Transition

The fall colors are lovely no matter where you look. I’m guessing the 300,000 leaf peepers in the state are pretty happy with their three-day weekend.

The fall chore list is done, tools cleaned, dahlia bulbs stored, and I’ve even planted a couple of containers of tulip bulbs to see if they will overwinter in the barn.

Now, I need to mentally move to inside projects. Trying to rev my sewing engine up, I made a couple of fabric related stops last week.

I went to the Tailored to Teach, Irma Bowen Textile Collection, exhibit at the University of New Hampshire displaying interesting pieces of clothing from the early 1900’s worn by NH residents.

Then we checked out Over the Clothesline, fashion inspired by Historic New England Photographs, at the Sarah One Jewett House Museum in South Berwick, Maine. Contemporary designs were created by artists from Maine and New Hampshire based upon photos from the early 1900’s. The creativity and artistic design was truly inspiring.

The Cocheco Quilt Guild Annual Show was yesterday, but have no fear, I’m only showing one photo because it really was the star of the show.

This is Seaside Serenade, 94″x90″, made by Jonas Zoller pictured above. Yes, an experienced male quilter with a very unique skill. This quilt is not pieced or appliquéd like you would normally see, but is one large piece of fabric that he dyed in teal and greens with a technique called ice-dying.

He learned how to ice dye fabric by taking a class with Cindy Lohbeck at a MQX (Machine Quilters Exposition) Quilt Festival. It was then machine quilted and bound. I listened to him talk with others about how he folded the fabric, used zip ties strategically on the folds, and then didn’t have a clue what he would have until he unfolded it. He said it was like opening a Christmas present.

Before I hit my fabric stash for some inspiration, I have one Winterberry Holly shrub to share that is absolutely gorgeous. I purchased it about eight years ago at Monticello. Thank you, Mr. Jefferson. The full picture on the left doesn’t do it justice, but it is about 12′ tall and covered in the bright red berries all along the stems.

Hope you have a great week, and happy fall y’all. 🎃🍁🍎

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54 Responses to Transition

  1. Dan Antion says:

    That’s an amazing quilt. I drive along the MassPike and up 128 last week, and I was admiring the colors. 300,000? Yikes. I hope you had coffee to brew at home. Your Holly makes me think about the holidays that are coming up fast. I’m glad you got your fall prep complete.

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  2. Judy, thank you for the peep at your beautiful fall colors. That is something I truly long for this time of year. We are too busy with the kitchen renovation to hop in the car and head north. I love quilts and you could never post too many photos of them, but thanks for this one. It is amazing.

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  3. The fall colors are beautiful! We haven’t seen any changes here yet. I love your holly bush.

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    Beautiful fall foliage. The Seaside Serenade Quilt is amazing…..even more so when you learn how it was created! Your Winterberry Holly is just beautiful. My grandmother had one, not as large as yours, but a beauty.

    Glad the fall cleanup is done because I can’t wait to see what you and your sewing machine are going to create!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  5. Ours are just starting in Delaware. Lovely photos. Sounds like you have done a lot of work che

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  6. Nancy says:

    That quilt was spectacular! A gorgeous piece of artwork!
    And those fall colors are lovely and thanks for sharing some.
    Christmas ready Holly Bush… could be inspiration for a quilt project.

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  7. Joyce says:

    The close up of your holly shrub could be the cover of a Christmas card! Like you said, the full photo isn’t doing this lady* justice because the impact in person must be striking! Well planted, nurtured, and shared, Madam Gardener! What a feast for your wildlife!
    Now that quilt! Wow. Like most of us, I’m acquainted with tie-dye (and its random nature) but not ice dye. While there can be some control in tie dye, you can’t really count on it either! To produce something in that scale with such symmetry, depth, and visual impact is to own a skill well deserving of that prominently planted blue ribbon! Mr. Zoller, if you’re reading this, well done! VERY well done!
    *I assume the holly scrub is female because she is laden with fruit. Am I correct that there must be a male lurking somewhere nearby? This question may well be hysterical to you, but a friend who once purchased a holly plant went back to the nursery to complain that no berries arrived. She was told she had a male shrub and not to expect “babies” ever! Is this correct? This is the naive world we non-gardeners live in – I planted a pussy willow tree at the edge of my woods years ago that grew to a great height but never delivered the branches of fuzzies I coveted for spring decorating. I just assumed my purchase was male – he’s still out there, beautiful but barren!

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    • I have to look up ice dying just to see what the process is because I was blown away by this quilt. What a great idea you gave me regarding a card – thank you. Now, with regard to the plant producing berries, you are correct there are male and female plants, but I only have one. I’m sitting here laughing guessing there must be one in the woodlands behind us or there would be no berries. This plant struggled for a few years because it was being shaded by another tree, but I took my trusty battery operated saw out there and cut several branches down. It has grown a foot I swear this year, and it’s never been that covered in berries. It really is beautiful right now.

