Monday, October 12, 2020

Shades of Autumn

 When Lori at Humble Quilts announced her fall mini quilt-along with the title of 50 Shades of Brown I decided to look for inspiration outside photographing some of the shades of brown found on our property here in the hills of southwestern New York state.  Which I did over the past couple weeks, but first since this is a linky party, here is my completed top.  As yet unquilted while awaiting an order for more Insul-brite since this little quilt is destined to become a Christmas gift for my son and DIL who are in the finishing stages of a large kitchen remodel.  Their new cabinets are a dark brown and the counters are all a white or off-white quartz and they requested some hot dish pads including one large enough to hold a big lasagne baking dish.  This should fit that request well, and I'll likely make a couple smaller square mats in coordinating fabrics to go with this one.  And maybe some in Christmas fabrics, but I'm getting ahead of myself ...


I deviated a bit from the instructions for four directional borders and chose this brown and blue stripe simply because I liked the fabric.

We've had one of the loveliest fall seasons since moving back to western New York a few years ago, and it's been fun to wander through the garden areas and along the creek to soak in the gorgeous colors.  Browns of all shades abound, but a few other colors found their way into the photos.  Want to take a little walk with me?

Chickadees, goldfinches and hummingbirds found our sunflowers and the zinnia seed heads irresistible so when we cleaned out the flower beds I wove a bunch of the zinnia heads into the back garden fence near that row of sunflowers.  The hummingbirds and goldfinches have since departed for their winter homes.



















There are hundreds of others, so many lovely days, so little time before the snow flies. Speaking of which the weather forecaster mentioned that word in our forecast for later this week. Wait, it's not even the middle of October yet!

Time to link up with Lori at Humble Quilts here.  Clicking the link will send you to the many versions of 50 Shades of Brown little quilts that have been created.  Thanks Lori for another fun quilt-along!


 



13 comments:

  1. You captured some spectacular photographs and your 50 Shades of Brown turned out cute!!

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  2. That will be a lovely hot pad for their new kitchen. Your browns are so pretty. I love fall colors.

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  3. I love all the fruits of autumn -- the beautiful colors on the trees, of course, but also all the seed pods, dried flowers heads, nuts, etc. So many of them are tints, tones, and shades of brown. You've share some beautiful photos. Please tell me about the stone with the markings!
    Your 50 Shades quilt is perfect. Love the borders. And what a genius idea to turn it into a hot plate mat.

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  4. The East coast seems to experiencing an exceptional colorful autumn. I love seeing your photos. Your 50 shades of Brown quilt is super cute and the striped borders adds an extra humble quality.

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  5. That will make a great hot pad for a large pan! Love that idea. And your pictures are beautiful. We've got amazing colors here in Topsfield. But I really want to know more about those rocks! Are those fossils? I've never seen anything like that! Jan in MA

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  6. Darling little quilt! Hey, are those fossils in the rocks?

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  7. What a beautiful walk! Thank you!

    What is the carved flat stone?

    lizzy

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  8. Thanks for the lovely outdoor walk! It's so nice to see autumn from a different perspective!

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  9. Pretty photos. That’s a great idea for your flower heads. I always let mine fall over so they can lie on the ground and look ugly until we clean them up in the spring. LOL. Your fence idea is a good one.

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  10. Great quilt! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful walk!

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  11. Love that little quilt! It will be the perfect hot pad for a large baking dish. What a great idea! I enjoyed taking a walk with you. Thanks for all the wonderful pics. I'm curious about that rock, too. So interesting!

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  12. Enjoyed your shades of brown quilt and your shades of autumn! The pictures from your yard are great! Love the colors! Our leaves are changing a lot here too.

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  13. The blue borders on your little quilt are perfect. That will make a wonderful holder for a hot casserole dish. Very clever!
    Beautiful photos of fall in your area. I have been in New York state in the fall only once about 11 years ago, but it was beautiful. We were there over the Columbus Day weekend.
    I must say, the photos that really caught my eye the most were the fossils. As a former (in my childhood) amateur rock hound, it took me back to days in my youth hiking in the mountains, scoping out the rocks and being thrilled to find a fossil on rare occasions.

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