Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Feels Like Fall Blog Hop: Day 1

Hello, October! We're in an autumn state of mind here today as we begin the Feels Like Fall blog hop! Today Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation is sharing her leaf quilt, glowing with maple leaves in warm hues. Kelly paired prints from the Harvest Song collection with Fleurish stripes to make this quilt. Enjoy her tutorial and then find out at the bottom of the post how you can win a bundle of Harvest Song prints!

Hey there!  I'm Kelly, and I blog regularly at My Quilt Infatuation.  If you're anything like me, you can't wait for the hot, muggy days of summer to give way to the crisp, cool weather of autumn.  Fall is my very favorite season.  I love fall weather, the sweaters and boots I get to wear, goodies made with apples and pumpkins, and most of all, the gorgeous colors found everywhere in nature.

Those beautiful colors served as the inspiration for this table topper (or wall hanging) made with scattered maple leaf blocks.

For this project, I used a mix of the Fleurish and Harvest Song fabric lines from Benartex.  They have a beautifully textured look that are just perfect for these leaves.  I really like the warm colors of both lines, but I absolutely adore the streaked look of the Fleurish fabrics.  It gives the leaves so much depth.

This project made from a mix of 12 inch maple leaf blocks, 6 inch maple leaf blocks, and 6 inch "blank" blocks, which help create the random, scattered look.

Fabric Requirements-

6 assorted fat quarters or quarter yards:
     from Fleurish- Marigold, Orange, Red, Yellow
     from Harvest Song- Weathered Wood Russet, Weathered Wood Green

3/4 yard background fabric:
     I used Weathered Wood Natural from the Harvest Song line

1 1/4 yard backing fabric, or a pieced backing measuring 40 inches square

1/3 yard binding fabricor use scraps from your six prints for a fun, scrappy binding! (you'll have plenty)

You will be making one 12 inch (finished) maple leaf block, and one six inch (finished) maple leaf block from each print.  

So, from each print cut-
(4) 4.5" squares
(1) 7" square
(4) 2.5" square
(1) 4" square

From your background fabric, cut-
(6) 6.5" squares (set these aside- these are the "blank" blocks)
(6) 7" squares
(18) 4" squares
(6) 4.5" squares
(6) 2.5" squares
(12) 2" squares
*(1) 2.5" x 25" strip, if you choose to make a scrappy binding

Begin by making all of the HST's for your 12 inch maple leaf blocks using the four at a time method.  I find that making all of the HST's for the blocks is much faster than doing them one block at a time, and I'm all for anything that saves time!

Pair a 7" background square with a 7" print square.  Sew 1/4 inch seam all the way around the block-yes, sew it closed!  Cut diagonally in each direction to reveal four half square triangles!  Press carefully and trim to 4.5" if necessary.  Repeat this process with the remaining 7" print squares to make all of your HST's. (Note: These HST's have bias edges so be aware of stretching!)

Once you get these HST's finished, next we need to make the stem pieces for each maple leaf.   To make these, we will be sewing corner to corner.  I know there are other ways to make these, but to me this is the easiest and most accurate way.

Align one 4" background square with the corner of one 4.5" print square and sew corner to corner.  You may choose to draw a diagonal line as a guide, or just use a piece of painter's tape on your machine/table to keep everything straight.

Trim away the excess to 1/4" and repeat by aligning another 4" background square with the opposite corner.  Trim again, open it up, and voila!  A cute little maple leaf stem!  I always press mine when I finish all of them, so don't mind the un-pressed photo!

Now that you have all of the components for the 12" blocks made, it's time to assemble the blocks!  Just arrange them into the maple leaf shape and sew together as you would a regular nine patch.

Repeat to make all six of your 12" maple leaf blocks.  Then it's time to move onto the six inch blocks!  The process is exactly the same of course, but the pieces are just smaller!  To make the HST's pair the remaining 4" background squares with the remaining 4 inch print squares.  Sew around, cut diagonally, press open, and trim your HST's to 2.5 inches if necessary.

To make the small stem pieces, align 2" background squares with the corner of one 2.5" print square. Sew corner to corner with the same method above.  Assemble the six inch blocks in the same manner as the 12 inch blocks.

You should have one six inch, and one 12 inch block from each of your prints.

Now onto the fun part- laying out the blocks!  There are tons of different ways to arrange these blocks, and it's so much fun playing with the direction of the leaves and color layout.  There is no wrong way!  Don't forget your "blanks."  You'll need those to fill your quilt out, and to create some great negative space between those leaves.

