Monday, 1 October 2012

Leafs Me Happy blog hop

Leafs Me Happy Schedule

Oooh today's the day!  I have so enjoyed creating this quilt:


This is called "I'm Not Scared" as I thought a birdie resting on a scarecrows arm was a cute idea.  Don't you just love the scarecrows carrot button nose and I also gave him a bowler hat to make him look English.  The Union Flag was added as an afterthought (in fact I found it lying on my craft table!) and thought it made a nice patch for his coat.
 
To build up the leaves at the bottom, I sewed them on in stages.  This was the first stage where I had just ironed all the main background pieces into place using Heat n Bond:


I then sewed around all the edges using a brown thread like thus:


I joined all the leaves on this layer together as I knew that the stitch lines would be covered up by the next set of leaves.  I added another set of six leaves on top of this layer and stitched in the same way.  For my last layer I ironed on all the leaves but then went round them all individually.  I finished the quilt by adding the birdie and the scarecrows facial features.
 
I would have loved to have created more quilts - in fact I did design a few more and also had cut out lots more leaves (these ones are cut using nestibility dies although handcut ones would look just as nice), but as I am already amassing a huge pile of small quilts after only being in three blog hops and I am also signed up for the Wicked Hop and the Holiday Lane hop I decided to just stick at one - very disciplined if you ask me!
 
To join in and follow all of my other blog hoppers today please click on the following links:
 


Monday 1
Sunshine Girl - this is me





 To view the whole schedule then please go to Cherrys blog at http://www.cherryblossomsquiltingstudio.com/. I would just like to say a big thank you to Cherry for organising this hop and cheering us all on and also a big thank you to Madame Samm who does a lot of organising and cheering on from the sidelines too.

Thanks for looking - Not scared either from Solihull

113 comments:

sew.darn.quilt said...

Mr. Scarecrow is sew stinkin' cute!
Thank you for sharing your technique :)

evelyn said...

I just love the button nose! Thanks for the mini tut on how you layered the leaves.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Super cute block!!

Foolish Feathers said...

What a cheeky little man! An excellent choice to complete one truly excellent block than attempt 100 with so many other hops on your plate! Did you make this pattern up or did you get it from another place?

Judy B said...

Love your scarecrow! Thank you for sharing.

louzee said...

Nice Block! ... and the nose is a funny idea :)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a hansome scarecrow - quite dapper in fact. Love the nose!! Thank you for sharing with us today.

Thearica said...

Love your scarecrow's button nose! :)

Britt-Inger said...

Your scarecrow is sew fantastic and very cute too. I love him. The design is awesome and your work is sew well done. Thank you very much for sharing
Britt-Inger in Malmö, Sweden

Gill said...

I love your scarecrow! especially his carrot nose! the leaves are wonderful - perfect colours!

mahoo said...

Your scarecrow is sweet! His carrot nose is just perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

That is such a cute block! I love the scarecrow with all of his special touches and the leaves are to die for!

Abbigail said...

I love the little "not so scared" wall hanging! It's so cute! The leaves are beautiful!

Pauline said...

Your scarecrow is cute, I love the colors of your leaves. Thanks for sharing.

Shari said...

Very cute scarecrow!

Fiesta said...

your project is beautiful. Makes me want to make more fall decor

Kiera, It's Sew Kiki said...

That is just beyond adorable! What a great block!

charlotte said...

Sew cute!! I think the flag patch and the carrot nose are my favorite parts of this block. And yes, you are very disciplined. I keep going overboard and making more!

gpc said...

I love your little scarecrow!

Debuko said...

Awesome!!! I love Your block!!! Thanks for sharing!

Sheila said...

Love your block, great colors! Thanks for being part of the "Leaf me Happy" blog hop.

Julie said...

Really cute! All your little touches are very clever!

krislovesfabric said...

Love your block! The mini leaves and the fabrics you chose are just wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us :)

Lesley said...

Your scarecrow block is adorable! So cute and so creative! Well done!

JCnNC said...

What does one do with all these unfinished blocks? Love your scarecrow and just perfect for Fall. Judy C

Sheila said...

Your scarecrow is too cute,love all the embellishments:-)

Mommarock said...

Loved seeing your process on this. It really helps a beginner learn.

