Thursday, 6 January 2011
Oak tree quilt
This was one of the many Christmas presents that I made this year. It's a quilt for Mr Teacakes: not a quilt for our bed, but a quilt for lounging under on a Sunday afternoon watching films with the children. He told me he was happy with anything...but then said that it had to be neutral enough to blend in with the colours of our sitting room so that I didn't try and tidy him away whenever he got the quilt out; that he didn't want it backed with quilting cotton as that wasn't warm enough; and also that it mustn't be at all girly. Mmm. I spent two evenings researching fabrics and then declared that his brief was impossible. Until I suddenly remembered Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow range (sometimes it helps to think of male designers when trying to find a more masculine print), which makes up the bulk of this quilt...and then I found that the colours from that range are a perfect match for those in Cloud 9's Beyond the Sea and My Happy Nursery ranges (the use of the latter should not imply that my husband is a giant baby, rather that the Happy Nursery range is stylish enough to transcend the baby's bedroom boundary and make its way down to the sitting room).
I was feeling utterly confused about the backing until I realised that Anna Maria Horner's Forest Hills in Moonlight had the beiges, golds and soft turquoises in that I was looking for and comes in an incredibly soft cotton flannel.
This is a picture of the reverse of the tree as I pieced it together - the way that the Material Obsession book suggests that you construct this is so clever and means that while it looks like a complex thing to make, it's actually far easier than you'd think. You can find the book on Amazon here - it is a really wonderful book.
The owl felt just right for the quilt, because my husband, as well as having an Oak tree feel, also has an owly feel at times too...sort of tawny, fast and sharp-eyed...with a thick neck (his footballing friends tease him that he must spend hours secretly doing neck crunches to have cultivated such a neck...I had never noticed this until they pointed it out).
The quilt patch message features one of Joel Dewberry's trees, as well as the other owl that I managed to salvage from the fabric sample (thank you so much Jo and Fran).
I quilted this on the machine in simple diagonal stripes to go in the same direction as the leaves that are being blown from the tree.
I was a little sad to finish making this quilt - I adored every minute of its construction.
Oh, and the fabrics, for UK readers: the Joel Dewberry fabrics came from three different shops as no one place had all the prints that I wanted, but between M is for Make..., Saints & Pinners and River Fabrics I found them all. The Cloud 9 fabrics are also from Saints and Pinners, as well as the flannel owls. The wonderful Anna Maria Horner Forest Hills Moonlight flannel is from Seamstar.