Monday, November 8, 2010

Look, a Tree!

Last night I was busy cutting out shapes and playing with fabric at the table.  It was so much fun!!  Kind of like cutting and pasting in preschool.  I got comments like, "Mama's getting fancy!" from my DH and "Mama, what ARE you making?" from my son.  I continued after the littles * finally* went to bed.  Gotta love the time change. Ugh.  This morning I was greeted with, "Cool!  A tree!"

Appliquéd tree for Fall

I've had this in my head since I bought this fabric.  It's going to be a wall hanging for our kitchen.  So far it measures 24"x36".  I made a quick cardboard template from a soda box for the leaves.  They're attached to the background fabric with Steam a Seam lite.  It's perfect for this kind of project because it has a slightly sticky back to keep the leaves stuck enough until I iron and stitch them down.  It is re-positionable so you can move your shapes until you're happy with the layout.  I needed a bigger fusible piece for the trunk so I used a roll of Heat N Bond Lite.


My plan is to free motion around the leaves and fill the background with lots of swirls.  I've never done this before so I've been practicing drawing swirls and dreaming of swirls in my sleep.  Today I have an appointment with the sewing machine to practice on some quilt sandwiches.  I hope it goes well!  *gulp*

Here are the projects that inspired me:

Scrap Buster Fall Pillow by Cluck Cluck Sew
Anything by Don't Look Now.  I am in love with Kellie's swirly quilting!  It is even more stunning in person.
- Jodie's Table Runner
- Old Oak Tree by Gayle Shelton...

 Old Oak Tree by Gayle Shelton (she won a ribbon for Best Pictorial Quilt at PIQF)


  1. That is a tree, indeed! Quite a fabulous one! I love how you challenge yourself. Can't wait to see the result :)

  2. Gorgeous! I've always loved that Scrap Buster Pillow. I especially like how you made yours off-center.

    I put a similar tree design onto pre-made fabric grocery bags and gave them out as favors at my 1-year-old's Earth Day birthday party. I made 6 of them! Took forever!

  3. This is fantastic!! The fabrics all go so well together and I love the AMH fabric for the trunk! This is going to be so great when it's done! When you go to do the applique around the leaves and tree, do you make your quilt sandwich and go through all 3 layers or just the top?

  4. I love it, I think it will turn out great!

  5. I love the tree sooo much! I like your idea for the swirls too. Can't wait to see how it comes out!

  6. Really great fabrics for this! It looks super!

  7. Love your tree and inspiration!

  8. Love it! I am in love with trees and have been looking to do something similar to this. It looks great!

  9. this is really cool! I can totally see this hanging on my wall too! We are always looking for creative new ways to bring the outdoors inside with our decorating. We usually go for photographs we've taken on adventures, but I really adore this project - can't wait to see how it turns out.



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