This started out as a version of crazy mom quilts "birch trees". I love this pattern and bought it with the intent of making it for our new grandson who is to put in an appearance in early March. I started piecing the brightly colored birches - I studied her version - I pondered lights and darks. And then it took a right turn.
And I began to wonder if I could do more realistic birch trees. And would that make sense for a baby quilt? So I began to do a search on Pinterest and Google and came up with a beautiful and sophisticated wall hanging from tallgrass prairie studio's "night forest". Isn't this lovely? And I loved the contrast of lights and darks and all the different fabrics she used.
I still wasn't sure but I was intrigued and decided to try it. It's for family, after all, and if it's a little too "out there" or non-traditional, they won't have trouble telling me. So I started and had no idea what I was doing. I went through my strings; I pulled some pre cut strips from my bins; and I dug into my strips from men's shirts.
I had forgotten how much I Iike improvisational piecing. I just put away the ruler and started cutting. It went together quickly and when I did something I didn't intend to -- I just made it work. This is what the first version looked like when I added strips. The first image is the finished top and there was some evolution in design -- but not a lot. No pinning! Just cut, sew, and repeat.
This required me to stop working on the Quiltville mystery for a few days but I'm hoping to get caught back up while I ponder how to quilt this. I love the negative space but I've learned that dense quilting on a baby quilt takes away any "drape" until it's been washed a number of times. So, rather than create a "stiff" quilt for "Rex Webb Steve" (the name our grandson has chosen -- we're not monogramming anything just yet!), I'll restrain myself and not over quilt it.
I hope you are finding time to "create" and improvise occasionally and enjoy the process! Looking forward to a wonderful 2015 and more creativity!