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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Turn to Leaf You Happy

I am so happy to say it is my day on this fun hop.  Autumn is my absolute favorite season.  I love the cooler temps, the great food and snuggling up in all those quilts I make.  Sow without further ado, here are my blocks.

The first thing I did was to pull a pile of fabrics that reminded me of fall.  I do not collect theme fabrics for the holidays.  I have bought one or two over the years, so I went with some color choices.  Then I spent a couple of weeks looking at them waiting...then it came to me: disappearing 9 patch.  I have long wanted an excuse to try this out for myself.

 First, I made a 9 patch block and just cut it into 4 squares.  I flipped them around and sewed them back together with the center orange block in the corners.  Hmmm, nice, I thought.
 Then, I tried to figure out placement to try and visualize where they would end up.  I couldn't really do it, so again I made the 9 patch, cut it into 4 squares and just flipped and spun until I was happy with the placement.  Very different, yes?
 Then I made a third one and thought "what if I chopped off the four corners instead, and rearranged them?"  This is what happened!  Pretty cool and only about 1/4-1/2 inch smaller than the other blocks.  Then I hung them on my block clothes line and there they stayed...until last Thursday when my daughter walked in and saw them.  "Wow what pretty fabrics.  What are you going to do with them?"  "They are for a blog hop and I just had to make the blocks.  Want me to make you something with them?"  "Yes please!"
 Sew I sewed them together with the diamond in the center, quilted them with straight lines and bound them with some dark brown that is almost all gone now.
                            And here you have my daughter's fall table runner.
 This is the back, pieced together with bits of the only fall fabric I have had in my stash.
                                                 Here is a closer look at it.
                                 On the picnic table.  Just perfect for fall.
Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of the hop.  Here are the rest of today's lovely quilters and their works:
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Thanks again to Cherry and Madame Samm.  Another stellar experience here.

130 comments:

  1. Very striking! Love the block 'play' and it all turned out so beautifully. Love pieced backs - you have a reversable runner now.

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    1. Thanks Sharon. My daughter loves it and has it on her table.

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  2. What a fun Fall runner...love your fabrics!! TFS

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  3. Love how the center block turned out! Lovely table runner, lucky daughter. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. oh that's great, lovely fabrics and the back is just as pretty as the front.

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  5. Lovely project! thank you for sharing!!

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  6. Oooh its lovely - I bet your daughter is really pleased with it! thanks for sharing.

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  7. I was blown away by the first picture on your blog. I want that couch! Having said that, I did read on (after sighing a few times). Your fall table runner is stunning. Beautiful colours and an amazing pattern. I loved it!

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    1. Thanks you. That is just my couch displaying a bunch of quilts and pillows. It has changed since that photo. Maybe I'll show another photo of is soon.

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  8. Un camino de mesa realmente alegre. Unos colores muy bonitos.

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  9. I love your fall table runner and it all begun with a nine path. Wonderful colors and a wonderful play with the nine patch. Thanks for sharing
    Britt-Inger in Malmö, Sweden

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  10. The table runner looks very good with the diamond in the middle! beautiful autumn colors.

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  11. great runner! I like DS9 patch blocks and especially your idea of cutting off the corners and making a diamond shape!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. that's what you get when just noodling around. Sometimes something fun happens.

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  12. I love your runner. It must have been fun to experiment with changing each block up and seeing what you came up with. Such bright and cheery colors!

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  13. What a fun project! Just the project to use for my sisters birthdays coming up later this season!

    Thanks for sharing this great idea!!

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  14. Love the table runner, absolutely perfect for fall. the fabrics are great.

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  15. Fabulous runner. Great for fall.

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  16. Totally terrific table runner!

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  17. A gorgeous tablerunner! Great fabric and color choise! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Great runner. I too love the Fall and the colors you chose make you think Fall

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  19. What a beautiful table runner!!! Great job! I know your daughter must be happy about it!

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    1. Thanks. She loves it and it really brightens up the room.

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  20. Thank you for sharing your blocks and runner. They came out great!

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  21. It was fun hearing your process. The runner looks great.

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  22. Thanks for sharing your beautiful runner!!

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  23. Thanks for sharing such a creative idea. Love the table runner.

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  24. Well that was a wonderful outcome for 3 plain ole 9 patch blocks. It is amazing what they turn into with a little cutting and rearranging. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Once you try it, you want to do more.

