I’m really happy with the way this quilt turned out! I designed a paper pieced block using my improv paper piecing method. The inspiration for my block design was the branching of a tree. When I incorporated the mirror image of the block into the layout and then inverted every other row, I got this great repeating pattern.
Admittedly, the finished quilt doesn’t scream tree branches, but I love that! It does have a really cool organic feel to it due to its improvisational design roots.
I have been wanting to make a quilt that incorporated cinnamon and pink for awhile now. I love these colors…so adding mustard (another favorite) only made it better! I colored and recolored the design in EQ7 until I hit upon this combination and it felt right. It certainly feels like fall to me so I am grateful that I was able to photograph it before the leaves were covered with snow. The solids are a mix of Kona and Bella Solids and the cinnamon is a basic by Cotton + Steel with a tiny scattered dot.
The quilting is straight line in 3 shades of Aurifil 50 weight thread. I matched the pink background fabric for the majority of the quilting using #2410 but I also stitched the occasional line in cinnamon and mustard. I love the subtle variation.
If you are intrigued by this design process, I encourage you to order my upcoming book, Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design. I explain my technique and provide a series of exercises to encourage you to design your own blocks. I think you will enjoy it!