Where has this year gone? It's already time to think about sewing for a new season. Here is Part 2 of some fun and attractive autumn and Halloween quilts to inspire your creativity !
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Let Us Walk in the Light by Mary Z. Hutchings (Utah), quilted by Kerri Walker and Mary Hutchings
Believe it or not, this is a quilt! Recipient of an Award of Excellence at the 2016 Utah Valley Quilt Guild show, Mary notes, "This quilt of the Sacred Grove of the Latter Day Saints portrays these woods in November, when sunshine finds its way through bare branches and fills this beautiful place with light. It was inspired by a photograph taken by my brother-in-law." We are very impressed that each and every leaf was actually a tiny piece of fabric that was cut and fused.
Mary continues, " I tried to imitate the bark textures of some trees commonly found there: Oak, Maple, Cherry, Ironwood, Beech, and Shag Bark Hickory. Thousands of individually freehand cut pieces of batik fabric, raw edge applique, and reverse raw edge applique ( for the distant branches), created the look of this quilt. It is a gift for my daughter, who was born in November."
Maple Leaves by Sylvia B. Lewis (Utah)
Sylvia explains, "Commissioned by Karen Everitt, I was asked to make an art quilt using the color of cranberry for the main focus of the piece. Forest green, pumpkin, and navy blue were also mentioned. No other instructions were given. Since I know that Karen loves nature, I knew I got it right when it was accepted with tears in her eyes."
Sylvia concludes, "Thank you, Karen, for allowing me to borrow Maple Leaves for entry in this show." We love these hues of deep red and orange, which are the very essence of the autumn season !
Autumn Leaves, 30 x 36", by Eti David, Israel
Eti David notes, "The phenomenon of the changing colors of the leaves is unique. We find colors that are beautiful all around us, and the landscape of the trees in the woods is amazing. " She has used a beautiful array of color-rich batik fabrics to depict this transition of nature from summer to winter.
Eti's techniques include fusing, machine piecing and machine quilting. For materials, she used cotton fabrics and various threads. Eti thinks that autumn is the most beautiful of all the seasons.
Raise the Roof by Marlene Wunder (California)
The pattern is from the book Miss Rosie's Spice of Life Quilts by Carrie Nelson (available at Amazon). The Amish Star blocks ( sometimes called Cottage Stars) are sewn half in neutral background fabric and half in patterned fabric, which make them appear to twinkle. They are set in concentric diamonds, which gives a very pleasing symmetry.
Raise the Roof is machine quilted in a lovely spiral and leaf design, which complements the motif of autumn foliage.
My Ghastly Family Album by Nancy Shiner (Illinois)
Nancy Shiner thought this Alexander Henry fabric printed with Edward Gorey art ("The Ghastlies") was a perfect reflection of the characters in her family (!)
The family members in the tree are surrounded by black hexagons. Shades of gray complete the ghostly scene. We love the spiky tree branches in the border, below.
It's the Great Pumpkin, 26.5 x 26.5", by Kathleen Shea
Happiness is a warm quilt! We enjoyed seeing "It's The Great Pumpkin" from Peanuts® Quilted Celebrations by Kathleen Shea. The book contains patterns for quilts of all sizes for the holidays. You can see more holiday projects from the book at Andrea Podley's blog.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 Springville Utah quilt show (Let Us Walk in the Light and Maple Leaves), the 2016 AQS Quilt Week in Phoenix (My Ghastly Family Album, It's the Great Pumpkin), the 2016 Contra Costa County Quilters' Guild show (Raise the Roof) and the 2015 World Quilt Show in Florida (Autumn Leaves).