It is time to reveal block number 2 in the I Love Home Block of the Month by Jacquelynne Steves! It has been SO exciting to see everyone’s take on block 1! There are so many different color variations and people are being so creative! If you want to have a peek at some of the different blocks, have a look in the Sew Quilty group ( click here). I just love all that creativity and out-of-the-box thinking!
This was MY version of block 1:
I decided to add a sweet little girl and her baby because she was just so adorable, and of course did my own take on the color scheme because orange is my new favorite color 😀
Alright, time to reveal block 2. This one was so much fun to make! So much fun, that I decided to do an embroidered version of the block as well! I just love to sit and work on embroidery at night. It is so relaxing AND I still get some social time with hubby. Here is my embroidered version:
Here is a detail from the door, because I am just a little bit in love with my toadstool button~it just seemed perfect for this little “Hansel and Gretel” colored house!
And here is what I ended up making with that embroidered block: A sweet little wallhanging, complete with scalloped trim around the edges!
A few more close-up photos showing the details!
Okay, now on to my appliqued version :). As you may recall, I had already started the appliqué for block 2 last time, because I was having so much fun playing with my fabric. I also needed to figure out where I was going to place the little girl…this time around I decided to fussy cut around her and place her in the shadow of the tree~ A perfect place for a mid afternoon stroll 🙂
The rest of the block went together so easily. I love that the piecing is not complicated so that all the focus can be on the cute appliqué! I did decide to make my blocks a bit more scrappy than in the original pattern, because I wanted to incorporate a few more colors.
I do want to share 2 little tips that you might find helpful: I was having a hard time getting my little narrow border strips to behave, so after I pressed them I placed a BIG ruler on top and on top of that my antique( HEAVY) iron. Then I let the block cool and it did seem to help a bit with the strips not bowing out!Also, I was having a hard time deciding on whether I wanted to make my outside borders as scrappy as I did, so I made up the pieces and laid them out and looked at them with my reducing glass….it is a great way to have a good look at your colors/ block design to see if they make you happy!
Time for you to get started on your block 2, which should have arrived in your email inbox by now. If you are not signed up yet, it is not too late! Just click here and get yourself on the email list! I can’t wait to see what you all decide to do with this block so please make sure to post your pictures either in the Sew Quilty Group or on the Pinterest board.
Alright, now for the part you are all waiting for: The Prize Give-Away! This month the prize will be a Fat Quarter bundle, generously donated by Designs by Sarah J.!
This prize giveaway is open to EVERYONE so make sure to enter! In order to have a chance to win this month’s prize, please leave me a comment here in this post telling me what colors you are using in your blocks…are they bright, subdued, country, Christmas??
You must leave your comment by 11:59pm EST on September 10th, 2017. This giveaway is now closed! ( A note for those of you who were having trouble leaving comments last month: You want to make sure you are reading the actual post so click on the title of this post ( I love home~block 2 revealed). That will take you to my webpage and when you scroll down to the bottom you will see a comment section. )
My winner last month was SandyK. She won the Aurifil thread packet….congrats SandyK! Don’t forget to go have a peek at all the other participating bloggers and their blocks for more chances to win:
- The Crafty Quilter
- The Inbox Jaunt
- Designs by Sarah J
- Penguin and Fish
- Podunk Pretties
- The Quilting Nook
- The Sewing Loft
Alright, I am off to enjoy the rest of the long weekend with my family, and maybe to do a little bit of quilting here and there! Here are some pictures of projects that are keeping me entertained these days:
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Until next time~Happy Creating!