October 31, 2022: October Mini – “Just After the Peak” ;(and more – quilt show photos and autumn)

Greetings dear readers! It’s a minor miracle that a mini got made this month, as it was an incredibly busy time for me. However, I was determined to make something, so I started early and had the piecing done before the quilt show consumed all my time and then was able to quilt the mini this weekend and finish it just under the wire😊.

It’s a 20 inch square table topper that I’m calling “Just After the Peak” because the colors are what we see here in New England just after the really bright reds and oranges fade. There are lots of yellows and golds, rusts, browns, and greens.

Because of the time constraints, I needed something easy and half square triangles fit the bill. The gold fabric is one of my favorites – very warm and rich. I searched and searched through my stash for a border and was really excited when I found a fat quarter of this paisley with just the right colors – just barely enough!!

I played with a few different arrangements of the HST’s, and decided I liked this one the best. It’s very simple, but has a classic elegance.


There was no time to hand quilt it, so I machine quilted a simple square grid. The backing is a lovely gold from the “Chalk and Charcoal” line by Jennifer Sampou:

The topper actually looks good set on top of the autumn table runner I already have on my dining room table:

But I am going to be tempted to use it as a holiday gift! We’ll see – if I can find the time to make some other things, I may be able to keep it 😊.

Here’s what autumn’s been looking like around here, past peak:

Here are 4 more quilts from the Cocheco Show for your enjoyment (with still more to come!). I love a wonky log cabin:

These little baskets are on my “way too long “ “to do” list 😊:

Check out the number of pieces in this quilt!!:

A lovely fall quilt! The swirly quilting is just right for it:

Be sure to go to Wendy’s blog – The Constant Quilter” (link on right side of this blog) – and see the links to all the other quilters making minis! Enjoy all the creativity!

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

19 thoughts on “October 31, 2022: October Mini – “Just After the Peak” ;(and more – quilt show photos and autumn)

  1. pamdempsey October 31, 2022 / 12:00 pm

    Love your after the peak quilt! Some of the trees here are turning yellow- northeast Texas. The swirling wind quilting on the leaves quilt is so pretty, perfect for it. Happy Halloween 🎃

    • gladiporsche November 3, 2022 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks Pam for reading and commenting!

  2. Nann October 31, 2022 / 2:58 pm

    The golden triangles glow! Thanks for the quilt show highlights.

    • gladiporsche November 3, 2022 / 8:04 pm

      I love how the yellow shines as if the sun is beaming down on it!

  3. acityquilter October 31, 2022 / 4:15 pm

    absolutely apropos mini….we are at peak here in MD…and oh those baskets…i love that basket pattern….

    • gladiporsche November 3, 2022 / 8:05 pm

      Enjoy your colors! That is, indeed, a great basket pattern!

  4. Linda Sherman October 31, 2022 / 7:32 pm

    Absolutely lovely fall quilt, thank you for sharing!

    • gladiporsche November 3, 2022 / 8:06 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

  5. Kyle October 31, 2022 / 10:09 pm

    Cute name for your mini. The colors still seem very vibrant.

    • gladiporsche November 3, 2022 / 8:10 pm

      Thank you Kyle! Agree – just past peak, the colors are still vibrant, especially the golds.

  6. Pat in WNY October 31, 2022 / 11:12 pm

    Glowing and absolutely perfect coloration. This might just be my favorite of your minis.

    • gladiporsche November 3, 2022 / 8:08 pm

      Thanks Pat! So glad you like it! My dining room is fall themed and I think it’s where this mini will end up.

  7. Quilter Kathy November 3, 2022 / 2:49 pm

    Gorgeous golden fall colours in nature and in your pretty quilt! Congrats on the finish!

    • gladiporsche November 3, 2022 / 8:08 pm

      Thank you Kathy!

  8. marissthequilter November 4, 2022 / 6:19 pm

    Your HST mini is absolutely gorgeous — so rich and vibrant.

    • gladiporsche November 8, 2022 / 12:29 am

      Thanks Mariss. I definitely tried to capture the rich warmth of those colors!

  9. Janet O. November 7, 2022 / 8:19 am

    I should no longer be surprised that every time I come to your blog I am either breathless at what I see, or I am holding my breath because I am so excited by it. Yet, I am always surprised and asking myself, “How does she do it every single time?” This little quilt may be simple by your standards, but your ability to choose just the right fabrics and put them together in a perfectly pleasing way, is a constant source of delight and wonderment.

    • gladiporsche November 8, 2022 / 12:28 am

      Thank you so much, Janet, for your very kind and lovely words! Much appreciated! I’m passionate about fabric, about making quilts, and about playing with color and design and I think it shows in my work. I’m so grateful to have quilting and the quilting community in my life!

  10. Nancy November 10, 2022 / 5:41 am

    I’m so far behind in my blog reading….
    Gosh, your October mini is a delightful interpretation of fall colors and the border fabric couldn’t be more perfect. I hope you get to keep it.
    Thanks for sharing more photos from the Cocheco Show. I especially like the log cabin quilt and the autumn maple leaves.

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