Friday, September 19, 2008

surrounded by trees

These have been perfect days, sunny with a hint of Autumn in the air. September is my very favourite time of year, and I've always wished that it lasted longer here in the Pacific Northwest.
from the hill by you.
Addie and I have been taking full advantage of them by staying mostly out of doors with our many little projects: frog-hunting, wandering through the forest, trotting around the university, picking crab-apples, collecting treasures (pinecones, rocks), chalk drawing around the neighbourhood, and planting our little garden (We save seeds from our apples and make a mission together to go out and plant them - she loves this!)

Oh, and we've been looking for Owls, who we hear hoo-hooing at each other all night long. (I can hear them right now, outside my window!) It is such a beautiful but haunting sound, and everyone is fascinated by it, but most of all Adelaide. She has been spending a lot of her time pointing around and up at all of the places she thinks that the Owls may be. And we have been looking at a lot of Owls in books together, too.
little elf girl by you.
It is interesting to me that the things that Addie indentifies in books - pointing her tiny finger most decidedly - are almost exclusively natural types of things such as trees, leaves, flowers, pinecones, flowers, butterflies, bugs, ponds, ducks, birds, owls. Her very favourite books all have something to do with the natural world - Planting a Rainbow, The Sun Egg, I am a Bunny, Spring is Here - off the top of my head. I actually had to show her in books what a house and car were - all of the other things she just seemed to know and be a lot more interested in. Like they already are so much a part of her.
making trees with elliot by you.
Today the weather turned cooler and a little bit grey again and so while Adelaide slept I dragged out the tree quilt that I have been working on. So far I have made about 4 dozen little trees in about 25 different green fabrics. I have about 10 or so more green fabrics to make into trees, and then I will begin sewing these little patchworks together to make a quilt. I find this task satisfying and relaxing - the perfect task for a grey afternoon inside.
for a tree quilt by you.
I feel so lucky that these days I am surrounded by so many trees, both in my world and in my craft. I love them, and I'm pretty sure that they love me, too.

35 comments:

Cicada Studio said...

How charming!

cindy : quaint said...

it is so pretty, so you.

quietly going mad... said...

I would love to make a tree quilt with you, I am thinking along the lines of a small one that I could hang on the wall as a fall decoration. Your little trees look so beautiful!

Leslie said...

Oooooh!! I love the little trees!!! I love Quietly's idea of making a small wall quilt! I could handle that project, I think!! Thanks for the inspo!

christine said...

Oh, I love this tree quilt. Addie is a lucky little girl.

I got to spend five days in New England last week, soaking in all the sights that Addie knows so well. I'm such a city girl, so I was giddy picking up pine cones and acorns.

p.s. Taro Gomi is one of my favorite children's book illustrators. Have you seen My Friends and his doodle books?

amandajean said...

I'd love to make a tree quilt with you, too! it is just adorable. and I'd love to see your simple instructions. I tried to make my own paper pieced template for little trees and it was so wonky. and not in a good way, either.

MelancholySmile said...

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and reading your posts always makes me long for home. I miss the trees and the grey days. And I love the way that children force me to slow down and examine the world around me with new eyes! Your daughter is lovely, and looks like she is enjoying discovering the world. :)

melanie said...

You know, the first time I saw your tree quilt I thought "one day, I'm going to make one of those too" - I just find it so inspiring! I too am a big lover of trees. I would definitely love to make one with you.

*melanie from www.meli-mello.com

Theresa said...

I have two boys and they both would reach for the green crayon first. I noticed it with my older son when he was very small. He still enjoys the color green and he is now 19 years old. I have enjoyed this tree pattern for a while now. I would love to be a part of this project. I was wondering if you would like some of the greens I have. It sounds like you are getting close to being done. Maybe if I sent some patches of green to you a coordinating pillow would be in the future!

Kelly said...

It must be a universal cat thing to want to "participate" in the quilt making process- mine do the same thing. I would love to quilt with you, but will just enjoy watching your progress instead. I haven't sewn or quilted in ages and I'm afraid it seems like I might never have the time. I'll live vicariously through you!

Emilie said...

Yes, please post a pattern, I'd love to make a tree quilt as well! So cute!

sydandgoose said...

I have an 8 month old who is absolutely fascinated with trees and blowing leaves. I've been wanting to make something like this for her for a while now and would love to make a tree quilt with you!

Judy Grubbs said...

I would love to make a quilt The instructions would be very helpful.

mel21clc said...

That tree quilt has been inspiring me, too. I don't generally enjoy patterns in quilting, but I just love the simplicity of that one along with the subject matter. Please do post the instructions! I'd love to follow along now that I'm sewing more often.

