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Monday, October 8, 2012

Leaf's Me Happy, October 9th

Fall has arrived in my dahlia bed!!

Leaf's Me Happy-My DAY to share!  (don't forget the others along this hop)

"Whirl Star in Fall"

How exciting to share a block with others, October 9th carries special meaning because it would have been the 100th birthday of my mother-in-law!!!  I have chosen a free paper pieced pattern available online from ( ) to create a "Whirling Star". The use of a handy "tool" created by my husband, The Wizz Ripper Gripper, came in handy to smooth seams and cut threads.  I will be giving away a Wizz Ripper Gripper to one lucky follower!!

Wizz Ripper Gripper

The Wizz Ripper Gripper is like having a "third" hand to quickly cut chain-pieced items apart.  The base is constructed from aluminum in the shape of a heart which has a custom slot designed for a high quality folding seam ripper.  You can fold the sharp point down when not in use, or remove and fold up and place securely in the base.  A bonus feature is that you can use the weighted base as a "press" or if you are experiencing a "power surge" use it to "cool off".

Being in the teaching profession always brings a whirl of activity in the fall in preparation of students return to the classroom.  This season is one of my personal favorites with all the change events unfolding and mother nature presenting beautiful colors before our eyes.  While my garden is producing many stunning colors, including this "Rock Star", the classroom contains many more future leaders.

With my paper piece pattern/instructions downloaded, printing of the templates, it was time to prepare my materials for construction.  Selecting the fabric presented difficult choices and once I decided upon a yellow for background, the floral jumped out of the container and finished with an accent fabric to depict the blazing red sunsets we have witnessed this fall (unfortunately the vivid colors are the result of a lot of "smoke" from various wildfires). A BIG thank you to a good friend for opening her "fabric stash" to make my selections, she also provided an area to "construct".  If you would like a copy of the pattern, send me an email:

Selected pattern example from
Below you will find the fabrics I selected and the unfinished block.

Organizing the pieces for sewing.

It is very important to read directions carefully and the pattern used contained both text and pictures to guide you through the construction process.  A few helpful "veteran hints" such as using a 1/4" ruler, a firm piece of cardstock to assist with folding, and using a quality "paper" for the templates was important advice.

 "whirl star in fall" centerpiece block

This is designed as a 12 1/2" block, my dining room table is round and I wanted to have a "centerpiece" to place my handblown glass vase to display my flowers.
Seasonal flowers on display

Just the block

Fabric details
IF you are interested in having the detailed construction directions, please send me an email and I will provide a pdf document.

A special thanks to Cherry for hosting this great event-Remember to visit the other sites featuring blocks today and during this Blog-Hop-don't forget to "comment" or "follow" my blog to have an opportunity to be entered in a random drawing to be held on Halloween Eve (10/30/12) for your special "treat" opportunity to  own  a Wizz Ripper Gripper!  With the winner's permission, the selection will be posted on this blog.

Tuesday 9
ferristhoughts  (Yes, this is where you are now)

In case you have missed the other days, here is the previous days:
Monday 1
Fuzzy Hat Quilter
The Cuddle Quilter
Quilts My Way
Country Cabin Thoughts and Crafts
Dream quilt create
Needled Mom
Quilter in Motion
Sunshine Girl

Tuesday 2
Mrs.Pickles Garden
Gingersnaps Quilts
Petit Design Co
A Passion For Applique
Annie Oak Designs
Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Wednesday 3
Plum and June
The Recipe Bunny
It's Sew Kiki
PigTales and Quilts
Quilting fiesta
Just Let Me Quilt
Selina Quilts
The Learning Curve~Quilts and Such

Thursday 4
Debby Kratovil Quilts
Patchouli Moon Studio
Freemotion by the River
Quilt Doodle Designs
Apple Avenue Quilts
Jane’s Quilting
Spoilt Dog Quilts
Ramblings of a Quilter
A Passion For Appliqué
Gracie Oliver Arts

Friday 5
Insanity Defense
Michelle May and the Bunnies
Sparrow In Flight
Quilted Delights
Quilting With a Marmalade Cat
Traveling Quilter
A Stitch in Time
Cherry Blossoms
Tea Time Creations
Moose Stash Quilting
Stitchin By The Lake

Oops...Saturday and Sunday missing(sorry)

Monday 8
Feathered Nest Studio
Grandmama's Stories
From This to That
Little Mama Hen
Quilt Monster in my Closet
in stitches & seams
Buzzing and Bumbling
Nunu's Quilt World
Quilts And Dogs
Briarside Lane

Wednesday 10
Quilter in the Closet
Peanut's Patchwork
Quilting Lines
Ariane Quilts
Lily Patch Quilts
Cindy's Crafty Creations
Hill Valley Quilter
Count it *all* JOY!!!
Sew We Quilt


SpartanBabe said...

