Sunday, October 21, 2012

Leaf Pile: A Finished Quilt

*Enter my 2 year Blogaversary Giveaway here! Ends 10/29*

Guys - I finished one of my longest-standing WIPS! So I'm celebrating over here by buying more fabric (heh...  I swear I actually need some of it!)

Over a year ago, I was lucky enough somehow to win a fat eighths collection of Aneela Hoey's Little Apples from The Intrepid Thread blog (a. If you've never visited Aneela's blog, do it right now - she's always making the cutest things and she previews her new lines and b. it's ironic that this fabric came from The Intrepid Thread because I just bought fabric from there for my upcoming giveaway!). The quilt used the entire bundle (the few scraps were used in piecing the back, so you can judge how much fabric you might need to make one) (the large border pieces were purchased seperately, FYI).

I love the crinkly look! I usually air-dry my quilts.

Those who have been around for awhile know that I can't resist raw-edge applique, and I had been itching to make a Drunkard's Path-like quilt. Enter Cluck Cluck Sew's fantastic, very thorough Raw Edge Circle Tutorial.

I'm not worried about it falling about because of the raw-edges. In the tutorial, Allison reassures her readers that the circle are cut on the bias, so there shouldn't be any threads to cut. There weren't for me, though there were little pieces like in the picture above, but that happens with almost every quilt for me!

I named it "Leaf Pile" because it's just so fall to me! I need to put a label on still. Also, I battled for a long time about how to quilt it (hence why it took so long to finish) and finally just decided for simple straight line quilting horizontally. There's so much going on fabric-wise, so it works, I think! I used a washable blue marker to make the lines, thanks to the feedback from this post.

 Mmmm, scrappy binding - my fav.

The back was pieced jointly with one of my best friends, Kristina, who is quite a skilled sewist learning how to quilt! She spent one weekend here this summer and we worked on some projects together.

Fun with my sister outside, as usual :) The quilt isn't hers - but I have no one to give it to, so it's mine (for now). It was washed and yesterday tested by my brother-in-law when he slept over - he approves!

Dimensions: 54" x 65"

Fabrics: "Little Apples" by Aneela Hoey, random Kona and Bella solids, various prints from my stash
Read more about the construction of this quilt here, here, and here.

Linking up to: Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations, Manic Monday at Sew Happy Geek,  Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, Flaunt Your Finish @ The OKC Modern Quilt Guild, At the End of the Hallway @ From the Blue Chair.

Okay, and I just HAVE to share this picture that I just got from the photographer (Art Soul Photography) - one of my favorites from the wedding!!

It's supposed to be imitating this picture, taken by my maid of honor Julie (TME Photography) on our 1 year anniversary (5 years ago!):

We were still high school babies then! Also, that's probably enough pictures for one post. =P


  1. Great finish! Sounds like you are feeling better too. Yeah!

  2. Cute cute pictures of you guys. :) Now the quilt----I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

  3. Cute pic and yes the quilt looks very snuggly.

  4. Nice pictures.The quilt is just wonderful!!

  5. Lovely quilt, gorgeous fabric.

    I love both of those photos of the two of you!

  6. Great job! Looks like a ton of work!

  7. Hi! Your quilt is so beautiful! I love also raw edge applique and that pattern with circles on squares has been on my list long time! So sweet photos of you! Wishes from Greece! x Teje

  8. What a fun quilt. I've always really liked the little apples line.

  9. Such a beautiful quilt! The Little Apples fabrics are so cute and colourful, and the raw edge applique looks fabulous!

  10. Such a playful quilt..I love the unfinished edges!

    The pic of you two is gorgeous:)

  11. It's beautiful - and gorgeous pics Jess!

  12. The quilt looks great, love the raw edge applique, and you make a very cute couple.

  13. What a great quilt! Thanks for relaying the info about the circles not unraveling. That's held me back from making a raw-edge quilt.

    And thanks for linking up to the OKC Modern Quilt Guild's Flaunt Your Finish! We appreciate it!

  14. Lovely quilt! It is VERY autumnal! And congrats on the wedding!! :) Best wishes!!!! My husband and I did a similar thing with the picture recreation. :)

    Thanks for linking up with us over at OKCMQG's Flaunt Your Finish!!! :)


  15. Yeah for a great finish! It turned out so fun!


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