8 September 2015

My day on the EQ7: Seasons Row-A-Long

Back in May, I was approached by Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy to participate in this super fun quilt along. Each participant was to design a quilt row, 8" x 60", featuring blocks that represent a season.




For my row, I chose the season of fall. When I contemplated fall, the first thing I thought of were squirrels scurrying around collecting food for the long winter ahead.




Given that the corn cobs and the acorn are as large as the squirrels... It won't take them long to store up enough food to keep them through those cold winter months to come!




I was not making a quilt, so borders were added to my blocks to make a festive fall table runner and a set of cute placemats. The table runner finished at 11" x 34" and the placemats are each 12" x 18".





All the fabrics for the making of the blocks were generously provided by Northcott Fabrics. Thank you Northcott Fabrics! And I made a fast finish of the quilting with organic wavy lines using my walking foot.



The fabrics for the backing and binding were found hiding in . The backing is Nature's Glow #2376M by Ro Gregg for Northcott Fabrics and binding is Winter's Grace #3029 by Mark Lipinski's Home for Northcott Fabrics.

Here are a few pictures of the blocks before I made them into the table decor items....

Standing Squirrel blocks 8" x 14"

Corn Cob blocks 8" x 10"

Acorn block 8" x 8"

Of course, I used my EQ7 quilt program to design my row. Electric Quilt makes it easy to change any details of your plan. And allows you to save your file and share it with friends as an attachment.

Fall quilt row 8" x 60"

A word or two about the piecing methods used.....

As with all my patterns, these blocks use a traditional piecing method known as the “stitch and flip” method. Being as I press my seams open, and recommend you do too for these blocks, I have renamed this method - STOP.

Stitch along the diagonal line
Trim 1/4" away from the seam
Open your seam and finger press
Press the seam open using your iron


Sew all pieces with right sides together.

For example:

Figure 1 shows all the pieces required for the step. Draw a diagonal line across wrong side of the squares, place them right sides together on the corners of the rectangle and sew along the diagonal lines, shown in red, as shown in Figure 2. Trim a 1/4" seam, as shown in Figure 3. Open your seams and finger press. Press the seams open, as shown in Figure 4.





To download your FREE pdf copy of the instructions for making your own Fall Quilt Row, please visit my pattern shop here. Enjoy!




Speaking of free patterns....

How would you like to win a copy of this cute Fox & Friends quilt pattern?

Or a sweet $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop?



How do you enter the giveaway contest?

Follow the instructions on the RaffleCopter.com widget below!


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Winners will be randomly chosen on September 15th and notified by email.
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A total of four lucky winners will be drawn!


The first three winners will receive a copy of the
Fox & Friends pattern and the fourth winner will
receive the Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate.







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This is Week 2 of the EQ7: Seasons Row-A-Long!

This fun hop has been sponsored by Northcott Fabrics and is hosted by our friend Marian of Seams to Be Sew. She has been working hard all summer organizing this fabulous hop and drumming up sponsors for some fantastic giveaways. Each week, on Tuesdays, a new group of quilters will be sharing their row. In their post they will include a tutorial for the row of their "season of choice", the free pattern for their row, and every single participant will be hosting a giveaway!

If you missed it last week, please visit the EQ7 Row-A-Long page tab below my blog header to see the full schedule for the hop. And please check out all of this week's participants listed below. Visit this great lineup of quilting bloggers to see what wonderful creations they have come up with.... And enter their giveaways for your chance to win!

Spring - Carol of Fun Threads
Winter - Marian of Seams to Be Sew
Summer - Amy of Country Junktion
Fall - Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts  <===== You are here!
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140 comments:

sophie said...

All three of your block designs are adorable and I love the idea of making a table runner and placemats. I often describe my quilting style as the fiber equivalent of an omnivore. My quilts are usually scrappy, organic and color-rich.

Quilty said...

Cute Rowby row, and foxes! I love paper piecing blocks, and modern quilts

Martina said...

Such cute blocks! I love to combine stitchery and handpiecing. And I especially love kind of a country style and scrappy quilts.

