I have finished my New Year's goal of 100 Susan McCord inspired leaves.
I string pieced them by hand over freezer paper shapes.
I intend to do a quilt inspired by McCord's Vine Quilt.
In the collection of the Henry Ford Museum.
I did some calculating as to how many leaves I'd need.
Surely 100 was enough.
I drafted a curved vine with a dinner platter.
So. McCord made maybe 25 leaves to a curve.
7 curves to a strip = 175
Per strip! There are 13 strips.
That's 2,275 leaves I'd need.
This curve has 32 leaves.
How did Susan McCord make 2,275+ leaves in one lifetime?
And she used the vine border on other quilts too.
Ocean Wave quilt by Susan McCord in the Henry Ford Museum's collection
"Re-Calculating" as my GPS often says.
There are lots of things you could do with 100 leaves.
Sort of a Laurel Wreath
25 leaves per block.
Some kind of a wreath?
I'd better get busy.
Well, first I sorted them into 3 sizes.
Small, medium & large.
The small ones are not always string pieced. Stripes are good.
I am going to need a lot more small leaves.
I did make some decisions, obviously influenced by Australia's quiltmakers.
From Little Things
Kathy Doughty's Gypsy Kisses
Marg Sampson George
Irene Blanck's Tribute to Lucy
Jen Kingwell's Midnight at the Oasis
I did this design one once, but it might be good twice with a
For the background:
Black & white
and polka dots
and other foulard style sets.
(half drop, diagonal repeats)
So I know Susan McCord's going to Australia.
But how I haven't figured out yet.
See more of my posts on McCord here: