Monday, 18 October 2021

What I Did on The Weekend, Tiny Trees Dilemma, Free Patterns

 Just now on our walk, the barred owl flew over our heads low enough I could hear the sound of its wings flapping. Ned chased it, not very far as he doesn't stray from me. I realized I give this a significance, like it means something to see it and I wondered why. I realized I tend to think of all the critters and birds I spy as here for me, their audience somehow. A foolish notion but if that be so, I guarantee I am an appreciative one.

 Always a surprise when I see these very late blooming pink Asters in the back yard. I keep thinking to replant a few of them to the front where we would see them. Such a jaunty colour for this time of year.

Chasing an idea or What I Did on the Weekend!

I talked about a little tree project in my last post and I thought, yes that is doable if I don't plan a Christmas quilt as such. Make a block here and there as the mood strikes kind of thing. I figured it would just take me a few minutes to figure out how I would like to make mine.  I purchased Amy Smart's  pattern and instructions for her particular Patchwork Tree Quilt project which I had in my ideas folder for a very long time. She offers a free tutorial on how to put it together HERE.

 I tried sewing it by hand which would be my preferred method with such a small scrappy block.  Wasn't really crazy about how that went together so searched online and came across a free download for a little tree that is foundation pieced. 
Now that got me excited because I've really enjoyed that particular process with the Courthouse Steps. So far I have two done on the left there.  Don't know which sewing method I will stick with here. Have to decide on a tree trunk size or maybe I should plan on them not all perfectly matching just like in a real forest.  I hate measuring ­čśČ...I'm a real whiner when it comes to that. I'd just rather eyeball and run with it which is not a good thing, I know. 

Anyway, getting the plan made and pattern option finalized will be my TO DO project this week. 

So I'll give that a little bit of time to percolate while I finish edging the Tumbling Blocks with inset half diamond pieces this week. Rather makeshift but I think will be okay. Still in their cardstock templates.

Wendy mentioned this book in this post at her blog Pieceful Thoughts of a Quilting Life. - Bird Cottage by Eva Meijer.

  It caught my attention and am pretty sure it is a book I would enjoy.  I tracked a copy down at Book Outlet and ordered it. Thanks Wendy and also all of you in LeeAnna's Thursday Likes Party who write about the books you are enjoying.  Always great to have suggestions.

Cross stitchers, check this out. The famous Lizzie Kate has lovely free patterns on her blog including this one called Moon Over Blackbird. Pumpkin, moon, house, many favourite motifs in one little picture.

 Here is the link to that PDF File and here is a link to Lizzie Kate's wonderful patterns at 123 Stitch.

That's enough of a ramble from me. Hope everyone has a chance to step outside and breathe in the season, whichever one you are enjoying in your part of the world. 
Happy to link up with Love Laugh QuiltQuilt Fabrication and Texas Quilt Gal.




Jenny said...

I have seen those pretty little trees on blogland, they look really nice. You will be making your own forest of tiny trees bit by bit I expect. Have a happy week Jocelyn.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I wish I saw owls here but I never do - I do know they live here too - one time I saw a huge owl in Montana up in a tree looking down at me on an evening walk in a campground and I was amazed at its size and was so glad to have spotted it.

piecefulwendy said...

Oh, I'm so glad you found the book, you'll have to let me know what you think of it. How neat that the owl flew right by you; that is truly a fun gift while out on your walk. Thank you for the link to those cute patterns, I'm going to check that out.

Brian said...

How cool to be buzzed by that owl and Ned wanted to make sure you were safe. I love really like the block quilts!

Jackie said...

Your tumbling blocks quilt is wonderful. I love the colours.

Cute cross stitch pattern. I will check it out a bit later.

God bless.

Rosemary Dickinson said...

I checked out the tree tutorial. There's also a tutorial to make Christmas ornaments. I love them! I might make a few. Thanks for posting!

Nancy J said...

Hi Jocelyn, it's spring down here, with torrential rain yesterday that ran horizontal onto the main roads, driving was hazardous!!! Bulbs are blooming, fabric is getting sorted for some Christmas surprises, and as Robert Browning wrote in "Pippa Passes"
"The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven-
All's right with the world!"
I hope all is right with your world and home up north.
Update, parcel is in airline transit!!!!!XX

loulee said...

All good quilts need time to sit and percolate.
Your tumbling blocks look lovely.

K Reeves said...

I lovey our tumbling blocks! How big did you make it? The little trees will be such a fun ptoject. I have my own little forest growing at the moment- 10 little Christmas tree ornaments I hope to finish up today.

Linda said...

"Jaunty" - oh how I love your excellent use of the English language Jocelyn! I like your idea of different sized trunks for your tiny trees. Your tumbling blocks are looking great! I love, love Lizzie Kate - thanks for the link.
Thank you for linking up with To Do Tuesday!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I always feel honored to see owls, too. They seem very elusive and mysterious most of the time. Your little trees are fun, glad you found a way to enjoy piecing them! That little cross-stitch design is lovely! Are you going to stitch it?

Jenn Jilks said...

Wow. I've had that happen to me, the owl passing over. It really is amazing.
Good luck with your quilting. I ought to find a project, but cannot get motivated.

Sharon Kwilter said...

Love the tree blocks and your tumbling blocks quilt. Wow!

Pat said...

Making a tree here and there and pretty soon you will have a wonderful forest! Have fun with your stitching projects!!

QuiltGranma said...

A number of years ago I made paper pieced little trees and turned them into lightly stuffed tree ornaments/gift tags. they were fun to make. Thank you for the idea on how to finish the edges of my tumbling blocks quilt which has been in time out for a few years. I really do need to get back to that!

grammajudyb said...

I’m not a fan of paper piecing, but those trees are sure cute! Thanks to the link to the Lizzie Kate chart! Too cute!

dq said...

Well, your little trees are so cute eyeballed trunks or not.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Just seeing an owl is a blessing! We've sometimes seen a pair of snowy owls around our little airport just outside of town but I haven't been fortunate enough to be able to get a picture. Hopefully they'll return this winter!
I think you're going to have such fun with the tree project and I love the idea of making the trunks various sizes. Like you say, real trees have different sized trunks!

audrey said...

The little tree quilt is going to be so sweet!:)