Thursday, August 4, 2016

Week 7 of the Harvest Blog Hop

So today is August 5, 2016 and it's my turn to post my block for the 2016 Harvest Blog Hop.......
As you can see by the list below I'm swimming in the deep in with these super talented ladies.  Thank You, Rhonda for letting me play on the Varsity team.

My block is an Apple Basket.  Living in San Diego, we don't really have a fall like the rest of the county.  But what we do have, about 2 hours from my house, is a community called Julian.  It's a mountain town, well as far as San Diego Mountains that is.  But I digress,,,,, anyway.  Brown leaves, Julian, harvest and apples, those are all synonyms of autumn for me.  The one thing that will make me take a 2 hour car trip up the hill to Julian is for the Apple Pie.  So Julian apples are my inspiration for my block.  I hope you enjoy it.

This year, Jan 1, 2016  I became a Valdani distributor.  I'm like a cow in clover.  Nothing makes me happier than walking in that room and seeing all those rows of beautiful colors.  Last market,  Valdani came out with Wool Floss.  The Wool Floss comes in 2 sizes, 8 & 15, there is about 100 colors so far, but I'm sure that number will grow.  I haven't had much of an opportunity to work with it, but I made a point of using it with this block.

I love how it sinks into the wool.  I used size 8's to give it a bit more primitive look.



I used Diamond Textile fabrics as my two backgrounds.  I thought the checks reminded me of a table cloth.
Here is a Picture of my Block called "Apples for Sale"

My process is on the messy side.  I have to hand draw things
out. Get the idea out of my head and onto something that others can see.  Makes me believe it a bit more too, to tell you the truth.  We have 3 different colored apples, I did 3 cross stitch rows across the basket.  I did a simple whip stitch on everything else.


Here was my original sketch:

Not pretty, but like I said, "Got it out of my Head"



Then I start playing (working, working, working, I know I'm lucky) with fabrics and wools.  I have to figure out spacing and colors.












Then if I have done my job right, you may want what I have done.  So then it's on to kit making and making sure all the pieces are there!!!! And that they fit on the wool I'm putting in the kits!!!!



Thank God for Friends and JuJu, because that make the work is so much more fun.  That and listening to "My Favorite Murder" Podcast, if you love true crime, you will love it.  I remember my Great Grandmother and Grandma reading those true crime magazines when I was a kid.  My mother loves to roam around old cemeteries, so it must be in my blood.  My husband is sure I'm plotting the perfect murder. Again I digress....

Ok, ladies here is the link for the free Block.
If you want my kit, fabric and ready to go wool, the price is 11.95 includes shipping.
Also if you want to try the Wool Floss from Valdani.  I have a special kit for the 4 colors that I used. Each 10 yard skien sells for 3.75, but for all 4, I'm pricing it at $12.00 Link to kits here.

I hope you have enjoyed the blog.  I really need to do more of this...I think.  What do you guys think? I'm heading to Grand Rapids, MI for the AQS show next week.  First time there, first time at an AQS show.  Lots of deep water treading for this girl.  Then I hop back into the truck and drive the trailer to Manchester, NH for the World Quilt New England Show.  If you know of any shops I should hit on my way home, I would love to know.  I'm going to take my time, and enjoy my podcasts.  As the girls say on the MFM podcast, "Stay Sexy and Don't get Murdered"
Love you all, Shawn
Here is a complete list so you can follow along each week.



24 comments:

  1. I love your block! While I love pumpkins, we often forget that it is apple picking time as well. Great job!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan. You send your little baby block off to school and hope he makes friends.
      Shawn

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  2. Beautiful block. We make it a family affair to go apple picking.

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    1. I'm not much about picking apples, but I love Pie!!
      Thanks for taking the time to read the blog and I hope you enjoy making your own basket of apples.

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  3. Such a lovely block!! Thanks so much.

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    1. thanks Cheryl, I do really appreciate you responding. I'm so anxious if my stuff is good enough or if anyone is going to like it. So many talented designers out there. I hope you enjoy your basket of apples.

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  4. I love your block; just ordered the kit. I lived in San Diego for 6 years and did go visit Julian. A few times, not only in the fall for apples but in spring for the lilac bouquets. Heavenly scent! Safe travels and enjoy

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    1. Didn't you just love Julian? Thanks so much for following the Blog Hop.
      Enjoy your Apple Block, Shawn

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  5. Shawn-
    I just sent you a list of shops to visit on your way home. I went through the "contact us" on your website. Thanks for the cute block. I look forward to Fridays to see what wonderful creativity will greet me in the morning.

    Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie for the list, I already printed them out. I'm going to take my time driving home from New Hampshire. Enjoy the block, Shawn

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  6. Thank you so much for the pattern, Shawn. I grew up on an apple orchard and have lots of good memories that include apples. It will be fun to stitch your design. Wool, Valdani, Diamond Textiles and apples...you can't beat that!

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  7. You are the bomb girfriend. Love Julian in the fall and the apple pie isn't bad either. Will definitely be making this block.

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    1. Love your right back, Miss Kelly. Don't you make pies?

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  8. I absolutely love it but I thought you'd be as happy as a Crow in corn. Lol �� I absolutely love Julian apple pies thanks again for the great block hugs for you the kitties and Juju Liz Schraeder

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    1. I know, wanted to, but being number 7 on the list. I knew that there would be crows represented!!!
      JuJu and the gang say Hi!
      Enjoy the block

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  9. Beautiful block! Love it! Our family loves visiting the apple orchard.

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    1. You are so welcome. Thanks for following along. Enjoy the block, Shawn

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    1. Vicki, You are so welcome. Thank you for following along. Shawn

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  11. Love the block. JuJu is cute too! Thank you!

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  12. Thanks Pam. JuJu is such a wonder, so in love with this dog.
    I hope you enjoy the block and the Blog Hop

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  13. Love, love, LOVE your block and this Blog Hop!!! Thanks for such a cute design. Also congratulations on becoming a Valdani distributor and being part of the Checker line. Rusty Crow is really soaring! I will be placing an order soon. Say hi to Kelly and love to the the kitties and JuJu.

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  14. Happy to see you at Grand Rapids and pick up my kit yesterday, thank you :)

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