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From My Sketchbook: Roosting Birds


If you have the latest copy of Today's Quilter - issue 52, with Jo Avery's beautiful appliqued quilt on the cover - then you may have seen my newest project, Roosting Birds, which is an exploration of the Tree of Paradise block.

Like lots of classic blocks it goes by multiple names, so you might also know it as the Pine Tree, Christmas Tree or Tree of Life block.

Many traditional blocks, like the Tree of Life block, were inspired by the things that early quilters saw around them: in this case the towering forests of North America. The block was traditionally pieced ‘on point’, with half-square triangles representing the leaves, and many nineteenth century examples were made in two colours, which emphasised the bold, graphic quality of the block.