Turkey Leaf Block Tutorial

It’s been a crazy couple of days!  I only have myself to blame though for getting behind.  We had a winter weather advisory on Monday so Pip and I decided to lay around, snuggle, watch Frozen and start a huge puzzle.  It was so worth it though!  Sometimes you just need a day like that!  Today’s block is to help you celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow!  I hope you enjoy my turkey with BIG feathers!

Turkey Leaf Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 12” x 12”

A traditional maple leaf twisted into a turkey with BIG feathers!


Supplies and Cutting Instructions

Background (blue-ish)

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2 – 5” squares
2 – 4.5” squares

Feathers (oranges)

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2 – 5” squares

Body (Oranges)

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3 – 4.5” squares (same or different

Head (brown)
1 – 5” x 3.5” rectangle

Beak (yellow)
1 – 2.5” square

Wattle (Orange)
1 – 2” x 2.5” rectangle

Fusible Web – Brand of Your Choice

1 – 7” x 4” rectangle

Black fabric marker

Wash away fabric marker

Directions

Half Square Triangles

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Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of both of your background fabrics. Place it right sides together with each 5” square of feather fabric.

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Sew a ¼” seam on both sides of the line you drew.

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Cut along the line.

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Press towards the feather fabric. Square block to 4.5”.

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You now have nine 4.5” blocks. Lay them on your design wall in the orientation shown above.

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Sew together.

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Rotate block so it’s on point. Now let’s make this leaf into a turkey!

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I want everyone’s turkey to be unique so I’m going to show you how to draw up your own appliqué pattern. First – I drew a 4” block on point. This is the finished size of the center square and that’s what I’ll be suing for reference.

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I decided that I want my turkey to have BIG feathers so – my turkey head is going to fit inside the center block. I drew a sort of kidney bean shape.

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Next, I drew a triangle for the beak.

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And a skinnier kidney bean for the turkey’s wattle.

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I like my sketch so I traced over it with a thicker black marker to make it easier to trace onto the fusible.

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Trace onto fusible.

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Rough cut out the shapes and fuse them to the appropriate colored pieces of fabric. Now cut out shapes along the lines you drew.

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Play around a little with placement before your final fuse.

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To save time – I just drew on my turkey’s legs. In the end I’ll probably go back and add an embroidery stitch. This is completely up to you!

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And with that…your ‘Turkey Leaf’ block is finished!

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Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (12/26/14), the PDF will be $1.

TURKEY LEAF BLOCK TUTORIAL

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I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along

Hashtag: #52bTT

Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!

Day 6–almost home

I’m finally sharing the final day of adventures before I arrived home from the bus trip to Houston. 

IMG_5454It was another long day on the bus to get home.  We did make stops at rest stops and of course – one more fabric store!

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Our final fabric store was Jackman’s in St. Louis.  This was one of my favorite shops on the trip.  The selection of fabrics was HUGE!  And seriously – who doesn’t love a good sales rack?  Well – Jackman’s had two!  I would say it’s safe to say a few of us ladies on the bus came out of there with some great new fabrics for our stash!

IMG_5457One last stop for a quick dinner before the final stretch home.My Photo Stream3

At the last stop I had all the folks on the bus do a #usie with me.  What a fun group and what great memories!

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And of course – I attempted one last critters shot with the three adorable girls who gave them to me for traveling!  It was good to be home.

Holiday Show

This past weekend was the big holiday show that I hold at my orchard each year.  It’s always the weekend before Thanksgiving and it is always our last weekend open at the orchard.  Once again – the sale was a success with lots of shoppers and lots of hand crafted items going home with various people.  I had plans to make more than I did for the show – but a broken arm (Cedi’s) distracted all my last minute creating plans.  Oh well!  Here are a few things I DID get made …

IMG_4897 - Copy These fun dolls from a piece of Robert Kaufman Fabric.  Aren’t they sew cute!?  (they’re soft and squishy too!)

