I then couldn't help myself and jumped straight into making it. It's wholecloth, and because it's black, I've used charcoal batting.
As is usually the case, the design evolved as I made the quilt. For example, the second ring of feathering was scrapped, because it would have been too broken up by the tree branches, and I decided to use a swirl filler ( a small version of my current favourite!) instead of the meandering feather for both filler rings. The inner feathers and swirls are Auriful 50wt Cotton mako, the blue meandering feather is Guterman 50wt cotton, and the corner feathers are Bottomline (because that was the thread I had in the right colour).
The basic tree shape hasn't changed (though it took a long time to draft!). I used Superior Glitter, a silver holographic thread.
I'm especially pleased with the patterns the interlinked roots make. It's reminiscent of a celtic knotwork design, though that's only by chance.
I did change the birds; My original plan was to applique them in deeper colours, but I decided that they would be too dominant, so instead they're wholecloth as well, but I used lighter threads to make sure they were still visible. I'm not overly thrilled with the colours, but I do feel that quilting them was the right call. I found a bird silhouette with an image search which approximated what I wanted, traced it, then adapted it significantly until it matched my mental image. Each one is double-quilted. I used 40wt variegated trilobal polyester (2 Superior Rainbows, one Gutermann).
Since these photos, I've bound the quilt (in solid black). After machining the bainding to the front, I quilted a line of charcoal Glitter in the binding's 'ditch' to add a bit of oomph, but it didn't stand out much, so after hand stitching the binding to the back, I hand threaded a brighter holographic thread through the charcoal Glitter, and that has helped, but the quilt still seems to lack some oomph.
I've considered adding some tiny crystals, but I don't think that will have the desired effect. I had planned to fill the trees and roots with the charcoal Glitter as well, but I think that will detract from the crisp lines of the tree. I'm interested in your thoughts on what I should or shouldn't add...