I aimed at making a wall hanging that was evocative of a
beautiful tree in the middle of a forest. What season is it? There is
something timeless represented in this piece.
35" H x 84" W
Cotton fabrics, cotton batting, polyester “sheer” and knit fabrics
Machine pieced, thread sketched and quilted
I do love to sew trees! The tree trunk and branches are cut from one piece of
black fabric. There is no seam allowance folded under; I sewed over the black fabric with black thread, and
extended the thread sketching to make twigs. I attached small clusters of
metallic silver thread to look like the tree has grown stars for fruit.
I chose the “Virgilia”, or Yellowwood, tree partly because it is found in my part of the US, and because
of its lovely shape and proportions. According to my copy of the National Audubon Society’s Field Guide to North American Trees,
…this rare species (is) one of the most beautiful flowering
trees of the American Forests… Scattered in the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, where wild trees bear abundant (white) flowers at irregular
intervals of 2-5 years."
The ground and black band of sky are made of a wonderfully textured knit
velvet with silver glitter all over. It was so evocative of night sky I bought
it on sight! I used this fabric in other quilts, including Root Domain
and The Alarm Clock Rings, till I used up every scrap.
The two large side sections are in two layers. The bottom layer is a gaudy
orangish batik. I free-hand quilted a basic “organic” kind of design all over
it. I chose a gaudy fabric so it would be somewhat visible through the green
sheer. That sheer was another lucky find at the fabric store – I liked the
green and blue swaths dyed across it. It doesn’t have finished edges. I let
the minimal fraying stay so it doesn’t have any “unnaturally” straight and
The fabric leaves are all traced from actual leaves I’ve found on my walks in
nearby parks. They are
attached to the sheers by free-motion sewing of their veins. I sewed a few
more to the black section at the top. The sheers are attached to the quilt
under the top binding and are loose on the other three sides. I trimmed the
inner and bottom edges of each section to be more leaf-like. I had hoped to
figure out a plausible way for this sheer to hang a few inches in front of
the rest of the quilt, but tamed that idea in favor of practicality. Still,
the sheers will move a bit in a breeze or when someone walks by, like leaves
rustling in the wind.
"…or maybe there tis cloudless nightwhen swaying beeches bearthe Elven stars as jewels whiteamid their branching hair."