I love the colours from the trees and this year seems to be particularly beautiful. Last weekend I led an Autumn Walk for the 50+ Adventure Club and it turned into one of the wettest walks that I have ever done. It was fine when we started but after about an hour the rain started; initially a light drizzle but getting heavier as we progressed. I had my hood up and this interfered with my glasses that steamed up and started wobbling as I walked and in the end I was so p****d off that I took the hood off and just got a very wet head!! We passed a group of men shooting, who broke their guns and took out the cartridges until we had passed and at that moment a hare ran onto the track in front of us and they couldn't shoot it - lucky hare!!
|Wonderful Autumn colours in the rain|
The following day, Sunday, I was on the coach to the Malvern Autumn Quilt Show and it was a glorious day with wall to wall sunshine. I call that 'Sod's Law'!
The show was smaller than the Spring Show held there, but I enjoyed the display of quilts. One group was quilted wall hangings of the Saints of Cornwall and I was amazed at how many different saints landed in the county and where they had come from - St Rea, St Martin of Tours, St Elid, St Mylor, St Roche, St Morwenna, St Meriadoc, St Cohan etc etc. This display was originally shown at Truro Cathedral.
I loved the mini quilts:-
|Just a small selection|
Anyway back to the October Mini Mania that had to be appliquéd, have some orange in it and have some personal connection to the month - oh and had to be no bigger than 14 inches.
I thought long and hard about this, surfed the net, lay in bed thinking (I get my best ideas there!!) and eventually came up with this. My late husband and I had a lovely holiday in South Africa where there were beautiful, colourful flowers and 28th October was our wedding anniversary - it would have been 50 next year.
I used what I call 'backside appliqué' but is reverse appliqué. I am sure that I have explained this somewhere else on the blog but I cannot find it! However this link shows it reasonably well but I use muslin to draw on and the wadding is in place as this helps to give a good clean zigzag line of stitching. Appliqué scissors are essential here to prevent cutting through the base fabric. I used free motion quilting which I love doing.
Here is the finished result -
|The background fabric is a dark bottle green|