Window on My World – landscape quilt background panels.

When designing the backgrounds for the panels of my quilt, I wanted each panel to be different. In doing this, I was hoping that I could enhance the imagery of each season and each time of day.

Winter / Midnight



Starting with winter, I thought that strips of various shade of blue, navy and deep purple going across the sky might show the movement of a winter sky.

Then, I added snow in drifts for the ground.





After sewing the snowdrifts, I decided that I did not like that the ground was different than the sky. So, off came the snow drifts.

New snow drifts were made of strips of white and grey fabric sewn to similar to the sky.

This I liked much better!

Spring / Sunrise



For spring, I wanted the piecing to highlight the sunrise. So, the blue, yellow and orange fabrics were sewn to depict the rays of the sun.

And, to keep each panel looking unified, I decided that the ground should also be sewn to look like the rising sun was casting rays of light on the ground.

Summer / Midday



For summer, I wanted the piecing to highlight the tranquility of summer when a slight breeze is blowing.  To achieve this, I pieced the various shades of blue with a slight slope away from the center of the quilt.  The ground was then pieced to echo  or mirror  the slope of the sky.



Autumn / Sunset



For autumn, I also wanted the piecing to highlight the sun, this time as the sun goes down below the horizon.

Yellow, orange and  red fabrics were used for the sun with various shades of blue and purple for the sky. These fabrics were sewn in strips but with shifts to show the sun rays.

The ground was sewn similar with various shades of darker green. Grey fabric was used to show the set of steps to one side of the yard.


Next post will include the applique designs for these panels.

A Day of Gratitude


Thanksgiving Poem (modified)

Our table is set; great food you can bet.
It’s Thanksgiving Day, and we’re ready to eat;
All those near and dear us, are here today to cheer us.
This dinner is a winner, a wonderful treat.

It’s time to be thankful for all that God gives us;
Dear Lord, we are grateful; Dear God, hear our prayer.
It’s You we are praising; our voices we are raising;
Bless us and our family; keep us safe in your care.

By Joanna Fuchs

While every day I am thankful for the many blessings, today is the day set aside to express and celebrate our gratitude.  I am especially thankful for  many things – my faith, my wonderful husband, my four incredible boys, my extended family, my friends, my health… the list can go on and on.

My prayer today, as we celebrate this holiday, is that each of you will be blessed as well.


Window on My World – designing a landscape quilt.


Our home, once filled with the busy-ness of four boys, is considerably quieter with only one son still living at home.  And, this week he is on a field study trip with his school making our house even quieter.

Looking to the future, my husband and I have started thinking about moving in a few years.  When that happens, we will leave behind a house that I have spent considerable time and effort into making a lovely place to live.

My backyard is especially enjoyable to me, with the trees and flowers and many places to sit and relax.  To help remember this space, I decided to make a landscape quilt that shows my yard.  I plan to call this quilt “Window on my World”.  The idea is that the quilt will depict a view of my yard looking out of a window. Since all seasons and all times of the day are enjoyable, I plan to incorporate various times into the quilt.

The window will have four panes in it.  Each pane will depict a different season in my backyard – Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.  And, each pane will depict different times of day – Midnight, Sunrise, Midday and Sunset.  So, starting from the farthest left pane and going right the landscape quilt will show the my yard:

  • Midnight in Winter
  • Sunrise in Spring
  • Midday in Summer
  • Sunset in Autumn

The first step in creating this quilt was to draw out my ideas on a few pieces of paper. I’m not very good at drawing, but these do show the idea fairly well.Composite.jpg

I now need to plan out the background.  To make the quilt more visually interesting, I am playing around with different piecing ideas for each pane. That will be the topic of my next posting.