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Aspens done!

I have been quilting for just about 6 years. I made a commitment at the beginning to always do my own quilting. Every time I sit down at the sewing machine, I am sure I am going to ruin a perfectly good quilt. I think I am getting better. At least I am having more fun!!

Here is the Aspen Reflections piece started in Sue Benner’s class at Art Quilt Tahoe:


Here is a close-up:


I took these photos tonight so I am not sure how true the colors are.

Update: Some answers to questions. This is 12 inches by 25 inches. It is done by cutting the batting and backing to size. Fuse the backing to the batting. On the batting side, sketch out your basic design with a soft lead pencil. Starting at the top cut and layout strips of fabric that will represent the photo colors and design that you are working from. We saved the trimmed edges of our fused fabric. If it was frayed – all the better. Sue uses selvages, interesting details from fused clothing pieces, etc. I was lucky to have purchased this wonderful African fabric that was batiked and had built in designs that worked perfectly with my landscape.

Tomorrow is my guild’s Holiday luncheon and last meeting of the year. I have the new and old board meeting at my house next week and then I am done!! The year has gone by so fast.

15 Responses to “Aspens done!”

  1. lisa says:

    wow. that is stunning. you are a true artist!!

  2. Amy says:

    I love it, you really captured the essence & the reflection is superb!

    My fall quilt will be far more abstract…. & king size….

  3. Frances says:

    Gerrie this quilt is wonderful, beautiful, I am really surprized to hear your hesitation about your quilting I have always thought it great and I aspire to be as good,

    I read your comment on another blog that your not feeling well hope you feel better soon,

    love the postcards too,

  4. Lisa Call says:

    I really like the colors in this piece – very nice. Congrats on the great work!

  5. Dale Anne says:

    I think YOUR quilting is just fine – would LOVE to see it up close.
    I think we all have those feelings at one time or another.
    We just have to keep practising on pieces!!!
    GREAT JOB!!!

  6. Karoda says:

    Congratulations on getting this piece completed! I like it! What is the size of it?

  7. Diane says:

    Gerrie, this is stunning! I can’t wait to see it in person. You’ve captured the image of aspens at the edge of the water perfectly.

  8. lizberg says:

    You hae really finished this well! I am so amazed at all the progress you have made over the past six years. Your work is really devloping well and looks so good!

  9. Jen Anderson says:

    The quilting is beautiful, and I love this piece. Jen

  10. Debra says:

    Gorgeous work, Gerry….I love it.

  11. DebR says:

    I love this quilt SO much! How big is it? I think your quilting looks wonderful.

  12. gabrielle says:

    Absolutely beautiful…what a successful piece. So glad you finished this..now get the entry forms out…definitely needs to be seen up close and personal.

  13. Mary Manahan says:


    This is gorgeous. I forget…did you fuse this with wonder under?

  14. I have that same feeling about ruining a perfectly good quilt–and I HAVE! It took me almost a month to get up enough courage to quilt Katja’s Owlz. Your Aspens looked great in class and even better now that they are finished. This was my favorite piece of yours (although the vinyards are a close second). The branches on the trees are wonderful. I am so glad you are pleased with it 😉

  15. Dorothee says:

    Love it!!! You did another one similar to this, didn’t you? Something like Zen trees? Anyway, I think this is really good!