Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Happy Trees

I can’t say “happy trees” with out thinking of Bob Ross. I loved watching his show when I was little. I couldn’t wait for Saturdays so I could watch his show on PBS. Yeah, I was a weird kid who preferred Bob Ross over cartoons!

Welcome to my first time visitors! I’m glad to have ya here, and a big “Welcome Back” to my regular readers (you know I love ya!) Make sure you take a look around there’s lots of fun stuff going on. If you are new to quilting make sure you check out my “31 days” series that I’m doing this month on quilting with your walking foot.

I wanted to try something fun and whimsical for my block. I made a little sketch on paper then designed my applique template using Adobe Illustrator. I could have used my EQ6, but some things are just quicker in a program that I have been using for over 10 years. I decided to use fun prints for the trees but wanted to do something special for the main tree. I’ve never tried crazy piecing but decided to try it out for the this project.

I pulled lots of green scraps out of the scrap bin and just started piecing. I continued until I had a pieced fabric that was slightly larger than the oval needed for the main tree.

crazy_quilt

Then I treated it like a regular piece of fabric and applied fusible web to the back and applied it to my block. Then I picked out fun Fall-ish looking fabrics for the other trees. I’ll be turning my little block into a small pillow for an armchair in my living room.

Fall Trees

The spider right in the center of the green tree was a complete fluke but I love that it looks like it was meant to be there hanging off the tree branch.

Giveaway
So I have this drafted up as an applique template but there are absolutely no instructions (at this point) on how to applique. Basically it’s a line drawing. If you know a thing or two about applique and would like to win a copy of the pattern (as it stands at this point) leave me a comment. I will pick 10 winners to receive a copy of the “Happy Trees” pattern. I will pick the winners one day after the end of the Blog Hop (on Thursday October 11th.)

 

Don’t forget to visit everyone else on the hop today
~ Norma

 

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Michelle's Romantic Tangle

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Krislovesfabric

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136 comments:

Nati said...

The trees are stunning, specially the center one. Thank you so much for sharing and would love to win the pattern. I am your new follower!

Sunshine Girl said...

This is fabulous - the spider looks great in the centre there doesnt he and I love the colours you have used. Thanks for sharing.

mahoo said...

I would never have guessed from your sneak peek yesterday what was to come! I love it.

Sharon said...

Hi Norma I am a new follower and love your crazy patch tree in the center would love to have a copy of it...great job.

Theresa said...

What a great design, I love the centre paper pieced tree with the spider peeking out.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Very cute design and love the 'swinging' spider!! Thank you for sharing.

Britt-Inger said...

A great design with all this trees. The tree in the middle is sew awsome with the hanging spider. A brilliant idea to make a tree with pieces scraps.
Thank you for sharing
Britt-Inger in Sweden

Gill said...

I love your trees - especially the centre one!

Heleen Groot said...

Just started piecing! It looks amazing.I love the trees.

louzee said...

Great block! I should try crrazy piecing as well. The little Spider is perfect :)

Sue said...

Your spider in the tree is wonderful! The whole block is great!!

Pauline said...

Stunning, I love your block, the spider is great, the variaty of colors is super, just a lane of different trees with their own coloring. Thanks for sharing!

Abbigail said...

Wow! How pretty! I love this!

charlotte said...

I love your happy trees. Bob Ross would be proud. I loved to watch him paint too.

Madame Samm said...

Good Morning Norma..... I fall for your trees..yes I do ..
and sew will you when you see...well you know lol

Ellen said...

Oh my gosh, the happy trees! My mom used to watch him when I was a little girl. I remember there was something about the way that he said shrubbery that made us giggle. Thanks for the happy memories! I love your trees - this is a really nice block.

Beulah said...

How adorable! I see a Happy Trees series coming soon to the quilting world!! So cute!

sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

Debuko said...

What a lovely block. Very sweet and I love that it's an original too.

Lesley said...

Your block is stunning! How creative you are...thanks for sharing!

Fiesta said...

I love your little blocks. Perfect for the season.I would so love to win.

Julie said...

This one leafs me very happy!

Lisa Marie said...

I love the trees! Thanks for sharing.

Joyce said...

