This is one of my favourite quilts that I've made, and it has lots of different elements that I love - applique, machine embroidery, some paper piecing, using some child friendly 'flaps' and very much piecing it together on the hoof. I also really like the fact that it's a very unique boy's quilt, when I made it I think I'd had a run of doing lots of girly quilts so it was refreshing to create something a bit different.
Another thing I love about it is that it's almost entirely made from recycled fabric. There are 6 old shirts, a pair of trousers, some pajama bottoms, 2 skirts and an old curtain cut up and used in this quilt. The only 'new' fabrics I used are the 'wood grain' pattern that just felt perfect for the binding, and the bright yellow with the brown acorns that I think works brilliantly framing a couple of the pictures and is dotted around in other places too. The backing is made from an old, cotton 'throw' I found in a charity shop.
|The wood grain binding and the yellow with brown acorns are the only 2 'new' fabrics.|
The quilt was for a 5 year old boy who'd just started school. I didn't have a lot to go on when coming up with an idea, but I knew his Dad was a tree surgeon and I knew the little boy was in a 'Squirrels' class at school. I decided I'd do a tree block for each season, with some squirrels, and it all sort of grew from that.
Here's the Autumn tree:
With a little squirrel in there:
This one is Spring.
I really wasn't sure how best to try and represent blossoms, and when I'd done it I didn't feel it was quite Spring like enough so I added a little bird in a nest with some machine embroidery.
Winter was lots of fun to do, but very time consuming!
I used bleach to create the 'snowflakes' in the background (see here for more details on that) and then machine embroidery on the birch trees.
And then another Winter tree with a little robin, just in machine embroidery:
My Summer tree was paper pieced hexagons:
I added a windy tree:
And a few other tree related pictures:
|Oak leaf and acorn in machine mbroidery|
|A machine embroidery squirrel|
|An oak leaf flap...|
|With acorns hidden behind it - the squirrel must have stashed them there!|
|And another squirrel hiding|