I think everyone has their own mile post that marks the beginning of autumn. For some it’s the first day of school. Others hold out for boots and scarves weather. I know there are a few of you out there that wait anxiously for a certain pumpkin flavored drink to declare fall is here. For me, it’s all about the leaves. Once those leaves start changing color and hitting the ground, that’s when I feel like autumn has arrived for real. Looking outside today, I’m just about ready to call it. Since it was kind of taking it’s sweet time this year though, I made a little something to bring the feeling of fall inside.
To make this, you’ll need:
- this pattern, printed and taped together (or you can draw your own – all that matters is that your top, batting and back all match)
- 70” dark brown bias tape for binding (2” wide unfolded, and I’ll be honest, I didn’t even cut it on the bias)
- 18 strips 2 x 12” from various fall prints
- 16 strips 1 x 12” dark brown
- 1 strip 1 x 30” dark brown
- batting 14 x 26”
- backing fabric 14 x 26”
Sew the strips, offsetting each by 1” from the previous strip, alternating print and dark brown. Use half the strips, then start again using the other half. It should look like this:
Press. Trim the edges straight with a ruler and rotary cutter, lining it up with the points on the prints.
They should end up looking like this:
Stitch the two edges in the center to the long brown strip. Press. Pin the pattern on top, lining up the center and cut out the leaf shape.
You’ll end up with a couple of larger pieces of scrap from the top of the leaf. Hang onto those, and I’ll show you what you can make with them next week!
Cut the batting from the leaf pattern as well. Flip the pattern over to cut the backing to it matches the front when they're wrong sides together. Layer the backing right side down, the batting, then the leaf on top, right side up. Pin well.
Quilt the layers together using your favorite method. I did a little wavy free-motion down the middle of each brown strip.
Starting from the bottom tip of the leaf, stitch the binding with one side unfolded, right sides together and raw edges even, 1/2” seam allowance. When you reach the point you started, fold the binding over the edge of the leaf before stitching over it with the remaining end.
Cut off the binding 5 1/4” past the end of the leaf.
Fold the binding over the edge of the leaf and press, continuing down the stem. Fold the end of the stem 1/4" to the inside and press.
Stitch the binding down by hand or machine, and find somewhere you want a little autumn in your house.
As I mentioned, join me next week for a project using those scraps!