For the positive quilt I chose fabric with more autumnal tones then used buttons as leaves scattered on the ground and in the branches. The use of buttons as leaves creates a 3D effect on the quilts surface.
The negative quilt contrasts the very bright trees with the very dark brown of the forest at night. I quilted this with metallic thread to provide a bit of glitter in the forest. The contrasting stripes are cut from Burmese silk to lend additional sheen.
Using this tree template and the fusible web, you can go on to create your own version using four trees and show the four seasons. In choosing fabric, make sure you have good contrast between the trees and the background.
Skill Level: Intermediate, rotary cutting, basic sewing skills, fusible web appliqué
Finished Size: Quilt 1 – 35 inch square , Quilt 2 – 49 x 30 inches
Materials (provided by you):
- 1 yd. (1m) background fabric for Quilt 1
- ½ yd. (50cm) total assorted fabrics for border and corner squares for Quilt 1
- 1 ½ yds. (1.5m) tree and background fabric for both quilts
- ½ yd. (50cm) or fat quarter pink tree fabric for Quilt 2
- ½ yd. (50cm) or fat quarter orange tree fabric for Quilt 2
- ½ yd. (50cm) or fat quarter green tree fabric for Quilt 2
- ⅛ yd. (12cm) silk highlight fabric for Quilt 2
- ¼ yd. (25cm) black border fabric for Quilt 2
- 1 yd. (1m) backing for Quilt 1
- 2 yds. (2m) backing for Quilt 2
- 40 inch square batting for Quilt 1, 55 x 36 inch batting for Quilt 2
- Binding: ½ yd. (50cm) for Quilt 1, ½ yd. (50cm) for Quilt 2
All quilts have been test quilted to ensure accuracy.