos are gorgeous too!

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  24. Your blocks are gorgeous. How do you treat the fabrics for that technique? Your fall colors depict what I love the most about the season.

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  25. Wonderful fall line up. I like the round project the best. Thanks for the giveaway...I'm a new follower!

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  26. Thanks for sharing, all your projects look beautiful :)

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  27. Your leaves are all so pretty! I love that big pieced pillow! It's beautiful! :0)

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  28. Great projects. I will one day master that technique. Fall means open windows and hot soup with baked sweet potatoes on the side, yummy.

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  29. What adorable blocks Sheila!! You did a lot of work there...thanks for sharing. I love them all!

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  30. Love seeing all of you photos, the colors are amazing!

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  31. Wow! I never heard of that technique. The results are very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Very nice work. I love Fall because of thanksgiving. thanks. Vivian

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  33. Thanks for sharing the fall table mat...I love that it's round :) Very nice blocks!

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  34. Good Morning Sheila...lovely creations...one in particular was a hit..you have to check out....well you know...lol

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  35. Looks like a neat technique...I would love to learn it! All your projects are great!

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  36. Wow! All of your projects are just wonderful! Thank you for showing us!

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  37. Ohh Love all your techniques. I must try sometime. Thanks For Sharing

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  38. What lovely blocks! They capture the season perfectly.

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  39. Love all your pounded leaves and flowers you have this down. and all your extra blocks and mats that you have gottne done are just great Sheila. What a nice way to capture fall.
    And a cut mug mat to give away .... oh pick me ;)
    in stithes

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  40. Wow! What beautiful things you have made! I love them all! I have not heard of the "pounded" technique and would like to know more about it. The colors are so nice from the flowers and leaves. Love it all!
    hulseybg@gmail.com

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  41. Hi!!! Great colors and very pretty blocks!!! I like the soft look of the flower pounding!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

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  42. I love all of your projects. The table mat leaves look real and all your colors are great. I had tried the flower pounding project before but we didn't have any pretreated fabric. maybe it would have turned out better if we did.

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  43. Gorgeous work as usual, Sheila. Thanks for sharing and for the oportunity on the draw
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  44. Great stuff! I particularly like the pillow! Someone was recently explaining flower pounding to me - it is definitely something I am going to want to try.

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  45. Beautiful blocks, I've never heard of flower pounding but it has amazing results!
    Thank you so much for sharing and for the chance :)

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  46. I have enjoyed my little fall display, your blocks are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Your blocks are beautiful. I just love the colors and fabric that you used.

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  48. Loved your picture parade. Enjoyed every one of the pictures. Fall is just darn right beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Sheila I loved all that you did - such wonderful blocks! When you say pretreated fabric for your leaf pounding, what did you mean? blessings, marlene

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  50. I love the round table mat,,,its cute and colorful. I love the leaves too.

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  51. Your projects are gorgeous!! My favorite is you leaf pillow!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  52. I love your blocks! I used this technique in my science class years ago, and the kids loved doing it with leaves. I never thought about incorporating it into my quilting. Beautiful! I also love the round project. You do gorgeous work! (I am a new follower on your blog!)

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  53. Great blocks! I especially love the batik leaf!
    I'm a new follower!

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  54. What a neat technique...flower/leaf pounding! Your projects are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you also for the giveaway.

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  55. Sew love anything handmade, well done, thanks sew much!

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  56. I have never heard of leaf pounding. I guess I will add that to my bucket list of quilting. Thanks for sharing!

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  57. Great work.I have never heard of leaf pounding,looks fantastic!!

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  58. OMG! Your blocks are wonderful. I am enamoured with the leaf block, especailly! Incredible! ~karen

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  59. P.S. The batik leaf block is what caught my eye!

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  60. Love your scrappy leaf and the round table topper!

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  61. Isn't flower pounding just so darn fun? I got totally carried away by it a year or so ago and I have lots of muslin squares pounded but I've never done anything with them. You've inspired me to get busy. Now, I love your leaves - I never tried fall leaves - and am impressed with the beauty of autumn in a whole new way. Thanks for sharing.

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  62. I love to see the leaves changing colour in the fall.
    Your projects are all so pretty! I've never heard of leaf/flower pounding before and it looks really nice. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  63. Congrats on honorable mention for the day. Your little pumpkin mat is cute as can be. Thanks for sharing. Janita

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  65. I forgot to mention in the last comment that I am a follower. I just loved your process. You really do beautiful work! Thanks

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  66. Everything is lovely. I especially love your table mat with the pumpkin.

