Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Leaf Vase Block Tutorial

Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

George Eliot


Welcome to my first Block Tutorial.  I have been excited for several weeks about today because it is my turn on the Quilting Gallery's Glorious Autumn Block Party!




The Party just started last week so if you haven't checked it out yet you aren't too far behind.  Vicki Welsh had a great block post yesterday.  She does great hand dyes too.
Tomorrow Barb at Bejeweled Quilts will have a block.  Now if you like to shop for fabric there are Super Deals to be had each of the 15 weeks.  Today Contemporary Cloth will be offering a special deal for you so check it out.

There are also some great GIVEAWAYS going on.  You have to go to each blog to see what is offered.  Mine is a sweet one and will have 3 WINNERS.  More about that at the end of the post.  Now without further ado let me introduce you to my new block...


Leaf Vase

Since the theme of the Block Hop is Glorious Autumn I could not think of anything more splendid than the colorful leaves of Fall.  (By the way the block is on my ironing board there is not any gray in it.)  Now to download the block pattern just go here.


Today I'm going to share with you the process I went through to select the fabrics for the second Leaf Vase block I made yesterday.  I had wanted to make it in batik fabrics ever since I designed the block.  I made the one above to test the pattern and to show it in printed fabrics.  I know everyone has different preferences in fabric and learning to choose fabrics that show off a block's design lines isn't easy for some quilters.

First I cut out the needed squares and triangles.  Everything is either a 2 1/2" square or half square triangle unit so that's not hard.  I debated over the fabrics and decided to lay everything out on a piece of batting.



First Layout


It was OK but I like my quilts to have a sparkle.  I really love the blue batik I'm using for the vase.  It looks like a cut glass bowl full of water and reflections.  The rusty green leaf on the right is good but the green leaf on the left is kinda flat and the orange top leaf doesn't pop.



Second Layout


So I swapped the yellow and orange.  That seemed a little better but the green leaf on the left just wasn't right and the orange one was still too flat.


Third Layout


Trying a different orange really helped.  My batik stash is mostly the without much texture so I am limited in what I could work with.  I had picked up a few new ones last week.  I finally spotted the blue triangle in the wrong place.  Had you seen it?



Fourth Layout

A new green does the trick!  Now there is a sparkle!  Would you believe the right and left leaf were from the same fabric?  I just cut from different sections of color.


Fifth Layout


The orange really looked good on top and I cut a few brighter yellow pieces for greater contrast in that leaf.  Now on the sewing.


Sewn Triangle units


I chain pieced the triangle units picking them up from the design layout on row at a time.  Read the pressing instructions in the picture above.  I didn't cut them apart until I was back at the design board and I could return them to the right spot as I trimmed the dog ears one by one.  The color shading in the batiks had determined exactly were each one went.  I like puzzles, can you tell?


Sewn Triangles on Layout


Now flip vertical Row 2 on top of Row 1, Row 4 on top of Row 3, and Row 6 onto Row 5.


Paired for Sewing


Carefully stack them from top to bottom and place them beside your machine being careful to not turn any of the stacks.




Time for Some Chain Piecing



Chain sew them together.  Return them to the design board to check the placement.
Only clip the threads between the stacks.  Keep the rows chained together.



Flip Center Rows onto First Two Rows


Chain sew the seams between Rows 2 and 3 the open them and add Rows 5 and 6.


Ready for Rows 5 and 6


Now just sew the crosswise seams.  You don't have to cut the linking threads but you can if you want to.  Using a few pins might be a good idea.







The Leaf Vase Block is together. Now to the ironing board.



Ready for a Good Pressing

Click to enlarge the picture and you can see the direction the seams were pressed.  I have a 
tutorial on a neat Ironing Tip Here.   Since this post is getting so long I made it separate.  This simple tip will work with pressing seams in quilts too so be sure you check it out.  



Nice Flat Seams

Well, that's the wrong side isn't it?  Ready for the big reveal?


