WIP Wednesday: Fall Frolic begins

My next art quilt project is officially underway! This piece is for the themed competition at the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival quilt show, and this year’s theme is Fall Frolic.

I started picking out fabrics last week. The competition requires the use of one particular fabric which must be incorporated in some way.

Working on my next art quilt - themed Fall Frolic, for the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Quilt Show competition

You can see that required fabric on top of the stack on the right side of that photo – it’s a leaf print which has a lot of red, yellow, and green in it.

My concept for this image is a scene featuring a witch (gotta go with inspiration from one of my favorite parts of fall: Halloween!) in the woods, frolicking in some way as the sun sets. I’m still figuring out what I want to do for the figure and trees, but I have started working on the background.

Looking at some photos for reference, I tried to get a sense for what sunset usually looks like in Michigan, if you’re in a place where you can really see it. Sunset tends to be orange at the horizon, then move into gold and yellow and then as you get toward the ‘top’ of the sky, fades into blues. There are often clouds in Michigan in fall, so I’ll use those as well but they’ll go on top of the background layer.

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

I cut strips and started lining up the fabrics for the orange/gold/yellow section of the sky.

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

I’m sewing these strips together unevenly – meaning that each strip will not necessarily be the same height as the strips above and below it, and wont’ necessarily be the same width all the way across, either.

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

I’m once again trying to use fabrics from my stash almost if not completely exclusively, so I haven’t purchased anything for this project – just shopping my stash to find what I want. So far so good! Next I will work on the upper/blue portion of the sky, and then the land at the horizon and foreground. I’m so excited to be working on a new project!


Never was a pumpkin girl

Supposedly the weather will actually start to feel like fall today, in contrast to the mid-80s temps the past few days. I hope it does! I’m ready to break out the tights and to be able to wear a sweater all day instead of just inside the office where the AC is running. I got inspired last night to make an autumn dress for Blythe, and what I came up with is the Pumpkin Girl Dress:

Willow models the Pumpkin Girl Dress for Blythe

I’ll definitely be doing more with the pumpkin and vines print fabric. It’s really awesomely fall – I’m thinking of possibly going and getting some more of it (though really, I don’t *need* to buy fabric until I make eleventy-hundred more dresses).



We decided that we’re officially not raking any leaves in the front yard this year, since the leaves will just add to the composting mulch that is smothering the grass. Oddly enough, though, the leaves aren’t sticking to the mulch much and are just blowing away into the neighbors’ lawns. We do have a few little eddies of leaves in the driveway, occasionally, like this one.

fallen leaves