Check out this magazine cover for Autumn: corn maze and pumpkin spice on a quilt! Make this easy quilt for your home or as a gift. And, read on for a giveaway!
Yes, that is my quilt on the cover of the September 2021 issue of American Quilter magazine. How awesome! I made “Corn Maze” using amazing batiks from Moda‘s Sunny Day collection. The fabrics have all the colors I most love and fun textures that add lots of depth to the design, making it really difficult to choose just a few for a project. Batiks are my most favorite fabrics to work with – they bring charm to modern or traditional home decor.
Look at some of the ones I picked for this quilt:
I used a white background to make the bright colors pop. The yellow butterfly border is gorgeous, at once pulling the colors together and brightening the design with the hues of the corn. Teal has appeared in many of my Autumn quilts in the past few years, a cool departure from the greens we see in fabrics for this season. Here is one example of another quilt published by American Quilter magazine with teal in an Autumn quilt – LOVE!
Autumn colors are my favorite so I am always looking for projects to use all the fabrics (huge stash!) of prints that work well with the season. If you are like me and enjoy sewing Fall projects, look at this publication that you can download – it has many projects you will make and gift, I am sure!
Corn Maze measures 69-1/2″ x 83″ and the blocks finish at 12″. The blocks do not require advanced sewing techniques so this pattern is perfect for a beginner quilter. Follow the easy instructions in the magazine beginning on page 19 so you can have it ready in one weekend because you will be sewing two types of blocks only.
This is also a great stash buster project. Yet, imagine what a great time you will have as you add more fabrics to your ‘collection’! As you see above, I repeated the yellow and the dark orange fabrics on the chain block: contrast and repetition can’t be forgotten when you are selecting fabrics for your quilts.
You can make a pillow with each block by adding simple borders to make them 16″, the size of standard pillow forms, and place them on the opposite side from where you will display your quilt.
This photograph portrays all that is wonderful about Fall and more. I miss living in New England where I used to take my oldest son on hayrides and pumpkin picking. To be sure, my youngest boys enjoyed the same fun time while we lived in Maryland but, for me, having first settled in New England when I moved to the US almost 35 years ago, Autumn and that part of the country are forever etched on my mind as synonyms.
Since I can’t be there, I now have a corn maze and pumpkin spice on a quilt!
Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting chose the best quilting motif for Corn Maze, don’t you agree? It is called Funky Fans and fits the theme of the quilt so well! I hardly ever tell Melissa what I would like because she knows exactly which motif will work best. I drop off the quilts at her place and she calls me when her magic is done. At times, she will text me with a couple of options but, otherwise, she gets all the credit for the finishing touches. Afterward, I add the binding and the sleeve while I listen to a good book on Audible.
Now, for the giveaway: I have seven 3/8 yards and two 1/2 yards of the fabrics I worked with, as well as two copies of the September 2021 issue of American Quilter magazine so you can jump right in and begin working on Corn Maze. You will love the fabrics and will make a few of the other beautiful quilts featured in the magazine. Remember, when you become a member of the AQS Society you get the magazine online, too, and discounts and early access to a bunch of events.
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below with your fondest memory of Autumn. I will randomly select two winners on Monday, August 16, so you have until Sunday the 15th at midnight to enter. The first winner will get the magazine and fabrics, the second will get a copy of the magazine. This giveaway is open to all, regardless of where you live!
One last thing: take advantage of the pre-sale for my quilt pattern writing course. Speaking of pattern writing, off I am to write a few more. Have a great day!