Designing a Red Bud Quilt

After viewing blooming Red Buds in Virginia in April, I was inspired to make a quilt.  I thought I’d have a difficult time depicting them from a distance, so I decided to feature their blossoms close up.  To that end, I took a bunch of photos.

Designing a Red Bud Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Gorgeous, right?

Designing a Red Bud Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Designing a Red Bud Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Designing a Red Bud Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Designing a Red Bud Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I think it’s so interesting the way the blossoms pop directly out of the bark.

I spent quite a bit of time merging and resizing photos on the computer and finally came up with this as a sketch.

Designing a Red Bud Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The sky and branches should be pretty straight forward, but what about those blossoms?  I think some experimenting will be in order.

Ellen Lindner
P.S. Check out some of the other flowers I’ve created in this gallery.

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2 Responses to Designing a Red Bud Quilt

  1. marthaginn July 16, 2017 at 8:51 am #

    I love redbuds but have never seen one up close–just enjoy them when they bloom in the neighborhood. I never realized the blooms pop out of the trunk! My next-door neighbor has one that I’ll be certain to go and examine up close next spring! Your gallery is wonderful. I was impressed with the quilts as well as your ability to create a gallery after I’ve spent days working on the opening page slide show on our guild site! (www.pinebeltquilters.com) Still don’t have it right.

    • Ellen Lindner July 19, 2017 at 1:00 am #

      Hi Martha, I must admit that my decision to depict a Red Bud tree up close was because I thought it would be hard to do it justice from afar.

      Thanks for the compliments on my gallery. Like you, I had QUITE a learning curve when first tackling these things. I feel for you: it can be VERY daunting. I know your work ethic, though, so I’m sure it will be perfect when you finish.

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