Let me introduce you to Block 5-our block for October. There is a lot of love to go around in this block and once again I have taken a phrase from the song Winter Wonderland for the name of this block: Here to Stay. These snowman will not melt, but are Here to Stay and have certainly captured our hearts!
When I played with my fabrics on this block I couldn't help but see bowties-I am a Dr Who fan after all and bowties are cool! I have broken this block down into three units and walk you through how to make each one. Yes there are some pretty small Flying Geese involved in the making the hearts, but with the No-waste method they go together really easily. That really is the trickiest part of this block. There is also a new video tutorial available to show you how I make the center Square-in-a-Square block. Click Here.
I chose this one for October because I love this time of year-the trees have begun to change. In fact we took a little drive yesterday and the Aspens are showing some gorgeous color, but wouldn't you know I left my camera at home. This is a glimpse of last years color, and I think they are even more stunning this year so another trip into the woods is planned... with my camera in tow this next time. So what better way to welcome October but with hearts.
Perhaps it is all of the Christmas fabrics in the shops right now, but I decided to break out of my blue mold and pull some fabrics from my stash to make this second version of my block.
I wanted to show the block with and without the snowman embroidery. (The buttons will not be added to the block until after the quilt is all put together and quilted).
One of the quilters in my Facebook Sew Along group posted a photo of the blocks she has done so far. She has not added the snowmen to her blocks and I think they are just lovely. She gave me permission to share with you. She did mention that she thinks she will use her embroidery machine to add some snowmen later and that will be fun to see too. Here are Mary Allred's blocks-either way you choose to do them your quilt will be a beauty in the end!
All of the blocks are now available on Craftsy too! Click here for my Craftsy shop. Previous patterns are also available for sale here in my store. To get your copy of this month's free pattern click here-and remember it is only free for the month of October.
Birthdays are kind of low-key around here since the boys are no longer at home. Not even a cake this year. As my husband is fond of pointing out, we have become calorie friendly habitats-so my waist at least is happy about that. He did take me out camping at my request and nearby is my favorite stop for maple bars...homemade goodness from a quaint little country store.
I guess since I did not actually have a birthday cake I made myself one to enjoy whenever I want and it is calorie free too! I made a little Mug Rug to celebrate my day, and my gift to you is to offer it free of charge until September 30th. Just click on the photo below to get your copy. (My patterns are now available at Craftsy too for those that have trouble with the website shopping cart. Get the pattern in Craftsy.)
I have had this box of Wonder Clips sitting in my drawer for a couple of years-I picked them up on sale during Breast Cancer Awareness month a couple of years ago-maybe they will be offering a special deal on them again, as October is the month for this. They are rather pricey otherwise. For some reason I remembered them as I was getting ready to stitch the back of the binding on this Mug Rug-oh why have I tarried!!! These worked great for holding the binding in place-even holding my mitered corners; which made it much easier to stitch them down.
I did find a cheaper version on "The Zon" (Amazon) which has gotten very good reviews. I cannot attest to these myself, but for the price they just might be worth a try-and you get 100 in a little tin (which at the time of this post was $8.99.) Click on the photo for more info.
It won't be long until the next release of my current Block of the Month, it is coming October 1st! Hmmm...I wonder what October's snowperson will be up to?
In the meantime I hope you enjoy the little Mug Rug.
Be sure and join me on my Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/tuningmyheartquilts/ and my Sew Along group where fellow quilters share what they are making with my patterns, ask questions, and get encouragement at:
This month's block takes me back to the days of my childhood and the joys of flying a kite. It has been a rather rough summer here in our part of the world with smoke so thick it was unhealthy for almost two months. We have had some clearing and the last few days blue skies have reigned once more. It is like a great weight has been lifted off our little town. Perhaps these smoke filled days had me thinking back to clear summer days and the carefree afternoons of summers past...and flying kites with my brothers and friends down at the beach. So let me introduce you to Fun with Mr Snowman-Block Four of the current Sew Along. Click on the photo for the pattern-remember each block is free until the release of the next block-and be sure to read this post to the end to hear about a special limited time offer.
We have a new stitch to add to our hand embroidery this month, the Stem Stitch and I have made a video tutorial if you need a reminder or do not know this stitch. It is a pretty easy stitch to master. Video Tutorials
As you sew this months block I would like to remind you that I find slowing down as you sew really helps accuracy, especially when you have bulky seams to go over, which will happen as you sew the Flying Geese units into the block. Another helpful tip is to starch your fabric before cutting out the pieces. With this quilt I am using Mary Ellen's Best Press; I found that if I purchase the refill bottles instead of the spray bottles my budget is happier and I do not have to worry about bugs being drawn to my starched fabric.
I have been doing a second version of my blocks and changed things up a bit to give a slightly different look...in this version by changing the fabric used for the corners of the square a star pops out instead. Always fun to see how I can change the look of a block this way.
Now for the special offer: Bloc Loc has given me a coupon code to share with you that is good for the month of September. You get 15% off of your ruler purchase. This month I am using the 2" x 4" Flying Geese Ruler, another one I will use in this quilt is the 1" x 2" Flying Geese ruler. I also use the 6.5" Half-square Triangle Ruler a good bit-though if you are limited and want to try one of these I highly recommend one of the Flying Geese rulers-they make trimming them a breeze. (The discount is good on any ruler purchase not just those I am using for this quilt.)
I know these rulers are pricey, so I am glad I can offer you this discount as I believe these rulers are worth the investment.
After adding items to your cart enter SEPT15 in special instructions at checkout and you will be given the 15% discount.
Disclaimer: I am not benefiting in any way from Bloc Loc-I use and love these rulers and they were kind enough to give me this special offer to share with you when I contacted them.
I hope you have fun with your snowman block this month. September is one of my favorite months-and one special reason is that I went into labor on Labor Day for the birth of our firstborn...so to those of you in the USA, Happy Labor Day!!
Until next month....
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