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I Love My AccuQuilt

The nights are getting cooler here in Alaska. The Birch trees have a hint of yellow and our thoughts are turning towards Fall. We really don't mind the approach of winter as we've spent a wonderful summer gardening and the winter means more time to quilt.

Julie's Fall Wall hangingJessica's Fall Wall HangingWe welcomed the approaching season by making a Fall wall hanging, bringing some of the Autumn colors inside. We used the Accuquilt GO! Fall Medley die and the GO! Fall Frolic Skinny Wall Hanging pattern that came with the die. We couldn't help personalizing the pattern by adding to this great project and coming up with our own creations. While we used a lot of the same fabrics, we each chose different directions for our final design.

The GO! Fall Medley die cuts one maple leaf, oak leaf, pumpkin and an acorn and cap. We arranged the appliqué according to the pattern, then fused the shapes onto a 6 1/2" x 30 1/2" light brown fabric. We wanted the wall hangings to be wider so we decided to add borders. After all of this we split up to work separately on our individual designs.

Jessica: First thing I did next was to secure my applique, I used a decorative stitch around all my leaves, pumpkins, and acorns. I tested several stitches on my machine, on a separate piece of scrap cloth, before finding my favorite, which resembles a lightening bolt. Next, I added 1 1/2" of orange sashing at the top and bottom and then a 2 1/2" dark brown border all around. I added half square finished triangle cornerstones to create the illusion that the orange pieces were threaded through the top and bottom of the wall hanging. 

Julie: I chose three different stitches for my appliqué, a satin stitch, blanket stitch and a decorative stitch that I don't have a name for, but resembles a combination of a satin and blanket stitch. I used these different stitches throughout my center design. Then to finish the top, I added gold 1 1/2" sashing all around, a 2 1/2" brown border and orange cornerstones. To cut the cornerstones I used the 2 1/2" square on the Value die, that is included with the GO!.

We quilted the wall hangings by sewing around each applique piece then stitching in the ditch to finish. We thought about doing more, but in the end, we decided to keep the quilting simple so that the applique could take center stage.

We had so much fun with this project and would love to hear your ideas for the Go! Fall Medley die in the comments below.

Jessica's AppliqueJulie's AppliqueGO! Dies Used:

Fall Medley Die - 55041

1 1/2" Strip Cutter - 55024

2 1/2" Strip Cutter - 55017a

Value Die - 55018