I hadn’t quilled trees in a long time before this project and had missed them very much. That’s why there are a zillion photos with this post. Enthusiasm.
This order was for the same family who ordered the “Family Fun” piece. That piece was for the mother and this piece if for her oldest daughter. The request was for a tree and a butterfly (to represent the daughter). The tree, it was suggested, could be inspired from Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. And it was… kind of. All the same, I was very pleased with how it turned out. It has a very simple look to it, and I really like the color added by the blossoms. There is quite a bit more open space (I can’t remember what the “artistic” term for that is) than usual, which was intentional.
The trunk is basically a bunch of marquee rolls all squished together. I line the sides of the trunk with a single strip of paper just to smooth out the appearance. The leaves are also marquee rolls, I think they were mostly 4″ strips, 1/8″ wide. I used 3 shades of green for the leaves and 2 shades of brown for the trunk. The blossoms were mostly 1″ tight coils. Honestly, this is a piece a beginner could make… the shapes are very basic and the creative options (i.e., the shape of the tree, how to place leaves, blossoms, bluebirds, etc.) are endless. This was a very fun piece to quill and I look forward to doing more trees in the future.
The photos show the piece from just about every angle. I blurred out some of the birthday for the sake of privacy.