Top of the Quilt II – Welcome, Autumn!

After making my first little patchwork art quilt with a jazzy, crazy color scheme, I decided to see what would happen if I took the same techniques to more subdued fall fabrics and colors.

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I’d like to know what you all think of the wonk-tastic shapes and lines with the more refined textures and colors of autumn. This is just the top, so it will look different once the hand-quilting has been done.   It’s about 11 3/4″ high by 11″ wide.   Almost a square this time.

For my next little quilt, it’s back to the beach, but this time with more subdued blues and greens, I think. We’ll see where the muse takes me. I hope this weekend brings you time to create, time to breathe in the fall scents, and time to spend with those you love most! Peace.

75 thoughts on “Top of the Quilt II – Welcome, Autumn!

  1. This is so beautifully done, Laura. I cannot believe all of this detail is in such a small square. I picture it being like 3 feet square :). I love the design and the patterns of the material are so fun and intricate and create such unity together. Beautifully done, Ms. Autumn! Bravo!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jodi! Question though – do you think the funky fabrics worked better with the wonky squares/strips? I like this one (and the colors are more me), but I feel like the wonkiness may work better with the bolder fabrics and colors. What you think?

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  2. Hey Laura – think you are onto something very special with your little quilts!! Really like them! Only have two suggestions. Your major color choices are driven by your themes – beach, autumn, etc. You add interest with analogous, complements, etc. So, think about your palette choices and how you can add interest (depth, tension, harmony, etc.) with color combinations and relationships without compromising your theme. Here is a great resource: http://www.tigercolor.com/color-lab/color-theory/color-harmonies.htm. Also, when you are composing your work, think about values and how they support your design and theme. As you are arranging your design elements – in the above case – squares and rectangles – squint. When seen through half-closed eyes, do the values of your elements – and their placement and relationship to each other – work to support your design? Simply wonderful series you are exploring. Looking forward to seeing many more of these little gems. – Tom

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    1. Thanks so much, Tom! Wonderful advice – and that link is a new one for me, really great! I tend to hem and haw forever on all of my color selections, and I’m hoping that as I move forward, those decisions will become more intuitive. I appreciate your time and comment!!

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  3. I loved Tom’s advice! Even before reading it, I had a somewhat similar thought: in the previous quilt you showed us, the slightly off kilter lines and the colors worked well together to evoke an image of a library with books. With this color palette, I tend to think of fall leaves with their curled edges and lack of harsh straight lines, so these lines and the colors, to me, don’t quite match. The color choices themselves are stunning! With leaves and swirling stitch lines, this would be spectacular! ❤

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    1. I see what you’re saying, Teresa, and thanks for letting me know. The time it would take to do swirling leaves in fabric…..I don’t think anyone would want to pay that price for the resulting quilt. I agree it would be beautiful, though! I do think this type of style works best with a different set of fabrics. I had to experiment to see how it would turn out. 🙂 I actually really like this one, and would hang it in my house. But at the same time, I see what you’re saying, and I appreciate you sharing your thoughts – it’ll help me as I move forward with these little quilts!

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      1. You have a real eye for colors and color combos (probably from years of quilting), something I sorely lack! Would simplified curves be somewhat easier to do? I know quilting is time-consuming and a work of love and artistry so I wouldn’t push you to do anything that would price you out of the market. Also, that is just my take on this particular palette; most others probably won’t think of that at all. 🙂

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        1. I see what you mean, Teresa; before, I was thinking you meant actual leaves made from fabric swirling on the quilt. Yeah, gentle curves would be cool! I may try that design in the next one, which I’d like to have the colors and feeling that water gives. Great thought, thanks Teresa! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Charlie! I’m glad you like it! Do you feel like the shapes and lines work as well with this set of fabrics as it did the other set? I need to edit this post and link back to that first quilt. I feel like the other fabrics worked better with this type of design, but was curious what you think?

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      1. I thought the effect of going from a full palette to one with more muted tones using a similar motif was really cool. I think it works well. And this one stands alone. What I thought was great was that it’s also a little less wonky and bit more structured which was a nice way to move into the new palette while still giving a nod to the motif you had used in the last one. The single diagonal…it’s really cool!!

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  4. Love these colors too, Laura! I think adding top stitching and/or beads can help direct one’s eye around the piece too. Like on your really dark fabrics, you could add some lighter stitching? Just some ideas. I like how you are exploring different color themes. 🍂💚😄 ((((Laura))))

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  5. Wow, lots of different opinions. I think you have a good intuitive color sense and I wouldn’t mess with it too much. The only thing I would change on this one is the strong diagonal. It seems too different from the rest of the shapes. Otherwise, I like the slightly offcentered look. I don’t see curves at all, and I don’t think you need to be literal to get an autumn feel. (K)

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  6. Wow, lots of interesting comments. Instinctively, I adore your quilt. The colours are “mouah!” (like a kiss). And the pattern is a touch eccentric in a way I find pleasing. When I squinted at it, as Tom suggested, the diagonal did feel quite jarring. After unsquinting, it looked kind of cool again. I guess I would be curious to see the diagonal in lighter cloth, as a few people suggested.

    On further squinting, I kind of like the slight imbalance in dark and light hues. I squinted and squinted and tried to imagine changing the lights and darks around and… I didn’t come up with any brilliant ideas. Interesting to think about though.

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  7. hi Laura!
    First response: love the warm colors and wonky line. Modern type quilt. I guess it would feel nice to the touch. To me, the quilt has a feel of wood, ladder and window or barn door – because of the line across..
    I am not a quilter, but take a chance in giving you my first thoughts. Adding stitching may help to bring it in a direction you want – like if you really want it to be about fall, or about building/room/table and chair types of things. There’s a lot of possibilities here. Hope you enjoy your next step!

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  8. I’m loving both quilts Laura, particularly the way you have embraced “wonkyness”. Your Autumn colours are beautiful but my favourite has to be the blue one. Not only have you produced two fabulous colour schemes but the blue quilt has a more extreme wonkyness which really works for me.

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    1. Thank you so much, Karen! Your work is soooo beautiful. I really appreciate your visit and comment. I sometimes feel like a stranger in a strange land, and trying to find my way with these little quilts. I do love the wonkiness; spent way too many years trying to get things perfect. I’m glad you enjoyed the color schemes as well. Thank you.

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  9. Love the shapes and the color, very Fall inspired. First thought was how nice it would be to snuggle under…forgot it was a wall hanging ;D. What ever the direction you take with finishing this piece is sure to be beautiful, you have a naturally intuitive sense. Peace and happy sewing!

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