Patchwork flower and leaves quilts

Patchwork flower finish

Welcome to the Inspired by Nature Blog Hop hosted by Island Batik. This month all IBA’s will be sharing Summer 2020 Collections, shipping to shops the end of this month.

Today Carolina Asmussen and I are sharing Coco Cabana designed by Kathy Engle. The top 6 fabrics are all from the IB Foundations, a collection of basics and blenders that are always available. Looking out my windows this time of year I can see the similarities between the fall colors and this collection.


For the life of me though I could not think of a fall design for this collection, other than a leaf runner I recently made and somehow I felt like it’d be cheating to make it for this challenge too. After playing in EQ with squares and hst’s I decided on a design that looked like flowers. Using the 2″ hst and 2″ square GO! dies from AccuQult I cut my patches.

The background I chose the Island Batik gray solid. It’s one of the fabrics from the Foundations Collection that is always available.

I know what you’re thinking because dh said it aloud, “it doesn’t look like a flower”.

The weather cooperated over the weekend, in fact the temp’s were in the upper 70’s and it was the most humid fall day I can recall. I was so happy that I could take photos outside, unfortunately there was no way to hang it showing the beautiful trees as its backdrop.

Batting used was 80/20 Hobbs and I used Aurifil yellow spool for quilting that I purchased from fellow IBA MaryMackMadeMine Etsy Shop. She carries Island Batik fabric too.

With fabric and time to spare I decided to make some fall leaves after all. In addition to the 2 previous dies I also pulled the 4″ die and began cutting more fabric.

And another finish, Patchwork Leaves.

Black Hobbs was the perfect batting for quilting this one.

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  1. Gene Black

    My thought is that the flowers look like little birds. Still, inspired by nature. Very nice!

    • Denise

      Lol, dh couldn’t say what they looked like only they didn’t look like flowers. I’ll make them again sometime in floral colors.

  2. Nature is my main inspiration: colors, flowers, leaves and animals. Batiks are perfect for applique.

  3. Lori Smanski

    your quilts are lovely. i really love how you used the fabrics to their best

  4. Lovely pair of quilts Denise! The flowers look like they’re dancing to me and the fall leaves are fabulous! Have a great day!

    • Denise

      Thank you Jennifer.

  5. Tracy

    The leaves really do pop on the black background, I like how the background is also leaf blocks. Escher-like ?

    • Denise

      Thank you, I like that secondary design as well.

      • So you finished not one, but two Inspired By Nature quilts? Denis you truly are a bundle of inspiration. Love them both

        • Denise

          Thanks Carol, both went together so quick and my To-Do list is short.

    • Denise

      Thank you Sally, can’t wait to see yours.

  6. cshelleyqbq

    These quilts are gorgeous… they are both so interesting. I love the colors. The black background really makes those leaves pop!!

    • Denise

      It really does and normally when I photograph black it looks faded so i was reluctant to use it. Fortunately the lighting was perfect and the fallen leaves made a great backdrop.

  7. So pretty! I love both of them! They are both really fall looking, love this fabric line!

    • Denise

      Thanks Michelle, I go back and forth on which is my favorite.

  8. Who or what inspires my creativity? Other creative people – even when their chosen art form is not one that I do. And then sometimes creativity comes from an object itself – a particular fabric or bead.


    • Denise

      Isn’t it funny how that works? Once I found inspiration in a lift gate on a trailer.

  9. Susan N.

    I get inspiration from many places. A few of my favorite are: Nature, architecture and other quilters.

    • Denise

      Me too, mostly architecture though.

  10. Wow, both quilts are so pretty Denise! Hard to believe they’re both from the same collection as they have such a different vibe, which is such an accomplishment. 🙂

    • Denise

      If I had known when I started the first one that I’d make 2 I could have planned the colors a little differently. It is hard to imagine all from the same collection.

  11. Pam Jolly

    Both quilts are lovely. I find the leaves one very striking.

    • Denise

      Thank you, the black really makes the earth tones pop.

  12. Carla Hundley

    So pretty! I love
    the leaves.
    Carla from Utah

  13. Pamela Boatright

    Both quilts are just lovely! Great work!

  14. Maryellen McAuliffe

    When I first saw the post, I thought they looked like owls, sort of, lol Both quilts are lovely, and I am so impressed that you did 2. I’m still working on one, lol.

    • Denise

      The earth tones would have been perfect for owls, why didn’t I think of that. Promise my December wont be so prompt and there wont be 2 because I haven’t a clue yet.

  15. Μοιρούλα Μπογιατζόγλου

    Amazing creations i love them

    • Denise

      Thank you so much

    • Denise

      Thank you. The first one I made was with muslin as the background but I think I like the black bg best.

  16. Pam

    I love your flowers!

  17. Both quilts are beautiful, as are the gorgeous batiks. They make such wonderful fall quilts.

  18. Anne-Marie

    I think the flowers look like cute little birds. Love the leaf tesselations.

    • Denise

      Lol, someone else said that too. Guess I better do some redesigning.

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