Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour - Modern Oak Leaf

>> Friday, November 18, 2016

Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour for Volume 14!

volume 14 quiltmaker's 100 blocks blog tour

The tour has been happening all this past week - please visit the Quiltmaker's blog to find links to the blogs on the tour.  

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour

I hope you will spend some time visiting my blog. I've been sharing online since 2009 and participated in the Quiltmaker's 100 blocks twice before.

I have several tutorials for projects that are perfect for gift giving - or any time of year, really!

Sew Joy Creations' Tutorials page


On with the tour!

modern oak leaf block in vol 14 Quiltmaker's 100 blocks

I called my block, "Modern Oak Leaf". It's a very simple, large applique leaf that is actually based on a real leaf!

large oak leaf

I picked up this large leaf on a walk last fall. I really wanted to create something with it. Originally I traced the block onto an 81/2 x 11" piece of paper and made plans to use it as a quilting motif in my Harvest Joy Sampler. But then I got distracted with other quilts and never finished putting my quilt top together to get to the quilting. 

So I decided to use it as an applique instead and submit it to Quiltmaker! I did make some artistic changes to make the leaf easier to translate to fabric. I made it symmetrical by only drawing one side of the actual leaf and placing it on folded fabric to create my applique. Putting it on an angle in the block meant that I could keep it "actual size" then I repeated a basic patchwork design in two corners to add some visual interest and opportunities for the block in repeat.

I made a couple of virtual examples to share with you:

modern oak leaf lap quilt pattern by sarah vanderburgh

Here is a lap top quilt made with 6 rows of 4 blocks each. It would be approximately 48 x 72 inches long finished.  My modern version of an oak leaf applique quilt is created using a solid background colour and one colour for the patchwork and another for the leaves. The blocks are simply rotated to create the look above.

modern oak leaf bedrunner

This scrappy version of the block creates a bedrunner approximately 72 inches long and 24 inches wide. The scrappiness is controlled a bit by using the  same background colour for all of the blocks and one colour again for the leaves. Don't look too closely at my "scrappiness" as it isn't really - I needed to move more of the blocks around, but you get the idea! 

With Joy,

Sarah V.


JoAnne in southern California November 18, 2016 at 2:44 AM  

I like the secondary pattern, it is really neat!

Allison November 18, 2016 at 6:02 AM  

I love your block! We live in the woods, surrounded by at least six types of oak trees. I've always loved their stateliness and your quilt is the perfect way to have them all year long.

Wanda November 18, 2016 at 6:45 AM  

Your neat block would make a very nice table runner or topper for fall. Thanks for the chance to win. cjneubauer@iowatelecom.net

Michele T November 18, 2016 at 6:50 AM  

I like your block and it would be perfect for a runner, or eve cushion covers!!!

Michele T November 18, 2016 at 6:51 AM  

I am already getting your email updates!! Thanks for a second chance!!

kt November 18, 2016 at 6:54 AM  

Great block for a fall quilt!!

Pat November 18, 2016 at 6:59 AM  

Great block to use for a Fall tabletopper.

Nancy Tanner November 18, 2016 at 7:20 AM  

love your block, Thanks for the giveaway!

Dana Gaffney November 18, 2016 at 7:23 AM  

Your leaf is beautiful in that batik, it will make a gorgeous fall quilt.

Michele November 18, 2016 at 7:43 AM  

Terrific block. I've also picked up leaves and used them as inspiration for fall designs.

Podunk Pretties November 18, 2016 at 7:53 AM  

I think all quilters find inspiration in their surroundings. Love your block!

MaryBeth November 18, 2016 at 8:09 AM  

Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

Carrie P. November 18, 2016 at 8:16 AM  

Great block. Nature is such a great inspiration for quilters.

Jocelyn November 18, 2016 at 8:22 AM  

Love your block! Very creative. Thanks!

darlene November 18, 2016 at 8:24 AM  

I would like to make a quilt with various leaves. Yours is a beautiful addition to it.

Nancy November 18, 2016 at 8:25 AM  

Very nice - would make a great fall quilt, which is my favorite season and favorite colors!

KathySue November 18, 2016 at 8:34 AM  

Great example for Fall. Congrats on a wonderful block. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

KathySue November 18, 2016 at 8:37 AM  

And I subscribe to your newsletter. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

rivercity November 18, 2016 at 8:43 AM  

I am always looking for fall patterns, and your design is very pretty. This leaf reminds me of the leaves that my neighbor's tree drops, and I love walking to the mailbox in the fall and looking down at all of the shapes, sizes, and colors of leaves from their tree.

