Freefall Maple Leaves is ready for cuddles!
Sandra of Musings of a Menopausal Melon made a stunning quilt last year, with maple leaves superimposed on a single red maple leaf. She then made another one in greens and purples, and hosted the Spring Freefall Quilt Along, generously including the pattern for the design. After months of surreptitiously visiting the site, I could resist no longer, and cut into some long stashed batiks. I even imitated Sandra’s original colour scheme; I saw no way to improve upon it.
To make a lap quilt, I increased the blocks to 10”, and added to the background. I backed it with batik and started quilting it densely on my longarm. About ¼ of the way through it I realized that the tension was AWFUL. After several weeks of ripping and infinite expletives, the top was separated from the batting and back. I decided I didn’t like the batik for a backing, and I really didn’t want to see any of it for months. So I didn’t.
Fast forward to mid January, a flannel backing and take 2 on the quilting.
Freefall Maple Leaves is finished. It is 58”x76” of coziness, and worth every ripped stitch (or so I tell myself). Since we have no snow, here it is under the maple trees, lying on real leaves. Freefall indeed.