Sunday, October 23, 2016


Twirling in  the Fall 

Oh ,did you think I meant a baton twirler?  Not this kind of twirling!

This week, the leaves really began to turn colors and fall off of the trees.  I love seeing them twist and twirl in the air as they float down to the ground.

That definitely put me in the mood to make a fall mini quilt for my quilt stand in the kitchen.  I had the perfect pattern:

Mini Twirl   by Fig Tree & Company  ( available here )

Mini Twirl Pattern  { here }
 I rounded up my bag of  Fig Tree  "Oldies but Goodies" scraps....  and  got busy sewing up  four little leaf blocks.        

Four Mini Twirl Blocks     by Susie's Sunroom
The pattern calls for making 9 twirl  blocks, but I only  needed my mini quilt to be about 12 inches square.  Four blocks , with a bit of sashing turns out to be the perfect size for my quilt stand.   I love making this twirl block!  It was so  fun making this leaf shape... with no half square triangles!  

Mini Twirl Quilt     by Susie's Sunroom

     Quilt Stats:

      Pattern:    Mini Twirl Quilt     pdf file   by Fig Tree & Company  (here)  
         *** I love this leaf, Joanna !!  **

       My mini quilt size:  12 " across by 13 " high

       Block size:  5 1/2 " unfinished
       Fabrics:    scraps of various older Fig Tree & Co. fabrics  ( including Patisserie,                 Millhouse  Inn, Breakfast at Tiffany's,  and Buttercup )

     Fusible Interfacing:  Heat N Bond      for the stems

     Piecing thread:  Aurifil #2021  50 weight

     Batting:   scraps of Warm and Natural  Cotton

    Quilting:  by Walking Foot using Aurifil #2026.  I tried some free-style, random wavy lines- to make it feel like wind blowing the leaves

    Binding:   Quarter Inch, Single Fold Binding aka Flat Binding, following a tutorial by Made by Chrissie D {here}.    I wanted a very minimal binding, and it was pretty easy to machine sew onto the mini quilt.  

   Hangers-  I made 2 little quilt hangers on the back - by using  Carole's  tutorial at From   My Carolina Home {here}  and { here }.  So easy and works like a charm!

Aurifil thread makes such beautiful quilting stitches!

This was a fast and fun little quilt to make! 
Fig Tree has a full sized Twirl  leaf block available , too.  Wouldn't that make a  gorgeous lap quilt, using  Fig Tree fabrics !

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:    Fabric Tuesday  @ Quilt Story   and
                        Building Blocks Tuesday @  Quilter in the Closet  and
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  1. Oh, such a beautiful collection of fall've captured that fall feeling!

  2. I like the photo of the mini hanging on the windowsill. It is a nice contrast from the green trees outside.
    This leaf design is great. I agree it is much prettier and realistic than the traditional HST pattern. Your quilting really enhances the design, too. Lovely work all around!

  3. Oh its so pretty! Love the fabrics, the quilting, and binding and of course the leaf blocks and most of all because it's mini!

  4. The fabrics you picked match the colours of the fall leaves so perfectly and the quilting is wonderfully wind-like twirling those leaves. It's a beautiful mini, Susie!!


  5. That is pretty! I love the quilting, it really looks like the wind blowing those gorgeous leaves!

  6. This is such a nice little quilt. the fabric you've chosen is perfect. I love your swirly wind quilting too. The leaves really look like they're twirling as they fall.

  7. OOOh this is beautiful! I love this. I think I may even make myself one...

  8. Oooh this is sew beautiful. Those patchwork leaves are twirling due to your quilting. Love it.


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