Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall Blog Hop: Lantern Light Quilt Tutorial

 

Welcome to my leg of the Fall blog hop hosted by SewCalGal.  Today I'm going to share with you another way to use a tumbler block.  This is also another way to make the traditional Lantern Light Quilt Block.  The difference is that instead of paper piecing lanterns onto a background, you will be interlocking the lanterns by making them with tumblers.  I made 15 rows of tumblers, each row containing 16 tumblers. I like using 1/3 yard cuts with the 3.5" tumbler die because the die is about 12" high. Perfect fit, less waste!

Requirements:
  • Assortment of 10 prints or so cut in 1/3 yard increments (240 tumblers).  Most of these need to be in matching pairs (like socks!).
  • 1/3 yard stop border (2"unfinished)
  • 1 1/8 yard outer border (6.5" unfinished)
  • 1/2 yard binding
  • 3 3/4 yard backing
  • Accuquilt GO! 3.5" tumbler die or any acrylic template in that size.  You can also make your own templates out of cardboard, template plastic, or even worn out cutting mats. 
Finished Size: 59"x60"

First lay out a row of 16 tumblers.

Since I had multiples of each print , I just left my row on the table for visual reference and sewed the actual pieces from all the extras still sitting in piles.  This really helped me to stay organized.

Sew the pieces side by side (fat side to skinny side, RSF).  I like how the accuquilt gives you the little flat spots for matching your tips: less bulk, easy to line up.

Press to one side (you will alternate pressing directions each row)

Now lay your sewn row down and  place a matching tumbler to each "fat" edge to create the lantern shape.
Fill in with other prints and sew that row together.  Repeat until you have all 15 rows sewn together.  I trimmed off my uneven tumbler sides.  Your pieced section should measure about 44"x 45".  I threw on a 1.5" finished stop border (1/3 yard of a chunky black/white prison stripe) and a 6" finished outer border (1 1/8 yard of my Peanuts Halloween fabric) to make this a nice 59"x60" quilt.


Yes, I did make a boo-boo on the bottom row!

My husband is not all about Halloween and really neither am I.  I just wanted to make a Great Pumpkin quilt for my Peanuts loving children.  On a whim I added some cute Eerie Alley by Michael Miller and then I started to think these lanterns looked like coffins, probably because the fabric had actual coffins on it.  Whoops!

I did a giant spiderweb with my walking foot.
And I tried the pumpkin patch motif from the Free Motion Quilting Project.  It was pretty easy even though you can see I didn't do a perfect job.  My kids were extremely impressed, though, which is what really matters.

I hope you liked this tutorial.  If you make one I'd love to see it in the flickr group!  Too see my other quilting tutorials (including a few accuquilt tutorials), go check out my tutorials page.

You may have seen my accuquilt tutorial for the Roly Poly Owl Block....
Well I cut out four kits of this 14"x14" wall hanging to give away to four lucky quilters.  Each kit includes eyes, beak, & mostly American Jane fabric to create the complete top for this wall hanging.  The background fabric in the kids are various American Jane navy prints instead of the light blue shown.

The giveaway is open to US residents (this is just so I can use the automated postal machine...our post office is maddening and is a minimum 30 minutes wait every time I've been there).  I will announce winners some time Monday.  If you are a no reply blogger, please leave an email with at least 1 of your comments.  If there is no want to contact you through a blog or email,  I'll pick another name (sorry, I've had my fill of redraw drama!) 
Chances to win:
1. Leave a comment on this post  telling me your favorite fall memory from your childhood (or the childhood of your kids & grand kids). 
2.Bonus Entry for new OR old followers of the Tulip Patch (just leave a comment stating you are!)
3.Bonus Entry for new OR old followers of SewCalGal (just leave a  comment under this post stating that you are).
Thanks Darlene at Sewcalgal for hosting this HOP.  Tomorrow check out the last stop, Aunt Polly's Porch ...and try not to get too jealous of her sewing area (I know I  am!).

137 comments:

  1. What cute kits! I'm already a follower. Love your blog!

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  2. I'm already a follower of SewCalGal! Thanks for hosting the hop!

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  3. A beautiful fall memory was seeing the Aspens in Eastern Washington. Fantastic fall colors!

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  4. Love the wall hanging kit! My favorite Fall memory is taking my kids to the local pumpkin patch to select their own special pumpkins!

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  5. I am a new follower of the Tulip Patch!

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  6. I am a regular follower of Sew Cal Girl!