JoyceLM November 18, 2016 at 8:44 AM  

Great blocks. Love the controlled scrappy version. Thanks.

claire November 18, 2016 at 9:07 AM  

What a beautiful, realistic fall leaf. Perfect timing and congrats!

Anonymous,  November 18, 2016 at 9:28 AM  

Congratulations on your block! I like the corner areas surrounding your leaf I would of never thought to do that. Thank you. sweetlildaisy5566@yahoo.com

Rozz01 November 18, 2016 at 9:28 AM  

Love your fall leaf block design. rozz01 at cox dot net

Rozz01 November 18, 2016 at 9:29 AM  

I subscribed to your newsletter. rozz01 at cox dot net

Anna brown November 18, 2016 at 9:34 AM  

I love applique ty for your ideas..... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Anna brown November 18, 2016 at 9:34 AM  

I love applique ty for your ideas..... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Unknown November 18, 2016 at 9:57 AM  

the leaf. Makes a great addition. Thanks drhodes9@cox.net.

Unknown November 18, 2016 at 9:57 AM  

the leaf. Makes a great addition. Thanks drhodes9@cox.net.

mangozz November 18, 2016 at 10:14 AM  

Congratulations! I love oak leaves!

Quilting Tangent November 18, 2016 at 10:17 AM  

Nice oak leaf, need to quilt in the veins. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Rebecca November 18, 2016 at 10:18 AM  

Fun leaf! And we don't have to rake it!

Loris November 18, 2016 at 10:34 AM  

I love seeing leaves in quilts. Perfect pattern to celebrate Autumn! Thank you for designing for the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks and for participating in the blog tour. I love seeing all these new designs!

Diantha November 18, 2016 at 10:48 AM  

Nice block - I like leaf appliques.
Congratulations for having your block in the latest issue.

tac73 November 18, 2016 at 10:56 AM  

I signed up for your newsletter.

Donna November 18, 2016 at 10:58 AM  

Oak leaves are my favorite thanks for sharing a way to include them in a quilt. Love it.

Lee Ann L. November 18, 2016 at 10:59 AM  

Lovely block for fall! Congrats!

Donna November 18, 2016 at 11:02 AM  

I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks for pattern giveaway, hoping.

Unknown November 18, 2016 at 11:05 AM  

Oh I really like this leaf! I worked for a retreat centre called Five Oaks and always wanted to make a quilt to represent it! I have now found the one I want! Thank You!


alaskamarge November 18, 2016 at 11:11 AM  

Our leaves have all fallen,with a stray one or two in the spruce tree close to the house. Your little block would fit right in with those yellow maple leaves that choose to leave their color behind. What a beautiful reminder of fall your block is. Thank you so much for its story and sharing your talents with us.

Terri November 18, 2016 at 11:22 AM  

How pretty! I would have loved to have had access to it earlier since my first thought was that it would make a lovely tablerunner!

Judi Duncan November 18, 2016 at 11:36 AM  

I wish we had a fall in sunny California....

Stitches November 18, 2016 at 11:47 AM  

Love your big applique leaf..and I love applique..

Karen in Breezy Point November 18, 2016 at 11:49 AM  

Congrats on having your fun block in the magazine!

Joyce Carter November 18, 2016 at 11:51 AM  

Love your applique block. It would make a beautiful table runner for Fall.

VA November 18, 2016 at 11:54 AM  

Great block! I always pick up leaves thinking I will use the shapes in a quilt someday, but I haven't yet.

~Kris~ November 18, 2016 at 11:58 AM  

Thanks for explaining your design process with this block. I enjoyed the info and got a better idea of how you balanced your block. Congratulations on being selected again for the magazine.

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts November 18, 2016 at 11:58 AM  

I've always loved and collected leaves. I've copied them on the copier (not a great idea) photographed them and dried them (they crumble). I've thought of dipping them in wax to preserve them. One time, I sprayed an especially pretty leaf with a clear paint to keep it from fading. it lasted a long time. Thanks for sharing.

BillieBee (billiemick) November 18, 2016 at 12:22 PM  

Leaves are one of my favorite things.

JANET November 18, 2016 at 12:33 PM  

Your block would make a great fall quilt! ndfromsd at gmail. com

Elizabeth November 18, 2016 at 12:48 PM  

What a nice block for a Fall quilt or pillow. It's also an inspiration to go out and gather ones own leaves for a variety of types--great idea. It might also be cool to make each leaf half one print and half another.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI November 18, 2016 at 1:16 PM  

I have always loved fall leaves--and yours is a bit different than others--so I will be making some--thanks--
love and laughter, di

Terri Lyn November 18, 2016 at 1:18 PM  

What a cool block. Thanks for the chance to win!!

