Many quilts out there are made entirely of one repeated block. Sampler quilts can have as many as a hundred or more different blocks, without a single block repeating. Courtney made this beautiful quilt with two repeating blocks, and I think it came out amazing!
One of the blocks is a simple maple leaf in a cream square on point with a darker tan and black fabric in the corners. She picked different colors for each of her leaves giving us the full spectrum of fall in the quilt.
Between the leaves are blocks that are half log cabin blocks where the smallest square is in the corner instead of the center. This forms a chevron of sorts. She used three of the bold colors from her leaves for the largest outside edge and then the neutral colors for the points. The arrangement of these blocks adds a zig zag design diagonally down through the quilt. The contrast of the bolder purple, gold, and red really stand out to the neutrals and really frame the leaves beautifully.
The border is also more detailed than a standard solid border. Besides a simple purple border, she added a border of flying geese around the quilt. The geese are all done with the neutrals except for the center triangle on all four sides. Those are in the brighter colors seen in the leaves. The whole quilt has a warm feel. What a great quilt for a cool fall morning.
I quilted this for her with an edge to edge design called “Funky Fleur de lys”. There is some great swirl and movement in the pattern that really plays well with the straighter more structured edges of the chevron feel of the quilt, not adding too much floral influence to overly feminize the quilt. It is truly a work of art.