Madame Samm said...

Good Afternoon Nicola...and yes you did it again..you captured all of our imagination in your lovely block...yes you did...certainly was in our top for choices today...lovely lovely lovely

tink's mom said...

What a terrific non scarecrow. love his hat and the visiting bird. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

How adorable! Love the carrot button nose!

Sallie said...

So cute! Love the nose! Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

Connie said...

What a cute, cute little scarecrow and love all the leaves on the ground!

Patty D from NC said...

he is so CUTE! thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

Looks great! I love that you showed the process of making the block. Thanks so much for sharing.

Jennet, Feathered Nest Studio said...

This is wonderful! Such a lovely block.

Needled Mom said...

That is just darling and I love the flag too. He will be so fun to hang for the fall.

Josie McRazie said...

Very fun!! Thanks for hopping!

Fischtown Lady said...

Love your block! Thanks for sharing.
Greeting from Germany, Marita

SIMPLESEW said...

He is cute

Just Carol said...

You were very disciplined to make just one...and an amazing one at that! I love your scarecrow and all the little added touches--very nice. It's always a pleasure to hop with you. :O)

Lyndsey said...

What an amazing scarecrow. Thank you for sharing.

Carrie P. said...

that is so cute. love seeing the process.

patchouli moon studio said...

So cute! I loves scarecrows. I almost made one too for this hop, but I didn't. You'll see mine on Thursday.

Lyn said...

What a darling scarecrow! I love all the leaves too. Thanks for sharing

Ellis2Roam said...

Thanks for the tut, I am going to make one following your directions. What a fun block, hope I can keep it to one block also.

deborah said...

Just too cute!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Heleen Groot said...

You have been very good,leafing it at one block! Especially since it such a fun, fantastic block! Loved your scarecrow. I look forward to seeing your other entries to the hops!

Bonny said...

Love your scarecrow! I just did my first applique using this technique and loved how it turned out too!

Chris said...

Cute scarecrow. I'd put him in my garden any day.

Susan said...

Lovely scarecrow and leaves. Well done!

BizyStitches said...

Cute title for the Scarecrow block. THanks for sharing your talent.

Bonnie58 said...

Gorgeous block. Love the fall colours. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work thanks for sharing!

Aurea said...

Like the scarecrow, colorful and just so cute.

JanesQuilting said...

He is sooo cute, I love the embellishments. Thanks for sharing with us.

Judith said...

Sweety Scarecrow! Love it! Beautiful fabric...Thanks for sharing with us today...Judith, Texas

Pamela said...

Love your Scarecrow Block. Thanks for sharing.

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

Hi!!! He is too cute!!!!

Rebeckah Austin said...

Cute block!

Kathy H said...

Cute block. I know how much work goes into even one block.

Maria Kievit said...

Love your scarecrow! Nicely done! thanks for sharing.

Kathryn said...

I love scarecrows. I wish they would scare away the rabbits in my garden, but they don't. Very nice. Thanks.

Gmama Jane said...

Love your scarecrow!!
Fall Blessings
Gmama Jane

Sally said...

Darling Scaecrow--thanks for sharing!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Oh my I love your scarecrow! He's a doll and I may have to make one like this. :) blessings, marlene

Denise :) said...

Good for you and your discipline!! I love your little block -- very darling and the perfect capture of a happy autumn!!! Great job! :)

Nellie Duclos said...

Sunshine Girl-I love your little scarecrow man. I noticed the cute carrot button nose right away. Don't ya just love Heat n' Bond? What would we do without it! I sympathize with you having random blocks, but from the looks of all the bloggers they usually make something out of them: table toppers, part of a quilt, etc. I seldom do random blocks myself, just for that very reason. Perhaps there should be a Block of the Month Blog Hop or Blog Hop Quilt. Thanks for sharing, from CA,USA.

Farm Quilter said...

Absolutely adorable!!! You are right, his carrot nose and bowler are perfect!!!

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
adorable! I have never done applique so it is really inspiring to see top notch work. Cute hat he has one too!
Thank you so much for sharing

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

way too cute!!!! love it!!

MoeWest said...

Your scarecrow block is really cute! Thanks for sharing it.

Cathy said...

