Ruby Red Trees

binding version 2.0 2

First off, in a nod to my friend, Lucie Summers and because Oakshott Cottons are a product of the UK, I’m going to forgo the correct spelling for the word, color, and add the superfluous U to spell colour instead. You’re welcome.

A few weeks ago the lovely folks at Sew, Mama, Sew invited me to participate in a wee little challenge, the Oakshott Ruby Mini Quilt Challenge. I received a collection of 16 fat eighths in an array of browns, reds, pinks, and purples with the instructions to make a mini quilt.

So I did:

Klees Trees 2.0 full view resized

I think I used all but a couple of the colours and added a bit of a blue from my stash.

These fabrics are amazing, deep, intense saturated tones. They shimmer and feel a lot like Kaffe Fassett’s shot cottons, a similarity that prompted me to choose one of his stripes for binding this quilt.

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version 2.0 detail

For those of you familiar with my Klee’s Trees pattern or participating in the sew-along, you might notice that this version is slightly different than the original pattern. Aren’t you observant?

It is a bit different, but, if you have the pattern, you too can make it.

Check out my cute graphic:

version 2.0 step by step

Here’s how:

Images are ordered left to right, top to bottom.

1. For each block, you’ll need templates A and C from the pattern, 7, 1 1/2″ strips of your “tree” colour and 4, 1 1/2″ strips of your background colour. You’ll also need 4 template C triangles.

2. Sew and press the strips together and trim to fit template A just like instructed in step 1A of the pattern.

3. Position the 4 template C triangles so they are properly oriented.

4. Sew and press template C triangles, one at a time to both halves of the block. Trim if necessary(it’ll be necessary)

5. Sew a 1 1/2″ strip to center of one half of block. Press. Trim.

6. Sew other half of block to already sewn section. Press.

Make a total of 12 blocks, sew them together, quilt in a pattern that makes your heart sing, and you too will have a version of this 29 1/2″ x 22 1/2″ mini quilt.

To quote Gus Portolakalos from My Big, Fat Greek Wedding, ” There you go!”

If you’re saying to yourself, ” Hey, self, I’d love to make this, but I don’t have this pattern.” No problem. You can get a copy here, here, and here.

Also, if you need more Ruby Red inspiration, check out the other challenge participants here:

 Debbie of A Quilter’s Table

Jen of bettycrockerass

Deborah of Whipstitch

Kristy of St. Louis Folk Victorian

Beth of Plum and June

Rather than just wish you a happy weekend, though of course I do, I thought I’d leave you with another bit of potential inspiration I found as I downloaded the quilt images from my camera. All the best, Friends!

more inspiration 2





by Malka

49 thoughts on “Ruby Red Trees

  1. Linda says:

    I really like this version of Klee’s Trees however your work is always fantastic! The artistic quality grabs me too.

  2. Paula says:

    The Oakshotts work wonderfully to hive your mini a great depth of colour. It’s really beautiful. And how lovely to read a post with colour spelt properly for a change.

  3. PennyDog says:

    It’s only not had a ‘u’ in for just shy of 200 years- it’s all Noah Webster’s fault, he decided that’s how he wanted it to be spelt when he set up his dictionary. You’re not forgoing the correct spelling at all, it’s one guy’s opinion made true. 😉

    I like how you’ve mixed up the colours on the trees a bit for variety.

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  5. Judy says:

    Your mini quilt is absolutely gorgeous. I need to get some Oakshott cotton everything I have seen made with it is beautiful.

  6. Lori Morton says:

    Great Tutorial for a verrrry Awesome & different quilt! Thank You!! & The Blue is a cool Sparkle of a Pop & Snap! Looove it!! : )

  7. Jess says:

    I saw the picture and thought “this looks like trees” and then I read the post and realized I was right. Anyways, I like nature-inspired patterns and maybe I’ll give this a try sometime.

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