Friday, November 8, 2013

A Quilt for Fall

The fall colors have been beautiful here in the Midwest the past week or two.  They inspired me to make a quilt in orange, red, yellow and brown, so I pulled a bunch of fabrics from my scrap bins.  I cut them to 7 1/2 inches square.
Inspired by this gorgeous value quilt by Krista, I paired each square with a warm, low volume print cut to the same size and made half square triangles (HSTs).
As an aside, if you are going to make a HST quilt, I really recommend a bloc loc ruler (it has a groove on the underside which butts up against your center seam, keeping it perfectly in place as you trim) and rotating cutting mat.  You do need to press your seams to one side to use this type of ruler, but boy is useful.  They come in a variety of sizes too (I bought mine from the Fat Quarter Shop and am, sadly, getting no kick backs from anyone for this plug).  Trimming HSTs makes each block perfect and easy to sew into a quilt top.  The ruler I used was 6 1/2" and my HST squares finished at 6".

I finished piecing the top this afternoon, which happens to be a perfect, windy autumn day.
I have some soft flannel for a cozy backing fabric.  I just hope I get a chance to finish this quilt before fall flies by. 

11 comments:

Carla said...

Perfect fall colours! I love the quilt, love the low volume prints, and I think I must get myself a bloc-loc ruler, I've heard so much good stuff about them.

knottygnome said...

beautiful! i just ordered a set of those rulers today. i hate trimming HSTs so i hope that i like them.

Jenny said...

This is GORGEOUS. I'm using just these colors plus a little bit of green for a little fall project, and I'm so delighted to see how lovely they look. Just beautiful.

S Staum said...

I absolutely love your quilt! You have inspired me to make something similar for my daughter-in-law. If you don't mind sharing even more details, approximately how many different fabrics do you think you used?? I really like the scrappy feeling it has! Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful fall colors and I love the design.

Kelly O. said...

love this! such gorgeous fabrics your scrap bin boasts!

tanderwenquilts said...

So pretty:)

tracy_a said...

Gorgeous - great job on the colors and the design! And thanks for the tip about the ruler - sounds like something I need.

Adrianne said...

Loving the colours in this quilt. I've ordered a bloc loc ruler and am anxiously waiting for it to arrive - so many HSTs to trim!

pennydog said...

This is beautiful! I've been looking for Bloc loc rulers for ages but they just don't seem to sell them in the UK :(

Willit Neverend said...

How pretty. I love the effect of the dark and the light 'squares'. The arrangement of the triangles is just beautiful. The perfect Autumn quilt.