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Monday, September 14, 2015

Cozy Afternoon - Block #5!

Wow!  Can it really already be time to reveal our last block for the Cozy Afternoon BOM designed by Jacquelynne Steves?


You may notice right away that my #5 Block is very different from everyone else's.

I love Jacquelynne's design....


......... but as you can see, it doesn't have half-square-triangle corners, which I need in order for the block to fit in with my overall quilt design for this quilt.


If you've been following along, you might remember that I've chosen to have my corner blocks appear round by using the black and purple half-square triangles in each corner .... (and if you're new to AQAP, you can go HERE to catch up on my design process for this fun BOM project!)


Soooooo, I had to put on my creative cap and come up with a design that would complement Jacquelynne's other wonderful blocks, but still give me those hst corners.

Of course, my first task was to choose my final Laurel Burch cat to have center stage in this block, and then to surround it with the black solid frame ....


Is she sticking her tongue out at us?  I really think she is!!!  She's saying, "Hey, can I help it if I'm gorgeous?  And I know you're jealous that I get to sit under a magnificent purple sky full of dazzling rainbow stars, but what can I say ... I'm a Laurel Burch cat and that's pretty darn special.  So there!"

I think she's pretty darn sassy, is what I think!  
And gorgeous too of course
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For the design, I really liked the strip look Jacquelynne has incorporated in her CA block designs, so the first easy decision was to stick with that concept.  I began to play with options in EQ7 - still a huge learning curve there for me, but I'm plugging along at it :*)  This is what I ended up with in the design program ....


 Looks pretty close to the finished block shown at the beginning of this post, doesn't it?  I was thrilled with the way this worked out for me with my novice EQ7 skills :*)  From there, I was able to print out the paper-piece foundation sheets and work out measurements and piecing order....


Next I auditioned fabrics....


Don't you just love the name of this happy red?
I really enjoy reading the names on selvedges :*)


Before long, my strips were cut and I was ready to sew.....


This was a pretty simple block to sew up.  I just had to be careful to match the seams in the middle of each section.  Again, here is my finished Block #5 .... TaDa!!!!


And here it is in it's place on the Design Wall ....


I'm really happy with the way this quilt has progressed.  I just love Jacquelynne's designs for both the Sew Sweet Simplicity and Cozy Afternoon blocks - and I love the way they play so well together :*)  I'm not sure I can wait to show you the final assembly and reveal the finished quilt top on our next post!!!

If you have not been stitching along with us, it's never too late to join in!  Click on the BOM names above and it will take you to Jacquelynne's site where you can get the blocks.  You will be glad you did, because Jacquelynne has planned another fun Sew-Along Day coming up!  Click HERE to find out more about this exciting event!


Jacquelynne has planned a super-fun, sewing party day, filled with fun, games and lots of giveaways, so don't miss it!!!  You can use this day to join others in assembling your quilt top, or maybe just get caught up on your blocks - or even make extras!

And in other exciting news, Jacquelynne has announced the addition of Cozy Afternoon Quilt Labels and Note Cards in her online shop!!!  There are 10 adorable Quilt Labels, and 2 each of 4 designs for the Note Cards.  Click HERE to get you some :*)  Hint-Hint ---- I understand these labels have sold out TWICE already, so don't delay, order now!  Could anything be more perfect for the final touch on your Cozy Afternoon quilt?


Now, last but certainly not least, I know you are excited to see what Jacquelynne is offering this month for her Giveaway, right?


Isn't that exciting?  Pinwheels make me think of childhood playdays in the park on a crisp Fall day!  You know you want to win!!!  So first thing, leave a comment here telling me what you love most about Fall.  Don't forget to make sure I can contact you if you win!!!  Then go over to Jacquelynne's post HERE to find the other hostess bloggers who are revealing their #5 blocks and offering this amazing giveaway.  So many chances to win - and you get to see how each hostess has chosen her own fabrics and methods to bring this block to life!

This Giveaway is open through midnight of September 20, 2015.  And the best part is that since the patterns are digital, anyone can win!

I'll be back with the final reveal on October 13!  In the meantime, I hope you all have some fun Fall activities planned.  I have a few retreats in the next couple of months, and one very special beach trip with my Mom - just me and her :*)  I'm like a little kid in my excitement!!!!

Hugs & Blessings!
Teresa
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40 comments:

  1. Teresa, there are no words. You've done an incredible job!

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  2. What a fun, fun quilt! So bright and whimsical. Great idea for your last block!

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  3. I am impressed! But not surprised.

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  4. Another stunning block, Teresa. I can always count on a luscious color fix when I come to your blog. The Laurel Burch cats have truly found a home in this beautiful creation of yours.
    Just wondered if you are quilting this one yourself--all that black, you know. : )
    Very sweet labels and note cards.
    Don't enter me in the giveaway--I'm trying NOT to accumulate new patterns (though the pinwheels are tempting), but I will say that the golden glow in the air is one of my favorite things about Fall. And can I just add that these darn allergies to sagebrush and ragweed are my least favorite thing? *LOL*

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  5. I love your Laurel Burch quilt you are designing! What I love most about fall is the color of leaves and pumpkins....and my birthday! :)

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  6. Your block and your color choices are wonderful. This is an amazing quilt. The photo of the pinwheel quilt is very sweet too.