Judy said...

Hi Lorna, thanks a lot for the patterns, love your work!

Anita said...

You have so many great patterns, Lorna!
I love all kinds of quilting, but I mostly make scrappy ones.

Nancy J said...

The fox quilt design is a super one, I can see it on a bed down here.And as I really, really like blue fabrics, would make it just the same.

Sally said...

Your row is adorable (especially the squirrel, of course!) Love the fox quit too (almost as much as I love the Dog gone Cute!

Sally said...

oops, forgot--I usually do regular piecing but occasionally I do paper piecing, EPP, and applique! I'm very traditional but break-out into art quilts or very modern quilts now and them (fav. fabrics are 'civil war', 30's and batiks!)

Sewmotion said...

I do love those squirrels, so cute, and the corn looks so effective, well done! Now September is here, these are prefect for the season!

Kay said...

I love EPP the most and am very happy sitting handpicking hex or dresden quilts very slowly. I also like to use precuts a lot, I enjoy quilting but am not too great at cutting. x

Crafty Tokyo Mama said...

Those squirrels are so cute! I'm still new to quilting but I enjoy paper piecing and trying to incorporate scraps whenever possible.

madebymyself said...

Such a nice row. Like the squirrels. I like scrappy quilts and tradititional piecing. Tried some paper piecing, but this is not so me.

dawn said...

love your patterns

KaHolly said...

Your row along contribution is brilliant, but what else is new? Basically, I'm a scrap quilter. Rarely do I afford myself lengths of coordinating fabrics or bundles of precuts, although they can be really tempting!

Joy said...

I like quilts that are pictorial in nature, so paper piecing is big with me, as well as the quilts you have been designing. Foxes is sooooo cute! Thanks for the chance to win.

Susan L. said...

I love your row Lorna! I'd say my quilting style is almost anything goes. I don't think I really stick to just 1 style.

Lisa Marie said...

I am an ENTHUSIASTIC quilter! Is that a style? I do lots of paper piecing, love brightly colored fabrics, and scrappy quilts are some of my favorites. When I make a quilt I want it to be interesting to look at. Love your row and the foxes pattern, thanks for sharing!

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for the great row pattern. I'm an eclectic quilter. I enjoy foundation paper piecing but I also enjoy traditional piecing. Thanks for the chance to win.

Frederique said...

Beautiful row pattern! I'm everything except traditionnal quilter!

kt said...

Love your fox pattern! I'm more of a traditional quilter, but I love the modern fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win!

Bunny said...

That Fox and Friends pattern would make a great quilt for one of my grandkids!
I love scrappy quilts in bright colours with lots of white.

Stitchin At Home said...

I'm a traditional quilter with a touch of modern.Thanks for a chance to win.

Bunny Hand said...

I love art quilting and pictorial quilts

Sigi G said...

I love traditional piecing blocks best, and wish I could piece quilt tops none stop and have someone else do the 'quilting' part of it :)! Your Fox and Friends quilt is soooooo cute!

Janet said...

I still haven't decided which is my favorite style of quilting! If I like the pattern, I will give it a go.

Betsy said...

I like modern quilt paterns.

Nancy Lewis said...

I do traditional piecing of blocks. I love doing this part of the quilting process, not so much the "quilting" process. I do most of my quilting by hand, so have I several waiting me!! nlewis54 at gmail dot com

Dorothy Thornton said...

Love your squirrels. I am a traditional quilter. I like traditional piecing.but I am slowly
Starting to like the modern quilts. I love all of your quilts. thanks for the chance at the giveaway as I would love to make one of your patterns.

KathyinMN said...

Well I used to be a topper...but now I do the whole thing myself. I said (because I tend to have a slightly modern look to my stuff), I'm a modern traditionalist.

Susan said...

I am a beginning quilter and I would say I am more of a traditional quilter although I like some of the modern stuff and with my inaccurate seams, some of my stuff looks modern (wonky). senstrings (at) yahoo (dot) com

Shasta Matova said...

