I fell in love with Saffron Craig's Elk Landscape (from her brand new Forest Elementals range) as soon as I saw it - a serene wilderness of majestic creatures in rich magenta and gold. To me the design has a scandinavian feel and being half Finnish I was really drawn to it.
I wanted to showcase the panel as a piece of artwork hanging on a wall, or as a scene viewed through panes of a window. The stripes above and below respresent the dense forest with elk, birds and geese peeping through.
Stunning fabric isn't it!
The free form stack and slash method of construction makes the strips quick and easy to put together and I love that wonky look.
The back features the striking Birds on Leaves fabric with slightly wonky strip piecing down the side. I also brought in the gorgeous pink and yellow dandelions from Saffron's Fields range - so soft and pretty.
I tried machine quilting white wavy lines across it at varying intervals and then hand quilting around the blocks in Perle Cotton No. 8 in purple, and I'm so pleased with the result.
I love the way the black Birds on Leaves fabric frames the quilt.
My husband's younger sister, Sierra, was awestruck the moment she saw it and I was powerless against her exclamation of "That's the most amazing quilt I've ever seen!" (you don't get that reaction everyday), hence it became "Sierra's Forest".
The pattern will be available soon and you can purchase Saffron Craig's Fabric from her shop.