Completed Leaf Vase Block


How about a side by side portrait?








Which one do you like best?


Here are some ideas for quilts with this block.  I hope you like this block.  Please share pictures of any projects you make with it with me.


Leaf Vase Wall Quilt
© Patricia Lines 2012


Leaf Vase Tablerunner
 © Patricia Lines 2012


Leaf Vase Lap Quilt
© Patricia Lines 2012

Now on to my Giveaway.  I will use the Random Number Generator to select 3 Winners!
Everything is in just one picture but it will be divided between 3 people.


All 3 Prizes


The Boo! Pattern goes with the 2 Batik fat quarters on the left.  The Little Acorn Tablerunner Pattern goes with the 1 yard of Little Witches and Pumpkins on Purple and the Jack and Fraidy Cats Pattern goes with the 1 yard red print (there are little spiders in the leaves) on the right.  I took the patterns out of their bags so they would photograph better but they are nice and snug back in them now.  All these are new not used.

Drawing is open until midnight EST September 30, 2012.  Winners will be announced October 1.  GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

How to win?  

Leave me a comment about your favorite tree and what color it turns in the Fall.  

Want a second chance to win?  Become a follower and leave a comment that you are.

AFTER you leave your comments (don't pass up on your chance to win), you may just want to go over and check out My Designer Profile Post at the Quilting Gallery. 

It's been a while since I gave an 'interview' and I had to think real hard about the answers to all the questions! LOL  It comes after the Super Deal of the Day so you'll have to scroll down the page to find it.

Linking to Sew Happy Geek and Show Me How


129 comments:

  1. I love my liquidambar tree! it turns all shades of red in the autumn!

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  2. I love the red maples we have here in PA. They turn a beautiful red during autumn.

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  3. This is a gorgeous block! And I love the ideas for setting it too. :) I too love the maples for their beautiful colors, and I love the sound of birches in the Winter.

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  4. Love the maple trees, they have such gorgeous colours once they start turning! thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. We only have one maple tree on our property. I love sitting underneath the tree with the wind blowing with my DH. Thank you for sharing your block and I just found the perfect block to sew for my table stand in my office. Judith, Texas

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  6. We live on Maple Ridge.......and so I love maple leaves! Thanks for sharing your block!

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  7. And I added my name as a follower, too. :-)

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  8. We are surrounded by trees, but my favourite are the maples that turn any colour from yellow to scarlet red to orange to a beautiful purplish red. Thanks for the great tutorial and a chance to win.

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  9. Happily following your blog now! Glad I found it!

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  10. My favorite tree in the fall would have to be the birch. I love going up north to New Hampshire and seeing the colors on the mountains. The birches stand out though because they turn brilliant oranges and yellows, like a sunset. Then with the white bark below, the colors are that much more vibrant against a blue sky. Autumn is by far my most favorite time of year, just because of the beautiful colors!

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  11. Hiya! I love a ginkgo tree and the beautiful gold leaves that it turns to. I love this design! Can't wait to try it, and it seems so simple to do (I like simple lol). Thank you for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

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  12. I love the trees turning colour in the fall, and my preferences change as they leaves change - I love the red maples, the burr oaks, the birches, all at different times. I'm so fickle. thanks for the oportunity on the wonderful draw.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  13. My favorite tree (trees) in the fall are our native Dogwoods. They turn to beautiful red, orange and gold! Thank you for the tutorial on pressing! Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway.

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  14. I also like the birch. We have a lot of them here in Sweden. I´m no lover of fall,so I like the trees in springtime, when the leaves are bursting. That first green colour is the best "Treecolour" I know, cause it gives you hope of a new summer!!
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  15. I'm a new follower. Thanks . Love your blog

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  16. We have a lovely oak that turns bright yellow -its my favorite! thanks!

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  17. I adde your blog to my rss feed. thanks!

