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Autumn Decorating Alternatives: Bright Quilt Designs

Updated on March 12, 2016
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Before she became a fulltime quilt artist/tutor, Jan T Urquhart Baillie worked as an interior decorator for a wallpaper specialist.

Autumn evokes those gorgeous leaf colours: red-golds, golds, tans ...

And if you live in a climate where the leaves don't change colour, what then? Why not decorate with autumn leaves of a different colour?

Let me show you what Autumn (Fall) looks like if you you use accessories in other scrumptious colours for a Fall/Autumn theme. (Or a Spring theme.)

The picture is a traditional patchwork block called Autumn Leaf, painted in Electric Quilt with fabrics in traditional autumn colours.

Patchwork block: Autumn Leaf
Patchwork block: Autumn Leaf

Autumn in other climes

There are many,Doesn't have the red-golds, golden browns and leaf fall colours of colder areas.

I lived for several years in the sub-tropical climate of Brisbane, Australia.

Autumn was a non-event there, because to have deciduous shrubs and trees, you need the colder temperatures that occur in temperate zones.

The light is brighter in sub-tropical and tropical zones, so the colours and fabrics used in decor need to be brighter, too.

There are many, many brightly coloured fabrics, pillows (cushions), tableware, glassware and other accessories to enhance your autumn (fall) decorating theme.

You don't have to live in subtropical Brisbane to decorate with this style.

Give it a try.

How about this for delicious? - Kaffe Fassett fabric print

Buy yourself a patchwork book - from Amazon

Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Romance: 20 Designs from Rowan for Patchwork and Quilting (Patchwork and Quilting)
Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Romance: 20 Designs from Rowan for Patchwork and Quilting (Patchwork and Quilting)
Enjoy Kaffe Fassett's glorious fabric designs in this book Be inspired to make yourself some bold decorative items for your home this season.


Let's decorate a dining room with brights

for a tropical Autumn theme

Start with a focus object, such as the patchwork table runner below.

Find accessories that contrast or complement the runner. You could have tablecloth, table skirt, napkins, placemats, vases, candles, plates, cutlery, serving platters and bowls.

The walls could get a fresh coat of paint to go with the bright new room design, too.

Table runner using leaf print fabric - from Dena Designs

Table runner in purples and limes
Table runner in purples and limes

This was designed and coloured in Electric Quilt

Use a lap-size patchwork quilt for decorating a table

Patchwork quilt on a table
Patchwork quilt on a table

Place it diagonally on top of a table covered with a long skirt in a contrasting colour, like this setting in my loungeroom at Tenambit.

The effect is very pleasing.

Patchwork table topper design using 8 Autumn Leaf blocks

Table cover in limes and purple fabrics
Table cover in limes and purple fabrics


Alternate plain block x 4

Hen and Chickens block x 4

Another Table Topper quilt design

More elaborate quilt design for Autumn
More elaborate quilt design for Autumn

Table Topper Designed in Electric Quilt 7

Designing these table toppers and table runners is simply a matter of choosing a quilt layout and adding the Autumn Leaf block from the more than 5000 blocks to the layout.

Paint with the fun leafy fabrics included in the thousands of modern fabrics, and you have your own stylish table topper pattern.

Changing the fabrics to give you a completely different look is simple too — a few clicks with the mouse.

Electric Quilt 7™ can give you the templates or the rotary cutting instructions to print out.

Surprise your family and friends with a more exciting and colourful Autumn home.

Get Electric Quilt 7 software - from Amazon

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© 2010 Jan T Urquhart Baillie


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