The really neat part about this quilt, is that there aren't regular rows of leaves, and you can have fun arranging the direction of the leaves to create different looks!

Just lay your blocks and "blanks" out however you choose and sew them together in sections.  My quilt is put together in five different sections.  Sew the sections together, and you've got an awesomely modern Scattered Maple Leaves quilt!

For the backing, I chose to piece some wide stripes of some of the fabrics from the Harvest Song line, including these two cute leaf prints, and of course I can't resist a scrappy binding!

Scattered Maple Leaves measures 36" square, so it's the perfect size to spruce up a fall table, or to hang on the wall!

Here in Tennessee it isn't quite feeling like fall yet, but this project is certainly making me do some wishful thinking!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed creating it!  I hope you'll pop on over and visit me at my blog home, My Quilt Infatuation to check out some of my other quilty projects!

Thanks Kelly! Gorgeous quilt! Head over to Kelly's blog and enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Harvest Song so you can get in the fall spirit! 

Be sure to check out the tutorials and enter the giveaways each day!
Day 1: Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation featuring the Harvest Song collection
Day 2Christina from Sometimes Crafter featuring the Spooktacular collection
Day 3: Melissa from My Fabric Relish featuring the Daily Zen collection
Day 4: Benartex blog design team featuring the Fall Festival collection
Day 5: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts featuring the Spooktacular collection
Day 6: Erin from Why Not Sew featuring the Indian Summer

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  1. This is the first time I have seen the stem blocks done this way. I really like it and will give it a try. Thanks

  2. this is wonderful -- I have been looking for a straightforward fall quilt and this might just be the one that I end up making

  3. This is so beautiful. I have always appliqued the stem down but I love the way she did hers. I have never seen it done this way. I am definitely going to try this the next time.

  4. Great tutorial and I love the way you can play with the placement of the blocks!! This one's a keeper!!!!

  5. Really nice! Love the textured look of the leaves and background, and the scattered arrrangement of the leaves.

  6. Pretty quilt love the leaves.

  7. Lovely Autumn Leaves Quilt. This fabric really does lend texture and dimension to the leaves. Creative Autumn Bliss...

  8. Definitely going on my to-do list!!

  9. LOOOOOOVE this Quilt!!! Love Fall!! :)

  10. Fabulous design and tips.Sure I `ll try to do the steam i your way.You caught the Fall season!!

  11. Yes it is fall and this tutorials is just the right color decor. Thank you once again for another great idea and sharing with all of us.

    Sandi Timmons

  12. I love your choice of colors, just right for fall.

  13. The colours in the leaves are beautiful. Very fall.

  14. Lovely quick quilt in the fall colors. I can wait for the seasons to change (like they ask me!), but the colors are always nice. Not much change here, just drying up and falling off.

  15. This is my favourite maple leaf quilt that I have seen - the colours are gorgeous. Love the fabric.
    I am following on Bloglovin' and email.

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

  16. Like this design and colors you chose.I also love the Fall time

  17. Great block. I would like to use it with some Holly Taylor fabrics I have! Thank you for the tutorial!!
    jlblvn at gmail dot com

  18. I will be trying this tutorial. I LOVE FALL, right now it is raining, the wind is rustling, the leaves are falling and the ground is getting covered slowly with bright yellow leaves. It is a gorgeous morning. Thanks again for the tutorial...

  19. So cute and so fall! I need to make some seasonal things to decorate with!

  20. Your quilt looks like leaves falling. Thanks for the tutorial. Love the colors. Thanks for the chance.

  21. I love this quilt especially with those popping yellows and after you changed the orientation of the blocks to look like falling leaves! This is definitely on my to do list.

  22. Beautiful leaves! I've been wanting to try maple leaves, and this may just make me do it. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  23. Lovely effect of both lines on those leaves. Thanks for the tute! It is perfect for autumn.

  24. Following on Bloglovin. THe maple leave tutorial is spot on........beautifully Autumn:)

  25. not sure if you received the first. I follow you by email and love your tut and your small quilt is gorgeous.

  26. Love the colors and shading in the fabrics in this quilt. I like the choice for the backing and how she used different colors for the binding. Lovely.

  27. love the fabric. nice quilt. thanks for the tutorial

  28. Beautiful, rich fall colors in this quilt. Very pretty. Thank you Kelly for the great tutorial.

  29. Great pattern! Love the colors and the two different sizes of leaves. Nothing says Fall better than leaves.


  30. Fabulous colors and pattern, I would love to make one too!! I love the tutorial, it's really shows the detail of the method to make the blocks. Thanks for your time and sharing this with us and with a giveaway is so generous.