Tag Archives: Autumn Colors

2017-32 Pinwheel Runner

This lovely little Table Runner was simple and fun to make.  It always is pleasant to work with fabrics that speak to you!  The backing and biding are a dark olive green.  It was quilted with a tan thread in a sunflower design that picks up the background fabrics in the pinwheel blocks.  This is one of my first entries prepared for 2018 fall fairs.

2016-30 Tumbler Place Mats

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When I finished the Autumn Tumbler Quilt (2016-29), I had some cut blocks left over.  That reminded me I still had a small bag of leftover tumbler blocks remaining from my Tumbler Strippy Quilt ( 2014-1).  I pulled those blocks out of the cupboard and mingled the two batches of blocks to create the centers for four place mats, alternating pieced and plain blocks.  With the addition of a coordinating rust border and mossy green binding, I ended up with four very nice place mats.  They were quilted with an olive green thread with an ivy pattern by Ann Bright.  Isn’t it amazing what you can do with the blocks that didn’t make it into the original quilts?

And best of all, no more blocks left over.  Hooray!

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2016-29 Autumn Tumbler

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This queen size quilt began when I decided to use up scraps left over from the Winding Ways quilt (2016-17).  I dislike having leftovers as they clog my creativity, so I try to use them up right away.  Using my Accuquilt die, I cut as many tumblers as I could out of the scrap pieces.  Then I went through my scrap bin and found more autumn colored fabrics and cut more tumblers.  I don;t think I used any yardage at all, just scraps.  It is amazing how many scraps one collects over the years!

I strove for a balance of light and dark so I could create contrast between the tumbler shaped pieces.  The pieces were assembled in units of two, then four, then eight and then then into the rows for the quilt.  Fortunately, I have a large table where I can layout the rows to check color balance and separation.  Once he center was done, I added a gold colored inner border and an red and gold print outer border.  It was quilted with a leafy design that adds texture and an autumn theme.

This quilt won Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the 2016 Drayton Fair and Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the 2016 Arthur Fall Fair.  It went on to OAAS District 7 competition where it won first place.  It will now go on to the Ontario provincial level competition in February 2017.

This quilt has been selected by my nephew Charley and his lovely wife Alice as their wedding quilt.  They are patiently waiting until after the provincial competition before they can take it to their new home.

 

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2016-27 Pumpkin Nine Patch

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This quilt was inspired by the border fabric.  I bought this fabric at the member boutique at the Quilt Show of the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  What a great sale!  I spent lots of money there and was particularly pleased with this border fabric. (Their show was exceptionally good too!)

The size of the quilt was determined by the amount of border fabric I had.  First I calculated how big I could make the quilt considering the corners had to be mitered to keep the flow of the design.  Once I knew the outside dimensions, then I built the inside of the quilt to fit.  I used some six inch nine patch blocks that came from a Guild exchange of blocks and made a few extra to expand the center.  After playing with several layout options, I selected a lovely rusty-orange fabric for the setting triangles.  It is quilted with  Superior Omni thread in Ginger Spice  using a digital design called Damask by Ann Bright.   I’m pleased with the result.

I have put it with the group of quilts from which I invite brides and grooms to select their wedding quilts.  However, I hope no one picks this one because I like it.  I could live quite happily with this quilt.

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2016-24 Winding Ways Topper

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This table topper (40″ by 40″) was created with the blocks leftover from my friend’s Pat’s Winding Ways Quilt (2016-17).  Some of these blocks were my tester blocks when I was figuring out how to get the best results. a few of these do not meet well in the middle, so they were not good enough for Patty’s quilt.  (Look closely in the bottom row and you will see what I mean.) Some of the blocks are just leftover because of color placement and balance in the quilt.  So at the end of her quilt project, I had 16 leftover blocks.

I do not like having left-overs in my studio, so I try to make them up into another project or just give them away.  Sixteen blocks is  just enough to make a table topper that can double as a small table cloth.  It went together quickly.  Since I  had scraps of Pat’s borders still sitting on my cutting table,  I put the same borders on this one too.  It was very simple to make because most of the work was already done.

The digital quilting design is “Wild Mouse” by Ann Bright.  It is an edge to edge design that gives great movement to the topper but can be executed quickly on the longarm.  The matching binding was attached to the front and hand stitched to the back.

This is a nice outcome for blocks that did not make the cut to go into the large quilt.   It will have a very useful life!

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2016-17 Winding Ways

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This queen sized quilt was made as a wedding gift for my close friend Pat and her husband Alan.  These colours are Pat’s favourites and they suit her neutrally decorated house.  It took me a while to collect the fabrics and I enjoyed every minute of it!  Some of the fabrics came from my stash while most were acquisitions on two memorable shopping trips.

