Celebrate Fall Tree Quilt

Hello and Welcome! Trees and I go way back. We have a relationship that looks a lot like this.

Autumn leaves, swirling wind, rocks with leaves trapped around tall grass and a trunk with a hole for a critter. I was inspired by the hike I took with the family this weekend and this tree; isn't that a beautiful Oak!


Fall is my favorite time of year because of the trees, the colors changing and the cold breeze that comes in to take the leaves off the branches. Oregon has four distinct seasons and this year we are getting an Indian summer - 80 degree days and cool nights. The absolute perfect weather. 


Fall is harvest; a full basket of tomatoes awaiting salsa and the canner sits by the quilt. This hanging measures 25" x 34" perfect for just about any wall of my house. I used scraps from Stashtacular plus a bit of my stash in reds, browns, greens, yellow and a bit of blue. There are even 3 little blue birds hidden amongst the leaves. 


I was able to free motion quilt like never before! Swirls cover the entire sky back ground and tree bark gets a 3-d effect. This is my first attempt at quilt as art, and I really enjoyed it. The process was so much different than a pieced quilt; much more improvised. 


The quilting in the tree is a loop-de-loop in brown and yellow, it carries out to the edges and loops the canopy together. 

I used a small brown hounds-tooth print for the back and binding, I am in love with it a little bit! 


These swirls are so versatile! I'm totally going to use them on my next quilt just bigger scale. The rest is just for eye candy!




A leaf or two dropping...



I really hope you like this quilt, please let me know what you think! Quilt art was so fun to make..just having an idea and letting it happen was creative bliss. Maybe we can make one together some time with a tutorial...a spring tree perhaps. 
I'm entering this tree quilt into the Celebrate Color contest happening at Stitched in Color. Wish me luck! And I'm also one of the lucky 30 linking up with Amy Lou Who for Sew and Tell Friday! On Monday there is Fresh Lemons Mini Quilt's and Canoe Ridge Creations Sew Modern Monday. As well as all the great linky parties you can find on my Link Parties I Love page. 

Celebrate Color


Fresh Lemons Quilts

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations


Cheers,
Kelly

37 comments:

Teje said...

Hello Kelly! I love it!!! Amazing, beautiful atumn tree! Great work and great idea to use scraps! Just beautiful! Good Luck!
xxx Teje

Kiera said...

That's amazing! I love it!

Donna Joy said...

That tree is stunning, great job.

Lucy said...

I love those swirls! It looks great. I like all the different fabrics you used for the leaves too and the colours are perfect for autumn :)

Jill said...

Wow, that is incredible. For your first attempt at quilt as art, I would say you did a fabulous job!

Pieces to Love said...

I love it. I had to go back and look for the birds. I'm in the midst of making a hexi's for a quilt and have pondered many ways of arranging them to put together. I might just try and do 'art' with them. I'm sure my kids would help me sort my palate.

Marci Girl said...

Stunning quilt Kelly! I love it, so pretty!

Kim said...

excuse me while i pick up my jaw...beautiful!!!!!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

This quilt is 'sew' lovely. I am just in love with it. Awesome job! Visiting from Sew and Tell.

~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 

Chiska said...

I love this! Thanks for brightening my day!

Jessica said...

I LOVE your quilt - it's gorgeous!! I love the leaves!

Connie said...

How beautiful! Love the addition of the birds!

Kelli said...

Absolutely beautiful. I haven't attempted quilt art yet, but you make it sound so easy. Great job, really lovely.

Andy said...

I love those swirls in the quilting - great quilt!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Absolutely a fantastic quilt! Great use of fabrics, texture, color, and design.

harleywife57 said...

This is so stunning ! I love it ; you are a true artist !!!

Sara said...

this is so magical and I love,love how you did the scrappy pieces with the swirly quilting!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Your tree is amazing! I love it. You are a great artist!

Spontaneous Threads said...

Really pretty and love all the details you highlighted. Tree + Autumn= perfect quilt!

Miranda said...

Kelly, it's great! You did a great job! I love your quilting, the swirls make me think of the wind in the fall. You should do more quilt art, you are good at it!!

Pattilou said...

Love your art quilt. The swirls in the quilting are perfect!

Sarah Craig said...

You did a great job, Kelly!! I love your quilting and the way you used it to highlight different parts of the quilt. Awesome! Whoop whoop!!

Eleni said...

I just love your art quilt Kelly!!! You did such a great job!!! Love your idea of using scraps for leaves!!! Good luck with the Celebrate Color contest!!!
xoxo
eleni

felicity said...

What do I think? I think this quilt is awesome! I love fall and I love tree quilts and yours is just fabulous.

CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS said...

How lovely - really gorgeous. You are very clever.

Jill

Toni said...

Kelly, this is amazing! I don't think you could have picked a more perfect way to quilt it! Everything about it is wonderful. Love the falling leaves!

Briana Arlene said...

Pretty! Good luck in the Celebrate Color contest.

Megan said...

So FUN! I love the quilting! :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

Kristen said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the ticker tape tree!

Heather D. said...

That is a really amazing project. Just beautiful!

Rene' said...

This is absolutely fabulous! I love it! You did a really good job with the colors and the quilting.

The Twisted Sister said...

Wow! That is awesome! I love it!!

Kathleen said...

Hi I'm visiting from Funky Polka Dot. Your quilt is awesome! I really love it. In fact I am pinning it straight away!
blessings,
AlwaysSewLove

Rachel Hauser said...

Wow, I have never done an art quilt and I'm so impressed. The swirls in the sky are probably my favorite part!

CityHouseStudio said...

Wow, what a gorgeous quilt - I absolutely love it!

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

Wow! This is absolutely amazing!! I'm so glad you stopped by my site!

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

That's not a quilt-it is a work of art. I think the falling leaves are the perfect touch.