Friday, October 24, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival - The Tree Edition


Hi everyone and welcome to my little stop of the Bloggers Quilt Festival. I'm entering these two quilts as one entry into the Applique category because they are the same quilt in different colorways. So if you like what you see, please go and vote for me! :)



Of course there is a story behind these quilts!  My sister's girlfriend had asked me if I could make her a baby quilt for her girlfriend. I immediately agreed. I love doing baby quilts! She told me the mother loved trees and so I started searching for a great tree pattern.


Shortly after I had started the planning process, she sent me an email. The mother had her ultrasound and she was having twin girls!! So, could I make two tree quilts.  Well, that made the price of this Lilly Pilly pattern much more affordable!

The other story behind this quilt is the binding. This is the bridesmaid dress worn by the woman who commissioned the quilt at the mothers wedding. I thought that was such a sweet touch! I had wanted to do a very wide binding, but once it changed to two quilts I was nervous about having enough!

For the backs of the quilts I decided to use only one print so they could be flipped over. I love these backing prints!

Both prints are part of the Joann's designer collection (but I can't remember the specific names). 

The tree trunk, branches and birds are raw edge applique. The leaves were done by drawing the shape on interfacing, sewing to the fabric and then flipping inside out. That way I was able to just free motion stitch those down.



I do have to say, I'm most especially proud of the quilting on this.  I was able to go over to my friend Denise's house and use her long-arm. For the first time I used the front side and did free motion quilting based from Angela Walters new book Shape by Shape Quilting. I can't say enough good things about that book - go check it out!


And just a close up of the cute little birds on the tree and my quilting within the leaves: 


I'm very proud of these quilts and I hope you've enjoyed seeing them! If so, please go vote for me on the applique page right here.



Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Trees for Twins
Pattern: Lilly Pilly
Fabrics: scraps, kona white and snow, bridesmaid dress
Finished size: 38"x51"
Finished: 10/5/14



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30 comments:

Cathy said...

Your quilts are gorgeous and definitely winners with fantastic quilting. I love the little bird too. Congratulations on two beautiful quilts that will surely be treasured by two sweet baby girls.

Sally Hurley said...

The pair of them are terrific! The quilting is beautiful, and goes with the trees so well.

Jan said...

What a wonderful idea for the twins. I love them.

Ruth said...

I love your tree quilts! What a wonderful gift for the twins. BTW, I have one of Angela Walter's other books and it has really helped me a lot. I have posted a quilt in the appliqué category. Hope you go to see it.

Ania R said...

Awesome! I love your quilt especially the colors, lovely!

Cynthia said...

Those are adorable! I am so impressed! :)

Jessamie said...

Gorgeous! The birds are so cute and I love the quilting!

Katy Cameron said...

Both great choices!

Shay said...

Love that you kept the nature theme going with the quilt backings. Your tree quilts are both adorable. And that quilting is perfect and highlights the designs so well!

elpetittaller said...

What a lovely pair of quilts! Beautiful design and amazing quilting

Lisa in Port Hope said...

The colours are so fresh and bright I'm sure these will be loved for years to come.

gramma val said...

Your trees are awesome! I recently found out I will be gramma to identical twin girls. Could you explain exactly how you did the leaves with interfacing? Thanks...Val

Cheryl said...

Beautiful quilts! I love the different colorways, what special quilts for twins.

Anita said...

These quilts are just beautiful and very inspiring. What lucky baby girls! Best of luck in the Festival.

Karen H said...

Totally adorable quilts. Love the wee birds! Your quilting really takes the quilts to the next level. Good luck in the Festival!

sonia said...

The quilting is amazing! And I love all the details and the story behind the quilts.

Alycia said...

Those are so great! I would have a hard time giving them away!!

Nupur said...

These quilts are absolutely adorable! I love trees on quilts and the colors you chose are so cheerful.

purduepam said...

This quilt pattern is on my quilt "bucket" list.

Your renditions are so beautiful.

audrey said...

Love the trees! Gorgeous colors.:)

Camilla said...

So sweet and soft!

Sharon said...

Super sweet story and quilts!

CathyH said...

These are so very pleasing!

Ginny said...

Love both of them! Wonderful colors and quilting!

Teresa Duryea Wong said...

Congratulations on winning. Love your quilting.

JanineMarie said...

Congratulations on your win! You definitely had my vote!

Gina Koston said...

Congratulations on being one of the winners in the Blogger's Quilt Festival! I voted for your quilt...I just love it! Beautiful work!

Newbie Jen said...

Congratulations, Becky! These quilts are so adorable, you totally rocked the win.

Sarah said...

The quilting is excellent! I have Angela's first book and love it for ideas on my domestic machine.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

These are gorgeous quilts, Becky! Congratulations on your win! You totally deserve it:)

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