A few years ago, I signed up for a whimsical woodland quilt block-of-the-month program with Fig Tree & Co. I kept up with the blocks for about the first 4 months or so, and then you know what happened! Time got away from me, and I stored the remaining blocks for a “someday” project.
One of my goals for this year is to catch up on some of my quilts that are partially completed. I still plan to work on new projects, but I do want to devote some time to these WIPs. I pulled out the Woodland Wonderland project recently, and just started sewing on it every evening after work and on the weekends.
When I pulled out the remaining blocks, the project did look overwhelming initially. I decided to pull out one block at a time and really took the time to enjoy sewing each block. I started with this cute little owl block:
The eyes are woo felt that I appliqued after constructing the block.
The background fabric is a black chambray from Moda.
I started to feel my enthusiasm for this project coming back, and I quickly moved on to other blocks:
I cleared a space on my sewing room floor to place the blocks that I had completed so far, when my quilt inspector, Romeo, jumped up onto to his special chair to supervise the job:
He could see that I still had many blocks to complete so he went back to sleep. In the meantime, I kept sewing in my free time and enlisted another one of my quilt inspectors, Pepper. She isn’t as skilled as a cat quilt inspector, but she did her best inspecting this block:
In January, our teen had a band retreat down at the coast. I thought that would be the perfect opportunity to get some photos of my completed quilt flimsy. It was pretty chilly and windy, which made getting good photos a bit tricky. My husband and I stayed at a cute little motel, and he held up the finished quilt top while I took a few photos in between wind gusts.
The motel had these fun red railings that I thought accented the quilt rather nicely. It used to be a U.S. Coast Guard lookout station in the 1940s. The most recent owners have remodeled it with a vintage vibe, including turntables in each room. You can check out LPs from the front office.
Here’s a close-up look at the quilt flimsy:
I did tweak a few things in my quilt from the original Woodland Wonderland pattern. I omitted the column of flying geese from the side next to the trees and stars. I liked the look of the quilt better without the geese. I also added little blocks above the big mushroom blocks next to the gnome. I used those some blocks, slightly larger, and added them to the ends of the long vine blocks for balance.
I really enjoyed making this quilt. It’s all traditionally pieced with only a couple of appliqued features on the owl and hedgehog. The printed fabrics are all from the original block-of-the-month, and I think they are all Fig Tree fabrics. The background is black chambray from Moda, which really sets off all the green, red, and cream fabrics wonderfully!
Next up, how to quilt it? The quilt flimsy is going into my to-be-quilted pile. I want to finish up some piecing projects before tackling this pile.