Monday, November 1, 2021

Quilts and Classics: Foliage/1936 Ford

 This quilt came about when I wanted to use some beautiful fall-toned Oakshott cottons to make a version of Delta Breeze, this time with maple leaf blocks rather than bear paw blocks.

Long before I had the idea for the calendar, I had wanted to photograph it with the vintage orange truck at Hillcrest Farms, a Christmas tree farm which decked itself out with pumpkins around Halloween.

It is a popular place for school field trips and there are usually many school buses, so it is overrun with children during the week. On weekends it is crowded with families.

But on this particular day, it was early afternoon and there were no school buses. I parked and went to the ticket booth. They were just closing up for the day. I was so disappointed but I told them all I wanted to do was photograph my quilt with their truck. They said I could have full access to the entire farm as long as I didn't move any pumpkins. Deal. And they didn't even charge me an admission fee!

It was a gray, overcast day, so the experience was actually a little bit spooky. Especially when I turned a corner and saw this guy...At first glance, I really expected him to start moving and point that rifle at me. I noticed a few other "guards" as I wandered around. See if you can spot some of them...
You can see why this vintage truck was the perfect backdrop for this quilt. Can you see the "driver" in there?

But there were so many other photo ops--and I didn't have to ask a single child to please move. :)

Watch out--another guard...

Foliage is one of my favorite fall quilts and I hope you enjoyed the photo op tour around Hillcrest Farms.

Quilt: Foliage

Designed by: Cindy Wiens

Quilted by: Darby Myers

Size: 54" x 63"


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Kathryn said... #

You found many perfect spots for your photo ops. Loved them.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Soooo many great shots for your fall quilt at that location. And that truck!!!! Perfect. I need your nerve when it comes to taking outdoor quilt photos. I'm too easily intimidated and/or hurry through the process. Of course having finished quilts to photograph helps and I haven't had many finishes this year. ugg.

Nancy said... #

A wonderful blog post. A beautiful quilt and such great photos.

http://thankfullga447 said... #

Wow the photos are beautiful and taking the time out to do this for your blog.

Charlotte M. said... #

That quilt matches perfectly with the surroundings there. Beautiful quilt Cindy.

OPQuilt said... #

This is one of my favorite of your posts! All that Quilty goodness, all those pumpkins, all those wonderful photographs—WOW! I love this quilt, and have a version of Maple Leaf all tucked away with its fabrics in a bin in my sewing room. I need to follow your example and get it done. If I get it done, can I come up there and take photos? :)

Anonymous said... #

Great photos! But all I could think of is, did your quilt get dirty from that tractor?!
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