I speak for the trees

I finished up that baby quilt I was working on this morning and it just came out of the dryer all nice and crinkly. In the end I decided to forgo the tying and french knots plan. I kept trying it, different colors, different yarns and it just wasn’t working. It wasn’t nearly as dramatic as I’d envisioned and it made the quilt too folky instead of the more modern look I was going for. I moved the trees around some too. I really like how they are running off the page now. For the binding I used a vintage scenic linen towel. It was a labor of love because although it was big for a towel it was still a smallish square and I had to piece together about ten small strips to make the binding. It was worth it though. I’m very happy with the blue sky border.

Now I’m ready to get another quilt up on the felt wall. Something about quilts, no matter how much time they take to finish as soon as it comes out of the dryer I feel ready to jump into a new one.

104 thoughts on “I speak for the trees

  1. max says:

    Wow. I am dumbstruck. It is totally amazing. You should be so pleased with yourself. If I made this I would be smiling for a whole year!

  2. Anne says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. I’m really interested in getting into quilting and I keep seeing these absolutely beautiful, unexpected quilts – now I just need to figure out how to make one myself!!

  3. Theresa says:

    I’ve got some serious quilt envy going on over here. What’s a girl gotta do to get one of those made for a babe-to-be? (I suppose the answer is make it herself, LOL!)
    I don’t know if I’m more impressed with your fantastic sense of balance with the trees, or the perfect machine quilting. Every time I try to machine quilt, well, let’s just say it doesn’t look like that!

  4. Gina L says:

    Very nice. Great choice of colors and I too like that the trees are going off the edge.
    I’ve never done a quilt before so sorry if this sounds stupid, but why to you put them in the dryer after they are done? Is it just something you enjoy doing or part of the making?

  5. Jo Ann says:

    Seriously. I am always impressed by your machine quilting! I love the quilt and the amount of stuff you get done, I am so impressed! I am a little afraid of patterns, but I must say you always make them seem to work together! Thanks for encouraging trying something new.

  6. manda says:

    That is a seriously stunning quilt! I’ve been so looking forward to seeing this finished and it is even better than I had imagined. That’s one lucky babe!

  7. robyn says:

    so lovely! I love how you’ve used the quilting to give the trees their “texture”.
    And it’s true…..as soon as you’ve put the one you’ve just finished into the dryer…you’re already half into the next one. that’s the trouble with having a fabric stash *and* a crafty mind.

  8. Heather says:

    Fab-U-lous! Modern and still so sweet. The trees remind me of the illustration at loloko.com. Lollipop trees are things of dreams. Good work!

  9. sooz says:

    What more can I add – this is so beautiful, an absolute work of art. I’ve been dying to see it complete since you posted the first layout a while ago.
    I was wondering on a technical note – do you applique the trees on to the background or are they pieced in? I have only done really simple quilting so far, but I use applique for hard bits. I am keen to know if this is what you have done.

  10. ellia says:

    oh how beautiful!!! all your fabrics make me wanna find it but in paper!!!! i love your trees, and your quilt style is very professional, clean, and again, pretty!

  11. Courtney says:

    That’s beautiful…and too funny…here is my baby quilt also inspired by Grant Wood. Funny how the same inspiration can yield such different results. I also tried lots of embroidery only to pull it all out. I ended up quilting each square differently as you can see if you look at the back . I would like to do another one with only green fabrics so it would look like what I intended, but I really like the way it turned out! http://www.flickr.com/photos/78168838@N00/106991829/

  12. bonnie says:

    hilary: did you know that today (the day of your post) is Dr. Seuss’s birthday? I’m assuming you had a Lorax reference going on with your post title . . . hooray for trees! (and your creations).
    bonnie

  13. kate says:

    Beautiful!~ i love checking your site to see what creative thing you are up to ~i am always so inspired! (i found your site a couple months ago)thansk for sharing!

  14. JoAnn says:

    Why am I always amazed at your posts? I should get used to the fact that you are a genius. I love everything about your trees baby quilt. Another masterpiece.

  15. kerrie says:

    That is beautiful, I love the trees and the hills and everything about it. I think I have room in the new shop / studio for a felt wall, that makes me really excited!

  16. dozodozo says:

    Great quilt!
    I love how it looks crinkly…it gives a completely different look to it. The colors are nice and it’s not the typical baby quilt, that makes it special. I hand quilt always so I never get that same look, I guess I don’t have so much patience to do so much quilting…really enjoy reading your blog! you are very inspiring!

  17. Kelli says:

    I would also like to know the technique you used. It is so nice! Did you applique the trees? Or are they pieced?
    And as a new quilter, I haven’t heard about the dryer thing. You throw your quilt in there when it is done?

  18. jenny vorwaller says:

    no that you need another comment (hee hee!) but i just wanted to say, amen! to all the previous adorations and tell you i think its just lovely!
    the more a quilt is washed, the softer it feels! 🙂

  19. denice says:

    WOW! This quilt is awesome! I feel exactly the same way about quilts. The moment I am done (even if I griped my way through) I am ready to start another. And I just keep looking and looking at the finished one, loving it. They get into you, don’t they?

  20. hillary says:

    wow! thanks everybody! I was pretty happy with it but I was a little concerned with how the recipient would like it. all these sweet comments have made me feel much more secure 🙂
    so, the answers, yes, I appliqued it. folded the edges down and zigzag’d them down. oh and the dryer thing, washing and drying the quilt after it’s finished crinkles it up (hopefully!).

  21. Terri says:

    I just came across your site and I am SO impressed. You have an amazing eye for colour and the overall design of your patterns. Wow:)
    I’m so inspired to make more quilts and combine various prints and patterns.
    And this tree quilt – just beautiful. It is so different – i love it. I’ve never seen anything like it.

  22. susan says:

    so amazing, love that quilt, so modern and i think baby gifts are more for the mom’s taste anyway as the baby doesn’t really care, do they…they will love it and have such an amazing original piece of artwork!

  23. Amy says:

    Another comment?? Well, it is so beautiful I just had to. That is a lot of effort for a baby quilt and I know it will be treasured forever. Ditto on the desire to start a new project. Mine usually begin the second I get the top of the previous put together — not even quilted or bound yet.

  24. Melissa S. says:

    I LOVE your work. What amazing talent! I’d really love to know what kind of sewing machine you use on your quilting and if you use a walking foot or some other foot for your machine quilting. Thanks!!

  25. Meg says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen any post anywhere inspire 100 comments…
    I love making baby quilts, but this one has inspired me to abandon the more traditional (mostly boring ’cause I’m no good with patterns) route and expand into something original. It’s such a fresh design, simple and yet interesting.
    So, I’m thinking of a landscape too, but something more out of Dr. Suess land.
    Picked up a couple of shirts in the second hand store too that I normally wouldn’t have even noticed, but their unique color and design jumped out at me. Thanks Hillary for the inspiration.

  26. rebecca says:

    I just have to jump in too. Everything about that quilt is wonderful. I’m really not a sewer, even though I’ve started to buy fabric lately, and this inspires me so.

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