Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along and Giveaway!

It is my favorite time of year, and this year I’ll be doing a quilt along to help us get started on Autumn themed projects, leading up to my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.  The projects will be suitable for the entire fall season, but the best part is the quilt along that starts today!!  There will be weekly posts for four weeks, short and sweet, and doable for this season’s use.  In addition, I will have giveaways from a list of fantastic sponsors.  There will be one sponsor each week in October for our quilt along.  Today, our lead off sponsor is Aurifil Threads!    So, let’s get started!


The quilt-along begins today, so gather your scraps in all the fall colors you have. The quilt along will have two different blocks, and the size of the finished projects will depend on how many blocks you want to make. So, lets get started!

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

To begin, the projects will need the half square triangles we have made before. If you have jelly roll strips, you can get the 3-inch pieces you need by starting with the 3-inch background square. Cut them in half diagonally, then position on the jelly roll strip with the diagonal cut edge on the edge of the jelly roll strip. Yes, this will mean that the sides of the finished HST will have bias edges, but we will square them up. You’ll just need to sew carefully as you assemble the block. I would put these next to each other, they are separated here for demonstration.  I also marked the diagonal line along with the quarter-inch sewing lines to be sure you could understand the placement.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

So, let’s cut some fabric! The first block is a leaf block, pieced with scrappy autumn colors.  The block will finish at 6 inches square.  For each block you will need scraps in similar colors to create the leaves.  Here is what you need for a single leaf –

3 3-inch squares
1 2-1/2-inch square

Leaf color
2 3-inch squares
1 strip 4-1/2-inches x 1 inch
3 2-1/2-inch squares

Start by matching up the 3-inch leaf color squares with 2 of the 3-inch background squares, and make HSTs using our usual method, and square up to 2-1/2-inches. If you make more than one leaf block of each color, mix up your HSTs to make the leaves even scrappier.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

With the last 3-inch background square, cut in half on the diagonal. Position on either side of the leaf color strip.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

Sew with a 1/4-inch seam.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

Press, then square up to 2-1/2 inches.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

Now, lay out the elements in the block. I switched colors on you, as I am making a lot of leaves.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

Sew in rows.  Press the rows in opposite directions to make nesting the seams easy.  How you press the final block won’t matter.  I usually press all the seams up.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

All done! In multiple colors.  At this stage, they will be 6-1/2-inches square.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

If you want to make the leaves totally scrappy, you can. Why not?  Real autumn leaves often have more than one color.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

How many do you need? Well, it depends. For the absolute minimum, you need 1. To make the smallest two projects, you’ll need 4. If you want to make all the projects in the quilt along, you’ll need 24.  But you can make leaves each week to get the total at the end, you don’t have to make all of them this week, unless you want to. Block 2 will publish next Friday.

Update – Click HERE for Block 2.

Of course, you’ll need thread to sew the leaves, in lots of luscious fall colors, and there is no better thread for piecing.  Aurifil is sponsoring this post with a giveaway of a 12 spool box of threads in Autumn colors!!  To enter, visit the Aurifil collections website, then come back and leave a comment with the thread collection you’d most like to have next, in addition to the Sheena Norquay Autumn Collection.  (Update, just to be clear, the giveaway is only for the Autumn collection.  The comments are for a collection other than Autumn.)  If you follow me, comment a second time with how you follow for a second entry.  The drawing will be held November 1, so you have plenty of time to enter and tell your friends!  If you tweet, please use the hashtag #AutumnJubilee and include @aurifil and @frmmycarolinahm on your list.  If you follow me on twitter, I tweeted the link this morning.

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Aren’t these threads gorgeous!  I love the colors in this collection.  There are also at least three other collections I would love to have. What are your choices?



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225 thoughts on “Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along and Giveaway!

  1. Carol Preston

    My favorite Aurifil collection would be “the tropical box” by McKenna Ryan. I quilt many baby quilts and the colors would meet my needs very well.

  2. kaholly

    I think I’d use the Ice Cube Colection the most, although they are all beautiful and it was difficult to choose just one! Thanks for hosting this give away! Thanks to Aurifil, too!

  3. Linda Williamson

    I like the Bright Collection. I have a tendency to use a lot of bright colors in my projects. I would love to try different weights, but so far I’ve only used 50 wt. Thanks for the leaf project, just bought some fall fabrics.

  4. Karen Hickman

    I do like that Autumn collection but I really like the Kansas Trouble Quilters collection as it has all the country colors I usually need

  5. Judy Sanders

    I have 3 collections of aurifil but I don’t have Tula Pink Premium or the fall collection. So I’m hoping to win.

