Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Leaves Block


Here's my version of the latest Block of the Month at my guild Rouge Valley. I did the whole thing today, so I am pretty pleased with myself. I made my own paper foundations again, and it went pretty quickly. It was a little challenging to put the four leaves together, especially at the point of the dark green fabrics, so it's not exactly perfect. But close enough!

This BOM is a two-year project with twelve blocks and a calendar theme. The first year has already gone, and you can see the first seven blocks here. The patterns are members-only, but they are not hard to figure out if you are so inclined.

I started thinking about doing this project over the summer while I was working on the RVQG website. To me, the challenge is to tie all the blocks together. I thought that might best be achieved by using a consistent background fabric for every block. I thought a dark background would look best, given the wide range of colours in the blocks, but I didn't want to use black. The "calendar" theme reminded me of the moon and the stars, and I remembered this night sky fabric in my stash. I bought it at the San Mateo Rite-Aid over ten years ago!  They had great deals on fabric. But anyway, I am really happy with how it looks.

Tomorrow I intend to do the pumpkin.  The foundation is already made and the fabric is cut, so hopefully it will go together quickly too.  The long term plan is to do two blocks per month, the latest one and one from last year.  By May I should be all caught up!

8 comments:

  1. its a great block monica and i like the others too

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  2. Thanks, Katherine! I think the ladies who are running the BOM this year will be chuffed to know their design has achieved international appreciation!

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  3. Very nice block! Can't wait to see the pumpkin.

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    1. Thanks, Hetty! The pumpkin is more than half done now too. :)

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  4. your autumn leaves are very autumnal. Clicked to see the other blocks but could not view them as it said I needed a user name etc.You are going to have a great time completing the blocks and then assembling them

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    1. Hi Margaret! The patterns are members-only, but if you scroll down you can see the photo.

      I spent the rest of the night last night designing the borders already! Now I have to finish off the pumpkin. Happy sewing!

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  5. It's a very effective design - and your background is genius.It has such dimension.

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    1. Thanks, Jillian! I have noticed that there is more to the story with that background fabric. I have to organize another photo...

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