|Full sun in hopes of catching some of the texture as well as the glorious colours|
|In shade. I'm always intrigued by the difference the lighting makes; this one really shows the rich Moda Marbles purple background for the leaves|
It was the Birthday Block exchange I was involved in with my guild at that time, 2001. Twelve of us gave a fat eighth of fabric to the 11 others, each of whom made a block using that fabric and some from their stash. When it was your birthday month, everybody brought you the block they'd made. They kept any leftover fabric of yours, as you kept leftover of theirs, which was a great way to add a bit of scraps (ha ha, in retrospect) to your stash.
The pattern is one I adapted from American Patchwork & Quilting August 2002. Peggy Waltman's version is very spring-like. I wanted an unusual setting for the 12 blocks, and this was perfect. Hers had flowers where I have leaves. Wow, I found the magazine (I have every issue but for two, we won't go there, since 1998) and I even had my graph paper sketch and figurings tucked into the magazine!
|I had to slightly modify the inside frame so the outside border would fit.|
Lara? Shocked?!) every leaf and the entire stem, and then hand-stitched with embroidery floss the veins. That was when I could see very well up close, and my stitches are pretty amazingly tiny, if I do say so myself.
What adds so much to the story of this quilt is that I did all this appliqué and hand-stitching of veins during weekly get-togethers with my dad for coffee at a local coffee shop we both loved, which became a victim, sadly, to the likes of Tim Horton's and Second Cup and Starbucks...
|Here you can see the texture, and the all-over meander of ribbons and leaves I FMQ'ed|
I relied on those notes when my brother and I wrote my dad's eulogy in 2008.
|One of Kathy Sandbach's leaf motifs in the purple triangles|
When I look at this quilt, front or back, I see the girls who made each block (I still remember so many! --Shirley's, Janie's, Helen's, Pat's, Penny's...), I am transported back to the coffee shop, can hear, see and smell my beloved dad, remember fondly the shop hops with the guild and with my best friend around Alberta, gathering flannels for our jackets, see myself at the design wall in my beloved sewing room in Alberta that MacGyver built for me, piecing together the chunks of leftover flannels like a jigsaw puzzle...ahhh.
Quilts are so much more than hunks of fabric cut apart and stitched together.
|Hmm, you might see my house in this shot, well our half of the duplex, not the closest one, but the one with the hose hanging on the side!|
Pattern: Adapted from "Serendipity" a pattern by Peggy Waltman in AP&Q August 2012
Fabric: pieced from 2001-2003; quilted in 2005
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: Sulky Blendables and Sulky Rayons
Yay! Finally linking up with Throwback Thursday!