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Monday, October 3, 2022

Indian Corn Quilt Finish

Presenting Indian Corn, my squirrel-spiration quilt for fall!

I started this quilt in September 2021 after being inspired by the colors in a cross stich photo posted on Instagram by Fat Quarter Shop and an internet photo of Indian Corn. I found the Irish chain-esque pattern in a pamphlet by Teri Christopherson of Black Mountain Needlework - Mad About Plaid.

The blocks are big at 15-1/2 inches unfinished and are placed in a 4 across-5 down grid.

When I make this quilt again, (I think it would be beautiful in Christmas colors) I would not follow the pattern instructions for the "chains". This pattern is designed for a quick make by strip piecing light and dark together see above left). Although the result is beautiful, this method created a lot of skew for me, and that affected the final assembly with many crooked and unmatched segments. I think I will more accuracy by sewing together two four-patches with two squares (see above right).

I finished the flimsy last November and had almost finished quilting when I ran out of the Magnifico gold thread I was using for the top. It was the week before Thanksgiving, and I had planned to have it displayed and ready to use when family came. I ordered the thread and it was not scheduled to arrive until the day before Thanksgiving, so I dejectedly put it away to finish later. Last week I pulled it out and was elated to finish the quilting - it was fun to see all the fabrics again!

Sunrise cast a warm glow on it!

This was a good scrap buster, and I had fun pulling fabrics from stash to use. I think these fall colors might be my favorite quilting colors.

My shadow approves of the gingham plaid backing in harvest colors 

Closeup of the backing and binding

Magnifico thread has a beautiful sheen 

Laundered and crinkly soft  for a cozy read with appropriately hued Jack

Quilt Details:
Finished pre-laundered size: 60 x 75 inches
Finished laundered size: 57.5 x 72 inches
Pattern: Indian Corn from Mad About Plaid
Quilting: All over meander on Longmire

Scraps and fabric from stash
Harvest Plaid from Joann's Fabrics

Petal Vines from the Harvest Moon Collection by Renee Nanneman for Andover Fabrics

Quilters Dream Cotton Select Loft

Superior Threads:
So Fine #50 for piecing and binding:
Genoa Gray #503
Marigold #421
Black #411

Magnifico #40 for quilting:
Ingot #2068

I am linking to Melva's Sew and Tell on Melva Loves Scraps!


  1. Congrats, Linda!!! It is a beautiful quilt.
    The colors are perfect for Fall.

  2. Linda, what a great finish! I love the warm colors and the design, too and perfect backing fabric. Indian Corn is beautiful - looks like Jack agrees!

  3. You used the right thread for a magnificent quilt! Oh how I love your quilt Linda, the colors are just what I have been thinking about needing to make for my Etsy shop some day. Would you mind if I made a similar one?

  4. Well, it's beautiful and was worth the wait! I love seeing the inspiration photos. Of course, kitty will need to test it out.

  5. Gorgeous quilt! I totally agree with you on the construction of the chain blocks. I can see where that would wonky to get just right. But maybe that’s because I am used to working with more traditional patterns. Beautiful thread choice. So glad it you got it finished!


    1. Thank you Michelle - and I just looked at the pattern this morning and realized I will have to cut different pieces than the pattern indicates, so it will be a redo for sure.

  6. This is a fall beauty for sure! I love it and the back is so much fun, too. Nice to be able to finish something and have it be immediately useful. Jack is having a fine time studying that recipe.

  7. It is so beautiful, Linda! I LOVE the sunrise glow on it. Makes me want to sit there under that quilt with a cup of coffee and enjoy the light. The quilt was made for Jack! So cosy!


  8. What a beautiful quilt, I also love those colors! As a relatively new quilter, I appreciate the insight to how you would change the construction for the next time. I am slowly building my confidence to do things differently than a pattern calls for. I remind myself constantly that the quilt police will not show up at my door :-)

  9. That is a great finish!!! and its just in time for fall!! The color palette is so perfect!!!

  10. That is definitely a quilt perfect for fall! The colors are so warm and inviting, and the backing is perfect! I think Jack is a bit indifferent about the recipes, he's just claiming that quilt for his own!

  11. What a wonderful finish!! It will be a great snuggling quilt for those cool days!

  12. beautiful quilt - just perfect for fall

  13. Oh how gorgeous!! Love the pattern, the fabrics and the colors! And kitty cat approved :) Thanks for joining in on Monday This and That! xx

  14. Oh, I really like this! And I agree about making the four-patch blocks as, well, four-patches.

  15. Saw your quilt on Melva's blog -- what a lovely Fall quilt! Thank you for confirming that "squirrel moments" do pay off. Kudos and well done!

  16. Man I sure love this quilt! I love that Irish chain look. I am with you. If I decided to make this I would do the 4 patch, then 4 patch method instead of strip piecing.

    1. Thank you Peggy! I have been working on a Christmas version with the 4 patch method.


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