Arboreal Quilt

Arboreal Quilt by Amy Friend

I’m really happy with the way this quilt turned out!  I designed a paper pieced block using my improv paper piecing method.  The inspiration for my block design was the branching of a tree.  When I incorporated the mirror image of the block into the layout and then inverted every other row, I got this great repeating pattern.

Arboreal by Amy Friend

Admittedly, the finished quilt doesn’t scream tree branches, but I love that!  It does have a really cool organic feel to it due to its improvisational design roots.

Arboreal by Amy Friend

I have been wanting to make a quilt that incorporated cinnamon and pink for awhile now.  I love these colors…so adding mustard (another favorite) only made it better!  I colored and recolored the design in EQ7 until I hit upon this combination and it felt right. It certainly feels like fall to me so I am grateful that I was able to photograph it before the leaves were covered with snow.  The solids are a mix of Kona and Bella Solids and the cinnamon is a basic by Cotton + Steel with a tiny scattered dot.

Arboreal Quilting by Amy Friend

The quilting is straight line in 3 shades of Aurifil 50 weight thread. I matched the pink background fabric for the majority of the quilting using #2410 but I also stitched the occasional line in cinnamon and mustard. I love the subtle variation.

If you are intrigued by this design process, I encourage you to order my upcoming book, Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design. I explain my technique and provide a series of exercises to encourage you to design your own blocks. I think you will enjoy it!




  2. Deborah Thompson says:

    This is beautiful – colour and design. I just pre-ordered your new book.

  3. Love the design and colors.

  4. WOW! It is fantastic! I love the colors…great job!

  5. I absolutely love everything about this. You just keep getting better!

  6. This is really lovely! I really love your palette too.

  7. What a wonderful quilt. So innovative and using colours that I’d never put together but work so brilliantly that I realise I’ve got a lot to learn. Looking forward to your new book.

  8. I love this quilt. First its paper pieced, but the design is stunning. Your color choices are amazing. I never would have gone there…but I’m so glad you did!

  9. Fabulous Amy!!

  10. Love

  11. Absolutely beautiful!

  12. oooohhh, i love this! really nice – amazing color choices!!

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