Sunday, September 15, 2013

First Finish for September! "Tuscan Hillside"

It feels SO GREAT to get this quilt finished.  The idea for this quilt came from this one called "Trailing Hearts" which I finished about 8 years ago.  It was a class with Denise Gunn who was then teaching at Muriel's Sew and Surge on Admirals Road.

Trailing Hearts...the inspiration for Tuscan Hillside

Tuscan Hillside

I wondered what would happen if I replaced the hearts with grape clusters and the flower/heart vine with grapevine.  Then I asked my friend Celia, who has an embroidery machine, if she might be able to embroider some grapes in squares.

This was the start:

I wanted 2 different varieties and she did a great job.  Thanks Celia!!

From there I worked on the log cabin blocks.  Once again I stuck to batiks and so glad I did!

And then played on the design wall:

Then last November at my retreat I played with the vine and grape leaves.  This has been in the UFO pile for a few years.  I'm not sure why I procrastinated, but I can finally say IT'S DONE!!!

And here is the result after Teresa Ranson quilted feathers on the diagonal for me:

Tuscan Hillside - completed September 15, 2013
Now, off to amend the UFO list.  Another one done!  Such a good feeling to complete something.

Credits:  Embroidery by Celia Modell, machine pieced by Mavis Reynolds, machine quilted by Teresa Ranson.

Until next time,



  1. Mercy, that is one beautiful quilt! I'd say you'd better plan to list yourself as the designer on your label and get into a quilt show to be seen. It is quite wonderful; be very proud of getting it done!

    1. Thanks so much Vic! You are so sweet. I was contemplating hanging it in our May 2014 show but I'm still tossing around a couple of other ideas. I actually have about 4 new quilts that are finished or will be in time for the show. One is my Wild Child, an original design called Amish Block Party, this one and my Orca Bay (just need to finish borders). We're only allowed to put in 3. You'd think I'd be scrambling but am actually planning ahead for this show and it has paid off. Thanks again for your kind comments.