Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cherry Tree Lane Quilt

 My Cherry Tree Lane Quilt Finish

Cherry Tree Lane quilt by Susie's Sunroom

I finished a  quilt , during the Christmas holiday, and am just now finding time to share it with you.

I first saw this beautiful quilt pattern, while following Samantha, of Aqua Paisley Studio,  on Instagram (@aqua_paisley).   Samantha  hosted a fun
  Cherry Tree Lane Quilt Along on Instagram  ( @cherrytreelaneqal)  , when she released her brand new pattern,
                     Cherry Tree Lane.  Her inspiration came from Mary Poppins. 
Pattern available at Aqua Paisley Studio

I was drawn to this pattern immediately, as it uses Jelly Roll strips ( 2.5 "  x 40 " ).  And the pattern can  look differently depending on how you sew the pairs of strips and lay them out. (Like colors with like colors, or light and dark  colors together, for contrast, or just plain scrappy , etc.)

I realized this pattern would be a perfect way  to use the leftover  scraps of a Jelly Roll , from making my first official quilt.  That was a Scruffily Quilt,  by Rachel Griffith,  from Moda Bake Shop .   The fabric is "Glace",  by 3 Sisters for Moda. I still LOVE this fabric !   I had only used a 2.5" square off of 36 strips, plus some of the  strips to make a scrappy binding.  It had been sitting in a drawer since 2009.... looking pretty.  

All I had to do was round up  the Glace' leftovers and  3 Sisters yardage that I had in my stash, and count up the number of strips that I had available to use. 

I was only  few strips short of the Glace' fabric for the quilt.  So , I went in search of stashed  Moda red fabric ,that blended nicely  with the reds in this Glace' fabric.   

Cutting the strips into triangles
 I had fun laying out the blocks.   

See the holly leaves?

I love the brown fabrics in this collection !

 Of course, my #1 Quilty Helper, Whiskers, was there to help me keep the blocks in the right order as I built them! 

Whiskers on the job!!
Aqua Paisley Studio's pattern instructions are clear and easy to follow. The diagrams are excellent.    I was happy how the X's turned out in each block!

X hits the spot!
Before I knew it, it was time to add the sashings and corner keystones!

I love the small red squares in the center of each block

 Flimsy top  of Cherry Tree Lane Quilt

My CTL quilt- ready for the binding to be hand sewn on the back

Quilt Statistics:

Pattern:   Cherry Tree Lane Quilt   by Aqua Paisley Studio  ( here )
               Jelly Roll Friendly!
Fabric:   Glace'   by  3 Sisters  for Moda      (leftovers from an early quilt)
Size:    58 " x 80"  approximately
Thread:   Aurifil #2021  50 wt for piecing 
Batting:   Warm and Natural
Quilting:  Aurifil #2021 with walking foot on Viking Topaz sewing machine, large zigzag stitching
Backing:    Glace' (last of leftovers!) , in the  paisley, and Into the Woods - Lella Boutique by Moda,  in red.  I did have to buy this.  It turned out to be a beautiful match!

I really love this red "Into the Woods" fabric on the backing!

The back of the quilt,  with a scrappy label

I used red fabric for the binding, too!

Cherry Tree Lane quilt   front and back

I am pleased with how the quilt turned out!  I can use it all winter.

Cherry Tree Lane quilt
Well  , you know I just had to do this... pull out the first true quilt I made  and compare it to my latest quilt....      2009 vs 2016  !   

They look pretty together, don't they?
My Scruffily Quilt  -       technically simple, with raw edges
                               and quilted around each 10 inch square "in the ditch"

Scruffily Quilt close up

Notice how I " carefully selected"  staged the  blocks that matched up pretty well in the above photo?

True Confession:     Here are some of the "problem"  blocks that didn't match up very well.
I didn't know how to make the blocks meet at the corners back then !

My Cherry Tree Lane quilt-  more complicated design, with sashing and cornerstones 
                               and zigzag quilting 

Cherry Tree Lane Quilt
I had so much fun making my Cherry Tree Lane quilt... with that added bonus of using up some favorite leftover fabric!   It's been such a fun quilting ( and learning) journey so far!   

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:     Let's Bee Social  @  Sew Fresh Quilts    and  

                               Building Block Tuesday @ Quilter In the Closet    and
                             Fabric Frenzy Frenzy @  Fort Worth Fabric Studio  and
                          Can I Get A Whoop Whoop ! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict   and
                            TGIFF  @ Fath and Fabric     and 
                         Finished Or Not Friday   @ Busy Hands Quilts
                                      Finish It Up Friday   @ Crazy Mom Quilts



  1. What a great start to the year. I love the balance of light and dark in this quilt - it is so effective. Nicely done Susie.

  2. This is such a beautiful quilt, Susie! So Vibrant, yet balanced! The little Santa made me smile. Great to see Whiskers again :)


  3. I love them both and they show your journey to the awesome quilter you've become! Great stuff!!!

  4. What a beautiful quilt, Susie! I love the browns and greens and florals in your first quilt, and the warm winter hues of the new one are beautiful as well. Lovely all around!

  5. Your quilt is just wonderful and I love the colors you chose! So fun seeing the difference from first quilt 'til now.


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