Burst into Fall! Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Giveaway winner announced at the bottom!

Hi! If you are joining me from the Leafs Me Happy quilt blog hop, I hope you will check out some of my other posts & subscribe to my blog! (Many thanks to Madame Samm and to Cherry for organizing the hop!)

I love, love, love the Fall! Crisp air, scarf-wearing weather, orange & red leaves, and the feeling of anticipation in the air cannot be beat. One could say I enjoy bursting into fall each year, hence the name for the block I made.

I used the pattern pieces from this Lightning Bolt table runner from joanne.com, but gave it my own spin when putting it together.

First I cut out the pattern pieces and designed my block layout (finished block size 10.5 inches).

Then I cut out all of my pieces of fabric. I love the warm tones, acorns, and cute family/blessed theme of the fabrics I picked.

I sewed each small diagonal piece to a corresponding larger piece.

Then pressed the seams open.

Then I sewed the top left block to top right block and bottom left block to bottom right block, using my layout as a guide. (Press seams open.)

Then I sewed the bottom row to the top row and pressed the seams open.

Done! Did I mention how super quick and easy this block is?

I turned this quilt block into a hot pad/trivet (with a layer of insulated batting and regular batting in the middle) and made a set of coordinating coasters to send to my uncle and his new wife. I did some simple hand quilting on both, too. I think a new fall table set is just right to celebrate their wedding!

I really loved how quick and easy this lovely block came together, so I am working on a Christmas one, too. (Although I turned the angle of the blocks so this one is thick points going to thin points.)

Be sure to check out some of the other blogs participating today:

Now for the giveaway!

44 five inch i-spy style charm squares! Perfect for that next quilt you want to make!
To enter, just leave a comment here on this blog post. Need an idea of what to post? How about your favorite thing about Autumn? For a second entry, follow Feathered Nest Studio on Facebook. A third entry for subscribing to my blog (there is a follow by email button in the sidebar). Just be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. (Giveaway ends Friday October 12th.)
The giveaway is now closed! Thank you so much to everyone for all of your nice comments! I loved reading each & every one. Random number generator picked the comment from… Lyn M!
Thanks, Lyn, once you email me your mailing address, I will get those charm squares out to you!
Good luck, and thanks for stopping by today!

219 thoughts on “Burst into Fall! Blog Hop & Giveaway!

  1. I love the colors of the hardwoods in the mountains, the cooler weather that allows me to wear one of my favorite fuzzy outfits, and eating anything made with pumpkin.

  2. Hiya! I now follow your blog via email. Thank you for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

  3. Hiya! I liked your page on FaceBook. I have a page on there too—Pam’s Pretties 57. I would appreciate a like too. Thank you for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

  4. Hiya! What a neat ‘fast’ block, love it. One of my favorite things about autumn is the smell of smoke—from a bonfire, a woodstove, or a fireplace. It just smells like a warm, comforting feeling. Thank you for sharing your work with us, and for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

  5. I absolutely love the colors so vivid and beautiful and the seasonal pies don’t hurt anything either.Thank-you for you give away chance

  6. I enjoy the crisp fresh air and of course the beautiful colors very inspirational.Thanks for the give away.Becky

  7. My favorite thing about fall is the beauty of the fall colors, the yellows to orange to reds. Thank you for a chance for the giveaway.

  8. I just love this block- Thank you for thetutorial! My favorite thing about fal is going to the castle with the kidlets. This year I took a dragon, a knight, a maiden and the minstrel ( usually its 3 knights and a princess) The kids know that October means fall and THE CASTLE!!! ( they say it just like that too!)

  9. My favorite thing about autumn … there is so much to choose from … crisp clear air, all the animals scurring around gathering their food store for the winter, natures luscious color display.

  10. My favourite thing about fall is the colour of the leaves in my neck of the woods. My least favourite? Getting up this morning to find the frost had killed all my remaining flowers!

  11. I am now a follower on Facebook. You are very generous with your giveaway. How fun. Should I be fortunate enough to win, sounds like a new quilt for my youngest grandson. He just turned 18 months old. I bet he’d enjoy all the new exciting things to find in a quilt. I bet big brother would have fun “teaching” him. Thank you for participating.

  12. I follow your blog by email. Thank you for participating in the hop. Your blog is very nice. I like the block in each color. What a nice gift for an uncle and new aunt. I like how you turned the narrow end of the blade from in to out on the block. It makes the block look different. Two blocks for the price of one. Very creative.

