One look at the trees and you'll likely agree that Mother Nature is at her most spectacular this time of year.
I love to soak up the brilliant colors of Autumn and I think this quilt project is a perfect way to pay tribute to the rich and varied colors of the season.
I'm perfectly happy to say goodbye to Summer when the sights are easily replaced with luscious, vivid tones like this.
Even after the leaves that hit the ground they retain such natural beauty in my eyes. Just look at all the pretty shades of brown and tans in Cameron and Jordy's leaf pile.
Obviously, the kids get a big kick out of this time of year and these two always volunteer to get out and do their share of leaf raking.
The selection of these muted colors in this quilt was definitely inspired by the pretty browns found in fallen leaves.
This quilt pattern is called Morning Glory Star and it's really fun to sew and watch the design take shape with the fabrics.
While the beauty of this pattern lies in the assortment of glorious fabrics, the heart of the Morning Glory Star design rests with the well-defined and abundant stars that appear to float throughout the entire quilt.
The star pattern is another optical illusion of sorts that is created when the identical points from several blocks are joined with a center square to create the appearance of a star design.
Because I made this quilt years ago without snapping photos of the construction process, I re-created the block arrangement with similar fabrics so you can see how all the pieces come together to produce the signature design.
There are more than 850 pieces in this quilt but don't be deterred. The blocks are simply made up of lots of squares and rectangles as you can see in the single block formation in the photo below.
The star points are created by diagonally sewing the smaller squares onto each corner of the rectangles. Trim the excess, fold back and iron.
The photo below shows what all the rectangles with their star points look like when lined up with the larger squares.
Notice the design that begins to take shape as all the pieces surround that center fabric square.
Sew each row and then each column and VOILA, the block is complete and the star design is revealed within the other fabrics.
Meanwhile, the backing you choose for your quilt is important because you want to ensure that the decorative stitching is highly visible for maximum effect.
For this quilt, I used the same tone-on-tone fabric for the backing as I did for the main stars.
Finding ways to duplicate fabrics within the quilt is a good way to help tie all the elements of the project together.
This Morning Glory Star quilt pattern is the kind of design that can be wonderfully versatile depending on the type of fabric used. To see another (but unfinished) Morning Glory Star project view this photo.
A while back I saw a Morning Glory Star quilt with a patriotic color theme. The quilter used a variety of red, white and blue fabrics and made all the stars out of stark white cotton.
It was quite stunning and really illustrated how different fabric combinations can impact the finished quilt appearance even when using the exact same design.
Regular readers of this blog know that I love scalloped edging on my quilts.
Here's my familiar take on the finished quilt edge in the photos below. You can see a few of my other scalloped quilt edges if you click here.
My twin sister Paula, often chides me for having quilts that are more "fashion than function" as she puts it.
I know it's probably against some unspoken quilter's rule but I resist allowing my quilts to actually be used since I consider them more decorative art.
I made a small exception this time for the benefit of this post and my little leaf handlers.
This quilt design is from United Notions/Moda Fabrics which features a variety of free patterns, sewing tips, products and ideas online.
Click here to download a PDF instruction and supply sheet for this quilt pattern.
If you actually use your quilts (like most people), this one will definitely keep you toasty this season.