Friday, November 25, 2022

My creative week A mantle quilt finish, and an apron


This week I finished and hung on the mantle my acorns piece.... a testament to the lovely rich and varied color brown. 

I love color, so I admit to often bypassing neutrals but that's the scrap color of the month at RSC. I have an actual brown scrap bin, and used it this month

3/4" hexies

I have shared my process weekly with the acorns starting with the pattern, tiny scraps cut just so and sewn with care into 6" blocks! 

in making the block you do HST units by sewing, flipping open and trimming little triangle pieces of brown. I turned those into improv geese, as I love to do...

and sewed 2" strips to the geese units

and put them between the acorns to make a mantle piece for our long fireplace

I surrounded these with strips of tan fabric from scraps, and love that I was able to put in one with words...

After it was quilted I fused on shiny copper leaves and baguette beads to catch the light of the fall lights already there

a pretty brown binding of a coffee print fabric worked for the binding, some leaves quilted in the ends with copper metallic thread 

how to hang it stumped me, so to just get it up there for this year, I pinned ribbons along the length, just under the binding, and taped them to the top of the mantle which you can only see when you hover over it...

I took this pretty picture before I centered it, heh heh... excited to finish something!

So it's interesting to me, that one block can be used in so many ways.... I bet the designer made a quilt with them... I made a long quilt 10" X 68"  

Oh and we live in Colorado, in a (public ) golf course community that has open areas and ponds, that attract Canadian geese all winter.  Lately I'm in love with doing improv geese. I like to work in seasonal colors too. This quilt was made for the Table Scraps challenge to interpret "Mini" and my acorn blocks which finish at 6" have about 30 pieces in each....those geese are also tiny

Now that Thanksgiving is over, here comes santa claus!

I was looking through my Christmas fabrics to make this last week

and came across an apron fabric gifted to me from a friend long ago...

in fact the selvedge says Alma Lynne 1997!! It's a canvas fabric, really suited to aprons

since I've been baking so much the last few years, it was time don't you think?

the pocket says Santa's Helper.... I think I'll use this apron today when I try again to make rugalach, and a big pot of veggie soup. I successfully made my own flaky crust for the pecan pie also made yesterday!

Time to pack up the pumpkins and fall decorations and think about Christmas lights. We'll try to clear the dead leaves out of the rocks in the bright Colorado sunshine, in 60 deg weather near December. Our recent snows are melted, and it's time to start thinking of Christmas! 

want to paint? I like this instructor for her clear and easy tutorials

and a fast paper star to make, imagine these as a banner!

happy Arting y'all

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PaintedThread said...

Cute acorns! What a fun apron.

Kathleen said...

Love your acorn runner and your mantle looks so festive with it and the lights! I am intrigued by the paper star....I will book mark that for some fun one day when I want to play with paper.

Rosemary Dickinson said...

Love your acorn runner for the mantle! It looks great! Love the apron too! Such great projects!!

Helen said...

Next year when you pull out your autumn decorations and rediscover that acorn runner, you're going to be so happy all over again.
I love the imperfection of the "flying geese" (I think you call those triangles in a row) that makes them absolutely perfect!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Super sweet acorn mantle runner, LeeAnna!! Enjoy that new apron, too.

grammajudyb said...

I think your acorn mantle piece is fabulous! Great idea! What fun to find the apron fabric. I’ve used a few of those printed panels in the past. A couple of Christmas vests, some aprons, and one or two baby soft books. Always fun!

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

Such a festive post! I really like your quilted acorns...and the apron is perfect for an afternoon of baking!

MissPat said...

Now you need a squirrel to cavort among the acorns. Another creative scrap project.

Sara said...

The mantle quilt is wonderful.

Susie H said...

I love your mantle scarf! I think it looks wonderful and I'm eyeballing my own mantle and wondering why didn't I think of that!!??!! As for your apron, it's about time!!! Hahaha! I think you'll enjoy having it. I've made a Fall apron that I use for Thanksgiving and I made two matching Christmas ones. My daughter & I use them when making Christmas cookies. Of course, I use either one of mine whenever else I need an apron. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

Love your acorn banner - it turned our really well!

Joanne said...

Hi Leeanna,
Those acorns and geese ! So cool ! Super idea !
You are so creative when it comes to decorating with quilts !
hugs, take care,

Angie in SoCal said...

Lovely banner. Oh so cute Christmas apron.

Ann said...

What a lovely and timely mantle quilt. The acorns are adorable and the way you attached it to the mantle works.
Happy holidays!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

I loved those acorn blocks as you were making them, and wondered what you might do with them. Love, love your mantle quilt even more! So pretty and seasonal. Thanks for sharing it and your other projects on my weekly link up, Wednesday Wait Loss.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

What an adorable mantle quilt!!! Makes me wish our fireplace had a mantle!?! Cute!!!

Susan said...

Thanks for showing and explaining all the lovely details. I'm mind boggled to think how small those acorn pieces are! It is totally beautiful and a wonderful decoration. The apron was just ripe enough for sewing this year! LOL Great addition to your baking and cooking endeavors! Love the bag, too. I see you found your Christmas fabrics, so maybe something else is in the works?