The maple leaf blocks were made two years ago when I made a block for Island Batik when I applied to be an ambassador. I just love this ancient red batik that I've used in a couple of quilt projects, big and small. I have no idea where I got it, nor do I know where I got the gold batik which is lovely fine fabric. The two kind of fell together when I was pulling fabric for the IB block, and I thought ooh, pillow shams would be great for Fall in these colours!
I made the Roll it Up! pillowcase from All People Quilt. I have made it so many many times you'd think I'd know the measurements by heart... It's a slick construction where you make a tube around the body of the pillowcase with the pillowcase band:
Pull it right sides out and...
I had to do some math to make the 10.5" unfinished maple leaf block into a 26.5 x 41" I believe pillow case body. That's okay, good for the brain to work! I also had to make my brain work to ensure I had the bands on such that the two maple leafs would tip toward each other when on our bed. I used the same construction method to make the leaves as for my Freefall QAL, but I did add a stem. I used Crafted Appliqué method, my favourite.
|One pillow is not as fluffy as the other, so the leaves don't look even, but each pillow case is identical in size.|
These won't be on our bed for very much longer, just until the end of the month, because then I switch to my Christmas ones. I now have four sets I've made, autumn, winter, and two summer ones. I love using quilts to decorate seasonally.
A little sidenote: I chased a squirrel, a big seasonal one, this past month and if you follow me on Instagram, you'll see I finished all 20 blocks for my pumpkin patch quilt! This squirrel bit me baaad. I plan to take the blocks which are laid out on the design wall, to the library today where I'm meeting a couple of friends to sew for a couple of hours. I should have a flimsy by the end of the get-together with any luck.
MacGyver took a break from installing drywall upstairs and got busy sanding the kitchen. He is so good at drywalling now that he only sands once after all his painstaking mudding. He has a couple touchups to do and it'll be ready for primer!!! Here it is as of Monday afternoon.
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