So adorable...would love a copy. Enjoy your blog very much! Thanks!

Gingersnaps Quilts said...

I love your trees! My dad loves bob Ross! He would watch him every Saturday. Lol

Sandy D said...

Good Job. Very Creative thanks, for sharing

Amy DeCesare said...

This block is oh-so-adorable! I would love to make that! I was thinking of a very similar idea this week myself, and now I'm encouraged to try it. :)

Patty D from NC said...

Love the trees. thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

Your block is just plain beautiful. To me, the style is reminescent of the 1960`s. Light, bright and fun! Thank you so much for sharng your talents.

Mommarock said...

Oh gosh I completely LOVE this design. Those trees are just fantastic. It definately needs to be a pattern for sure!

Sheila said...

Great block, the colors are great and the spider looks like he lived there for a long time. Thanks for being part of the hop.

Jamie Lee said...

I never thought of treating a piece of patchwork with fusible web. Looks great!

krislovesfabric said...

Love, love love your happy trees and would be happy to try it if chosen...thanks for sharing, I liked to watch Mr. Ross too in between Bugs and Wiley :)

pinsandneedles said...

Oh wow! How adorable is this! What a clever idea to illustrate the changing fall leaves! I'd love to win the pattern. Thanks!

Barb N said...

That's such a cute design for fall, I'd love to win the pattern and play around with designs. Your spider looks like it was meant to be right there!

Lyndsey said...

I love your stunning trees and the spider is great in the centre of the design. i would love to win this pattern.

tink's mom said...

Great job on the tree design, love, love, love the spider.

Toohey said...

I really like the trees. So many opportunities to make a custom color palette. Thanks for the chance to win the pattern! Love them.

Truffle queen said...

Striking!!! Your trees are great! I especially love the middle tree with all the greens and the spider!! Thanks for the chance to win the pattern and thanks for sharing your block!!

Marla Nelson said...

As soon as I seen the colours I knew I would love the block. It's beautiful. Nice give away. marlaruthnelson@gmail.com

the girlfriend gap said...

I think your tree are delightful. I have been wanting to make some trees like that. I would love to win the pattern. Thanks for sharing your creativity. Janita

Pierro said...

ROSEMARY B here:
I am nutty crazy about your trees. That spider... ick. They are hanging from the trees here, so creepy. ... but yours is cute, I think.
I love this pattern, oh man I would love to be one of the winners, soo cool.
Thanks for sharing your amazing creativity

beaquilter said...

what great trees. doadd them to eq!

Linda said...

Your trees are beautiful in their simplicity! I love the fabrics you chose, too! It really says "Fall" to me!

Needled Mom said...

What a great idea!!! It looks terrific too.

Lynn said...

I love this pattern, what a fun blog hop!!

Josie McRazie said...

I sm in awww of your Happy Trees!! L O V E!!!

Angie said...

I LUV your trees!!!

The Slow Quilter said...

I just love the shapes of the trees, along with the unknow spider. They are colorful and cute.

Carrie P. said...

great block and congrats on being featured on Mdm Samm's blog.

Katherine said...

lovely Happy Trees!

Arianne said...

Well, your trees make me happy! The design and fabric are so fun. There are so many things to look at but it all blends well together. Great job!

Just Carol said...

Very Fallish--love it! The spider is a nice touch. Thanks for hopping with us. :O)

Anonymous said...



Love your block!

You are the star of the show!!

Aud

pfberge@aol.com

patchouli moon studio said...

I love your applique trees! I love applique, so I really like this.

Sallie said...

Great trees! Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

Nancy said...

The trees are great. I love to applique. Nancy P.

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a lucky fluke that was because that spider is perfect! It's a great pattern and I'd love to win. blessings, marlene

KatieQ said...

I would love o have a copy of the instructions for your beautiful block. Congratulations for being the top block of the day on the hop.

sew.darn.quilt said...

Oh My! This is soooo sa-weet!
Thank you Saturday mornings! :)

Rosa said...

It`s fantastic.Great job!!

Bonnie58 said...

Love the block. The trees are great. I would love to win a pettern for the trees. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw.
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Thearica said...

LOVE your tree block!

JanesQuilting said...

