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Orange foliage

If April is the cruelest month*, then what is October? The kindest, sending us off to winter’s hibernation in a blaze of autumnal glory? I’d like to think so. This past weekend was, simply, glorious.

Boy on slide

Girl in leaf pile

Boy in leaf pile barn and red leaves Bee in mums

Red leaves

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There was a lot of outside time – bike riding and playground visits and leaf piles. The foliage colors came inside with us, too, showing up in fabric choices for a new pillow and paint colors in the kids’ projects.

Odds n Ends pillow

This big, bright pillow started as a challenge. When I wrote about Quilting Happiness a month or so ago I decided to try one of the exercises in the book: take a block that you do not like and make it in a different color palette. I chose the Odds N Ends block and pulled some favorite leftover fabric** from Mr. K’s quilt right away but managed to sit on the project for five weeks. And then, all of a sudden, I found myself pulling everything out this weekend and spending a late afternoon piecing while the kids recovered from leaf fights and hanging on the monkey bars. Inspired by the trees across the street, I chose red for the solid instead of my usual white. I was quite happy with the result:

Odds n Ends block

So, what to do with this 15″ square of brightness? Make a pillow to go with the quilt, of course. I added a border so the block would measure 20″ square and fit a pillow insert I already had. I added batting, did some simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting, and used more of the red solid to create a basic envelope closure back. Mr. K immediately commandeered the pillow for a nap. Apparently it’s quite comfortable.***

Odds n Ends pillow on couch

What did you make this past weekend? Please share here or on Flickr!

*At least according to T.S. Eliot. (Opening line of The Waste Land. Once an English major, always an English major.)

**Fabric from Flutter and Apple of My Eye by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake.

***Recommended: 20″ down pillow insert from Pottery Barn. So comfy!