Saturday, 15 September 2007

In a swap-happy mood

Thursday evening I finished my "Leaves of September" quilt for ... in the Four Seasons Quilt Swap. This is how it turned out:

As you can see, I increased the volume of the stems of the maple leaves. The quilting is very simple, but I hope it enhances the pattern of the blocks. As a finishing touch I added one stanza of the poem "Once Upon an Autumn Day" by Joseph T. Renaldi to the label. Now it's done and just waiting to be sent of on Monday.

Remember the blue and white SBS swap I posted about early this summer? Yesterday I got my blocks back from Jennifer Chiaverini:

I'm so exited about this!!! They are absolutely gorgeous! Everyone has done such a wonderful job! And I hope I can figure out a setting for them that does these beauties justice. In the pic on the top are all the blocks that were sent to me, in the one below, I have added one of each of the blocks I made for the swap. All in all there are 60 blocks - so it should make into a fair size quilt - all in blue and white/cream. Now I need to think...

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Sincerely, Anne Ida

PS! For those interested, here is the whole poem by Joseph T. Renaldi:

Once Upon An Autumn Day

Once upon an autumn day,
Colorful leaves began to fade
In the midst of a chilly, frosty air
As multitude of trees grew steadily bare.
Once upon an autumn day,
The whispering breeze was here to stay
Moving aimlessly through the countless trees
Scattering leaves with the greatest of ease.
Once upon an autumn day,
The leaves whirled freely in every way,
Until at last they came to rest
Finding a haven in which to nest.
Once upon an autumn day,
The trees were dormant, and the leaves lay
Waiting for the winter snow to fall
To quickly obscure them one and all.
Joseph T. Renaldi


Elin said...

You are simply the best! What a wonderful quilt, and what a wonderful poem. I had to read it aloud, I would like to learn it by heart! Lucky quilter somewhere out there to receive this!

Annelies said...

Hello Anne Ida,

Wow, fifty blocks for the SBS swap. You made a lot. The blocks that you got back look wonderful, and I have spotted the one I made !

Rose Marie said...

Your swap quilt is lovely and I love the added touch of the poem on your label! Looking forward to how you finish your SBS top.

Vicki W said...

Your leaves quilt is very pretty! What a difference the change in the stem made. I liked it before jsut fine but it's better now. The blue/white quilt is going to be awesome!

May K said...

Your autumn quilt looks great! And your SBS swap blocks! Wow, that quilt will look beautiul!

Sweet P said...

Your autumn quilt is gorgeous. What a lucky swap participant.

Your blue and white quilt blocks are fantastic. You will truly enjoy that quilt.

Simonetta said...

Great quilt! I love so much the colors in the autumn :))))

Debi said...

I love those blue/white SBS blocks. This quilt is going to be stunning.

meggie said...

Your Autumn quilt is just gorgeous! Love the idea of putting the poem on it, too.
And your blues are all wonderful.

Guðrún said...

I think your swap/autumn quilt turned out beautiful. Those SBS white/blue blocks are they the same as in your SBS quilt?

Nihal said...

So lovely Quilts and inspiring Autumn poem for this beautiful season! Beautifully done! Especially the one in my favorite color blue.. cannot find more words to tell its enchanting.Well done Anne, you're my Quilting Hero;)

Have a beautiful September weekend.

Rose said...

Oh sweetie ur swap quilt is gorgeous (somehow i missed that last post where u had the top together grr) and i love the poem.....perfect!!
U know blue is my favorite colour, so im biased, but those SBS blocks look amazing!! It must have been a big swap, i love them....makes me want to start all over again in just blue and white!! lol
Hugs xxx

Butterfly said...

The blue and cream SBS swap looks wonderful!!! Love the poem.... after all autumn is my favourite season!!!

Have a lovely sunday evening

gwen said...

WOW I am amazed at both works. I really liked your 4SSQ with the thicker stems. The back is as gorgeous as the front! And the blue blocks, so much work for such a beauty. It will make a nice big quilt which would go perfectly well in my living room! LOL Take care.

Colleen's Blog said...

It looks like you have enough SBS blocks to make something really lovely. You made a lot of blocks. Since it was my first try I only made 15. Colleen

Jeanne said...

The SBS swap was a huge success by the looks of your blocks. They are gorgeous and will make a wonderful quilt. Your autumn quilt is very cute and I like the poem verse on the label. Nice addition.

The Chicken Lady said...

Oh, the fall quilt is so cute. I love leaf blocks. :)

Stephanie said...

Love the 4 seasons quilt! It's beautiful. Wondering who has my

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Wow, great post!
I love your swap quilt!
Thoose SBS swaps are really fantastic though, did Jennifer really send them, was it a swap co-ordinated by her, I don't remeber akll the details but think I remember you making them....they will be another stunning quilt1 Well done! Tracey

Nan said...

I have just discovered your blog, and I'm so very glad I did! I love your 4 Seasons Swap quilt - how lovely! The blue and white blocks are to die-for gorgeous, too!
Thank you for sharing such a lovely poem - made my day!