Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October Gems

October Gems

October has been a beautiful month...  there have been gorgeous days, filled with little hidden gems (when you get out of the sewing room and walk around to look for them! )

After trimming our overgrown Rose of Sharon bushes, we discovered that the extra sunlight gave some vital energy to encourage this gangly  Evening Primrose plant to bloom extra times...even into October. ( It usually stops blooming in early September!)
(I also see lots of little "starter plants" for next year... they will sprout up tall and bloom!)

Evening Primrose blossom .... late blooming in October ! It blooms at dusk for just one night!  See my pillows  HERE
Blogged here
The sky was a sapphire blue on the day we walked around on a land that has been preserved for farming.....

Blue, blue skies

We found this interesting Milkweed Pod in the dried grass ... that looked like a bird head on a stick!!

Milkweed Pod..... shaped like a bird's head

Isn't this amazing?

Brandywine Creek

Stone bridge
I also have been working on a few projects:

Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop

I am participating in the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop!   
Lorna,  of Sew Fresh Quilts has this adorable new puppy pattern out.... and 40 bloggers are sharing their Dog Gone Cute projects during October!
   My day of the blog hop is Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 !

Sew Fresh Quilts "Dog Gone Cute" Blog Hop here

Here's a little peek of my Dog Gone Cute project that I am busy working on  ....

These are 9 1/2 " x 6 1/2 " blocks.   The pattern also has directions for the larger blocks.... 18 1/2 "  x 12 1/2 " .

Two little pups       by Susie's Sunroom

You can check out more pups and projects, on Instagram:  #dgcqal  and #doggonecuteqal

The whole schedule of blogs for the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop:
You 'll want to check them all out to see their adorable projects!  They are amazing and inspiring!  Lorna also has a Linky Party on Nov 3, for anyone to link up their project! You can get the pattern  {HERE} .   Lorna's patterns and  directions are excellent!!

Tuesday, October 6
Karen of Run Sew Fun
Anja of Anja Quilts
Kelly of Quilting it Out

Thursday, October 8
Nina of Inchworming
Brandy of Pampered Pettit

Tuesday, October 13
Laurel of Quilts by Laurel

Thursday, October 15
Rachel of Quiltineering
Julie of Mack and Mable

Tuesday, October 20
Cathy of A Quilting Chick
Selina of Selina Quilts
Shauna of Shauna’s World
Kathy of Kayak Quilting

Thursday, October 22
Britt-Inger of Hill Valley Quilter
Judy of How ART You?
Louisa of Sewmotion

Tuesday, October 27
Teje of Nero’s Patch and Post
Stephanie of Jak and Will
Cristina of Pretty Little Quilts

Thursday, October 29
Abigail of Cut & Alter
Magdalena of iloveneutrals
Susie of Susie's Sunroom
Tracy of Tracy’s Bits N Pieces

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt Blocks:    from the Farm Girl Vintage Book (here)

Lori Holt's Book "Farm Girl Vintage"
Sew Along here

Simple Star Block:
 I made four Simple Star blocks, for the corner blocks of the quilt.
I used the Pink Gingham fabric for the star points... this will be my binding and the backing of the quilt.  From my stash!

Simple Star Blocks-   for my corners

Spring Star Block:

This is one of my favorite patterns!
Spring Star Block       

Summer Star Block:
This was a tricky block for me....  I must confess that I made the block twice.   I didn't want to lose the points when I sewed the blocks together.  I marked in the book:  " Need seam allowance space for the points!"

Summer Star Block

Sunday Morning Block:

Sunday Morning Block

Sunny Sunflower Block:

Sunny Sunflower Block

Tumbleweed Block:

This is another of my faves!

Tumbleweed Block

Union Jack:

Now this beautiful block is not in the book!  My talented designer friend, Amanda, The Patchsmith, designed this block!  It is available as a 6 '' block, 12" block and table runner pattern!!   I wanted to include this block in my Farm Girl Vintage block, as Amanda has been making the quilt in this sew along beside me, and  in honor of all of my UK quilty friends!  It is one of my favorites!!
Union Jack block      pattern by The Patchsmith   {Here}
Water Turn Block:

Well, if you know me at all, you'll have guessed that I added a lot of notes on this block!
I did make it twice, to get the flying geese units perfectly sized.... to keep the points from disappearing into the seam allowances.  But I love it!   I wrote:  " Watch points in ALL steps!  Measure and cut exactly in each step!"
Water Turn Block
Welcome Block:

Welcome Block

Winter Star Block:

This is one of my favorites!   And, yes, I did end up making it twice!
(I seem to learn something the second time!)

                                                        Winter Star Block

The 4 Seasons Stars together:

                                     Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Star Blocks

Woolly Sheep Block:

I fell in love with her!!

                                             Woolly Sheep Block

Next, I added some sashing strips and cornerstones, to sew my blocks into rows.

And before I could say, " Bob's your uncle!".....  it was sewn together!

                        My Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt blocks coming together!

Stay tuned for more finishes!
I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:   Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts and
                       Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts  and
                        Fabric Tuesday  @  Quilt Story   and
                        And Sew We Craft Together @  And Sew We Craft


  1. Firstly - do you ever sleep? All this work and you've been out enjoying the glorious October weather. Your puppies are darling and I love all your blocks. Your Farm Girl Vintage quilt looks SOOOOOOOO good (I love that the Old Glory and Old Jack blocks are right next to each other). Now may I suggest you go and put your feet up with a cup-of-tea (English of course) and a biscuit? xxxx

  2. I really like your sheep block, and I'm looking forward to seeing your finished project with those dogs :-)

  3. Bow-WOW! All your blocks are incredibly gorgeous! Bob may be your uncle but there's now way he could keep up to you. Your Farm Girl quilt is just to die!!!

  4. Goodness! So much going on here! Love the pup blocks - that stripe fabric made a super cute one! Amd you farm Girl blocks are beautiful.

  5. Bob's your uncle and then some Susie! You have been doing some fantastic sewing and can be darn proud! I love all your blocks and your fabrics and color choices - excellent work! It's going to be a lot of fun to see your Dog Gone Cute quilt!

    1. PS - October is my favorite month. It looks beautiful where you live!

  6. Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt looks amazing, Susie!! Well Done!! I can't wait to see you puppy quilt. Thank you so much for sharing those beautiful photos. Perfect October :)



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