FREE Woodland Mushroom Quilt Block :: Fabric.com Fall Block Party

It’s Week #2 of the 9-week Fabric.com Fall Block Party and I’m ready to take you into the deep woods…  I just love this season with the air getting crisp, the foliage changing colors, and the weather is cool enough for a good long hike.  It’s so much fun to explore the wilderness, especially with my young boys.  We find so many little critters, unique leaves, and lots of different plant-life.  Our own discoveries made me think of the quintessential Woodland Mushroom.

For this design, I wanted a fun scrappy mushroom to go along with all the different colors and textures we see out in nature.  The 12.5″ x 12.5″ (unfinished) block is based mainly on half-square triangles and you will love how just a little rearraging can give your block a new look.

For the Woodland Mushroom, I stuck to the Kona party theme found here, but prints are my key to scrappiness :)  These are the fabrics I selected (from top to bottom):

As I was making the block I was thinking of all the ways I could the mushroom as decor….because my house need some help!  I thought of all the fabric signs we see in big box stores with witty sayings all bound together with living picture frames (just a piece of wood at the top and bottom.)  Then it dawned on me to use pant hangers!  I know a lot of you already use them to display blocks, but I thought I would turn it up a notch and refinish a few.

I found these two pant hangers for a total of $0.60 at my local thrift shops.  Both were blonde wood with the same nickel finish on the wire.  With a little fine sandpaper, I took the shine off the entire hanger and used materials I had around the house to refinish it.  A watered down brown acrylic craft paint gave me the “stain” and I happened to have this gorgeous hammered bronze spray paint leftover from another forgotten DIY project.  A few layers of clear coat topped it off to protect the fabric against any paint which may rub off.

The hanger makeover really makes the piece more modern with an industrial rustic feel.  It works well with this fall palette and displays my Woodland Mushroom mini perfectly!  It will be easy to change out mini’s over time and through the different seasons.

Here is the mini displayed with some upcycled “ribbon” cut from a burlap coffee bag and leftover lace from my sister’s wedding.  It is displayed on a mantle with a wreath hanger and helps to bring the random decor I had around the house together.

And if mantle or table-scapes aren’t your thing, the pant hanger make it easy to display a mini quilt on your front door.  I think quilts should be the “new” wreaths, don’t you think?  We should get on that movement!

I hope you enjoyed our walk in the woods!  To make your own Woodland Mushroom block, visit Fabric.com’s blog here.


Don’t forget to keep sewing along and follow the rest of these amazing designers and their Fall #fabricdotcomblock party patterns!

Sept 12 – Fall Geese

Kristi Schroeder – Initial K Studio – @initialkstudio

Sept 19 – Woodland Mushroom

Cristy Stuhldreher – Love You Sew – @loveyousew_ (You are here!)

Sept 26 – Mod Tartan

Jenn Rossotti – Ginger Peach Studio – @jennrossotti

Oct 3 – Time Lapse

Christopher Thompson – The Tattooed Quilter – @thetattooedquilter

Oct 10 – Double Windmill

Haley Anderson – Happiness in the Making – @happinessinthemaking

Oct 17 – Antlers

Lisa Hofmann-Maurer – Sew What You Love – @sewwhatyoulove

Oct 24 – Gather

Elise Baek – Elise & Emelie – @eliseandemelie

Oct 31 – Forest Floor

Sarah Thomas – Sariditty -@sariditty

Nov 7 – Flutter By

Nicole Young – Lillyella – @lillyellasworld

 

Happy Foraging!

Cristy

 

***This post was sponsored by Fabric.com and there are affiliate links.  The block design, instructions and post are my own original work with my own opinions.

FREE Camp Out Quilt Block – Fabric.com Summer Block Party


This past winter, my husband and I bought a pop-up camper.  When we made the purchase we had below zero temperatures and  snow on the ground here in Ohio, so…we got a pretty great deal.  With the camper stored in our garage for months, there has been a ton of day-dreaming and camping talk, especially since I have a young Boy Scout and Indian Guide now.  The weather has really been gearing up and so has our excitement for all the adventures ahead.

With the new camper, we need to do a good bit of outfitting while adding our own personality to our investment.  I’m *hoping* to reupholster some of the cushions and add a little flare to our curtains…over the winter, of course ;)  It maybe a bit ambitious…but I’m always up for a challenge.  Up until then, I’m going to deal with the “vanilla” stock interior.  That’s where this “Camp Out” block comes in.

The Tent design is a simple foundation paper-pieced block which can be found here.  I pulled these bright and  cheery fabrics from Fabric.com‘s extensive collection.  It was easy to do with their great search capabilities.  I wanted the grass and interior of the tent to use near solid designs and just by searching by color, I found these:

For the exterior of the tent, I designed the block to show off a large-scale print. (I hate to see good ones all hacked up!)  Fabric-wise, I wanted one that was very “girly.”   With two sons and my husband, I am always outnumbered and everything needs a feminine touch, right?  I was able to find this great floral (listed below) which is an older print I’ve used before.  As I was looking through all the swatches, I was so pleased to know Fabric.com still carries it.  For the background, I opted to keep it all nice and clean and choose one of my stand-by solids in an off-white.  The large-scale floral doesn’t need to compete with a busy background IMO.

