Blockheads ~ Block 32

October.  Fall.  Fall?

It was on Monday, and it’s expected to be in the 90s again by the weekend.  Yesterday was bliss – in the 50s in the morning, beautiful most of the day.  Today is supposed to be almost as lovely.  Maybe we’ll have Fall by next week.

It’s Blockheads Wednesday, v. 32.

Tammy’s block is Fall-themed.  The background is from Collections for a Cause Compassion by Howard Marcus – aka Mr. Dunn.  The dark print is from Thistle Farm by Lynne of Kansas Troubles.

As always, the background is from Snowberry by 3 Sisters.  The prints are from Ladies Jubilee by Barbara Brackman and Courtyard by 3 Sisters.  

The Fig Tree & Co. block uses fabrics are from the Farmhouse and Chestnut Street collections… though a bit of Strawberry Fields Revisited snuck its way into the block.  I do like red.

CLICK HERE for the link to Betsy’s blog and the link to Block 32 – Dutchman’s Puzzle.

Then I got to playing around with the blocks… I just couldn’t help myself.

Using the same size pieces I used last week on Block 31 – I made pieced triangle units.  (The squares are cut 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″, the triangles are 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ squares cut in half once on the diagonal.  The large flying geese corner triangles are 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ squares cut in half once on the diagonal – though they can be cut at 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and trimmed to size using one of the excellent geese trimming rulers available from Studio 180, Bloc Loc or Antler Quilt Design.)

The geese still measure 2″ x 3-1/2″ – to finish at 1-1/2″ x 3″.

The background, light blue squares and medium-blue triangles are prints from Snowberry by 3 Sisters.  The dark blue is from Alice’s Scrapbag by Barbara Brackman.

And to see what else I could make, I made the geese with half-triangle squares, alternating the position of the prints.  This looks like a Yankee Puzzle or other block… but it’s still the same basic layout.  Go figure.

The prints are from Fig Tree & Co.‘s Chestnut Street and the background is from Minick & Simpson’s Ann’s Arbor.

Question of the Week ~ When you went from making quilts for yourself and began doing it as a business, is there anything you wish you’d known ahead of time?  Or was ignorance truly bliss?

Ignorance was bliss.  As it is with so many things, there was a lovely freedom in not knowing some of the challenges that were coming.  I knew I would make mistakes – both out of ignorance, and despite having knowledge, great advice and guidance.  I knew I would survive the process, learn a great many things along the way, and if it didn’t work out, life would go on.

I already knew that as it is with any random group of people, being in the business has introduced me to people with amazing vision and creativity, people whose ability to support and promote others is selfless and boundless.  I wish I could say everyone was like that but… that’s life, right?

Just in case you missed it – CLICK HERE for the link to Betsy’s blog and the link to Block 32 – Dutchman’s Puzzle.

Don’t forget that there is a Blockheads Archive with links to all of the published blocks and blog posts.

That’s it for today, October 11.  Be sure to visit Jo, Jan, Lynne and Jan to see their blocks and what other good things they might have made:

Don’t miss the blocks being posted to #modablockheads on Instagram and Facebook.

If you’re not already a member, you can still join the Moda Blockheads Facebook group.  It’s a busy group with lots of tips, suggestions and support.

While looking for a “funny” Fall picture, I ran across one that had me laughing so of course, I have to share.  I couldn’t find the origin of the image – the artist/designer of it.  If you should know the source, please let me know.

I hope it’s truly Fall where you are.

Happy Blockhead Wednesday!

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7 comments on “Blockheads ~ Block 32

  1. Vicki Harrell says:

    Your title made me laugh this morning!

  2. Patsy says:

    Your blog always starts my day with a good laugh; love your sense of humor. I must add that it’s still 90 in Florida as well. Geez!!!!

  3. Marianne says:

    Haha! I am fall-less too, living in south Florida.

  4. dondim says:

    Love your picture at the top of the blog today and super loved the cartoon! And I so adored your playing around with the block. You are so very clever, smart, and talented! I am so going to copy this. I’ve made this very block before in the boring way, but I also add I adore flying geese. Your geese are very lively!

  5. Pris Phillips says:

    And here in North Idaho my dear hubby says we may have snow this weekend! Really??!! I do live the fall leaves and pretty colors of fall. Hope you get some cooler weather soon!!

  6. Hildy says:

    Love your blocks and I’m glad that the weather is getting better here after being just rain and cold and boo and now there’s a golden October. Love your cartoon tooyour sense of humor is great and thanks for the laugh.

  7. Bridget says:

    You wouldn’t run down 90 degree weather if you ever had to make a Halloween costume fit over a winter coat! LOL Have plans to start the Lucy pattern this weekend…in Halloween colors because everyone should have 6 Halloween quilts.

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