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Finished Tree Quilt

2018-04-27 10.02.33Finally, I’ve finished the Tree wall hanging.  It finished at 34″ x 42″.  I struggled getting good photos of it today, between the wind and lack of a good place to hang it, so I’ll probably take some more before I list it on Etsy.

2018-04-27 10.04.26I debated whether to bind it in green or purple, so I put it to the #Twilters.  Green won, but I went with Darla’s idea of a purple binding with a green (faux) flange.  Thank you!

2018-03-29 111870428406..jpgThis is the quilt that started with the scrap left from backing the green donation quilt.  It was tall and skinny, so I was inspired to cut the top off and let the tree go into the border, like this beauty by Cathy Geier.  I started carelessly adding border fabric, but I wish I had measured and been less improv about it.  That’s fine for blocks, but I struggled to get this top square again.  It’s pretty close, even if it doesn’t look it.

2018-04-27 10.02.45The leaves on the panel were chunky and squarish, so I cut little squares of green, gold, and purple fabric, mostly scraps from the donation quilt.  I wanted to sprinkle them around, but they refused to sprinkle, dropping instead as thick, layered clumps, so I ended up hand placing each bit into the areas I had prepared with spray baste.

2018-04-15 13.38.23Then I covered them with water-soluble stabilizer so I could quilt them into place.  I used Solvy and Dissolve, and found them to be just the same to sew on and both dissolved fine in the washer.  The washer also frayed the edges of the bits nicely.

2018-04-15 14.50.43I used metalic thread to brighten the sunbeam on the right.  It really shows more in indoor light (good!) and when you walk by, than in a still photo.

2018-04-27 10.05.06The hanging sleeve is caught in the top binding, and hand sewn underneath, so that’s my hand sewing for the week year.

2018-04-27 10.04.00I like the way it turned out, and if no one else wants it, it’ll look great in my house!

I’m linking up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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WIP Wednesday: Tree Quilt

First, let me apologize for all the snow some of us are having. I’m pretty sure it’s my fault, after I publicly declared that one (about three snowstorms back) our “last”. And last week I put away my boot tray from the front door. Sorry.

I have made very slow, incremental progress on the tree panel. Thank you to Gretchen and Jaye for your suggestions.

I’m not usually a fan of medallion quilts, so I didn’t want to go that way. I added some borders, but not too many, because they already bring it to 35″ x 45″. I cut off the top of the tree, to help with the proportions, but also because I saw a wonderful tree quilt by Cathy Geier that extended the leaves out into the border, so that’s what I want to do. Not that I think I’ll come anywhere close to hers. I’m thinking of bits of snipped fabric for the leaves.

And I think that sunbeam on the right needs to be highlighted.

So far I’ve used invisible thread to quilt in all the border ditches.

I can’t promise huge progress on this soon. DS is home, so we’ve been doing some things, and DH and I have gone on some outings just from cabin fever.

Hope you’re make good progress on your projects.