If you know me for quite a while, you will have noticed that I love minimalism in modern quilts and have it once in a while in my own quilt pattern designs.
With the Christmas lap size quilt THOSE TREES I used just one single pieced block in two sizes and laid the blocks down like a ribbon onto the quilt. The trees are easy to piece and the little star on top is machine appliquéd with a zigzag stitch.
Those Trees, a modern and minimalist Christmas Quilt Pattern by Zen Chic
Those Trees Table Runner
You can vary this lap quilt an make a table runner, like the one I am teaching in classes. Just six of the small blocks in a row and a border on the left and right. My sample is about 44" x 20", perfect for a dinner table.
On such a minimalist quilt you get lots of so called negative space. I don't think this space is negative - on the contrary: so much place to show your wonderful quilting.
When I pondered how to quilt mine, I didn't want to stitch over the trees themselves, so I wouldn't disturb the pieced fir. Instead I wanted them to pop up a bit and I stippled around to make the background flat. On the other hand I don't like the stippling all over the quilt, it would become a very stiff blanket. Instead I supported the ribbon character with the stippling and repeated the tree motif as a quilting line in the borders, alternating larger and smaller trees in a row.
I was totally thrilled when I spotted this quilting below of Andrea Munro at Instagram. She has wonderful skills to make a magic background around those trees. Don't you just love the structure and effect of her stitched drawings? Amazing!
And now up to the new block of our project Blockheads:
FREE QUILT ALONG BLOCKHEADS 2018
Last week's block #10 was a well known traditional block. This week we have something real modern, and maybe a bit challenging with its partial seam? The block of this week is hosted by Sherri McConnel blogging under A Quilting Life. Sherri makes beautiful cozy and lighthearted fabric collections and projects like the mini quilt on the left, called "Be My Neighbor", available in her Etsy shop.
Sherri is our host for Block #11 in our Moda Blockheads 2018 (Round 2) quilt along
Block 11, Direction
Again, a 6" block, with a little challenge: a Y-seam...
Don't miss the other blockheads involved in this project:
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilt
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles
Me & My Sister Designs
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Stacy Iest Hsu
Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique