"Like branches of a tree our lives might grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one"
This quilt started out super easy but ended up being the most time consuming "little" quilt I quite possibly have ever made.
I was approached by the auction chair from Button's school to see if I could take all the fabric that the kids tissued dyed and make a tree quilt. The fourth graders dyed theirs very multicolored and the kindergartners and preschoolers did greens, blues and yellows.
She envisioned a tree with birds and leaves with their names on them. I told her it would be "easy" to design bird and leaf appliqués in my embroidery software. I may now regret that word choice.
I, first, pulled out my trusty ole freezer paper and started sketching a tree. I ironed it on back of some textured brown fabric that I had in my stash. I then, awkwardly, cut it out and appliquéd it on some Kona white background.
And then. It hit me. What I thought were only a handful of green fabrics were more going to be more leaves than my spindly tree could handle. There were 20-ish pre-k 3 and 4 year olds, but 30 kindergartners!!!!!
Thankfully, I quickly came up with the idea that I could use the Kindergarten green blocks as border and started piecing them.
Then I laid out my paper samples of birds and leaves laid out for size and placement.
I embroidered. And embroidered. And hooped. And unhooped. And embroidered. And snipped stabilizer. Hooped. And embroidered. Not to mention a few thread color changes.
What I thought would be a few hours slowly and excruciatingly became....
After that? Quilting was easy peasy. I used a flannel plaid green from my stash for backing since it was a wall hanging.
Quilting in negative space white what is now one of my favorite fillers. I happened to have some old green dyed muslin in my stash for binding. The fabric was from my JJ's pre-K4 class auction quilt I made in 2006.
How's that for a full circle?
Leaf quilting in the border seemed appropriate and is one of the first free motion quilting patterns I perfected on my domestic machine.
I had to do some fun wood grain quilting on the tree trunk and branches.
And of course, I'm a firm believer in labels. I made a label that I printed.
I love putting clip art that reflects the top and a good quote or poem.
Measures: 36"x 48"
Fabric: Brown, kona white, tissue dyed by kids
Thread: Omnithread Bright White, So Fine Variegated Green by Superior Threads
Quilted: Freemotion on HQ Avante
**important note: this quilt cannot be washed! The dye WILL disappear!***to share all three with my boys' Catholic schools.
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