This is another really cute pattern. Great idea to put it on your pattern page so everyone can see all the other beauties you have to offer too.

Mama Spark said...

Your row is so cute! I am a eclectic quilter. I like all kinds of quilts and do not consider myself any particular kind of quilter. I tend to like fresh and more modern quilts.

Subee said...

I like to try all sorts of designs. I do like the modern quilts out there today, but also enjoy the tried and true traditional patterns too.

Subee said...

I follow via email.

Jeannie said...

I usually quilt by what I see! Your patterns make me want to quilt!

Vicki in MN said...

Super cute, but then we expect nothing less from you ;-) I am a traditional quilter that has transistioned over to modern pretty easily! It might depend on the moment which one I am each day, LOL

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

How cute are these squirrels with the acorn. I'm a quilter who makes what she likes, and boy do I LOVE all your cute animals. Keep being creative!

Joyce Carter said...

Your row is super cute. Thank you so much for sharing. I am mostly a traditional quilter, but every once in a while I will do a modern quilt.

quilter said...

I love the corn! I do mostly piecing, but also paper piecing and applique.
cork@pa.rr.com

Carol said...

Cute, cute row...thanks for the piecing instructions! You make it so easy to follow your patterns. I quilt all sorts of things, nothing in particular.

Chiska said...

I'm a hodge podge quilter. I tend to adjust my style to my recipient. Even when I'm quilting just for me I tend to flit around the quilting world from traditional to modern. I just like to do it. The only thing I don't really like are frayed edges.

PegP said...

Cute row Lorna! I think I would call myself a contemporary to modern quilter, although I do like applique as well. Loving paper piecing right now.

Lindsay McKinley said...

I love these squirrels and the corn cobs! I am a traditional quilter in the way that I love patchwork but I love modern prints and fabrics so I guess I like to meld traditional and modern into my own style :)

Lindsay McKinley said...

I love these squirrels and the corn cobs! I am a traditional quilter in the way that I love patchwork but I love modern prints and fabrics so I guess I like to meld traditional and modern into my own style :)

Lindsay McKinley said...

I love these squirrels and the corn cobs! I am a traditional quilter in the way that I love patchwork but I love modern prints and fabrics so I guess I like to meld traditional and modern into my own style :)

OhioLori said...

Love your row! Squirrels are so fun! lol Not sure what "Style" I am.....kind of Traditional I guess...but have tried Applique (am very slow..but the hand stitching was fun)....and like Colors! & Easy patterns! lol Thanks for chance to win your Drawing! :)

Eileen said...

Cute Blocks! I like traditional style.

Diana said...

I am a quilt when I can. There is always to many demands on my time, so I usually have a hand piecing project to take and sew, as well as a quilt by my machine, that I can grab some free time with. Love your quilt projects, they are so very cute!

Karen said...

I work on what I like which really runs the gamut from traditional blocks in traditional fabrics to modern quilts with lots of negative space. Most of my projects tend to be more modern, however.

Doris Rice, The Quilting Queen said...

Great minds think alike. As I was making this row for my quilt I thought what fun placemat and/or table runner this would be for fall. Thanks for a WONDERFUL, WELL WRITTEN pattern!

JANET said...

I am a typical quilter. I have many quilts going at one time, many UFO's waiting, as well as many tops to be quilted. A large stash of fabric, although there is never the right fabric needed for the "perfect" quilt. Stacks of magazines and books by my bed, and visions of new quilts to start dancing through my head!

Lu Hare said...

I am an "Eclectic" type of quilter, what ever catches my eye and moves me to want to create it.
Thank you for your awe-inspiring talents and patterns Lorna and for the chance to win a cute pattern.

JANET said...

I am a typical quilter. I have many quilts going at one time, many UFO's waiting, as well as many tops to be quilted. A large stash of fabric, although there is never the right fabric needed for the "perfect" quilt. Stacks of magazines and books by my bed, and visions of new quilts to start dancing through my head!

Kwilt Krazy said...