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  8. Wowsah, what a quilt! It certainly shows the variability of what can be done with quilting. The wild pattern has a fractal look.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    You are impressive in your energy to get things done, Judy. I stumble in your wake, lol! I hope you have protected your tulips in the barn from mice or they’ll make lunch of them! <:3

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  10. Brenda says:

    That quilt is truly spectacular. I’ve never tried ice dyeing, but they had someone teaching it at Fiber College this year. It seems to be getting quite popular. What I love about the quilt, is how he enhanced the pattern so much with the quilting itself. Just brilliant.

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  11. Mjmgot@aol.com says:

    That quilt is spectacular.

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  12. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful colors and designs, both quilt and mother nature. It’s the time of year when everything looks so clear and pretty, as your photos prove.

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  13. That quilt is gorgeous. I love the colors he chose. Your Holly berries are so pretty, and your fall color is much better than we’re having here this year. It’s coming in patchy. Some trees just shed their leaves altogether which has been really disappointing. I keep going back to a place hoping for color, but I’m afraid those leaves may just fall off too. 😭 I’m going back again Weds. Fingers crossed we have colors!

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  14. Joanne Sisco says:

    Amazing quilt and lovely holly! I hope you enjoy your post-season rest from garden-related stuff. I’m looking forward to see where your inspiration takes you with all the fabric you’ve been stockpiling for winter projects 🙂

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  15. Thanks for sharing the amazing colors of the autumn leaves and of that incredible quilt. Sounds as if you’ve seen some fascinating exhibits and those berries are lovely!

    janet

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  16. I’m in NH for the long weekend, with one of my daughters, and we leaf-peepers are very happy! Perfect weather and colors.

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  17. Really beautiful quilt! I attended the quilt show here not too long ago but didn’t see anything like that! Holy cow… 300,000 visitors? I’m glad we made that leafer peeper trip 30 years ago… before Instagram!

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  18. germac4 says:

    300,000 visitors …we have friends who have done the leaf peeper trip, but I think I’m going to be happy with the photos I see on your blog and others.! The colour of the trees and the reflection on the water is stunning.
    The quilt is really something, I wonder how long it took to do it!

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    • Good question, and I’d also like to know where he did it because a piece of fabric that size would be huge to handle. I did watch three videos last night on ice dying, and it is a fascinating process. I have to believe he had some type of vision before he started folding because it is not a random pattern.

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  19. joey says:

    Beautiful foliage! Great shots! We’re supposed to hit our peak in color November 2. We shall see. There’s a spot here and there now, but it doesn’t look like your place yet. Some years it doesn’t.
    The ice dye quilt is remarkable. I love his description, like opening a Christmas gift. What a proud moment that must have been.
    My papa quilts. He’s also an astounding needlepoint artist.

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  20. I see you have some lovely foliage. Too bad it isn’t going to last more than another couple of days. Still, a little is much better than nothing!

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  21. I love the fall color in that first image.

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  22. Wow, that hand dyed fabric is wonderful. We don’t get rich autumn colours here because it is too warm. So I love seeing everyone’s tree photos.

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  23. Oddment says:

    I was struck by “transitions.” The beauty in the trees is the unmistakable external transition, but the internal transition is something else. It isn’t always easy to channel that inner gardener, but you sure have a way of doing it. I clicked on the links and found the commentary on embellishments. So interesting! Fabric I know from nothing, but I can take a lesson from it. Thanks for new thoughts!

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  24. KerryCan says:

    You showed a lot of self-restraint, showing only one foliage photo! I will be making up for your restraint soon, by showing WAY too many photos of ours! The ice-dyed quilt is amazing–I guess that experiment could just as easily have turned out to be disappointing but it worked!

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  25. Annie says:

    I had to enlarge the quilt photo to study the details. I am still scratching my head wondering how he managed such an intricate and elaborate undertaking. Wonder if he has step by step photos on a website somewhere. We are not joining those hoards heading north for color but going to sneak a drive on side roads and byways closer to home to enjoy the colors of fall….maybe stopping here and there for homemade pie or a bite of cheese at a country store. 🎃

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  26. Damn. That’s not a quilt, it’s a work of art! I can’t imagine the time it took him to make it. – Marty

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  27. Norm 2.0 says:

    I just love your new header pic! Ah fall foliage; aka Mother Nature showing off 😉

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  28. Would love to be traveling in your area this time of year. Always so glorious in autumn colors!

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  29. tonytomeo says:

    Gardening here is pretty excellent, and there are so many things we can grow better than anyone else; but the one thing we lack is foliar color in autumn. There are a few trees that color reliable well, even here, but there are not as many of them as elsewhere, and they do not grow wild in forest. There are not many natives that color well, and almost all of them are simple yellow.

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  30. Rose says:

    Oh, my goodness, I would have enjoyed everything you did! That quilt is amazing…

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  31. Rose says:

    Forgot to say OH, my–that first shot….LOVE it.

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  32. Karen says:

    Love the bush, giving it more sunlight seems to have made it very happy.

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