If you follow me on flickr, you’ve already seen this, but I wanted to make sure I recorded it here, before it goes to its new home.
I started this, erm, almost 2 years ago to the week. It’s a really belated wedding gift for my very dear friend Katie. She is crazy talented. I love how she finds the most beautiful moments tucked in everyday scenes. Her eye for light never ceases to amaze me. She likes to bake as much as I do, and she’s one of my favorite people ever to nerd out with over a perfect pie crust! She understands my enthusiasm when I find the perfect balance of spices in a new sauce, or why I get excited over heirloom beans. She and her (equally wonderful) husband have been treasured friends, and a literal blessing when we had Willow 3,000 miles away from all of our family. I would’ve made a quilt to the moon and back for her. And oddly enough, it kinda feels like I did, especially when I had to unpick 3+ hours of quilting cause my bobbin tension was all wacky :)
This pattern comes from Elizabeth Hartman’s first book The Practical Guide to Patchwork. It’s called Little Leaves and it feels fitting that I finally finished it at the onset of fall. While this is an easy pattern, it is very time consuming. I found that making a template of the final leaf placement ( with cutouts of the leaves) allowed me to quickly position the appliqué in a consistent, timely manner. I used all the leftover bits of prints I had to make the back.
I made 30 blocks for the front, as I wanted this quilt to be large enough for two people to snuggle under during Portland’s awesome cuddle season (aka our rainy ass winters). The prints are all from Anna Maria Horner’s “Innocent Crush” line, the background fabric is Kona Coal. I quilted a looping swirly design all over the gray. I left the leaves unquilted to give them an extra pop. All quilting done on my Bernina 440 QE ( using the BSR)
Since this is a busy quilt , I decided to add some sashing and round off the edges. I used the thinnest binding I’ve ever made for a quilt. It finishes at about a scant 1/2″ on each side. To me, that gives it a much more modern look . The rounded edge and yellow binding serve to calm and draw the eye outward, making the whole thing very calming despite all the pieces of fabric! I’m so happy with this, but I can’t wait to get rid of it!!
I’m taking this to guild to show off this thursday, and taking it to Katie on friday. If I’m being honest, I’m mostly excited about the pictures she’ll take of it :)