Hayden said...

Thost little trees are just perfect, a pattern would be lovely.

Angela said...

It sounds like you've got plenty of takers on the extra fabric...

Posting a pattern would be great. I would absolutely love to try a tree patchwork soon.
Thanks, Angela

Kristine said...

I love your tree quilt. In fact, I've had it marked as one of my favourites on flickr for a while.

I'd love to make a tree quilt with you, and I have lots of green fabrics that I could contribute if you wanted some more in exchange.

Alissa Nicolau said...

Hi! Remember, I posted your tree quilt photo on my blog months ago? I loved it the first time I saw it. You have such a beautiful way of seeing the world around you and then bringing that world into you home and family. I would love, love, love to see your tree pattern. I just bought some fabrics to make a quilt with a white background a week ago. I have been chicken to make my first cuts. Chicken I tell you.

mikodesign said...

I love how your quilt looks, so fresh I would love to work on one as well!!

Yayer said...

Please post your pattern. I have no idea how to make quilts but would love to learn.

janet + stu said...

i love autumn to, it is my favorite season...just want to say i love your blog and also all the art + creations you make. i purchased your address file a few years ago and it is still in use! in fact i use it as a prop a lot in many of the photos i take for our shop, three potato four.

we get many inquiries about it and i always send along your info and website to our customers. your work is lovely and your little girl too. all the best, janet

sew nancy said...

Autumn is my favorite.
I've just come to your blog via Melissa's- All Buttoned Up and I really love what I have seen so far.

I love your style.

Sara said...

I'd love the pattern. I'm in AZ and Fall doesn't begin here until January. A tree quilt will help my home feel a little more autumnish!

...and, your little Elliot is ADORABLE!

sharilyn said...

Hi Everyone, thankyou for your sweet words and thoughts. I appreciate every single comment I receive - thankyou!

If you would like to receive some of my green pieces for your own quilt, please send me an email at sharilyn at lovelydesign . com with your mailing address and I (eventually) will mail you a little package! I am working ahead on the tree quilt now, just started sewing some quilt blocks, so it will help me to figure out the best way to do instructions. I hope to have some instructions ready for you soon!

Christine: We love Taro Gomi too! My Friends is another of addie's favourite books too!

Marina said...

I read your blog a while ago, and then I moved country (and suffered a hard-drive crash), and I somehow forgot about it. Finding it again, just now, is kind of like finding a little hidden gem in a bowl of buttons. :)

I would love to do a tree quilt - I've been meaning to learn for a very long time. However, I have to wait until I go back to England to rescue my sewing machine! So, if you post patterns or anything, I'll save them and start quilting after Christmas :)

Melissa said...

ah, sharilyn, this is such a lovely post. i really like thinking of small A looking up when she's under trees, searching for the owls she can hear at night. i've never seen or heard one here in norway.

when i first saw your tree quilt on your blog i felt so inspired- so if you do get around to making the quilt block pattern i would definitely make one along with you. in fact i have been saving green fabics for the purpose.

have a great week. xx

happyowlglass said...

Oh, owls! How lovely.

Kathy said...

HiSharilyn, I posted a comment about the trees when I first saw them, which was a while ago. I loved them because they were so fresh and bright. Thanks for the offer to share the pattern; I'd love to join in and make the quilt with you. Regards, Kathy

Allisa Jacobs said...

I love this quilt & your whole blog! We too, live in the Pacific Northwest & I've been loving these autumnish days, exploring new things with my baby son.
You're tree quilt has inspired me, I'd love to know where you found the pattern.
Thanks so much,
Allisa

Karen said...

I'm in Australia and our gardens are just warming up, taking on their Summer plumage!As the days get warmer, I'm spending more and more time outside, getting the vegetables planted and looking after the fruit trees.
I still have time for sewing, though, and I'd love to help you make some trees.

sami said...

Hello! I absolutely adore your little trees. Could you please email me a pattern for it? samcee@gmail.com

Will you be selling more stuff in your shop soon? I love the trees poster prints.

Jodi said...

Hi there,

You have been slowly inspiring me to pick up another hobby, quilting. I would love to attempt the tree quilt with you when you get to it. If you could send the instructions along to me as well, I'd very much appreciate it.

Have a great day!

CMD said...

I love this quilt, if you ever do post the pattern I would love to take a stab at this myself.

Tracy said...

I would love to know how to make these blocks, can you share? Thanks!

knittingphilistine said...

I would love to learn your pattern for making these tree blocks!! I'd love to get started on my own tree quilt...please also let me know if you are still interested in swapping green fabrics for new trees!

Happy holidays,
Megan
meganrisse@gmail.com