Fabric color is more true in the next photo
I'm pretty sure this fabric dates back to the mid 1990s; it's from a Smithsonian Institution RJR line called Little Sister's Quilt. Here is a link to online information about the original quilt which dates to the 1850s-1860s. The time period of the original quilt corrresponds to the westward movement and so it seemed very appropriate to (finally) use a bit of this fabric in my Westering Women quilt.
The Lone Elm is the block chosen by Barbara Brackman for April. This is my version.
I'm pretty happy with this block, despite the fact that a couple of the triangle points will undoubtedly disappear when the blocks are stitched to sashing fabrics and the tree trunk is a bit lopsided. Kind of like it was stitched while jostling on the back of the wagon along the Oregon Trail.
Now that I see this gorgeous fabric come to life in a quilt block, I'll undoubtedly be wishing there was more than a yard of it in my stash!