September 30, 2022: September Mini – “Falling Leaves”

Greetings dear readers. The last day of September is here and so is fall weather! Jackets and scarves are out and 2 quilts are on the bed😊. Nights are brisk, which is what it takes to bring out the fall colors. After making a very modern looking mini for August, I chose to make something more traditional for September and I wanted it to reflect the season. Here is “Falling Leaves”:

It measures about 15 X 19 inches. I used one of the traditional maple leaf block patterns and set the rows going in opposite directions. I chose a rich dark brown for the background and red, orange, yellow, and green for the leaves. The blocks finish at 3 3/4 inches.

I machine quilted around the blocks and in the borders, but hand quilted veins in the leaves:

I added a little extra interest by embroidering a gold line just inside the binding:

An old Kansas Troubles fat quarter was a good choice for the back:

I love autumn colors and am happy to add this mini to my collection of autumn quilts!

It is going to be a week or two before peak color arrives here in NH, but I’m delighting in the bits of color spotted so far about the landscape:

The bog is starting to color:

A “forest still life”:

”Falling Leaves” one more time:

Happy autumn to you all!

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

12 thoughts on “September 30, 2022: September Mini – “Falling Leaves”

  1. Kelley Secrest September 30, 2022 / 10:20 am

    Good morning, Falling Leaves is beautiful! I like your fabric choices and the bright leaves look wonderful next to the dark background. The gold embroidery adds a very special touch. Thanks for the nature photos. I love Autumn – the fragrances of Autumn are so nice and warm. Wishing you a lovely weekend!

    • gladiporsche September 30, 2022 / 8:31 pm

      Thank you Kelley! I can’t imagine NOT loving autumn here in New England!

  2. KYLE September 30, 2022 / 2:40 pm

    What an appropriate mini for the beginning of autumn. Perfects colors. What a great idea to add that sparkle next to the binding. Love it.

    • gladiporsche September 30, 2022 / 8:34 pm

      Thanks Kyle! I pondered doing something a bit more elaborate for the border, but didn’t have time. The embroidery was my compromise and I actually like it’s simplicity.

  3. Carol C. September 30, 2022 / 3:37 pm

    I love “Falling Leaves”… Love how the dark background makes the colors pop! One of my favorite trips was New England in early October… so glad I was able to see those gorgeous colors! Thanks for sharing!

    • gladiporsche September 30, 2022 / 8:35 pm

      Thanks Carol! I’ve always liked darker backgrounds- great for showing off color!

  4. marissthequilter October 2, 2022 / 4:53 pm

    Your Falling Leaves mini is delightful and does reflect the joy of the season.

    • gladiporsche October 4, 2022 / 6:09 pm

      Thank you Mariss! Autumn is, indeed, a joy!

  5. Wendy Reed October 2, 2022 / 6:04 pm

    What a perfect Fall mini! I am finally feeling read for Fall and all it has to offer. My surgery follow up appointment is tomorrow and I feel like I can almost take on the world again! Thanks for another great mini. I do hope we can meet up again before the end of the year. I want to get to the museum after I get the clearance to drive again. Or maybe I will just have to have Gordon drive me down! I truly enjoy your nature photos. I just cannot wait to get back into the woods!

    • gladiporsche October 4, 2022 / 6:12 pm

      Thank you Wendy! I am so glad you are feeling better! If you do make an excursion to the museum, please let me know. It would be great to meet you there and have lunch together!

  6. barbvedder October 4, 2022 / 4:23 pm

    What a treat this little Maple Leaf mini is. I just love it.
    That little chrome leaf is just perfect 🙂
    what good colors you have already in New Hampshire.
    Rich and I watch a show called “Arial America” an it showcased New England recently it was wonderful. I know so little about NH

    • gladiporsche October 4, 2022 / 6:17 pm

      Thank you Barb! I love the seasons. They have figured prominently in my quilt making through the years and I don’t see that changing any time soon 😊.

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