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Klee's Trees


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A while back I traveled to Switzerland and saw so many amazing things, but not the Bern Bears. Rather, I opted to visit the Klee Museum and view an extensive array of work by the artist, Paul Klee. I was especially struck by his drawings of trees. They were simple, stylized and abstracted. I came home knowing I wanted to translate those drawings into a quilt pattern and, after several attempts, came upon a block design that I feel captures the essence of Klee's trees. This simple-to-piece block is graphic and clean and has a decidedly modern feel. Craft it in solids against a dark or light background or play with warm and cool colored prints to differentiate the "trees" from the "forest". This PDF pattern will walk you through making this lap-sized quilt with suggestions for a pillow project as well. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY sew a 1/4" seam allowance, quilt, bind a quilt

Supplies Needed

  • rotary cutter, self-healing mat, sewing machine, thread, quilt basting materials, iron, pins, batting, 1/4 yard cottons in a variety of solids, backing fabric large enough for a 42" x 47" top, fabric for binding

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I'm a textile designer and author living in the best town in Texas. I make and sell hand dyed and patterned fabrics as well as designing commercial fabric for Moda. I've designed projects and written articles for a variety of books and magazines as well as two of my own, Color Your Cloth: A Quilter's Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric and Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration.