Autumn Colours Quilted Wall Hanging

Well! Start ringing the bells! I have finished another quilt! I know I said I’d be slowing down to normal pace but the seasonal colouring of this DrEAMi* project gave me the focus and determination to have it completed and on display THIS Autumn rather than NEXT Autumn! 😀

*DrEAMi = a Drop Everything And Make it project!

Autumn wallhanging on the wall by Allison Reid

My camera is having trouble with some of the colours, particularly the orange: the fabric really isn’t neon orange but has a slight ginger tinge that tones down the brightness and definitely has me thinking of fallen leaves.

Autumn wallhanging finished top close up by Allison Reid

Autumn wallhanging backing fabric by Allison ReidThe backing fabric was given me by a friend who was clearing a stash of fabrics bought some years ago on a trip to Africa (I forget which countries she visited). It is fairly light-weight, feels soft and frays and behaves like cotton. I think it was dyed and the borders printed to be used as a table cloth. I know next to nothing about dying or printing on fabric but my guess is the border designs were added using blocks (like giant craft stamps) with either 1) a resist compound before dying the fabric or 2) the blocks were used with a bleaching agent to take the colour out of a pre-dyed fabric? Which do you think or maybe you can identify another way the pattern was applied?


Autumn wallhanging backing fabric close up by Allison Reid

It’s a bit of a shame most of the block print border was trimmed away when I squared the wall hanging prior to adding the binding. But rest assured those trimmings are already nestled back in my stash!

Autumn wallhanging back finished by Allison Reid

Autumn wallhanging finished (2) by Allison Reid
I took the quilt outside in the hope my camera could more faithfully reproduce the colours – it’s pretty accurate and the quilting shows up on this photo 🙂


I’m simply calling this quilt ‘Autumn Wall Hanging’.

The design is by Kathy Brown from her book Take 5 Fat Quarters.

The wall hanging measures 33″ x 48″ and was made with a variety of fabrics from my stash including Doodle Ditzy in orange and yellow and Forest Leaf Ditzy (all from Makower) and a lime green Grunge from Moda.

To quilt the background I used Aurifl 40wt 2370 and to quilt the brown strips Aurifil 40wt 2372.


Linking with Kelly for Needle and Thread Thursday. Kelly has put together a gallery of inspiring quilts from last week’s Linky.

And linking with other finishes at Alycia’s Finished or Not Finished Friday and Michelle’s Beauties Pageant. Alycia shares photos of quilts made using the ‘Lone Rider’ pattern and Michelle is just back from a very productive quilt retreat.









4 thoughts on “Autumn Colours Quilted Wall Hanging

    • Thank you Alycia! That wall is certainly a very handy space for hanging small quilts. I can’t claim it was a design feature deliberately built into the house extension but it’s certainly an unexpected extra that I can exploit!


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