Those trees are lovely. I like the paper pieced one in the middle. I am still learning paper pieced.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh that is so amazing! I love it and yes the spider is super cute hanging from your tree! I would love to try this pattern! Thank you for the chance

drmithome said...

These trees are fabulous. This will make a wonderful pillow.

hueisei said...

The trees are amazing. I love the centre one :)

April said...

beautiful block!

Nellie Duclos said...

Norma-Love your little trees, so seasonal. Thanks for your explanation about the walking foot. I don't have one, but I'm always interested in learning more and that 's why I love following Blog Hops-they expand my knowledge of sewing.

Susan said...

Cute trees!

Mary said...

What a great pattern. Well done!

Teri said...

OMGosh....I love...love....love the trees.....what a great giveaway.....

Denise :) said...

Very fresh and innovative -- I love it! Even the spider! (sorta) :)

Loris said...

Creative and fun! The spider was a happy accident. Love the red tree on the right :-) Thanks for sharing the pattern.

SIMPLESEW said...

Its is absolutely whimsy and I would love to have a pattern,. the spider is adorable, see what happens when we have fun !

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

Hi!!!! WOW!!!! I love it!!!! Your block is wonderful!!!! WONDERFUL!!!!!

Kathy H said...

I love those trees and would be so happy to win the pattern. Thanks for the chance.

Gina said...

Fantastic! I love your Happy Trees & would absolutely be estatic to receive a copy of the template! I used to watch Bob Ross too! Thanks do much for participating and inspiring me!!

Vivian said...

Love your block! Would absolutely love to win the pattern. Vivian

Aurea said...

Hi You have a very nice tree and the colors are great, what more would you like for fall.

Susan said...

I love your trees and the spider just happening is a sweet reward for a job well done. Thanks for the give-away. I would love to make these trees.

Farm Quilter said...

What an outstanding block!!! Your spider WAS meant to be there in the center! I love all your trees, just a great block!!!

Gmama Jane said...

I enjoyed looking at your Fall creation!! It's *Leafing* me all warm inside with a yearning for some Hot cider. I like your designs
Fall Blessings
Gmama Jane

Judy B said...

Nice trees! Thank you for sharing and the pattern giveaway. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

I absolutely love your block. I would love to have the pattern,

Sheila said...

Fantastic trees , love the crazy patch tree and how neat the spider ended up in the center. Thanks for sharing:-)

Tricia said...

As a Tree Hugger & Lover, I found your pattern design quite delightful!! I love to do hand applique using a simple blanket stitch and would love to add your pattern to my beloved forest. Thank you so much for the chance to win such a great pattern and be part of this little blog hop!!

Aincerely,
Tricia

nhlady said...

Really love your tree block.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Di said...

What a cute leafy block! Your pieced tree has such liveliness and the surrounding trees complement it perfectly. Well done!

Patty said...

I love Bob Ross and his Happy Trees. Our PBS is rerunning him occasionally. Love your Happy trees.

SpartanBabe said...

Norma, the block is fantastic! I love the main tree - you did a great job :o) Thanks for hopping with us :o)

Rebeckah Austin said...

Supper cute! I would love to win!

Rebeckah Austin said...

Supper cute! I would love to win!

teresamnj said...

I so love your block! I can't even begin to tell you how much! It is just awesome!!! :)

Wendy said...

Happy trees and the hairdoo --- Love Bob Ross!! Adore your applique and what a thrill it would be to have a copy of your pattern ... thank you so much for the chance and yes, I may be a first time visitor, but I will be a long time follower :) Thank you!!

Stitches said...

I loveeeeee your trees..they are so cute..and I'm glad the spider found a home in one of them..Thanks for the chance to win one of your patterns, it would be fun.

Lyn said...

Thanks so much! I love your trees. The spider too...Thanks for sharing in the hop

Leah said...

Wow. I love those trees!! Wonderful block.

Nancy said...

How Cute. I love it!

LJ said...

I love your little forest (grouping) of trees. Awww, that spider was placed perfectly. Perhaps it was your subconscious working to get it where it was needed. :)

Vesuviusmama said...

What a gorgeous block! And you couldn't have made that said look more perfect if you had tried.

jules said...