  6. Cheryl Buchanan

    I follow you through e-mails from your blog. I enjoy your posts and thank you for sharing recipes. I live in the Banner Elk area and can relate to your love of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  7. Linda Hodges

    I also follow mainly through emails on your blog. Will be cutting some leaf blocks over the weekend. I really love the Autumn coloured set of Aurifil. Love the diversity of your blog.

  8. Debra Gutenson

    Hard to pick just one favorite collection! Classic, minick and Simpson…you really can’t go wrong with any! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  9. Debra Gutenson

    I follow you via emails from your blog. Always enjoy your posts. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  10. oh very pretty I love this block too-I should make one into a pot holder. I follow you but am not entering the giveaway as my heart right now belongs to spinning and weaving-I will share on facebook though

  11. Mary C

    I would like to start my Aurifil with the Classic Collection. Thank you for putting together this sew along. I need to get some Christmas presents started!!

  12. It’s almost impossible to pick just one collection. So far I’ve found five that I want but The perfect Box of Neutrals by Pat Sloan would be a good starting point. Rina

  13. Edy

    I’d love to get the Sew Illustrated collection by Minki Kim! Love aurifil threads! I also love following your blog with all the fun quilt alongs and mystery quilts!

  14. Sharon Schipper

    I need the pastel collection, soft but brilliant, and they blend in to my piecing. Those are the colors I lean to in top stitching and quilting as well, I only do grid or stitch in the ditch on my own machine at the moment, but doing mostly children’s quilts at the moment, the soft colors blend across the tops.

  15. Sharon Schipper

    By email, currently, and then I go to the site when I have time! I love leaf squares, and yours is a very well thought out simplification, Hope to quilt along! sigh
    sharon in colorado

  16. Melanie

    Oh, so many lucious colors….since Aurifil is my fave piecing thread, I’d choose Mark Lipinksi’s basics. Thanks to you and Aurifil for a chance to win a collection. :o) m

  17. This is so much fun Carole, I think I will go scrappy for my leaves. Unless some lovely fall fabric grabs me,

    I have made only a small dent in the thread box I won from your giveaway over the summer! I feel a bit guilty entering for another drawing really, but I am an Aurifil thread snob, and I will share half with OMG if I am so lucky! I love all the boxed sets, but scrolling through the pages, the one that made me gasp is the Sashiko collection of 12wts. My-oh-my, how dreamy!

  18. This is going to be so much fun, Carole. Can’t wait to get downstairs to my sewing area and make some leaves. Never made those before and as I said before never participated in a quilt-a-long.

    I love Aurifil’s Tide Pools thread. Love those colors.

    Thank you to Aurifil for sponsoring this week and thanks to you, Carole, for hosting this quilt-a-long.

  19. Cathy C

    I would love to try the floss from Aurifil, especially the retro farmhouse collection from Joanna Figueroa.
    Now I am going to gather a collection of cheerful autumn fabrics to make leaves.
    Thanks for the give-away opportunity and the project inspiration.

  20. Pat Evans

    I follow by email. I have some HST left over from Scrap Dance Tango. I think there are probably some I can use for Autumn Jubilee. But today will be an outdoor work in the garden day. Won’t have many more such beautiful, sunny, warm days for a while.

  21. So many choices of Aurifil Thread! As my Husband would say – I’d like one of each! (He actually did that once at a hardware store concerning a group of DIY books – about 20 of them – and they made him a deal he couldn’t refuse. LOL!!) I keep a large cone selection of “Basics” by Mark Lipinski, but I do a lot of children’s quilts and like bright colors such as Up and Away by Emily Herrick.

  22. LINDA

    HI, neat post today! Love the Aurifil Threads! I’d select Ann Kelle’s Collection! Thanks for sharing a great giveaway!

  23. Celeste Delostrinos

    Call me boring, but I love the Basics Collection because it has all the thread colors I can use for any style and color of fabrics with which I’m working. I make sure I always have two sets of the Basics Collection so I never run out of the color or value I need.

  24. Susan

    One of my favorites is Marl Lipinskis Basic Collection. I use a lot of neutrals for piecing as well as quilting.

  25. Susan

    I get your content from my Feedly app. Everytime you post, it goes to my account. I love these leaves- guess I’ll sew along….

  26. Lisa Marie

    I follow your blog on my blogger dashboard/GFC. I’m excited to see and make these autumn themed projects!

  27. Great pattern….maybe I can sneak a few leaves in today!! Love the Aurifil Italian Threads. I would love to grow my collection, beginning with Bluebird Sampler by Minick & Simpson. (Oh, by the way – they are going to be at our GUILD show next summer in Delaware!). The Autumn collection is lovely as well and perfect for this type of project.

