Monday, October 01, 2012

the air is wild with leaves...

The leaves here haven't started changing yet -- the ones shown here have been slowly decaying on the hood of my husband's old truck since last Fall. 


For my Leafs Me Happy block, I wanted to combine piecing and embroidery. Coming up with the text was the hard part - everything I thought up myself was just too lame.. Then I stumbled across this absolutely perfect quote by Humbert Wolfe:

Listen! 
The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had out summer evenings, now for October Eves! 

The fabric choices were easy. I raided some background fabric from Hocuspocusville, which should be fine since I bought plenty of extra for the pieced center. The fabric for the leaves came from another kitted up project. I doubt I'll miss an inch or two when I finally get started on that one.

Piecing the leaves, which finish at 3", was the easy part. I used my die cutter to cut the 1" finished half square triangles. I'd love that cutter even if all it did was triangles -- those pre-cut dog ears make things so much less fiddly! The 1 1/2" squares, I cut with my rotary cutter.


Once I had my leaves together, I needed to start my embroidery. For days, I tried to figure out how to scatter the leaves around the words. Nothing seemed quite right until I decided to just run them down left hand side.

My handwriting is legible but unattractive, not something I wanted to display on my quilt block. I did some searching online and found all kinds of resources for creating printable worksheets (maybe I can use those with the kids later), but nothing that would make my text pretty enough to embroider over.

Then it finally dawned on me. Microsoft Works came installed on the computer...it might have some fonts I could use... Freestyle Script turned out to be just what I was looking for. I figured out how large my embroidery could be, then printed out the words in the largest font available and traced it onto my background fabric.

Then there was the math and cutting the embroidery so my 10 1/2" block didn't come out too large or too small. My strip of leaves finished at 3" wide, leaving 7" for the embroidery...I measured the words, I figured out how much blank fabric to leave at top and bottom so it would be centered, held my breath until the block was assembled...and I got it right!

Don't forget to visit today's other participants --

Mrs. Pickles Garden, Gingersnaps Quilts, Petite Design CoA Passion for Applique, Annie Oak Designs, Cherry's Prairie Primitives, krislovesfabric,  Scrapbook-ChickADoodle  You can find the entire schedule in the sidebar at Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio.

102 comments:

Chris said...

Would love to see your finished block. The verse is perfect for autumn.

Judy B said...

Lovely block and a wonderful saying. Thank you for sharing,

mahoo said...

Your verse suits your fall colours so well! Thanks for sharing.

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh its lovely - I thought the font was your handwriting! Thanks for sharing.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely block with a wonderful verse. Thank you for sharing.

Britt-Inger said...

Your block is loverly and with a wonderful poem.
Thanks for sharing
Britt-Inger in Malmö, Sweden

Gill said...

A great block! and the quote is perfect!
Thank you!

Heleen Groot said...

It is only day 2 of the hop and I have read so many inspiring and lovely poems about fall, I'm beginning to see the beauty of it myself......Perhaps I should stop, now that I am still fully disliking fall! Ah, too late! I loved your block.

Sue said...

Your block is wonderful! Thank you for sharing with us.

louzee said...

lovely block! I linke the combination with writing.

Pauline said...

A great combination, a lovely block!
Thanks for sharing.

Abbigail said...

I love this block and you're right. The wording is just perfect!

charlotte said...

Very pretty leaves and such a nice verse too. Thanks for sharing.

Madame Samm said...

and yes I listened, I saw and I smiled...lovely

Lesley said...

Love your creative block and many thanks for sharing how to do the embroidery letters!

Fiesta said...

I love your little project. Perfect for the season.

Ellen said...

It's wonderful! The verse is perfect too - a fall version of 'take time to smell the roses.'

KaHolly said...

love, love, love IT!

Patty D from NC said...

Very nice!

Sheila said...

Great block, I love the combination of embroidery and patchwork. Thanks for being part of the hop.

Mommarock said...

So did you print on the fabric? Or did you trace it on the fabric??

Cathy said...

Nice unique Block. The leaves and the poem are a nice combination. Your embroidery is lovely!

Julie said...

It is a beautiful poem and you did it justice!

krislovesfabric said...

Nice job on the embroidery, I use Microsoft Word to print my text for embroidery too...so many possibilities! Love your choice of poem.

yorkie mom said...

Absolutely perfect for Fall. Great idea.

pinsandneedles said...

Love the combination of the embroidered poem and the pieced leaves...and only on the left side of the block! Very nice.

Lyndsey said...

Your block is beautiful and I love the words you have chosen. Combining quilting and embroidery works so well.

Barb N said...

Great idea about transferring the fonts onto your project - looks great!

tink's mom said...

The verse is perfect for your block. I am impressed with your sizing. I have a tendency to make my block and then trim it back to the correct size. It wrecks havic on points.Thanks for hopping with us.

Debuko said...

Lovely!!! Thanks for sharing:)

Linda said...

I love words on quilts, so this was especially nice in my mind! Great job! (And you're right - the verse is absolutely perfect!)

Needled Mom said...

It looks wonderful and the verse on it is perfect. Nice job.

Josie McRazie said...

Very inspiring!!

Jacqueline said...

Pat yourself on the back for figuring out how to get what you wanted... nice job.

Carrie P. said...

I really like your idea for your block. thanks for sharing the tips.

luv2quilt2 said...

Beautiful block!

Just Carol said...

Your embroidery is beautiful and I love the saying. Thanks for sharing!

Sallie said...

Very nice! Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

patchouli moon studio said...

Nice block and autumn poem too.

Sandy D said...

Awesome especially with the Verse.Thanks for sharing.

