Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Inspired by Mother Nature

As a quilter, it is impossible not to look at all the wild color combinations that Mother Nature throws out with each changing season. Fall is certainly no exception, and the colors can be riotous! Where else can you find dusty and brilliant blues, maroons and purples, lemon-lime and dark greens, neon oranges, vermillion reds and shades of beige, cinnamon and brown? Each year when we visit our cabin up north, I say, "I'm gonna have to make a quilt with these colors!" And then when back at home, the idea passes by with nary a pieced patch. So, two years back, I came home from the UP, got out the fabrics and began stitching up a storm until whirlwind wedding suddenly overtook our lives (and happily so). The project was put on hold and since the wedding season has passed, the project resumed. Here are the inspiration pictures followed by the actual project. Happy fall to all!
Aerial view: (Taken while standing on a chair looking down at the floor where the quilt is spread out. Yes, it was comical to try to hold the camera steady with my arms extended out while perched on a teeny little step stool...what was I thinking???)
Close-up view:
Now, if only I can finish another project so I can get going on quilting this one! It's intended as a gift for Wes, and he is a patient man, thank goodness! Fall is his favorite season.

9 comments:

Elin said...

Oh, that is so beautiful!!! Hope everything is fine with you...
/Elin

Sarah said...

Love it, girl! Nice colors and cute little leaves... :) I miss my sewing machine! Can't wait till my winter break in between semesters.

melissa said...

what a BEAUTIFUL quilt, deb! i am dying to learn...it would help if i had a sewing machine, though. :) thanks for sharing these!

andie said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Makes me want to wrap myself in a quilt and look out at the leaves.

simplicity said...

I wish I could make a beautiful quilt like this...ahh it's gorgeous. Your husband will LOVE it!

Thanks for sharing the inspiration and the project.

Spirit Bear said...

I love your quilt! Now that school is back in session I miss being outdoors, so this inspires me to get outside and enjoy the fall. This weekend I gave each of my students the assignment to come back Monday with a leaf!

Jed and Anne said...

Mom, that quilt is beatiful! I don't think that I have ever seen that one before! I like how your inspiration came from the fall. I know that Dad will love it!

cellothug said...

Both your pictures and your quilt are beautiful-thanks for sharing!

The Witty Librarian said...

What a beautiful quilt! Just looking at it reminds me of lovely autumn days- you are such a talented artist!