Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Lollipop Trees Start

Yep, a new project.  And one that I've been excited to get started on.
The Lollipop Trees Quilt by Kim Mclean.  Some of you may remember that I had begun preparations on the Roseville Album Quilt, but other projects with deadlines got in the way.  In the meantime,  priorities have changed, and the "to do" list has been re-drafted.  Working on the Lollipops is a way for me to work with wonderful colors, and it's an easy quilt to applique, leaving some energy over to work on some other projects  ( or so she thinks...)

6 background blocks are prepared and stitched with a central cross done by machine to help with placement. I'm starting with block #1, and using the starter pack I purchased for the Roseville Album quilt.  Just a few minutes of play and I already know that I'll be adding to this pack!

...and now the hardest part of making this quilt I think....

color selection!

warm and cool?

oh my, low contrast...hmm...now what?
let the texture do the talking?

Lots to think about, lots to play with.  Easy?  Hmmm...nope!  Fun?  Yes!
Just hope I can get at least one block prepared so that I have something to bring to the Kim McClean Bee in Haarlem's De Sampler's next session.  I've missed two meetings and can't wait to finally join these kind and creative ladies again and share in the fun!

In the meantime, I'm off to ponder some more colors.....


  1. This will be so much fun to watch develop. Thanks for showing us the steps you're going through. We used to see this on Glorious Applique when it first started, and I always learned a lot. I agree--you will love making Lollipops. Don't forget to show us that first block!

  2. Heidi, I started this quilt about 6 months ago. Unfortunately, I have only completed one block - but absolutely LOVE the pattern and all the colors. Yes, color selection is sometimes the most time consuming.. but also the most fun. I know I will be picking it up again as warmer Summer weather comes - I will really enjoy the bright colors and will enjoy seeing your blocks progress. Also the full sized patter is wonderful to work with!!! Good luck and I will be eagerly watching! - Debra debraharryquilts.blogspot.com

  3. Love those colors and that block will be fantastic if you stay with those colors....can't wait to see your progress (I have 3 prepped -- 2 done and I've been at it for 2+ years)!

  4. Heidi, this looks like so much fun I had to join in too. I like the Aboriginal dots as this makes the center pop best. The Milifloral would work well in lower leaves. Nice idea to photograph in black and white to better see the contrast.

  5. It's amazing what that low contrast setting can tell you. Ever lollipop tree I"ve seen I've fallen in love with - so colorful.

  6. Are you using the spots gray color for your backgrounds. This quilt is so beautiful. I want to follow along but am not sure my appliqué skills are strong enough . Thanks for sowing us how you are doing yours.