Butternut Summer

"October Morning"

2000 Bernina Award for Machine Workmanship

October Morning


I was inspired by antique English frame quilts that began in the center with a medallion of "fancy" work surrounded with row after row of piecing. They often included wonderful quilting designs for embellishment. October Morning is the Delectable Mountains pattern and the center area was a natural for some embellishing. I arranged motifs from a Jinny Beyer border stripe to form a rose wreath. The broderie perse was enclosed with a blanket stitch with taupe rayon thread, on my sewing machine of course!

The colors of the quilt again were inspired by autumn here in Wisconsin - the lovely lilac sky every morning and evening contrasting with the deep rich tones of the turning leaves in the surrounding hills.

Quilting designs enclose the center pieced portion like the tendrils of frost to come with their complexity and delicacy. The feathers and urns in the outer border are based on Rose Kretsinger's famous designs and were free hand drawn to fit the quilt. I drew the center motif directly on the quilt top. The rabbits are a Jeanna Kimball applique pattern, reminding me the ones I saw in our yard in the fall mornings.

The quilt took me about four months to make.

The quilt is 81" x 81" and quilted with nylon monofilament thread, has trapuntoed designs, and uses Cotton Classic batt. It was washed 5 times to remove all the starch used in piecing and to soften the heavily quilted areas.

It is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of the American Quilter's Society in Paducah, KY.


Center detail, October Morning

Center of October Morning

corner detail

Corner quilting design - the urn was fun to draw!

October Morning at Paducah

Displayed at AQS Show at Paducah