September Song

That’s the name I’ve given to my latest quilt (which is actually only a quilt top at the moment):

“September Song” is a ballad dating back to 1938 — well before my time! The music was written by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. I was introduced to the song in 1965 as a teenager when I bought a Frank Sinatra album (which I still have) called “September of My Years.”

The song is about a man approaching the autumn of his years looking back on his younger self. The line from “September Song” that kept going through my head as I was making the blocks is this one:  “When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame . . .” I hope the oranges and golds in the fabrics evoke that image.

The quilt is a bit of a departure for me. This is not a palette that ordinarly draws me in. And I am not one of those people whose favorite season is fall. In truth, autumn makes me feel wistful and a little melancholy. I really don’t like to see the trees lose all their leaves (although I do love the look of newly fallen leaves scattered on wet pavement).

These two prints from unrelated fabric lines provided my inspiration:

The pattern I used was the Pattern Basket’s Forest Floor, a rather contemporary interpretation of a traditional leaf block. I made my blocks a bit larger and used a 3 x 4 setting with 12 blocks rather than the 4 x 5 setting with 20 blocks the pattern calls for. My quilt top measures 53” x 68” — a nice sized throw.

Next up for me is a pieced backing using a new technique I just learned about from a fellow quilter. That should be fun, and maybe it will distract from the rain and snow my fair city has been bombarded with these last few weeks.




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7 Responses to September Song

  1. Vickie Rooks says:

    The top looks great! A pieced back? That is unusual for you, isn’t it? Looking forward to seeing what you do.

  2. Bridget says:

    The top is lovely! haha, looking out my window wishing I had leaves on the trees now…and you are moving to when they come off already! Like you I would not usually have those colors in my stash but these look wonderful. May have to reconsider my selections next time I fabric shop. Love the pattern and love your choices for the center stars. Just delightful.

  3. Diane says:

    Perfect quilt top and brilliant inspiration for the name.

  4. Colleen C. says:

    I love it! And I am totally enamored with your fabrics. Not my usual wheelhouse either, but together they are stunning! I must confess that I would have a hard time not adding a border of that dark fabric. So dramatic. Another gorgeous Dawn original!

  5. Sandy says:

    I love your quilt, the fabric, and the pattern. You do beautiful work, and I’m always eager to see what you show us next.

  6. Kristi says:

    I love your quilt top! Actually, autumn is my favorite season and I love autumn colors (different strokes , etc). I’ll definitely have to check out this pattern. Would you please share your pieced backing hack? I would to use up some older fabrics. Thanks so much!

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