Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Trees, Trees, and More Trees! My Winter Woods Quilt

Winter Woods Quilt

I finished a quilt! Recently I was tasked to create a block tutorial for the Craftsy quilting blog. I wanted to try to make a Christmas tree block from just my scraps. I shared my first four blocks on Instagram, which I put together at a quilting retreat with my guild in November.

The block will be a free tutorial on Craftsy in December (I'll update this post with the link)!

That weekend I "finished the top," but then I got home and decided to make it about 50% bigger. My original quilt top was only 4 rows and they were about 2/3 the width of the current rows.

Winter Woods Quilt

I'm so happy with how it turned out! The trees are almost all scraps from the massic fabric scrap pile at my quilt guild retreat. I think that I was most inspired by colors I don't normally quilt with (like purple) and definitely by the fabrics I didn't purchase (meaning I haven't been staring at them for years and years, like my own scraps)!

Winter Woods Quilt

I quilted with wavy lines using my Digital Dual-Feed Foot on the Baby Lock Destiny II, to get through all the thick layers. It worked like clockwork.

Inside I used Warm & White batting (so it wouldn't show through the white fabric top), white Madeira polyester thread, and on the back I used a thick and snuggly blue Cuddle fabric.

Winter Woods Quilt

The Cuddle makes it so warm, and I'm obsessed. I did have some tension problems when I tried to free-motion quilt through all the layers, but I think it was a happy accident, because I'm really happy with how the quilting turned out using a walking foot.

Winter Woods Quilt

Elliot is going to be 4 this winter, and he is my best snuggler.

Winter Woods Quilt

If you'd like to know how I put this quilt together, let me know and I can update you with a tutorial! It was not quite improv pieced, and not paper pieced, but I think my method worked really well for using scraps and giving the feel of a random layout with uniform trees in two sizes.

Peace!





4 comments:

  1. Love this quilt Lindsay. It has inspired me to add a scrappy Christmas quilt to my 2018 list.

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  2. Lindsay, I found your tutorial on Craftsy and had to stop by to tell you how much I love this block! It turned into such a wonderful quilt...plus it's one you can keep out all winter! I'm pinning it to use up my scraps and hopefully make one myself. Thank you!

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  3. I want to start this quilt right now--love it! Do you have a link for your tutorial on Craftsy? I could not find it. Thank you for creating and sharing this beautiful, fun quilt! Merry Christmas!

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