Winter Trees: Mini Quilt #10

Last Fall I purchased a small amount of a Cotton and Steel Print by Sarah Watts (from the August collection), and when I cut some of it into strips for another project I made the pleasant discovery that this fabric really looks like Birch bark.  Naturally, I went and bought more immediately!  I am really excited to make use of this fabric in an improvisationally pieced tree quilt.Winter Trees Front View

I found a stash Kona cotton in a color that was very close to the color of the teal green splotches in the tree print which worked perfectly as the background fabric.  I started by cutting a rectangle of the general size I was thinking about and then used a straight edge and rotary cutter to slash the fabric where the trees and branches would go.  No measuring involved! (at least at this point-)

Winter Trees Process

I went with a fabric from Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line for the backing because I liked incorporating the leaf imagery.

Winter Trees Back View

For the quilting design, I wanted to evoke a feeling of winter.  While I’m not generally a big fan of snow, especially this time of year, I do like watching great big fluffy snowflakes fall into drifts.  I decided to use a quilting design of various size bubbles in light blue to give that winter snow storm feeling.Winter Trees Front Detail

The binding is a slate colored piece from Jan Patek’s Front Porch line.  I knew this little quilt wanted a striped binding, and it was fun to find a fabric from such a different line than Cotton and Steel, and make them play together so nicely.  I’m considering doing one of these little tree quilts for every season . . .

Quilt Stats

Title:  Winter Trees

Size:  15.5″ x 19″

Techniques:  Improvisational Piecing

Quilting:  Stitch in the ditch along the edges of the tree shapes, free motion quilting in a bubble motif

Fabrics:  Sarah Watts (Cotton and Steel- August Collection), Carolyn Friedlander (Botanics), Kona Cotton, Jan Patek (Front Porch)

Batting:  Warm and White Cotton Batting

Thread:  Connecting Threads Essential Thread in Persian Blue,  light blue cotton machine quilting thread

Binding:  2″ wide strips, cut on grain, machine stitched to the quilt front, hand stitched to the back.

What was new:

“Tree” Improv!  I have never done improv piecing with the intention of making it look like a particular object.

Quilt 10 / 50

Quilt 10 / 50

Goal #9 is Finished!

Goal #9 is Finished!

I’m linking this post up with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Please stop by to check out everyone’s awesome work!

31 thoughts on “Winter Trees: Mini Quilt #10

  1. Claire says:

    I love it when one small observation leads to a cool quilt! The bright colors in the print keep it looking arty as they suggest the birch. I appreciate the clue to process. I’ve never laid out all the pieces and slices before starting to sew. Looks like a good approach.

  2. Kristen says:

    Cassandra, I really love this mini quilt and am sharing it on my blog post that will be live tomorrow morning on (If that’s ok with you) If not, let me know and I will remove it. I just think it is gorgeous!

  3. Liz Bryenton says:

    Just seen this on Pinterest. Believe me, after the 2016 Christmas we have had, this is a thing of beauty to me and makes me feel better. Thank you LIZ

  4. Liz Bryenton says:

    Have just come across this on Pinterest. I am not good at quilting and like your approach. However, I have no clue how you did the trees. Did you just surface applique them or is it more complicated than that, ie.,the tree shapes are pieced!!! Would you be prepared to give me some idea please. Thank you. Regards LIZ

  5. Betty Duzan says:

    I too love this wall hanging. How to you do the tree and branches??? I don’t have a clue unless they were appliquéd. I’m dying to know.


    • thenotsodramaticlifeadmin says:

      The background for this quilt is sliced anyplace you want a tree branch and then strips of fabric are stitched into each slash until the quilt top is assembled.

  6. Cathy says:

    Just discovered this on your website. I adore it! Really nice job in fabric selection, piecing, and quilting – the full package!

  7. Linda says:

    Love this wall hanging. Have some birch print fabric I am going to try this with. Going to try and make it big enough to hang over a queen size bed. Wish me luck.

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