Thursday, March 3, 2011

Night Forest

I was so excited to get this top done and show it to you. I'm so happy with how it came together. In some ways it's not a typical quilt for me, but the improvisational piecing and freedom to design is so me. Thanks to Krista for the challenge! You can see the original challenge and inspiration in this post.
I love that the tree fabrics are all from my neutral scrap box. The blue in there was totally serendipity...stuck that piece of blue in that box by mistake, but I adore how it works.
So cool how the eye of a bird now becomes a scar in the birch bark. All of the cutting for joining the pieces was done freehand, no ruler! Cutting sans ruler creates curves and a more organic feel to the forest.
The top finished at 19" x 41". I hope I can find the perfect place to hang this when it's quilted and bound.

69 comments:

Carol T said...

Wow, this turned out awesome. You should be so proud of how you made this.

Brenda said...

it's great! I love the china inspiration and the fabric rendition.

shirley said...

It is gorgeous! I can see why you are so pleased - and probably had so much fun making it.

Debbie said...

So beautiful! I really love what you've done! Anxious to see it as it progresses...

robin said...

I LOVE this.

tracy_a said...

absolutely gorgeous!

Milica said...

Absolutely beautiful! Such a wonderful example of where a little inspiration can take you!

paulette said...

Visually stunning!! Well done!
Paulette

Needled Mom said...

It looks awesome!!! The blue really does add to the project. Who would have guessed that? Those neutrals are fabulous too.

Laurie said...

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!! I can't wait to see it quilted and hanging on a wall. I have a PERFECT wall coming into our condo where that would be phenomenal!!! I'd give you all the credit of course! ;-D
Laruie

Tiffany said...

Wow - this is so creative and beautiful!

Exuberant Color said...

I LOVE this piece!

connie said...

Spectacular!!! Growing up in Wyoming and spending time in Colorado I have a soft spot for quaking aspens. You have outdone yourself!

Elsa said...

oh, gosh, this is lovely! I've been thinking of doing something along these lines. You did such a wonderful interpretation of the aspens. I'm totally inspired. Thanks for sharing it!

teaginny said...

I love, love, love how this came together!

diane said...

I love how this turned out. Kudos to you and love your inspiration for the project, too.

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

This quilt is one of the coolest things I've ever seen!

badlandsquilts said...

An absolutely gorgeous piece of art, and how priceless the inspiration. Would be a wonderful way to share family heirlooms...ie one of your boys gets the china someday, the other the inspired quilt.

Artfulife said...

It's beautiful!

Trisha said...

Oh, Jacquie! It is stunning!

Esch House Quilts said...

Absolutely love this! You can tell right away what inspired it, but it is modern and abstract at the same time. Wonderful.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Gorgeous Jacquie! I just love birch trees... fabulous fantastic and beautiful! well done!

Katherine said...

Stunning! Excited to see how you will quilt and bind this beauty, Jacquie. I love your improvisational quilts - so inspiring.

Shea said...

Wow! Until you posted about this the other day, I'd almost forgotten that this one wasn't finished yet. Sooooo excited to see it closer and closer to done! Awesome, Jacquie!

psvenndex said...

Have you decided how to quilt it?

Marty's Fiber Musings said...

It brings back memories of my snow skiing trips to Colorado. The aspen tree trunks are just as beautiful in your quilt as I remember them being on the ski slopes!

Patty said...

I have been waiting patiently to see this finished.....it just takes my breath away!

A. said...

I really think this is my favoritest thing you've ever done on here... I don't comment a whole lot, but man, every time this quilt comes up on the radar, I sigh a little happy sigh. :)

Jan said...

This is absolutely amazing and I just love it! I once had an idea for doing something similar with forsythia - the bark colors and the vibrant yellows of the flowers. This reminds me of that idea, but it would never be as cool as this!!

audreypawdrey said...

This is absolutely beautiful! The little bit of blue does add something to it, and you will have to find a special place to hang this one!

koubkovi said...

I always wanted to do a birch quilt. The birch is my favorite tree (along with the larch). I even have a small collection of dried birch barks, which were meant to be the starter of a quilt. But - so far I never got around doing one ;-( Yours is awesome!!!

bluesquarequilting said...

