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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Quilting Photo a Day October 16th–Circles

My first circles are berries on a tree.  Many of the lovely folks who leave me comments on my blog have asked what the trees are in my header photo.  Some have even asked whether the red things are berries or flower or leaves.  Here’s a close up of the luscious berries; they come in both orange and red.


I did just take this photo today and as you can see the leaves on these two trees have hardly put on their fall clothes at all. 

I know these trees as Mountain Ash.  Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about them.  “Sorbus is a genus of about 100–200 species of trees and shrubs in the Rose family Rosaceae. Species of Sorbus (s.l.) are commonly known as whitebeam, rowan, service tree, and mountain-ash. The exact number of species is disputed….”  Feel free to go and read further.  It gets into the technical biological stuff if that interests you.

My quilting circles are to be found in this quilt top that I finished putting together today.  My friend Dahn and I started to make this quilt at the retreat a couple of weeks ago.  It is for my boss who is retiring on November 2nd.  Dahn saw this “6 minute block” on-line and wanted to try it out.  It took us about four or five hours to make the 12 blocks, so I’m not too sure why it’s called a six minute block. 

We had a heck of a time getting points to match in the centers but, the browns will be folded back like the curves on a Cathedral Window and when Dahn is doing the quilting she is going to fill in some of the spaces with brown thread.  I think it will look lovely.  I say “we” are making it but she is going to sandwich and quilt it which is the bulk of the work.  I’ll probably have to hand sew the binding as she hates that part.  Here are my quilting circles.




  1. Ohh pinwheels are nice - but the "on point" stuff can cost you some nerves...

    Did you knwo that you can make some nice jam with the European Rowan berries? I can give guarantees on the American ones ...
    (I probably need to eat some more breakfast - first all the salads now jam)

  2. Thanks, Janet, for further Mt. Ash tree info. I still can't get over how gorgeous they are.
    I adore pinwheels! I think it's one of my top 3 favorite block patterns. Can't wait to see it finished. Good job!

  3. Ah, it's amazing what a difference a close up photo makes! Thanks for that!

  4. Mountain Ash are such pretty trees, when the leaves and berries are on the tree, before they hit the ground LOL! Lovely pinwheel quilt - know what you mean about those points!

  5. Beautiful berrries and pinwheels..

  6. The Mountain Ashes really are gorgeous. What a fun post about them - thanks for going all out to answer us. :D Hmmm - if you look at each pinwheel as 4 blocks instead of one, does that make "it" a 6-minute block?