Thursday, October 4, 2012

My Day for Leafs Me Happy Blog Hop

It's my day to share with you what I made for the fall blog hop. The first 2 fall blocks I made were these two:

fall colored blocks (2)
Fall wonky free-form log cabin block.
fall colored blocks (3)
Fall colors pieced block. I sewed strips together, then cut them and resewed them.
Then I got to thinking about fall here in New Mexico...Starting the first weekend every October in New Mexico, and lasting for 9 days, is the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. It's the largest gathering of hot air balloons in the world.  So when I think of fall I think of hot air balloons. It's a magical time when balloonists and tourists from all over the world gather to see hundreds of balloons ascend into the beautiful blue skies of New Mexico. There are so many unique special shapes balloons too that are so much fun to see. From the New Mexico Chili Ristra Balloon to Canada's Maple Leaf balloon and the Canadian Royal Mounted Police balloon. (Those Canadian balloons are dedicated to you Madame Samm). So I just had to make a Hot Air Balloon quilt to celebrate the fall here in New Mexico.
October skies balloon quilt (1)
Close-up of a balloon.
October skies balloon quilt (2)
October Skies in New Mexico quilt. I designed and made this quilt. The center balloon depicts the New Mexico state flag with the Zia sun symbol in red. The sky fabric is more watercolor pencils on fabric like I did on the piggies quilt pillow.
falling leaves table runner (2)
Falling Leaves table runner. Maple leaves appliqued onto a leaf print background fabric, although you probably can't see the white background is actually a leaf print. I had the leaf print fabric I used in the border for several years too. So everything is leaves on this quilt.
falling leaves table runner (3)
I could have made each into a separate block, but it was easier to applique to a long background fabric instead and besides I wouldn't have had enough background fabric if I had made separate blocks.
falling leaves table runner (1)
Can you see the leaf print background fabric? I quilted veins in the leaves and quilted pebbles in the background and the border.
falling leaves table runner (5)
The backing fabric is a zigzag print using all the colors I used on the front (green, gold, brown, burgandy, brown).

I hope you enjoyed my quilted creations. Thanks to Madame Samm and Cherry for organizing another fun blog hop.
 
 
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96 comments:

  1. I love your leaf runner, the pale background really makes those beautiful autumn colours stand out. Your hot air balloon quilt is fantastic.

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  2. Oooh they are all lovely - I love the balloon quilt and I also love the leaf table runner - maple leafs are so interesting arent they. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Wow Daryl,
    absoutely gorgeous patchwork, wonderful atumly blogpost, thanks!
    Liebe Grüsse
    Bente

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  4. wonderful project. thank you for sharing.

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  5. All your blocks are wonderful, but my favorite is the maple leaf runner.
    Thanks for sharing your awesome projects
    Britt-Inger in Malmö, Sweden

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  6. WOW! what a show, the wonky log cabin, the stripes, the balloons... gorgeous! the maple leaf tablerunner, so crispy in colors, thank you for sharing these great blocks/quilts.

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  7. I thought, you can't top that funky log cabin, it is lovely. Then I read on and saw the balloons....topped. I thought I might as well stop now, she can't possibly top that. But then I saw the leaves.....Wow. Amazing. Three perfect projects. Well done!

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  8. All of your blocks are wonderful. I love the balloon quilt. I have always wanted to visit New Mexico and see the balloon...must be absolutely beautiful!

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  9. wow wonderful projects! The balloons are great and the table runner is absolutly my taste ;)

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  10. All so very beautiful. I think the first two are my favorites.

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  11. Your Balloon block is exceptional. Just Gorgeous! Your work with leaves is wonderful too. The colors are just right.

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  12. Great quilts! Your balloons remind me of the Great Reno Balloon Race, Dawn Patrol and Mass Ascension! Thanks for sharing all of the beauty!!!

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  13. Your blocks are gorgeous. Especially love the hot air balloons and the tablerunner. Wonderful inspiration!

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  14. Daryl I love your blocks and your balloon (I did a balloon wall hanging once for a guild challenge!) but it was the leaves that intrigued me. First of all I love leaves, but also I thought your quilting was wonderful! blessings, marlene

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  15. What a wonderful hot air balloon quilt and I really liked your leaf table runner. I have been thinking of doing something with leaves and looking at your runner was very inspiring.

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  16. Your leaf runner is so realistic I love it. The hot air baloon is awesome.Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Great projects. And to see that balloon festival in person must be really awesome.

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  18. Very, very nice! I love the leaf runner -- your quilting on it looks fabulous! And your hot air balloon blocks are super!!!! :)

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  19. I love your projects with that lovely fabrics . The leaf runner caught my eyes.Thanks for sharing!1

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  20. You just can't beat leaves in the fall. I think the leaves are my favorite!