Love how your trees turned out, especially with the spider - couldn't have worked better.

Silvana ( aka silort) said...

I loooove your pattern! And I'm crazy for trees!!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

They sure are 'happy trees'....love them!!! I, too, used to watch, and enjoy, Bob Ross painting his happy trees and clouds!! TFS

punkypurls said...

What a cute block. Perfect for fall or any season, you can customize the colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

evelyn said...

Love the colours of your happy trees. The crazy fabric is awesome. Makes me want to go rummaging in my scrap pile right now.

Annette said...

what a happy little forest you have there .... would love to have a copy of that pattern... thanks for sharing
in stitches

MoeWest said...

Your trees look great! I love your choice of fabrics.

Gail said...

Yes, I remember Bob Ross and the other guy too with the "mighty brush". LOL Boy does that bring back memories of Saturday afternoons.

My first time visiting your blog. Really liked the walking foot post. My WF always makes me feel like I'm driving a car w/a bad alignment. Loved your pillow and very happy to have a chance to win a copy of the pattern. Thank you.

Ariane said...

I love your block!!! It is gorgeous!!!

Maria Kievit said...

Love your trees! Whimsical, but very nice looking at the same time! Thanks for sharing.

jmniffer said...

Love your block; tree images are a favorite and this block looks great.

maggie said...

I like your trees very much. Well done.
Happy Fall
maggie in Maine

Chris said...

Gorgeous trees! I really like the red batik one. Thank you also for the chance to win your pattern.

Robin said...

I love those trees! So quirky and fun! Well done!!!!!

Judith said...

Sew creative and love your trees! Fabric and the spider just added the perfect touch to your block. Thanks you for sharing...Judith, Texas

Antoinette said...

Adorable!! sewgross at gmail dot com

Karen said...

Your trees are fantastic. I love them! Thanks so much for sharing.

Holli said...

Ooh! Great trees! I'd love to win the pattern - thank you for the chance to win!

Jeanne Gwin said...

You have very smart spiders at your house, they know when to get into the picture of things Thanks for sharing you cute pillow cover and for the giveaway.

Nancy B said...

I love your trees pillow cover. Would love to win the pattern - thanks for the give-a-way.

sewgratefulquilts said...

Absolutely adorable

Wendy said...

I love your design! I particularly love the way you did the middle tree, I'd be delighted to win your pattern

Wendy said...

I love your design! I particularly love the way you did the middle tree, I'd be delighted to win your pattern

Michelle May said...

Love the trees! Made me laugh thinking of Bob saying "happy little trees." Too funny!

Tinliz said...

Wonderful block. Really like the pieced tree.

Quilt n Queen said...

Norma, I love your whimsical trees, a fun block with both paper piecing and applique. Looks like a magical forest. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing in the hop. I'm a first time visitor and a new follower. Happy stitching, Pauline

Deb said...

Love trees and would love to be included. Yours are delightful!

Connie said...

What neat trees! Love all the different fabrics in them.

Pam said...

Hiya! What a fantastic applique. And I love Bob Ross too, our local PBS still airs his shows on Friday afternoons. That spider is so cute, and I don't even like spiders lol. Thanks for sharing and having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

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Suze said...

It's amazing how the spider just happens to be hanging on the tree branch! Sometimes things just turn out better than planned. I love the block and it will be an adorable pillow. Thank you for partipating and sharing with us. I like paper piecing - it is fun. Thank you for sharing your pattern with 10 lucky winners.

becky said...

I would love to win a copy of your design it would be an honor.I'm so happy to participate in the blog hops it's great finding new sites like yours Thank-you.Becky
derry04@yahoo.com

Katherine said...

Perfect name for this beautiful block! I love your fabric choices and especially love the scrappy tree - I think he's the happiest tree of all. ;o)

Thanks for sharing!

Mrs.Pickles said...

oh my how very cute thanks for sharing!

Jacquelin said...

Unos árboles muy diferentes a los habituales. Me gustan.

Ginny said...

I love your soon to be pillow! The tree's are awesome! I would love to win a copy of it!

nicolesender said...

I love your trees! The fabric is perfect.
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