  28. Rosemaryflower

    Hi Carole. I am going to save this tutorial.
    God moves in mysterious ways I have been reading all of your amazing blog posts, just not commenting.
    I want to make these leaves. Maybe make a few table mats for some faithful friends that helped me and mom and dad.
    My mom went to Heaven on Wednesday — but her body kept going autopilot until 1:00 this morning.
    I think we are joyful. I am just very glad you lost your job and you are blogging up a storm. I think it was God’s plan hahahahahaha
    Love, Rosemary

  29. Beth

    Besides th autumn collection, I like Pat Sloan’s The Perfect Neutrals collection. What a great sew along and what a great giveaway!

  30. Dian

    Love your pattern and our weather is looking to be the autumn Jubilee here in Wisconsin. Love all the Aurifil thread collections and I seem to use many neutrals so my sensible choice would be Mark’s neutrals. Love all of them and I certainly need to upgrade my thread supply since I still have some colors wound on wooden spools-a real NO NO for a quilter.

  31. Jennie Rauch

    Oh I am drooling over the Wildflower collection of Designer! Haven’t ventured online to get some, but our local shop doesn’t carry, so I am jonesing to try & doubt my family will go that route off my upcoming birthday Christmas list! Fingers crossed! Toes too!

  32. Hi, CArole,
    I have succumbed and will be making some leaf,blocks! As usual, I have up scaled and am using a variety of yellows and golds from the 4 1/2″ and 5″ boxes. I did have to cut some background squares, however. I’m planning a longer/narrower,banner or,wall hanging. The autumn golds work with my daughter’s wall colors. Following you on your blog and on Flickr

  33. So hard to pick a favorite Aurifil,designer box! I have loved having all the choices in my neutrals box. I would pick Voluminous by Katarina Rocella, uppercase, everyday colors or either the warm or cool colors in Trnasformations!

  34. First time I see this method to make HST and will try itI always use two squares.
    I I am drooling over the Aurifill collections and was hard to choose only one so If I have to pick only one wil be the Pastel Collection but there are many favoarites.

    1. You could also use strips and the EZ Angle ruler. Starch your fabric crispy if doing the strip method!! 🙂 It will make you much happier. I can’t wait to see what you make, as I know you will follow through.

  35. Quilting Tangent

    THE BASICS COLLECTION by Mark Lipinski for piecing. PRISM by Michelle Scott of The Pieceful Quilter for fun.

  36. Tinsel by Cheri Good Quilt Designs, every blue to go with my fav colours. There are so many, it was hard to choose one. The sew-a-long is going to be lots of fun, love those leaf blocks.

  37. Your leaves have turned out lovely! I love the the thread collection named Silk Stars by Sara Vedeler. I gravitate towards turquoise in quilting and this pack would definitely have me covered!

  38. Betty K

    I follow your blog with my e-mail. I love fall and plan to jump right in and gather fabrics for my leaves.

  39. Shirley Elliott

    All are beautiful but the brights are my favorite. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

  40. Pam S

    Your leaves are beautiful! Thanks for this tutorial, and for your beautiful blog. I get a warm and peaceful feeling everytime I visit. I like Tula Pink’s Premium collection, which reminds me of spring and summer. And this beautiful Autumn collection is a wonderful addition to a year-round collection of colors! Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. JoanG

    I love that fall collection. But, I also like the sashiko collection and the applique collection from Sarah Fielke.

  42. Trudi

    It’s Spring here on the bottom half of the world and my two dwarf cherry trees are currently in full bloom, as are my apple trees. So Autumn is still 6 months away, so the question is, do I make this quilt as “Autumn Jubilee” or “Spring/Summer Jubilee”?

  43. Kit Art Amazing Threads by Pat Sloan looks beautiful to me. I’ve never used Aurifil and would love to win threads to try them. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

    Your leaves are beautiful. I’ve been looking for an autumn quilt and this may be the block!

  44. dezertsuz

    Well, this is turning out to be popular, isn’t it? =) My favorite changes every time I look, but today, I’m feeling practical, so my favorite is PIECE AND QUILT COLLECTION, NEUTRALS by Christa Watson. Thanks for the directions, and for the chance to win. Thanks to Aurifil for sponsoring this week, too!

  45. Susan Clarkson

    So many beautiful collections! I think I would like Equinox. It has a lot of collors I don’t have currently.

  46. Linda Barnes

    I it SEW hard to pick just 1, but I like the Autumn collection. Shows all the changing colors of the season but also like the Tid Bits collection. It was a hard choice, since I like them all and Big Thanks you for the give away. Good luck all

  47. Carie

    Oh I love the scrappy leaf, you’re right – leaves are so many different colours that scrappy looks the most realistic!

  48. Michele

    I’d love to join this quilt along!!! It’s a perfect time to make these leaves!!! My favourite thread collection is called The Basics Collection.

