Sunday, January 10, 2016

Timber--Finish


I can't believe I am down to the home stretch on completing the 2015 Aurifil Designer BOM mini quilts.  Only one more after this one, but maybe we should talk about this one first, right?  The November mini Timber was designed by Bonnie Christine  (read Pat Sloan's interview with Bonnie here).  It would involve more improv piecing (remember my fear with Indigo Crossing?) and applique...are you kidding???  Oh, wait I crossed the applique bridge with Grown Up, so I felt like this one would be a piece of cake.  And I was right, so much fun!

Once again I would pull out that large tub of scraps I like to call my Scraptastic Award and start to randomly piece scraps together.


I kept each tree near so I could tell when my blocks where big enough to cover them.



After the first little tree was cut out, I tried it against the solid tan background fabric.



Perfect.  It didn't take long and I had three happy little trees adhered to the tan background and all basted up.



I had decided that my quilting would be simple with this one.  Bonnie's mini was quilted with straight lines and I loved the look of those simple lines.  I chose to go the same root, but used curvy lines instead.  It kind of reminded me of the lines in tree bark.  My choice of thread was Aurifil #5011 a lovely tan that matched the background fabric perfectly.


Since I knew my lines of quilting would be close together, and this was a mini and wouldn't be washed much, I elected to not applique stitch around my trees.  Will this be a mistake...umm I'll let you know.

After the lines were quilted, it was time to trim up and bind this baby up.  If you have been following my blog recently, you know I have a crazy addiction to Aunt Marti's Susie's Magic Binding Tutorial.  So of course this mini wouldn't be any different...Aunt Marti's method it would be!


I just love how the little flange allows a little punch of color.


Perfection.  I guess the last thing to do is yell, "Timber!"


With November's mini finished time to turn my attention to piecing December's mini, Winter Stars by Celine Perkins.  I'm still holding out for some of the white stuff to float down as a background.  It just doesn't feel like winter without it.


17 comments:

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

A very crush worthy mini quilt! I think the wavy lines are a perfect compliment for the trees, and you are selling me on needing to try that flange binding, LOL!

Nurdan Kulluk-Rennert said...

Love love love this!

Lisa J. said...

I'm getting sold on that flanged binding as well. So impressed with you Tish, stretching your limits with improv and applique. I'm not so big on applique myself. Maybe I should do more. Your little mini looks great. I love the wavy quilting.

Shasta Matova said...

This looks great. It is very tempting for me to go start this right now, but I am going to resist and finish something first.

Laurie said...

What a neat way to use crumb units. I've been playing with crumb blocks myself. I enjoy making them and have only used them for the centers of star blocks so far. I'd not thought of using them in applique. Wonderful idea!

Teje said...

Hi Tish! Your improvised trees are fantastic! What a beautiful and unique mini quilt! x Teje

Brianna said...

I think the wavy lines and no appliqué work for this one. Especially with the scrappy look of the trees.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Very cute mini quilt.

Cheryl said...

I love how you turned the scraps into the applique pieces, so cute!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Yeah for finishing another one. You're not that far behind any longer. Thanks for the binding tip. I think I'll give it a try sometime.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

This is really beautiful Tish!

andrea @ tideline quilts said...

I love this quilt - the colours, design and technique are just great! I'm inspired to try one in "Group of Seven" colours!...Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Love this! Thank you so much for showing your process. The wavy quilting lines do remind me of tree bark, so for me, that was the perfect choice! Yes, you may get some random fraying along the edges of the applique, but that will only add to the texture and whimsy of the piece. Nice job!

EmileeHope said...

So neat! Thanks for sharing your process as well, may have to try something like this someday!

Sandra Walker said...

This is just all kinds of yumminess Tish! I love trees. Great FMQ design to use too. Damn, I wish I'd read this before I finished my little wallhanging (and posted) as I would have loved to try that flanged binding. On my next one. Think I'm going to do the BOM this year as I have so enjoyed seeing yours all through 2015.

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

Cool idea to do appliqué from scrappy improv patches! Have you seen the woodgrain FMQ motif I did on one of the blocks in my Skill Builder last year? It's surprisingly easy and would look so cool on a quilt like this one.

the zen quilter said...

What a fun and excellent idea - love those trees! Great work.

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