First of all a tremendous thank you to Bernie of Needle and Foot for birthing this idea of a Fall inspiration blog hop this summer. When she asked me if I'd like to be a part, I was like hell ya! I mean, ahem, I was like, oh for sure! And then kicked up my heels at the thought of getting some free fabric and license to play and create... Second, a massive thank you and wow-wee from my heart goes to Paintbrush Studio who so generously agreed to sponsor this hop. Be sure to check out their blog, which I follow by bloglovin' and by email so I never miss a post, Inspired By Fabric. I also follow on Instagram.
Right from the start, I knew I wanted to create a shadow quilt. I've had Shadow Quilts by Slusser and Magaret since shortly after its release in 2000. I made a quilt for my then guild's challenge. It didn't win, but the idea of superimposing one image upon another image has stayed with me every since. I knew I wanted the massive leaf to be red upon the cream background, and a leaf of all 18 other colours would float on top of that massive leaf. There is a leaf quilt in the book, but I didn't like the shape of their leaf, nor the fact that the quilt had borders, nor the fact that every single block in the quilt was a leaf. I wanted some resting places for the eye. Tucked in the book was a templates pattern I'd saved from who knows where for the maple leaf block I love. I graphed it out, so I could rotary cut and simplify the block, and then drew out my design. I also graphed out the paper-pieced point section.
|Early stages of design|
I decided to make 10" finished blocks so my quilt would finish at 50.5" square. Cutting and piecing went together very quickly, and in no time I had a flimsy. Well, some of the blocks required a little more thought and a little more math but still, this appeared on the design wall a little while ago.
|Apologies for the Bella butt in the corner|
I was pressed for time, having had oh, just a few other life-type events requiring my attention of late, so I thought I would do an all-over quilt design and let the fabric shine.
Quilts talk to me. Most often when they are loaded on the frame. This one was okay with my swirling wind currents idea, but it told me I needed a contrasting design for the background. Enter ruler work.
|And a lot of it! Yet I wanted to do a little something other than line upon line upon line, and so a 'ghost' border idea was born, similar to that on Gillian's quilt.|
The leaves that float on the cream background got special treatment. Yes, I originally had thought to do swirls similar to those on the huge leaf, but well, I just couldn't. I wanted them to be individual and add some interest. If you've followed me for any amount of time, you know I love love feathers.
|Same variegated Essential thread|
So the idea was born to quilt two of three different designs in each of the six free-floating leaves. I was mesmerized by the depth and definition I got from the wool batting I used, yardage I picked up last winter at Hancock's Fabrics.
I am so pleased that I did the hours and hours of ruler work. I still have plenty of room for improvement, areas of bobbles, and places where the lines are not evenly spaced, but the overall effect is wonderful if I may say so. And I did it, a human, not a computerized quilting machine, right?
My husband, who is known here on the blog only by the nickname, MacGyver, because he values his privacy and does not want to be visible online, very kindly accompanied me on the photo shoot. I had so hoped for it to be a sunny day yesterday when the photos were taken but sadly, that was not to be the case. However, at least the rain and crazy wind of Wednesday had gone.
Trans-Canada Trail, one of the world's longest walking trails. I knew there would be quite the glorious display of colour in various stages because of the wide variety of trees native to this area. We were not disappointed!
|This one has not even begun to change! You get the idea of the size of the tree, an oak, I believe, when you think that the quilt is 50.5" square...|
So MacGyver propped my quilt under a tree!
I seem to be getting known as the blogger who likes to photograph her quilts in trees. Others have been doing so, with a nod to me. Aww! Of course this quilt was destined to perch in a tree...
|If my friend Doug has taught me right, this is a red oak. Pointy leaf ends. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Look at MacGyver's favourite tree in the background, a Weeping Willow. These don't go greenish-gold until November.|
Here is the back of my quilt, at the back door of the station!
You know I am a label nut. I was happy to use the first of a labels panel I picked up very reasonably from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
|Right at the moment of inserting this photo, I realize I forgot to insert one of my Ikat mmm! quilts labels in the binding...drat! Ah well, rip out a few stitches, insert label. No prob.|
Back to the train station. Front entrance to be exact.
And back to the quilting:
It was while quilting this large cream background area that the idea of ghost leaves was born. I could trace those in the fabric, and I did for three random ones, but what if I did ghost smaller maple leaf shapes to mimic the blocks?! Yes!! Added an echo around each one of the five, and then filled in around them with ruler work. All lines are 1/4" apart.
Of course I just had to throw it on the grass and toss some random real leaves on it! Can you find the real ones?!
If you are still with me with through all the photos, all the facts and figurings and fine educating, it's almost time for some freebies.
Pattern: Original Design based on the technique in Shadow Quilts
Size: 49.5" square (50.5" before quilting)
Fabric: Windfall by Paintbrush Studio
Batting: 100% Wool purchased at Hancock's Fabrics last winter
Quilted: on my Avanté 165 836 stitches
Threads: background: Aurifil 2315 50 wt; huge leaf: Essential 21224; individual leaves on cream background: Essential 20875, 21144, Isacord 1704,YLI 244-30-20V (All threads are 40 wt)
Note, this is one of my goals for the Q4FAL. My list is here. Feels great to have one done and another off that list on the frame as I type!
I have two items free to a good home. All you need to do is tell me what your favourite tree for Fall colours is for one entry. For a second entry, tell me how you follow me, new followers welcome. Please be sure to leave me your email address in your comment if you are a no-reply blogger.
During the first week of September I made a few button baskets to give to friends. The first giveaway is one of the baskets. I used the gorgeous red from the line, and lined it with the same black with which I bound the quilt. The tutorial for the basket can be found here at Seaside Stitches.
Two last items, make that three, phew!
First, if you would like more seasonal inspiration for this time of year, check out one of my QBFFs, Julie at Pink Doxies, post today too!
Second, you may want to check out the classes sale on a Craftsy this weekend, all classes under $20. That's a pretty sweet treat with no calories. And yes, that is an affiliate link. I think. If it works, new website and new affiliate structure and all. The sidebar link works for sure!
Third, ........ umm, I forgot. Ah the lovely lack of brain cells that menopause inflicts upon me. I'll proofread this and it will come to me..... Got it. Only took about 15 minutes of doing various activities, not all of which had to do with this post, lol! Would anyone be interested were I to do a quilt-along doing this pattern? We'd make it in a smaller size, say 7.5" blocks so it would end up 38.5". Let me know in your favourite tree comment please. It would start in the new year. Think there's enough going on for the rest of this last quarter of 2016.
If you missed any of the previous posts in the Autumn Abundance Blog Hop, here they are, with giveaways at each stop:
Bernie at Needle and Foot
Janine at Quilts From the Little House
Mari at The Academic Quilter
Tish at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Once again, thank you to Paintbrush Studio for supplying the fabrics and to Bernie for all her hard work pulling this together.
Linking up with
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts
TGIFF at Busy Hands Quilts
She Can Quilt