The one I did in June is meant to be a summer piece so now its time for something for the Fall. Since I have a wreath I also display out there, I wanted to get the sign done fairly early so I could switch to the wreath for late Fall/Thanksgiving and then leave it up but change out the foliage on it for Christmas. It took me awhile to get the background paint I wanted for it and then to finally get a break between projects to work on it.
Originally my plan was to use another of the quilt blocks from my original inspiration piece, the "Barn Quilt Trail Midwest Medallion Quilt" by author Suzi Parron.
My plan was to use the leaf design on the center right. However, I realized there were couple of issues: the first was that I wanted more color for the sign and wasn't sure how or where to add it. The other was that the original orientation of the Medallion block is on-point. My board already has a hole drilled in it for hanging it "straight set". So the debate was did I want to have the motif placed as a straight set so then it was oriented on the diagonal or did I want to drill a different hole and try hanging the board "on point"? I was concerned about whether a hole in the corner would be able to hold the weight of the board and how the new hole would affect the original block that is painted on the reverse side. I decided to look round for another design I could use.
Eventually I came across this one:
This the "Autumn Fantasy" block and quilt from Judy Martin's "The Creative Pattern Book". I liked that this block was designed to be straight set and viewed on the diagonal (solves that problem) and loved the range of coloring in it. Sold! So after bringing in the Summer barn quilt and cleaning it off, I painted the background, traced off the design and pulled out my little pots of paint. Some colors had to be mixed.
It took me a few days to tape off and paint sections and then let them dry before moving to the next section. I also added a stem because I felt it helped finish the design.
By the end of the last full week of October, I was almost done with all the painting when I ran into a problem:
I had planned to paint the last section by combining the dark purple on right with the burgundy color on the left. However, it is a large area and I was out of the burgundy paint and had used up all of my blue paint when I made the summer sign so couldn't even mix up my own. Truthfully, I also didn't have much of the purple left either. Time for a change of plans!
It took me a few days to decide on a color. Some of the block variations in Judy's inspiration quilt used more green in them and I liked the idea of adding more in mine also. However, I also wondered if brown or some other color might also work. I wasn't trusting what I was visualizing in my head but didn't want to paint test spots on the actual board that I might have to paint over. Then I realized I could use the "Draw" function on my phone to test out colors.
I finally settled on using a medium dark olive green and painted that in. The last bit of painting was the final narrow border of black painted in around the edge. Once all the painting and a few little touch-ups were done, it was time to seal it with polyurethane. It was pretty cold that week so I had to wait for it to get warm enough for that step which finally happened the Sunday before Halloween. Once finished, here's it hanging:
I'm thrilled to get another one done. I'll see if I get any feedback (positive or negative) from my neighbors again. I'm already thinking about spring --- I want to take the other (empty) board I have and do a basket design with some "applique" motifs. We'll see!