I hardly ever make something in seasonal colors. It's tempting, but I know that by the time a piece is done the season will be just a memory, and I'll wonder what I was thinking.
In the last few weeks I've done so much driving through the countryside drinking in the early fall colors that I couldn't resist. So here's what I'm working on. It's an attempt to capture the colors of early fall, September here, when the landscape is still mostly sun-bright green with accents of yellow and gold from the fields of soybeans and the Spanish Needle along the road. The bright red comes later.
The maple leaf block superimposed on the split nine-patch is one of Judy Martin's ideas, and it seemed to give the effect I'm after. I deliberately kept the value contrast a bit fuzzy in places so the colors are mixed as they are in nature.The border will be random-length strips of the dark green. The piecing is almost done now, and while I won't have it quilted before early fall is a memory, it's been surprisingly enjoyable to work inside on the the colors that I love outside.
I've also loved paying attention to the piecing. Working on a succession of fast pieces has been fun, but it's satisfying to try making the triangles match exactly rather than just come "close enough". Craftsmanship can be its own reward,can't it.