In August 2010, I went fabric shopping with my mother-in-law to pick out fabrics for a lap quilt that I planned to make for her and my father-in-law. I had talked to them in advance, and they had agreed on a color palette. It was a lot of fun to go fabric shopping and help start to take their vision of an early autumn color palette and turn it into a quilt.
In particular, my mother-in-law was drawn to the orange and green ginko leaf prints. I am so glad we went shopping together because getting to pick up on details like the fabrics she was really drawn to and petted the most in person helped inform my design decisions for the quilt. I chose to make the quilt pattern “Four Square” out of Cozy Modern Quilts (non-affiliate link). The pattern starts by making a lot of simple courthouse steps blocks…
The more blocks I made, the more I wanted to keep making. So I bought more fabric and the courthouse steps blocks kept multiplying. Eventually I ended up with 56 blocks and my helpful quilt inspector (Puppy the cat) approved.
After piecing all the blocks, the next step was to slice them all into quarters. Gulp. After cutting the first couple, it got easier to do.
Figuring out the layout of the quilt was the next challenge. First I tried a random approach:
I wasn’t sold on the layout, so I tried again, this time focusing on a green to orange transition, much like the way the season seems to progress in early autumn.
At this point, the quilt was much larger than a normal lap sized quilt, so I added a final border of the green and orange ginko leaves to have it finish out with nice drape for their queen sized bed (after checking in to make sure they would enjoy having the quilt on their bed!).
I was still in my infancy of exploring quilting my own quilts at this time via a walking foot on my small domestic machine (~5 inch throat space), so I sent this large quilt off to Tennessee to a long arm quilter that I knew and trusted. She quilted an all over oak leaf pattern which seemed to compliment the design idea for the quilt very nicely. I was excited when it came back, and of course Puppy had to help me evaluate it.
Another first in this quilt for me was working to match the binding to the outer border. I was really pleased with how it came together!
I was lucky to be able to deliver Fall is Coming in person to my in laws on February 5, 2011 (5 years ago almost to the day)! My in laws definitely appreciate the quilt, and I love hearing how they like to rotate the quilt to look down at their feet and see predominantly green or orange.
Looking back at these old project because of Throwback Thursday is so enlightening! I have seen in the past that I jumped into designing my own patterns easily and early on in my journey. And while this quilt follows a pattern, I think I can see the start of my obsession with color ombre here.
Linking up with Throwback Thursday.