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Autumn Calendar Quilts

These three "calendar" quilts form a matched set that's a perfect seasonal decoration for your home.

The key is in picking the right fabrics. We recommend batiks or fall-patterned fabrics, but other quilting cotton fabrics also work well. It's time to go digging through your stash!

For these autumn-themed quilts we used the September, October and November designs from the My Beautiful Garden series for the commercial (8" x 12") hoop. Using appropriate fabrics and other patterns in the set, you can make a set for the whole year!

The finished size of each quilt is about 16" x 18".

You will need:
  • embroidery thread (either polyester or rayon). We used dark brown for the main embroidery and various colors for the name of the months;
  • white or cream polyester craft felt, used as stabilizer and batting;
  • about 1/2 yard of light-colored (cream or light sand) batik (for the central embroidered parts of the qults);
  • small amount of bright batiks (for the first border and binding; read about our color choices below),
  • about 1 fat quarter each of 3 different autumn-themed batiks (for the second border),
  • backing,
  • (optional) fabric coloring pencils, markers, or dyes

We used cream fabric for the central area of all the Fall quilts. For the September quilt, we chose dull orange fabric for the first border, a multi-colored (green, blue, yellow, red, orange) batik for the second border and dark green binding.
For the October quilt we chose bright yellow fabric for the first border, fall-colored batik (bright yellow, orange, brown, rust) with a leaf pattern for the second border, and orange binding.
For the November quilt, we chose dark rust fabric for the first border, a tan-gray batik for the second border and dark brown for the binding.

Cutting for 1 quilt:
Out of fabric for the central part, cut
  • 1 rectangle measuring 10 1/2" x 12 1/2",
Out of the fabric for the first border, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 1" x 12 1/2",
  • 2 strips measuring 1" x 11 1/2",
Out of the fabric for the second border,
  • 2 strips measuring 3" x 13 1/2",
  • 2 strips measuring 3" x 16 1/2",
Out of fabric for the binding, cut 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" and the length of the width of the fabric (about 40"-42").

Out of polyester craft felt, cut a piece measuring about 18" x 20".
Piecing the Quilts:
Note: seam allowance is 1/4". Press every seam immediately after you make it.
Sew the 1" x 12 1/2" strips to the left and right edges of the central part.
Autumn Calendar Quilt
Sew the 1" x 11 1/2" strips to the upper and lower edges of the central part.
Autumn Calendar Quilt
Sew the 3" x 13 1/2" strips to the left and right edges, and sew the 3" x 16 1/2" strips to the upper and lower edges.
Autumn Calendar Quilt
Spread the quilt top over the piece of polyester craft felt. Press with your hands. The felt will cling to the fabric. Hoop the central part.

Upload the file September, October and November into your machine and embroider it.
Quilting and Finishing:
Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Spread your working piece over it. You do not need any additional batting! The polyester felt will ow work as the batting.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted in a freemotion style, with matching threads, each part of the quilt - around the embroidery, the first and the second borders.
After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

Finish the raw edges with the binding.
We think the quilts look great as they are, with the fabrics providing the perfect amount of color. However, if you like, you can add more color to the embroidery using fabric paints or dyes.
Check out our Winter, Spring and Summer Calendar Quilts too!
Your wall quilt is done. Enjoy!
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