Challenge Hostess: Gena Flatley
Theme: Fall Colors
Design Element: Element of Depth

 --- Design and complete a small work using fall colors. Your choice of fall colors can be used in any design you choose from leaves, trees, changing seasons, or any other interpretation, realistic, representational or abstract, that you might have of the theme.
 --- Add at least one 3-D element to the work in order to incorporate a sense of depth.  A very broad example would be anything that is added on top of the quilt surface.

Ann Turley
Walnut, CA


hand dyed and hand painted fabrics as well as commercial prints. Heat-distressed cellophane and tyvek, hand-made felt beads, novelty yarns.

I wanted to create the feeling of a distant tropical island. The rocks on the foreground were created from painted and heated Tyvek and there are unique hand-made beads hidden in the trees and rocks.

Betty Donahue
Wethersfield, CT

Remembering New England
11-1/2 x 8-3/4”

Cotton and twigs from yard

Mountains were appliqued photo transfers, ground covering the "dog ears" from triangles covered with tulle.  Also did some raw edge appliqueing and thread painting.  The 3D item was a twig from the yard for the bare tree on the left.  This was sent to Ami Simms for her Alzheimer's auction.


Brenda Jennings

Columbus, Ohio

October Glory   
30  x 40 “ 

Batiks, pieced and fused applique construction; free-motion quilted with King Tut thread.

Cherie Brown
Del Mar, California

Autumn in Torrey

Hand dyed fabrics; expanda paint with mica for rocks; fibre etched, manipulated fabrics

My inspiration was the trip I just returned from last week. Torrey, Utah is one of my favorite places. The mix of the red cliffs to the east and the fall colors of the Fishlake mountains to the west is breathtaking.

Cathy Lewis
Pawtucket, RI

Moonlight Musings
8 x 10.5”


Cynthia Ann Morgan
Boulder, CO

Maple Leaves
16 x 22"

Hand dyed fabrics, fused applique, trapunto, and lots of free motion quilting.

The 3D elements are individual little quilts that are pieced or fused and stiffened with a glue & water solution to hold the curvy shape and come off the surface for a bit more depth. I was going for both movement (with the varying positions of the leaves and the quilting lines) and depth (with the trapunto on the tree, varying sizes of the leaves indicating some close and some farther away, as well as the little 3D quilt blocks which cast shadows). My traditional roots show up...the smallest 3D quilt block is the traditional pieced block called Maple Leaf.

Elizabeth A. Dawson
Albuquerque, NM

Autumn in Albuquerque
23 x 19 “

Commercial and handdyed fabric

The idea behind it was--Autumn here in the Southwest is usually a little later than in other parts of the country.  When I looked around, I saw a lot of green still, and what I really noticed was an abundance of yellow and purple flowers.  So I knew that I would use the new yellow/purple fabric that I handdyed a couple weeks ago.  As for the 3-D element, I have been wanting to do a quilt with the pleats that are a different color on each side, and this was the perfect opportunity.  I used green on one side, and the yellow/purple on the other side to symbolize the change of the seasons from Spring and Summer greens to Fall.  The background is black with irregular dots of yellow, tan, greens and turquoise-- colors of the SW.

Jan Johnson
Wakefield, Nebraska

Road to the Sun
4” x 6”

cotton fabric, fusible web, yarn

I love the Sandhills of Nebraska and this piece shows how one can stand and see varying colors for miles while the road seems to never end.  It can be very hot in the summer and is home to a multitude of bird species.

Janice Simpson
Marquette Michigan

Spooky Autumn
13 ½ x 13”

cotton fabrics, fusing, yarns
First I pieced the background and put together with the batting and backing and quilted the piece. Next I added the fused Halloween fabrics...ghosts, pumpkins, black cat, spiderweb bats and a long snake-like strip across the quilt.. to this I stitched fluffy yarn.the double faced leaves I stitched only down the spines and kind of curled the edges. I hand sewed a plastic spider on the web in the leaves. The size came to be quite a suprise to me as I just trimmed the edges with my rotary cutter and no ruler. I finished the edges with an overcast stitch and next added more fluffy yarn to complete my quilt.  I made Spooky Autumn and then decided it needs to hang by one corner just one little plastic ring to hang.


Linda Cline
San Leandro, CA

Autumn Branches
22 x 14”

Pieced cotton and silk

I freehand cut a piece of silk, and sewed it back together inserting the branch shapes using Rosalie Dace's 'Skinny Bit' technique.  Borders were added, and more branches were added closer to the foreground. The entire quilt was constructed very intuitively without plans or sketches

Marilyn Rose
Ridgeland, MS

Fall in the South

commercial fabrics, fake leather, silk magnolia leaves, bulky knitting yarn, glass barrel beads

Autumn in Mississippi shows us the seeds and pods of magnolia trees - they look remarkably like what I've made. The messy looking seed pod is hand knitted bulky yarn, and the seeds are just about that same size and shape in real life.

Penny Irwin
Reno, Nevada

Just Beyond the Next Hill
8.5 X 11"

The sky is unbleached muslin painted with acrylics.
Cotton prints make the hills, wrong sides used for the road.
chiffon and tulle

Sue Andrus
Towanda, PA

Fall Maple Leaves #1

In my quilting, I rarely use the "common" fall colors, so this was an
added challenge for me. I began with a couple of maple leaf sunprints in "my" colors, then did a few with some peachy orange, some deep, and some pale, all still containing some pink in them. The depth was created using "silk" leaves peeled of their plastic stems, applique'd on with gold thread quilting in the veins of the leaves. I was amazed to find the "silk" leaves that looked so real looking, some in burgundy shades.

Sylvia Weir
Beaumont, Texas

10 inches by 12 inches

canvas, denim, sateen. perle cotton

I used the image of a stalk of wheat from last summer's travels as inspiration. I wanted a simple yet distinctive image that gave the impression of wheat gentle waves.


Valerie Paige Stiles
San Diego, CA

Waves of Grain

Fabric - fleece, 2 layers poly batting, techniques - braiding, machine piecing, applique & quilting.

I had wanted to do something with wheat and when the challenge came up I thought that would be perfect. After all, harvesting crops is very Autumn like. The quilting provides the depth as the crop rows heading off into the distance. The 3D element is the braided wheat which was machine appliqued to creating the hairy wisps.

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