Awe sew cute! We rescued an orphan squirrel about 7 weeks ago. Got him all healthy and ready to release in another few weeks. Thanks for sharing this is excellent!

sophie said...

Are you making the EQ .PJ7 files available?

Sabrina said...

This is so cute!

Patty D from NC said...

I've no one kind of style - love it all, always ready to try new things. Love your row!

Laura said...

Quilting style? Many - art quilts with hand stitch, modern improv, landscape and pieced quilts. I generally do not like to follow a specific pattern, but may start with one and go on my own tangent. My favorite part is playing with color and pattern.
PS Your row is so cute, will make for a friend who has moved to the country and loves squirrels.

rrjane011749 said...

Cute little foxes! My style of quilting--LAZY and EASY!

Sarah said...

I LOVE those squirrels!!!!! My quilting style is scrappy, and traditional with a twist of improv. -- I think, I'm still figuring out what it is. I love hand quilting, making something up at the spur of the moment, nine patches and old fashioned fabrics, and bits of humor and whimsy. sarah@forrussia.org

Linda B said...

Don't have a quilting style....if I like the pattern I will try it out.....

Calicojoan said...

Your lil guy is just too cute...with his ears of corn. I'm a scrappy quilter and a fusible applique nut! ;-)

Carol Meyer said...

Ever since you came out with the Fox quilt, I loved it.
My Style.....NEWBEE!

Janie said...

My quilting style is all over the board. I try and do all types, usually leaning toward traditional. Thank you so much for your tutorial. Love your row, and your inspiration.

Ioleen said...

Love all your animal patterns.

legato1958 said...

I am sort of eclectic... I like modern and traditional patterns. I like to machine quilt "minimally", and I love to use scraps as well as many fabrics from a coordinated fabric line. Your pattern is so cute!
Susie

Lee Ann L. said...

I'm a careful quilter or a Lazy quilter. I prefer to piece either using tradition or paper piecing method. This method you mentioned sounds intriguing.

Marian said...

Great post Lorna, I'm sew glad you were part of this Row-Along. Your fall row is full of fun and is very adorable.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I love the sweet corn blocks--so cute! My quilting style? All over the place--I like it all!

delaineelliott said...

I love your blocks! I would say that I am a traditional quilter but I prefer to use solids. Thanks!

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Nanbon44 said...

the blocks are just to cute

Dolores said...

I am a hand quilter. I do put my blocks together with a sewing machine but I'm not really a fan of machine quilting.

Lorinda said...

I love scrappy things, big geometric designs and bright, happy colors.

Beth Strand said...

Oh I just love your squirrels! Thanks so much! I would have to say I'm a "Love it all" kind of quilter! I really do rarely see a fabric or project that I can't get excited about! pbstrand@msn.com

Donna King said...

Your fox quilt would be perfect for my new grandson. I enjoy paper piece quilting. It's virtually mistake-proof!.

Audrey said...

I think I would call myself a dabbler when it comes to quilting. I like to try everything at least once or twice. I do really love hand piecing and hand quilting and scrappiness, but that being said, I get excited about almost any technique and embrace it. I guess I am a quilter and proud of it.

sisylyn2 said...

I am a new quilter so I really don't have a style

Karen @runsewfun said...

My favorite quilting is anything I'm making while participating in online QALs. I just love the sharing with others and seeing how differently everyone approaches the same pattern.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Thank you for the free pdf pattern. I downloaded it. I am a fairly new quilter, having quilted years ago, was away from it for many years and am now back. So I guess I call myself as a learning quilter or a requilter. I like the new modern quilts. Since I'm fairly new to the quilting scene again, I've been following patterns made by others and I do enjoy reading your posts and seeing your creativity. Karen
kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

Laura said...

Your fall row is perfect for September! Love the squirrel, acorn and corn patterns! Thank you so much for sharing! I like all kinds of quilting, traditional to art. There is always something to inspire and learn; and simply to create just for the fun of it!

lefuntz said...

I like a little bit of everything though batiks are my first choice in fabric. Thank you for the cute squirrels. They are much cuter than the ones digging around my yard.

teachpany said...

