In Progress: A New Fall Quilt

I try to make a fall quilt and a Christmas quilt every year.  "Try" is the operative word there: last year I finished the fall quilt but my Christmas quilt is still sitting, about 25% done, on my shelf.  To avoid that this year, I started my fall quilt around Memorial Day, which is totally and completely normal for quilters.

I read somewhere that people like reading blog posts about in-progress projects, not just FOs.  So, in an effort to blog more and share my projects, I give you my fall quilt progress.  

I don't think it's any surprise that I chose Denyse Schmidt fabric for this quilt.  Denyse and I just get each other--she's always in my top three choices for fabrics and I love all of her lines, buying at least an FQ bundle of each one.  They make the perfect fall projects.  Look at those colors!  Rich oranges, clear blues, scummy greens.  My fall quilts have used Chicopee and Hadley; I'm excited for Franklin to join them, hopefully on the copper quilt ladder Nick promised he'd build me.

For this quilt I'm using the Spiced Chai quilt from Vintage Modern Quilts (an awesome book if you don't already have it!), as well as the Modern Maple block  from Pretty in Patchwork Holidays (another awesome book!!).  I'm thinking I'll do the maple blocks in coordinating solids that I bought from Westwood Acres.  They typically sell FQ sets of coordinates which makes it easy for me, because then I don't have to agonize over whether or not my computer is showing the colors accurately.  They're already bundled and I get to support that fun little shop.  The background is Free Spirit Designer Solids in Mountain, a nice cool gray.  I'm thinking of quilting this with orange or possible green Aurifil, as I already own those colors and, again, I hate guessing about colors!

I bought some Chicopee when Hawthorne Threads had it on sale earlier this year to back this quilt.  But because I'm making the quilt larger by about 30%, I'm thinking I'll need to piece the back to make it work.  I had the idea while sewing these blocks to add in a few Donut quilt blocks across the back in the Franklin prints I didn't use for the front. I want this quilt to feel like all the things I love about fall: chai lattes, colorful leaves, pumpkin donuts.  I might even use wool batting to make this over-the-top cozy!

I'll try to stop in more with my in-progress projects.  I do want to apologize for the picture quality: my digital camera broke last week and I have yet to buy a new one.  My iPhone is great for what it is, but it isn't perfect.  Thanks for hanging in there!