Fall is my favorite season with the cooling temperatures, leaves changing color and plenty of pumpkin flavoring to add to desserts and coffee! There is nothing better than sitting down in a big, comfy sweater with a piping hot cup of coffee to complete some sewing and quilting.
Quilting inspiration is boundless during this colorful season. If you’re coming up short in this department, I’m sure you’ll be inspired after flipping through this list of fall inspiration!
1. Pumpkin Quilts Galore
You can’t forget about Halloween and the fun DIY decorations. These two free patterns for a pumpkin quilt and block show off your love for the holiday. The simple Pumpkin Block is designed by Lynette Jensen. This block can be easily made into a quilted wall hanging. The Punkin Quilt comes from Dodi Lee Poulson. Start digging into that scrap stash! Click here to visit our free pattern page.
2. Rich Hues
The colors of fall tend to be the first things that come to mind when reminiscing about the season. The gorgeous tones are perfect for a warm flannel quilt. Combinations of deep reds, browns and greens are comforting and appealing to the eye. Check out our past blog about the colors of fall and the theory behind them for a rich education. Click here to read about how they compliment each other and how the human body responds to each color.
3. Warm, Flavorful Drinks
I’m a sucker for fall flavored coffee and lattes. A nice cider is the perfect drink to quilt with. Just be a careful not to spill! This delicious Hot Spicy Cider recipe comes from Thimbleberries Classic Country Christmas by Lynette Jensen. When you need a break from quilting, the included chocolate chip bar recipe will provide recovery. Click here to download the recipe!
4. Leaves, Leaves, Leaves!
Leaves may not be fun to deal with when raking, but they are quite a job to sew and stitch. We have another free project–leaf coasters! Swap out your summertime decorations with these maple leaf coasters. I love the combination of yellow, orange and green used against the dark background. Click here to get the free PDF pattern!
5. Time to Slow Down
Fall means the whirlwind pace of summer has slowed down and you have more time to quilt, sew, scrapbook–craft! Why not make it a goal to pick up a new craft? If you don’t know where to start, we have a selection of some great books to start you off on the right foot:
Pick up knitting with Knitbook. Grab the new softcover edition when you’re buying new knitting supplies. Simply Knitting Magazine wrote, “As a beginner, you may find that it’s the things no one thinks to mention which cause you to stumble. This book explains the mysteries. From how to cast off in purl to what to do with split yarn, this handy guide will walk you through your first projects.” Click here to learn more about Knitbook.
Slow things down with Modern Hand Stitching by Ruth Chandler. Think of all the beautiful hand-stitched projects you can make! Foreword Reviews slated this book as a winner. “The book is a stress-free, encouraging, and educational guide to creative free-form hand stitching, one that covers the basics while showing how they can be bent to suit any project.” Click here to see more about the book.
Brush up on your appliqué skills with Needleturn Appliqué The basics & beyond. This appliqué method is relaxing and yields breathtaking results. Midwest Book Review said, “Needleturn Appliqué The basics & beyond offers a fine step-by-step survey of needleturn appliqué techniques and is an exceptional presentation packed with large photos, clear directions, and step-by-step demonstrations of each technique.” Click here to shop now!
What is your favorite thing about fall? Let us know in the comments below!