Good evening my friends. Remember my great project I was doing a tutorial for? Remind me not to do that anymore, at least without finishing the project first. It was going to be a table runner, then somehow morphed into a table topper. And it's Awful.
Me and my big mouth. I do like the trees, and I do think they'd work just fine if I'd chosen a different background. AND shape. Table runner is what those trees need, not a big fat square. After I'd agonized over it for hours last night, it dawned on me that my mum and I are baking for Christmas, and everyone is getting food gifts - including the person I'd tried to make this for. So, back to work on other things. Meanwhile, I'll share how I made the trees, it's easy and I think they would look cute on a card.
First, find your greens. They don't have to match. Cut strips 1 1/2 inches, 1 3/4 inches, and 2 inches. My strips were from 14" to 18" long.
Arrange them on your design wall in an order that pleases you - I went from light to dark, sort of. Start sewing them together.
Press - I press the seams open, it lays better.
Now it's time to make some trees. Draw a straight line on a sheet of paper, or directly onto your fusible web. You're going to draw 3 lines, not equal - 2 longish ones and one to connect them at the bottom. Alternatively, you could add fusible to the whole piece, then free cut your trees.
Cut them out [not on the line yet!] and fuse to the wrong side of your pieced fabric, following manufacturer's instructions. Make sure you change the angle and direction to make them wonkier.
Now cut them out on the line, and arrange them in a PLEASING formation on your background. Um, somehow I totally didn't do this.
Then blanket stitch in place.
If your machine doesn't have a blanket stitch, you can do them by hand, but that would defeat the purpose of being fast and easy. I've done applique with just about every stitch on my machine, including straight stitch.
Now - I'm envisioning these trees on fabric cards. I'm going to try a few, and add some decorative stitching to look like garland. I can also see them on a table RUNNER, with a light blue background and some curvy white fabric to look like snow.
The reason I showed you my failure, is so you know that everything doesn't always work out perfectly, and that's ok. Unless it's Christmas time and you're swamped. Then it's not ok. The star in the middle? I was mimicking the one in the background fabric, somehow I thought it would show up bolder - tried ribbon, but couldn't sew it on straight. I forgot to lengthen my stitch, and it puckered.
Quilting and designing are both learning processes. What can I say - it's better than trigonometry, right? Now will someone please pass the chocolate.....