Back in January 2016 my partner in sewing crime and I each started a tree quilt. Essentially the course delivered by the lovely Marion at Love Heart Home was delivered once a month for a year and we would hope to have the lovely very quilt completed in the New Year. As you can see from previous posts it was taking a little longer than planned.
Well two years and a bit longer actually. But hey, it’s finally done and I’m quite pleased with the end result.
If you can’t see the detail, it’s a family tree in the middle, the seasons in each corner and different blocks of patchwork in between. Thanks to Marion’s guidance I used a paler fabric for the sashing and used the darker colour to back and edge.
I added some patchwork interest to the back (partly because I had limited backing fabric) and was pleased with how that worked.
What do you think?
Time is moving on and we are having a couple more months of making patchwork sections of our quilt.
In May we worked on our Dresden Plate. A very effective design using all our fabrics, I incorporated more heart buttons to keep the theme going.
I found the history of this design on patternsfromhistory.com
“THE 20TH CENTURY DRESDEN PLATE QUILT
The Dresden Plate quilt pattern was one of the most popular quilts made during the 1920s and 30s. It was first published in the 20s but not always under the name Dresden Plate. Grandmother’s Sunburst, Friendship Ring, Aster, Dahlia and Sunflower are all names I’ve seen for this pattern.
The 1930s version is usually easy to date because of the typical floral prints of the period. Some were made with prettily patterned feedsacks while a few were done with solid prints.
This quilt is made of blocks with fabric appliquéd in a series of radiating “petals” with flat sides. Usually they radiate from a central circle which is more representative of a flower than a plate thus the flower names seen for this pattern.
A few Dresden Plate quilt blocks are made with a smooth outer circle as seen to the right. More often the ends of the “petals” are be rounded or pointed like the illustration below. Occasionally the pointed and curved forms are combined. You will see an example of that in the pattern I’ve designed.
THE DRESDEN CONNECTION WITH THE QUILT NAME
The popular name for this quilt, Dresden Plate, reflects the romance of the Victorian Era with its love of elaborate decoration on household items and décor. Dresden, Germany was a center of 19th century romanticism movement in art, one that included the fine decoration of porcelain. The plates were embellished with elaborate design using flowers, fruits and foliage. The beautiful plates would surely have been admired by women of the early 20th century.”
Here’s my version:
Then in June we worked with triangles and made this design:
Sewing is a true therapy and even more so when you’re in the company of other people who enjoy it too.
There are five of us doing the tree quilt, meeting once a month to create the next stage. We are all coming from different backgrounds and different circumstances and yet we have this common bond. And it shows when you have forgotten a tool or need a little bit of fabric to applique a leaf or two. Someone always helps out. It’s great.
This month I have finished my spring square. I had some other ideas but that’s the way it goes; it’s a living piece of creativity which changes as you work with it.