Almost as pretty as these gorgeous new Oakshott Autumn fabrics, I'd say.
I was super excited to have the opportunity to work with these to create my own pattern. Of course, I thought of the colorful leaves falling to the ground and wanted to find a way to show that in a quilt. May I present Falling:
I absolutely LOVE how this turned out and it looks even better in person with the cross-woven fabric shimmering in the sunlight. Don't mind those extra edges that are sticking out in my picture above - those are trimmed off after quilting. Why trim more often than is necessary? This tutorial assumes you know how to piece 60 degree triangles so please do refresh your memory on that if needed. There are tons of great tutorials out there.
Want to make your own Falling quilt? You got it! Here are instructions to make your own 52" x 84" quilt. It's all based on 60 degree triangles. And just for the record, this could also be lovely as an intense sunset (Ruby Reds bundle with Colourshott 35 Linosa background) or a wintery scene (use the Lakes bundle with a Colourshott White Marble background, reverse the row numbers so the snow is falling!).
Oakshott Autumn Fat Eighth bundle - I used all but 2 of the greens
2 meters background fabric - mine is Colourshott 18 Celebes
I starched my Autumn bundle before cutting to keep the bias edges from stretching out with the triangle piecing. If you're going to starch, definitely do it BEFORE you cut. You could get a little shrinkage with the starch and then you won't be happy. Don't ask me how I know this... All triangles are 60 degrees and were cut with the Hex n More ruler - it has a blunt tip on the top of the triangle. If you are not using a triangle ruler with the tip trimmed off, make sure you add an additional 1/4" to the triangle height. Diamond and half hexagon heights will not change.
Background fabric - referred to in directions as BG:
(45) 6 1/2" tall triangles
(45) 3 1/2" tall half hexagons (use the Hex n More or other hexagon ruler)
(45) 3 1/2" tall diamonds
(45) 3 1/2" tall triangles
The biggest triangles can be cut from 6 1/2" by WOF strips; the remainder should be cut from 3 1/2" by WOF strips. Go ahead and stack your strips to save cutting time. Save your scraps for the side edges of each row later.
Autumn bundle - referred to in directions as FALL:
(90) 3 1/2" tall diamonds
(450) 3 1/2" tall triangles
Cut 3 1/2" by WOF strips of each color you're using (I used 19 of the 21) and then stack them in sets of 3-5 for faster cutting. Cut 4-5 diamonds from each color and triangles from the rest of the strips. Save your scraps for the side edges of each row later.
To cut the diamonds, first cut 3 1/2" strips, then cut a 60 degree angle off one end by lining up the 60 degree line with the bottom edge of the strip.
You're going to make 6 different kinds of triangles. Think of each one as a big triangle made up of 4 smaller triangles. I've saved some of the piecing by cutting half hexagons (equal to 3 of the smaller triangles) and diamonds (equal to 2 of the smaller triangles). Make 45 of each of the different triangle types.
A: these are the 6 1/2" BG triangles
B: sew 1 FALL triangle to a BG half hexagon
C; sew 2 FALL triangles to a BG diamond
D: sew 1 FALL diamond to 1 FALL triangle and 1 BG small triangle
E*: sew 4 small FALL triangles together
F*: sew 2 small FALL triangles to 1 FALL diamond
* E and F are interchangeable - make more of one or the other if you like them better
There are 14 rows in total. Use the indicated quantity of each triangle type, rearranging in a configuration you like. The floor makes a fantastic design wall if you don't have a real one.
Label each row with a piece of masking tape to keep them in order.
Row 2: 13 A, 2 B
Row 3: 10 A, 5 B
Row 4: 8 A, 7 B
Row 5: 15 B
Row 6: 10 B, 5 C
Row 7: 5 B, 10 C
Row 8: 15 C
Row 9: 10 C, 5 D
Row 10: 5 C, 10 D
Row 11: 15 D
Row 12: 10 D, 5 E/F
Row 13: 5 D, 10 E/F
Row 14: 15 E/F
Using your leftover scraps from cutting, add a big half triangle to each end of each row. I pieced multiple FALL scraps to make the ends for the lower rows. If your half triangle is a little wider than it needs to be, it's fine. I leave those on until after quilting and just trim them off when I'm squaring up the quilt. Just make sure they are at least as wide as the outer point of that triangle.
And the quilt top is done! I always love the stained glass look of a quilt in the sun.
I'm lucky to have a big conference table at work that I can borrow for basting from time to time. I do have the quilting done on this but wasn't able to get good outdoor pictures of the final product just yet. Thanks a lot, Seattle weather! Be sure to check back Friday though and I'll show you all the details then. A teaser for now:
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