September 2020 – Autumn is Almost Here

This year the first day of Autumn is September 22nd. And the season always gets us in the mood for rich, deeply-hued fall colors. The themes are plentiful: what with Halloween and Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day and Columbus Day (or Indigenous People’s Day, as about a dozen states now call it), there is no shortage of ideas to give you inspiration for quilts, place-mats, table runners and other projects to decorate your home, donate or give as gifts at this time of the year.

For a story on Quilts of Valor, given to the Veterans in honor of their service to our country in combat, please go to https://www.army.mil/article/137994/quilts_given_to_veterans_represent_thanks to read more about this project. A local contact for these tributes is The Charlton Sewing Center; Cathy can give you more information. There is also a monthly Quilts of Valor Foundation newsletter entitled “threads”:  https://d2r0txsugik6oi.cloudfront.net/neon/resource/qovf/files/QOVNewsletter_Dec2018_FIN.pdf

Boise Basin Quilts of Valor

If you love CATS, you can find ideas and tutorials at these links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd09yfUWsAo       Make an Easy Pins and Paws Quilt with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co.

The above is a combination of the Snail Trail and Cat Block. It goes by several names:  Twisted Cat Tails; Tesselated Tails; Psycho Cats;  and below is a link to Kool Kats Kwilt with instructions.

https://stoffogstrikk.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/koolkatskwilt_1.pdf  by Patti Carey

Psycho Cats Quilt Pattern is available thru Etsy.

And if you are in the mood for other kinds of cat patterns, check out:

Floppy Ear Cat Quilt        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdXFubowjeg         

Cat’s Cradle Quilt Block  https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/cats-cradle-quilt-block.html            

Cat Weave Mini Quilt      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/315814992604756397/?nic_v2=1a5Rz155H for a modern take on our feline friends (below):

And of course we cannot forget the favorite squash of the season: the pumpkin / jack-o-lantern / candle-holder!

The above design is from Cluck Cluck Sew.

The above design is from https://cluckclucksew.com/2016/09/pumpkins.html

The above pumpkin is a true stash-buster.  So get out your ingredients and bake up some pumpkin quilt blocks! https://www.craftsy.com/post/pumpkin-quilt-block/     

For a variety of free pumpkin quilting ideas check out https://www.quiltfabrication.com/2019/09/more-free-pumpkin-quilt-projects.html      

And to add a little witchcraft to your celebrations:  https://www.polkadotchair.com/haberdashery-halloween-quilt-pattern/              

We each have our favourite “go-to” site for inspiration and patterns. If you have a favourite, let us know on facebook. There are many good sites out there in the stratosphere and we cannot check them all out no matter how much we may want to do.

Let this fall season be a promise of better things to come in the year ahead. Celebrate the season with bright fabrics and rich colours and designs that make you happy.

Be safe, be well.

9/12/2020