I am back from Japan and enjoying settling into fall with the cooler weather helping set the mood here in the Bay Area. Once fully caught up on work and projects, I intend to get a post out with all my Japanese fabric purchases but that is for another day.
In the meantime, after the jet lag was behind me, I set out to catch up on my Fall into a QAL block 10, Patchwork Pickles which was designed by Sandra Healy. Of course I am in love with this block. One of the first things I did on landing back state side was to check the status of my tomatoes, and weren’t they in a state of canning readiness! So it was appropos, for me anyway, to see this block appear in the line up.
I opted for a low volume background rather than pure white, mostly to represent the herbs and seeds that I normally pickle with. The canning backgrounds also work better with the other blocks in this QAL such as Mr. Turkey.
Pears are my fall favorite fruit, and I love all pear types, including D’Anjou as well as the Bosc pears. I also opted to make a suite of colors to represent my favorite types. Fall shadows showed up in my lunch photo session but hey, fall is what this quilt is all about. And it seems I lost a stem on one of my pears. I suppose I would catch that when I sew the appliqued shapes down right?
I took the time to fix it, and adjust my carrots to my liking. Much better with the yellow carrot in front of the others. Such a pleasing block!
I couldn’t resist adding a blend of purple, orange and yellow carrots also representing my favorite bunch to buy – rainbow carrots. My garden carrots while quite small, are quite sweet.
Can’t believe there are just two blocks left. I had time to complete one of my two pumpkin blocks. They sure are fun to make.
Finally, I am piecing together my leftover HSTs from various previous blocks. Here’s a sneak peak of what I’ve done with some of them.
You’ll have to wait to see what’s next for these little guys and how they will fit within this quilt. I may have hinted that I want to have 16 squares to make the quilt larger. So I’ve duplicated a couple of the designer blocks and hope to get one more done soon. More to come on that later!
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