Saturday, January 31, 2015

Harvest - My Modern Maples Quilt is Finished!

Success! I finally managed to steal a few hours during the daytime this week to take pictures of my finished maple leaf quilt. I have been calling this one November Rain, because I thought I'd finish in November...ha! I'm now calling it Harvest, but it's not labeled, so I guess I can call it whatever I want.  
Last October was my month to be Queen Bee for the New Quilt Bloggers Bee (we all met during Plum and June's New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop). I asked the group to make modern maples blocks finishing at 12 or 18 inches, so I could add additional gray to fill in areas and wouldn't have to worry about everything lining up as much.
It took a couple months for me to figure out how to piece everything together. The plan was to piece them together with some plain gray solids to even things up. I ended up with 9 big blocks, and 13 small blocks, so I couldn't exactly split up the top into quadrants and piece them together that way.

I cut up some graph paper, and played with the pieces until I came up with a layout which I thought was fairly balanced (I love puzzles!). It took a while to get it all together, but now I feel like I'm practically an expert with y-seams! At least they don't make me nervous any more.


I quilted it with wavy horizontal lines every couple of inches or so. I didn't measure anything, but just filled in the spaces until it looked like there was enough quilting.

For the binding I used some Cotton and Steel basics, leftover from a couple of the blocks I made on the top. I used mammoth flannel for the back, and I really love it! It is super soft, and I think the plaid fits in with the fall-theme on the front of the quilt. My husband has requested that I use flannel to back all future quilts.
We've gotten a lot of use out of this for the last few weeks--it is "cold" here in Hollywood, and we need quilts to stay warm in this 60 degree weather. It's not quite bed-sized (around 80 x 80) but it works as an extra layer of warmth on our bed, or the sofa. I was glad to finish it while the weather here is still cool.
As you can see, my wavy quilting had a bit of an influence on the plaid backing, and the nice straight lines of plaid are a little wavy now. Oh well--this was made for snuggling under!
This is definitely my new favorite quilt. I loved the variety of blocks, and having different sizes to work with made things a lot easier for me--I am realizing more and more that I'm much more comfortable with improv style piecing.
A big thank you to the ladies who helped piece this quilt--My first bee has been a success! I hope you're enjoying it as much as I have. I can't wait to see everyone else's finished quilts.
Blocks pieced by:
Also, this is my first posted finish for the 2015 FAL. 

This week I'm linking up with  NTT Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and the Weekly Inspiration Linky Party at Nini and The Sea


  1. Congrats on this great finish! I really like that you got the blocks in varying sizes, it makes the final layout so interesting!

  2. Love the different sizes - very effective. congrats on beautiful finish!

  3. This turned out so great! I love the mix of block sizes and the way you arranged them, and the use of different grays in the negative space. It looks amazing!

  4. Great quilt Kate! It looks so cuddly and warm and I love the different sizes of the blocks. Congrats on your finish!

  5. I spy my blocks and and impressed how your random size request for the block came out so wonderfully

  6. This turned out soooo beautifully! And I happen to love your wavy plaid. I think it's very cool. If you hadn't said it was an accident I would have asked how the heck you did it!

  7. Really nice - this has inspired me to try one of these blocks soon. (As others have said, the mixed sizes look great!)

  8. I love the mixed sizes of blocks! Great colour palette too and that backing does look perfect.

  9. I've been thinking about an autumn leaf quilt for ages and how to make it more have nailed it. This is beautiful!

  10. Setting different sized blocks to begin with is a clever way to cope with the natural variation you get with bees. I will keep that in mind.
    I thought the backing fabric has a natural wave to the print. From here, it looks like it is supposed to be like that.