The Fall Season and Seasonal Quilts

Well, it's the middle of October and fall is in full swing here in the Midwest.  The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are getting cooler.  We're having lots of sunny days and cool nights, which makes for some beautiful fall color all over the place. 

 

Fall also feels like the unofficial start of quilting season.  After all the outdoor busyness of summer, we get to stay inside more with our sewing machines and make cozy quilts, some of which will end up as Christmas presents.  I'm really looking forward to spending a lot more time in my sewing room and getting some fabric therapy!  How about you?

On the topic of fall, I'd like to tell you about my "Fabulous Fall" wall quilt.  It's a 16" square applique scene full of all the delightful details of a fall day. 

 This quilt actually came about because of a challenge we had at quilt guild.  We only had two guidelines:  make it 16" square, and have a pumpkin in it.  We could do anything else we wanted to.  I opted to do a fall scene with a miniature quilt in it.  Too cute!  I also decided to make some of the applique into 3D pieces for added interest.

The sunflowers are yo-yo's with button centers.

The pumpkin has batting between two layers of fabric to give a "plump" look to it.  It's attached to the quilt with the stitching lines that make the "ribs" of the pumpkin.

The mini quilt has two layers of fabric with batting in between just like a real quilt, but the front of the quilt is a "cheater" fabric print that is just one piece.  It only LOOKS pieced!  The "binding" is zigzag stitching all around the edge!

It was such a fun project and it turned out SO cute!

When I got done with this quilt, I thought I might as well create quilts for the other three seasons too.  Each of them features a mini 3D quilt and other dimensional pieces.  Here are Splendid Spring, Sensational Summer, and Wondrous Winter.

You can find patterns for all of these quilts here.  They are available individually or as a set, and have thorough instructions full of step-by-step color pictures.  Don't be intimidated by the dimensional applique.  It's much easier than you think, and I've made sure the instructions make it easy for you do!  It's such a fun technique that adds some great "pop" to your quilts!

Fall is such a wonderful time and gives us a lot to do before winter sets in.  Whatever you're doing, I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy the beauty of the season while it lasts!

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