IMG_4901Sparkly ornaments!IMG_4973Fairy Door Ornaments – my girls already have these on their wish list!IMG_5012

Scrappy wreathes.jewerly binge

And of course – lots of new jewelry!

I’ll be posting some of these items in my etsy shops – PersimonDreams and theApple as soon as possible!

2015 Hand Crafted Hoedown for the Holidays–Sneak Peek

Here’s a quick peek at jut a few of the wonderful things you can find at tomorrow and Saturday’s big craft event!  For more pictures – check out the facebook album I put together!

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Hope to see you at the orchard either Friday or Saturday!

Pumpkin Ball Quilt Block Tutorial–52 Twisted Traditional Blocks Quilt Along

mercedi broke arm

So for future reference – I do a lot better when I make my blocks ahead of time and get everything ready before the day before I have to post.  Because sometimes life happens.  And sometimes you get a call from the school that says your daughter got stuck on some school equipment and hung from her arm for awhile before freeing herself and that I should probably come get her to bring her to the doctor. 

At this point – it looks like she has some small buckle fractures on her forearm bones.  We’ll find out more once the radiologist has a chance to look at the x-rays. 

Once she was settled into bed and sleeping for the night I did manage to make this weeks block though – so without further adieu … I give you the Pumpkin Ball Block!  (I felt like it was fitting with Thanksgiving and pumpkin pies just around the corner …)

Pumpkin Ball Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 10” x 10”

A traditional snowball block with a border/sashing is easily twisted into a lovely pumpkin!


Cutting Instructions

Pumpkin (orange)

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3 – 2.5” x 6.5” strips

Grass (greens)

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1 – 2.5” x 10.5”
2 – 3.5” x 2.5”
2 – 2” x 2”

Sky (blue)

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2 - 2.5” x 4.5”
2 – 2.5” x 3.5”
1 – 2.5” x 1.0”
2 – 2.0” x 2.0”

Stem (brown)

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1 – 2.5” x 2.0”

Directions

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Start by sewing your three 2.5” x 6.5” orange strips together.

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Turn your strips so they are in they are vertical.

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On the wrong side of the 2” squares draw a diagonal line.

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Place the two sky squares in the upper half and the two grass squares in the lower half.

Stitch along the lines you drew.

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Trim the excess corners off and press to the sky and grass squares.

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The snowball portion of the block is complete. Now we’re going to sash it. Sew your two sets of 2.5” x 3.5” sky and grass rectangles together.

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Sew them on either side of the ‘Pumpkin’ ball.

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Next – sew the 1.5” x 2.5” sky to the stem fabric. Press towards the stem. Sew the two 2.5” x 4.5” sky fabrics to either side of the stem.

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Sew the 2.5” x 10.5” grass strip to the bottom of the block. Press towards the grass fabric. Finally – sew the sky/stem strip to the top of the block and press towards the strip.

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And with that…your ‘Pumpkin Ball’ block is finished!

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Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (12/19/14), the PDF will be $1.

PUMPKIN BALL BLOCK TUTORIAL

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I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along

Hashtag: #52bTT

Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!

Day 5 of my Houston Journey

On Friday morning, we were up bright and early and back on the bus for the long ride home.IMG_5431

Have I mentioned that I slept – a lot – on the bus?  Well – one of my great new friends found this wonderful eye mask at festival for me!  How sweet is she!? AND – it doubled up perfectly for my Halloween costume!

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Cheryl was kind enough to snap this picture of me sleeping. 

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I was nice enough to borrow my cool pillow to the critters for a little while though.

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We stopped at a beautiful rest stop on the way to our quilt shop stop of the day.IMG_5439

This may be my favorite picture of the critters in the shop.  This was taken at Stitchin’ Heaven and there are three great things about this picture – the quote, the aurifl thread, and the Aurifil Thread pack from Edyta Sitar

After our quilt shop stop – it was back on the bus and we made it to our hotel late in the evening.