Wednesday, October 7, 2020

WIP Work In Progress: Applachian Autumn

My quilt center sewn together!

After my marathon scrap cutting and organizing last week, I jumped right into making the Appalachian Autumn quilt by Bonnie Hunter.

This is my first maple leaf block with a gray background.

By Monday evening, I'd completed all eight maple leaf blocks with a gray background.

The eight maple leaf blocks with a cream background, completed by Tuesday evening.

All 16 maple leaf blocks laid out in a checkerboard design.  

And today, I added the sashing strips and cornerstones.  I'll add the inner border tomorrow, then I'll put it aside until next week to add the outer pieced border.

Here are all the parts for making the maple leaves, ready for Monday's sewing.  I worked on these over the past weekend and I can't believe how fast and easy it was to make the HSTs using my Go! Big Cutter.

I had to use my rotary cutter and Shape Cut mat to make the stem units and the side rectangles ... and this happened:

In the 20 years that I've been quilting, this has never happened.  At first, I thought it was a nick but, no, a teeny-tiny piece of flesh was actually sliced off.  Ok, yuk, gross, sorry!  Just another pro point for using a Go! Cutter.  It'll just take me some time to get the right dies.

Linking up to:
Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

So until next time ... 
Be happy and keep on quilting!


  1. Your leaves are beautiful! This pattern would be great in a full sized quilt too. Hope your thumb heals fast. Happy stitching & healing!

  2. Hi Rita! Oh, ouch. I'm so sorry you cut your finger. That gouge is going to take a bit to heal, and it will be your achilles heel for a few days. WOWEE your maple leaves look so darn pretty! I love the alternating gray and beige backgrounds. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. I love your Maple leafs! Such pretty fall colors and I love the variation in the background. Rotary cutters are so sharp...even when the blade is dull! The smallest cut bleeds like crazy!

  4. SEW sorry about your finger, but the quilt is coming together beautifully!!

  5. This is so beautiful, Rita! String piecing inside each maple leaf makes them so vibrant, they just sizzle! I hope your finger heals swiftly. Such a literal pain, AND a nuisance to have a wound on your hands when you're trying to sew!

  6. I love your leaves! They're just bursting with color due to the strips. Sorry about your finger - hope you heal well!

  7. I love this pattern! is it free ? I did that with my rotary cutter but even worse, a fairly big slice that eventually granulated back in as flesh. Then I was at one of the PA Amish stores and a worker said she had just done that too! Quilting is dangerous! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

    1. Hi LeeAnna, the pattern is Autumn Appalachian by Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville and it's available for purchase from her store. Her annual mystery quilt will be up very soon and that's a free quilt-along. Always fun and challenging. Thanks for the comment and visit.