I love the Bowler! Finally a scarecrow with a bit of class! LOL

Lori said...

This is just too cute. Thanks for sharing.

Shannon said...

What great fun!! He is so cute. The bird and nose add the perfect touches!! Thank you!!

Missus Wookie said...

Oh this is cute. I need to move north for a bit so I can learn this stuff... :sheesh:

jmniffer said...

Love your block! The scarecrow and crow are perfect together. Thanks for the tutorial on how you added the leaves to the bottom.

Linda said...

Your scarecrow is so cute! I love it.

pinsandneedles said...

Your scarecrow mini is too cute! I love the fall colored leaves piled on the ground. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

Sandy D said...

I wasn't "Scared". Good job.

jules said...

What a fun block. Great job.

Helen Hollinger said...

That was a lot of work, but the perfect picture of fall and Halloween.

maggie said...

I just love scarecrows, and yours is so handsome...Well done.
cheers
maggie in maine
maggiemine42@gmail.com

Ariane said...

Your block looks wonderful!! I just love it!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

Patty said...

Very cute little block.

Mary said...

Love the scarecrow. He is really cute!

Debbie said...

The scarecrow is very cute. Good job.

vshaynes said...

What fun! Love the British take on Mr. Scarecrow. Did you do scarecrows for any other countries?

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What an adorable block...love those extra touches you added!! TFS

LJ said...

Not scared is adorable. Thanks for sharing your process. I like the Union Jack patch - perfect.

Material Girls said...

Super cute!!
Nadine

Quilt n Queen said...

Awesome Nicola. Your scarecrow block is just the cutest. Beautifully stitched...thanks for sharing in the hop! Happy stitching, Pauline

Jeanne Gwin said...

How cute, of course he isn't scared he is so darn sweet. Thanks for sharing.

Annette said...

love your scarecrow. and he is showing his true brit colors. Great job, thanks for sharing
in stithces

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

That's the cutest scarecrow I've ever seen. Terrific design.

Buttons said...

What a great quilt. Gotta love those leaves! Hugs, Buttons x

Susan Flynn said...

Brilliant quilt, just perfect for the season x

Rosa said...

Super cool.Love,love.Thanks for sharing!

Gina said...

Your I'm not scared is so very cute.. love it!! Thank you for showing the steps & for participating!

Tricia said...

Your scarecrow looks like a dandy fella in his bowler hat and his patch jacket is befitting for such a chap as he. I loved the tut and looking forward to seeing more of this & all your future projects. I'm sure to use the tut in a project in the near future... hummm I got "wicked" coming up too.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Sincerely,
Tricia

SpartanBabe said...

Love the hat and patch! Thanks for sharing with us :O)

teresamnj said...

Okay, that is seriously cute!!! Love his little button nose. You are very talented!

Leah said...

Cute scarecrow block!

Vesuviusmama said...

Very clever! Thanks for showing how you made it.

Marnie said...

Thanks so much for showing how to make this block.
I just love it,
It is on my To Do list for sure,

Jeanne Gwin said...

That is a sweet little quilt. Can I copy it? thanks for sharing and come see me on the 3rd over at
The Learning Curve I am having a giveaway! :)

Robin said...

Your scarecrow is too cute!

Pam said...

Hiya! That cute little button nose was the first thing that I noticed---adorable!!! Thanks for sharing with us. Blessed be, hugs!!!

playamom57 at yahoo dot com

Michelle May said...

Love him! So much fun!

Wendy said...

This is so cute, I love it! I also particularly love that you got the name of our Flag correct, most people don't ;0)

Suze said...

Very nice. I would not have thought to just connect my applique stitches in the bottom layer since they will be covered by other leaves - that is great - sure saves times and clipping all those threads. I love the scarecrow - really says FALL!

Katherine said...

Oh, your scarecrow is darling! I love his patches and that cheeky bird on his shoulder. The leaves are the perfect finishing touch. Beautiful block.

Thanks for sharing how you made this delightful block!

Mrs A. said...

He is soooooooo cute. Love those leaves. They are the defining finishing touch. All of your quilts are just awesome. Hugs Mrs A.

Helen said...

So Love Your Bolg. So happy I joined this Blog Hop. I became a follower!