Friday, September 3, 2010

Lemon Tree

 ***EDIT***  For some reason, my link at the Blogger's Quilt Festival is leading to this post - it should not be - please click on my header to see my post for the BQF, I'm working on getting this fixed.  Thank you!


My newest finish.

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And first, the backstory.

I had won some fabric from Mary at Quilting In The Sunshine State, bless her.  Black, white and yellow - gorgeous!  An idea popped into my head and I started designing.  Does anyone remember the song, Lemon Tree?  I believe it came out in 1962, sung by Peter, Paul and Mary.  My mother played it incessantly.  Or maybe it just seemed that way....anyway, I wanted to include some lyrics and make a lemon tree quilt.

I also wanted it to look like some of the artwork from the 60's - colorful and kind of sketchy.  One of the fabrics reminded me of pop art, and that's the one I chose for the tree and leaves.  I'm very happy with the way this mini-quilt came out, it looks just like it did in my head.  How often does THAT happen!

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I stitched around the applique pieces with one line of straight stitching, in black.  That gave me the sketchy look I was going for.  This is a small quilt, won't be washed in the machine, so that is sufficient to hold the pieces.  

If you'd like to make a Lemon Tree of your own, I've uploaded a pdf file so you can.  I put a warning on it - you have to print with NONE checked next to Page Scaling, or it won't come out proper size.  It's a wonder I have any hair left, it took me awhile to figure that out.

I hope you like my Lemon Tree - if you do make one, I would love to see!                                                                                            

75 comments:

Mary said...

Oh my goodness! Allie that is so such a piece of art! You did a fabulous job of coming up with the idean and then executing it beautifully (and, yes, I do remember that song - lol)

Mary said...

Oh my goodness! Allie that is so such a piece of art! You did a fabulous job of coming up with the idea and then executing it beautifully (and, yes, I do remember that song - lol)

Martha said...

I had that first PP&M album and I loved that song. Your little quilt is so perfect -- the design and the prints remind me of the 1960s (I had a mini tent dress with a very similar print). It is great when the idea in your head turns out just the way you envisioned it, and it look wonderful!

Karen said...

What a refreshing looking piece!

Quiltluver said...

Wow! That is so cool. Great design and very pretty!

Dolores said...

What a wonderful quilt to commemorate a great song. You did a superb job. Is the quilt for you or your mom????

Kim said...

Wow Allie your so talented. Beautiful Lemon tree,

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Allie, you clever and talented girl!!! How gorgeous is this design?!!! I love it!!!
Now to go tell everyone about it...and I cannot wait to make my own version!
Thank you for being so generous, sweetheart. :-)
Hugs
Jenny

Shasta said...

That is a really cute tree. Thanks for sharing the pattern with us Allie.

Linda Mc said...

Allie, I love this - I love trees, leaves and lemons! I remember Trini Lopez singing the song. Thank you so much for the beautiful design.

Ivory Spring said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You outdid yourself AGAIN!!!

Penny said...

I love that song! Thanks for sharing :)
Came from Jenny of Elefantz

BubzRugz said...

What a lovely fresh design and fabrics.... I definitely remember that song... still sing to it if I hear it..
hugz
Fiona

Joy said...

Oh Allie this is absolutely GAWJUS!!! I just love that song, I used to sing it to the kids when we planted our lemon tree in the backyard ;o). What a beautiful pattern ... thank you SO much :o)!!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

NancyB85374 said...

Oh, my, Allie; this is beautiful. Yes, I remember the song. How generous you are to share this with us. Thank you. Hugs, NancyB in AZ

soggybottomflats said...

Oh you so rock Allie...I can't wait to try this one out! Thank you girl, so exquisite. You're very talented, thank you, Elaine

Fiona said...

It is just lovely Allie - Thankyou

Hugs - Fee XX

Barbara said...

So sweet.....love that song.
Thank you for sharing.

Vicki ♥ said...

I love it Allie :) thank you and I remember that song too....But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat hehehehe :) Thanks heaps for the memory too :) I like the fabrics you used also. Hugs Vicki xoxox

Susan said...

That is so lovely - I think those black white & yellow fbrics are a real challenge - a perfect solution. All the music from the 60s was good - giving my age away eh?? and I do remember "Lemon Tree". Thanks for being so generous with your idea.

Sue said...

This is such a lovely design. I'm going to make it up very soon. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern.

Shari said...

I love Peter Paul and Mary and this is one of my all-time favourite songs (along with Puff the Magic Dragon and Blowing in the Wind)... love your quilt - a perfect interpretation of the song!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Allie.....I just love it...thanks so much for the pattern....Peg xx

Carol said...

Very, very cute! And now I'm singing away...LOL!

Kaaren said...

Great job, Allie. And you're right...it is very 60's looking.

PP & M were one of my favorite folk groups of that era. I even learned to play a four string guitar because that's one of the instruments that Paul played.

quilterfaye said...

Congratulations Allie, super pattern. Of course I remember song. Thank you for sharing pattern. Jenny told me about you.
Hugs,Faye

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Where to begin - this is so wonderful! I love the design, the colors, everything! I haven't looked at the PDF yet, but does it say how you did the lettering? The font is perfect for this.

Susan said...

Really appealing. Makes me want to find some black, white and lemon fabric myself, to use the same colours, you did. It would be the only way the whole effect would work.

Regards,

Susan
W.Australia

Terry said...

I used to sing that song when I was young!! Guess that's showing my age! LOL I just LOVE this quilt Allie! It's so fresh and creative! Well done! :0)

Sew Useful Designs said...