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  50. To pick only one collection is sooooo hard to do…but if I have to pick one…it would be A Merry Christmas by Kim Schaefer. I’m working on a Christmas quilt right now and that assortment of greens and rich reds are just what I need….(a really close second would be Tide Pools by Kathy Engle….those colors just “speak” to me…no project needing them…but I would find one!) Thanks for the giveaway….this is a great leaf pattern.

  51. Deb Stoehr

    I would have to pick the Piece and Quilt Neutrals. Thanks for such a great blog. Don’t follow many, but love yours.

  52. Sharon

    There are too many to choose from! I like Tinsel, Sweetly Stitched, Sew Illustrated, Quilter Essentials, Prism, Piece and Quilt Collection of Neutrals, Paper & Ink, Kindred Spirits, Geishas and Ginkos, and of course Autumn! If it has to be just one, I would pick Geishas and Ginkos.

  53. I have 7 blue blocks done, waiting to be ironed, green and autumn toned ones all cut and waiting to be sewn. I think I might add some purple, and maybe red into the collection. That will give me 5 different shades.

  54. BJ

    The Autumn collection is stunning but I also like A Merry Christmas. OK, I like a whole lot more but I’ll stop now. Thanks for the quilt along! And thanks to Aurifil as well – love working with their threads.

  55. Karen Williams

    After going to the Aurifil link and looking at all the beautiful thread collections, I came across what I really need. The Aurifil Best Selection- 4 pack.
    As a beginning quilter, I need the basics and plenty of them because practice is not perfect in the beginning and much is lost to learning! I am looking forward to one day being able to need the glorious colors available at Aurifil.

  56. Karen Williams

    Carole, l look forward to your emails. It is like getting a letter from home. A happy home! And hearing from a best friend I’ve never met. The quilting, gardening, recipes, and mountain stories are a nice addition, too. Keep up the great work!

  57. Judy W.

    I’d love to get Pat Sloan’s “The Perfect Box of Colors”. Combined with Sheena Norquay’s Autumn colors, I’d be all set for anything! Thanks.

  58. Lots of great choices! I like the transformation collections, both cool & warm. Also the basics–you can never go wrong with basics!

  59. Joan McGlaughlin

    I get your posts via email. I always look forward to receiving them~whether it be gardening, table setting, cooking or quilting!!

  60. I am loving these beautiful autumn colors as that seems to be most of my stash. If I were fortunate enough to win this then I would like the Perfect Box of Neutrals by Pat Sloan to compliment the rich autumn ones. Thanks so much for sharing the great leaf pattern too.

  61. Sherrill Pecere

    I think I’d pick one of Pat Sloan’s Perfect Box of Neutrals collections. I’m definitely in on the quilt along so will be following you!

  62. Nancy Thompson

    I accidentally stumbled onto your blog. I’m so glad I did. Although I can’t remember what I was doing a search on when I saw your name I knew you were in my neck of the woods. I live in the foothills on the east side of the Blueridge Parkway. I follow you through my email.

  63. Hi!!! Wow – I am raiding my stash of batiks for fabric – love the idea of an Autumn QAL! Thanks for doing this!!! I love the Tide Pools collection by Kathy Engle…churcae(at)auburn(dot)edu

  64. Dotti

    The Kansas Troubles collection or Jinny Beyer are on my list. I love Aurifil. It is sturdy without being thick. Thanks for the sew along. Colors are changing here in CT. 29 degrees this morning. Brrr.

  65. Esther Grimes

    I like the bright collection or the ice cube collection but this autumn one is my favorite. I love these leaves and am so curious about the projects!

  66. Jenny mannix

    Tula pink premium collection would be divine
    I have made a number of these blocks in May this year to help out the fire victims of fort McMurray in the colours of their flag. Posted to Canada for quilters to join into quilts

  67. Sheryl

    Where do I start! It would be so hard to choose just one Aurifil thread collection–I want them all!! And with soooooo many to choose from. Love the thread, love your blog. Looking forward to your next post.

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  69. This Autumn set of set is just yummy….but though it was hard to choose a favorite on the site, Valori Wells collection caught my eye as being a great addition of color into my only white, grey and black threads! I know! TERRIBLE huh! Thanks for the chance to win.

  70. Donna

    The colors of Autumn are magical. It is amazing to see all the green leaves change to so many colors. I just love the sea shore and tinsel collections and so many more. Thanks for giveaway.

  71. Melanie

    I am coming right along with my leaf and pumpkin blocks; fall is a favorite season and energizes me every year! Thank you for a chance to win an Aurifil collection. I love them all!

  72. Sylvia

    I have just found your blog. I may be to late too get in on the giveaways but if not I like the Wildflower Meadow collection along with the Autumn collection. I am sorry I missed the quilt along but I love the pattern and plan to try it.

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  74. Barbara Kaup

    I love the Flower color collection but would probably pick a neutral collection to be practical!

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