Autumn “Chasing Leaves” Quilt

I am aiming to make a series of quilts that are used to throw over my husband’s grand piano and provide a little protection for when our cat decides to observe the comings and goings in the room from her position atop the piano.

a quilt in situ

So far there are quilts for Valentine’s Day, the Spring, Summer, Christmas and a few non-themed quilts. The current beautiful colour of the leaves outside in the garden and around the local countryside have inspired me to make a quilt using two charm packs from Moda – Forest Fancy and Perfectly Seasonal, both purchased from New Threads Quilt Shop at Weyhill Fairground.

I have combined the charm squares with co-ordinating fabrics from my stash and worked a 3-dimensional bow tie block using plain calico as the “knot” to which I then added “cathedral window-style” contrast squares. The finished blocks are 9 inches square and arranged in a graded colour range so that the lightest block is at the top left-hand corner and the darkest in the bottom right-hand corner.

b top left hand corner

Top left hand corner

c bottom right hand corner

Bottom Right hand corner

The machine quilting was done in one afternoon using my Brother Anniversary Innovis 10A machine (usually referred to as “My Baby Brother”) together with the extended table and a walking foot. I used random thread in shades of Gold thru’ Brown. The quilting design is circles that interlock between the “cathedral window” squares.

brother machine

My “Baby Brother” machine

The finished quilt is approximately 60 inches square having been finished with a co-ordinating border 3 inches wide and a narrow binding using more fabric from my stash.

a quilt on the floor

I was so pleased with how this quilt turned out that I used some spare fabric to make a co-ordinating lap quilt that is 4 x 4 blocks. It is not quite finished yet so more about that in a later post.