I first saw a photo in Quilter's World Magazine of this wallhanging by Ellen Stuckey (I believe she's from Indiana, but I can't find a blog or website for her). I hung on to a colour photocopy of it for several years and finally found the perfect fabric.
My friend Kathy had hand-dyed many yards of fabric and sold FQ's at another guild show a few years ago...for only $2.50 each! I gathered up as many as I could and saved them until last November when I finally, finally found the time to devote to making this free-cut, curved-piecing leafy number.
Fall is such a beautiful time of year here in Canada. My favourite part of it is the smell. I adore the smell of a freshly raked pile of leaves.
Most of the quilting was done with my IDT on (that's the built-in Pfaff walking foot) except for inside the leaves, which was free-motion. I used the quilting lines to define some extra leaves, for balance.
I used several different colours of thread and a couple of variegated ones, all Mettler 40 wt. Due to the oddly shaped top and bottom of the panel, I chose to face the quilt instead of bind it. I did this same finishing method on this mini quilt. I'm sorry that once again I forgot to photograph the steps involved...I promise to do a tutorial on this with another quilt soon.
I look forward to hanging this on my office door come September. It got great response at the show, which is always nice! I enjoyed the process of constructing this quilt, but I've gotta say, free-cutting with scissors and building oddly shaped blocks to be trimmed down later sure wastes a lot of fabric.
I'll be back soon with Tuscan Nightfall, my huge blooming 9-patch quilt.