SIMPLESEW said...

lesson learned thank you

sew.darn.quilt said...

I love the block and the verse, very appropriate.
Thank you for sharing :)

Bonnie58 said...

Great block. Love the sentiment.

Thearica said...

Awesome!

JanesQuilting said...

I think you did a fine job writing on your block. I think it was a great idea.

deborah said...

Love, LOVE, LOVE your block!! Captures my love of Fall perfectly!

Pierro said...

ROSEMARY B here:really really beautiful! I love those pieced leaves
Thank you for sharing your creativity

Rosa said...

Beautiful block and great verses.Thanks for sharing!

DeAnna S. said...

Very lovely...thanks for sharing

Mary said...

Great job on your block. I love your poem.

Denise :) said...

Greatjob, Michelle -- I love the combination of the two!! :)

Nellie Duclos said...

Michelle-Love your embroidery-I'm a fan of hand work as it is so relaxing. I saw your Nancy Drew books-brings back many great memories of long ago. From California, thanks for sharing.

Lori said...

this is a fantastic block. I love the saying.

Kathy H said...

What a great block. I love the verse with the pieced leaves.

Leslie said...

Great idea --- using our fonts for embroidery lettering.....perfect!

Gina said...

Your block is awesome & I love the quote!! Thanks for participating & sharing your beautiful work!!

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

Hi!!!! Beautiful block and I love the verse!!! Fits it beautifully!!!!

Aurea said...

Bearpaw pattern and a message to go with it. Wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.

Susan said...

Love mixing verse and quilt blocks. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing!

Farm Quilter said...

I was hunting for the "follow" button as soon as I read the lines from the poem on your block!!! Totally love the way your creativity rocks!!! Love your block!!!

Linda said...

Very nice! Love it. Thanks for sharing.

Gmama Jane said...

I enjoyed looking at your Fall creation!! It's *Leafing* me all warm inside with a yearning for some Hot cider. I like your designs
Fall Blessings
Gmama Jane

Sheila said...

Very nice fall block , I really love the quote , thanks for sharing :-)

gpc said...

Your block is fabulous! I love the verse, too.

Tricia said...

Don't you love the look of handstitching & piecing look together? Your lovely block is a wonderful example on how to bring the two elements together more often. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Sincerely,
Tricia

SpartanBabe said...

Love the poem and the block - totally right for each other :o) Thanks for hopping with us!!!

Rebeckah Austin said...

I like the embroidery aspect of it :)

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love that verse - and I love your combination of embroider and piecing! blessings, marlene

teresamnj said...

Perfect autumn block, and perfect autumn saying! I love it!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I love you block with verse!

BizyStitches said...

absolutly adorable. Love the poem. Nice job.

Leah said...

I love your tiny leaf blocks! Great block!

Lyn said...

Just love your block. Thanks so much for being part of the hop.

the girlfriend gap said...

It is absolutely perfect for the season of Fall. I think I need some little 3" leaves. Sew sew sew..... always a new project I want to make :) thanks for sharing. Janita

LJ said...

Very, very neat block. That verse is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Vesuviusmama said...

What a wonderful saying on your wonderful block! I love piecing and embroidery together.

jules said...

You obviously worked so hard to get this block just right, thanks for sharing.

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What a fun block!! TFS

Beth said...

Your embroidery is wonderful.

Bud and Marsha said...

Perfect verse for October here in Vermont and everywhere else too. Thanks for taking part in the Hop. It's been a hoot so far!

evelyn said...

I love the combo of stitching and piecing. Great saying. Thanks for sharing.

Maria Kievit said...

Lovely work! Very neat to combine lettering and blocks! Thanks for sharing.

Ariane said...

This is a wonderful block!!! I just love the verse you added!!!

jmniffer said...

Good idea to use Microsoft word for your saying. I will have to remember that tip. Thanks for sharing.

maggie said...

I just love the blocks, very festive
Cheers
maggie

Robin said...

Very cool block!

Judith said...

Sweet Simple block with a sweet verse makes for a beautiful quilt. Thank you for sharing...Judith, Texas

Karen said...

Your embroidery looks great! Looks like you chose the right font for the block. :) Thanks for sharing!

Annette said...

what a interesting saying...... fits perfect with your leaves....
thansk for sharing
in stithces

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Loved your design!!

Judy said...

Your block sums up fall!

Jeanne Gwin said...

Your block is wonderful, don't talk your work down, fabulous. I would be proud to have it on my wall in a frame, so there. Thank you for sharing I think it is darling.

Michelle May said...

It's wonderful! I love quotes and stitching on blocks.
xx

Quilt n Queen said...

Great job Michelle, love the embroidery. I'm going to get myself a GO, I've been sitting on the fence for awhile and I think the time has come for me to just buy one. The inspiration is endless. Thanks for sharing, Happy stitching, Pauline

Wendy said...

the block is lovely, I love the embroidery and the leaves are perfectly placed down the side

Jo said...

Great block Michelle. The best of the bunch!!

Connie said...

Beautiful block and what a neat poem!!

Pam said...

Hiya! So nice!!! The verse and the leaves work perfectly together. Thank you for sharing with us. Blessed be, hugs!!!

playamom57 at yahoo dot com

MoeWest said...

You selected a very nice verse and block design. Well done!

Suze said...

Thank you for taking time to participate and share. Your project is lovely and the poem is perfect. Great idea to go find a font! It was creative to combine piecing and embroidery - very nice effect.

Katherine said...

Pretty leaf block! Love that you combined it with embroidery, it's perfect for fall decorating.

Thanks for sharing.

Mrs.Pickles said...

very creative thanks for sharing!

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