Day 19 of 30: Autumn Block

I just love the colors of Fall and especially pumpkins.  And I miss them now that I’m living in the desert.  It’s still Summer here with highs near 100 this weekend.   I know that many of you are starting to see the colors change.  Enjoy them for me, won’t you?

Autumn Block by Pam Schoessow

Autumn Block by Pam Schoessow


Newborn King

Today I’m getting things tagged and finished up for my quilt show later this week.   I’m hoping that people who love to look at quilts will also be interested in my little paintings.  Here are a few more mini 4″ x 4″ pics I have recently completed.  




Acorn Block

I’m painting some small (4″ x 4″) boards to sell at our guild’s quilt show coming up this month.  Image


I think it looks cute on this tiny wooden easel which I plan to include. 



What do you think would be a good price?  I’ve never sold any of my paintings before.

Pineapple Quilt Nearing Completion

As I told  you a while back, I took a workshop from Gyleen Fitzgerald called “Scappy Pineapple” .  Well I have finally finished 16 blocks that I think will make a nice table topper or wall hanging.  Here is my finished block.  I pieced it in a “controlled scrappy” fashion.


I took my colors from this focus fabric that I just love:IMG_0855

It’s “controlled scrappy” because although I used lots of different prints, I used the same red fabric in the centers and corners.  I also saved the black to use in the last round of the pineapple.  This creates a secondary design when all the blocks are put together.  Here’s what it looks like.


Now I’m thinking about borders.  I want to use my focus fabric for sure, but I also want a skinny inner border.  I’ve narrowed the small border down to two color choices.  Here’s the “audition”.

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What do you think?  The black is the natural choice, but I kind of like the “pop” of the turquoise.  I would really appreciate some input before I complete the top.  So should it be the black or turquoise?  You choose.

Quilt Block 3 Ducks and Ducklings


Quilt Block 3  Ducks and Ducklings

The name of this block was of course my inspiration for this little pic. No mystery here. I do wonder about the name though. Are the large triangles supposed to be the ducks and the smaller ones the ducklings? It is a mystery to me how most blocks got their name.

Quilt Block 2 Cat’s Cradle


Quilt Block 2   Cat's Cradle

According to the little info I could find on the Internet, quilt block pattern names came from the women who made them. The quilts’ names reflected women’s homes, family life, the environment, religious beliefs and even political happenings.
I couldn’t find anything specific about this block “Cat’s Cradle”, other than it’s name and pattern.

Quilt Block One: Bear Paw


Quilt Block One: Bear Paw

After a few days of quilting, it’s time to get back to painting. Sometimes I struggle with what to draw so I thought I would do as many other artists have done–pick a theme. So this weeks’ theme is going to be quilt blocks–something I know. How blocks got their names is a subject for a book. Many blocks are known by more than one name. This one is a classic–Bear Paw. I’m going to try to paint most days and then post the one or two I like best at the end of the week on Leslie’s blog.