This quilt is absolutely stunning and very elegant ! Well done !

Rocio said...

Awesome! When I saw your previous post I immediately though about trees, before reading the text. You got the perfect color combination and distribution of the trees. Congratulations!

Sherry said...

Yup - it's great. Worth waiting for - if you have scraps - it would be cool wall art for your son's place.

Amber said...

wow Jacquie - it's so gorgeous! Definitely a piece of art! I love it: -)

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

I have such a crush on birch trees .. and this has turned out absolutely perfect - so beautiful :)

MB in MI said...

stunning! my mother painted a scene much like this & added 2 cardinals feeding in the snow...it hypnotizes me every time i look at it--love it! your quilt is superb.

Sewz4fun said...

Man, this is so cool. I love quilts using earthy colors and objects from nature...so I LOVE this quilt. Very inspirational.

Barb said...

Very cool quilt. Love the composition!

Paula said...

This is fantastic...if you don't have the perfect place to hang it....I may have a wall that would work!!! great work Jacquie.

Mary Lou Weidman said...

I have the perfect place in my diningroom for that quilt....I wish it was mine. Such pretty colors. Great job!

Suzanne said...

It's so very liberating to hear you cut without a ruler.

FrancisMoore said...

I love this quilt.

Jeanie said...

WOW! An amazing piece of art. I really like it.

I am Just One Mom said...

beautiful! thank you for sharing this vision in fabric.

highwaycottage said...

Wow, just stunning !!! I've been waiting to see this quilt top finished. Beautiful work. Free piecing is so liberating !!

Jenny McH said...

So amazing....just love it, love it, love it!

Rachel said...

Gorgeous. I can't wait to see how you quilt it.

Angie said...

I really like this, makes me miss our home in Alaska. No birch trees in Oklahoma!

Anonymous said...

This quilt isn't just beautiful. It is believable. Evocative. I am standing alone in the middle of a stand of birch trees in moonlight and feeling very peaceful.

Greta

Wendy P said...

Love it! Just read your dimensions and I was shocked. I thought this was much bigger, like 4 feet by 8 feet or something. I could see it that size hanging behind a sofa as wall art.

It's gorgeous!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is amazing Jacquie! I know I say that a lot about your work, but I can't help it.

Patty S. said...

This is a wonderful quilt and will be a great wall piece. I love how you're able to use prints to show the variations in the bark.

Pauline said...

Oh I love this!!!very much

Diane E W said...

Nothing less than outstanding.

Faith said...

This is so totally awesome. It would look great in above a couch or bed.

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

This is THE most beautiful and inspiring quilt. I've seen a lot I like and love but this one took my breath away... seriously. You are amazing.

Andi said...

Really incredibly beautiful!!!

Ramona said...

I just love this. I love birch trees. They were in my yard as a kid and they remind me of home.

Erin said...

I love this so much. It's what finally got me to subscribe to your blog. I'm so glad I got to see the (nearly) finished product. Well done!

tusen said...

it's beautiful. I love how the fabrics work together to create the birches. It's also great that you've decided to keep the blue.

Linda said...

WOW!! I love this!

Mimi said...

The subject matter really hits home with me..... I would love to "create" some birch bark trees.... You will find a place to hang this long before it is quilted and bound ... great work..

PioneerValleyGirl said...

I LOVE this! I love birch trees, and your take on them is fabulous!

Tacey said...

A.MAZ.ING!

Poppyprint said...

Jacquie, I'm so glad I'm working my way backwards on my reader after being away on retreat, otherwise I would've missed this! Amazing, it is truly amazing. I love birch forests and yours is no exception. Congratulations on rising to the challenge - big time!!!

MightyMom said...

looks great! are you going to do your famous organic line quilting on it??

Anonymous said...

This is gorgeous...reminds me of a Charley Harper print...Bear i the Birches...please bring to LA Modern Quilt Guild Meeting on Thursday!

Cynthia said...

Love your quilt! Very cool--I like the name too!