One of my favorite parts of the job is to read the “I Am a Quilter” submissions from our fabulous readers. I love seeing how readers interpret the patterns in our magazines to make them their own. Sometimes the reader versions appear in different colorways, different sizes, different styles, and sometimes they’re very close the originals–all are inspiring!
After we published Scattered Leaves by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts in our October 2009 issue (you may remember seeing it on the cover), the reader response was enormous. You loved this pattern! We featured Delores Moore’s batiks version in the most recent “I Am a Quilter” column (read more about it in the October 2010 issue of APQ, on sale now), but there were so many awesome submissions that we thought it would be fun to share more of them here.
In case you don’t remember, here is the original:
And here is Delores’ version made in beautiful batiks:
Before this quilt, Delores was hesitant to combine lots of colors in one quilt. Her version is king size!
Here are other great takes:
Brenda Hotinger used a very similar colorway, but she added a thin inner border to frame her blocks.
Nancy Fromwiller (left) whipped up this quilt for her step-son's October wedding. Her friend, Lynn Wood (right), machine-quilted it. Nancy loved the quilt so much that she also cut pieces for a version she could keep while she did the cutting for this gift quilt.
The White Pine Quilt Guild of Harrisville, Michigan, made this quilt for a fund-raising raffle for the Northern Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. They removed purple and blue from the palette to highlight the warm browns, reds, oranges, and yellows. Bursts of lime green give it some extra kick!
Vella Boyce loved the scrappiness of Scattered Leaves. She made her version entirely from scraps that she has saved from other quilt projects. What a great way to make room for more fabric! The light border is also a fun twist.
We did a double take when we saw this smaller version, sans leaves. The original's fall palette reminded Alycia Brown of Halloween, so she simplified the design by replacing the Maple Leaf units with squares and adding black, lime green, and novelty prints to the mix. She also added strips in various widths to two sides of the squares to alter the original design. Her purple border has an overlay of black lace for a spooktacular look!
Marcia Wagge (right) made this quilt in two weeks while she recovered from foot surgery. She accomplished her goal of not buying a single piece of fabric to make the quilt.
Bernie Schert made Scattered Leaves for her brother and sister-in-law, who live in a cottage surrounded by trees and spend much of the fall raking. She used colorful fabrics from her stash and had her friend, Barb Luebbers, machine-quilt leaves and tendrils.
So, what do you think? Do these inspire you to make a version of Scattered Leaves? If so, download free instructions for our color option of this quilt. I don’t know about you, but these fall-inspired quilts (and the Iowa heat/humidity) have me anxiously awaiting autumn!
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