Springtime Snapshots 🌿

Ok, ok, I know that it’s Christmastime…but it is crazy warm in the greater NYC area right now!  Which reminded me to share one of my very favorite quilted postcards from last year.

Unlike my usual work, this is simplicity itself 😉.  I was inspired by a picture of my favorite tree in that lovely new leaf stage:

…and wanted to interpret it on my Bernina.  This is a VERY fast project! Simply trace the branch pattern you like as a guide (or not), thread up with dark brown (Aurifil is all I use when I play with cotton thread), and get ready to satin-stitch the branches on your fabric.  (Preferably already fused into stiff fusible.)

When doing trees, I find it easier to put the piece trunk-facing-away from me, so that as I stitch, I travel up the branch. On most machines, you can simply hold the stitch-width button down as you stitch to smoothly narrow the ‘branch’ as you approach the tip.

When you’re happy with your “branches,” it is time for leaves.  I Misty-fused a small piece of dappled light green batik and sliced it into lots of little pieces.  You will notice in the photo that I cut some as full leaf shapes and others as more random small bits to suggest buds.  

Scatter your leaves where you’d like them, press (with pressing sheet as invariably a few leaves will turn over), and stitch down through all of the leaves to secure them to the branch. This makes a lovely “Happy Spring!” card for a loved one :).

Here’s hoping for more seasonal weather SOON!

Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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