Palette Parade- Linden Hall

Linden Hall, PA

This picture was taken in central Pennsylvania, where I grew up.  The rolling hills are so lovely there and the lavender mountains were always there in the background, something I never really noticed until I moved to Maryland and there weren’t any.  I miss them terribly.  Now when we drive back home, I watch all the scenery go by my window and I try to soak every minute of it in.

All Fabric images courtesy of Pink Chalk Fabrics
1. Patty Sloniger Les Amis Faux Bois White 2. Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton Ginger 3. Michael Miller Fabrics Cotton Couture Fog 4. Moda Bella Solids Feather 5. Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet Hiho Silver 6.Sarah Watts Timber & Leaf Playful Fox Blue 7. Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Historic Trail Citron 8. Patty Sloniger Les Amis Star Pods Green 9. Moda Grunge Basics White 10. Sweetwater Noteworthy Sing Out Loud Cloudy 11. Denyse Schmidt Chicopee Ziggy Medallion Black 12. Sarah Watts Timber & Leaf Tree Rings Blue 13. Alison Glass Lucky Penny Bike Path Chartreuse

As I’ve been making this palette I’ve been dreaming of fixing up the little church and making it my studio.  What an inspiring view of the valley I would have!  I could build a little deck off the back and have coffee and paint the sunset.  But I have these fantasies about every derelict old structure we see, from something relatively intact like this church,  to the house  I used to pass on my way to work that had nothing left but its stone shell.  Something in me just wants to save them.  Because someone else put so much of themselves into making them.  If I retire a billionaire, I will save old houses for fun and sell them to people who will love them.  But anyway, the quilt…

I was in the mood for a very low-volume quilt this week.  Nice and soothing.  So I based the quilt on the white and greys of the church and added the chartreuse and ginger  just as  little accents.  And I would bind it with this Chicopee print.

Sarah Watts Timber & Leaf Playful Fox in Blue

Aren’t these foxes wonderful?  I can totally picture them slinking around in this scene.  I had never heard of Sarah Watts before, but I love her Timber & Leaf collection!  I would sew a big piece of these guys into the back of this quilt.

And it would remind me of home.

9 thoughts on “Palette Parade- Linden Hall

  1. Ah, what a lovely photo – so restful and homey. And I love the quilt – the star looks so interesting, with the nice dark rust color in there just enough to draw your attention. That fox fabric is adorable — they look so sweet! We definitely appreciate the mountains in central PA SO much when we go to Indiana. So flat! And you’re right — you hardly take notice of them because they’re just ever-present, wherever you look here. But when you travel out of the area and suddenly everything’s flat, it’s definitely a shock.

  2. Such a romantic vision you tell in your story about the photo and home. It’s heart warming to see and read your story. I like this palette and the fox fabric is a sweet surprise, just like the real things are when seen in nature. At first I wondered why you had so many whites in your fabrics but it makes perfect sense when you get to the quilt patchwork layout. Now what sort of “quilting” goes on all that white fabric? Isn’t that part of the quilt’s design too?

    1. Thank you Frederick! I have been gazing at this photo all week and falling in love every time. Lately I have been drawn to irregularly spaced rows of hand quilting, done in a big stitch with perle cotton. I would quilt this quilt in vertical lines, spaced between 1/3″ and 1″ apart. I would quilt right over the star, to blur the piecing lines and meld it with the background. The texture you get from this kind of quilting is just unparalleled. And having so much white space would allow plenty of bare canvas to show off the texture. Loaded sideways on my big hand quilting frame I could do long lines from right to left without having to move a hoop. It wouldn’t be quick, but not too daunting because I quilt in little bits throughout the day.

      On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM, Jessie Aller

  3. If you become a billionaire, can I help you save these structures? In the meantime, let’s make the quilts. I so love your designs and the story that goes with them just makes them all the more appealing.

    1. OK, we’ll form a foundation! That would be the greatest hobby in the world, after quilting of course.

      On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 6:21 PM, Jessie Aller

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