Since this is our first post of the year, I'm going to ask a getting-to-know-you question. Please answer when you post your finished block.
If I were to visit your town, where is the one place you would take me to visit?I live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and I would take you to Reedy Creek Park. It's about 10-15 minutes from where I live and it has walking trails, a nature center, a lake, a fenced in dog area, playgrounds, and multiple picnic areas. It's where my husband proposed and now we take our 3-year-old son there to play.
And because I like parks and trees, we're going to make a forest! I've seen a few quilts of lots of trees and that's exactly what I want to make with you. And while some of my pictures are of traditional green trees, I have changed my color scheme a little to add some bright pinks and purples against blue skies so we are going to make a magical forest!
Some inspiration photos:
|http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2012/12/recent-holiday-quilts-countdown-continues-day-4/ (starlit forest)|
Block: you can make whatever tree block you want. I'm linking to lots of free tutorials and will show you the ones I tried, but you are not limited to these choices.
Size: Your final block will be between 6" & 11" wide and 12" tall. (These are all unfinished measurements; in other words, the measurement of what you will send to me before it gets sewn into a finished quilt.) I want trees of different sizes! Yes, this means that some may seem like oddly proportioned blocks. Don't worry; I have a vision and a plan! We'll talk about how this will look in a minute.
Please note that I changed my color scheme after making some of my test blocks. Some of the pictures will not match the requested colors. I apologize if there is confusion. Please email me if you have questions.
Fabric: Please, no fabric with text. Solids, prints, and batiks all welcome.
- background: pale to medium blues or light grays. Think sky during the day time. Please no scrappy backgrounds; use the same background for your entire block.
- tree: Bright is good! Magenta, purples, plums, bright pinks, with pops of green. Really any shade of purple, plus magenta and vibrant purpley-pinks. I think green will be nice, too: think mint green, bright green, or dark evergreen. My fabric pull photo came out a little dull.
- trunk: brown or tan.
|fabric pull for trees|
|fabric pull for background|
There are options here for everyone! Traditional piecers, paper piecers, improv, wonky, all are welcome in this magical forest! Each of the trees that I made took less than 45 min per tree.
This quilt from Amy @ Diary of a Quilter was one of my inspiration quilts. She has 2 tutorials for the same block; this is for the slightly bigger one. These will finish about 7 x 9 before you add extra background to get it to size. Here are the ones I did from this tutorial:
This is a fairly traditional tree. You can do the whole tree in one fabric, like the one in the tutorial, or use 4 different tree fabrics, as in mine. I found the tutorial to be very straightforward.
This is another one of the inspiration quilts. Leah Day does a video on how to make wonky trees. (The block construction starts at about the 5 min mark.) I found the video easier to follow, but there are printed directions as well.
Her method actually yields 2 trees, though of course you are only required to send one.
|Tree 2 is made from the off-cuts of Tree 1|
Another of the inspiration quilts! Cath @ Wombat Quilts did an improv tree quilt with a modern guild as a charity project. She does a tutorial for crating great improv trees.
Paper piecing more your style? This tree will be a good size. Please note I did not make this one so I do not have a time measurement. I suggest leaving off the tree skirt; it will be quicker for you and easier for me to match up with the other trees.
Looking for step-by-step instructions? Each quarter of this scrappy trees block by Melissa @ SewBitterSweet Designs is 6 1/2" square and will work great. Yes, the quadrants with 2 trees are welcome!
This is another traditionally pieced tree. Her tutorial makes a fairly short tree, which is fine. I made mine bigger; you could use any size HST for this. (I cut my squares to 4", made HST, then trimmed units to 3 1/2")
Once you make your tree, you will want to add background fabric so that it is 12" tall. Here are my trees once they were done but before I did anything to them:
Thanks, and I am so excited to put together a magical forest!