Project QUILTING–Winter Tree Quilt–A Closer Look

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I just realized that I haven’t shared with you the story behind my entry ‘Winter Tree’ for the Project QUILTING Fat Quarter Shop Bundle Challenge – Tradition Times Three.  So – before I forget any longer, let’s take a look at how this quilt was created.  I had many ideas go through my mind until I finally decided on doing a squarey quilt inspired by a quilt I saw show up on my facebook feed.  My mother-in-law and her sister, Barb, are teaching squarey-quilts at the 2013 Quilts by Barb Quilt Retreat so this quilt would be for dual purposes:

  1. To fit the challenge

  2. be another example of what the retreat attendees can create with these blocks.

I always love a project that can be used for multiple purposes.


Before I got too far – I knew that I had to alter some of the fabric colors.  The bonus bundle is very nautical and I wanted to do a tree.  I decided to use oil stix and rubbing plates to change the colors of some of the fabrics.  I rubbed copper and golds over the red fabrics to ‘dull’ the brightness and give it more of a ‘tree’ effect.  Since there would be metallics in the trunk I wanted to bring at least a little metallics into the other portion of the quilt so I rubbed silver oil stix paint over just some of the blue fabrics (sky) and some of the cream fabrics (snow/ground).  I think it helped to pull things together a bit by doing this and created even more dimension in the final quilt.

parchment rolls We were allowed to add up to two fabrics to our bundle and since I was lacking in the cream/white (snow/ground) department I decided to first add my original spoonflower fabric ‘Parchment Rolls’.

winterFor my second fabric I decided to go with a Wintergraphix Jason Yenter fabric from FabricFascination similar to the one shown above.  Instead of red swirls though, the color way I used had brown swirls.

Next – I needed to come up with my layout.  I’ll be honest.  I rarely plan my quilts let alone sketch what I wanted to do.  But for this one – I needed something to go by since color placement and size would be really important to get everything to fit all together and still look like a tree.

treeHere’s what my original sketch looked like.  I stayed pretty true to it with just some minor modifications to make the sizing and math a bit easier for me to work with.Fullscreen capture 6142013 93653 PM

I chose to basically do a courthouse steps log cabin block in the finished sizes of 3”, 6”, 9” and 12” (yes – I’m an overachiever…the challenge only required three sizes…I decided to go one step farther with four…)

Once my fabric was prepped, my design sketched and my block decided on it was just a matter of cut, sew, press, repeat.

It wasn’t too long until I had the top all pieced.  It did take me a bit more than normal just getting everything to fit into place and there were  a few ‘Y’ seams to be had but they went together really pretty smoothly.  At this point, I was just a few weeks away from the May deadline with my trip to North Carolina at the end of the month cutting my deadline by 7 days.  There was no time for me to send my quilt to Barb to quilt…I had to do it.  Squarey TreeSo, I loaded it onto my frame, took a deep breathe and went for it.

IMG_8044 I used a gorgeous, rich blue Aurifil thread in the top (seriously – how have I never used Aurifil before – AMAZING!) and white Superior Bottom Line thread in my bobbin.  The quilting on this took just a few hours with only minor issues.   Squarey Tree I decided to do an all over meander with a swirl in the inner square of the block…basically the same pattern Barb did on one of my very first squarey quilts.  I loved it so much I thought – why no?Squarey Tree ENTRY

I was so amazed!  When I pulled it off the frame – it was straight!  It was my biggest quilt that was a success quilting myself to date! I was super happy.  Now – it was time to bind.  I put a ‘lip’ of Parchment Rolls around the edge first and then finished it up with a solid kona blue binding.  karmen quilts 1
photo taken by Karmen Linder Photography

I frantically hand-stitched the binding on so I could include it in my random ‘Pop Up Outdoor Quilt Show’ and so Karmen could get it in a few shots.

Whew!  I made it just in time and I am SO HAPPY with how it turned out!  I would love to hear what you think of my quilt ‘Winter Tree’.


  1. This is amazing. Very inspired. You are so talented and I love hearing about your creative process.

  2. Thanks so much Roslyn! I'm glad I could share with you :)

  3. Thanks for sharing a bit about your process! This was one of my favourites from the festival and it's nice to have the insight into its creation.

  4. This is a gorgeous quilt! I love 'tree' quilts, but this one is just stunning and so different from what I have. Love, love, love it!!! You did an amazing job!

  5. Thanks so much! It was really fun to create this one!

  6. This is one of those wonderful quilts I wished I would have designed myself! Beautiful! Great job!


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