Two simple Fall patchwork projects, a table runner and a pillowcase, perfect for using 5″ x 5″ charm squares. (This content was updated in 2019.)
As if the cooler temperatures and colors on the trees weren’t enough of a giveaway, the fact that I finally made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for the first time this year can only mean one thing: it’s Fall.
I’ve been in the mood to play with this color palette for a few years now, last week I finally busted out my stash and started hacking it up. I didn’t have a lot of time, so I needed a high-yield project – something that I could make to show off a lot of good prints and colors, but finish quickly.
I’ve been in need of a fall table-runner for my kitchen table for a while now. A few weeks ago I found some perfect gold placemats at Target and it motivated me to finally make something that would look good with them.
Patchwork Fabric requirements and measurements:
I decided to go with the ever-popular, always classic quarter-square triangle/hourglass block. I used the same pattern and method in this Hour Glass block tutorial. It’s so great for making an effortless, scrappy quilt. This can be custom made to any size you want. I started with 34 different 5″ x 5″ squares. This created 34 blocks. I laid out my table runner in 3 rows of 11 blocks to fit my kitchen table. (I discarded the remaining block.)
The quarter-square- triangles/hour-glass blocks to are squared up to 4″ x 4″ for a 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ finished block.
Half-square Triangle pillow measurements:
And because I got carried away cutting fabric, (I probably cut enough to make 5 table runners) I used some of the squares to make a fall-flavored half-square triangle pillow. I laid it out in the traditional Broken Dishes pattern and it makes me happy to look at.
I started with 26 different 5″ x 5″ charm squares and used this Half Square Triangle shortcut method to make 26 blocks, squared-up to 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. This pillow is laid out 5 blocks x 5 blocks for a 20″ x 20″ finished pillow top (I discarded the remaining block).
Here’s a simple tutorial for making a back for any pillow.
While we’re on the subject and in the mood for fall, I thought I’d share a few pictures from the mountains near my home here in Utah. I has been an especially pretty one, I think.
My husband has been an avid hiker for a few years now. I decided last fall that I needed to do more to take care of my own health and committed to starting to hike with him at least once a week. Can I just say what a difference it has made? No only do I get good exercise in beautiful surroundings, but it also does wonders for clearing my head and heart.
I’ve become a firm believer in the power of getting outside.
I’m glad to say that I made it into the mountains multiple times over the past month+ – and glad that I did because the colors in the hills are already starting to fade. 🙁
So there’s a little fall inspiration to get your own creative juices flowing.
If you’re looking for more fall sewing and quilting inspiration, check out this post with a whole list of Fall and Halloween projects.