Autumn is my favorite season. Like many of you, I cherish signs of fall: the spectacle of leaves turning vibrant shades of red, gold and orange; the glimpse of a harvest moon hanging low in the sky; the sight and sound of geese migrating south; and, of course, fields of pumpkin patches and roadside pumpkin stands. In Minnesota, we savor every last bit of autumn in preparation for the long winter that follows.
Every year as summer draws to a close, I feel a thrill when I pull out my autumn quilts for display and snuggling. Today I’m excited to share my newest quilt pattern with you, Fall Flight. There are so many beautiful autumn fabric collections on the market. Wouldn\’t you love to have your own Fall Flight quilt ready for use next autumn?
Fall Flight is a 66” x 76” throw quilt featuring my signature pumpkin block, alternating with scrappy flying geese blocks. Some of you may recognize the pumpkin block from another pattern of mine, Pumpkin Sky, which is a wall hanging/pillow combination.
Fall Flight has a scrappy vibe, which may make you worried that fabric selection is tricky, but I assure you it’s not! I’ve listed the material requirements below, and I’ll share a few tips with you here.
Begin by selecting your two orange prints (Orange A and Orange B). These should be fairly similar in color and tone, with enough difference in print or scale to achieve a little “orange-on-orange” distinction. I chose two butterscotch/orange prints from Fig Tree & Company’s Farmhouse II collection.
Then, select eight fat quarters. They will be used for the flying geese, star centers, and scrappy binding! You could choose traditional autumn prints or just colors that give you that fall feeling, which is what I did. I love the prints I selected, but I really wish I had also added a purple print to the mix. That would have been smashing!
Once you have the oranges and fat quarters selected, choosing the remaining fabrics will not be that difficult. I repeated the star points fabric in the middle border, and I chose a very similar pumpkin orange for the outer border. The pumpkin stumps could be any brown or black print in your stash. The neutral background fabric could be a solid or something with a very faint tonal print.
Here are complete fabric requirements:
(8) colored fat quarters for flying geese and pumpkin centers
Orange A (lighter)………. 3/4 yard
Orange B (darker)………. 1 1/8 yards
Neutral…………………….. 2 2/3 yards
Stump………………………. Fat Quarter
Black star points………… 1/3 yard
Middle border (black)….1/2 yard
Outer border (orange)….1 yard
Backing……………………. 4 1/4 yards
Binding……………………. scrappy from above
*If you don’t want to do the scrappy binding using leftover material from above, you will need to purchase 5/8 yard.
I hope you’ll consider adding Fall Flight to your autumn sewing list. The pattern is available as a digital PDF on my Etsy Shop. Hugs and thanks to my friend Barb at Quilts on Broadway for the lovely vine quilting. It\’s the perfect finishing touch on my new favorite autumn quilt!