Pressed Leaves…Homeward

Making a pattern more than once? A rarity for me – but not this one! I’ve made so many of these table runners from my pattern “Pressed Leaves” I’ve lost count! It features a traditional leaf block in a not-so-traditional setting. It’s pretty quick and easy and looks great in every color combo of fabrics I’ve seen. And the perfect project to get you in the mood for Fall!20180804_0936351274309439.jpgThis time though, I had the pleasure of using a beautiful new fabric line by Natalie Barnes from Beyond the Reef Patterns for Windham Fabrics called Homeward. When I saw the beautiful mix of bold, saturated color and low volume prints, I knew my next “Pressed Leaves ” runner was on its way! The fabric line includes a great range based on a beautiful floral focal print…20180804_2043321664419046.jpgI chose to mix up several of the low volume white/gray/black prints in the line for my background. The leaf blocks practically made themselves I had so many great combinations of prints to pick from. From the looks of this photo, I need to clean my design wall!I added my go-to favorite quilting on this project – an echo quilted wavy line using the walking foot on my domestic machine. Choosing scrappy binding from all the bits leftover means you don’t have to pick just one! There are so many great choices in this line and it will look great on my dining room table.Thank you Natalie and Windham Fabrics for a beautiful line! Look for Homeward as well as my pattern “Pressed Leaves” at your favorite local quilt shop!Happy fall quilting,






5 thoughts on “Pressed Leaves…Homeward

  1. I just pulled this pattern from my TO DO for Fall pile. Can’t wait to make it. One of my favorites. Now I’m inspired to get it done. Thanks!


  2. Love this pattern; I finished my first this week, and it has a Halloween dictionary print/pics with orange, brown, and purple maple leaves, but with slightly larger blocks to fit my table. I’ll make another one at some point.


  3. Trying to make Pressed leaves for first time and am having difficulty understanding the directions of how to trim blocks using the 9 and half measure reference. From McCalls Quilting edition September 2015. Can you please simplify for me? Wanted to complete before Thanksgiving. Thanks so much!


    1. Hi Cheryl,
      Thanks for making my pattern. It’s a good one for Thanksgiving! It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen the magazine version so I’m not sure how they have it worded but basically you are trying to get to a 9 1/2” wonky leaf block, instead of a traditional straight set. By sashing the smaller 6 1/2” traditional leaf block, it gives you the extra room to do that. After you add the sashing around the block, put your 9 1/2” square ruler (or larger one marked at 9 1/2”) on top with the leaf in the center. Tilt the ruler to the right or left so the leaf is more angled. Trim two sides, turn your block and your ruler, align on the two sides you first cut and make your cuts on the remaining two sides, trimming away the extra sashing. You should end up with a 9 1/2” block with the leaf tilted in the middle. When you line up the blocks in the runner they’ll look more like they’re falling through the air instead of lined up in a traditional straight set. Hope that helps! Let me know how it goes!


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