I try not to bring out my autumn decorations before the school year officially begins. My husband is a middle school principal, and he tends to give me that “one eyebrow up” look if I start pulling out pumpkins and fall foliage before he even has students in the building, which won’t be until after Labor Day.
However, both of our children are already off to college, so I figure Mr. Kelvington will just have to cut me some slack. I’m experiencing a bit of the empty nest sadness, and one sure fire way to perk myself up is to bring out my autumn lovelies.
I’m actually quite excited to show you the two fall quilts I made this summer, because they are from two of my patterns: Picking Petals and Sweetly Scalloped. I love bringing a pattern to life in a new way, just by changing out the fabrics!
In my Picking Petals mini quilt, I used mostly Farmhouse fabrics by Fig Tree & Company for Moda Fabrics, but I did sprinkle in a couple of other oranges I had on hand. The awesome black print with little taupe etchings is from the Sturbridge line by Kathy Schmitz, also for Moda Fabrics.
The soft and simple meander quilting was done by Barb at Quilts on Broadway, my local quilt shop.
I have Barb to blame for the idea that I should also sew up Sweetly Scalloped in autumn prints! I found this beautiful pumpkin fabric at her shop. It’s called Wicked Pumpkins Black by Timeless Treasures. I think it makes a perfect focal fabric for Sweetly Scalloped, and it just happens to work beautifully with my (abundant) Fig Tree stash! I also threw in a text print and some other oranges and tans I had in my stash, along with the black Sturbridge print for the scallops.
Once again, Barb helped me choose the perfect quilting design for my project. I love the vine quilting in taupe thread!
Because I like to move my things around the house quite a few times before I’m satisfied, I also displayed a few of my fall favorites on my quilt ladder. The top quilt is a pattern by Fig Tree & Company called Canned Pears. I made this quilt a few years ago, and I have it on display nearly all year. It’s one of my treasures and seems to blend in from season to season! I made the middle mini quilt last year. The pattern is Mini Shine by A Quilting Life. I think Picking Petals (bottom) may stay right there on the quilt ladder.
If you are in the mood to look at more autumn quilts, please stop by my post from last September titled Fall Frenzy: Seasonal Project Complete! While I love all of my quilts, seasonal quilts bring a different kind of joy, don’t they? Mine are tucked away carefully in a closet, and it’s such a joy to bring them out, give them a good shake, and find a special spot for them!