Oneoldgoat1962 November 18, 2016 at 1:44 PM  

I love anything with oak leaves, acorns, etc. My dad was a forester and oak trees just remind me of him.



Jeanne in Ohio November 18, 2016 at 2:09 PM  

I prefer traditional blocks, so I really like yous!

Brenda E. November 18, 2016 at 2:35 PM  

Thanks for sharing your inspiration leaf with us LOL!

Danette November 18, 2016 at 2:54 PM  

Congratulations on having your block published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

Danette November 18, 2016 at 2:55 PM  

I signed up for your newsletter. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

Karen November 18, 2016 at 2:59 PM  

Your block is perfect for fall. Thanks for the inspiration with the variety of settings. prycek@mymts.net

Anita November 18, 2016 at 3:15 PM  

Your leaf block looks great!

Linda Christianson November 18, 2016 at 3:19 PM  

Just in time for Fall and Thanksgiving. I am always looking for pattern for Fall. the leaves give the table runner a very special feel to me.

mumbird3 November 18, 2016 at 3:26 PM  

Nice block - I like the way it looks present in a quilt - lots of movement! Thanks for sharing! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Cecilia November 18, 2016 at 3:30 PM  

Great block! Congratulations on being in the magazine.

Kathy H November 18, 2016 at 4:31 PM  

Congratulations on having your block in the magazine. I love the table runner version.

Lori November 18, 2016 at 4:46 PM  

congratulations. what a fun block. yup I agree, it could be used any time of the year.
quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

Cat Lady November 18, 2016 at 4:48 PM  

Love quilts that are inspired by nature!

CyndyK November 18, 2016 at 4:56 PM  

I really like your leaf block. thanks for sharing with us. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

CyndyK November 18, 2016 at 4:57 PM  

I have signed up for your newsletter. Thanks! cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Joye with an e November 18, 2016 at 5:30 PM  

I signed up for your newsletter. Thanks for sharing your block and ideas.
From another Sew Joyeful,

Sewgirl November 18, 2016 at 5:30 PM  

Love your block...it's got lots of possibilities. thanks for sharing!

JustPam November 18, 2016 at 5:59 PM  

Congrats for having your block published in the book! Love the leaf.

@lutzcats November 18, 2016 at 6:02 PM  

Super combo of techniques!!!

Jenn November 18, 2016 at 6:23 PM  

i like the combo of the applique leaf and the pieced corners

Shirley in Canada November 18, 2016 at 6:30 PM  

Wow! That is a fun block, Sarah. Thanks for a chance to win!!

Rhonda November 18, 2016 at 6:34 PM  

Such a cute block. Would make a lovely wall hanging for a log cabin.

Auntie Clark November 18, 2016 at 6:41 PM  

I really like leaves. Thank you for the sample ideas for use.

Lisa England November 18, 2016 at 6:56 PM  

Lovely block! The secondary pattern is a nice bonus!

cindy m November 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM  

Love that scrappy version, would love to make this in my favorite fall colors! Awesome block!
lstangl482@ aol dot com

Julie S November 18, 2016 at 7:08 PM  

Aww, I love leaves! I think the 'scrappy' would be pretty using fall colors!

Madeline November 18, 2016 at 7:21 PM  

I love scrappy, and what better way to use one of nature's scraps!

Laura November 18, 2016 at 7:45 PM  

The secondary pattern you get with your block was unexpected and wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Sandi1100 November 18, 2016 at 7:54 PM  

Nice block! It would be a nice fall table runner. Thanks for a chance to win.

wendy November 18, 2016 at 8:05 PM  

Great fall block, thank you!

prairiekat November 18, 2016 at 8:09 PM  

Thank you for the neat oak block. Just this year my first little oak tree has produced some of those showy leaves, Not native to our area. Kathy in snowy Colo repzjatplainsdotnet

OhioLori November 18, 2016 at 8:38 PM  

What a creative block!! Love the oak leaf!! Bedrunner is cool!

Thank you for chance to win the give-a-way too! :)

CindyD November 18, 2016 at 8:45 PM  

Very nice and very different. Perfect for fall!

Lori Jane November 18, 2016 at 8:52 PM  

Congratulations on getting into 100 Blocks three times! Like that you were inspired by nature.

Joanna November 18, 2016 at 8:54 PM  

That's a nice block to make this time of year and for the coming holiday. Very pretty.

CA Bobbie November 18, 2016 at 8:57 PM  

I really like your block- love that you picked up the leaf. I still have a HUGE leaf my stepdaughter picked up when we were on a vacation in WA 23 yrs ago. Thanks for the giveaway.

