The idea behind this was that I really wanted to have a go at shadow trapunto, where you trap wadding under voile, sew round the shape you want, trim away the excess wadding, then lay that all on a background fabric and sandwich and quilt it in the normal way. The tree itself was adapted from a design by Ann Lauer, which I found in a book called quilting for Christmas
I started this when I was visiting my friend Bilbo, and I had lots of fun playing in her stash to find exactly the right background fabric. All went really well until I decided to free motion quilt it. FMQ is definitely NOT my thing, and some of you may remember me whining and whinging about not being able to do it a couple of months ago. In the end, dear Bilbo took pity on me and rang and just said "send it to me, I'll do it". I didn't need telling twice, it was in an envelope and winging it's way to her in a very short space of time. She did a great job of the quilting, as you can see here
with big stipples round the outside and some tiny pebbles inside thee branches, which has really made them pop. Thank you very much Bilbo for doing that for me. Although I have not shown a uler against it, this measures 16" x 22".
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