Tuesday, December 14, 2010

12 fabulous days of trees

It's Day 9 of our "12 days of Christmas trees" series, and are we ever excited to feature a quilt by artist extraordinaire: Jane Sassaman. In the exuberant "Four Seasons-Winter" design you'll recognize her distinctive use of flowing lines, which remind us a bit of Art Nouveau . The bright red ornaments on the tree spiral into the border, becoming holly berries that adorn the green leaves. Wavy quilting lines dance up and down, and silver stars sparkle at the edges, creating a festive scene.

The Four Seasons pattern collection includes Winter, Spring, Summer (Wee Willow), and Autumn, of course; each one finishes at 18" x 18" which means they can be whipped up quickly. We love the slightly exotic tendrils, leaves and flowers, and this message:  "Each patterns' tree speaks to our feelings, hopes and aspirations for the season."

Speaking of gardens, take a look at Jane Sassman's sumptuous fabric collections at Free Spirit Fabrics, including her new Garden Divas. (For a clever broderie perse quilt project, see this recent blog post). And, in case Santa is listening... Jane's "Willow" quilt is on the cover of the New York Times bestselling book, How to make an American Quilt  (hint, hint).

Image credits:  Images are shown with the generous permission of Jane Sassaman.


  1. I like those trees, and making them with a fusible makes them so much more achievable,

  2. Jane's evergreen tree would make a perfect Christmas card. The series of four reminds me of the style of the Weiner Werkstatte (Vienna Workshop).

  3. I love the red ornaments/berries and how the tree "grows" out of the border.

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