September 25, 2013

A Fresh New Start

I let myself get sidetracked this week with a little diversion. As you may know from reading my blog, I love leaves. All the wonderful shades of greens . . . all the beautiful shapes . . . and of course all the many leafy fabrics. Over the years I've amassed quite a collection of leafy prints. Many are more traditional in nature although now I'm gathering more and more modern versions as well.

I've had a sketch for a leaf quilt for years and thought I'd break out the stash and start cutting this week. The main design consists of a checkerboard in the quilt center and the Scrappy Trip Along block tutorial was perfect for getting these blocks underway.

I broke out the leafy stash . . . this is only part of it!

I cut lots of strips to size, producing lots of little trimming scraps . . . love these little bits of color.

I started sewing a few blocks together . . . many more to come.

I know this is a form of procrastination for other things I should be working on but what the heck. I'm getting something done.

With all the terrible flooding that happened in Colorado recently I am feeling so very very grateful that the little creek behind our house didn't flood any worse than it did and feeling heartsick for all the people who are now without their homes and belongings. I'm thinking these leafy prints might be just the thing for a charity quilt. What better way to symbolize a fresh new start than green leaves representing new growth? I hope to turn these blocks into a charity quilt for flood victims.

If you are interested in helping, one option is Cover Colorado: Quilts For Flood Victims sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. is also offering to distribute quilts to those in need. You can see what Luana of eQuilter had to say in this recent newsletter.

Linking up for WIP Wednesday with lee at Freshly Pieced. Take a look at what a few others are working on this week.

Hope you are making progress on your WIP's.

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  1. Your greens look so fresh! I'll be following along to see what comes next.

  2. Wow! Beautiful. I love leaves too and the colour green. I think it's great that we can enjoy making an awesome quilt and help someone out at the same time. Double blessing!

  3. Your start is beautiful, love all the colors of green. Don't you love it how much you can get done when the thing you REALLY need to be doing is being ignored?

  4. Such a perfect way to showcase your leaves!!! Can't wait to see it all done!

  5. I totally love leaves as well! The fabrics are beautiful and look wonderful in those blocks!

  6. That is a wonderful collection of leaves! :-)
    Love the effect of the squares!
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  7. What a fantastic stash! I love the way you are putting the blocks together and how lovely that you will make the quilt for charity. Good luck with it.

  8. This quilt is so beautiful and life affirming! Love it, Anne!

  9. That would make a gorgeous charity quilt. Go you!

  10. Fun to see all your greens stacked up, although I know we are only getting a taste!



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