This quilt has come up in conversation lately, I have been using it to keep warm on the couch while watching television in the evenings, and all the autumn leaves are falling in my neighbourhood. It must be time to go back to 2009 to when I first became seriously interested in quilting and made this quilt.
I did not have a finished photo of it, so this week I took the camera out to my neighbour’s lawn and photographed it among the autumn leaves. Technically, we are in the beginning of winter, but our winters are mild and start late, and it still looks and feels autumnal outside.
My autumn leaves quilt was made using a pattern by Lyn Lang, found in Australian Patchwork & Quilting, volume 8 number 2. That was not a recent issue even back in 2009! I saw the pattern in a back issue when a friend of a friend came to our sewing group seeking help with making the pattern. I saw the pattern and knew I wanted to make my own. It seemed so appropriate for my Canadian husband. I even bought many of the fabrics in Canada and the USA while visiting friends and family.
At that time, I had not yet built up a fabric stash. I started with a layer cake and added fat quarters and other small pieces of autumnal colours. The main background fabric is a tea stain, and the others are all greenish or brownish creams. Avoiding cream fabrics with pink or yellow tones to find others that blended well together was a challenge.
The only other challenge in this quilt was getting the top, middle point of each leaf just right. I got the hang of it eventually, but I would probably sew just those three pieces using foundation papers if I were to make this pattern again.
I added extra blocks to my version, making it larger than the pattern. With it so big, I had it professionally quilted in an all-over leaf design by Donna Lawrence of Calico Quilting on her long-arm machine.
Would you believe that I initially started this quilt with the idea of making something to protect the couch from the dog (and the husband)? Yes, I was still that new to quilting. Let’s just say that the dog is allowed on the couch more than on the quilt.