I finished up a couple of veterans quilts yesterday and saw that I had about 4" of batting and backing on one side of one quilt and decided that I would do some more thread trees.
I started with a stack of 4" x 6" pieces of white fabric. That's the size of a postcard so I knew if I kept my tree inside that space that I'd have the right size tree. I sketched a tree shape on the fabric but you will see that I didn't really follow that at all.
I liked the colors of this cone of thread and it's also about to run out so this is what I'm going to use until the cone is empty.
Thread sketch a wonky tree shape.
Start filling in and pretty much ignore the stitched outline.
Keep piling on the thread until a tier is finished. Move to the next tier and stitch some more. It's very meditative to do this.
Don't worry about the wayward lines. They will get cut away.
What a good use of the extra backing and batting. I feel so smugly clever.
And economical for using up 3 bobbins! The backs of these trees are pretty ugly but no one will see them.
Oh boy, do I like these! I have a head start on the 2018 Christmas cards.
With that I'm going to take a few days off the blog for Christmas. I'll be back Wednesday or Thursday of next week.
Becky in VA
12/22/2017 01:33:10 pm
Clever, indeed! They look like fun to stitch!
12/22/2017 02:08:42 pm
You are so awesome! If I only had a fraction of your ingenuity. Love seeing what you do.
Tina in NJ
12/22/2017 02:17:14 pm
Merry Christmas and have a wonderful holiday.
12/22/2017 04:42:01 pm
Lynne in Hawaii
12/22/2017 08:12:19 pm
Mele Kalikimaka! Have a great week. Love the trees too!
12/23/2017 11:05:03 am
What a cute idea! And who doesn't have leftover thread and batting? I usually save long skinny border piece leftovers for making handbag handles, but this looks like more fun! Merry Christmas!
12/23/2017 12:00:26 pm
I like these trees too - and getting a head start is always a good thing, provided you remember where you've put them by next year! Happy Christmas wishes!!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.