Monday, November 12, 2012

November Cupboard and Mini Quilt

It's that time again - my monthly mini quilt update! I'm not going to lie, I am in awe of this quilt. You know how you get a picture in your head of how you want something to look sometimes with no idea if you can figure out how to translate it into reality? That was this project. A mini Modern Maples! Quilting math is generally not my friend but I managed to figure this one out and it's love. Big, huge, teeny, tiny love!

A shot of the whole cupboard - not too different than October in feeling but that's okay with me.

The mini with one of my brown milk glass turkey, a beloved purchase from Martha back in her heyday. Still one of my favorite Thanksgiving decorations. So thankful it's survived all the moves it's been though!

I had the idea for this mini last Sunday when we were at our local farmer's market and zoo, which are connected by a beautiful old park that's full of ancient, towering trees. My child spent the day jumping up and down trying to catch all the leaves as they swirled and whirled in the wind. It was utterly charming. And these colors, the gray of the fall-turning-to-winter sky and the bright pops of the leaves perfectly represent the colors of fall in the South (to me anyway).

 Found this free printable through Pinterest last year and look, there I am ;-)

 Awesome shot my husband took of Harper in the Asheville, NC fall leave glory that was going on when we were there a few weeks ago.

 Can you tell that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday?

 Last month's mini, re-purposed. I just loved it too much to put it away yet and the colors still work.

Details on my mini Modern Maples: So this is the book that the pattern is in, Pretty in Patchwork Holidays. Amanda Woodward-Jennings wrote this gorgeous Modern Maples pattern and I followed it for the maple leaves with these measurement adaptations:
- HST started with 2" squares that were trimmed to 1 1/2"
- plain squares were 1 1/2"
- leaf stem was 3" x 3/4" with 2" square

The little mini block finished at 3 1/2" - adorable. Plus they sew up super quick and use no fabric! I wanted three leaves (to represent our little family) but I could have sewn these all day and made a much bigger mini quilt that mimicked that layout of the "real" one in the book. If you give them a try I'd love to see! Happy November everyone :-)


  1. oh I love your mini and your cupboard all decorated up for Thanksgiving!

  2. Hi, Darcy! Just wanted to pop in and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! I've been meaning to write to you about Sewing Summit. I've read both of your posts and wanted to hear even more :) I'll be in touch soon...

  3. Love your mini!!! Now I must make one!!!!!


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