Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fall Festival 2009

Here is my entry in the Fall Festival virtual quilt show being hosted by Amy at Park City Girl. I was hoping for a better picture, but it is raining here and this is the best I can manage today.

This is one of my earliest quilts. When I began making it I had just learned about our local quilt shops and, wonder of wonders, fat quarters. I remember driving out to a quilt shop aways out in the country around this time of year to look for fabrics. All the fall colors on the trees were there in the shop in the lovely little bits of fabric I bought for my quilt.

I couldn't decide between the two quilt blocks, so I used both. I like how on the corn and beans blocks the flying geese seem to fly toward the center of the block, while on the rambler blocks, the geese are flying away. Incidentally, I read somewhere there was a superstition that if you gave a quilt of rambler blocks to a son, that would mean that he would leave home.

One of the best parts about making this quilt was choosing the fabrics for each block and seeing how they worked together. Some blocks are subdued, while others sparkle and really stand out.

I hand pieced the quilt, cut the material for the borders, and then put it away. Years later, at a quilt retreat, I met a wonderful longarm quilter. This is one of the first quilts I ever "sent out" to be quilted. I wanted heirloom quilting on it because I had spent so much time planning and piecing each block.


As you can see, she did a wonderful job. The lattices are all feathered, and each individual block is quilted beautifully. I'm really glad that I waited to find someone who would take the time to do such an incredible job on the quilting.

15 comments:

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful and the quilting works well with the pattern :)

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful quilt .greeting

Lynn said...

It's a beautiful quilt. You did a great job piecing it. What a fabulous first effort. I wish my first quilt looked half as nice.

Mary-Kay said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Your long armer did an awesome job with the feather quilting in the lattice. Nice job!

Candi said...

Your quilt looks so warm and cozy. I want to use it!

Deborah said...

It looks beautiful!

Cathi said...

It's gorgeous and the quilting is fabulous! What a great first quilt!

beth said...

What a TREASURE! thanks for sharing!

Lonci said...

It is beautiful, congratulations:)

Bed Linens said...

This is beautiful, and frankly, I love the lighting in the photos.

Una said...

It is so beautiful! I love that you used two blocks - also that they are a little "related". Thank you for sharing.

Meggie said...

What a beautiful quilt, with a lovely story.

Suzanne said...

Very nice - the quilting really accents it beautifully!
Congrats on your win!

Vicki said...

So pretty and I really like the quilting.

sewpam63 said...

Amazing! Hand pieced is a labor of LOVE! Nice to have it so beautifully quilted! ; ) I LOVE the colors you chose for your quilt...that red makes me think of cinnamon. Thanks for sharing!