Allie, I LOVE your lemon tree!!!! It is absolutely gorgeous!!! You are so generous to share your design with us! I love the composition, and the sketchy look - superb! Or should I say sub-LIME?!!!! he he he... It's spesh darling - just like you!!!

Hugs!!! Vikki xoxox

LeKaQuilt said...

Hi Allie, I love your Lemon Tree Quilt, its gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the pattern :o)

Carrie P. said...

I do remember that song. You made such a lovely quilt. A great way to use the fabric. So fun.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Allie I just love it. You are an artist! I'm going to blog about you and link to you on Sunday. Great job and thanks for sharing.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

LOVE IT!!!

Heather x said...

Oh this is so beautiful my friend! I can tell from what you have written that you are very proud of how it came out...and so you should be, its awesome :)
*hugs* Heather x

Mary-Kay said...

Very clever! And it does look 60's-ish.

Karen 'n Chris said...

Love the tree, it is brilliant and the song immediately popped into my head as I read the words.
Thank you for the pattern, I have added it to my gotta-do's.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for the lovely tree!
Gunilla in Sweden

Dandelion Quilts said...

What a sweet lemon tree. :) Really cute.

Jan said...

Love your lemon tree design---you are very talented!! It turned out just great!!!

Talin's Corner said...

I love the colors of your Lemon Tree quilt. It looks really great and does remind you of pop art. I do not remember the Lemon Tree song, I am going to see if I can find it on youtube.

Mickie said...

ALLIE!!!! I love it and I'm making one :) Just have to get the right fabric! It's FAB!!! LOVE IT!!!

Victoria said...

So sunny and bright, put an instant smile on my face! (And now I will have that song in my head all day!)

Allie said...

Oh my goodness Allie--it is beautiful!

Darlene said...

Oh Allie it's beautiful. I'm going to sing the rest of the day. :-)

rockgranny said...

Since I saw this lovely little quilt I couldn't stop singing "Lemon tree"

Christina said...

This is gorgeous! Growing up there was a lemon tree in the backyard, I love this!

Fleurette said...

Allie I love this quilt, its gorgeous and I remember the song by Trini Lopez.Such a beautiful design!

Cyndi said...

Allie, that is just sooooo cool! I love the quilt, and I always liked that song, too. (I remember it sung by Trini Lopez.) You are so good at designing...you should sell your patterns! :o)

XOXO,

Cyndi

susan m hinckley said...

Wow, Allie! That is just fabulous, and to have it come out the way you envisioned it? I'm not sure that's ever happened at my house.

I have such fond memories of that song. Thanks for the reminder. And keep creating! You're unbelievable.

paulette said...

Thanks so much, Allie!! Very generous of you!! LOVE this tree and the fabric is perfect for it!! Well done!!
Paulette

Valerie said...

Oh my! You are an artist! This is beautiful. I wonder if I could do this. Is it hard? Of course I have to get to the sewing machine first, right???

Kim D. said...

Great job Allie, love your lemon tree!! I've been so busy this past week, I didn't get a chance to stop in before now.

Rebekah said...

this is gorgeous! I love the black, white and yellow together

Lauranie said...

Wow girl...54 comments???!!! I had to scroll a loooong time to leave this comment!! :D Serves me right for not getting here sooner! HA! LOVE THIS!! Very inspiring and good story...perfect! Hope you are doing better, sorry I've been amiss, who'd thought having FIVE kids in the house would be sooo tiring!! UGH!!! Have a good Sunday! xo

Khris said...

I love your lemon tree...fantastic. I am going to blog about it on my Freebies blog if thats okay...thanks for sharing..hugs Khris

Alison said...

Congratulations on a gorgeous blog and a stunning Lemon Tree quilt. What a great treat to see your work and talent. Thankyou. Alison
lallalliving.blogspot.com

Jeannett said...

Hermoso....!!!, me encanta, gracias por compartirlo. Felicidades

Phyllis said...

Thanks so much for this delightful pattern. It will be a perfect gift for my DS, who uses these colors in her family room!!

Judy said...

I love these colors and I'm working on a quilt with them. I love your project and thank you so much for sharing.

Lynne said...

This quilt is totally and utterly amazing and I will bookmark it and come back to it again - really really wonderful.

Deb said...

Very unique, and I love the colors together. I do remember that song...I hope those lyrics won't be going thru my mind all day over and over! LOL!

Cecily said...

Just beautiful! A lovely quilt and I love the inspiration.

She Uses Her Words said...

Well, this quilt strikes a cord with this child from of the 60's. It's just beautiful. We lived in southern California and my grandma had lemon trees in her backyard. Sweet memories! Very nice job on your quilt and thanks for sharing! I'm becoming a follower!
Karen

upstateLisa said...

what a wonderful pattern! I just love black and white!

ANudge said...

Love this!

Carol said...

Thanks for sharing this one again. I love it.

Katie B. said...

Such a cool quilt!

Rebecka said...

Your quilt is beautiful. You are very talented. Thank you for sharing your design.

Michelle said...

I love it! What a fun and whimsical quilt. The sketched effect is perfect. And yes, I do remember the song. :-)

Sara said...

Lemon tree---it couldn't get any more unique and cute at best!!!!

Karen said...

Great quilt! We eat lots of lemons in our house. We have a very small lemon tree in a pot but it doesn't produce enough to keep up with us.

Kit Lang said...

WONDERFUL!!!

Victoria Paige said...

So pretty and creative! You did a great job. It has the exact sketchy look you were going for!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Fantastic! Love this one.

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