Hey, Quilters! Isn't this a fun image for fall? Does the season influence the fabrics you choose to work with? Have you ever made a fall leaf quilt?
I have made a couple of them. My first effort was quite exciting for me. I made it 15 years ago or so, after a hiatus I had taken from quilting. The blocks were in the design of maple leafs, all pieced, including a tiny stem. I quilted it by hand, believe it or not, in a gold metallic thread. I gave it to my daughter, and wonder if she still has it. Sara? It went really well with a dark green couch she had at the time. It was kind of a pitiful effort, compared to where I am now with my quilting, but I do remember the joy I experienced in making it. I loved working with the dark greens, golds, russets, burgundies and browns. I have seen some stunning leaf block quilts in recent years, and have vowed to do another one someday.
The quilt I am working on currently, Birdseye, is very much a fall themed quilt as far as the color scheme is concerned, and that is part of the fun I am having while working on it. The colors of my fabrics are very much the colors of the season. See yesterday's post for a photo of the blocks to see what I mean.
This is a quilt top I finished about seven or eight years ago. Believe it or not, I have never had it quilted. I think it deserves quilting, don't you? I made it one fall and had the same feeling of rightness & satisfaction while I was working on it, that I have now while working on Birdseye. The colors seem right with the time of year. But here's the thing. I let myself be influenced by a comment someone I really respected made about the quilt. She said, "Oh. The colors are so dark. You must have been really depressed when you made it. The colors quilters choose always reflect their state of mind. I'm sorry you were going though a troublesome period".
I thought to myself, "I didn't think I was depressed when I made this quilt. But maybe it IS dark and somber and depressing. Maybe things weren't so great with me when I made it." The quilt now felt tainted with a cloud of despair. Was it indeed a testament to a bleak period in my life? Did I want to be forever reminded of that? A lot of the love I felt for this quilt was diminished by my friend's thoughtless, but possibly well meaning comment. Now that I take the unquilted top out of the closet and spread it out, it doesn't seem dark to me in the slightest. Do you agree? This is not a dark quilt! But it does have a feeling of the changing seasons, which is exactly what I had in mind while I made it. Why did I let myself be so negatively influenced by someone's comment? This is a great quilt! And it has been hanging in a dark closet for years with no one loving it or using it.
Has something like this ever happened to you? Tell us about it.