Sunday, December 4, 2016

Burning leaves of Gatlinburg... My new pattern for donations!

I can't stop thinking about those leaves... They were so beautiful this fall, the full range of colors from yellow to orange, burning red, burgundy, rust and more.... Just awesome colors! I have been always enjoying that color transition before they go for good. But this year they were some kind of special, not only the colors, but also how long this beauty have been lasted! Usually the season of leaves is end of October - early November, then it starts raining, leaves fall, trees look bared and almost nasty.... But still, the area in the mountain is always incredibly gorgeous! Any time of the year!
Just want to share some pictures of those striking colors.

 No need to say how much we loved to stay in our vacation home there just by ourselves or sharing our house with family and friends.

 We called it Heavenside, and it was truly the place near the Heaven!

Believe it or not, we just put up the Christmas tree and lights the day before the Great Fire!!

Everything's gone.... But it makes me feel someway better, thinking as our Heavenside went to the Heaven....
Somebody desperately needed the Christmas tree there... Maybe our beloved Murphy, who passed away this summer?
It's still so hard on my heart to realize, that we don't have that place anymore.....

But! the best way to heal your wounds and go further is trying to be optimistic, as much as it possible at this hard grieving times, be positive and do something to distract your mind, to do something opposite to "destructive",  and this would be my favorite word - CREATIVE!
So, this is what my brain, saved on evacuation road, told me to do today.

I created a new quilt block pattern of a beautiful maple leaf (I guess, it looks like Canadian maple), called it "Burning leaves of Gatlinburg" and published it on Craftsy.

This is my sorrow pattern, grief and mourning for the wildfire in Gatlinburg on November 29, 2016. Our cabin was swept away by the fire, along with another 1000+ houses and structures, which were disappeared or heavily destroyed.
I have been always enjoying watching the changing colors of the mountains, especially the maple leaves. This year they were incredibly beautiful, due to unusual warm and dry weather conditions.\
This year became just very special...

I am going to start making quilts for my multiple neighbors, who lost everything...
Please, share this pattern to your friends, who also wants to support this wildfire victims.
My new year resolution is to make leaves quilts and donate them to my neighbors and those, who lost their houses in this historic wildfire.
If you also want to support me in this project, please join and make this square leaf block. Contact me  and I will send you this paper pieced pattern and instruction for FREE! I will take as many as you can donate to make quilts for those, who would really appreciate them!

Thank you so much in advance from the bottom of my heart!

Be safe!

Happy sewing!

Natalie Patton, Quiltessa

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