Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Artist UnSEWn Series presents Autumn Grace by Verna Mosquera

Autumn, my favorite of all seasons. As I sat down to write this blog post I began to reminisce about what this beautiful season has meant throughout my life. It has gifted me wonderful memories.

As a young girl I would spend hours raking leaves before school with my older brother. Just when we thought each tree could not shed another, more and more would fall making the quantities seem endless. Even though a chore it somehow turned into great fun as we dove into our piles at the end of each day.

In my teens it represented fall sports, endless hours training soccer on the green grass fields as the sun set in California and created the most beautiful skies of pink. Weekends meant watching and playing football in the backyard. Although my taste is now girly I grew up a bit of   a tomboy never wanting to be left out of the action.

When I got married autumn meant long runs after work with my husband feeling those crackling leaves crush under each stride. The air was cool and crisp and so invigorating. Saturday mornings meant trips to the farmers market picking delicious apples, pomegranates and squash in endless varieties of color.

Soon came motherhood and autumn became about a new school year and watching my boys grow. In the early years that meant walking them to school playing kick the acorn and scoring goals through a break in the side walk at the end of the street. They were everywhere as our town is blessed with the most beautiful oak trees. Then trips to the pumpkin patch where the boys wanted orange and my heart would sing when I’d see white & blue green cinderella varieties.

Of course no autumn season would have been complete without long family gatherings full of laughs and comfort food. Not to mention those special coffee outings with girlfriends while the boys were still in class. It is the perfect time to gather.

It is also a time to express gratitude for all that life brings each year. There is no greater sentiment as I have been and continue to be incredibly blessed by all those around me. I am also incredibly thankful for my creativity and the way that I am able to see the world in its most vivid and subtle beauty. I most definitely embrace autumn in all the grace it offers.

As I designed Autumn Grace I had all of these treasured memories and delightful colors in mind. The collection is peaceful and romantic just the way I see this very special season. I am currently working on a new appliqué quilt called Forever Fall. The weather is perfect as I curl up in the comfort of my studio to stitch a while. With the boys in their teens now my days are   spent with my dog Oliver who finds his autumn fun chasing squirrels in the backyard. Autumn days are just as wonderful as they have always been and the memories just keep on coming.

I hope that all of you will find my newest collection Autumn Grace inspiring, I can hardly wait to see what folks make out of it.
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