I'm more of a traditional quilter. Cute squirrels.

greeneggs said...

Your patterns are always so gorgeous. I love the corn and acorn, especially as large as the squirrel. I'd describe myself as a happy quilter. Not great technically, love all different styes and jump from one enthusiasm to another. But loving it all. Thanks for the giveaway

Claire Sutherland said...

I am a newbie quilter so sticking with beginner projects at present.
Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

Debbie said...

I like modern looking quilts. Love for your fox and friends quilt. I have your pattern already and just finished yesterday adding the eyes and noses. All I need to do now is the quilt. It is adorable. Pattern was easy to follow too. Thanks. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

Renee McPhee said...

I am typically a traditional quilter loving the reproduction fabrics, but since there is a new baby grand-niece, I've been loving your patterns, they are adorable!

Nancy said...

I like any kind of quilting techniques especially like stack n whack. Also my raffle copter entry was quilt.n.away@gmail.com. not sure if twits different than this post email.

Daytona Damsel said...

I love the corn block. I do a lot of QAG and lean towards bright colors and modern quilts. Debbie

Linda said...

Lorna, thank you for the beautiful blocks!! I love them all!
I'm a newer quilter, I don't know if I have a style yet. I have loved making your quilt patterns and have so many on my list of things to do!!!!

Kathy H said...

I think I am a traditional quilter, but do like to try more modern quilts. I also like to follow patterns rather than designing my own.

linda gillian said...

I am a quilter wannabe. . . . I wannabe one and my Mama wants me to be one. . . I hope I can read enough to get the courage to actually do a quilt before my Mama goes to be with Jesus. . . she is 84 and in good health but you never know. Thank you for the squirrels and corn. I think I will make a "mini" quilt and call it placemats for my hubby who LOVES squirrels! Thank you so much!

DebraKay Neiman said...

I am a baby steps quilter...Lots of love to all the bloggers who provide wisdom, inspiration and motivation to those like me. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Barb said...

I guess I'm all over the place with my quilting. I like making traditional blocks with reproduction and modern fabrics. I also like whimsical applique. Sometimes I even follow patterns :)

yvette may said...

My quilting style is utility. I'm not artsy. I make and gift my quilts to be used and loved to death (threads) :)

Elaine said...

Thanks for the cute row. I guess I lean toward the traditional quilts and applique.

Elaine said...

Thanks for the cute row. I guess I lean toward the traditional quilts and applique.

KathleenD said...

Your squirrels & corn cobs are adorable! I LOVE your Fox and Friends quilt and would be sooo happy to win a copy of your pattern!
As far as what type of quilter I am, other than fairly new to the game, I seem to be tending toward modern quilts. For instance, I have a Science Fair quilt pinned and ready to quilt. Other than the block shape, my sister's Apple Core quilt (Large Template) was far from traditional...

linynp said...

Oh thank you for awesome blocks! My terriers will love them! They go nuts after squirrels! I'm a traditional modern quilter and go with what moves me and the saying close enough is good enough lol!

Patti said...

I do love paper piecing, but any kind of pieced quilt works for me! Of course, I love all of your designs! Thanks for all you do for us!

UcanQuilt2 said...

Thank you for the great blocks! Your designs are amazing.

Janarama said...

Love, love, love your row! Thank you for the chance to win.

Janarama said...

Forgot to mention that I gravitate towards modern quilting and paper piecing.

Jen Barnard said...

I'm not sure I really have a style, but I prefer small prints and don't really like lots of empty space in my quilts.
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

Kathy E. said...

I would consider my quilting style to be modern. I like the design and layout of modern style rather than the traditional flying geese, half-square triangle, Dresden, etc. Improv quilting is exciting too!

apple blossom said...

I'm a beginner. I have pp, and done block cutting. and some applique

beefi8 said...

I do regular piecing but hope to try paper piecing soon. I absolutely love your row by row pattern!

lindawwww said...

I'm basically a traditional quilter and I love hand applique.

