My Tree Is Quilted and Finished


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Just finished this today. My evergreen tree is quilted and ready to hang. That is, after I make the sleeve and sew it on. I already have a rod long enough so I should be able to hang it sometime today. It measures 30″ by 30″.

I am pleased with how it came out though I could have done a better stitch-in-the-ditch for sewing on the binding to the back. I haven’t done much stitch-in-the-ditch. But I am sure with practice I will get better.

For the quilting, I made diagonal lines from the top and followed down the “branch” tips on the left and right. And then I outlined the trunk and several squares above it. Along the last border, I sewed two straight lines all around.

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You can see the quilting better from the back.

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Here’s my machine sewn binding. Not too bad. I will go slower next time so I can stay inside the ditch.

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I even have an idea for Christmas. Using little scrap pieces of red fabric and making gift boxes with red squares. Add red polka dots or some other red Christmas fabric for the border and it will be perfect for the holidays. So that means I will be making a second tree. 😀

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It was fun and easy to make. If you want to make one, use pre-cut charm packets if you have them. Using scraps was great and I love working with scraps but the preparation time delays you getting started.

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OK, that is a finish for me. Yay!! (Now I am off to work on a UFO.)


Go here to read about how I made my tree and for links to other patterns.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/for-ever-green-didnt-want-to-rush-christmas/


Linking up to…

http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/08/18/saturday-showcase-craft-projects-15/

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2012/08/link-finish-friday-28.html

http://mamalovequilts.blogspot.ca/2012/08/tgiff.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/08/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-sweet-baby.html

For-Ever-Green: Didn’t Want To Rush Christmas


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I have been wanting to make one of these quilted trees. Ever since I first saw them at About.com. Each with something I liked. But I wanted my points on the sides to look different. So I took what I liked and made my own. (I borrowed these photos from About.com. Links are at the bottom of this post.)

At first, the plan was to make a Quilted Christmas Tree.

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But the more I looked at it. With the red border and the red pom-pom garland… I was SO NOT READY for Christmas.

I decided my tree would be just a tree.

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An Evergreen. To hang on the wall. Or adorn a table top. All year. Without the desire or urgency to pack it away out of sight until the next Christmas season. Year round enjoyment.

Here’s how I made it.

First, I gathered up my green and beige scraps. Sorted through them looking for any scrap 2 1/2″ square or larger. Also flipped through my charm packets and pulled out any I could use. Lastly, I eyeballed my green and beige stash looking for what else I could use.

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After the discards (beiges too dark and greens too busy), I pressed out the wrinkles and started trimming. 3″ for Half-Square Triangles. 2 1/2″ for those not HST’s.

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For the HST’s, I didn’t do the “usual”. Didn’t draw a line down the center of the lighter square. Instead, I folded the 3″ beige squares in half and pressed.

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Then sewed one fourth inch seams on both sides of the creases.

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So easy. So much faster. I saw this tip somewhere on the internet. Can’t remember which site. So glad I found it.

Then came the fun part. Playing with the squares.

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Frequently rearranging, trying for a mix of colors and patterns. Being careful not to have the same pattern adjacent or too close by. My camera was a huge help. Looking at the placement through the lenses caught several would-be goofs.

OK. Moving along. Except for the bottom two rows with the tree trunk, I was ready to begin sewing. After sewing the upper part, I worked on the bottom. The trunk took up four spaces. (I rummaged through my brown scraps and found a fabric that resembled a tree trunk. I was delighted to find it. Left over from my Very First Quilt.)

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Deciding on which borders to use or IF I even wanted a border was an all day task. I auditioned about ten different fabrics. I tried all different border arrangements. Light on top of dark. Dark on top of light. But kept going back to this combination.

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That last fabric, the chevron… I purchased it over a year ago. But it sat and sat waiting for the right project. I love it with this quilt. For the binding.

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The back would be somewhat scrappy. I pieced together three sections of dark green leaves with a small section of avocado polka dots. Had just enough avocado to fit in that space.

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Whew!! OK!! Now, time to baste and quilt.

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Maybe I will make another tree when it gets closer to Christmas time. Have lots of ideas. Yo-yo’s, buttons. Even tiny ornaments.

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And I would REALLY like to make another Evergreen but with purple and lavender instead of beiges. I think that would be pretty. With smaller squares perhaps. OH!! What about a pillow!! So many ideas. Only two hands. 😀

Have you been thinking of Christmas/Holiday crafts?


Go here for more details on the About.com quilted trees.

http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltpatternsprojects/ig/Wallhanging-Patterns/Christmas-Tree-Wallhanging.htm

http://quilting.about.com/od/picturesofquilts/ig/Christmas-Quilts/Charlene-s-Tree-Quilt.htm

http://quilting.about.com/od/picturesofquilts/ig/Christmas-Quilts/Christmas-Treat-Quilt.htm