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  7. Thank you Mary! I have 4 charms of lovely and a tumbler template and have cut one so far. My plan was to do a "normal" tumbler quilt, but now, I'm gonna go in a whole new direction! I really NEED a Go! but have yet to win any of the million times I tried, would make it so much easier. We're Halloween freaks here, and LOVE this quilt. Would love to win one of your owl wall hangings :)

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  8. Well my entry totally didn't do any of your requirements, lol. My favorite fall memory was going to on a horse trail ride and every craft fair we drug my little one too. I'm a follower of both of your great blogs :)

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  9. My favorite fall memory is burying myself in a pile of leaves. I'm sure the person who did all the raking didn't appreciate it. I also remember the smell of leaves burning. That is a thing of the past!

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  10. I am a follower of the Tulip Patch. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  11. I'm a follower of the Tulip Patch. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. I'm a follower at SewCalGal. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  13. Love your tumbler quilt tutorial. My favorite childhood Fall memory is visiting my Grandmother on the farm in the mountains of western Maryland. We'd walk back into the woods, tramping through fallen leaves, help gather eggs & feed the chickens, and sneak corn cobs from the bin for the cows. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. Hi Mary. :0)
    I am a follower.
    My favorite memory are the bonfires we have. We sit under the stars in the crisp cool night and enjoy the fire and one another.
    Thank you for putting my name in the hat. Love your owls.

    I am having a give a way too.
    Would you like to drop by?

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  15. I just stopped by to say how much I loved your tut! As you know, I loved your owl tut and made my own top (still in process LOL). A Halloween tumbler might just be on the agenda for today now that my hop day is over. Please don't enter me in your great give-away though since I have the dies and I've made my own owl :-D I just stopped by to say nice job and thank you!!

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  16. Your quilts adorable. Yeah, I'm not much into Halloween either, but Trick or Treatis okay. The Great Pumpkin is a classic.

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  17. Great tutorial and love your little owl blocks! I am already a follower of your blog!
    Quilting by the River

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  18. I am a follower of SewCalGal! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Quilting by the River

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  19. Oh, I like the lantern shapes in the tumbler. I have a big die (the 6.5"), and I've never attempted to match it up like that!
    My favorite fall memories from my child hood are apple picking back home, and going to REAL pumpkin patches. It's hard to do fall right in florida!

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  20. And I'm a Tulip Patch follower!

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  21. Favorite fall memory - apple-picking with my family when we lived in upstate New York. Then buying some apple cider and doughnuts and going to one of those HUGE wooden playgrounds. Local apples here in the south just aren't the same.

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  22. I'm an old follower of yours (who you calling old?!)

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  23. My favorite fall memories are of taking my kids trick or treating when they were little. I had such fun selecting and sewing their costumes.

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  24. Favorite fall memories of raking up the leaves and then jumping into the piles!!
    I like your black and white border on the quilt!
    thanks!

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  25. I never enjoyed raking leaves but I sure did love jumping in the piles. We've been in Florida for 29 years now so our kids favorite part of Fall is that the intense heat of summer is gone. Now they can go outside and play basketball or ride bikes without worrying about heat exhaustion.

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  26. Favorite fall memory has to be raking leaves into a pile then tossing a tennis ball into it. My little dachshund would dive in time afte time to find it. You wouldn't see anything of her, just leaves moving about. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  27. I am a recent Tulip Patch follower.

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  28. I am a new Sew Cal Gal follower.

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  29. I really like how you did the tumble quilt, matching up the fabrics for a totally different look than I am use to. And you did great on your freehand pumpkin! Looks excellent to me as well.

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  30. My favorite memory - a hot air balloon ride. When I was in 2nd grade, my grandparents won a raffle for a hot air balloon ride and gave it to our family. One Saturday morning the balloonists (?) came to our house - we were in a new subdivision, so they set up the balloon right next to our house. Up and away we went, floating over the fall trees. I loved it! (As a mother now, however, I'm betting *my* mother was more worried about kids falling out that enjoying the view!)

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  31. I have a fall birthday, so many of my favorite fall memories have to do with a special birthday gathering or gift. One of the best gifts I received was on my 4th birthday- a purple bike with cupcakes on the seat! :)

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  32. My fall memory is gathering acorns with my grandma. Miss her.

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  33. One of my favorite childhood fall memories is playing flashlight tag in the pumpkin patch!

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  34. I am also a follower of tulip-patch

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  35. OOOO, love this giveaway. I loved crunching leaves as a kid - raking big piles of them and jumping in!! Yesterday I was walking with 2 year old Cutes (grandson) and he started crunching leaves!! Gotta love it!

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  36. CUTE kit!! I'm in love!! My favorite fall memory is going to the Halloween festival that my old town used to have, and then trick or treating with friends. I'm also an old follower of The Tulip Patch!!

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  37. Wow....I don't have a lot of fall memories....I was raised in San Francisco, Ca and usually we had warmish weather and no fall leaves. I did have this Chinese dress that I wore for halloween that I loved.....and my mom put my long red hair in a bun on the top of my head and secured it with really pretty chopsticks.

