Wednesday, October 8, 2014

autumn leaves pattern

Last weekend, I was at Patchwork at the Peaks in Morzine, France hosted by Elita Sharpe. It was one of the most rewarding retreats that I have ever attended. If you know me, you know I don't lie or fluff! Not only did I participate, but I was also allowed to give a morning introductory class in paper piecing. I designed this simple autumn leaves template which is a great starter for learning foundation piecing or sewing by numbers. No lines have to match up and if you don't sew directly on a line, it isn't noticeable at all. And the best part of it all - it is a great stash buster!!

All of the ladies were eager to try out the pattern and take a whirl at it. And more importantly, everyone finished the project and most made not only one, but two of the 5" blocks. I was very impressed with how the ladies quickly took to understanding paper piecing. I didn't catch on that quickly when I first started foundation piecing. It was always that first step that got me as well as flipping over the paper back and forth, especially forgetting where to sew the next line. Ladies, you get an A+ (American), 6 (Swiss) and a 1 (German) from me! You did a fanstic job at sewing your leaves together. They were all so great in different color combinations too. I liked all of them which ranged from only solids in contrast colors, to a mix up of vintage fabrics depicting the different season.

May I show you some of THEIR INCREDIBLE work?

A Collection of Autumn Leaves at the Peaks 6

Being a pattern designer it is extremely rewarding to see what other quilters have made with your pattern. It warms my heart seeing so many beautiful patchwork pieces. Bravo, ladies, bravo! I look forward to seeing more paper pieced blocks and quilts MADE BY YOU!

If you are intersted in making your own autumn leaves wall hanging, you can get the 5" template pattern on Craftsy.

Yours truly,


  1. They are truly wonderful!! I definitely put this pattern on my wish list!

  2. I Love the leaf block pattern. It looks like everyone had fun with it, too.


  4. Dieses PP-Blättermuster ist Dir wunderbar gelungen..... das landet natürlich in meiner "wish list"!!
    Have a great weekend, dear Karen

  5. Great pattern! I'm enjoying your blog
    Gmama Jane

  6. Karen, I pieced one leaf last night and finished it up this morning. Now I"m perusing your blog posts to see where I might want to go from here. Such beautiful work above. Lots of ideas. I hadn't done any foundation piecing in years and it was just what I needed to do to get my creative juices flowing again. I've been in a bit of a slump the last few days. My computer's been down and it made me very grouch!!

  7. I just voted for this pillow on Nancy Zieman's Pillow Challenge! I love Autumn and Autumn leaves, and this really spoke to me. I have two pillows in the running, but I don't know how to link to


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