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  18. My favourite tree for Autumn colour is the Japanese Maple.

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  19. Gee, I never thought about having a favorite tree. I'll pick the Aspen. They tend to grow in groves among evergreens. In the fall their beautiful yellow-gold leaves shimmer in the wind.

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  20. I love the maple tree that turns beautiful shades of red. I have a Mountain Ash outside my kitchen window that has beautiful bunches of red berries right now.

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  21. I love the red maple tree with all of its colors.

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  22. I'm in love with your block. Thanks sew much. Beings I lived in Oregon for 20 plus years, I would have to say that the Pine and Fir trees are my favorite. They stay green year round.

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  23. i've a very nice, young mountain ash tree in the back yard that the birds love ... so do it! summertime, it's a rich green, white blossoms pop and then fade to whhite berries that redden as they ripen. the leaves get darker, the berries redder 'til now, early fall, they are showing a yellow tinge on the trees farther up the hill. as the weather turns, my tree will also begin to turn to yellow, then gold followed by a rich brown, and the berries will be ripe! birds will come to feast, carefully saving half for later on when the leaves have fallen.

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  24. I love maple trees but they don't turn anything but gold around here. So for autumn color, sweet gum trees are the best. They get this vivid crimson/burgundy/rich berry color. Yummy!

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  25. The oak right outside my studio window turns red. In fact, it is showing signs of turning right now.

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  26. Just signed on as a follower! Hope I win one of those great prizes.

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  27. I think my new favorite tree is the Lob Lobby Pine tree....not sure I spelled it right...grin.

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  28. I love weeping willow trees. I think they just get a little bit yellow. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  29. Oh I just love this block!!! I prefer your 1st block myself but like you said....everyone has different taste.
    I love the Dogwood tree in the fall. It has the prettiest red leaves and berries on it! pretty in the spring too!

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  30. I'm in Ontario Canada. Fall here is THE most beautiful time if year. The Maples would have to be my favorite with their reds, yellows, oranges, greens, and browns, something like your block! The countryside is simply gorgeous, and while out horse back riding we have to watch for cars because it seems everyone comes to the country for a drive just to admire the Fall folliage.

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  31. Wonderful block... clever use of fabrics, color and piecing. Nice write up. Awwww, you've done this before?!
    Hmmm, one of my fave trees is my trusty Meyer Lemon Tree. It is green all year round, though.
    Thanks for a nice pattern and a wonderful tute.

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  32. I am a Happy Follower, Patricia. Thanks again for great pattern.

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  33. Always intrigued with leaves and tessalation...will definately try your block. Thank you

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  34. our maple tree turns gold thanks for the giveaway

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  35. I love both of your blocks, they came out beautiful! Thanks for the pattern :)

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  36. WOW now that's a tutorial! And just love the block! yes definately fall wonderous looking. Can't wait to make one. Just stunning. Thank you. Oh and thanks for the chance at such a giveaway! REALLY like the patterns!

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  37. I love your blocks; I prefer the one on the left. The colors are brighter and I like that. My favorite fall tree is a Sugar Maple near our house that turns a brilliant orange. It is gorgeous. Thanks for much for your detailed tutorial and for the chance at your giveaway.

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  38. Beautiful blocks and tutorial! My favorite is the block on the left, love the way the colors pop! Maples are my favorite trees to watch turn colors in the fall!

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  39. I am a follower, thanks again for the great giveaway!

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  40. Our neighbor has a huge maple tree. I love watching it change colors every fall. I even like watching the leaves blow into my yard.

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  41. I love maple trees. Such beautiful colors in the fall.
    tvbart@charter.net

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  42. I love the red and green maple trees as I think they have the best fall colors. I love both of your blocks my favorite is the one with the brighter colors.

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  43. I think they are maples. They turn wonderful reds, oranges and yellow. Your blocks are wonderful. I really like the one with the brown bottom

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  44. I just love brilliant red maple! This is a great block!

