I'm in New Brunswick this week, due to an unexpected family emergency (all is turning out well, no worries!). About 10" of light fluffy snow fell on Thursday. Yesterday, with the sun shining in a blue, blue sky, I thought it was absolutely lovely. Today the sky is gray and blah and there are brown puddles on the streets and sidewalks. Guess who is looking forward to spring again?
Leafy Pathways makes me think of spring, which is just what this blah late winter day needs, so it's a perfect day to share this finish and new pattern.
|Leafy Pathways by Canuck Quilter Designs|
Fabric: Fruit and Veggies from Island Batik
From the photo, you may have guessed that I did not finish this quilt recently. Green grass and leaves are not a feature of Iowa in winter! I've kept this quilt under wraps since last summer, and I'm so happy to be allowed to share at last now that the fabric is arriving in stores.
I started with a tidy stack of fabrics from the Fruit and Veggies collections sent to me by Island Batik, which I promptly cut up into pieces.
|Fruit and Veggies batiks from Island Batik|
I made the leaf blocks first, then proceeded to lay out all my squares around those. I've said it before. "Random" color placement is hard. Actually, my science minded husband is quick to point out that random is actually quite easy. The pleasing distribution of prints and colours I aim for isn't actually random at all. It's just a pleasing arrangement, or as pleasing as I could manage in the time I was willing to devote to it. Trust me, more time would result in so many different distributions, and not necessarily any better ones!
I'm lucky that while Rosie, my trusty quilt dog, supervises carefully, she refrains from rearranging the pieces for me. That said, after laying out this quilt, I made the effort to get my design wall put up. It's much less taxing on my back to rearrange on the wall than on the floor. Of course, if I'd been using the wall I might have done a few more iterations of the layout, so maybe the floor was for the best.
|Center of Leafy Pathways by Canuck Quilter Designs|
|Dana's version of Leafy Pathways|
|Sandie's version of Leafy Pathways|
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