I will be honest… I’m in love with this little quilt. It’s my autumn mini quilt for the entryway.
I knew I wanted to try Kathy’s block from Gwen Marston’s Liberated Quiltmaking II. I love the quilts she has made using this block, and I love the story behind it. One of her students was trying to make a wonky star block but put the points on the wrong corners of the square. Instead of shrugging her shoulders and telling her to start over, Gwen helped her student see how the block could be used in its own way and create a completely different look. I just love that. Liberated quiltmaking at its best.
Picking out colors for a fall quilt was tricky for me at first. I tried using what I thought of as traditional fall colors, carefully picking out all my favorites from my Kona card. But when all those reds, yellows, browns, and oranges were together I hated it. It was too on-the-nose and too turkey-looking. It was awful. I couldn’t handle it.
I started over and tried a different approach with my colors. I took out some fabrics and added others, namely some greys and violets and teals. Angels sang. I was much happier and ready to proceed with my blocks.
So, Kathy’s block in a mix of fall colors. Then I built it out with some solid squares in the same colors. I added some light blue borders, and then used a scrappy binding. The quilting was supposed to look like a leaf, not a teardrop. I’m thinking of adding some handquilting to help clear that up.
The quilt is up in the hallway, making me smile every time I come home. I think it is my favorite so far.