Monday, December 30, 2013

Sparkle Tree Skirt

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Holy Cow!  I love this.  I have been sharing a few sneaks of this quilt on Instagram (@judiakagreenfairy) for the past week and a half, but I'm so happy to share the whole quilt top with you now. This tree skirt is called Sparkle Tree Skirt designed by the talented Sarah Vedeler.
Laura pieced and embroidered the top, she did a beautiful job.  Laura is the owner of The Quilt Crossing in Boise, ID - so be sure to visit her if you are in the area, tell her I sent you!  This tree skirt will be a class during summer 2014, so contact Laura for more info if you would like to be a part of this awesome top.  The original tree skirt is split and has a hole in the center for the tree, but Laura will be using this for her circular table.  I am sure it will be just gorgeous.  In all reality, I wish it were mine ;-)

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So yes, this tree skirt is made with dupioni silk - I love this stuff, it quilted up beautifully. I used Kimono Silk thread by Superior threads to quilt it up.  Have I told you I love that thread?  Well, I do!  It's amazing.
So the goal for the circular center of the quilt was to have it move, the diagonal lines are all the same angle, but don't ask me what the degree is because I basically drew one out, then copied it to the rest of the tree blocks.

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I think the purple and turquoise are so beautiful together.  Sarah's appliques are incredible and just perfect.

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I wanted to have a design between each small edge block, the square/diamond motif is what I came up with.  I think it looks great.

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The center circle is fun.  Just straight lines with a pie shape piece in between.  The texture is just awesome.

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This quarter feather swirl is so fun to quilt up.  I think I should probably do a tutorial on that one, what do you think?

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I had four background fillers for the tree skirt.  It worked out so there was an even amount of each. 

This is the first one.

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Second one.

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Third one.

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Fourth one.

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I like how I quilted the dividing fabrics between the large trees.  So fun.


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The back!  Isn't it gorgeous?  I need to get my own silk to make something for me.

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Well, this is my last finish for 2013.  I hope to get a lot more finished for 2014 and I can not wait to share it all with you.

50 comments:

Auntie Pami said...

Super beautiful! I have some of Sarah's designs (on my list for 2014). I do have a little pile of silk that I've been saving. Not sure on a tree skirt, but I'm thinking a purse of some sort. Love the quarter feather motif.

weedabble said...

A tutorial on the quarter feather motif....YES PLEASE!

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Yes please can't get enough of your tuts. BTW I received your book all the way Down Under just before Christmas. Haven't had time to wear the print off the pages yet but it has moved to the top of the list as my favorite quilting book.
Linda
Taupo
New zealand

~Diana said...

I cannot see enough pictures of this. Love the colors, design, and of course, your master quilting. You are soooooo talented!

Lisa said...

I could look at this all day. The detail is just breathtaking. I love love love your work! Beautiful work by the designer Sarah and the constructor Laura. Beautiful Beautiful!

My Sew Imperfect Life said...

That is simply magnificent! God has truly gifted you with some mad quilting skills! ;-) I can't decide which side is more beautiful. I have some lovely silk from my prior days as a seamstress and would love to make something so beautiful like that (and have you quilt it!) I was wondering, is your embroidery dense so it is making the applique book as if it is trapunto, or is it trupunto? Is the applique fused or needle turned, if you don't mind my asking? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and thank you for sharing your art with us!

Georgi said...

Simply gorgeous! When I grow up (I'm only 64!), I want to quilt just like you! :)

Seacoast Quilter said...

This is so wonderful! I have looked at the embroidery package from Sarah Vedeler several times and think it is time for me to go ahead and purchase it. This is so inspiring! I love it done in dupioni silk and my local shop carries it. Your beautiful quilting is the perfect final touch.

Lynette (NZ) said...

Stunning colours and design. As usual your quilting then brings it to another whole beautiful level :-) Happy 2014

Liz W said...

Amazing!!! I truly love everything about this, especially your quilting. You are a true true talent Judi.

Sarah Craig said...

Amazing, Judi! I love the quilt design, but your quilting takes it over the top. I would also like to see a tutorial for that feather design…

And I got your book for Christmas, too - I can't wait to load up one of my own quilts on my frame and give some of these quilting ideas a try! And I've already got one of your projects from the book on my to-do list for 2014...

Shannon Mower said...

Beautiful, Breathtaking, Amazing! I was wondering, if sometime you would consider sharing what batting(s) you like?

Karen said...

That is AMAZING! The pattern and fabric is pretty, but your quilting is really what makes it. AMAZING!

Jane S. said...

Wow that's gorgeous, quite magical really! The colors, the sheen, the amazing quilting, now I want one for myself too. :)

Helen said...

Awesome quilting! Tutorial? Yes please, please, please :-)

Kate C said...