Love the block Liz! You really captured Fall in it :o) Thanks for hopping and for sharing!!!

Thearica said...

I have not seen that block before! Awesome!

Judy B said...

Beautiful block! Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway.

Sunshine Girl said...

What a lovely block and thank you for the instructions - love the idea of a whizz ripper gripper too! Thanks for sharing.

Nati said...

That's looks so difficult! Thanks for sharing it

Britt-Inger said...

Your block is very wonderful Thanks for sharing

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Just a lovely block and great tips with your paper piecing.

Heleen Groot said...

That is one stunning fall block. Absolutely love it! Your dahlias look really good too!

Lesley said...

Gorgeous block!

Fiesta said...

Great project. SUch inspiration. Thank you for sharing with us.

Patty D from NC said...

Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

tink's mom said...

Lovely color choices, great block, thanks for sharing it with us.

Sandy D said...

Great Block and colors.Thanks for sharing.

Mommarock said...

Oh those are super cool, I would love to be able to do those!

Needled Mom said...

That is gorgeous. I would love to have the PDF . Your colors are wonderful and it looks so pretty with the flowers.

krislovesfabric said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful block today :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Beautiful block....I would love the pattern if you don't mind...thank you.

pinsandneedles said...

Your fabric choices are fabulous for that great paper pieced star! Thanks for sharing!

JCnNC said...

Wonderful block - thanks for the shout out for Favequilts - I do love paperpiecing. Judy C in NC

JCnNC said...

Not sure where to sign up to be a follower - just let me know and I will gladly do that. Judy C in NC

Charlene S said...

Very pretty table mat. Pretty with flowers or without.

Madame Samm said...

Good Morning Liz...lovely autumn block..what more could we ask for....Paper piecing don't you just love it..

Julie said...

Very pretty and an interesting pattern too!

beaquilter said...

lovely block and cool gadget

Helen said...

Very Very nice. Love the colors you choose!Love the precise lines of paper piecing. Thanks For Sharing

Linda said...

Oh, Liz, your block is so pretty! It definitely says "Fall"! Great job!

Wendy said...

Your block turned out lovely, so autumny!

gpc said...

Your block is beautiful!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Loved your beautiful block!!

Abbigail said...

Your block has such beautiful colors in it! I love it and would like a copy of the pattern please. I don't think mine will turn out as nice as yours but I'm willing to try! I'm curious about the little seam ripper your husband has created! How cool to have your hubby interested in your hobby! Can I have him??? LOL! Wonderful job!

patchouli moon studio said...

Beautiful block!

carla ( said...

Hi!!! Very pretty block!!! Love the colors!!!! The new tool sounds interesting!!! I did not see a way to follow you!!! But I will check back!!!! Beautiful flowers too!!! Thank You

Kathy H said...

Very pretty block and your flowers looked so pretty on top of it. Your wizz ripper sounds like a good idea. I just finished a bed quilt and there were 100's of chained pieces that i had to cut apart. it seemed to take forever!

Bonnie58 said...

Gorgeous block. Love the colours. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on the wizz ripper draw

Chris said...

This block is really unique. You did a lovely job of chooseing fabrics for it.

Vesuviusmama said...

How nice to have a handy hubby who can invent useful tools for you! And your block is gorgeous!

sew.darn.quilt said...

This is absolutely stunning, the colours are gorgeous!
Thank you for sharing :)

Pauline said...

What a great block design your picked, I love the colors you used.
Thanks for sharing.

JanesQuilting said...

I love your block design...The fabric that you chose is just perfect (my favorite colors to use in a quilt) I also want to thank you for the tutorial and the pattern for paper piecing the block. If you don't mind, I would like to copy and paste it so I can give it a try.

Rebeckah Austin said...

Lovely PP thanks for sharing :)

StitchinByTheLake said...

So pretty - I love the fabrics you chose! blessings, marlene

BizyStitches said...

Wow, that is a beautiful block. Your husband has created a very usefull item for the sewing world. Thanks for the chance to win. I couldn't find a place to follow your blog.


Beautiful block! Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway. I didnt see where to sign up for your blog???

Ariane said...

This is a gorgeous block!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Kathy said...

I love the fabrics you used in your block--beautiful work. The whizz ripper gripper tool is awesome!

Gill said...

A fabulous block! Thank you for sharing!
I couldn't find where to sign up to follow you!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

That is a beautiful block. Great design and lovely fabrics.
What a wonderful gadget! Very clever.
I'd love to 'follow by email' ley me know if you add it.

Judy said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely block!!

Rosa said...

Love your stunning fall blocks and thanks for the tip!

deborah said...

Your block is beautiful and your husband' invention is ingenious! Hope I win one!! ;)

LJ said...