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  21. OMGoodness Daryl, your leaf runner...stopped me here for a few minutes...everything about it I admired...wow...and sew much sew...well you will see... you gave us a feeling of warmth this morning, enough to fly away in your balloon ...lovely

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  22. love your projects...great imagination and color choices.

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  23. Beautiful work Daryl and what wonderful projects!! Your balloons are really, really neat!

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  24. Your fall projects are just lovely. I love the hot air balloons.

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  25. That leaf quilt is spectacular as is the hot air balloon mini, such inspiration this morning! Thanks for sharing!!

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  26. Thanks for sharing, your version of fall is striking. Love the balloons.

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  27. It must be wonderful to see all those hot air balloons. We have them here in Pennsylvania but the most I have seen at one time was 4. Love your quilts, and the stitching on the leaf runner is just beautiful.

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  28. I have heard of the Hot Air Balloon Fest before...must be spectacular to see all the balloons in the air! Love the colors in your leaf table runner. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. I remember the balloons. I was there in 1998 when my grandson was born. Becky Rork shows pictures each year of the balloons she can see from her house. So awesome. The quilts are great. Thanks

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  30. Wonderful creations, I will have to share the RCMP balloon with my son who is a member , wonder if he is aware of this balloon ,pretty neat as is the maple leaf . I also loved your runner ,lovely choice of fabrics and nice stitching :-)

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  31. I couldn't resist and pinned your table runner with maple leaves, I love those leaves, and yours are gorgeous!
    have you a patter/tutorial to make it?
    good job Daryl

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  32. Wow! Fantastic! Your work is beautiful! Thanks for participating in the blog hop & inspiring us today!

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  33. I love everything you made - but especially the balloon quilt. I was there one magical October for the Hot Air Balloon Festival many years ago. It was a wonderful experience.

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  34. Beautiful blocks! Love the hot air balloons! The falling leaves runner is stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Your projects are all just gorgeous! I love them all!

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  36. I love the falling leaves table runner!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  37. Great job on your projects. I have been to the Balloon Festival, and it is wonderful. Love your balloons.

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  38. I really love the leaf table runner. All projects were nice. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. I love your table runner! I have just started to try figuring out free motion quilting and am really impressed with this!

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  40. Daryl-Love your balloon quilt-so "out of the box" thinking for Fall, but beautiful. Your leafy table runner is great too, very seasonal. From NoCal, thanks for sharing.

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  41. Such fun and frivolity in those balloon blocks and you've made a gorgeous salute to Canada :)
    Thank you for sharing

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  42. Hi!!! I love all of your blocks!!! The quilting looks great!! Your table runner is perfect!! Thank You

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  43. Your creations are beautiful. I especially like your wonky birdhouse. I must become a follower. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Balloon Fiesta this Saturday! We're taking our 16 month old son to it for his first balloon experience. Great projects!

    Fawn

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  45. I really enjoyed your posting, I like all your projects. I have seen hot air balloons only once and they are amazing. My favorit is the leaf table runner. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. Beauties, Daryl, every one! As I read, I was looking forward to seeing a photo of hundreds of hot air baloons. :-( (sad face) But you're stitched creations are beautiful so I'm leaving your blog now with a :-) (happy face).

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  47. The blocks are perfect. I especially liked the leaves. Thank you for sharing with us all.

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  48. The Leaf runner is over the moon. I love fall leaves and all the colors. Stop over and enter my giveaway for the Leafs Me Happy blog hop http://jeannegwin.blogspot.com Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Oh, my! Those are some fabulous quilts! Love your leaf runner, and your balloon fiesta! Thanks for sharing.

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  50. Your projects are beautiful, the applique leaves are stunning

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  51. The leaf table runner is absolutely beautiful!! I love the pebble quilting -- perfect backdrop!! :-)

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  52. LOVE the Falling Leaves tablerunner!

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  53. Daryl, great job on the leaf runner and hot air balloons. Would love to be in your area to see all those Hot air balloons, maybe someday......

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  54. Its so lovely, I know you are proud,,, Each piece of fabric is vintage but mod and the colors are real.. I love the photo to as Madmn Samm said on todays blog. She said she would love to have it on her island, I wonder if its a big island with beach front or a kitchen island.. LOL Your piece is great.

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  55. What pretty projects...just love the hot air balloons!! TFS

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  56. Really creative blocks! The runner is so simple yet so effective.

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  57. My Favorite picture of the last one showing the softness of the tablerunner against the stone. The contract is breathe taking.

