Friday, September 9, 2016

autumn in the air

Cool mornings and earlier sunsets are whispering welcome news of autumn.  I've been craving warm fall colors, hot chocolate and raspberry leaf tea.  Not the blues of earlier this year or the pastel shades of my heart quilts.  This time there shall be wine red, burnt orange, goldenrod yellow and plummy purple.  Yes, purple.

I am surprised to realize that there must be purple.

Autumn quilt

After indulging in a fabric pull (which, it happens, consists mainly of Anna Maria Horner prints), I sat down with my quilting notebook to choose a design.  Often things work the other way round:  design first, fabrics second.  But, I'm just as happy to go this a-way.  With all my designs from our #30DaysofQuiltDesign challenge, I've many to choose from at the moment!

Autumn quilt

The design from day #12 won out.  It doesn't really have a name yet, because I keep thinking "diamond mine" when I try to name it.  That's also the name of one of Anna Maria Horner's fabrics that isn't even going into this quilt, so probably not the best choice.  Anyhoo, I've charted fabrics for different parts of the design from my fabric pull and think it's going to turn out smashing!

Autumn quilt

My first challenge was figuring out how to cut correctly-sized triangles for this enlarged X block.  It's kind of a stretched hourglass block, but not as straight forward to cut or sew.  Still, now that I've worked out a cutting approach, these blocks will be a cinch to churn out.  For the calculations, I took some of my own advice from my Angled ebook.  It's nice when you have such a nice record of what you've already figured out, once upon a time.

Well, there's more plummy purple and wine red are awaiting me at the cutting table.  Here's to a lovely weekend for all!

24 comments:

  1. Great design and fabrics! Can't wait to see what you creat with it and how the finished quilt will look.

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  2. Love the way those look. Will wait to hear how to do them - I love QSTs and those fit right in that group! You've inspired me to start piecing my QSTs from 3 Sisters Mille Coleurs (same aesthetic color range). Have a great weekend.

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  3. Hi Rachel! You have in deed picked fabrics with lovely sense of autumn! I enjoy thinking warm autumn colours and the happy things you mentioned ... I just need to get first cooler weather! I still feel hot wearing shorts and sleeveles t. You have made so many fantastic quilt designs and this looks very exciting! I have just made two starting blocks for 'Dream Catcher' - I'm so happy it seems to work! x Teje

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    1. Congrats on starting your Dream Catcher, Teje! That is going to be a special quilt.

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  4. I totally love your creative process! As for me, I love to get the patterns others have made and then select my own fabrics for them. Maybe someday after I use the big mass of fabrics I have bought, I will get more creative. Maybe, or maybe not. In the meantime, it sure is fun to quilt!
    Your new colors and this quilt design look fab!

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  5. Loving the fabric choices and look forward to seeing this worked up in your new design.

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  6. Those fabrics - DROOL! How does one person have so . many . gorgeous . fabrics? I feel like you own a fabric shop or something. I think you should do one post of just photos of all your fabric so we can just ogle them all day. :). -Ruth

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    1. Thanks, Ruth! These fabrics are collected over the years. I often pick out a few fabrics from Anna Maria's collections. You can find her designs stocked at stores like Intrepid Thread and Fabricworm!

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  7. Nice, Rachel! You got this one down pat! xo, Jean

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  8. Autumn! It's coming!
    Such a gorgeous fabric pull, so rich. Yes, why not purple. Nature is full of it this time of year ;)
    I hope you are feeling well.

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  9. Really beautiful colours and the design is fabulous! I wondered what you do about fabric quantities if you do the fabric pull before the design. I often buy fabric then choose a pattern but I never have the right amounts. Thanks Rachel and thanks for your blog. I learn so much from it - it's my go to place for info when I'm quilting. Harriet

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    1. Good question. I usually buy 1/2 yard cuts of everything but solids (1 yard cuts or more on those). I find that those cuts provide enough fabric for my usual quilt design needs. That has to do with your patchwork style though, since the more fabrics you like to use in one quilt, the smaller cuts required. With this particular quilt I had a 2 yard cut of the red woodcut print. That is very unusual for me, but I think I indulged in it because it is a favorite and was on sale at the time.

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    2. Thank you Rachel. I will now be much more confident to buy when I love something and find a pattern later!

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  10. Gorgeous rich colours - always my favourite!

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  11. LOVE those colors and love that block. Hope there will be a tutorial or a pattern! :) Can't wait to see it!

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  12. Looks like an explosion of vibrant colors, and I love it. Rachel, I was thinking about you and wondering how you were feeling. I've forgotten when you are due, but think it can't be too far off now. I'm sure you must be getting excited and looking forward to the day when you can hold her in your arms. Praying that all goes well and sending hugs your way.

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    1. Thanks, Sylvia. My expected induction date is November 21st. I need to write more about my birth plans/perspectives soon. 10 more weeks to go!

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  13. Can't wait to see hiw this turns out! Beautiful design + gorgeous fabrics can't lose!

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  14. Would love to see a pattern when this is done or hopefully how you figured the math. The triangle stumps me. I took your angled class perhaps just point me where you went in there to calculate this. Always love your stuff.

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    1. Hi, Louise! You are a "no reply commenter," so I can't email you a reply. I hope you find it here. To figure out the math I referenced the Intro to Equilateral triangles post. That one helped me figure out how to cut the red triangles. Then, based on how many degrees are in a straight line, I cut the purple triangle too. The red triangle is equilateral (60 degrees) and the purple one has a 30 degree angle where it touches the center of the X.

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  15. These fabrics are beautiful! I think this pattern you made will really work well. Very exotic :-D ♥️

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  16. Beautiful fabric and pattern as always. I am soooo envious of your fabric stash! Maybe one day I will have an extensive one. Anxious to,see your finished quilt!
    Leslie

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    1. Oh, Leslie, I used to feel that way too! I don't think I buy fabric as often as some people, but by purchasing my favorites they have built up over the years into a stash I really enjoy. I hope the same finds your future!

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    2. I'm sure it will. It will be such a luxury to open my storage drawers and be able to see nothing but sumptuous colors and fabrics.

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