The quilt design is called Winding Ways, a traditional block that when set together creates a secondary circular design.  It took quite a while to piece this quilt, but since I was not in a hurry, I was able to enjoy the process.  I assembled most of the top during the summer at our cottage where my design wall is a hardwood floor adjacent to the main traffic area.  Everyone who passed by offered comments and opinions on where I should move blocks for best effect.  I feel like it was a group project!

The quilting design is a series of overlapping circles to echo the secondary circular design and give movement to the quilt.  Pat really likes the quilt and sent me this photo showing the quilt on her bed.  Looks great, doesn’t it?quilt-on-pats-bed

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2015-9: Autumn Strips Topper

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This little topper started from a few leftover blocks to which I added sashing and then two borders.  It is quilted with one of the blocks from the Majestic Pines group of patterns by Donna Kleinke of One Song Needle Arts.  The warm brown binding echo the medium brown in the strip pieced blocks.  A quick and easy project that will make a nice hostess gift for the right person.

2014-1: Stripped Tumbler

Stripped Tumbler QuiltThis scrappy quilt is an old fashioned, classic quilt pattern.  It is a true scrap quilt with the blocks pieced of leftover strips and strings.  To make the blocks, I constructed the fabric by sewing together any string or strip in an autumn colourway, selected at random to make a piece large enough to die cut the tumbler shaped units.  The fabrics are scraps left over from 16 years of quilting.  The neutral coloured alternate blocks give the eye a place to rest and showcase the large variety of prints.  The narrow gold inner border and wider brown outer border tie together the predominant colours of the top.

Here is a close-up photo of the block piecing:

Block Detail

The quilting is done with a gold Superior Bottom Line thread on both the top and in the bobbin.  The quilting pattern is Woodland Pines by Anne Bright, a design that includes pine cones, oak leaves, acorns and pine boughs.  This will make a great quilt for one of the rustic twin beds at the cottage.

Quilting Detail

 

Someone will enjoy snuggling under this quilt on a cool summer night.

2013-20: Autumn Log Cabin

Autumn Log CabinThis autumn toned log cabin quilt is my fall fair quilt for this year. One of my goals this year to make a quilt worthy of winning a first prize at the local fall fairs with a possibility of getting to the provincial level of competition.

How the main quilt competition operates in Ontario, Canada is thus:  A quilter enters a local fair.  When the quilter wins Grand Champion, Machine Quilting or Grand Champion, Hand Quilting (one of each at every fair), then that quilt goes on to the district competition later in the fall.  The quilt then competes against about 20 quilts at the district competition.  The winner of the district competition goes on to the Provincial level of competition in February where the winners of all 15 districts in Ontario compete for the provincial championship.  To win the provincial championship is a great honour!    I figure if I continue to improve my quilting skills, someday I might win at the provincial level!  It’s good to have a goal!

This Autumn Log Cabin quilt contains approximately 4720 pieces.  It took much longer to make than I anticipated.   For every stage, it took longer than I thought: cutting the fabrics, block construction, top assembly, borders, quilting and binding.   I wanted to give up several times, but I forced myself to stick with it.  And now it is done!!!  Hooray!

Here is a photo of the quilting, a design called Majestic Pines by Donna Kleinke of One Song Needle Arts.  All of the fabric in the blocks is from my stash.  When you cut the fabric up for 1/2 inch logs, you can use up a lot of small pieces of stash!

This quilt won Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the Rosseau Fall Fair and at the Arthur Fall Fair.    My niece Hillary and her husband Gonzalo chose this quilt as their wedding quilt.

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A week of outreach quilts

Since I returned from Paducah, I have been working feverishly to finish some client quilts and a group of community outreach quilts.  On Wednesday next week, we will be donating a large group of quilts to Victim Services and another six to eight quilts to the group Women in Crisis.

One of my goals as chair of the community outreach committed was to use the stash we had on hand.  During the winter, we had a few cutting days when we cut all of our scrap flannel pieces into tumbler blocks, using my AccuQuilt Studio cutter.  Then we sorted the fabrics into 30 color coordinated packages of 100 tumblers, When set 10 across and ten down, they make a quilt about 44 by 60 inches.  Members of our guild then signed out the kits and assembled the quilt tops and returned them for quilting.

Here are the resulting tops, now quilted.  They went out yesterday to other guild members, Joan, Kay and Judy for binding and labeling.  These all will be donated on Wednesday to Victim Services.

I’m delighted with the wonderful quilts made from a pile of seemingly chaotic scrap.  Don’t they look great?

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