Inspired by the 'The Locavore School' - pg 28
Ironically it is the first page of an article that my family's orchard was mentioned in. The word 'roots' in the writing on the page inspired me to create this piece.
I started with a beige fabric of Prince Charming from Tula Pink. It sort of had a toille background - perfect - but I needed different colors. So I watered down some paint and painted the background how I wanted it...in places it's light enough that you can still see the toille print in the background...I love the effect. Then, I drew out my tree with the roots. I knew I wanted the roots to be made of fruit and vegetable fabrics and I knew that I wanted the tree to be made of kid/people fabric. BUT - I didn't have the right 'kid' fabric on hand. Diane looked through her stash...not really much. Luckily, my child's babysitter is also a sewer. I asked her to look and see if she had any 'people' fabric and the tree you see here is the fabric she had - PERFECT! Seriously - without Denise this quilt wouldn't have happened - she had the perfect people fabric AND she took Pip an extra day that let me get this quilt out of my head and onto the fabric. The trunk of the tree is made from scraps of brown and kids.
I fused the fabrics onto the quilt and then I started free motion quitling. Some parts of the quilting are done with metallic thread to add some fun to it.
My next step was adding a 'flap' of pink strawberry fabric before I added the binding. It wasn't quite right so I sewed part of the 'flap' down on three sections of each side of the binding. It gives a 'wavy' binding look to the quilt - super happy with how it worked out. I love it - but needed a bit of sparkle - so I added some angelina fibers to the roots and one section to the left portion of the sky.
I would love to hear what you think!
Approximate Size: 24" x 24"