first one this year

The weather is not very photo friendly right now, so I'm trying Rita's trick to show you the first finished quilt of 2014.
Surprisingly, but according to the plan, it's also the first item from my FAL 2014 list.
If you remember I had a problem with finding the right pattern for the quilt, after I decided that my initial idea wouldn't work. Luckily, with a little (read: huge) help from my friends I discovered this beautiful quilt and tried to recreate it.

It looked perfect for the fabric I had, so I didn't alter anything apart from using a flange instead of the thin border and adding an appliqué leaf.

For the back, apart from the strip pieced out of the remaining scraps, I added some more leaves.

The leaves were fun to make. I started with gathering several leaves in autumn (my sister added a few lovely ones).

Then I scanned them, traced their contours in a graphics program, printed them and used the printout as template for raw edge appliqué.

The quilt still needs a label, but I think I finally know what I want it to look like.


  1. beautiful! The inspiration quilt is gorgeous as well. I really like the addition of the single leaf on the front.

  2. This is just beautiful and captures the image of autumn just perfectly.

  3. Wow, it is fantastic! I so love how well these fabrics work using the courthouse steps pattern and the leaves are just a perfect addition. I love the quilting too, it is just a perfect quilt.

  4. Nie wiem skąd ten pomysł z liśćmi, ale zdecydowanie był strzałem w 10! Taki mały szczegół a pięknie rozweselił i dodał smaku całości. Fajnie, naprawdę fajnie wyszło :)))

  5. What a great idea with the leaves. Living in Canada, this will come in handy!