Pine Trees Quilt

This was the second quilt I cut out and started, but probably the ninth or tenth quilt I actually finished. I did all right putting the trees together, but when I was finished, not all the tree blocks were the same size, and I had to gain some experience before I could figure out what to do.

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(I cut borders in dark green and sewed on to each block, then trimmed so all the blocks would be the same size.)

I love green and white – must be some Scandinavian heritage thing – and I loved working on this quilt, and for all its flaws, it is still one of my favorites.

Flaws? I should tell you? *she sighs* Ah yes. Well, if you look closely, you will see that the tips of some of the trees were cut off because I didn’t leave a consistent 1/4 inch at the top of each block.

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And, I took months hand quilting snowflake motifs on the border and on some of the tree blocks, only to discover that it was a waste of time, the snowflakes did not show up as snowflakes, not unless you are like 2″ from the quilt! I liked the idea of a snow-y pine forest, but there are probably better ways to accomplish it.

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I learned something about myself doing this quilt – the greens I like are very blue kinds of greens. I have an antipathy to yellow greens, although they have their place and sometimes they are the only appropriate shade . . . my heart is blue-green!

I used the more yellow-green leftover pine trees on Dad’s Alaska Quilt.

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Quilting Meme

What I like about this meme is that it points out to me that I have done a lot of things (wooo hooooo, confidence building), that there are some things I just don’t care to do, ever, and that there are some things I still want to do!

I find there are things I love and find easy – kaleidescopes, for their movement, hand applique, even using difficult fabrics, but . . . I still need to stretch and grow. This was like a little self-evaluation, and helped me solidify some ideas for the future.

Not that I need any more ideas!

Quilt Meme

Here are the rules:

Bold for things you’ve done
italic for things you want to do, and leave the rest normal.

4 patch

nine patch

log cabin

curved piecing by hand

curved piecing by machine

hand applique

hand applique with fusible / blanket stitch

reverse applique [ hand or machine ]

hawaiian applique

machine applique

trapunto

whole cloth

english paper piecing by hand

strip or string piecing

kaleidoscope or mandala [ not stack and whack]

stencilled quilt

hand quilting

machine quilting

McTavishing

quilted commercially with a longarm machine

3D folded flowers

made a quilt on commission

sold a quilt other than a commission piece

taught quilting at any level

stack and whack

stack and slash

embellished with embroidery, beads, etc

celtic applique / bias work

Amish style quilt

Cathedral Windows

stained glass quilt [ any method ]

had an original design published

written a quilt book

scrap quilt

baltimore applique

sampler quilt

japanese design

foundation piecing

crazy patchwork

silk fabrics

cotton fabrics

woollen fabrics

colourwash

row quilt

1930s or feedsack fabric

1880s reproduction fabric

tea cosy

item for an animal

hand dyed fabric

round robin

quilt-as-you-go

non-traditional quilt

traditional quilt

miniature

full sized bed quilt

sashiko

seminole

quillow

bag or purse

patchwork or quilted clothing

pillow

christmas themed [ quilt, wallhanging, stocking, etc ]

medallion quilt

raffle quilt

I-spy

baby quilt

landscape quilt

participated in a group challenge

exhibited a quilt overseas

made a prize winning quilt

patchwork balls

flannel quilts

bargello

alphabet quilt

embroidered quilt

whitework quilt

If you want to play along, copy this list to your blog and then follow the rules. (Here is a tip: copy and paste it into a Word document for easier formatting. If you highlight the list in Word, then click Edit, then Clear formatting, it will speed up the process.) Have fun!