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  25. Delightful. Once I get something sewn, I'm afraid to cut it apart LOL. So making that would freak me out just a little bit.

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    1. Once you try it, you'll love it. The 9 patch blocks are so simple to begin with, you can cut them. Try it!

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  26. That looks awesome!!!! Great results from playing around.

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  27. Hi!!! I love the way it turned out!!! Looks like a fun block to try out!!! Thank You

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  28. Charlotte, I love the geometric pizzazz of this piece -- it's marvelous! Great job! :)

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  29. Uummmm CUTE! I love how simple and yet how complex it looks at the same time!

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    1. That's the fun of it Josie. Nice to see you here.

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  30. Ohh Charlotte, this is yours...your blog...did you change it...I did not note the name before..well anyway I love it... I love love love your runner..and it was on my top 2 for HMention today...wink..
    YOU know I love fall..and this is a perfect fall runner...ps. what you baking today?

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    1. I have always been GrammieQ. I have changed the layout a bit here and there. Thanks for a great hop and I don't bake professionally any more. Now I make pizza for a living. I did bake some zucchini bread on Sunday though. Once a baker, always a baker.

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  31. Your table runner is beautiful! Well done!

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  32. Don't you just love it when your experiments turn into something great! Beautiful!hulseybg@gmail.com

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    1. Yes, it is great fun when they work out like this.

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  33. I love the way your runner turned out! Your bravery paid off!

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  34. Awesome table runner - bet your daughter is very pleased

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  35. WOW - just you wait - someone is going to make a pattern out of this!! Did you trim down the first two blocks to they are the same size as the "diamond" block? What a great stash buster - Christmas, winter, spring, red/white/blue,..... I LOVE this runner!! I'm going to make one TODAY!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. I did trim the two end blocks down to fit. I would love to see yours if you make one, or two or three.

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  36. Very pretty, love the finish and colors, I love B and W thrown in with any color.

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  37. Nice blocks and lovely runner that you turned it into.

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  38. Oh I really like it. Beautiful fall colors

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    1. thank you Jane. Lovely to see you here.

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  39. Absolutely adorable! I love the design and bet your daughter loves her new table runner!
    Serina

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  40. Beautiful table runner, I like the back as well as the front. Thanks for sharing. Now I have to leaf and hop some more.

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  41. Great table runner, very warm and inviting :)
    Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Nice colors. It has a modern look.

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  43. Don't you just love the fall colors?? I sure do. Your table topper is beautiful. I like the scrappy backing, good idea.

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  44. Well, I just love it!! Very colorful.

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  45. Lovely! such a fresh modern design

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    1. Thanks so much. I love it when this happens by just playing around.

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  46. Well, for just playing around it sure did turn out fantastic! That is a beautiful runner!!

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  47. Oh, my, so Fallish and beautiful! It turned into a great little runner--love it.

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  48. Charlotte-I love your seasonal table runner and thanks for the steps that got you there. I checked out your block and noticed your feline helper. I have three, two of which help me by pulling out pins with her teeth and attempting to eat the thread right from the sewing machine. My large gray tabby with the white tuxedo has helped me by removing all the hems from the sheers in our front window. I guess he's telling me I need new curtains or he doesn't like the curtains. I haven't figured out what to replace the drapes with in their favorite window area, so if you have any suggestions, I'm open for them. We still love them as they keep out "empty nest" always in suspense never knowing what they'll be up to! From California, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes, Omalley loves to be where the action is and as he is getting older, quilts help him keep warm in the winter. My little supervisor.

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  49. Gorgeous runner. Thanks for sharing

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  50. Oh so pretty! Love this colors! Thanks for sharing the steps, I enjoy reading the thought process & stories! Thanks for participating & inspiring us today!!

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  51. Perfect fall runner , the colors definitely speak fall ,great job!

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  52. WOW! I could not see where you were going with your experimental blocks...but the table runner is fabulous! Very modern looking and I really really really like it. I can see one in my future....

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    1. I would love to see it if you make one.

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  53. Great table runner!!! Your daughter is very lucky!!!

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  54. Your daughter is going to love that! blessings, marlene

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    1. Thank you Marlene. It is already on her table.

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  55. your modern table runner is perfect for fall.

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  56. I love your table runner, it is so wonderfully fallish. Your daughter will love it too Im sure

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  57. Very Nicely done! I did disappearing 9-patches too! I liek what you have done with your table runner!