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  38. I am going to be a follower after this I really have enjoyed reading your blog today

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  39. I also follow Sew Cal Gal too.

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  40. my favorite fall memory was going to the corn maze with my family. so much fun.

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  41. As a teenager we used to enjoy hay rides and warm cider!

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  42. How silly of me. I had completely forgotten about the Lantern Quilt Pattern that you can create with the tumbler die. I love yours and truly do not see any mistakes. Love your quilting too. Excellent spider web and beautiful pumpkins. And your owl giveaway kit is so cute. Great opportunity for someone to try working with AccuQuilt pre-cuts.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  43. favorite fall memory is alway apple picking with my family! So much fun! thanks for the tutorials.

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  44. I follow so cal gals blog also! thanks again!

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  45. My favorite fall memory is every year decorating the house with my grand kids.. They are in charge and I never know what the house will look like...

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  46. I have been a follower of Darlene's SewCalGal's site for a few years now..

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  47. When my oldest granddaughter was younger she used to bring me leaves from our yard. I still have them displayed about the house. She doesn't remember, but I do.

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  48. Oh...how awesome is that...and I love your little owl...will have to make that....

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  49. Oh...I am a loyal follower of Sew cal...and will be a follower of you in just a second.

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  50. Favorite fall memory is trick or treating with my family when I was a kid.

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  51. I'm an old SewCalGal follower of Darlene's blog.

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  52. My grandnieces favorite memory of fall is the party / hayride that their grandfather hosts each year (for littles and their parents) - they go through the fields at night for a hayride, cook their own hotdogs and marshmallows and get to run/yell/etc. at our family farm. Sometimes he will pull a little kids's wagon behind the horse, or ride a kid with him on the horse. Parents are required to monitor and watch their kid(s). Goodness, it is a fun time for me too!

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  53. Such abeautiful quilt.I`m already a follower.

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  54. I`m an old SewCalGal follower blog.

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  55. LOVED piling the leaves up and jumping in them! If I close my eyes I can still smell them. Nostalgia!
    Also picking out pretty leaves and ironing them between wax paper for "placemats"

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  56. I've been a follower here for awhile now :)

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  57. I've been a SewCalGal follower for awhile too :)

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  58. My fondest memories is running and jumping in a pile of raked leaves. Of course, this was as a child.

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  59. I always loved bonfires and hay rides when I was in high school, so fun!

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  60. Your Lantern/coffin quilt is perfect for Halloween! Great idea, and something I can GO! and do! lol. I have that die! Now to pick the fabric! Favorite Halloween was when I was teaching 2nd grade, and all the teachers got dressed up. I was Snow White (since I could sew the costume, lol) and the others were the Dwarves. Even had a huge red apple! Thanks for the info, and the memory.

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  61. I follow SewCalGal's blog and on Facebook. She is one smart cookie! Thanks again.

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  62. I always loved raking leaves and letting the kids jump in the pile when they were little! thanks for the opportunity to win this cute giveaway!

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  63. Enjoyed your tutorials, especially the binding one.
    Thank you for the tumbler idea and the chance to win the cute giveaway.

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  64. Thanks for the tutorial. I love the kit you have and would love to win one.

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  65. I am a follower of Sew Cal Gal. :)

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  66. What fun you all are having. Great tutorial and the fabrics are so darn cute.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  67. Those owls are so cute. My favorite fall memory is going to the Apple Orchard. For my kids, it is watching them in the huge pile of leaves my Uncle had inside chicken wire (ready for the city to suck up).

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  68. I have been following for awhile. One of my favorite blogs!

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  69. I also follow SewCalGal. I like the different insights she has.

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  70. My favorite fall memory from childhood is walking home from school, reading (I was always reading) while leaves fell down around me. Thanks for asking this question and bringing back such a happy memory.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  71. I'm an email follower of Sew Cal Gal. (Can't get the GFC follower link to work on her site, but I'm a fan.)

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  72. One of my favorite memories is when my two kids were small and we went to a pumpkin patch that was also part of a farm. There were hayrides, apple cider and scarecrows. They had a little workshop set up so the kids could make an open toolbox and try their hand at basket weaving. The kids loved it and even sat up front and helped hold the reins during the hayride. It was fun watching the kids look at lots of pumpkins until they found the one they thought was perfect. I'm now a first time grandma and my grandson will only be one next month. I'm looking forward to seeing it all again through his eyes. (tissue please)

    Thanks for the great tutorial and giveaway.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. I'm a new follower of your blog thru GFC. I only started reading blogs in June of this year and I'm loving this hop. I'm learning lots and being introduced to creative people who are full of knowledge and inspiration.

    Thanks for a great tutorial, the giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. I'm already a follower of SewCalGal. Thank you Darlene for putting this great blog hop together. Thanks for setting us up with creative folks with great projects and their blogs. I'm looking forward to being very busy soon. Lots of great gift ideas.

    Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  75. I like how you used the tumbler die to make lanterns (or coffins :D. Your kits for the owl wall hanging are so cute. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  76. I just love t ogo to the pumpkin patch with my kids in the fall! There is something about finding teh right pumpkin that makes the season begin!

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  77. I am now a follower! Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! And before I even got to your comment about the coffins I said the same thing!! hehe

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  78. I thank SewCalGal for steering me your way! I am a follower of hers! thanks again!

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  79. I would love the chance to win some of your owls. They are so cute. ANd I love the Halloween quilt with the Peanuts fabric. One of my favorites.

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  80. Growing up we had an apple tree in the backyard and I knew it was fall when we kids got to climb up into the tree and pick the apples. Mom would make apple dumplings that night for dinner then can applesauce with the rest. BTW- I love the Roly Poly Owl Block, I already had the tutorial bookmarked.

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  81. A traditional outing we do every year that it is possible with our children is a picnic on the river bed on our international boundry with Canada. We can only do it when the river is low enough so some years it doesn't work out, but they are few. My kids, grown now, still want to go down there for that picnic. We need a 4 wheel drive because the boulders are quite large, and sometimes we just have to walk it through knee deep water to get to the sand bar....it's lovely there. The river runs through the valley, and is so peaceful and serene. So far we have not been bothered by border patrol, but as they tighten security this may be an outing of the past....:P

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  82. I follow SewCalGal already. Oh and those owls are adorable!

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  83. I have to say that I really miss Thanksgiving at my Grandma's house with all my aunts, uncles and cousins. We could eat only those foods we wanted and as much of them as we wanted because we were sitting at the "kids table". Those were the days.

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  84. thanks for a chance to win..love the owls, they are so cute and so popular now.

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  85. Your Fall quilt is so awesome. I just love the Halloween and Fall colors. I really need to start buying fabrics for making things for the Fall season. I honestly have nothing at all. I guess that comes from focusing on making baby things for my Grandchildren who've been born in the past few years. lol

    I really do love Fall and think it is my favorite season. I like Spring as well but Fall has so many great things to do. My Mom took us to the apple orchard every year as I was growing up and then we'd go home to make pies and take one to our elderly neighbors. I carried the apple picking tradition on to all of my own boys. In fact, my oldest son went to the orchard for the first time when he was just two weeks old. 2 of my 3 boys still visit the apple orchard each year so I'm very happy to know they are carrying on the tradition my own Mother passed on to me. I'm sure the third son will do the same once he's done focusing on law school and has his own family.

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  86. I am already a follower of the Tulip Patch.

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  87. And why I have no idea but, in checking I was not a follower of Sew Cal Gal but I am now.

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  88. well that is super cute! I love your FMQ on it. I don't recall too many childhood memories of Fall right now, but I do remember loving to go Trick or Treating! thanks for the chance to win!

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  89. I have been a follower of SewCal Gal for a few months now that's how I learned of the Hop!

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  90. I am a new follower and loving all the fun.

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  91. My memory is of course Trick or Treating. I lived in a town of 800 people so I think we hit every house inside the town, we didn't go out into the country. When we would get home my mom would give us a cookie sheet and we would empty our bag of goodies onto it and sort the candy. Then we would trade for the things we liked the best with the things we didn't like so well. LOL... good times.

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  92. Yes, I am a follower of SewCalGal. This is so fun

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  93. My favorite fall memory would be raking the leaves, and then jumping in them!

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  94. I'm an OLD follower of SewCalGal

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  95. i'm one of your new followers! great blog; glad to be here.

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  96. 60-65 years ago, fall: oh, boy, my brother and i and 6-8 of our friends had the most fun ... raiding gardens. we were townies, but there were backyard gardens, and we were good sneakers. the only saving grace - we ate what we swiped.

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  97. i am an old follower of sewcalgal, and i do mean old!

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  98. Gosh favorite fall memory, hmmmm. I guess it would be the year that Steve and I got married and was out cutting wood in the woods and got silly, raked up a bunch of leaves and played in them for a long time. Yeah, that memory made me smile.

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  99. I am a new follower to your blog. Wonder why I waited so long to find you? Glad I did though.

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  100. I am a follower of SewCalGal. Thanks to all of you for a great fun AccuQuilt Blog Hop

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  101. Oh, I commented on the original posting just how much I love these owls! I would so very very much love to win them! Thank you for the great posts! I would so love to have these owls in my home!

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  102. I am a follower of SewCalGal and have been for a very long time!

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  103. I am and have been a follower of yours too!

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  104. I thought I replied to this but can't find it. My favorite fall memory is a Halloween party my parents had on their farm for my youth group.

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  105. I remember dressing up for Halloween in my mother's old formal (just used the skirt) and being a princess.

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