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  45. I love palm trees - any kind, but maybe Sago the most. I'm actually growing a seed now - and it's might slow going! Why do I love the palms the most? because they only grow where it stays WARM (like me) and they're so resilient, no matter what blows their way!

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  46. We have two beautiful silver birch trees in the garden. They lose their leaves early in the autumn, but the bark stays a wonderful shimmery sliver all year round, and the shape of the tree even without leaves is wonderful in the early morning autumn fog.

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  47. I love maple trees. Love the colors during Fall.

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  48. I love almond tree.Now is green but after harvest ,now till october,they drying.

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  49. Beautiful blocks and tutorial and love your fabreics choice,ljust wonderful!!

    I`m a follower.

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  50. I love them all...especially the yellows!

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  51. Great blog entry; love your details. I struggle with color and always think I should be able to pick something and have it work. Your process helps me to think in the moment and if I'm not happy with an arrangement, change things out - or even a lot of different things! I like elements of both of blocks but I especially liked the bowl in your "Leaf Vase Wall Quilt" because the choice of fabric gave it the texture of a basket. I think I like the brighter colors of the leaves on the left block though before I'd seen that block, I loved what you'd done first.
    Now...onto the steps for your giveaway. I love the sugar maple because the colors of orange and yellow are so vibrant.

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  52. I have signed up to be a follower via Google Friend Connect. Love doing these blog hops because I find bloggers like you that do such a fantastic job. Thanks.

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  53. Beautiful block. I really love both choices of your block, but think the one on the left is my favorite. Great tutorial as well. Thank you.

    Because of the gorgeous colors in the Fall from the Maple tree I'd say that has to be my favorite.

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  54. I am now a follower of your blog.

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  55. My favorite tree is maple. It turns a brilliant yellow/orange/red in fall. Your block on the left is my favorite as it reminds me of this tree which will be turning the same colors soon ... :) Pat

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  56. I am now following you :)

    Thanks for the beautiful pattern and tutorial and pressing tips ... <3 Pat

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  57. I love the burning bushes. they look like they are on fire

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  58. Your project is gorgeous! Love the fabrics and the tutorial and help on choosing fabrics, pressing, and arrangements. Thanks so much for sharing and offering such a wonderful giveaway.

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  59. I'm a gfc follower too

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  60. My favorite tree is the gingko that stands between my house and the street. It turns a bright solid yellow in the fall.

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  61. I just love that block and the batiks are amazing. Near me in the mountains their are so many beautiful colored leaves. It is truly amazing and I look forward to going and seeing them

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  62. My favorite tree is an Autumn Blaze Maple tree. I have 2 of them and the yellow and orange leaves are fabulous! My third tree, a maple (forgot name) has sparkling red leaves-just gorgeous! Fourth tree is a dogwood with beautiful red berries for the birds.

    I love your pattern, the one with the brown vase. The leaves remind me of my fall leaves. Because your pattern is so wonderful, I became a follower today and can't wait to see more of your artistic work!

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  63. Our neighbour has a tree that turns a glorious red in the autumn, she has told me the name but I have forgotten! Doh!

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  64. I am now a follower too! I do like your block and the fabrics you choose are wonderful :)

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  65. I LOVE maple trees. When I was a child we lived in Massachusetts and I LOVED how the maples trees turned so brilliant in the fall. Now I live in Texas and I love how the sycamore trees turn bright yellow in the fall. Every area has it's very own beauty, doesn't it?

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your leaf quilt blocks. Thanks for a chance to win the blog candy!! txjennywren.blogspot.com

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  66. The red maple that turns crimson red would be my favorite! Love the block!

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  67. I love the maple trees in the fall. The leaves are beautiful. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and unfortunately we don't have many trees with leaves that turn in the fall.

    You leaves block is very pretty. I love the colors.

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  68. I love the maple trees in the fall. The leaves are beautiful. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and unfortunately we don't have many trees with leaves that turn in the fall.

