I have been playing around with making these tree quilt blocks, which I have seen in various places. My original plan was to make a similar sort of tree block the size of an entire quilt, since I am into giant quilt blocks lately, and also because there are so many gorgeous large scale tree printed duvet covers floating around, inspiring me…but after making some smaller sample blocks, this tree block isn’t my full size tree block. Here is a very similar block kit for sale from Oakshott Cottons, btw, if you want to make your own!
Mainly, because they are a little wintry – for a full size quilt, I think I want some leaves on my tree. And they don’t scale up nicely – these are 11×12.5 and I think much bigger doesn’t look right.
However, it is a fun improvisational piecing block and a great way to tear through some scraps. And I’ve made a nice little forest for the back of my green and gray batik quilt.
And now to sew them together. This was a long process fraught with confusion, I kept second guessing myself, but suddenly it was done, and I love it!
I still need to bind it, wash it, but couldn’t resist taking it outside in the beautiful weather!
Ok, I will second guess this – I wish that the trees and green lines extended all the way to the edge on the bottom left corner. But, this part will be hanging off the edge of the bed, so it doesn’t really matter.
Loving making double-sided quilts. So much of the work of quilting (for me) is picking out colors, quilting, binding – which you only have to do once in a double sided quilt… It takes more trouble to make the second side, but much less than two quilts. And, I have been using the back side to experiment with new things.
This is for a friend’s wedding – I doubted it all throughout the process and suddenly now that it’s quilted I love it — and hope she does too! It’s a queen size so, if she doesn’t love it, I want it back and I’ll make her another. 😉
I quilted it with my new tool, meander quilting. I have done free motion quilting but never this basic wandering stitch. I think for this quilt it was the best option. It’s my second quilt using it. I don’t know if I’m getting better at it, but I am getting more confident – which for me, might be a bad thing…
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