Even though fall is my favorite season, I’m not the biggest fan of fall décor. Mostly because it doesn’t take much for it to become really “country”—which just isn’t my style. So I thought I’d design a slightly more modern interpretation of fall décor, sans the leaves and gourds and apple pies.
While making this mini quilt, I tackled a few things I’d never done before.
First, I improv-pieced my own letters. Not too tricky, but required me to sort of think backward.
Second, I broke out of my quilter’s cotton rut and used some linen for the first time (in a quilt, at least). People said it might be a little shifty, but I didn’t have a problem. I like that it feels sort of fall-like without being obviously autumnal.
Third, I buried my thread tails on the back. I usually quilt to the edges so this isn’t necessary, but I wanted to quilt it using concentric squares with four colors of thread, so I had to figure out how to make it look nice. I did a decent job to start off with, and by the eighth square I was a pro. I’m pretty much burying my tails from now on — so much prettier than a stay stitch.
The quilt is bound with some fall-colored scraps, and it’s backed with the bright yellow Riley Blake chevrons.
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