This time of year, the leaves start golding, the air gets brisk, and I get antsy for fall. Fall just might be my favorite time of year. I love everything about it....the warm colors, the crunchy leaves and the full harvest moons. It's time to pull out the hats and scarves, peel apples for pies and pile pumpkins on the porch.
Fall also means the summer tourist season is behind us and it's time to start quilting. Not that I'm keeping track or anything, but that time will be in precisely 53 days. While I love my job and am always sad to see the summer end, I am equally enthusiastic to welcome in fall.
Autumn quilts are some of my favorite quilts. The burnt oranges, sagey greens, warm golds and tans just lend themselves to warm cuddly quilts so well. I've been collecting a variety of fabrics for future fall quilts and my wish list is long and varied. It started with this quilt I found online a long time ago. I have no idea where it came from, so if it's yours, thank you for such a gorgeous source of inspiration and forgive me for not issuing proper credit. But really, just look at this. Isn't it gorgeous? It just steals your breath away right off the bat. I have spent plenty of time staring at it, pouring over the different snippets of fabrics.
Two more of my favorite fall quilts are both from Blackbird Designs. (Does anyone know if they have a website? For the life of me, I can't find one.) The first is one I posted about last week. I've had it on my list for a while, but didn't know anything about the designer to ever locate the pattern. But thanks to many of you fellow blogger friends, I now know it is Midnight Silhouette by Blackbird Designs. I knew if I put it out there, you would come through. Thank you! I have a stack of orange and black homespuns and some coordinates from an older Moda line called Trick or Treat that are just itching to go into this quilt.
Another Blackbird favorite is Hallowe'en 1904. I first saw this on the wall at one of my favorite quilt shops in Utah, American Quilting. They posted some pics on their blog, advertising classes. You can see them HERE. Scroll down a bit through other quilts that are also fun to look at until the near end of the blog post. You can also call them up and order a kit. I just did! I can't wait to get my hands on these yummy fabrics.
So now as we head into August, with the cooler temperatures and leaf-strewn streets, I'm be starting my mental list of which of these beautiful fall quilts I'll dig into first.
...In 53 days.