Saturday, August 31, 2013

Autumn-Inspired Projects

Autumn Splendor by Pat Lee

With autumn in the air and the children heading back to school, our sewing machines start calling to us! And what could be more fun than dreaming up an autumn-inspired project to put us in the mood for Fall. 

This beautiful quilt is a real show stopper! Designed by Pat Lee of The Art of the Quilt, if you look closely, you can see that Pat used a multi-color fabric to create the leaves, sashing, borders and binding, yet it looks like there are many different fabrics involved. Isn't that clever? Suitable for seasonal or batik fabrics, the pattern is designed so that you create the effect of using many different colors. The pattern itself includes instructions for a 58" x 72" wall quilt, and two Medallion wall hangings that are 40" x 40".  To order this pattern, click here.
Harvest Barn by Calico Hills Farm

Another fun project for Fall is Calico Hills Farm pattern, Harvest Barn.This pattern, created by Roxy Burgard,  is practically timeless. Whether you've constructed these wall quilts back in the 1980s, or made one today, it looks absolutely perfect displayed in your home or given as a gift. My favorite block on pattern is the little pumpkin with the heart in the middle. The pattern includes two small wall quilts and two tiny pillows.
Autumn Reflections Fabric bundle
 These Autumn-inspired fabrics are by Exclusively Quilters and Kona Bay. Featured as our September 2013 Fabric Bundle, they are designed to take the chill out of the night air and warm your heart. There are cornucopias, sunflowers, pumpkins, corn, and other vegetables, all in the Fall colors of green, gold, orange and brown. The sunflower piece is particularly like-like. We liked it so much we used it in a couple of projects here at the shop.
Snap Sack Sunflower Wall Quilt Kit

When Grandma Rachel and Aunt Cheryl were at the Spring Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon, they discovered Snap Sack patterns by Joan Ford of Hummingbird Highway. The Sunflower Wall Quilt Kit includes the pattern you see here, plus all the fabrics you need to create it. The sunflowers are three dimensional and the leaves are finished with a bit of quilting for embellishment. This project makes up quick and easy. You'll be ready to hang it up on your wall in no time. As with all of our Snap Sack kits, you can take the class for free if you purchase the kit. Aunt Cheryl will guide you through construction.

Sunflower Cottage by Calico Hills Farm
Sunflower Cottage is another one of Roxy Burgard's patterns from Calico Hills Farm. I love the way Roxy adds so much imagery and puts so much thought into even the tiniest of details. The pattern includes two small wall quilts and two tiny pillows, one with a house design and one with a sunflower design. As you can see from the image shown here, you can use them to decorate a little spot in your house that friends and family will really enjoy.