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Cindy Dahlgren said...

I'm a very eclectic quilter, I love piecing, paper piecing, applique, and any new techniques I can learn. cdahlgren at live dot com

wendy said...

I guess I'm a traditional quilter. I like the old and vintage style quilts too. I most enjoy making baby quilts and usually create my own.

wendy said...

I guess I'm a traditional quilter. I like the old and vintage style quilts too. I most enjoy making baby quilts and usually create my own.

WandaM said...

I'm not sure what to describe my style. I love piecing and applique both hand and machine. I love working with batiks and hand dyed fabrics. I enjoy a little bit of everything!

Robin said...

I love your patterns. I am a beginner quilter and so far my style is traditional, following the pattern to a T.

FunThreads Designs said...

Great blocks! So "usable" for many things beyond the row along.

Terry said...

I'd have to say my 'style' is a combination of traditional and modern…just depends on what I'm working on. Thanks for the cute pattern!!!
cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

Amy said...

Your row is just too cute. It just screams Fall!!

Margaret said...

I have to say this is so cute. I think I am a traditional quilter

beaquilter said...

your row/blocks are adorable!

atmomma said...

Such super cute row! Thank you!

Quilting Tangent said...

Traditional quilter, like using rainbow colors and blenders. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Barbara Martin said...

I am a beginner quilter that loves purple and pastels. I have dabbled in both machine and hand quilting. Love your row and your quilt designs.

Jodie Tawn said...

I'm a beginner quilter. I'm just getting started and trying new things

Emily said...

I've been quilting for 18 years and do a little bit of everything. I've really been making an effort to learn and try new techniques this year. I consider myself a contemporary quilter, but am not sure any one label (beyond just "quilter) really fits me.

Erin McSweeney said...

I love modern quilting, with bright bold colours

PK Sews said...

Your rows are so cute! I'd call myself an eclectic quilter. I use all kinds of different fabrics and styles. It depends on who the quilt is for. Thanks for the fun!

Connie Cain said...

Being a newbie, I haven't really found my style yet. :)
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Joan Whistler said...

I really like your row design, especially the ears of corn. I'd like to use that in some placemats.

Joan Whistler said...

Forgot to mention - I primarily like traditional quilt patterns and fabrics, sewn in modern speedy ways. I have recently starting working more with precuts to save cutting time, and have been expanding my boundaries to use more modern fabrics instead of just the traditional prints.

BÊa said...

I like all styles of quilting, from traditional to modern and all colours.

Cut&Alter said...

Just love these runners. They are so autumn as we would say over here! I think I feel a squirrel block or two coming on!!! x

the zen quilter said...

What a fabulous fall table runner! Love all of it - the squirrels, the acorn and definitely the CORN!!!Super cute

Grantham Lynn said...

Love this pattern I would love to win. I'm write a post too!

Walter said...

What fun patternss! pjrquilter at msn dot com

Sandra Burnette said...

I've been following your blog for a while now. I think the fox quilt is really sweet.

Georgi said...

As far as my own quilting, I love bright colors and modern design. Love your patterns!

Laurel said...

I love your row!! It's adorable!! 😊😊😊

Rachell said...

I'm a pretty traditional quilter. I love traditional blocks and lots of symmetry. I've done lots of samplers. Sometimes I like traditional blocks twisted or put together in new ways, or combined with another block for new secondary patterns. I love just about any star, and paper-pieced ones especially. And I like to make anything that catches my attention, like cute elephants! ;-)
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

maria said...

I am a modern quilter. I really like using solids. Your fox pattern really is terrific.

AikaMaku said...

Thanks Lorna! My quilting style its a mixture of classic blocks and modern fabric. I like make modern combinations using classic quilt patterns :) Regards from Barcelona!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I love your blocks! and I really love your squirrels! I'd say I'm a traditional quilter with a hint of modern, hehe. I also really enjoy hand piecing.

Awesome giveaway!

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Susan P said...

I came very late to this Row-Along. I went to your pattern page to get your pattern, however, I didn't see it. Is it still available?