Saturday, August 24, 2013

Anticipating Autumn

According to the Bing Dictionary, the definition of "anticipate" is to: act beforehand to address something imminent: to imagine or consider something before it happens and make any necessary preparations or changes. And that is exactly what I did when I asked the members of That Stash Bee to make Modern Maples blocks for me back in June. I really loved the many Modern Maples quilts I had seen around blogland, and wanted one for our own home. This fall. 

I started out making this block as a sample and asked for basic leaf colors on light (non-white) solids or low-volume prints.  
Even a lighter leaf on a darker background was acceptable, and since I only received 1 of those, I made 1 more and brought my total number of blocks to 20.

So earlier this week, I took all my leaf blocks, laid them out, and cut a variety of solid and print squares, enough so I could do the 5x6 block layout I had planned. This would make a nice lap quilt, measuring 60x72".

For a backing, I used a Curious Nature print by Parson Gray. It had some leafy images and also the sense of sidewalk, which in my childhood was the place where all the most interesting leaves were found. (In fact, one of my favorite childhood activities was making leaf rubbings.)
For quilting I used Aurifil 50wt #2000, which is named "Beige" but in reality is much more interesting than its name implies and nicely brought all the colored leaves to blow nicely together. I stitched straight-lines, first making a grid along both sides of the seam-lines between blocks. Then I went zigging and zagging a bit so I went through the stem of each leaf. I added more parallel lines diagonally to decrease the amount of unquilted space, though this is one of the less densely quilted quilts I've done, with the diagonals about 4" apart.
The binding is one of my new favorite prints - Carrie Bloomston's  Collage Scratch in Putty. It was just the perfect shade to blend with the mix of backgrounds, and with its subtle lines is not really a stripe but gives a bit of that effect but in a subdued way, letting the leaf blocks really be the focus. (Click the Collage link and you can see it better.)
So don't get me wrong. I am totally enjoying these last few weeks of summer, and am not over-anticipating the arrival of autumn, but on the other hand, quilt-wise, I'm ready.

This finish is from my 2013 Q3 Finish-A-Long list. Linking up with Fabric Tuesday and Finish It Up Friday.

35 comments:

Heather D. said...

It's absolutely perfect for fall Debbie. Nice finish!

diane said...

It's a perfect fall quilt. I am looking forward to fall and cool weather., although we have had a mild summer.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I can't wait for fall myself. That's a lovely quilt.

Vera said...

Well done! Looks pretty.

Cille said...

It's beautiful. I like your midern take on this rather traditional block. And autumn.. well no reason to fight what can't be fought and it will be here really soon anyway. And with it more indoor days and more quilting. That's okay :)

Paula said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love that you have changed the orientation for a couple of blocks - so fun.

Patchwork and Play said...

Lovely finish for Fall! It will be a wonderful snuggling under quilt!

tink's mom said...

What a wonderful welcome for fall quilt. Nice fresh look for such a traditional block.

Debbie said...

Debbie, I love your quilt. It looks beautiful photographed with all the pretty flowers!

Ellyn said...

your quilt is gorgeous as is the photography!

Marci Girl said...

It turned out so nice, and the quilting is perfect! I LOVE the layout, so nice and what a great feeling to have the quilt done in plenty of time for enjoying this fall!

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Wonderful Fall leaves quilt! Love all the colors!

OPQuilt said...

Congratulations on another nice finish, and an FAL finish to boot!

This is a lovely fall quilt, with an inspired choice of maple leaves (you did anticipate this well!). Beautiful on all scores--bravo!

Carla said...

Simply gorgeous Debbie. A lovely mix of color

doodlebugmom said...

love it!

Leanne said...

It is beautiful and I love how you placed the leaves, including the ones that go the other way. I am thinking about asking for this block in a bee too.

Cathy said...

It is lovely finish! It is wonderful to have had a part in it!

Melissa at My Fabric Relish said...

So fall! Love the photos with the sunflower too!

Nicole said...

You are forward thinking, Debbie! Congrats on the finish! It looks great. I'm so glad I was a part of it.

meia ameruddin said...

It's a perfect fall quilt! :) just beautiful

Lynne said...

Beautiful blocks! I love the purple one. I like a little purple in with fall colors. The quilting looks great too.
Enjoy your Sunday
Lynne

Tiffany said...

This is such a beautiful quilt! Autumn is my favorite time of year :)

Lisa C said...

Complicated patterns have their place but also simple designs mixed with wonderful fabrics and color combinations have their place also. Your maple quilt is lovely. I enjoy the idea of those "blank" blocks spaced in between the leaves. Just lovely.

Becca said...

I'm impressed you are ahead of the seasons. Unless you are like me whoe has a maple leaf quilt top I made last season ready to be finished for this season. :-)

It's pretty, nice work.

Amy DeCesare said...

What a beauty! I love the way you've set all of the blocks. Just lovely!!!

Linda Shea said...

It's so much fun to see the traditional block made modern! Beautiful quilt, Debbie
llordshea

Katy Cameron said...

Very well anticipated there, it looks great!

Heidi Staples said...

This is so beautiful, Debbie! I'm really ready for autumn this year!

quiltswithpersonality said...

Beautiful quilt.....I love Maple Leaves. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Crazy Mom Finish Up Friday. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

quiltswithpersonality said...

Beautiful quilt.....I love Maple Leaves. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Crazy Mom Finish Up Friday. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

CitricSugar said...

Gorgeous! I love that you've mixed in plain squares, too - it makes them look like they're falling, or like you said, scattered on the sidewalk. Maybe it's because I'm Canadian but I love a good maple leaf...

Taryn said...

Gorgeous quilt and beautiful pictures! I love the mix of simple squares and maple leaves and how some of the leaves are turned! This quilt definitely sets the mood for Fall!

Claire said...

Simply stunning.

Holly said...

I was scrolling through the Finish-a-Long link up and your gorgeous quilt caught my eye! It's fun to see what everyone's been up to this quarter! I love your definition of anticipation, I think I need a bit more of that in my life!

Helenjean said...

like Holly in the comment above, I was scrolling through the list of FAL quilts and yours caught my eye. It is beautiful, and guilt inspiring. On our first USA holiday way back in September 1998 I bought fabric to make a maple leaf quilt, and guess what, I am still making it. Was actually thinking of joining FAL qtr 4 to goad myself into a finish!