Friday, September 2, 2011

You know you are ready for autumn when...

OK, I'll admit it, I was ready for fall weather about the time I got home in the beginning of August. Now I am REALLY ready. I decided today that in the spirit of encouraging the seasons to change, I would change out my seasonal wall hanging. This is the one that is being taken down... a small wall hanging made with an orphan block and some MUCH loved purple fabric (can you tell?)

spring/summer wall hanging
I was pretty happy with the FMQ on this one, although I should have added more in the borders. I seem to either quilt in the borders, or quilt on the blocks, but seldom end up doing both. At some point when it is going well I want to quit while I'm ahead before my good luck runs out and I ruin it!
detail of quilting
more flowers and leaves
This is the one that is going up to celebrate the coming of autumn - I love this wall hanging. I designed it from  beginning to end and tried a bunch of new things. I was thrilled when it was selected to be shown in Georgia Loves Quilts 2009, a local show put on by the East Cobb Quilt Guild. This was my 'breakthrough quilt' for FMQ and the first time I had tried fusible machine applique. I was also in the middle of a period of doing machine trapunto on things so the pumpkin is a bit 'stuffed', making it look plump.

I started the design process with a fat quarter of the crow and pumpkin fabric and went from there. Orange is not my favorite color, but I love the rusty oranges and gold and purple in this combination. I also free-handed the background quilting which went amazingly well I thought for a beginner. I think the glass of wine I was drinking probably helped me loosen up and not over-think things! 

I had never done applique by machine before but I did NOT want to needle turn all the edges and corners on all those little leaves. So another first in this quilt is the satin stitching around the leaves. I wanted to get a good representation of the leaves that are around my house, so I actually went into the woods, gathered leaves and traced around them. I took the tracings to the copy store and shrunk them until they fit the size I needed and Voila, instant, realistic leaves of oak, maple, sassafras, tulip poplar and sweet gum. Of course to be totally accurate there would be a heavy sprinkling of pine needles in there too, but we won't go there! I had fun going through the scraps looking for the corresponding colors as well. I extended the satin stitching to form the stems, varying the width as necessary to make it look right. 

Again with this piece I should have quilted more in the borders as the hanging is a tiny bit wavy because of the dense quilting in the center and the top and bottom bands, but I hesitate to go back and alter it now that it is bound. I think a diagonal cross hatch in the borders might be just the ticket... maybe one day I will add that. 
For now, I need to get the sewing space set up again and reorganized so I can sew at all. I have a lovely spring wall hanging/table topper with pink and orange tulips and a broderie perse border that I would like to enter in something in January that really needs quilting. I have to practice, practice, practice to get back to where I was when I did these so I will be ready for that one. So what is up in YOUR sewing room?


  1. Nice blog! Beautiful fall quilt! Terry from yuku

  2. Woohoo! I'm your first official follower. Does that mean I get chocolate?

  3. Yay Eden! Very nice start-up. And the quilts are as lovely as ever!

  4. Yay! another wonderful quilty blog to add to my reading. Love your quilts!!