    I used to love the smell of burning leaves in the fall when we lived in the Midwest. Nowadays, the smell of a fire in So. CA has a whole different fall meaning.

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  7. Love the cat. haircarm@live.com

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  8. Love your creative quilt featuring the gorgeous Laurel Burch fabrics! Can't wait for autumn...it comes late here in Texas, but we actually had 2 days in the 80's this past weekend, so we're beginning to see a change! Thanks for this terrific opportunity!

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  9. Both of my granddaughters have birthdays in fall so we are planning some s'more cupcakes and fall crafts. Makes me wish I had chosen fall colors for this quilt. Fall has such bright colors, just like your quilt.

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  10. Your colours are almost electric, it will be stunning!

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  11. This is impressive. Take her pattern and make it your own

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  12. I love all the fall colors. The fall foliage in New England is the best!

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  13. This block is so beautiful! I love Laurel Burch fabrics.

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  14. Just gorgeous! I can't wait to see the finish!

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  15. Such a pretty result. Love seeing all the creative ways to make this project. Thanks for the opportunity in the giveway.

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  16. Making the Cozy Afternoon BOM is so much fun. I believe we are to comment about fall. Fall is my favorite time of the year. Nature just seems to slow down and in doing so turns so many beautiful shades. I love to walk in the woods and just listen to the sounds of nature.

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  17. Such a great tutorial. Thanks. I love the cook in the air in the fall, followed by the fall awesome fall vegetables.

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  18. The leaves changing color is my favorite thing about fall. Thank you for sharing, have a great day!
    dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Love, love love those colors. Thanks for sharing

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  20. I love the colors of fall, the crisp fresh mornings and hot mulled cider. Thanks!

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  21. Leaves turning colors, pickin apples for applesauce, gettin the Woodburner going, more time inside to Quilt! lol & BEST part of Fall is OUR Anniversary! :)

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  22. Your blocks are fabulous! The colors are so dramatic.

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  23. I love the crisp cool nights of fall! That way we can enjoy bonfires!

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  24. Once again you've done an outstanding job with these blocks and fabrics. What I like about this time of year is going to an apple orchard on a hay wagon and picking apples to take home and make all things apple - pies, cake, apple butter and fresh applesauce. This time of year has Indian Summer weather too, which is delightful in MO.

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  25. I love getting out walking and exploring my new town, Kyoto. Autumn is the prettiest time of year in Japan, in my opinion. The leaves last so much longer than those fleeting cherry blossoms.

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  26. What a lovely way of changing the colours- and a great giveaway

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  27. I love your original version of the Cozy Afternoon blocks - so clever. The thing I like most about Autumn (Fall) is walking through the dry fallen leaves and listening to them crackle!

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  28. Fall here in CA it is cooler and hopefully we will have rain this fall!! That is what I love rainy days! I can't believe that we are almost at the end of this fun BOM!! I would love to win Jacqueylnne's patterns...I have been enjoying making this BOM!! I love your take on this BOM and will be waiting to see the finished quilt top!! Thank you sew sew much!!!

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  29. Love your blocks. That shows how you can make it your own. Would love to win.

    hl3smith@yahoo.com

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  30. I like the fall colors, wearing sweaters, and fires in the fireplace.

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  31. Wow, Teresa!! Your cats all came out so marvelous in this set!!. I love watching everyone who's working on this QAL - such variety in personal expression with it.

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  32. Great block!
    I love everything about fall, especially the smells and colours. Also it's my daughter's birthday, and the Canadian Thanksgiving!

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  33. I love the changing of the leaves. sarah@forrussia.org

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  34. I have really enjoyed watching the process of your fun and funky cat blocks going together! That last little gal really is sticking out her tongue!!! :) Fall is my *favorite* time of the year. And not just because my birthday is in October! I love the color of autumn!! Brilliant and dazzling and muted and soft . . . plus the glorious smells! What's *not* to like about it???! :)

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  35. Your block is just beautiful! My favorite part of fall is walking through the leaves on a crisp, cold fall day.

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  36. I love that the air smells so fresh!

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  37. Great block! sweaters and sweatshirts and crisp cool air

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  38. Since I am originally from Pennsylvania, I like the fall colors of the trees! They are splendorous!!

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  39. I love Laurel Birch stuff! blessings, marlene

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  40. I love the colors of the trees, I used to love to walk in the woods across the river from our little town. When I was a child, my bff and I used to spend most of our time in those woods. Now I'm too old to go walking in the woods so I just play with autumn colors in my sewing and quilting for my family. Kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

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