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.


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!



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


Cute leaves.


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.


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


Filed under Fabric, Inspiration, Quilting

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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