This week I drove over to the little town of Ontario, Oregon, to visit Andrews Seed Company. This lovely garden store (in business since 1917!) has a wonderful selection of seeds and garden items, with a fall sale currently happening, but (as much as I love garden stores!) the main attraction for me was the display of customers’ quilts that they have hanging from the ceiling throughout the store. These will be on display ’til the end of October, and I really enjoyed taking a long look!
One of the most amazing quilts there was “The Weekly Leaf,” a quilt made by Linda McLaughlin of Studio B in Weiser, Idaho. It consists of 52 blocks that each feature either a whole leaf or a close-up, all handpainted and worked in the most wonderful handstitching, one per week for a year. It has to be seen in real life to be truly appreciated, but try going to Linda’s blog and clicking on the individual leaf pictures to see the detail on these wonderful blocks. (You may have to wait a long time for the page to load, since it features photos of all 52 blocks.)
You can also go to this blog to read a little more about the techniques involved. I’d love to try something like this someday!