New Leaves

As for the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, you vote by going here and then click in the upper right hand corner, of your favorite quilt picture. A red heart will appear when you have voted. Thanks if mine was a favorite!! If not, enjoy them all!!

High School graduation is always the time I think about turning leaves, turning the page, starting fresh, a new beginning.

Maple Leaf quilt @ Sewfrench

“In every change, in every falling leaf, there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow.” – Amit Ray

I started this quilt exactly a year ago.

how to make a maple leaf quiltI was testing out the stems of leaves, thin and a bit thicker… Then opting to leave them off altogether.
Stems or no stems @ Sewfrench

I knew it would be a graduation quilt for my nephew Seth. Seth is a pretty special young man in this quilter’s heart.

Baptist Fan hand quilting @ Sewfrench

He is also the “only” person I have made a second quilt for, because they wore the first one out.

How to quilt a Baptist Fan @ SewfrenchThe quilt was made for him when he was born, back when I didn’t photograph half the quilts I made. I don’t remember it very well, it was worn out well before most kids are ready to give up their blankies. I do know it was very similar to the pattern, Welcome Sunshine, which I used to make it.

Welcome Sunshine quilt @ SewfrenchSeth then went on to love on his older brother’s baby quilt, another unphotographed quilt. It is a good thing his older sister didn’t get her gift, of a quilt, until her HS graduation or he may have loved it to death, too!

New Leaves @ Sewfrench

Gotta love a guy who appreciates handmade quilts!

Quilt Label @ Sewfrench
This one is chocked full of good wishes and happy thoughts for all the changes to come!

Maple Leaf quilt by Sewfrench

New Leaves
Hand-quilting category
a maple leaf variation
for Seth
60″ x 90″
Kona cottons
hand-quilted in the Baptist fan design
by Sewfrench

If this quilt so happens to be one of your favorites you can nominates it by clicking here. And copying and pasting this web pages’ address which is

Thank you!!!

“In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow.” – Amit Ray

Bloggers Quilt Festival Spring 2015Previous BQF entries:
Flower Garden ~ Fall 2009
Mosaic Tiles ~ Spring 2011
Shoot For the Moon ~ Fall 2011
Bubble Quilt ~ Spring 2012
Out of This World ~ Fall 2012
Thousand Pyramids~ Spring 2013
Head Over Heels in Love ~ Baby quilt ~ Fall 2013
Take A Hike ~ Art quilt ~ Fall 2013
Blowin’ in the Wind ~ Spring 2014

Also linking up with:
Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop
Weekend Retreat
Fiber Tuesday
P.S. I have been told this quilt is in the book Vintage Quilt Revival Quilts. Though I have not seen the book, or the author talk about it, there is always the possibility that I have seen someone else make it, though I do not recall that either. That is not to say it wasn’t lodged in my subconscious, at some point, and if that is the case I would definitely want to give the designer credit where credit is due. I was going for an oversized maple leaf quilt and apparently Lee had the same idea as well!

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16 Responses to New Leaves

  1. Asha says:

    Lori that is beautiful. Love the colors and the the name. Love the quote too – how true!! I am now in the US for a couple of months. 🙂


  2. Sandra says:

    Beautiful hand-quilting on a beautiful quilt. Mmm! I love the quilt block leaf pattern and I love the Fall colours of leaves! Seth is a lucky young man. I agree that you gotta love a guy who loves quilts. 🙂


  3. mtetar says:

    Very Nice reminds me of The Fall. Be Blessed, Mtetar


  4. Julie Fukuda says:

    That is a very basic pattern and I like the way you have arranged the blocks and the quilting. The solids work nicely together too.


  5. Pat in WNY says:

    Lovely quilt, and a special person gets to love it. So rewarding to make quilts for a child or grandchild who appreciates them!


  6. I love your Baptist Fans. That’s on my list to try. Lucky Seth to have such an Aunt.

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    • Sewfrench says:

      This was my first try at Baptist Fans and I LOVE the texture! Once I got them all marked I like the reputation of quilting them! Let me know it you try them I’d love to see it, Cathy!


  7. writingmom85283 says:

    What a great job! Lovely.


  8. Karen says:

    Wow, just beautiful. You are a true artist.


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