Monday, May 11, 2020

Mini Monday - The Joyful Forest

Welcome to the next edition of Mini Monday!!  This weekend, I finished something in Dark GREEN for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I really thought that I would add some cheerful color into the mix.  Read on to see what happened.

The idea...

... Was to use my Dark Green scraps to make a quilt using the Scrap Buster Fall Pillow pattern from Allison @ Cluck, Cluck, Sew:

The pattern could easily be adapted to make a small wall hanging.  I would simply shrink the scale of the leaves and trunk.  Easy-peasy!

The change in plan...

That leafy pattern would have worked SEW beautifully!  However, I somehow hit on the idea of making my Stand of Trees pattern (that I adapted from a friend's appliqued tree block) for the #bushfireblocks charity drive in support of an Australia quilt effort.  I began to wonder why I had made the design twice (a block and a baby quilt) and still didn't have a version of the design for myself.

The Improv tree trunks...

... Were scaled down this time, as I wasn't aiming for a 12" block:

The pieced tree tops...

... Got an extra layer of greenery because the scraps that I wanted to use were too small to make up the 10" block that I had in my head:

The quilting...

Simple (straight line) quilting ruled the day.  I chose shades that wouldn't compete with the piecing:

The binding...

When I got to the binding stage of the process, I (briefly) considered Dark GREEN, but opted to search thru my brown scrap basket and chose two shades:

Then decided to "phone a friend."  Needleb, of course!  (Sorry, SZQ, it was your nap time.)  Her advice?  Split it!  She suggested that I go with a green and "white" combo or a green and brown one.

The surprise...

I opted for a 3-color binding:

The reveal...

Here is what the completed mini turned out to be:

I tried it out on the Gallery Wire before...

... Taking it down to the kitchen:

~ 9" square

This was a fun little project.  I'm SEW happy to have version of my original design to keep for myself.  I was thrilled to get a shot with our lone peach iris so far this season:

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Until next time...
QUILT mini!!!


  1. SEW Beautiful. I am green with envy. Well done. ;^)

  2. What a fun excursion! Love the little trees!

  3. Oh, pretty iris! Pretty mini, too, of course!


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