Nancy Sue November 18, 2016 at 9:09 PM  

Congrats on your block. I love the leaf!!

Carol Sc November 18, 2016 at 9:18 PM  

Being from Michigan, trees and leaves are my favorite --- I will be using your block(s) in some way.

Havplenty November 18, 2016 at 9:29 PM  

Your leaf block is fantastic. Trees and leaves. I love them both. I think I may add your block to the maple leaf quilt I am making. It will be perfect.

tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

krazycat6@gmail.com November 18, 2016 at 9:33 PM  

Really cute block. Thanks for sharing. Love the layout options.

Joyful Quilter November 18, 2016 at 9:56 PM  

Such a lovely name...my favorite. Congrats on the block - it is very cute (really like the scrappy version). I am already signed up for your newsletter.

Unknown November 18, 2016 at 10:21 PM  

Congratulations on being chosen for this new.issue. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Cheryl Greenleaf November 18, 2016 at 10:31 PM  

Thank you for participating in this blog hop giveaway.

Paige November 18, 2016 at 10:57 PM  

Perfect for leaf season! Congrats!

Noreen November 18, 2016 at 11:39 PM  

Loving the leaf! Thank you for having this giveaway! trotskyn@att.net

GranChris November 18, 2016 at 11:53 PM  

I'm surrounded by trees out in the country so I like your block.

Anonymous,  November 19, 2016 at 12:22 AM  

I really like your oak leaf! Great block!

Anonymous,  November 19, 2016 at 12:23 AM  

e-mail subscriber!

Cat November 19, 2016 at 1:00 AM  

Your block reminds me of when I lived in Illinois. Thanks for the memories.

Beth November 19, 2016 at 1:04 AM  

Your block is going on my "To Make" list--I love seasonal table runners, and always want to make some as gifts. Thanksgiving is a great holiday--my favorite--because everyone celebrates it (pretty much) so it's quite inclusive. Which makes your block the perfect block! Table runners from your block will make ideal gifts for everyone! (Boy, it took me a long time to get to my point. Sorry.)

Beth November 19, 2016 at 1:05 AM  

I am on your list, using my wordygirl at earthlink dot net email address.

Rachell November 19, 2016 at 1:42 AM  

i really love your leaf! I see lots of scrub oak (dwarf oak bushes) in our fall drives up the canyon, along with maple, aspen, and pine trees.
designing a fall quilt is on my bucket list. thanks!

Gill November 19, 2016 at 9:40 AM  

What a great block!
Oaks are my favourite tree!

Sherrie from ND November 19, 2016 at 10:48 AM  

Enjoy seeing all the new ideas/blocks. Please enter me in the giveaway and thanks for the opportunity.

Joni November 19, 2016 at 1:51 PM  

I love your block! I live in a oak savanna and work collect acorns for restoration efforts. I will be making the bed runner for my guest room.

Bella November 19, 2016 at 2:11 PM  

I can picture the scrappy version done in the reds, oranges, and yellows of fall! It would be so pretty.

Dawn F November 19, 2016 at 4:18 PM  

Creative use of nature to inspire a quilt block!

ChrisDeeCaregeiver @gmail.com November 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM  

Love your oak leaves patterns. I love anything to do with the mighty oak!

pajtr November 20, 2016 at 4:49 AM  

Congratulations on a great block!
I especially love the look of it as a fall table topper or runner!
Thank you!
Pat T.

Unknown November 20, 2016 at 9:39 AM  

I love your block! Fantatic! Thank you for a chance at the give-away!
mgw070 at rogers dot com

Bev November 20, 2016 at 10:10 AM  

I have a leaf quilt on my planning table and I will add your oak leaf as well!

Lee November 20, 2016 at 10:15 AM  

Love the Oak Leave block! Congrats and thank you!

cindy m November 20, 2016 at 1:41 PM  

Signed up for your newsletter, it's great!!
lstangl482 @ aol dot com

Darlene B November 20, 2016 at 7:42 PM  

I love fall blocks - thanks so much!

Annmarie November 20, 2016 at 9:25 PM  

Love your oak leaf - we have lots around here in northern Wisconsin.

Dix in Canada November 20, 2016 at 11:33 PM  

I really like your Oak Leaf - love fall colors, leaves & the various scents of the fall season.

arlette November 21, 2016 at 11:56 AM  

Your oak leave is so cute, I think about fall :)

arlette November 21, 2016 at 11:59 AM  

I'm your new follower, thank you for the chance!!!!

Deb November 21, 2016 at 8:01 PM  

Very nice! And how special to have your pattern in the quilt book.

patricia November 21, 2016 at 10:54 PM  

a modern twist on the oak leaf. Genius!

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