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The bright and sunny summer has left The Netherlands to make way for fall. It’s a happy fall… Fall is a lovely season where you can watch the rain pouring down the windows while enjoying a hot cup of tea inside. The fall storms make a perfect excuse to snuggle under a soft and cozy quilt on the couch. Or you could take your bright colored rain boots and umbrella to go dance in the puddles.

With this fall feeling in mind I created the Happy Fall mini quilt. I love to share the pattern with you, so you can enjoy a bit of fall happiness in your own home.

The mini quilt measures 49 cm x 49 cm, which is about 20″ x 20″. The blocks are all paper pieced, a technique which was demonstrated by Amy in this blog post. Every block measures 15 cm x 15 cm (5.9″ x 5.9″).

To get started you can find the pattern here.

Oh, how I would love to have a cute pair of rain boots like these orange dotted ones!

In addition to the pattern you will need:

  • Sewing machine + supplies
  • Cutting mat + tools
  • Scissors
  • Vliesofix/Bondaweb paper (for appliqué)

Fabrics:

  • Fabric scraps in all kinds of fall colors
  • Approximately 1/4 yard of background fabric
  • 60 cm x 60 cm (24″ x 24″) of batting
  • 65 cm x 65 cm (25.5″ x 25.5″) of backing fabric
  • 220 cm of binding

So, let’s get started. Take the coloring page from the pattern and some pencils, and make your own design according to your fabric scraps. There is room to be creative here! You could decide to change the order of the blocks, make a quilt with only umbrellas in it or add some more of those cute booties. It’s up to you.

After you’ve finished your design it’s time to cut all the pieces for the blocks and start sewing. You need to make nine blocks in total.

In between these blocks there will be an 1 cm sashing (that is about 3/8″). With a seam allowance of 0.75 cm you should cut strips with a width of 2.5 cm. With a 1/4″ seam allowance you should cut 7/8″ strips. In total we will need the following amount of strips:

  • 6 times 2.5 x 15 cm (7/8″ x 5.9″)
  • 4 times 2.5 x 47 cm (7/8″ x 18.45″)
  • 2 times 2.5 x 49 cm (7/8″ x 19.3″)

(To be sure, I like to add a little bit to the lengths of the strips and cut it off after I’ve sewn the to the blocks; I used 16, 48 and 50 cm strips.)

Arrange the blocks any way you like, then sew the short sashing first like in the directions below. Now you have three rows of blocks and you can sew the 47 cm sashing in between, above and under the rows. To finish you sew the 49 strips alongside of the quilt and your top is finished!

Good job so far, now it’s time to cut the rain drops. In the pattern you will find three sizes of drops. I used a few of the big ones and lots of the smaller ones. Transfer the drops to Vlisofix/Bondaweb paper. Then press the Vliesofix/Bondaweb onto the fabric and cut out all the drops. The drops can now be pressed on to your quilt after you’ve arranged them the way you like.

Now the drops are in place so the quilt needs to be sandwiched. (The drops still need to be sewed in placed, but will stay there for now.) Place your backing fabric wrong side up, then you place the batting and then the quilt top with right side up. Fix the layers either with pins, or a glue spray.

I started to free-motion quilt around the drops. To give it a sketchy feeling I drew along and over the edge of the drops a few times. After the drops were done I decided to do some straight line vertical quilting for a rainy look.

This is what the back of the quilt looks like. Of course, there are many options to quilt your quilt so feel free to quilt it however you like!

Once you finished the quilting, you can square up the quilt and attach the binding. I chose a scrappy binding because I love scrappy binding. Just piece together some scraps you have left from the quilt, and you’ll †have a perfect colorful binding to finish your quilt!

There it is, your own lovely Happy Fall quilt. Let me know what you think! And please do share you version of Happy Fall with us as we would love to see what you create!