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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Leafs me happy blog hop




I am a little early in posting my entry quilt for this blog hop but tomorrow, October 4, DH (dear husband) and I have an early trip gathering mushroom compost of all things from the Snshine Coast,, to take to Brisbane for my father's garden!

My entry for this blog hop is a row by row exhange that I took part in with the Southern Cross Quilters Yahoo group back in 1999. I sewed the rows together to make the quilt which I then had quilted back in 2000. But the quilt still wasn't finished until 2005 when I finally finally finished the sewing the binding on! That was in the "old days" when I sewed the binding on all of my quilts by hand. I had the quilt machine-quilted by a long arm quilter and I cannot even remember who did the quilting for me!

Here's my quilt:


Sorry about the photo but the quilt is a large queen size quilt. I always tend to make my bed quilts larger than the measurements for the size bed that I am making it for as I like my quilts to hang over the size of the bed a fair way (but not to the floor either). I've been battling a migraine as well today, hence the photos have not been trimmed soyou get to see my clothesline as well as the quilt!

My row that I made is the row of maple leaf blocks which is the fifth row:


When I sent my row away, I sent it away with the feature fabric which is the fabric on the outside border of the quilt. Here's a close-up of the border fabric which I adore, especially since it has my favourite colour, purple, in it:


When I first received my rows back when everyone had added theirs, I was shocked to see the blue that other quilters had added in to their rows. I so thought then that blue was not an autumn/fall colour and I literally did, shed some tears over what I thought was an addition to my quilt that had wrecked it. However, everyone that saw my rows thought differently and I eventually realised that the blue actually lifted the quilt and made it not quite so dull, as sometimes autumn colours can be. Then, by chance, I came across the flowery fabric in the inside border of the fabric that contained autumn colours and ... blue. And to me, now, this quilt is one of my favourites!

Here's the label on the back of the quilt and the signature squares that everyone sent with their rows:



One last photo of my quilt laying on my lounge:



Here's the list of other bloggers for Thursday 4 October (I did say I was early):

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85 comments:

Denise :) said...

Beautiful quilt!! Batiks and leaves go together perfectly! Enjoy your trip!! :)

Connie said...

Beautiful quilt!

Judy B said...

Love your quilt! Thank you for sharing.

Lyn said...

Very nice quilt. Love the row quilt. Thanks for sharing

Sunshine Girl said...

Its lovely! thanks for sharing.

Jacquelin said...

Una gran colcha con muchas horas de trabajo.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

A lovely quilt and happy that it is completed. Thank you for sharing with us.

Britt-Inger said...

Your quilt is beautiful and so much fall colors.
Thanks for sharing

Sue said...

Lovely quilt. Thank you for sharing.

Heleen Groot said...

Amazing quilt! Love the leafy border too. You are correct: Purple rules! Hope your migraine has left you alone, so you can enjoy that trip!

Pauline said...

What a lovely quilt! Thanks for sharing.

charlotte said...

Pretty quilt. Thanks for sharing.

louzee said...

Beautiful quilt!

Farm Quilter said...

Beautiful quilt! I hope you enjoyed your mushroom compost hunting expedition!!!

Lesley said...

Beautiful quilt!

Fiesta said...

Wonderful project. Perfect colors for fall. Thank you for inspiring us today!

gpc said...

Your quilt is beautiful -- I've never made anything so large so I am in awe!

Michele said...

Yes a very beautiful quilt.

Gingersnaps Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt!!

Madame Samm said...

Good Morning BERN no doubt about it...you is feeling fall... this is lovely..

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

fantastic quilt....I know how difficult it can be to take a picture of a large quilt....looks wonderful!

krislovesfabric said...

Beautiful quilt, thanks for sharing :)

Needled Mom said...

It is such a nice quilt to display and use during the fall months.

Kathy H said...

Beautiful quilt and the blue does add a dash of brightness to it.

tink's mom said...

Love the quilt. Thanks for sharing with us.

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a beautiful quilt! blessings, marlene

Rosa said...

Love your row quilt,wonderful.Thanks for sharing and enjoy your trip!

Nancy in IN said...

Love the quilts. It will keep you warm.
Thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

Beautiful quilt with lots of wonderful memories !

Linda said...

Your quilt is just beautiful! I love the blue. After all, autumn skies are usually a beautiful, clear blue just like that!

Gill said...

Great quilt! I love row quilts!
Thanks for sharing!

Nellie Duclos said...

Love your row quilt, very seasonal. From CA, USA, thanks for sharing.

patchouli moon studio said...

Lovely quilt.

sew.darn.quilt said...

This quilt may have taken quite awhile to come to fruition but it was well worth the wait and the blue reminds me of the sky in autumn, there's no blue like it!!
Thank you for sharing :)

Aurea said...

There are so many beautiful entries. Thanks for sharing.

Cathy said...

Wonderful, wonderful quilt. Your leaves are just the right colors. I might have been put off by the blue too, but I agree the blue lifts the colors and sets a nice tone for the quilt. Well done!

JanesQuilting said...

That is one BEAUTIFUL quilt. I love all the colors that you used. And yes, the blues really makes the rest pop. Thank you so much for sharing that one.

Wendy said...

It turned out lovely, I hope that you learned to love it!

Maria Kievit said...

Love your quilt! Am glad that you liked the blue in there after all. It really does lift it up! Thanks for sharing.

BizyStitches said...

Beautiful quilt, enjoy your day. Thanks for sharing.

