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This month's quilt is one I named Falling Leaves. Very original. LOL However the design is original.
It actually began my fascination with layers, or superimposed images, in quilting. I made it 15 years ago for a challenge with the guild I was in at the time. Spoiler: I didn't win.
This is based on a sketch on page 55 in Shadow Quilts by Pat Magret and Donna Slusser, a book I own. There are loads of quilt photos and some patterns inside the book as well as detailed instructions for how to create shadow quilts. Unfortunately, there was no pattern for this example of using different blocks in shadow quilts. So, since I wasn't selling the pattern, and I owned the book, I used their sketch as a jumping-off point. They had all the same size of leaves, and not in all the same places as I did mine. Yay for some early-on quilty math and figuring! And a little modern aesthetic too with the leaves spilling out of the quilt centre and into and onto the borders!
I think we were given three, or maybe four fabrics and I can't recall how many we were allowed to add, nor the minimum and maximum size requirements. The black batik with tan leaves on it, the orange and purplish-light brown batik, and I think the orange I used for the inner border as well as a couple of leaves, or it may have been the rust-coloured orange, was another. Maybe there were four?
I did veins in the leaves, matching thread colours. I can see I used another metallic on the rust leaf, a green and black variegated (think it's called Twist) rayon, and other rayons and cottons. I did a meander with various leaf shapes in the tree body. I remember the reason I traded in the Husqvarna (not the top of the line, but the quilting model I believe) was because it couldn't handle these specialty threads. The Bernina (180 Artista, then top of the line) handles anything and everything and I will never get rid of her.😍
Here's the back (even a sleeve!):
The binding was stitched to the front by machine, and hand-stitched down on the back. It's about 1/2", wider than I've been doing for the past several years (about 1/4-3/16" now). I'm pretty sure it's a single fold binding, but I've stitched down the corners on the front and back, so I can't lift it anywhere. I do remember on wallhangings doing single-fold back then; now everything is a double-fold. My LQS at the time, Lori's Country Cottage in Sherwood Park, gave me the stitch-down-the-corner-mitres tip after they lost points in a quilt show for that very thing. Is it standard still?
Here's the label:
Pattern: Outside Stars by Stitchin at Home
Size: 27.5 X 29" (I've never washed it, and didn't prewash the fabrics)
Fabric: various, including 'Nature Studies' by Benartex, 'The Nature Collection' by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman
Backing: Cranston VIP Fabrics?
Batting: flannel or flannelette
Quilted: on a Husqvarna I had at the time; I know because I bought my Bernina on Grey Cup weekend 2003!)
Threads: pieced on either the Husqvarna or my Elna Air Electronic with 100% cotton Gütermann; quilted with Sulky metallic, Holoshimmer, rayons, and either Mettler or Gütermann cotton
A couple of shots from around my 'hood (dispelling the myth that all of Canada is covered in her entirety in snow from now until April lol).
|a Burning Bush - not mine! But we bought one last weekend to plant in our yard somewhere. As Janine said about a black maple (one of my mystery, now-solved backyard trees), "it is LIT!"|
As I said in yesterday's post, we are at the pinnacle of colours at this time of year, everything from rich green grass, that is still growing, to yellow-greens of weeping willows, dark green of some oaks and maples, golds, yellows, oranges, rusts, reds, crimsons--!! I just love autumn.
|Subdivision adjacent to mine; a maple of some kind; it makes me think that the Goddess (God, the Universe, Allah, Jehovah, the Buddha, Mother Nature, etc) has dipped her trees in Fall Icing.|
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