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Making of the trees ~ Sunlight through the Trees Quilt

If you want to see how the background was done check out my last blog post ~

https://thebutterflyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/the-story-behind-the-quilt-sunlight-through-the-trees/

Time to make the trees for my quilt.

Just walking around in my yard I was able to take a lot of photos of different tree barks.

Different tree trunks

Different tree trunks

I decided on the white birch.

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I knew my trees where not going to be an exact replica of the photo trees but I just wanted to get some ideas about how I was going to make my bark on the trees.

Pulling out my scrap box I separated out all my light batiks. I also pulled out some white burlap. Burlap adds another texture element.

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I cut a thick strip of muslin for my foundation. I then cut out a strip of Mistyfuse and placed that on top. Placing different batik strips on top of the muslin and the Mistyfuse I heat set them in place using parchment paper over the top of the fabric just in case some Mistyfuse is not covered with fabric so it won’t stick to the iron.

Strip of muslin and a strip of Misty Fuse.

Strip of muslin and a strip of Misty Fuse.

My long tree trunk is all pieced and ready to add some texture. Carefully I bring it to my sewing machine.

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Using a variegated thread of tan to brown with my darning foot, feed dogs down, I use a zig zag stitch to give the trunk more dimension. I just go back and forth and not care about the stitch length to add to the visual effect I am looking for.

Free motion quilt with zig zag.

Free motion quilt with zig zag.

My last step at the sewing machine is to add some embroidery thread and pieces of small strips of twisted fabric to add even more texture to the tree trunk.

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Once I like the way it looks, I measure out my tree length and width to fit on my background piece. I mark the back of the trunk (or muslin side) with a pen and carefully cut along the line doing a little wobble–what tree trunk is perfectly straight?

Before I attach it to the background I want to add some shading to one side of the bark to give it a shadow effect. Taking out my shiva paints, I paint with a bronze first then a black lightly from the middle to the edge of my tree trunk. You can still see the fabric and the thread!

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I then take my background piece and add another strip of Mistyfuse and iron my trunk in place on top of the batting. When all the trees are done I will pin the top/batting onto a backing and quilt the background and outline the trees a little more.

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So far this is what it looks like. You can see a round piece of fabric that will be quilted as the sun with rays shooting out. Seven more trees to go!!

Follow along as I finish up in my next blog post!

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The Story Behind the Quilt ~ Sunlight through the Trees

When I want to get inspiration for my next art quilt I just look through some photo’s, check out Pintrest or FB.  Setting up my boards on Pintrest I made one called “All Trees”. I love trees and lately it seems a lot of my quilts have been about trees.  Finding one photo shot of the sun coming through behind some trees gave me an idea for this next art quilt. I drew out a rough sketch of what I would like to see.

Sketch of tree quilt

Sketch of tree quilt

I had to figure out the  size I wanted my finished piece to be.  I cut a piece of batting and marked with a permanent black marker the outline of the trees.  I wanted the background or my forest floor to be deep greens and blues mixed in.

At a recent quilt show I found a package of Hoffman Bali Pops called Parrot!

Hoffman Bali Pops "Parrot"

Hoffman Bali Pops “Parrot”

I then took some of these strips and just cut some chunks out and mixed a pile on my cutting board.

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I then measured between my trees the open space.PT 3

I cut out a piece of “Mistyfuse” the size of the space!

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Once I laid the “Mistyfuse” in place I just started to add different pieces of the cut up fabric making sure you could not see the batting.  I then put parchment paper over the pieces and ironed them in place. Parchment paper is used in case you missed a spot, the fusible web will not stick to the iron.

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Once the background was all finished, I put it up on my design wall. I wanted to make sure that the pieces were sticking to my batting.

Background pieces done!

Background pieces done!

Now I am trying to decide whether to quilt the background at this point or just wait till I add the trees and then quilt it all in one step. My trees will be done on a background piece of muslin first. I will be sewing little strips in place one at a time. Fibers and burlap will be added to the trees also.

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