When I was growing up I would make peach jam with my mother every summer and she always said it was like bottling sunlight. I made this quilt in Portland during what I think of as "high summer" - August and September. It was inspired by the colors of the few leaves that were turning and falling through the air. At the time I was reading George McDonald's "The Golden Key" where the characters walk through a valley full of the shadows of leaves. The purple silhouettes are raspberry and blackberry leaves. The quilting is big stitch - a pattern of leaves heavily overlapping. It is hand pieced and hand quilted, all materials pre-loved except the purple fabric and the quilting thread.