Trimming the Tree ğŸŽ„

  

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 😉

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