I just love the way the Alison Glass Sunprints glow in this quilt against the darker shadow leaf (a black with white star print by Northcutt Fabrics) and the crisp Kona Cotton White background. I also am thrilled with the Rainbow on White fabric by Kim Schaefer for Andover Fabrics that I purchased from Bernie of Needle and Foot’s Etsy store for the binding! To make sure that I did not clip any points off of the maple leaf blocks, I trimmed the quilt 1/2″ beyond all the points. Oh, and that’s me holding up the quilt in the photograph!
Because this maple leaf quilt design feels like it is quintessential Canada, I wanted to photograph my quilt in some way to really capture some quintessential nature of the area of California I live. The first thing that came to mind was California poppies. Unfortunately, we are past peak bloom season for them. The second thing that came to mind are the windmills in the hills around me. And if there are windmills, you can bet they are there because it is windy. See how the quilt is rather plastered to the gate in this photo?
I think this photograph I managed to capture of the quilt being blown down by the wind is really the quintessential photo of what it is like to try to do outdoor quilt photography here. 🙂
I had also picked up some fabric that I had thought to use for the quilt backing from Bernie at the same time I purchased the binding fabric, Hip to be Square by Kim Schaefer for Andover. It is a multicolor print on white, and I decided that with the white background in the quilt top that I would likely be happier with a darker backing. So I used up these darker rainbow prints in my stash instead.
I don’t know why I thought it would be clever to put my arms over a block wall and duck down for my husband to take this photograph. It worked, but it was very awkward and painful to have my arms in that position!
My Freefall quilt finished at 38.5-inches wide by 37.5-inches long after quilting and binding. Thank you for the wonderful Quilt Along, Sandra!