There’s a distinct magic in the air that can only mean one thing – fall has arrived or kind of. We are finally experiencing a relief from the extreme heat in Texas. We can’t wait to cozy up, to savor the simple pleasures, and to find warmth in the midst of nature’s gentle descent into winter. What better way to capture the feeling of fall than by pulling out quilts and decorating for the season.
In a world filled with mass-produced items, there’s an undeniable charm in creating something with our own hands. A fall quilt crafted from 12 fat quarters as the lights and Moda jelly roll strips as the chains; it’s a labor of love.
I have said it a million times.. I have the greatest job in the world working for Moda Fabrics and as you may or may not know, Moda is the parent company of Ruby Star Society. I love combining lots of different Moda designers fabrics and now I can add Ruby Star fabrics to the mix. That is exactly what I did for this quilt.
Here are the general specs. Link to pattern below.
Quilt is 74″ x 74″.
Blocks (lights): 12 assorted Fat Quarters*
Block (light): 1 yard
Blocks (darks): 35-21/2″ x width of fabric
(a Jelly Roll is a great start! but I cut a couple of strips from as many layer cakes as I possibly could)
Binding: 2/3 yard. Plaids and Stripes are my favorite for bindings. I am always on the hunt for them.
Backing: 43/4 yards
*Fat Quarter=18″ x 22″
Experiment with color placement, combine different fabrics and colors, and let the quilt tell its own story. I am dying to do this in Christmas fabrics with darks in the middle.
Light fabrics are not normally fabrics that you gravitate to buy. It is so much easier to be attracted to color and print when shopping. Think of lights like milk and bread. You always need them and buy good ones when you see them. They are timeless and don’t expire like milk and bread.
As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisper finally, there’s a profound sense of fulfillment in completing a fall quilt or really any quilt, right? Create a quilt that not only keeps you warm but also fills your heart with the inspiring essence of autumn. This is currently my favorite quilt but just like the seasons, it will quickly change.
I can’t believe the Scrappy Celebration QAL is almost over. It is like putting together a puzzle and getting down to the final pieces. Happy but sad and what to do next. Thought I would share some of the pics from both color options of my quilts here.
My original quilt is the perfect combination of summer sherbet colors, but for the QAL I remade the quilt with Red, White and Blues.
I thoroughly enjoyed picking out fabrics each week for blocks.
Keeping a pile of my bits and pieces so I could pull some of the sizes I needed for other blocks came in handy. I do have leftovers and may have to make something from all these pieces.
I had been holding on to a bolt of Bonnie and Camille dots from Bliss and knew I had to use this for the backing. Then I dug through all of the leftover bias bits and thought I would funk it up some by adding some yellow to my red white and blue version. Will show the finished quilt soon.
We recently completed a fun little group project at work.
Everyone that I work with sews, quilts, crochets or crafts except for one gal in the sample room.
So we decided the best way for her to fall in love with quilts was to give her one. We know she already loves fabric. She touches fabric everyday of the week since her job is to cut and assemble the capsets that our salesmen use to introduce new lines of fabric. Each new fabric season, we all talk about our favorite fabric and all the things we want to make. Aida’s favorite fabric was Manderely by Franny and Jane. Mariza picked out a couple of pieces that Aida would like.
We used the light aqua shown in the block above as our main piece.
Everyone picked out their own fabric choice based on the aqua piece.
How super cool is Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings? She is the first person to be shown on the cover of American Patchwork & Quilting. This does make her the official cover girl of quilting. Nick, her husband, thought she should do the photo shoot in a bikini, until everyone informed him it was not that type of cover girl. (just kidding, Nick!!)
I was tickled to see Lisa on the cover and then continued to flip through the pages to see some of my other friends. Vanessa Goetzen of Lella Boutique’s bright shiny face on page 5, Betsy Chutchian‘s reproduction quilt, Just Toasty on page 35, Pat Sloan, Bonanza of Baskets on page 54, and then on page 79 I almost wet my pants. There was my quilt, Kettle Corn. You know I love scrappy quilts and mixing all kinds of Moda designers fabrics into one quilt. I also love fall and I can be found munching on kettle corn regardless of what time of the year it is. My family must think I am a bit of a mad scientist. I am always dipping, dying, bleaching and messing with fabrics. I had a variety of fabrics and wondered what they would look like bleached and overdyed. I loved how some of the modern lines turned almost vintage with a dunk into bleach. Shown here is the quilt top before it was sent to the quilter. It really shows off the variety of prints.