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I stand before you to say do not follow this layout to a 'T'. Yup. I've said this in several places here on the blog and in the PDFs to note where three of my leaves point together. Not good because there are so many seams coming together there and it makes for a bit of a lump when you quilt over that area.
Here is the Windfall layout as a flimsy:
Complete with a Bella bum.
You can tilt your leaves any which way you like, even the H1-3 leaves can be in various places as long as the shadow leaf 45-degree lines are correct.
Moral of the story: don't be seamy, be free, and tilt away! 😁
As for assembly, you may want to try my 'Book It' method, which I almost always use for assembling quilt tops. Basically you sew the quilt blocks in columns, chaining each column together as you sew pairs together. This quilt has an odd number grid, so you'd have two columns of 'books' and then one column of singles. I learned this way back when I did colourwash quilts and I had many 2" blocks to keep in exact orientation.
QuiltingI don't know about you, but every since I bought my first quilt magazine, or quilt book, and came to the 'Quilting' part of a quilt pattern, I got supremely upset and disappointed to read the phrase, "Quilt as desired." I get a little happier when I read these days, "Sandra quilted flowing lines with echoes, and swirls in the background. She quilted straight lines across the shadow leaf, treating it as a separate entity from the background, and ignoring the leaves that fall on it. She also quilted some ghost leaves in the background areas."
I get really ecstatic when I get a drawn diagram or a photo that shows the quilting!
|This was after the shadow leaf had all the straight lines quilted. And okay full disclosure: I |
Freefall was quilted on my Bernina.
|I went with quite large swirls, 3/8-1/2" spacing, echoes and of course a ghost leaf|
Windfall was quilted on Avril, my HandiQuilter Avanté.
|Windfall got a border of ribbon candy around the shadow leaf after I did several straight-line echoes of the shadow leaf|
Each leaf that was in the background got its own design.
|Feathers, with contrasting thread|
|Leaf veins with matching thread|
|More leaf veins|
|And some got dot to dot work and elongated figure eight and continuous curves.|
ThreadsFreefall was done entirely with one colour of thread, probably my favourite one for blending in with multiple fabric colours, Aurifil 2600.
Like my Bernina, Avril likes pretty much any thread I've used on her, from cotton to polyester to rayon, various brands and weights.
For Windfall, I used Essential cotton, Isacord polyester, Floriani rayon and Aurifil cotton.
So there. I hope I've made you ecstatic, and given you ideas. This quilt is quite a graphic design, so you could do straight lines across the entire top; alternatively, you could do wavy 'organic' lines across its top. I wanted to define the shadow leaf from the background when I planned my quilting. You can use whatever threads you and your machine prefer.
You have exactly one month, that is until June 15, what would have been my dad's 91st birthday, to get your quilts assembled into tops if you haven't already done so, and then quilted up and bound ready for the final parade and prizes! To see a list of the prizes, go here and here and here.
There are 4 fabric prizes, a copy of the book Crafted Appliqué, and 8 pattern prizes!
Again, I cannot say it enough: THANK YOU!! 😘😘😘😘😘😘😍😍 for taking a chance on a blogger doing her first quilt along, to my sponsors for being so agreeable to offer prizes, and to my followers for quilting along with me...even though, sadly, I did not quilt along on a third version - YET - with you due to IRL circumstances. It means so much that you've done this, and I hope you've had fun and that you are pleased with your quilts! I know I am blown away (ha, pun not originally intended) by the beautiful falling leaves quilts I've been seeing! I cannot WAIT for the parade in a month! If you fell behind, not to worry (ha, been there done that, am there NOW with my own damn QAL oops, haha) you have a full month to get it together for the parade and be eligible for prizes.
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