Seems I will never get enough of making quilts about trees so I might as well just realize that that's my thing. Here's my latest and it was quite a journey.
I started by piecing a background which was bright colors with some of my hand dyed fabrics. I then decided to do the Quilting first technique. I sewed the outlines of the trees and branches then proceeded to free motion tightly in all the spaces around the trees and branches. This was the meandering stitch.
Then I lightly painted over the surface of that quilting , but not on the tree shape, in red but it gave me not very much contrast for the tree to pop out. While I was deciding what to do I free motion quilted in a bark like pattern on the trees and branches. The tree still did not pop out so I decided I was going to have to lightly paint in a very dark color around the tree so I chose black. And that's how we ended up with this tree quilt.
It's not my favorite tree quilt but I don't hate it, I learned from it, and I will do it better next time. It's about 21 x 27".
Being around trees makes me feel calm, part of the greater world, and strong. I watch them around my home as they bend with the wind or stand silently patiently contributing to the world in many ways. I lived once were there were not many trees and I sorely missed them. I didn't feel like myself there, and I really didn't know why until I relocated back to a place where I was surrounded by trees again. Then I knew how much I missed them. That must be why I return to this theme again and again and again.