Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Fall Foliage Mini Quilt

Yay! After sharing the orange bounty last week, it's time to reveal my project for Kelly Young's new book, Scrappy Improv Quilting (affiliate link). Kelly is the creative quilter behind not just this book, but also Stash Statement (affiliate link). She blogs about her quilts over at My Quilt Infatuation, where there's always some great eye candy!

And now, with a ton of scrappy goodness, here's my version of Fall Foliage, one of my favorite quilts from her new book.

orange scrap fabrics make a maple leaf

I just love how Fall Foliage turned out - this leaf has such a colorful personality with scraps from orange, yellow, red, and a few bits of brown. Certainly more colorful than the all-brown oak leaves my tree provides this time of year. Oh how I miss fall in New England!

orange scraps to make a maple leaf

Now, this is not the first time I've made a quilt using scraps to make blocks, which then make a quilt. I find stitching my scraps into usable blocks to be my go-to scrap reduction method. It's easy, creative, and the results are always good looking.

For this project, I started with these small and wonky bits,

trimming them for the next scrap additions,

and then they ultimately look like this - blocks.

If you're new to what Kelly terms 'improv piecing', then you need one of her books. She does a fantastic job of explaining the process, making it simple and stress-free, to make beautiful quilts. You'll be thrilled with the results while reducing that scrap pile!

quilt book cover

quilt book cover

Here's a few more closeups showing both the scrap blocks and the quilting.

gold quilting on a maple leaf quilt

I chose Glide Military Gold thread and a pantograph called Maple Syrup, resizing it to fit plus redrawing it to make curlicues instead of big open curls. Well worth the extra effort!

gold quilting on a maple leaf

The Scrappy Improv Quilting book tour has just a few more weeks to go. Visit my fellow quilter, Preeti, of Sew Preeti Quilts to see her version of Birds of a Feather today, and view the entire list of quilters and their projects at my Scrappy Improv Quilting post. Also, check out my interview with Kelly to learn more about this creative quilter!

Happy Quilting!

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  1. What a beautiful burst of color, Susan. Fall is the best time of the year, at least here in the US and the changing leaves is a big part of that. You have captured that beautifully in your piece. Love it.

  2. Fall Foliage is one of my favorite quilts from Kelly's book, and yours is really beautiful, Susan! I love the variety of scraps you used for the leaf - from darks to lights. Great finish!

  3. Nice scrappy quilt, Fall Foliage. I love the fall colors so have lots of those scraps. I've been following all the posts about Kellys new book, and really like what I see, tho my bookcase says no more books, as I seem to get all my inspiration and instruction from the internet now. I am on my second cone-size spool of Glide Military Gold thread. Love it. Have a great day!

  4. Your Fall Foliage quilt is so beautiful, Susan! It's perfect for the season! Thank you so much for participating in the blog hop. I'm so glad you enjoyed making your mini!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  5. Cute maple leaf, Susan! I like your photos that show your improv progression. And I love your quilting to go with it!!!

  6. Oh I love your maple leaf, Susan!! And the quilting is PERFECT. What do you mean, you "redrew" the curliques? You're not following a paper pantograph, are you? Did you make the changes in Art & Stitch to a digital design? If so, I hope you'll write about how you do that someday. Art & Stitch came with my Bernina Q-Matic package and I'd love to explore custom digitizing and editing but so far, I've only been using it to convert my older files to stitch on the Bernina.

  7. You're going to have me sewing scraps again to make fabric :) I love the idea of doing so with fall colors, or any holiday type fabrics.

    Are you no longer offering the weekly linky?

  8. You made a beautiful version of Kelly's pattern, Susan!!

  9. Your Fall Foliage Mini is Fabulous! I’m so glad you use the wonky bits too! I love, lovely, love it!

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