    You leaves block is very pretty. I love the colors.

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  69. Red maples and liquid amber are my favorites. Unfortunately we don't have them in California. Love your block though.

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  70. I love red maples in the fall....the leaves are so beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  71. Love your block. I'm going to try the table runner for my daughter. My favorite tree is the Ginkgo. The leaves all turn at the same time - a beautiful yellow.

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  72. I would have to say the maple tree in our back yard. Actually your blocks kinda remind me of it. Happy Fall and thanks for your generosity.

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  73. I am now a follower because I like your style.

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  74. I love the color my Japanese Maple turns. It becomes a deep burgundy and it is just beautiful!!
    mrsloisannjones@aol.com

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  75. I am a public follower of your blog through GFC.
    mrsloisannjones@aol.com

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  76. I love sugar maple trees because they change to such glorious shades of reds and yellow golds and beautiful oranges. I love your block. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

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  77. I have become a subscriber to your blog.

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  78. I also love the maple trees because of the various shades of red, yellow and orange throughout the fall.
    Thanks for the chance to win your lovely giveaway.
    CathyC in Alberta
    cathyc1950@gmail.com

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  80. I have also become a follower.
    CathyC in Alberta
    cathtc1950@gmail.com

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  81. Maple trees in the fall are a favorite. Absolutely love your block!

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  82. Love the maple trees that change color in the fall!

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  83. Wow! I'm hooked. Such a beautiful block. I am your newest follower.

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  84. My favorite tree is the red maple that is on front of my mom's house. It is red all of the time. The leaves are just beautiful.

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  85. My favorite trees for fall are sugar maples. I remember when I was a kid I used to collect the leaves and wax them to keep them forever. They were bright vibrant oranges, yellows and reds. Just beautiful, I think that is the one thing I miss about moving away from Nipissing, Ontario is the fall colors. I love this block, think I'll make one or 9!!

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  86. My favorite tree has to be the sugar maple in our yard. Every fall I take a picture of it in all its splendor. The leaves turn peachy red, yellow and orange.

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  87. My favorite tree is a blue spruce because even with a long winter they are still green:)

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  88. I am a follower, of your blog. Most times though I try to be a leader!
    I love your leaf vase quilt block! I am making one or probably three of these for a table runner! Thank you so much for sharing the directions and all the great hints. My favorite tree in the fall is my huge old sugar maple in the backyard. Its colors are so gorgeous as they change and ripen throughout the fall months.

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  89. I love this blog and am so excited to be a new quilter. We have a maple tree called "October Glory." Beautiful in autumn. Special tree. Marks the grave of a special friend, Brittany Spaniel named "Buck."

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  90. I am a follower of yours and simply love this blog. I like the left Leaf Vase the best because of the vivid colors involved. My favorite tree is the Map and love the red, yellow, orange colors in the fall. They are always so pretty and reminds you it's time to quilt again in those colors. Your block is so unique and can't wait to make it. Thank you for the chances to win those quilt patterns and fabric.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  91. There's a gingko tree in town which turns a beautiful shade of yellow ochre.

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  92. I love Oak tress which aren't really that popular here in the heart of Texas but when I lived in Washington state..... Fall really isn't much of a season here. The oranges and greens mixed are so lovely!!!!

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  93. Just signed up to be a follower:)

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  94. My favourite tree is the English oak - spanning back to the days of Robin Hood, Henry VIII and earlier, the leaves are forever changing throughout the year and then, in autumn the squirrels gather up the acorns to help them get through the winter. The English oak just keeps on giving.

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  95. I love the Oak trees and all of the colors that they turn - Here in Wisconsin they seem to hold their leaves for a long time, so that they can be enjoyed even when it is snowing.

