Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tropical Palm Tree

Last month when I was visiting my mom we stopped at a really nice quilt shop in NC where I found some unexpected treasures. This pattern, Tropical Palm Tree by Southwind Designs, is one of those treasures. There is no curved piecing in this quilt! Can you believe it? You only cut squares and rectangles---no triangles! Love!! So I just had to give it a try.

Tropical Palm Tree by Southwind Designs.
(Check out their website for many more patterns.)
These patterns have folded squares that end up doing special things.
I liked the green print at the top of the tree when I looked at it close up.
But from a distance it was WAY too light. So I used my seam ripper and took it out.

This gecko now sits atop the tree.
After piecing the top as directed the bias edge of the folded square is folded back on itself and top stitched. (This could be hand stitched but I like my machine better than appliqué needles.)

I just love this tree trunk! How innovative!

The left is sewn down and the right is just ironed and ready to be sewn.

Remember no curved piecing! :)

This quilt top is 19" x 28".


  1. Love this wall hanging! And I am impressed with skills showing your detail by fussy cutting, then stitching that gecko into your palm tree. Kudos!!!!
    It looks fabulous and I just went to Southwind Designs to check them out and purchased their Turtle tot pattern. Too Cute!

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