Sophie’s Leaves

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The outdoors have always soothed Sophie. In the early months, late in the afternoons when I would be at a loss as to what I could do to calm her, I’d taker her outside. We’d sit together on our front porch, rocking, looking at the leaves. She seemed mesmerized by them. And as much as I love winter and its possibilities for snow, I was so sad for Sophie to lose her leaves. So my mom and I made some for her.

Much of our instruction and inspiration came from The Purl Bee.

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I bought a fat quarter bundle of Amy Butler fabric from her Midwest Modern Collection.

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My mom found leaf patterns online, which we printed, cut out, transferred to brown paper bags and then cut those out.

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We then, with pencil, traced our leaf patterns onto the fabric.

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And then we cut and cut and cut.

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Sophie had one of her best days. She played with her toys on her quilt (although Nini took frequent breaks to play with her).

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My mom sewed the many, many leaf and flag shapes together. Then, Friday night, Andy hung the garland in Sophie’s nursery.

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I love it. I think it looks better in person, but you get the idea.

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Sophie loves it, too.

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” —Emily Bronte