Sunday, October 27, 2013

My Tree Quilt

I posted a quick picture of this quilt in July before I rushed it to the fair but it is past time that it got it's own official post.  I think I have a thing with improvisationally pieced tree quilts.  This is #4. 

Here are three others that I have made.  The one on the top left and the one with the green border were made from bee blocks that I received in 2011.  Looking at all the quilts all together makes me realize that I really like the thin brown border - I think I should have added one to this quilt too - oh, well...

It wasn't all same-o-same-o though.  There were a few new things that I tried with this quilt.  First, the blocks aren't arranged in a grid like in the other quilts.  It made it a bit more of a challenging to piece, but I think I like the look.

I also quilted it with the names of trees.  I marked horizontal lines three inches apart on the quilt and then just started "writing."  It takes a lot of tree names to fill up a quilt!  My husband came up with trees that I didn't even know existed.

By the end I totally ran out of tree names and wrote the names of my children on one line.

I also used quilting to label my quilt.  On the very bottom, I quilted "made by leila gardunia july 2013 h____ iowa."  I think I may label all of my quilts this way from now on.  It's not super easy to read, but a quilt historian would be able to figure it out.  Plus I wouldn't have to worry about making a label.  :)
Some of my favorite blocks.  Although I am rather fond of the cut down tree too.  :)

On our walk back from the photo shoot we saw plenty of other pretty trees.  I love fall.


I am linking up with the Blogger's Quilt Festival and entering My Tree Quilt in the throw quilt category.  Head on over to see lots of cool quilts!

PS. My next post is my 250th and I have been blogging for 3 years this month!  You may want to check in later this week.  ;)

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  1. I love this series!! What a clever idea for the quilting, as well. :)

  2. I really love this quilt, it's like a forest in the snow!

  3. I saw your quilt at the fair! It was one of my favorites and one of the few I took a picture of to remember. It's a wonderful quilt!

  4. I have a weakness for trees, too - I'm not sure I have a single piece of art without a tree in it...

    But I also love improv. Your quilt is ticking a lot of boxes for me! Great job.

  5. I love each of your tree quilts, they are wonderful!

  6. I LOVE this! Huge fan! Looks fabulous :)

  7. So fabulous! Absolutely love all of your trees!

  8. Wow! These are all so cool. I really, really love your tree quilts - my daughter would also drool. :) Terrific idea to quilt in the names of the trees and your children. :D

  9. Awesome! You really Do love trees, and I can see why with the setting you live in. Really lovely quilt (s)

  10. I printed your first tree quilt off eons ago, long before Pinterest. Glad I waited because they just keep getting better!

  11. Happy little trees! What a wonderful quilt-- and seeing the whole series of them is very, very cool. You do lovely work.