Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Nedra's Fall - Vermont Gems


Vermont Gems

Raw edge applique, hand painted, commercial cottons, machine quilted

12' X 12"

I moved to Vermont in 1979 and was thrilled to experience many "firsts" there. Some of these included seeing many feet of snow, below zero temperature, snow skiing, sugar on snow parties, snow shoveling and of course Fall Leaf Peeping!! The colorful leaves looked like gems on the branches to me after having seen little more than brown leaves in Louisiana.  

I choose to spotlight the leaves and their glorious hues in this piece.  I hand painted most of the fabric.  I did use one commercial batik for the sweet gum leaves but dabbled a bit of paint on those.  The leaves are machine stitched onto the background.  The larger ones that extend beyond the edges are double sided and 3 dimensional.  I used a commercial fabric for the background and scattered them over it to look like they were on the ground in the woods.  


  1. Nedra, I love your leaves. The looks just like the fall. Having the leaves hang off the edges give a great texture and feeling of them falling.

  2. Hi Nedra - finally back on the MM blog! I envy your memories of fall leaves. Growing up in West Texas and living all these years in North Texas have me wanting to see the trees turn glorious colors every year. Your leaves are so vibrant, and I love how they spill out into the border. It really mimics their windblown nature. Such a beautiful little gem!

  3. What a great little quilt to remind you of all the "firsts" you experienced when moving to Vermont. You've really captured the variation of the fall leaf colors with your hand painted fabric.

  4. The veins through the leave are fun. Great color choices

  5. This is stunning Nedra. What a treasure you have created. Deb G.