Trimming the Tree πŸŽ„


Your Christmas tree can, quite literally, provide inspiration for art quilts.  One year we needed to trim away a few small errant twig/branches from the trunk.  I looked at the bits of Douglas fir in my hand and decided they would make an excellent rubbing surface for my PaintStiks (and a lovely memento of a particularly pretty tree).

I simply placed them under an appropriate scrap of batik, rubbed some places in silver and others in gold, and (after that one-week curing period) stitched over the impressions with my favorite metallic thread.  I used the fabric to make a quilted postcard.

If you are feeling ambitious, do lots of rubbings and you will have the most perfect fabric for a holiday lap quilt.

Time to go tree-shopping πŸ˜‰

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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