Where did my idea come from? Our school's first graders! Check out this awesome art project that was up in the hall. They used tissue paper to make these fun trees. I knew I had to try it. I later showed them my quilt in person and they were so excited they made me a thank you card. I love kids!
To make my trees I fused lots of small pieces in a big chunk and then cut them out like threes some of which are wonky at the bottom. I then started laying them out trying to decide how to put them down. Two rows of off set tress seemed the most pleasing to my eye. Next the piece was layered with Hobbs polyester batting. I wanted this piece to be fluffy!
Then I had a really fun idea. What about using white yarn for snow under the trees? Fun! I had a Bernina ruler foot with a couching disk insert...this is what happened. What did I learn? You have to have enough loose yarn and remember to pull more out of the skein even when you're having a really fun time quilting or it won't turn out how you want it too. I was a bit excited. I also learned you can't stay in one spot too long or there are issues.
Here's what the foot looks like. I had white Aurifil thread in the top and the bottom.
I decided to use the same kind of swirl pattern between the trees too, but in just regular thread.
Then I added one more piece of fun. The kid had used silver glitter glue on their artwork. So I decided to pull out some fancy silver thread and try couching it. It worked great and added a little sparkle.
I hope you get to quilt today!