Namibia Trees Quilt Top
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Namibia Trees {WiP}

I had about a yard of Bella’s Poppy Lind Fabric by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics (in orange) left over from the backing on the Pink Tumbling Block Baby Quilt I made about a year ago. When I was pulling orange fabrics for the Orange, Jade, and Cocoa Placemats, I re-discovered this fun fabric in my stash. After completing the placemats, I pulled out the fun trees and figured out how to fussy cut as many of the trees as possible from what I had remaining.

Fussy Cut Trees

Fussy Cut Trees

I kept the remaining orange fabrics I had pulled for the placemats on hand. I had also recently purchased 2 yards of Kona Coal, which worked pretty well with the gray trees, and I pulled a few other light gray fabrics for some contrast. With no real plan for how large this quilt was going to turn out or goal in mind, I started by adding borders to each of the tree blocks.

Tree Blocks - Adding Borders

Tree Blocks – Adding Borders

I quickly settled in on making 14″ tall blocks for the top and bottom row and 10″ blocks for the middle row . With that being my only guideline, I kept working on each block.

Tree Blocks - Adding Borders

Tree Blocks – Adding Borders

Once each block was trimmed out, I started with the lowest row and pieced them together. That set the overall width for the remaining two rows, and I carefully trimmed down blocks a bit to make sure each row stayed the same width as the guide row.

Tree Blocks - Adding Borders

Tree Blocks – Adding Borders

At this point it was pretty clear to me that I was going to need to either piece some fun and colorful strips to go between each row or add borders to frame out the rows. Each row measured 46.5″ wide, and if I had just sewn them together at this point the quilt would have been 37″ tall by 46.5″ wide, which felt a bit odd. 🙂 My husband had been checking in on my progress, and about this same time he reminded me of Frans Lanting‘s beautiful National Geographic photographs of trees in the Namibia desert.

If you click on the photograph or title of the photograph above, it will take you an article where Frans describes preparing for and taking this stunning photograph.

After being reminded of the stark and stunning photograph, I wanted to add a bit more orange to the quilt top to help pop the framed trees in the same way the sand dunes lit by morning sunlight highlight the Namibia Trees in Frans Lanting’s photograph.

Namibia Trees Quilt Top

Namibia Trees Quilt Top

Namibia Trees Quilt Top

Namibia Trees Quilt Top

Namibia Trees Quilt Top

Namibia Trees Quilt Top

I really like how the focal point of the quilt top is the center block with the dark Kona Coal gray border. Knowing that I want to bind this quilt with Kona Coal as well, I pre-cut my binding strips and set them aside. Then I had to figure out how to use my remaining fabric to piece together a backing for this quilt which now measures roughly 57″ square. I did not have much of any one fabric other than the Kona Coal, and it took some time and head scratching to make sure I was going to have enough material, but I am pretty pleased with how the backing turned out as well.

Namibia Trees Quilt Backing

Namibia Trees Quilt Backing

Namibia Trees Quilt Backing

Namibia Trees Quilt Backing

Namibia Trees Quilt Backing

Namibia Trees Quilt Backing

Now it’s time to pin baste and think about what quilting pattern I want to use for this quilt.

0 thoughts on “Namibia Trees {WiP}

  1. Joanna says:

    I see you had to work under the pressure of management!!

    I love all of that added orange! The Kona Coal binding is going to go so well.

  2. Kate Yates says:

    Nice mid-process inspiration photo–I never would have guessed what the orange was without reading the article. This is a very cool design for the trees. I love orange in quilts!

  3. Judy says:

    LOVE this!! The fabric is fabulous and the focal point block is brilliant! I cannot wait to see it all quilted up!

  4. Beth S. says:

    Such a pretty quilt….it will be so nice when it’s finished! I always stay away from large print fabrics, to be honest they scare me. I like what you’ve done with these trees. 🙂

  5. Shauna says:

    that is beautiful, I love how you used the different sized blocks and that center block with the frame really does draw your eye.

  6. Renee says:

    What a lovely interpretation of that photo (that photo is so cool)! I love this Lotta Jansporter fabric, and have some in blue stashed away. What a great way to use it though!

  7. Vera says:

    That is lovely color combo! I like trees as motive and orange so this really is eye candy!

  8. Amazing really what you did with a simple placement design, fussy cutting and your inspiration. Brilliant!!!

  9. andpins says:

    This is gorgeous! I love the pop of charcoal that you put on the center block.

  10. This quilt started out simple and had progressed to the level of sophisticated. I love that focal block outlined with the Kona Coal. Such a great call. Looks great with the orange sashing and border. Looking forward to seeing this all quilted up!

  11. I have spent my evening browing blogs, looking at quilt galleries. I came upon this quilt and just have to tell you that it is one of my favorites! i have had this Lotta Jansdotter fabric in my stash for such a long while. I love it and couldn’t figure out what to do with it. With your ok, I think I might make a mini that takes after your quilt. I love how you used the trees – Just gorgeous. Pinning for future inspiration!

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