This shot, although crooked, is a better rendering of the true colours of the quilt. It was just after 6 pm, so evening light. Look at the one below, which I just love!
I've been a subscriber to AP&Q for over 20 years. My goal is to be in their magazine one day soon. Tried once, got a no, so we shall see. "Fall down seven times, stand up eight" is a Japanese proverb that I first encountered in the frontispiece of The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito, a novel about the internment of Japanese Canadians in WWII in Canada, and evacuees from London and its environs. I used to teach it in my grade 7 Language Arts classes. Excellent proverb, excellent book.
I love the soft colours in Joanna's quilt and decided I had to make it, and with my own stash of fabrics as much as I could. I had already picked up while trawling through (fishing metaphor intended) various quilt shops on various bus and private quilt shop hops a few fat quarters of the soft peaches, which are Moda, and I had scraps from my 'Trip Around Alberta' (okay, went to get a link to this throwback quilt I'd made in 2000, and I've not written about it, so guess that may be the one for December!). The soft green with embossed dots you see on the top star on the left was a scrap from my mum's 70th birthday quilt; I spy an olive green kitty cat Buggy Barn fabric, a pale green striped one I bought at my LQS that was too white and the co-owner suggested I tea dye it which I did, a scrap from a guild block exchange.... Oh my love for scrap quilts runs deep!
I pieced and quilted it on my Bernina. The blocks are done with HSTs and are 12" finished, though when I measured them just now they are 11.5" due to quilting and washing! For the quilting, I used a lot of Kathy Sandbach's leaf designs. She, well her books, and her appearance on HGTV's Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson, along with quilt basting spray changed my quilting LIFE.
|Yep, I've stitched my name or initials in quilts for a long time.|
The backing is quite the find. This is a bit washed out in colour. The shot above is perfect to show its unique shade: is it green? is it beige? is it kind of mustardy-yellow? It's all of the above.
(it's becoming my catch-all phrase)
They are in some box, somewhere...
Anyhow, the following year, MacGyver and I, along with puppy Naala did a camping trip back, but not for the show; I just knew he'd love the drive and the scenery, and he did. I just realized you can see a photo of us on the 07 Oregon trip in my Postcard Swap post. Well, of course I went back to Sisters on that camping trip, and outside of the store was a bushel basket of sale fabric. There was the perfect backing I was looking for in those muted colours! And there was plenty on the bolt. I took it in and asked for however many yards I needed, and when she unrolled it, whose fabric was it? Joanna Figueroa's! No wonder it was perfect! I literally did a little jump for joy and then explained to the girl why I was so excited about it.
That's the trip where an American bookstore owner (of course I also go in bookstores as well, duh) said to me, "You're Canadian? You're lucky; you have playgrounds."
I was like, "Pardon?" He said, "Yes. You have real playgrounds with real fun exciting equipment for kids to play on."
I was again like, "Well, yeah, that's a playground... You don't have them here?" And he replied, "Not like that anymore. We used to..... Too many lawsuits. Took out all the equipment now. Our playgrounds are boring."
I've never forgotten that conversation. It's sad. 'nuff said.
Better colour here. That massive tree I have found out, is a Norway maple. It's now nearly bare thanks to a horrific windstorm that blasted through here on Halloween. Also bare is our patio table; the same wind grabbed the umbrella you see peeking above the quilt in some shots, tried to spirit it away à la Mary Poppins, didn't quite succeed, but booted the table and umbrella over, taking out three of the rungs on MacGyver's deck railing (he was able to fix them) and smashing the round glass tabletop to smithereens, sob.
Okay where was I? lol
It really is as soft and snuggly as it looks in the photo. Now I hope you will pull out a quilt you made before you started your blog or your Instagram and tell us a bit about it with photos and words. I think it's so important that we record our makes, and the stories that accompany them.
Pattern: Slip Into Autumn by Joanna Figueroa
Size: approximately 69.5 X 79.75"
Fabric: stash, scraps and some purchased
Backing: Joanna Figueroa for Moda
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Threads: pieced on my Bernina with most likely Gütermann and/or Mettler cotton; quilted with Sulky Blendables and an off-white Sulky rayon (These are pretty much all I ever quilted with up until getting my longarm)
Next month the linkup will be at Andrée's Quilting & Learning - What a Combo! This will be her last time hosting it. I'd like to thank her so much for helping out this year; I appreciate her doing that as well as writing up her own pre-blogging quilts!