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?
The trees are planned and will reflect the seasons and important dates for my family- not quite sure how I’m going to work this in yet but that’s part of the joy of developing a quilt in this way. There are decisions to be made all along the way.
The key message however from Marion, our wonderful teacher, is the importance of accuracy. To make the patchwork elements of each block work when it all comes together accuracy in cutting and sewing are going to be paramount. So doing our first block, although fairly simple become a shoulder clenched when you know you have to be accurate. A few templates, a rotary cutter, sticky tape marking the quarter inch seam and a bit of unpicking, we succeeded in creating our first patchwork block. Here’s Annette and I with our finished products.
Nearly finished my first tree block too so will post again soon.
Been busy making a rucksack ready for the next season in Rosie. Busy making plans.
Making a patchwork quilt is something I’ve wanted to make since I was a teenager, inspired by all things Laura Ashley and Holly Hobby in the seventies. I made a slow start cutting out hexagons in paper then using these as templates on the fabric. It still sits in the loft somewhere, the size of a cushion.
In retirement I’ve achieved what I set out to do which was get sewing again and with the support of Marion at Love, Heart, Home I’ve regained my confidence, picked up some great ideas and disciplined myself through attending classes to complete several projects posted in Pinterest
I love attending classes, meeting like-minded crafters and being a social sewing bee. As a result I have a few quilts and quillows under my belt.
Now the bar is raised and we are starting a tree quilt, meeting once a month to get started on a section, focusing on accuracy!!
The theme is trees and although each section has a base determined by Marion, we all have got to get creative with our fabrics and our embellishments.
So here’s the first of my blogs in a year in the life of a tree quilt.
The first decision was the fabrics. I’d already bought some to make myself another Quillow so it was a no brainier really – there had to be some duck egg blue in there!
January – applique the trees and then get my thinking cap on for how to embellish them.
So far so good. Watch this space to see how it progresses.