While there is still no holiday tree inside my house, there are some holiday trees that I can show. You know that I write articles for Machine Quilted Unlimited magazine. I have done several of them - and am contracted through next year's editions too. November's edition has one on sashing designs that I had to resurrect some old work. I had participated (may well have even hosted this swap, but the memories are very fuzzy) in this block swap. There were probably a dozen or more people, and each of us chose the theme of our block. We even sent a small swatch of fabric used so that the next people could have similar fabrics to incorporate. I chose these "wonky trees". I didn't exactly want them all wonky, as much as non-traditional and fun. I made 4 or 5 of the ones in this quilt, and the rest were by other swappers. Back in the early summer, I dug out all the aging blocks and put this quilt together (bottom right on article...the one on the left is aonther oldie made from swap blocks which was shown in my HandiQuilter ads a few years ago). If any readers have been around since these days, please shout out! I'd love to know who made these.
The main point of the article was about creating stitching designs for sashings that can help to unify quilts, when all blocks seem ununified -- maybe they are all different designs, non-similar fabrics, etc. This quilt does repeat some of the fabrics, but there is considerable difference in the way some blocks have a frame, while others do not.
Getting the sashings to show was of immense challenge. I stitched them in a gold Glide thread, but because this was a quilt intended for use, I didn't want double batting. THAT would have given considerably more relief to the designs.
The tree blocks were fun to quilt, and I let the quilting be as whimsical as the piecing, keeping a scallopy framing and ribbon-like fill consistent from block to block.
I want to put a link to the other quilt of mine that I showed in the article - go look here. It was made at about the same time, same colors, etc. It stays on my bed. This quilt is double batted, but more importantly, it has what has probably been one of my most commented quilting designs. I quilted one for Corey Yoder using this design, and it was published in her book earlier this year. The quilting of the sashings seemed simple at the time, but the secondary patterns created were wonderful. This is something I constantly think about. Just for giggles...here's one look. Go to the link for more pics.