May Project - A Scrappy Tree Quilt!
I love trees. Trees represent life, breath, strength, family and comfort. Six years ago, I discovered my grandma's free motion foot and started to "draw" trees on fabric. Here are a few samples...
(THIS IS NOT what we are doing :) Just sharing :)
I have also experimented with adding fabric to my tree designs.
(THIS IS NOT what we are doing either- unless you want to??? - I used a disappearing fabric pen and drew directly onto the fabric, then stitched over the lines using my free motion foot)
I have stood at the base of the mighty Sequoia trees in California. I have roamed through redwood forests of Western Canada and delighted in the art work of Emily Carr and the Group of Seven. Our back yard is full of trees; ceder, hemlock, maple, apple, pear, cherry and willow (to name a few). I have planted a tree in memory of each of my grandparents.
|View of our yard from kitchen window.|
|The pond behind our house.|
This winter, I entered a local quilt block challenge to celebrate the 160th Fall Fair in Wellesley. We were given the fabric to work with and could choose any pattern we wanted. I designed and created this...
Be creative! Let loose! Explore!
Choose ONE type of tree block to create.
Choose PLAIN white OR off white for the background.
Make TRUNKS BROWN. "Leaves" your choice (LIMIT the pinks and purple though!)
Block Size - 15.5 inches
TIPS AND TUTORIAL LINKS:
* Another quilting group has done a similar challenge and you can find GREAT LINKS to tree tutorials here.
* Look closely at the sample I linked and notice how most of the blocks combine some type of traditional quilting patterns with a twist - a wonky log cabin tree (bottom 2nd from the left), a tree with squares (top 2nd from left), a triangle tree stripped pieced similar to the spider web blocks (top left), strip pieced together and cut into a circle (bottom 3rd from left), flying geese, raw edge hexagons.
* I like the different sizes of trees in this block
* if you find that your finished block is too small...add a strip of your background fabric :)
* Here is a tutorial for making a tree using fusible webbing.
* love this too :)
* I do not use fusible webbing. Instead, I use a glue stick and an erasable fabric pen (or chalk). This is how I make my fabric trees.
Here is a photo of my "leaves" up close.
I am really excited to see what you come up with. Please email me with any questions you might have. Keep looking at THIS sample quilt for ideas and inspiration! Let your creativity run wild. I hope you enjoy this project. Thanks in advance! Shauna :)
|A tree made of stones - Oregon Coast|