2012-03-03

does it happen to you?

Sometimes you see something and have this sudden urge to create a quilt (an illustration, a photo...) based on what you see. And you can't stop thinking - maybe not continuously, maybe it just pops up from time to time, but you keep returning to the idea until you finally make it.

One autumn morning, when I was passing our local pub, I looked at the wooden deck, where they put tables in summer. The tables were already removed and as the morning was quite cold, the boards where covered in frost. I also noticed a few withered leaves on the deck, white with frost too.
That image kept coming back to me until I finally put it into a mini quilt. I think I'm calling it First Frost, even if it doesn't look that frosty.


And a bit of detail:

The shape and colour of the leaf was to be different, but in the end I just couldn't resist the temptation of trying to act on another inspiration - Shaun Tan's The Red Tree picture book.

On a more technical note - the mini is 11,5" x 16" and as you can probably guess apart from cotton I used bits of linen, too.

P.S. Two-colour binding as suggested by my sister :) 

I'm linking this to:

Modern Mini Challenge


Hope to see your entries there, too.

18 comments:

  1. that is so gorgeous! Good luck with the contest :-D

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  2. So beautiful - love the mix of neutrals and the leaf. Gorgeous mini!

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  3. I love this! I think you have captured a wooden deck at first frost wonderfully, I have seen such a deck. I love the quilting and the leaf is perfect.

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  4. oh i LOVE it! beautiful work. i can just imagine it in real life too! ;)

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  5. This is fabulous and I love the story of the inspiration that led to you creating it. Great entry into the contest!

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  6. this is mini quilt perfection. one of my favorites on the contest!

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  7. this is amazingly beautiful. I love it.

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  8. This is wonderful! It's so restful. Lovely. I once made a quilt inspired by a sidewalk : )

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  9. It is so peaceful and beautiful. I really adore this quilt you have made. Thank you!

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  10. love the two color binding (sisters are great for those suggestions!) and the quilting. lovely.

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  11. That's really beautiful, and I love the way you have quilted it.

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  12. Beautiful quilt - love the quilting and all of the different textures!

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  13. Love your inspiration and your mini turned out just amazing! Thanks so much for entering the Modern Mini Challenge! Good luck!

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  14. Beautiful mini, the two colour binding is striking. Good luck

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  15. Wonderful! Looks so soft and warm :-)

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  16. You created such a word picture when describing that deck. The mini is a lovely interpretation. Thanks for sharing!

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