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  67. What beautiful Fall pics and beautiful blocks. What a fun technique. I'm a new follower...thanks for sharing!

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  68. What a fun way to create beautiful fabric! What did you use to prepare the fabric for the pounding? I also really like your leaf with all the different batiks in the sections - very well done!!! Your round pumpkin and leaves is adorable - I really like round quilts of any size! I am a follower.

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  69. Wow! Shelia, some amazing blocks you have worked on. I do love that circle one with the pumpkin.
    I would love a chance to win your flower pounding mini.
    I am a follower.

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  70. very nice work! They are all beautiful. My favourite is the leaf pillow.

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  71. Rosemary B here:
    Love everything. I love your applique, that is really beautiful and I would love to learn how to do that some day. all of your creations here are just stunning.
    Thank you so much for sharing, and for your lovely give away, How cute I would love to win that flower!!

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  72. Wow, all your projects are stunning! I am definitely going to do some flower pounding next year! I signed up for email notifications just in case you decide to do a tutorial on your method (shameless begging by me!!)! Beautiful work!

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  73. Oh my!! I love the blocks with the leaf pounding-- they are so very pretty!! Thank you so much for giving us the chance to win one of your beautiful works of art!! :-)

    My favorite thing about Fall is the cool, crisp air that drops in for a visit every week or two!! Living in south Alabama we have such hot and humid Summers that when we get that first touch of Fall, it is cause for celebration!! :-)

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  74. I have never seen blocks using the process you introduced on your pages! All your work is beautiful. The colors are fantastic! Nice. Very nice!

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  75. I love to smell the burning leaves in the Fall - Very nice colors and blocks for this wonderful hop. Judy C in NC

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  76. Your blocks are gorgeous, Sheila!!! I love your table matt!!:)

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  77. Oh Sheila... they are ALL so gorgeous... but my favourite is the first 3 leaf block... just love this one. Inspiration has taken root..so THANKS... :)

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  78. Your projects are wonderful. These hops are so enlightening. Thanks for sharing

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  79. I have never tried flower pounding. Yours looks great. Lovely autumn colours.

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  80. First I love the scenery around your home. That is a technique I would love to learn. The colors are perfect.

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  81. Love,love,love your blocks....I even looked up flower pounding on the Internet....I think I'm going to try this...very impressed.

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  82. Such a cool display for Fall! Thanks for sharing :o)

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  83. GFC follower: nicolesender
    I love the rich colors of fall!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  84. I love the smells in fall, early morning crisp clear air, the geese flying over at night honking, long walks with my darlin' Steve. Almost 30 years and love each other like we met yesterday.

    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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  85. Love all your little quilt blocks! You have done a lot of work on them all! Thanks for sharing.

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  86. What a unique concept - pounding. I had heard of pounding before and it referred to a shower for a new bride. Everyone takes a "pound" of a product to help the new bride stock her pantry, such as a pound of flour, salt, pepper, corn meal, etc. I am quite interested in the technique. I'll have to see if I can find a tutorial. That's one of the things I enjoy about the blog hop is learning new things. Thank you very much for taking time to particpate and share your creativity. Your projects are amazing and inspiring. You are very generous with your giveaway. Again, thanks for the inspiration and I love the wonderful photography. I'm finding fall in lots of folks' favorite season.

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  87. I love all your display. Batiks are just brilliant for leaves. Your work has captured the best bit of fall which is all the beautiful colours. Thank you for sharing.

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  88. The pounded flowers and leaves are amazing. I love all your projects. My favourite thing about fall is the changing leaves. We have some Japanese maples up the road that are awesome to watch. Great give away.

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  89. Your fall projects are just delightful! Especially love that pumpkin block. Looks like you've got the perfect decorations for the season. Well done!

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  90. What beautiful projects Sheila and your leaf poundings are so neat! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway too!

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  91. Sheila, Your blocks are so beautiful. I love FALL, I am truly amszed that GOD had made trees that in the spring they bring forth leaves & then in the fall They turn such beautiful colours.Then they fall.Ready for spring.Our world can be just that simple sometimes. if we only look around. D

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  92. Hiya Sheila! Love the blocks. Do you have a tutorial for the pounding process??? I would love to learn how to do that. Thank you for sharing your lovely work with us. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  93. Lovely blocks! They are wall so beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  94. What a beautiful collection!!! Thank you for sharing with us.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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

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  96. Beautiful fall projects, thanks for sharing.

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