The journey begins with a pattern by Suzanne Cody which I purchased from Material Obsessions in Sydney, Australia.
My version doesn't have the wide top and side border, there is another "hill" at the bottom, and more vines hanging from the branches. The background is pieced using a Yoko Saito print in the center with a variety of fabrics surrounding it. The background fabric and tree are cotton while the applique is primarily felted wool with bits of cotton and silk. The finished size is 50 inches by 58 inches.
A few close-up photos of the amazing quilting done by Cindy Paulsen at Quilted Connection:
I think it's important to label your quilts because who knows where it may end up years from now. Someone will want to know who made it, when and where.
I've tried printing my labels from the computer directly onto the fabric, printing the design from the computer onto paper and then tracing to fabric, but my best results come from just writing directly onto the fabric. I used a fine-point Sharpie and drew a bird like the appliqued birds on the quilt. I think it's nice to have it in my own hand-writing even though it's a bit crooked.
I mentioned getting side-tracked.............. another finished block for Roseville Album.
and, I just returned from classes with Jen Kingwell at the Winter Quilt Fest retreat with even more projects on my "to do" list. But, more about that later.
Enjoy a stitchy weekend.