Archive | October, 2022

A Little Horse Play

4 Oct

Fellow Quilters,

Autumn is in the air in my region.  The leaves are turning colors and falling like leaves – haha!  Thankfully I got my window frames painted before the temperatures dropped.  It’s the perfect time of year for invigorating walks in the fresh air, crunching dried leaves underfoot and munching on crisp apples from the farm down the road.

The view from my back fence

The view from my back fence

Our house backs onto a horse farm and there are paddocks along our fence line.  There are horses in them most days, and we hear them neighing to each other regularly.  Sometimes they engage in playfulness, chasing each other, jumping around and rolling on the ground when their blankets make them itchy.  It is funny to watch them!

I used this as inspiration for this month’s Quilt Block Mania design.  The theme for October is “farm” so my block is a horse poking his head over the fence our out of his paddock.  I call it Horse Play.

My Horse Play block for Quilt Block Mania October edition

My Horse Play block for Quilt Block Mania October edition

It’s a fairly easy block, and you can replace the pieced eyes with appliqued circles if you wish.  You can download the free pattern here.  Here is a small wall quilt with several horses of different colors poking their heads out of the stable.  Of course, the stable is red, just like the one at the farm behind my house.  I have used mostly Toscana fabrics, with some Patrick Lose Glam tossed in.

Horse Play wall quilt 30x58

A stable of horses

You can check out the other farm-themed free blocks from the participating designers using these links:banner

Tulip Farm Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Rooster Sunrise by QuiltFabrication
Farmers Daughter Quilt Block
This Little Piggy by Sugar Sand Quilts
Duck Duck Goose
Horse Play at Patti’s Patchwork
How I Roll by Inquiring Quilter
Sunshine by Tamarinis
The Quilting Room
Windmill at Patchwork Breeze
Guinea Pig Quilt Block by Cristy Fincher
My Red Barn by Quiltblox
Summer Peach by Inflorescence
Red Beets by Blue Bear Quilts
Cow Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Scarecrow quilt block by Flowerdog Designs

What about you?  Do you live on a farm?  Or in farm country? Or are you a city slicker and have never been to a farm?    What’s your favorite farm story or memory?  One of today’s blocks is corn so here’s a fun farm fact:  every kernel in a cob of corn has a (piece of) silk.  Please leave a comment below sharing your story, memory or farm fact.  And thanks for stopping by if you’re on the Quilt Block Mania blog tour today.  If you like, you can subscribe by clicking on the button on the right.