After a long stretch I'm happy to say this quilt is completed and ready to go home.
This quilt will be making its way back to California within the next few days. I'm hoping it makes it there before some special little girl's birthday. Wouldn't it be a lovely gift?
This quilt has some beautiful little details, like these flowers. They were hair bows that meant a lot to momma, so I took them apart and created flowers for this forest. I was hesitant to add them in after I had completed the trees, as I enjoyed the stark look of the forest, but I'm happy momma decided to keep them in the design. They add a soft touch and some lovely colour to the forest. I also used some white trim at the base of a few trees. It definitely softens things up.
The forest panel is made up of different layers of trees. I used baby clothes to create the birch trees by piecing a number of small strips together. I used a lighter shade and darker shade on either side to create a bit of dimension, replicating a feeling of shadow and light.
The brown trees were made with a small amount of supplemented Joel Dewberry woodgrain in bark. I love this fabric (like love, love, love, love it) and wish I had more because my small stash is now depleted (if anyone has any they'd like to send me I would happily hoard it). Definitely worth emptying my stash to create this custom quilt.
The black trees were made with jersey from items included by momma.
The background behind the trees was made with a mixture of baby clothes and supplemental fabric. In this case, momma wanted the quilt to blend in with the current decor of little girl's room. To do this I looked at photos and matched some supplemental fabrics to the same colour scheme. I ended up using another Joel Dewberry fabric (herringbone) as a sashing around the custom panel and as the binding.
The central custom kokobaru panel is framed with a few different types of fabric. Very thin layer of herringbone, followed by Cotton and Steel XOXO in ghost, which I also used for the back of the quilt. The outer edge is made of squares created from shirts with images on them. A mixture of clothing from little girl and momma and poppa make it extra special and tells the story of their lives together.
I named this quilt "Seeing the Forest for the Trees". The saying that someone 'can't see the forest for the trees' denotes that they're missing the big picture because they're caught up in the details. I believe this momma is quite aware of the forest.
I think that sometimes (maybe even often) as parents we can fall into the trap of focusing on the 'trees'. We can get so tied up, in the day to day and the missed sleep, the shoes that you just bought last week that don't fit anymore, the meltdowns, the untouched dinner plate, and so on, that we can forget the big picture of it all. How quickly they'll be feeding themselves, walking on their own, dressing themselves and before you know it they're driving the car (eek! I'm terrified of that day and thank I have some time to prepare for it). All this to say the time is passing faster than I would like. I'm a big savourer of moments.
I likely take too many pictures and I know I've saved way too many of my kids clothes for the quilts I'll be making them. I know how precious this time is and I try to hold on to that. I'm not always successful, but it grounds me when I need grounding.
would much rather have too many memories to hold onto than too few.
I think my clients generally feel the same way. Hence 'Seeing the Forest for the Trees'.