Jeanne Gwin said...

I'm sorry for you having the migraine, they are such hateful maladies. I hope you recover from it sooner rather then later. Dark room, no noise, sleep and lots of water. Get that fluid built back up. YOur quilt is beautiful and thank you for sharing with us. I hope you and all your followers come on over to The Learning Curve to see my things and enter my giveaway. http://jeannegwin.blogspot.com/2012/10/leafs-me-happy-day-3.html

Sandy D said...

Beautiful Quilt. I love seeing the Maple leave done by everyone.Thanks for sharing.

Gwen said...

So pretty!! I think that batiks are so perfect for Autumn leaves! :-)

deborah said...

Awesome!! Feel better...I, too, am battling a migraine, now in it's 2nd day!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Very pretty quilt! Hope you're feeling better!! TFS

Carrie P. said...

lovely quilt.

DeAnna S. said...

Beautiful quilt. I love the design and the colors. Thanks for sharing.

Judith said...

The blue stands out, but I love the effect of the other colors with it. Lovely quilt and I am a new follower. Thank you for sharing with us today....Judith, Texas

Bonnie58 said...

I love the colours in your quilt. thanks for sharing.

Lori said...

Your quilt is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Ariane said...

I love your quilt!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

Chris said...

How beautiful!

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
OH WOW so beautiful. just WOW
You are really good and so inspiring for us beginner quilters.
WOW. Thank you for sharing your creativity

Robin said...

That is a very beautiful quilt!

Rebeckah Austin said...

Awesome quilt!

pinsandneedles said...

Pretty quilt!

MooseStash Quilting said...

Love your quilt. Looks like it was fun to make. Hope your mushroom day was successful!

evelyn said...

Beautiful quilt. I do like the border fabrics.

Sheila said...

What a beautiful quilt, sew colorful. Thanks for being part of the hop.

Beth said...

That is wonderful!

Julie said...

Love the quilt! Especially the leaf row! ;-)

Gina said...

Beautiful! Thanks for participating & inspiring us today!!

LJ said...

Thanks for sharing your story of your quilt. I, too, have a quilt to put together where there are a lot of people who contributed. I'm glad to see yours turned out wonderfully - blue and all!! :)

mahoo said...

Gorgeous quilt. It'll keep you warm and wrapped in memories! Thanks for sharing with us all.

jules said...

Thanks for sharing your quilt story and I love the touch of blue.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Love the beautiful quilt!!

Bern said...

Thank-you all for your lovely comments. Blue is actually one of my favourite colours, the first being purple, then orange, then blue. I had not thought about the blue skies in autumn, which one lady wrote about.

In south-east Queensland where I live, we get a very mild autmn and the leaves on our trees do not change colour (ours is a mild sub-tropical area) nor do many of the trees lose their leaves. Hence our love for Alaska which we have visited once and shall do again. I have only ever seen snow three times, in Germany as a teenager when visiting family, in Tasmania (our southernmost state) and in New Zealand but from a distance. We are planning on going back to Alaska and keep in contact with ex-US Army friends that we met over there. Hubby and I so want to see snow again and touch it again.

When you live in such a mostly very hot, humid and sub-tropical climate as ours, that brings on a fascination with snow and cold and ice!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

It is beautiful.

Judy said...

The blue seems to really give the quilt some zing!!!

Susan said...

Can you please share with me the rules for sewing a row by row quilt? I would like to try to get a group of quilting friends to participate in a similar project.

Thearica said...

I love round robins! These quilts have so many stories to tell!

Suze said...

Thank you for sharing your quilt. I love blue and some of the most beautiful skies are autumnal skies. You say purple is your favorite color - sorta close to blue is some shades of each. And, when I think of it there are shades of purple I'm not particularly fond of, but that's true of blue, too. We all have our preferences. Your quilt is lovely. Glad you got it finished.

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

Hi!!! Beautiful quilt!! I like the purple and blues!!! It does bring out the colors!!!! Thank You

Katherine said...

Amazing quilt! So many beautiful blocks to enjoy and explore.

Thanks for sharing!

Leah said...

Wow, what a great quilt. Lots of fall colors and patterns to look at in there.

Tricia said...

Wow what i wonderful quilt. I have yet to take part in a Row Robin but after seeing your quilt, I may consider joining one. Thank You for sharing it with us.

Sincerely,
Tricia

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Very pretty! The fabric choices are just lovely!

SpartanBabe said...

Just finished a row robin and it was a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing your quilt with us and thanks for hoppin' too!

Karen said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Mrs.Pickles said...

very creative thanks for sharing!

Abbigail said...

I really enjoy your quilt! there are so many things to see on it!
I do hope you get your fingers back to a good condition.
hulseybg@gmail.com

the girlfriend gap said...

My favorite thing about Fall on many days is looking up and seeing all the leaves changing colors and the sky peaking through the colorful leaves. That is what the blue makes methinks of in your quilt. The sky on a beautiful fall day. Thanks for sharing. Janita

Lyndsey said...

What a beautiful quilt. I hope you hand is fully healed soon.

Pam said...

Hiya! I can understand your feelings about the blue, but then I thought, fall has some of the bluest skies of the year, at least they are here. But the quilt is lovely, and I can imagine how much you love it. Thank you for sharing with us, hope your hand heals soon. Blessed be, hugs!!!

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MoeWest said...

You have a lovely fall quilt. The blue could represent the sky.