24 Jan 2014
January 24, 2014

Quilt Along 2014- Leaf Quilt

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Join us in making this beautiful quilt this year. Start now and it will be completed when the fall leaves begin to turn. Each block is a leaf design. This quilt combines applique, free motion embroidery, decorative stitches, paper piecing and more. Links to each Block pattern are listed below.

2014 Quilt Along

2014 Quilt Along

 

We challenged quilt designer Cheryl Adam to create a quilt that would incorporate lots of thread work and a variety of techniques.  We love the way she has used leaves to present a new challenge in each block. We are also excited that each of these blocks can be interpreted in your own style. Visit her website, Not your Average Quilter. Here’s what Cheryl had to say about her inspiration:

Nature and all its colors have always fascinated me.  My husband is a wood turner and I am intrigued by the fact that he can tell what kind of wood he’s using without seeing the tree.  After thinking about it, the same goes for the tree’s leaves.  You don’t have to see the tree to recognize them as they are all different sizes, shapes, and colors.  This is what inspired me design this quilt.

I started looking at tree books to get a good idea of how the leaves looked and started designing those leaves.  While I was looking at a history of design book that I purchased I noticed that over the centuries, people have been drawing all kinds of leaves-real and imaginary.  That made me want to draw my own leaves-not real but ones that would certainly be cool on a tree. Being able to use beautiful thread to enhance the designs was a plus and made each block special.

I hope you will enjoy making these blocks and put your own spin on each design.

Blocks are introduced in our Sewing Secrets newsletter and posted on MakeItCoats.com.  You can sign up here. We will add each block as it is published to this blog post as well.

GINKGO LEAF

EGYPTIAN LEAF

FANTASY LEAF

fantasy leaf

 

here is a list of supplies for the complete quilt.

The finished quilt is 441/2″ by 46 1/2″.

For the appliques, select a variety of solids with a few small prints. Cheryl used mostly Rowan’s  Kaffe Fasset Shot Cottons. A fat quarter and sometime less will suffice for most of the appliques. We’ve noted when more is needed. Specific measures will be given with each block.  Here is a list of what Cheryl used:

Solids:Rowan Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton  SCSC95 Honeydew, SC56 Moss (1/2 yard), SC36 Lilac, SC64 Butter 1/2 yard, SC35 Sunshine,SCGP100.PUMPK (1/4 yard for width),  SC07 Persimmon, SC47 Grape 1/2 yd,

Prints & Stripes: FreeSpirit True Colors by Jenean Morrison Buttons PWTC016.PURPL, Purple, PWTC016.GREEN, Ribbon PWTC019.ORANG,Rowan Kaffe Fassett Woven Stripes,  WALTERX.LAVEN

Background solids: FreeSpirit Designer Essential solid CSFSESS.CRYST, Crystal (1/2 yard), and  CSFSESS.PEARL (1/2 yard)

Sashing: Rowan Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton, SC45 True Cobalt, 1 1/4 yd

Border: Rowan Kaffe Fassett Woven Strips WNARROW.REDXX, 5/8 yd

Backing: Free Spirit True Colors by Joel Dewberry, Wood Grain PWTC008.VOILE, 3 yd

Threads:

Coats Polyester Embroidery thread: (D75) 315A Wild Iris, 83A Jungle Gold, 444 Olive, 278 Wine Grape, 51Chona Brown, 182 Spark Gold,  855 Spring Green

Coats Cotton Multicolor Machine Quilting thread (V35): 855 Brookstones, 810 Plum shadows

Coats Cotton Machine Quilting threads (S975): 8010 natural , 4470 Yale blue, 3660 Deep Violet, 7450 Temple Gold

Dual Duty XP (S910) 1840 Hot Pink

Batting: 50″ x 52″

Stabilizer: 2 yards

Light weight fusible webbing: 2 yards 10 x 10 (6) ,

For information about the fabric and threads used, visit MakeItCoats.com

 

 

About the Author


Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.

9 Responses to Quilt Along 2014- Leaf Quilt
  1. Love the look of this quilt! It’s modern but all about nature too. I especially like the way the colors make the leaves stand out and the embroidery is a great addition. I will be trying to follow along with this QAL. Thanks for posting it.

  2. This quilt is gorgeous. Would you consider this a beginner quilt?

  3. Found it…want to try this one this year….how often will you post blocks? crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    • We will post one block per month. It will be sent in our Sewing Secrets Newsletter, on Facebook and added to this post.

  4. It’ s a really pretty quilt, and I think I’d learn a lot making it, but what I really need is a bed-sized quilt. How can I turn this into a big quilt? I am not creative, and am fairly new to quilting, so I don’t know how to go about it. The wall quilt is nice and all that, but I have absolutely no use for another knick-knacky thing in my house. I need something I can use.

  5. Just completed making the first block and an am looking forward to the next one. Meanwhile I better practice machining zig zag stitches as I notice other leaves in the blocks have more curvy edges.

  6. Thank you for all the comments. This quilt provides a variety of techniques which you can use in your other quilts. If you would like a bed quilt, my suggestion would be to use the leaf portion as the center and add borders. You could design your own or turn your favorite block pattern into a border. Have fun! Cheryl

  7. I do agree with all of the ideas you have offered on your post.
    They are really convincing and can definitely work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for newbies. May just you
    please prolong them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.


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