Here’s what Island Batik told us about this challenge:
AccuQuilt just launched its exciting GO! Tree of Life Block on Board Die! This die assists quilters in quickly cutting the seventy-three pieces needed to create a 3-color, 14” traditional tree of life (also known as the tree of paradise) quilt block after one pass through a fabric cutter. The GO! Tree of Life Die was specially designed with no y-seams – making it accessible to quilters of all skill levels. There is no need to cut all the pieces by hand or use multiple dies to create this popular quilt block.
When you finish, AccuQuilt would like you to give the project you have made to someone you know who needs a little joy or donate it to a charity of your choosing to gift it to someone. When gifting the completed project, be sure to take photos, so this moment of kindness and love can be shared on social media!
Here is a picture of some of the purples cut with the Accuquilt Tree of Life die:
All of the Island Batik Ambassadors received an Pressing Mat from Prairie Spirit Alpacas. I used it to press everything as I made this quilt. The Alpaca/Wool mat made the seams crisp and perfect!
And here’s a couple of pictures of the quilting in progress. I used Silly Moon rulers for a lot of the quilting. The left hand picture shows me using the 8″ Beanie ruler and the right hand picture is some border quilting using “Rocket”. The burgundy “thing” is called “Dude” and is perfect for measuring exactly where the ruler needs to sit. Aurifil Thread #2600 (Dove) was used for the quilting.
For a unique photo shoot, we went to Redwood Park here in Surrey. Here’s what the City of Surrey says about the park:
|The unique forest found at Redwood Park is a legacy of Peter and David Brown, twin brothers born to one of Surrey’s earliest pioneering families. In 1893, their father gifted them this large plot of land, logged and ripe for farming.|
However, the brothers instead filled the vast space with their favourite trees from all around the world. Fully committed to their forest sanctuary, the eccentric duo built a treehouse where they lived in solitude until their deaths in 1949 and 1958.
Today, a replica of their treehouse stands in the centre of the park.
A picture of the quilt at the treehouse.
And under the Treehouse:
And in the Fairy Forest:
My finished quilt is being mailed to a dear friend of mine. I would LOVE to be able to hug her in person, but that is not possible at this time.
- Size: 49.5″ x 49.5″
- Fabric: Scraps of Island Batik from many collections along with Solid White. The purple tree and the binding used Roast.
- Hobbs Batting 80/20 Natural
- Aurifil Thread #2600 – 50 wt – (Dove) was used for the quilting and piecing // #2360 – 40 wt: (Chocolate) was used for the binding
- Piecing, Quilting and Binding done on my Janome M7
Too many HST!
Yes, I made too many half-square triangles … I did not figure out how many I needed for the borders and I certainly did not count how many I made!
So, I made this little zipper bag …
Disclosure: The items needed to make this quilt were generously supplied by the following companies: Thank you, Island Batik Aurifil Thread Hobbs Batting, Accuquilt, Schmetz Needles and Prairie Spirit Alpacas !!