After a holiday break, I got back to work on my tree quilt blocks and finished the mini quilt. As you can see, the house stayed.
First I squared up the blocks and cut them to an equal size. They were 3 3/4 by 4 and 3/4 high. I arranged my layout and sewed them into rows.
When I started sewing my rows together, I had a little trouble getting my corners perfectly matched, so at that point I switched to a walking foot.
I had to get this part right and I did!
I hand basted the quilt sandwich, and admired my work for a few days while I pondered. How should I quilt it? I was a little afraid to start. I decided to organically wavy quilt it with the walking foot and rolled it up, grasping it and moving it. At 22 1/2 by 32 inches, it was the biggest thing I’ve machine quilted and I found it awkward and strenuous. My shoulders hurt! In some spots the stitches were very small due to the way I was moving it. I’m not sure if I was pulling it too much or if I wasn’t helping it to move fast enough.
It was fun to experiment with this method, and try out this look. The dense, allover quilting style I chose is more noticeable than a simple outlining of the squares and trees would have been. It’s interesting to see the way the quilting changes the appearance of the pieced top.
As I sewed, I turned the quilt around so I was alternating sewing the wavy lines from the top down and from the bottom up. I didn’t notice my mishap until I trimmed down the batting.
Not straight! I didn’t unpick the whole thing, but did have to pull out several lines and yank the corner back into place.
I went with the traditional method for the binding – a crosswise grain, double folded strip that I hand stitched to the back.
First project of the year done. I really enjoyed making this mini quilt and I love its quirky uniqueness!
I have unused tree blocks and I have ideas for a pillow, but I will leave it for another time. I feel ready to leave the forest and pursue a new path.
Resources I used and recommend:
Patchwork Tree Quilt Block Tutorial from Diary of a Quilter
Top 10 Tips for New Quilters from Sew Fresh Quilts
Quilting with your Walking Foot from the same series – fantastic photos (and quilts)