This is "Shenandoah Falling". It is my first of three 2014 show quilts to be introduced. It is currently at Mancuso's Quiltfest, Mid-Atlantic Show in Virginia. This is one of the first shows of the season and gets a good response from quilters anxious to get their quilts back into the shows. It's typically a hard show, so I'm very delighted how my two quilts there did. This little 51"x35" wonder took the best wall quilt award!
I bought a couple of Cherrywood's Grab Bags for Crazies when they were on-sale two for one last year. Everyone loves Cherrywoods...they just have a rich look and such indulgent colors. The grab bags are their mistakes, end cuts and mis-dyes so each bag has a little of everything and anything. There are colors in these bags that you probably can't just order. The pieces tend to be about 6-7" by 10", so planning a conventional or traditional quilt proved fruitless (after several tries). One quilter friend of mine (after seeing me redesigning and redesigning) just said to me "enough, just cut them". And so I did. I went about this completely without a plan. The first phase of the experiment had begun. Could I actually make a quilt without designing it first? Am I capable of winging it?...
I started by cutting 4 or 5 of these scraps into about 7" squares. They are all stacked together, and free cut like I show. Each set of blocks has slightly different curves.
Sorry, I'm not sure how to fix this without altering the original. You get the idea though. By the time I added the borders, it had a good bit of tweaking done. I love how it looks like the sun might be poking through the leaves. Guess I failed to mention that since these were Cherrywoods in luscious shades of "fall", this is depicting the autumn leaves.
I'm hoping that the resolution of the first picture is high enough to just zoom in and see the quilting details. I chose all kinds of odd-ball things that I know you wouldn't associate with my quilting. The different quilt styles (triple stitch crosshatch and parallel lines) on opposing borders does go against my innate need for symmetry, but it grabs that modern, do-whatever, just wing-it aesthetic I wanted to go for. The overall quilt is immensely textural. Where some of the quilt disappears on the colors of the top, the back lays it all out for the eye to see... <