Trying something new!
I had so much fun putting this project together. I always aim to try something new with each project - and this project was no exception.
When I started quilting, about 12 years ago, I would put fabrics together and then I was not confident with my choices or something just seemed off. Fast forward to today and now I love to choose fabric palettes and try to create different moods with my selections.
Blue and a touch a neutral!
So this time, when I went into my stash, I knew I wanted this mini quilt to be calming. The best way to achieve this is with one hue! Of course I settled on blue! But which shade and tone of blue was the challenge! I knew I wanted to add some fussy cutting into the project - so I started with the animal prints. From then I just kept adding and adding! I included some neutrals with text to add a little depth to the tree. The animals were an obvious choice to fussy cut and "hide" in the tree - it gave an extra interest piece to the project. Then with the text print I chose sections of the design that seemed fitting for a tree project.
The three B's!
What are the three B's? Background, Backing and Binding!
For my background I chose a fabric from Robert Kaufman's Essex Yarn Dye Collection - in Denim colour. I love the organic feel it gave to the quilt. For the backing I used a scrap of denim that I had. And finally the binding is from Lella Boutique's Lollipop Garden collection.
Rustic Match-stick Quilting
I love the effect of match-stick quilting but sometimes the pressure of keeping straight lines is not my cup of tea! Well with this quilting I wanted it to have an organic feel to it, to give flow to the tree design. So I started with ruling one straight line, then I did quilting at 1 inch intervals using my quilting guide attachment on my machine foot. Next I started having fun and eye balled the half inch line, and finally I just went fast with the quarter inch line! And while I was worried at first how it might turn out - I really love the overall effect on my mini quilt.
Pattern: Mini Mosaic Tree by Shannon Brinkley, available in her Scrappy Bits Applique book.
Size: 27.5" x24"
Fabric: Stash buster
Quilting: Rustic Matchstick quilting on my Janome 6700p
Thread: Auriful 50wt Dove
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