Mary Blair Tree Quilt

I’ve been eyeing this tree from my sons’ “I Can Fly” book for a while!  It’s an illustration by Mary Blair.

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So I decided to make an applique quilt based on this image!  I used my inside-out applique method (might have a Craftsy video class for this in the works – stay tuned) so it has the look of needle-turn.   I could have cut out the extra layers under the appliques to have a flatter appearance to the quilt top – but I love the quasi-Trapunto effect!

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Woodgrain quilting inspired by Angela Walters.  (Great book!)

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Cute leaves.

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Happy curved free motion rainbow type quilting.

The colors for the illustration were so captivating.  Red, True Yellow, White, and Bright Pink… should those work together so happily?   At first I chickened out from using such a bright Pepto Pink, and I originally bought Kona Melon.  But that didn’t work – even though I thought the more orangey pink would be visually pleasing it.was.not.  So back to the store, and hello Kona Bubblegum!  I love it.  It’s bright and fabulous and enticing and confusing.

Look at this backing fabric – pretty perfect.

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This little lady is entered into QuiltCon for the applique category.  Wish her luck!

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7 responses to “Mary Blair Tree Quilt

  1. All of your quilts are amazing! Best wishes in the contest; hope you win some good prizes!

  2. Love your fabrics and the quilting is wonderful! Congrats on a great quilt and good luck in the contest 🙂

  3. I don’t like to cut out the backing underneath my applique either – I prefer the extra dimension. Good luck again! (You are kicking out some projects lately :))

  4. This is amazing. I love the whimsy of the design and the quilting really sets it all off. Good luck at QuiltCon!!

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