I’m still debating on what this block will become.  Maybe a small pillow for my side of the camper or maybe a hanging pouch to hold some of my supplies?  I want to be able to see this while camping for a little dose of girliness ;) What do you think?  I need suggestions!

Don’t forget to visit all of the other seven amazingly talented bloggers at the Summer Block Party!  You can download a total of eight FREE quilt blocks throughout the entire month of June.

June 5 – “Candied Pineapple” – Anneliese Johnson – Eye Candy Quilts – eyecandyquilts.com
June 8 – “Nautical Stripes” – Kristi Schroeder – Initial K Studio – initialkstudio.com
June 12 – “Camp Out” – Cristy Stuhldreher – Love You Sew – iloveyousew.com
June 19 – “Argyle” – Shayla & Kristy Wolf – Sassafras Lane Designs – sassafras-lane.com
June 22 – “Popsicle Party” – Elise Baek – Elise & Emelie – Eliseandemelie.com
June 26 –“Sunshine Days” – Haley Anderson – @happinessinthemaking – Happinessinthemakingblog.wordpress.com
June 29 – “Fishy Fish” – Christopher Thompson – the tattooed quilter – thetattooedquilter.com
July 5 – “Half Square Gingham” – Sarah Thomas & Nicole Young – SARIELLA – sariella.com

Happy Sewing with all of these blocks!

Cristy

 

* This post was sponsored by Fabric.com as part of the Summer Block Party.  The “Camp Out” block  pattern and post are completely original and are my own words and design.  This post DOES contain affiliate links which when a purchase is made, helps to fund this site.

 

 

 

 

2016 Paintbrush Studio New Block Blog Hop

Mountain View Title

Welcome to the 2016 Paintbrush Studio New Block Blog Hop!  During the next three days, you will see a flurry of uniquely designed 12″ x 12″ (finished) quilt blocks.  The best part?  These are all FREE patterns!  For a full list of participants, please visit the host of each day’s hop:

Monday, March 28th – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Tuesday, March 29th – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Wednesday, March 30th – Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Ocean Sunrise Palette

The challenge with this blog hop, was to use at least 3 colors of Painter’s Palette Solids in the Ocean Sunrise bundle.  You can find all the details of the chosen colors here.  Do you use your quilts on the beach or by the water?

 

Mountain view Block

This call to design a new block was indeed a challenge for me.  I usually always have a design idea that’s been brewing in my head.  However, this time I was drawing up blanks.  I played with many ideas until I saw a sun catcher with this similar design.  It really inspired me with it’s simple lines like ones in Log Cabin style quilts.  But this block is set apart by it’s angles and the negative space produces a great chain design.

Mountain View Block Labeled

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As with all sewing projects, please read through full instructions before beginning. 

Cutting instructions:

Below are illustrations of every piece of the block.  The dotted line represents where you cut.  A large quilting rule with 45 degree angles is required.  Please see block illustration above for reference.  TIP:  Check and double-check your angle placement on printed fabric before cutting.a

 

MV cuttingpiecing Instructions

Please note a 1/4″ seam allowance

Mountain View Piecing Collage

  1. Layout the block with your intended fabric placement
  2. Line up the short edge of piece B to piece A right-sides together (RST) and sew down the long side. Repeat for piece C but on the opposite side.
  3. Line up the short edge of piece D to ABC.  You should have a 1/4″ overhang off the block. Repeat for piece E of the opposite side and then add piece F.
  4. Line up the long-side of piece G to ABCDEF.  You will have 1/4″ overhangs on both sides of the trapezoid.
  5. Line up the long-sides of H to each corner.  You will have 1/4″ overhangs on both sides of the triangle.
  6. Make sure to press all seams out as you go and you will have a nice flat back as shown.

Trim the block to 12 1/2″ square.

Additional Quilt variations:

With the play of colors and negative space, there are quite a few different ways you can lay this quilt block.  Here a just a few other ideas.

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This placement puts the “chain” in the center of the quilt and you can play with the smaller triangle (H) to get solid squares in between.

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This variation plays with the chevron you can create.  Leave the smaller triangles (H) colored, and you get an arrowhead look or leave them the same color as your background to let the chevron stand on it’s own.


Visit Painter’s Studio’s blog, Inspired by Fabric and/or Quilting Jetgirl (two separate giveaways) to get your chance to win a whole HALF-YARD bundle of Ocean Sunrise!!!

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 Don’t forget to get additional FREE quilt block designs and tutorial by visiting the following:

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Jess @Quilty Habit

Silvia @A Stranger View

Cristy @Love You Sew

Kelly @Quilting It Out

Renee @Quilts of a Feather

Bernie @Needle and Foot

Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination

Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe

Mary @Quilting is in my Blood

Diana @Red Delicious Life

Sarah @123 Quilt

Thank you for visiting and I hope you get to try out this block along with all of the others on the 2016 Painter’s Studio New Block Blog Hop!

Happy Stitching,

Cristy

 

 

 

This blog hop was sponsored by Painter’s Studio.  The quilt design, tutorial and all opinions are original and my own.