Sometimes when I go through a quilt show, I miss some of the subtleties of some of the work and this tree is one of those quilts I have grown to appreciate since I first saw it.
I love trees so the subject matter is a favorite. I vaguely remember pondering about the fabric color choices but didn't give it much thought until I was revisiting some of the work that was displayed at Piece and Plenty's 2015 bi-annual quilt guild show in Rolla, Missouri.
Now trees do change color in the fall but when I think of purple, I think of Halloween and cats and pumpkins. And apparently so did Kathy Turner, Molly's Mom, who made this quilt!
The other quilt element this quilted tree demonstrates well is the power, and effect, of quilting on the finished product.
Quilting reminds me of looking at a dress on a hangar. One doesn't know the full impact of the dress until one puts it on. Same thing with a quilt, one doesn't get the full effect of the work until it is quilted.
Without quilting, this would be a yellow tree on purple. With the quilting, there is a suggestion of wind and ghosts and ghouls and who knows what else is lurking in the purple, don't you think?