Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Autumn's Quilt ~ A Work of Art

When the days grow shorter and the nights get cooler, my hands instinctively reach for a quilt to wrap around me. Some of the quilts in my collection are decades old, a little faded, with some wear and tear. Others are still in what I consider the “new” stash.

I've blogged about the quilt pictured above before, but it's worth another look.



A couple of years ago, I spotted a leaf-pattern quilt in one of my mother’s quilting books and used it as a starting point for this design. At the fabric shop, I picked out fabric that made me smile (all prints, except for the blues). Then my sweet mother started working her magic, creating leaves and sewing them into squares.


Once the top was complete, and the backing was added, a local artist quilted it on a machine, leaving Mother to do the final hemming and handwork around the edges, as she does with all of her quilts.





Another quilt is born. 

This beauty reminds me of fall, of November, and of the leaves that make autumn a feast for the eyes.

Until next time, kindred spirits, may you be cozy and warm on the coldest of nights.

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18 comments:

  1. A lovely quilt ( I quilt a bit and know the work involved :) and the colors are vibrant and cheery. Your mom's good! :)

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  2. Dayle, what a beautiful quilt! There is nothing quite like a quilt made by one's mother is there? Such sentimental memories and comfort. My mom made most of hers out of scraps, becoming what she would call a "crazy quilt". To this day, I love looking at the different pieces and remembering what else was made from that specific fabric scrap.., a dress, one of Dad's shirts, whatever! Thank you for sharing your warmth!

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  3. this is GORGEOUS!! And since I have recently taken up quilting and become somewhat obsessed, I can see first hand how much work went into this. What a treasure for you to have love the colors,...Enjoy your day!

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  4. Wow! That is a gorgeous piece, Dayle. You did a wonderful job with picking the fabrics and your Mom did a great job piecing it. I love the finished edge that was done by hand. xo Diana

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  5. To have something that your mother has touched, loved and made for you, that is warmth. Yes, this should keep anyone warm with all the love.
    It does remind me of Fall!

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  6. Love all your quilts. I got a favorite of mine out a few nights back. The one Mother spent a jillion hours on. Oh, how she loves me and you.

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  7. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. My Mom made many quilts & before show went home to Jesus she passed on many to her grandchild & I have many also. I also inherited all her left over fabric & stuff to quilt. 1 day I will need to look into this. Our Mom's are blessings.

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  8. This is so touching. I love the fact that your mother's hands created this.

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  9. This is really a beautiful quilt and I know it is special to you. I remember Grandmother tucking me in at night under a quilt she had made for me.

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  10. Oh, I love quilts! I only have one "vintage" one, but it's very special to me. It's one my grandma made for me when I was a baby, and although it's 60 YEARS old, it's in darn good shape!!

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    1. I love old quilts, too, Becky. This is a new one, but I have some in my collection that are 80+ years old, and they still look great, for the most part. I'd love to see your vintage quilt.

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  11. Beautiful! I'd love it if you'd add it to our link party @ http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/2013/11/its-that-time-again-friday-follow-along.html

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  12. Hi Dayle! This quilt is so beautiful, and the colors so vibrant! How old is it? The material is really keeping up its colors. And each square really does look like a leaf. I love it. Your Mom is so talented, and I can see where you get your abilities. What a labor of love for both of you.

    Thanks for sharing your treasure with us! Have a great weekend :)
    Ceil

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    1. Thanks, Ceil. Actually, this quilt is not very old. It's one of my new ones. I think it was made in 2010, if I remember off the cuff. It's documented somewhere, but I think that's correct. It is a treasure and I do love it.

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  13. I love this beautiful design and all of the vibrant colors! My favorite part of it is all of the touches of red and the backing. It looks so comfy and perfect for Fall! Happy weekend my friend!

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  14. That's one gorgeous quilt! I absolutely love the pattern and the colours. I remember your post on all your quilts from a while ago. I am a big patchwork quilt fan and contributed to your Simple Pleasures party with my one and only much loved quilt. It's good to "see you" again.

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