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  96. I must say the gingko is my favorite tree. The colors in fall are so warm and yet playful! I can't wait to make a fall quilt (probably for next year's fall)! Thanks so much.
    Mary

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  97. I am a follower! I wish I had found you sooner in my quilter career.
    Love,
    Mary

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  98. I love the Aspen, and how as the leaves turn in the wind, with changing colors of red and yellow

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  99. In Texas we don't have many trees that change color but I do have a couple of what I call "gumball trees" that will change from green to something more fall! I love this block - it's just what I was looking for to make a fall decoration.

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  100. I love maples, the leaves are so vibrant and every year, I still have to pick up some leaves and press them between wax paper to preserve. Oaks are beautiful too. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  101. As of right now, I am your newest follower #93. Happy to meet you.

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  102. I love Maple leaves. They change to such beautiful colors in the fall. I only wish that we had maple trees in our yard.

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  103. Thank you very much for sharing this great Tutorial with us! I love your table runner! I want do it! Have a nice day! A big hug!

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  104. thank you so very much for this lovely block. It looks like I'm going to really enjoy making this one. I love the fabric & colors you chose.

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  105. The block with the very bright colours reminded me of my favorite trees, Sugar Maples.It made me homesick for Ohio where we were surrounded by Sugar Maples.The colours were so vivid,and each leaf would either be a solid red, orange, yellow,or a combination of all of these, and sometimes would have a small tinge of green.Gosh, I have to make this block into a table-top...we don't have maples here in San Antonio.Thanks for the memories, and the block.P.S. I'm going to be following your blog!

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  106. I look forward to the burning bush, because it adds color and pow!

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  107. I love the maple trees and changing of the colors in the fall..Thank you for the chance to win a giveaway.

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  108. I, too, am a happy follower of your blog..

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  109. I live in Arkansas and we are loaded with different trees. Fall is one of my favorite seasons because of the different colors of the mountain and hills. Let me tell you the oak trees, nut trees, cedar, pine all the trees here are absolutely beautiful!! They turn gold, yellow, red, orange just about every color of the rainbow. I love to take a drive and just look at the different colors. It is uplifting and very inspiring.

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  110. I live in the middle of 110 acres of woods, and fall is simply glorious out here! I'd say that sugar maples have long been a favorite fall tree of mine, because their colors are so vibrant! But really, standing on the bank of the pond, looking at the hillside of reds, oranges, golden yellows and all hues in-between ... I'd have to say *that's* my favorite! Your block is wonderful and captures that perfectly! I was thinking what a perfect block it would be for the Leafs Me Happy hop -- and then I saw that you're on for 10/10 -- that's my day too!! Great job! :)

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  111. Oh, and I'm a new follower! I'm always thankful for hops and BOMs like this that introduce me to new-to-me talented quilting bloggers! :)

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  112. My favorite tree is a lovely maple out in front of our house. In autumn it turns yellow, and when the sun shines through it there is a beautiful gold light that filters through! Thank you for this chance to win, and enjoy autumn!

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  113. Hola!! Soy de Santiago de Chile, amo un árbol que se llama JAcarandá, no sé de donde es originario, pero aquí se da mucho en los parques, en veranno tiene un color violeta muy intenso en sus flores, en otoño pierde las flores y tiene unas semillas hermosas color canela de tamaño grande que parecen conchas.

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  114. Me hice seguidora de su blog, es muy interesante .
    Gracias.

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  115. My favorite tree in the fall is maple. The colors range from yellow to the deepest red and are gorgeous when massed together
    Thanks got this opportunity to win.

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  116. Maple trees, vibrant red maple! Just happen to have a beautiful in my yard.

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  117. Yours is the best block in the bunch! Very creative - and nice the way you walked us through your thinking while picking the colors. Thank you.

    Here in CA the leaves don't turn colors - most it seem are on the branches all year round. The ones that do fall off seem to do it over night!

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  118. hi, my name is Shirley, I'm from Brasil, your work is wonderful... I try make one for me, wait to achieve an equal to his.thanks for now

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