Monday, October 31, 2011

Maple Leaf Mania

I am finally finished with a little Maple Leaf  runner I started about 2 years ago. Can't imagine what took me so long.


Oooh, it's very busy, isn't it?? For some reason I went outside my box and decided against "tame." I really wanted to use that Civil War print in the setting triangles. Sure was fun using all those different prints, even if it is a bit wild. What the heck . . . Look, I have more where those came from and I can make a few more small quilts.

The other day I pulled out some blocks I received in a Maple Leaf swap we did last year in my yahoo group -


Looks like my back yard, with leaves all over the place.




Aren't they gorgeous? I'm going to play around with these and see what I can come up with. Fast, before fall's over and I move on to red and green quilts. Maybe the next quilt will be more tame and I won't go crazy wild with the prints.


I'm just barely getting started decorating for fall. Remember this? The Bear's Paw quilt from Prairie Children & Their Quilts. I think it makes a nice fall table mat.

Here's the pattern for my Maple Leaf block. I really like the scrappy ones and have more pieces cut out and triangles already sewn from last year.




"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."

~ Elizabeth Lawrence




24 comments:

Wieke van Keulen said...

Woh, it's a beauty. And I see you can make a large maple leaf quilt with all your beautiful blocks. Thanks for sharing.

Patty ♣ said...

Very NICE!!

Ann-Mari said...

The runner is lovely. It could work as a wallhanging as well!
I see you have some beautiful blocks to play with. Fun to see what you make of them:-)

Doniene said...

Cute little blocks and such rich colors!! Lovely!

Blessings

Elin said...

Wonderful, but different fabric than the ususal Kathy.. I immediately wanted to make maple leaf blocks...you are indeed a great inspirator!

Anonymous said...

Kathy,your little runner turned out so cute, now I had better get my blocks out too before Christmas time is here. Karen Schultz

Sandy said...

I like your little bear paw square. I am going to get my book out and make one--maybe in Christmas colors?!

Sue said...

Wow. That is just gorgeous to me. I love how all the colors compliment one another. I just love the maple leaf block.

And another favorite is the bear paw and it does make a nice table decoration for fall!

Donna K from N.TX aka Quilting Bear Gal said...

It's not too busy in my opinion! Looks just great!

Ariane said...

I love your Maple Leaf table runner!! It looks great!

marian said...

WOW it's gorgeous, Kathy!! i love those rich dark 'wild' colours..they really pack a punch!!
i've decided the maple leaf block is on my to-do list..most definitely LOL!!

Colleen said...

The runner is very nice and I really like the scrappy leaf blocks.

ferne said...

I have been wanting to make some maple leaf blocks...I get the desire every year about this time and now you have shown me what I could make with them. Thanks for the inspiration! I think I see a bunch of mug rugs to use when drinking hot cider and hot chocolate in the months ahead!

Leeanne said...

LOVE, LOVE, so lovely!, very cute runner....so what if it took two years to make!

DianeM said...

They're all beautiful..I love all the colors. You make such wonderful projects. Thanks for sharing all the pics.
Smiles, DianeM :)

Joanne Lavallee said...

I love the table runner! I love the busy! Thank you for sharing the quote by Elizabeth Lawrence, I wrote it down and think it will make it into a stitchery some day in the future. Have a Happy Fall, here in Maine we have snow already - it's early even for us!

Angie said...

They are all BEAUTIFUL! I love the out-of-your-comfort-zone runner. Sometimes we need to push our boundaries a bit, and look at the beautiful result. :) Your Bear Paw and that little cushion are adorable---and look at all of those lovely scrappy leaf blocks---I love them ALL! :)

Anonymous said...

Love your runner. Your colors always sing. Scrappy is as scrappy does. Mine always look like hodgepodge and yours sing. Go figure.

Linda in IN

Kathleen Tracy said...

Linda - we were in the same swap! You probably have many of the same blocks!

Karen said...

I love that maple leaf block. I made one from your free pattern last year and haven't finished making the rest of the blocks yet. Thank you for offering that pattern to us. It is so cute and was so much fun to make.

Anonymous said...

Kathy, I did put my leaves together, but haven't quilted it yet. My downfall, sorry to say. I have to get out my other machine and so I just keep piecing until I have several to quilt. I think with this one it is your background & border. I am never very brave about backgrounds. Usually neutral fabrics.

Linda in IN

Janny Schoneveld said...

received 3 books from you today. I am very happy.
Greetings from Holland Janny S.

Radka said...

Beautiful table runner, I love the colour combination, it really works :)

Judy said...

What a neat fall quilts!! I like your quote about taking time to watch the leaves turn.
Enjoy your weekend,
Judy

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