|String pieced background|
I decided to make a clump of birch trees. So... time to draw them out on freezer paper and make a pattern. I did not want to fuse/applique these because seams from the underlying blocks would come through the the tree trunks and make them lumpy. I also was sick of raw edges, hence instead of just cutting them out, I made a pattern so I could turn the edges under. Here is my drawing. Incidentally, the patterns for all my branches and trees will be on tissue inserts in my new book!
|Drawing out a pattern|
Next step was to find fabrics. I sorted through my stash and found these.
|Fabrics for tree trunks|
You can see in this photo that I started with a 'base' tree trunk of that plain horizontal textured fabric. This is the tree that is on the right. (The edges are turned under already).
I cut out some patches from the other fabrics and began to glue them onto my base trunk to add texture and get rid of all those regular horizontal lines. I just used a regular glue stick and began cutting and adding bits of the other fabrics.
I made two trunks the same way.
Here is a big closeup for you to see -
|Closeup of the texture|
Once I was happy with the tree trunks, I got out fabric dye markers and shaded the left side of each tree trunk.
|Shaded tree trunk|
|Shading tree trunks|
Once the shading was done, I put them on the background.
I used both Sharpie silver metallic markers and a regular fabric marker - this one had a brush tip and is made by Marvy. I sell them on my website - when I have stock, I'm out right now. You can also buy them at a Ben Franklin store.
|Painting the trees WHITE on the right side|
The tree trunks are in place. I stitched down one side, and stuffed strips of binding underneath before stitching down the other side. I really want them to stand out and I didn't want seams under them to show.
Time for branches...
|Drawing and designing branches|
I use freezer paper to make all my branches. When I'm done, I stuff the paper into a plastic bag so next time I don't have to make branches if I don't want to.
|Finding fabric for branches|
I wanted mottled gray fabrics with some texture which might resemble bark so I chose these.
|Branches are fused in place|
By the time I was done shading the branches, you couldn't see any of the texture anyway. Oh well, it doesn't matter.
|Adding the Virginia Creeper|
The Virginia Creeper is just fused on. I had a great red leaf print so I just cut out the leaves. ("Broderie Perse Applique" - It is such a sophisticated way of saying cut and paste, lol.)
|Added white veins to the red leaves with a marker|
And here we have it. All done. For borders I just made more blocks which were slightly bigger and fudged them into the right dimensions.
Comments? Questions? I'd love to hear from you. Quilt On!