Wow! Beautiful block - look at how those points match even in the center of the PP block (I know that's a tough point.)Your flowers are gorgeous and would love a bouquet of them sitting on my table, too. :) Your husband is also a creator with his "Wizz Ripper Gripper". Cool. Thanks for sharing and now I must leaf you.

Lyn said...

Thanks so much, Beautiful blocks!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Love your block...great colors and fabric choices...and what a great tool your hubby invented! Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

Farm Quilter said...

Your block is amazing!! I love it! Wow, you have one creative hubby too - that Wizz Ripper Gripper is a fabulous tool to make chain piecing even faster! Thank you both for the super giveaway!

Carrie P. said...

Amazing block. thanks for sharing.

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here: Superb block. WOW love the color choices, such a pretty completed project
thank you so much for sharing
and for this give away, how generous!

Sue said...

Gorgeous block! It sure makes a great table mat.

louzee said...

beautiful block and nice colors!

MoeWest said...

That's a very nice PP star block. I love how yours turned out in the pretty fall colours. Thanks for a chance in your giveaway. It looks like a handy tool to have.

Robin said...

That is a very pretty block! It looks wonderful as a centerpiece!

Gwen said...

What a beautiful block! I still haven't gotten the hang of paper piecing-- but am amazed at the complex blocks that can be made with paper piecing-- so I'll keep trying.. :-)

Sheila said...

I love the block and the colors you chose to make it , lovely!!

Annette said...

great block ... love the colors and all the sharp points you created with your pp-ing.
thanks for sharing in the hop
in stitches

Debuko said...

Lovely block!! Thanks for sharing!

~Kris~ said...

Thanks for sharing your block. You did a great job with fabric selection.

Mimi said...

Love your block!!! Thanks for sharing in the blog hop!

Cathy said...

Beautiful block! Thank you for sharing your helpful information.

Aurea said...

Paper piecing, just love it and your blocks is beautiful and colorful. It really feels fallish. Thanks for sharing.

evelyn said...

What a cool tool your hubby has invented. Great pp block. It looks lovely with your flowers.

Teri said...

Love your would be a cool mug rug.....what a cool tool....

mahoo said...

Love your block! It sets off your flowers beautifully. Thanks for sharing with us.

Jeanne Gwin said...

That is really very pretty, nice job and love your fresh flowers. Thank you for sharing.

My giveaway is still going on over @ The Learning Curve, Come one - Come all and enter to win 6 FQ's of fall-ish fabric, you have until midnight Wed, October 10 to enter.

nicolesender said...

Your block is beautiful! I love your dahlias.

Maria Kievit said...

Love the colours you choose for your block! Thanks for sharing.

Judith said...

Beautiful! Love the fabric choice. Lovely...Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

Suze said...

Oh,a gal after my heart in many ways. Education run deeps in my family as does quilting. I will be emailing you for the pattern. I recently participated in a Pat Speth retreat and the whizz ripper gripper tool thingy was a great source of conversation at the retreat. I sure have been wanting one. I just use a pair of scissors. Your block is amazing and sings of spring. Oh, yeah, my current husband is from Gresham. Small world isn't it. He and I each spent 30 years in the world of IT before retiring. Now, I can quilt, quilt, quilt! His sister and SIL each live in the Portland area and have quite a quilting envy going. One is very artisitic and the other is quite a perfectionist (having been an engineer). Thank you for taking time in this busy, busy world to particpate and share your creativity. You inspired many, many people. Thank you!

becky said...

I really like your whirl star block ver pretty fabric.Thank-you for the give away talk about a handy gadget.Becky

Lyndsey said...

A really great block. Thanks for sharing.

Val Spiers said...

A great block pattern. I love the fabrics too.

Lori said...

This is a lovely block. What a really neat sewing too. Thanks for sharing.

Gina said...

The block is beautiful! I enjoyed all your photos! That's a cool tool your husband designed / made! Thanks for the chance to win! Thanks for participating in the blog tour & inspiring us today!

Katherine said...

Lovely fall version of that pretty block! Seeing yours has me wanting to dive in to stitch one, too. ;o)

Connie said...

What a beautiful PP block!! That sounds like a neat tool your husband made too, thanks for the giveaway!

Diane's quilting said...

Great job on a beautiful block. Dahlias are looking good til the rains come

Pam said...

Hiya! What an interesting and beautiful block. I will be emailing you for the pdf file. Still trying to wrap my mind around paper piecing, but I think I'm close. Thank you for sharing and thank you for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

playamom57 at yahoo dot com

Leah said...

Such a lovely block and your color choices are perfect!

Tricia said...

ohhhhh pretty this is a wonderful block. It might cause me to want to paper piece. Thanks for sharing it with us.


Mrs.Pickles said...

what lovely work! thank you for the inspiration!

jules said...

What a great job you've done on your block. I'm definitely going to give paper piecing a go.