Stunning! The combination of fabric, embroidery and your amazing quilting makes this a masterpiece! I have a small stash of dupioni that I have been afraid to cut into...but after seeing this I am getting closer! Thanks so much for sharing.

Kath Garvey said...

Absolutely beautiful. Your quilting is stunning. I have had these dies and embroidery designs for over two years. Have not used them yet. You are an inspiration to use them.

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

This really sparkles! Beautiful quilt and quilting, just stunning!

Wendy said...

This is just stunning! Your quilting and her design go so well together! I am just amazed at how beautiful this looks. Truly an heirloom has been created by the both of you. Future generations will enjoy the beauty of this for lifetimes. Just stunning!

Esther F. said...

Unbelievable! It is the best ever!!! :-)
Happy new year!
Esther
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Tiffany said...

This is incredible!

Farm Gate Creations said...

Awesome!

Heritage Keepsakes said...

Judi, it is stunning!! The silk looks amazing with your quilting on it. Yes please to another tutorial too. That would be awesome to have a tute on your quarter feather swirl.

Kris said...

Simply gorgeous - both the piecing and the quilting!! I just got my copy of Quilting Wide Open Spaces and I LOVE it!! It was a birthday present to myself!! Thank you for being such a talented and loving quilter!!

Quilting Dee said...

I love this stunning quilt! The sheen of the silk and the superb quilting giving it a rich texture, the colours are gorgeous too. Would love the feather tutorial, so effective and pretty!

elliek said...

All I can say is WOW

ChristaQuilts said...

Holy cow - I love it, too! The quilting is just stunning :-)
Thanks for sharing such gorgeous eye candy!!

Lynne Tilley said...

UNBELIEVABLE.... just totally and unbelievably awesome, gorgeous, unreal. Love it so much!

Sonia Petitpoint said...

It is so beautiful ! You did a great job together !

Rosemary Dekker said...

Judi, this is absolutely fabulous. He truly has blessed you with a gift. Thank you for sharing it with us :)

wolfiestitchin said...

Absolutely drop dead gorgeous! And as usual I can't figure out how you two pulled it of. Wowwwww.

wolfiestitchin said...

Absolutely drop dead gorgeous! And as usual I can't figure out how you two pulled it of. Wowwwww.

wolfiestitchin said...

Absolutely drop dead gorgeous! And as usual I can't figure out how you two pulled it of. Wowwwww.

Michele said...

Again, as always, you take my breath away with your work. I can only hope to be 1/5th as good as you some day.

Judy said...

Judi, you are an amazing quilter. Your choice of designs for this quilt has taken a beautiful tree skirt and turned it into a stunning piece of art. Thank you for posting your work. I am so pleased when I look at your blog and you have a new post.

Kamila said...

Wow! What a wonderful quilt! So many beautiful colors - I'm truly amazed ! Greetings from Poland and Happy New Year!!! :)

Michelle Jensen said...

So beautiful! Sure throw a tutorial out there :) Actually… YES. I would love to see a tutorial on the feather block ;)

Robin T said...

Laura's choice of colors in dupioni silk and your beautiful quilting made this a spectacular quilt! Happy New Year!

Beardie Mom said...

Please tutorial the quarter square feather! I can get it but have a challenge when I get to the swirl on top!! ;o]
What thread colors did you choose and what type of thread did you use for the back? This is absolutely BEAUTIOUS!!!

And the quilt your mom did well it knocks it all out of the park!

Do you wash your quilts ? If so how?

We are all so blessed by your talents . . . I always have to wipe drool off my keyboard when you share another beauty . . .

Your book -- hoo haaaa worth the wait!!!

Diane

Hettie said...

WOW! This is awesome. Love it.

Barb N said...

Totally amazing! I have been looking for an heirloom tree skirt to make, and this is it! Your quilting is amazing - true skill!

Jen said...

Absolutely beautiful Judi. This makes me want to pull out my hoarded silks and use them.

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Sandy said...

I Love that piece...and you just did such a wonderful job. I really have to try that silk thread with my longarm. I have just used it for hand applique...
No reason not to, I have a wholesale account :)

Sandy said...

Another idea...you could use those gorgeous shot cottons for the skirt too. They would look just as fabulous as the silk!

Frederique from Quilting Patchwork Appliqué said...

Great!! I love it!
Happy New Year!

Becki said...

Your quilting work is outstanding. Please do videos/tutorials so that we can TRY to do a fraction as well as you do!!! I LOVE how you take a blank space and make it into a beautiful motif of it's own. You are unbelievable. Would that I could quilt like you.

Johanna said...

Once again, outstanding! I just got my longarm for Christmas. I have a long way to go! I know that I will get better with each project, I need to learn to be patient. Maybe that should be my theme/goal for 2014. Patience.

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