  13. My favorite thing about fall is the cool weather … finally. It has been an extremely hot summer in OK and I love cool, cold weather and finally there is a slight crispness to the air at times. Winter is coming.

  14. Wow! I love your spin on the block, both the fall design and the Christmas one! Thanks for sharing the link to the pattern and for inspiring us today! I love the cooler weather and the beautiful colors of fall. Plus the football games too!

  15. My favourite thing about our cool Canadian autumns is baking with freshly picked apples and cooking with newly harvested squash….awolk at rogers dot com

  16. Thanks for sharing the pattern Lightning Bolt Table Runner by Joann. Love your spin on the pattern. The fabric choice feels like autum and love this time of the year. I love to wear scrafs this time of the year and taking drives to see all the autumn colors leaves. Even here in Texas. Thank you for sharing today. Your uncle and new aunt will love your treasure gifts. Judith, Texas

  17. I like the leaf/acron fabric you used on your block. Lovely gift for your uncle and his new wife. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

  18. I used to think that my favorite thing about fall was the weather, but now that it’s cold, I’m rethinking that… Love the changing colors of the leaves, though! 🙂

  19. I love your blog, what fun and informative tutes. I love everthing about Autumn. Thanks for the opportunity to win

  20. 1. Autumn to me is cooler weather, beautiful colors, Halloween and pumpkin carving. Most of all it means the NBA basketball is going to be starting soon.

  21. Beautiful block! I love the colours of fall and the fabrics you chose are just perfect for autumn. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial as well.

  22. Hmmm, my favorite thing about autumn? Halloween candy, caramel apples, thanksgiving dinner… seems it’s food. LOL

  23. I love the colors of fall so much that I collect and press the leaves. Then I use them to decorate the tables we set up for our Thanksgiving celebration.

  24. I loved the colors you chose for your block. The best part of autumn for me is getting up each day and see how the leaves have changed colors, each day is so different.

  25. Thank you for your participation in this blog hop. It’s been so much FUN!

    Thank you for the giveaway.

  26. Thanks for sharing how you made your block, the simple steps are easy to follow. The hand quilting really sets it off. My favorite thing about Autumn is the crisp morning air and knowing that the heat and humidity is finally finished for another year.

  27. I love your block, it is adorable. I love how the first one looks like a gift 🙂 so cute.
    My favorite thing about autumn is the leaves changing color and falling falling falling

  28. I just love your block. I just love fall in general but I love the smells of fall especially now when it is getting cooler – there is just a wonderful smell in the air – the falling leaves, etc. I could go on and on. It is my favorite time of year, can you tell:)

    Thank you! Happy hopping!!!

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

  29. There are so many things to love about autumn, starting with my birthday! I also love crunching through fallen leaves, hot spiced apple cider and the smell of woodsmoke in the air!

  30. Firstly, your block is wonderful and thank you for the tutorial. Cool weather is my favorite thing about Fall. We live in the desert and Fall is Wonderful!

  31. I love how you put this block together… and your fabric choices are awesome – wow! I hope that I can pin this for future reference!! I signed up to follow you via email, hope that is okay!

  32. what I like in fall is the cooler weather, changing leaves (I have a thing with maple leaves) and fruits

  33. great tut …. looks like a nice an deasy block to try out.And the christmas fabric block looks a star.
    in stitches

  34. I love your autumn hot pad and coasters. My favorite thing about autumn other than cooler wether, is canning produce from our garden.

  35. Love how you explained the process of designing and making your block. Burst into Autumn is lovely. My favorite thing about fall is the feel and the SMELL of the air. Can laundry smell any better than when it’s been air-dried ?

  36. Your pattern is really cool. I myself do not like to copy something exactly but put my own spin onto it. I feel I just like to make it “me”. Thanks for sharing with us.

  37. I really like your little trivet pattern. You did a great job on the hand quilting too. Your Uncle & his wife will love it. The Christmas one is very festive too. Thank you for sharing with us and the chance to win your charm pack. It would be prefect for a little quilt for new grand baby.


  38. great giveaway, thanks for the chance! Iiving in a country where we’ve just had a cold, wet, grey summer, I can’t say I’m happy with autumn at all!

  39. You’ve made a great block and I really like the twist of flipping the pieces around! Clever you!! 🙂
    Thank you for the chance*

  40. I love Fall, it means it finally cools down enough for pants and sweaters. I love morning walks with my baby in the crisp cool air.

  41. My favorite thing about Autumn… the cooler temperatures (meaning now more weekly lawn moving and fewer mosquitoes!)… campfires! 🙂 … beautiful leaves… Halloween costumes… Thanksgiving… I just love Autumn– it’s my favorite season! Thanks for the tutorial– I love you block!! And thanks for the chance to win! I have a 17 month old granddaughter that would love a quilt made with these charms!

  42. Thank you for sharing the block tute. I love I spy quilts! My favorite thing about fall is pumpkin pie!

  43. My favorite thing about the fall is the cool down in the weather. I like it that it is no longer in the 100s here in TX. Well, somehow it got a little bit mixed up in TX this morning and it was in the 30s…!!! That isn’t October weather for TX people!!! I had to get out my winter jacket BRRRRR!!

  44. I just love your fall block….it reminds me of the Lil twister block…..which is one of my favorite quilts to make….I love the cool weather of fall the best…..

  45. My favorite thing about fall is the clean air, the gorgeous colors and the hint of hibernation 🙂 Thanks for sharing your beautiful post!

  46. What a simple, cute block. I love the bright, warm sun along with the cool air of fall. I enjoyed your tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  47. Jennet
    Your design is great and so adaptable for many things. Your giveaway is special to me since I just finished an I Spy quilt for my niece and enjoyed making it. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Such a great tutorial for your block–love that you turned it into a pot holder. Thanks for sharing!

  49. I’m love the Fall block, especially. You make that look easy (I’m a newbie) – I will have to try it. I’m a new blog follower.

  50. I love the cooler temps and the smell of burning leaves the best, I think (but what’s not to love about Autumn?).

  51. Cute block , my favorite thing about fall is the colors , just love all those magnificent reds, oranges and golds . Thanks for the chance .

  52. Thanks for the great giveaway. My favorite thing about fall is the smells. The dry leaves, the cool air, apple pie baking and anything cooking in the crockpot.

  53. Great giveaway. My favourite thing about autumn is the warm days and cool nites with all the fall colours . So beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw.

  54. What a great block and I love the fabric! Fall is still hot here, but not as humid. But I love the skies are brilliant this time of year -Little Mama Hen

  55. Great idea to make a fall trivet and coasters, and you used such cute fabrics! Great job! I love apples and pumpkin treats in the fall.

  56. I have always loved pinwheel blocks and this block reminds me of one. The fall colors are wonderful.

  57. Your block is beautiful — I would never have thought to turn a block into a hot pad, what a great idea! And a great gift by adding the coasters! I am new at this so I really appreciate all the inspiration! 🙂

  58. Good gift idea with your block.Then you can also turn it into something for Christmas.Thank you for the tutorial and for sharing.

  59. Great block – thanks for the link to the pattern. Love the cooler weather in the fall, but the low 50s today is a little too cool here in North Carolina for the 2nd week in October. But it is supposed to warm up later for the start of the State Fair. Thanks for the giveaway.

  60. I wanted to join your page on FB but I can’t find the page, it said there is no FB page with the name feathered nest studio :S

  61. I love your fall block, that is just so beautifu. I think making a quilt with this block will be stunning.
    Thanks for the give away… love those fabrics. I never made a I spy quilt. My favorite thing about fall is everything because I’m a autumn girl (birthday in november), but if I have to mention one then it is the beautiful color changes of the leaves. Just love that !!

  62. What a very nice quilt block! I love that autumn fabric. And thanks for a chance to win some I spy blocks – that would be a fun quilt to put together.

  63. Oh, no….not another question about what I love about fall….. I like that fall will have to end eventually! Don’t like it. Not at all. I do like your block though. And what a sweet gift it made. Great idea to use up some blocks that should have become a quilt. Thank you for the tutorial!

  64. Autumn is my favourite season because of all the bright colours in the trees. You have captured that sense of colour in your hot pad and coaster set. I would love to win the i spy packet so I could start a quilt for my new great grandson.

  65. In autumn, above all I love the colors ! ! ! and also Pumpkins ! ! ! many thanks for the giveaway :o) I’m so fond of fabrics ♥
    Happy Fall to you :o)

  66. I love the autumn block you have made – its very effective for a quick and easy pattern isnt it – might try one myself now! Love the gifts you gave for a present too I am sure that they will love them. Fab giveaway too – thanks for sharing.

  67. Love the fall fabrics you used and such a sweet gift set, we are at peak fall color this weekend, so will soon be seeing bare branches against pines – a whole new color palette to please – a scent of snow in the air.

  68. My favorite thing about autumn is the clear crisp air….and taking long walks in the woods with my hubby! Thanks for a chance to win

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