    Thank you for sharing such wonderful pieces of art.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  58. WOW! Daryl the leaf tablerunner is BEAUTIFUL! WOW! your work is so amazing and OMG! the air ballon one is so neat, you should totally open your own Etsy shop to sell you beautiful work!!
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  59. Lovely table runner Daryl and the Hot air balloon Quilt, Sweet! Thank you for sharing with us today...Judith, Texas

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  60. Your leaf runner is beautiful and the balloons are wonderful. Great choice of colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. I did enjoy your creations. thanks for sharing.

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  62. I love all your projects. They look wonderful! Thanks for sharing!!

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  63. Love your table runner and hot air balloons! Thank you for sharing.

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  64. your blocks and runner are wonderful.

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  65. Horray for you for honorable mention for the day! Everything looks lovely. Your pieced strips would have made a beautiful hot air ballon as well. It reminded me of some of the hot air ballons i have seen. Thanks for sharing the fun. janita

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  66. That is one of the prettiest leaf runners I've ever seen.

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  67. I am inspired by your entire output of Fall quilts. I especially love the balloons.

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  68. Rosemary B here:
    I love your projects very much. --really like the fabrics you used, love the balloon, and that twirly block and the other blocks

    beautiful!
    thanks for sharing your creativity!!

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  69. All your projects are great! That runner is the best. The leaves look like they just fell out of a tree onto the table! We used to have a hot air balloon fest each fall in Hershey that I took my kiddos to. It was always so cool to watch them inflate and take off. Sadly, they don't do it anymore.

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  70. All the bloks are great. I like the runner. I am really liking leafs and pumpkins right now :)

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  71. Thanks for the background on the balloon festival. Love all your blocks, but being Canadian, I think the leaf table runner is my favorite.

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  72. Great leaf table runner!! I was just thinking about the Fiesta coming up... it will be the first one I have missed in 33 years! :-( Darn new job, can't get the time off this year! Wish the balloons a good flight for me. It's truly a magical experience to see them.

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  73. Love all of your blocks, especially the hot air balloon one. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  74. The Falling Leaves table runner is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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  75. Wow - all your projects are wonderful! I really like the hot air balloons!

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  76. Yes, I did enjoy your creations. Both are lovely. The maple leaves runner is perfect - love the colors and your quilt stitching was great.

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  77. I love your work! Maple leafs always me smile, and that hot air balloon quilt is something else! Thanks for sharing with us all.

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  78. I love your leaf runner, and the water colour background of your balloon block is just gorgeous.

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  79. I Love all your beautiful pieces!! Your balloons are as beautiful as the real ones!!

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  80. Your work is wonderful. I am in love with your leaf runner, so pretty.

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  81. The table runner is awesome!!Thanks for sharing!

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  82. Your work is always wonderful... I LOVE that hot air balloon!

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  83. Wonderful blocks! Love your leaf table runner too.

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  84. So many pretty fall creations, Daryl! I'm especially delighted by your leaf runner with all those details... your stitches really add the perfect finish to this beauty.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  85. Thanks for sharing with us! I love the fall themed fabric pieced block - it looks fun! We have the Art and Air Festival in Albany Or in the summer and its my favorite part of summer! Driving to work for two weeks, I get to see balloons going up and landing - too cool. Thanks again Daryl!

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  86. Beautiful leaves on your runner. Congrats on being one of the chosen.

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  87. Your projects are lovely! I really like the water colour pencils on fabric used for the sky.

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  88. Your table runner is gorgeous and I love your hot air balloons. So nicely done. Thanks for sharing!

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  89. very creative thanks for sharing!

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  90. Hi Daryl,
    You did a wonderful job as usual but I especially liked the balloon quilt and the way you colored the background fabric. Lets hope that tomorrow doesn't bring winds and we will get to see all those beautiful balloons up above us.
    Bobbie (SIA buddy)

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  91. Daryl,you did it again, I love each one of your creations! do not ask me to choose, because I could not. You did a beautiful job on your projects,I love tem all!!!!! thanks for sharing them with us.
    Marisa.

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  92. I love your fall table runner! Beautiful! The ballon wallhanging is great also but I reall love the fall colors so the leaves are the winner for me!hulseybg@gmail.com

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  93. Beautiful work on all of them. Love how you did the pebble quilting on the maple leaf table runner. This is my favourite season.

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  94. I love your leaf table runner. the fabrics are lovely. the balloon quilt is really cute.

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  95. Hiya! What lovely work!!! I especially like the Falling Leaves table runner. The wonky log cabin is very nice, and I'm not even a big fan of wonky work lol. The balloon quilt is fantastic, I would love to be able to see the balloons, especially at night. Thank you for sharing with us. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  96. All wonderful projects, but I particularly like the final leaves tablerunner!

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