Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fall Leaf Completion

It's almost officially autumn and it's raining - again.  I guess its better than snow.  Congratulations to Deb at Aspen Hill for her contribution of her fun plaid quilt to our flikr site.  She's the winner of MQR#102 (to be sent after October 6th).

I put my nose to the grindstone and completed the contemporary fall leaf project.  The part about quilting it all by myself hurt the most - I love to hand them over to a professional quilter but I did my best and it actually lays pretty flat.

After the leaves were cut, I pieced them into their backgrounds using the very narrow seam allowance that we had described in previous projects.  Some were pouchy so I had to take a bigger allowance and make the curve shallower,  then press them to make them behave.  I added a center definiton in a color different from that leaf.  When all four were completed, I tried different layouts.

 I have done many vertical orientations so I decided to go with  the curvacious square.

Layering right sides together, I cut gentle curves from strips and sewed them, alternating sides and fabrics.

 This gave me more size and a good way to utilize the remaining fat quarters.  After arranging, I cut new curves from adjoining squares and sewed them together.

I layered the top, cotton batting and backing.  I outline quilted just outside the leaves, through the center definition and then meandered in the background.  The binding was made from the fatquarter scraps cut straight of grain.  (I wondered if this would work on the gentle curves.  It did.)

So our comment challenge for this next week ( and winner of MQR#103) is to let us know if you are going to the October AQS show in Des Moines  and what you are interested in seeing/ purchasing.  Looking forward to hearing from you!


  1. Oh how I wish I could come to Des Moines, meet you both and well just loose myself in quilting, quilting, quilting but I'm afraid it's a bit too far (and too expensive) - gosh just think of the fabric, machines, supplies I could buy with the few thousand it would take to get me over to the US so soon before the show - I hope you have a great time and an even better show.

  2. Yea! I'm excited to see what this pattern looks like! I must be having a hard time this morning because I can't seem to find how to contact you???

    Not coming to Des Moines - too far! I just indulged myself last weekend at the San Diego Quilt Show, and next weekend is the big outdoor show in Temecula.

  3. Heck yes I will be there. I am taking off two days this year. One day to shop, shop, shop. The other day to just look around.

    I am excited to see all of the new and exciting fabrics and patterns. I might have to take a peek at the Bliss system for the APQS machines.

  4. Of course I'm going to the Des Moines Quilt Show and my top priority is seeing your patterns (and you) there. Once I've bought the patterns, I'll devote myself to picking out the most fun fabrics to sew them up in. That plus lunch should make for an excellent day in Des Moines.

  5. Deb, you can send us your address at
    We will send your pattern after the 6th. Thanks again for posting a photo on flickr.

  6. I'm going with an open mind to whatever inspiration hits, and just hope it's powerful enough to sustain me long enough until I can get home and get to work. But I won't know it until I see it.


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