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  58. Such a beautiful creation and right for this season. Brightens up the area.

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  59. I love your table runner. It's so rich. Your daughter is a lucky girl! Thanks for sharing.

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  60. Beautiful!! I love the look of the third blog-- it has amazing movement and depth-- almost a 3D appearance to it! :-)

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  61. I love the scrapiness of your tablerunner. You did a wonderful job of designing as yougo.

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  62. Love the table runner.....lucky daughter.....

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  63. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

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  64. The disappearing nine-patch is lovely in Fall colors.

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  65. Beautiful table runner, your daughter will love it. Thanks for being part of the "Leaf me Happy" blog hop.

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  66. OOOOOH, what a creative way to do the D9 patch. I LOVE the one with the diamond in the middle. VERY NICE!! Thanks

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  67. OHhhhh now this really makes my want to figure out how to make a D9 block!!! This would make a really wonderful table set & wallhanging. The diamond cut really does give it an extra bit of omphf. Thanks for sharing.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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    1. Very easy to do Tricia. I am sure someone has done a tutorial for one. Google it. The diamond cut was just cutting off the corners. I measured half way down the sides, put the ruler from mark to mark and cut.

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  68. Wonderful table runner,design and fabrics.Thanks for sharing!

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  69. I love your D9 patch . Never thought of using it for a table runner. Very nice job!
    Cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  70. Rosemary B here:
    WOW! adorrrrable
    cutest table runner everrr!!
    I love the fabrics and everything LOVE it

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  71. Great table runner and great blocks. That ole 9-patch is just so darn versatile. Lucky daughter. :)

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  72. WoW! I'm totally inspired! I've never made a block, cut it up and then resewed it different. How neat your runner turned out and it's a one of a kind as well. Great colors! Thanks for sharing your project with us, Super job!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. Very nice. Thanks so much for sharing I really enjoyed my visit.

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  74. I saw someone today showing this d-9 patch. I was inspired. Lucky daughter...Thank you for sharing with us today...Judith, Texas

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  75. I feel leafed! Grin....gret table runner.

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  76. Beautiful fall colors and beautiful table runner! Yes I do need to try the disappearing 9 patch. Thanks for sharing!

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  77. Nice table runner. The brown binding set it off.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  78. I will have to try that technique, the table runner is beautiful. I think you have a future quilter in the family. She already has an eye for colors.

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  79. What a beautiful table runner and I love the fabrics! Thanks for sharing!

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  80. I love your runner. Isn't it fun to take a basic pattern (9 patch) and really make it your own?

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  81. It turned out great. I love how you can make the runner look so different with how you place the blocks.

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  82. Very very nice. I love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  83. Love the runner, and nice colour combination! Thanks for sharing.

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  84. Charlotte, love the fabrics, the design and the brown binding is perfect. I love the modern feel...great job. Thanks for sharing in the hop. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  85. I really like the colours you've used in this delightful table runner. Thank you for sharing :)

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  86. Now that is darn cute and amazing what can happen when you start cutting and twisting things. I love quilting for that reason I think.

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  87. Love the runner, the diamond in the center really sets it off.

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  88. I just love the D9P It works up sew quilck and easy and look at your runner perfect for fall
    in stitches

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  89. What a great way to just "go with the flow." Turned out great!

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  90. I love your runner, but especially like the center block. Great job!

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  91. Hiya Charlotte! I've been thinking about making a fall table runner, thanks for the inspiration! The colors are fantastic. Thanks for participating and sharing your lovely work. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  92. The runner is so cool!! I need to make one for myself.

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  93. Very nice project. I love how playing with fabric can be so much fun! I love you you say you just spun and spun until you came up with a design that was pleasing. That's playing and having fun in my book. That reminds us to play. I think most of us like to really, really touch our fabric.

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  94. Wonderful fall blocks. They have made a wonderful runner. Great color choices.

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  95. Your runner is perfect! Love your fabric choices... so vibrant and glorious. Beautifully made.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  96. Love it Grammie Q! Makes my blocks look boring :o) Thanks for sharing - I am going to have to try out the slash and whack on my blocks!

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  97. Oooh, I like it! I've always liked the disappearing 9-patch and the diamond block is just perfect as the centre of your runner. I think I have to make one!

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  98. very pretty thank you for the inspiration!

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