Tuesday, December 30, 2014

leaves a'flutter tutorial

Hello Everyone! Thanks for stopping by today, especially if you are taking a side trip from the Moda Bake Shop where my tutorial for the Leaves a'Flutter quilt was posted! If you missed it, it is all about making a masculine quilt for that very special man in your life. It uses one layer cake, one jelly roll and two different yardages for the borders and binding.

I wanted to show you how universal this pattern is with a different colorway in the very luscious fabric collection from Zen Chic -  called Sphere. The yellows were carried over, and the aqua blues and modern grays spice up the pattern if you want something more vibrant. I am sure this would look even nicer when you mix two different collections together!! It is also a bit easier to see what I did with the binding by adding two matching border strips in the corners. Here they stand out just a little bit more than on the original quilt.

As an extra bonus, I wanted to share this miniature Autumn Blaze block with you. I had so much fun making the larger blocks, I had to see it as mini, because I love minis! I made mine for the quilt label.

As written in the tutorial, the original blocks are 20" and 10". I thought about making a 5" block as well, but then I thought this 2½" block would be a slight challenge would be just so darn cute. It was really pretty easy (after you know how they go together.) I made it in the exact same way, just with smaller blocks. I embroidered the step with a stem stitch. Doesn't it look cute?

If you make this block or a quilt from the pattern, I would love to see your creation!! Nothing warms a pattern designer's heart more than seeing your pattern put to use!

I would like to wish you and your family a very happy and exciting new year filled with less stress, more fun and interesting new challenges! Thanks for dropping by!



  1. Your quilt is lovely! I just finished a modern maple quilt, and now I have bookmarked your tutorial for future use (my husband is a little jealous of mine).
    Happy New Year!

  2. a very attractive quilt I think it would also look lovely in autumn colours. the mini is so very mini

  3. Ich komm heute wirklich über den Moda Bake Shop und mir gefallen beide Berichte sehr gut. Du hast schön fotografiert und ich fühl mich wie zu Hause.

  4. Das ist ein wunderschöner Quilt - egal in welcher Farbvariante! Tolle Idee, tolles Tutorial, danke dafür!

  5. I LOVE the Sphere colourway!! Wonder if I'll have some time to make one for Paul this year... :-) Lovely quilt and fantastic tute on MBS. Great work!

  6. Ahhh! The big reveal! It's handsome, Karen. A true work of art. I'm heading over the Moda Bake Shop right now to check it out. Well done!!

  7. How cute is this little guy??? I love this block in a mini, it's just darling. Thanks for sharing the alternate color scheme, it is a beautiful and versitile quilt pattern.

  8. Liebe Karen,
    was für ein traumhafter Quilt und der Mini ist ja soooo süß!! Deine Anleitung, ist wie immer, sehr verständlich - vielen Dank!
    Liebste Grüße, Deborah

  9. It`s awesome .

    Wishing you a very happy New Year!

  10. I'm just starting this pattern using moda's morris jewels layer cake and jelly roll. I've already decided though that I'll use more of the background fabrics (bright orange and sky blue). My inspiration is fall in Canada when the trees are every colour imaginable and the sky can be such a bright shade of blue that it hurts your eyes. I'll send a picture when I'm done :D


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