Hey there all fall lovers! It’s been a really mild (meaning hot) fall this year here in Southern California where I am. The trees are still green being that they are palm trees, but I’ve seen a few trees with their leaves changing colors and it’s beautiful! The fall block party colors were so inspiring that even after I had decided on which Liberty of London print to focus on, I couldn’t help but get some of the amazing Kona solidsas well.

So, I will share a few color ways with you for inspiration, and to help me narrow down what I want to do for a quilt top! There are so many beautiful colors, and seriously, it’s a hard decision!

I started with this selection and a few of them popped out at me immediately, just perfect for the fall block party.

This amazing Liberty of London Tresco Lawn in cream/multi stood out in particular. It had all the fall colors mixed in and I couldn’t take my eyes off of it!

So I started cutting into this print as soon as I got it! And I love it!
But of course, being a Liberty of London lover, I couldn’t stop with just the ones I’d selected for the party, I had to give the other prints some love too and cut them up as well!

Liberty scraps are the prettiest, aren’t they? Oh, and if you look closely in the photos above you can see my little mini Gather blocks!

Here is my Liberty of London Gather block appliquéd onto Cotton and Steel Sprinkle in Alexa Turquoise.

Ok, so I mentioned that I just fell in love with the Kona solid colors too right? So, I had to cut into some of them too……Aren’t the colors just so vibrant? I think this is about as fall-ish as it will get around here.

So, you might not be a fan of appliqué but fear not my friend, because these Gather blocks can be sewn onto the background fabric by machine too! Super easy! I used clear monofilament on this next block so that the colors of the individual pentagons would still stand out and the color of the stitching be minimal. I really want to try one with a bold, heavier thread too from Aurifil next to see how that looks.

I can already imagine it’ll look pretty amazing as well.

I used the following Kona Cotton Solids:
Avocado
Bonsai
Olive
Curry
Amber
Cedar
Sienna
Paprika
Crimson
Garnet
Eggshell

I couldn’t just stop after making one Kona color Gather block so I went and made a placemat by just making the background piece wider on the sides.

And this one I quilted with big stitches using Perle cotton size 8 in ECRU for a subtle effect. Again, I need to try it with a bold color!

Squeezing in a little coffee break with some cookies is always nice to do on a pretty placemat.

And there’s always room to craft and have a coffee break at the same time.

What happened to the mini Gather blocks you got a sneak peek of you ask? Well, here they are! One became a mug rug that I went and did some improv quilting on.

Some matchstick quilting lines mixed with lines spaced 1/2” apart. So much texture that I just love! And a mug so you can see the size of the mugrug.

And, finally, a round coaster!

Hope you all have as much fun making the Gather block as I did and happy fall!

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I look forward to seeing your blocks using the following hashtags, #gatherblock and #fabricdotcomblockparty

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These below are some of the mini Gather blocks and some projects to give you some ideas.

My friends made the cutest projects!

Sarai @sarai_hobbies used the mini Gather paper templates and made these beautiful pot holders! And she even baked! Aaaah, yum!!

All the details are amazing and I sat and stared at this for the longest time! The fussy cutting! Love, love, love! 

And she even made a little bowl for her rings! It’s just the sweetest little thing! 

Vickie @crochetingvixen made this daaaaarling pouch with the 8″ foundation paper piecing templates! Just the perfect fit! Her sewing tools are lucky to be stored in such a pretty pouch! Did you see the hand stitched detail? Ohhh la la! 

Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the pretty makes and until next time, happy making!

xx, elise

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October 24, 2017
Elise! These are all gorgeous! But I especially love that quilting on the mug rug!! M
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