Saturday, August 13, 2016

Finished Mini Trees

The last time I blogged about this Mini Trees project was February 2. I haven't mentioned the piece since then even though it's finished. That's because it was meant as a gift to a family member who sometimes reads my blog. I have no doubt that you all know the meaning of "secret sewing," and "sneak peeks."

Well, the wall hanging has been given, so I'm free to share it. Mostly I want to share about the quilting of it, as this was one of the last quilts I was able to quilt on my Pfaff Grand Quilter without threads breaking and stitches skipping. If you need a refresher about that saga, read it here.

I took my quilting cues from the quilt made by Sew Kind of Wonderful. This is a free pattern using SKoW's Mini Quick Curve Ruler. See it here. First I echo quilted the shape of the tree. Then I filled each tree with different patterns.

The skinny loops in the beige-colored tree were easy to quilt.

I had never tried this checkerboard background quilting, and though I totally love the effect of it, it is a bit time consuming to accomplish. That's why I quilted the checkerboard only on this burgundy-colored tree block!


In this picture you can peep the Quilter's Dream recycled batting - called "Dream Green" - that I used. It's made from recycled plastic bottles. I like it a lot! It feels like cotton, and is relatively inexpensive compared to cotton batting. You just have to make sure you're using it behind a quilt top through which green batting won't show!


The finished 35-1/2" X 46" quilt is ready to hang on the wall at our son's house.

Though I think it would be okay for a year-'round quilt, they plan to hang it at Christmastime. Linda

14 comments:

  1. What a nice gift! That quilting on the red tree block does look very time consuming but what a great way to make that one block stand out. It looks great!! Everything about this is very understated and modern. Just right. :)

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  2. What a pretty pattern Linda. The one red tree makes it striking but your quilting, as always, adds the sparkle. I know your son and his family will love having it. blessings, marlene

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  3. It's quite lovely, Linda! Enjoyed seeing all the different quilting on it. I've done that checkerboard on a few small pieces and it always looks so nice. Enjoy your evening! XO

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  4. Nice work! And why is the batting green?

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  5. What a lovely gift!!! Very nice!!!!

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  6. I love everything about this quilt Linda! But I especially love the pretty green you chose, and the elegant tree shape! Great finish!

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  7. Great quilt. Your quilting is always supreme. I am curious though, do you stop and start quilting as you move around the quilt or do you quilt over existing quilting to get to the next space. I have trouble with the stop and start over - always seems to leave an ugly tack stitch.

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  8. Of course I like how you are making this. Thanks for the heads up about the green batting. I will look for some. Thanks for the link to the pattern too.
    I like your quilting designs also.

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  9. Your trees look great - especially enhanced with your wonderful quilting style,congratulations on another wonderful finish.

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  10. I love the quilting motifs you put on each tree and the wonderful backgrounds. That woven background was well worth the time it took you to do it. I totally understand that you might not want to do a whole quilt with it, but it is fantastic looking.

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  11. Love your quilting on this and I had never seen this batting - cool.

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  12. This is a wonderful little quilt and gave you lots of room to express your lovely quilting. I really like the checkerboard effect in the background of the red tree.

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  13. This is so cute! And look at you, its ready months before the holidays. I do have a top done for gifting but I need to get backing made and send it off to quilter. I am just not up to quilting a big top...not yet and probably never...lol!

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  14. Perfection in quilting, one more time. Love this simple banner made special with your quilting--good for you in getting the Christmas quilting done early!

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