Friday, October 11, 2013

Trimming the tree!!

I am so excited to show you my latest project! If you have looked closely at my blog header, you have seen the page 'Who are MCC/MDS'. One of the board members from MDS has commissioned me to make a wall hanging to be auctioned off at their February all unit meeting. The theme is 'Fruitful Lives Produce Hope....The Tree of Life'. After googling 'quilts with trees', I ran across a pillow that I thought was perfect. It was a tutorial on Allison's blog, Cluck Cluck Sew!! After making a few changes and enlarging the design, I have made my 'Tree of Life' wall hanging!



I gathered together 26 different green scraps, using paperback fusible web, I set out to make all the leaves.  I found the perfect brown for the trunk and enough fabric for the two outer borders.



After arranging and rearranging until the perfect layout was achieved....I pressed all the pieces in place!



I attached the label prior to quilting with a zig-zag.



I raw edge appliqued the leaves and trunk in place, then quilted around each.



I attached the binding by machine.







I then echo quilted out from there. In the maroon boarder, I just did a wiggly line. The outer boarder was free motion quilted around all of the designs. I am really pleased with the way it turned out!



Final finished size is 37 x 36.  I pray that this quilt brings in a lot of money to help disaster victims world wide!!

Linking to Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! with Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict!  Also, Finish It Up Friday with Amandajean at Crazy Mom Quilts!!  Val's Quilting Studio-Tuesday Archives!

19 comments:

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

Oh my goodness! that is absolutely beautiful!

Sarah Lizzie said...

Pleased?? Why, you should be walking on air....'tis gorgeous!! The leaves are perfectly placed, all swaying together in a rythmic dance...and I love both the border and backing fabric.Together with your quilting, all in all, this lovely wall hanging will be the star of that li'l ole auction room!!

Snowcatcher said...

I love how the leaf design came out, and that echo quilting is just fabulous. Congratulations! Great cause, too!

Deborah said...

This is just so gorgeous!!! Love your quilting!

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Wow! That is a winner for sure! The echo quilting is amazing!

Maartje Quilt said...

Wow! Soooooo beautiful! The colors and the quilting! A masterpiece aqain!

Patchwork and Play said...

This is lovely Vicki! You should be VERY pleased with your "Tree of Life"!! Good luck with the auction!

Trepmom said...

Vicki, where did you get such creative talent? It's gorgeous. The color, the layout, the quilting... It will be the belle of the ball for sure. Pat yourself on the back for a job VERY well done! :)

Karen said...

Vicki the Tree of Life is just beautiful! I can see why you are pleased with it - very tasteful and your quilting is beautiful as well. Congratulations.

Lorna McMahon said...

Beautiful tree for a beautiful verse, Vicki! And you are a wonderful, thriving branch of that tree. The quilting in the borders is especially gorgeous! Well done!

ChristaQuilts said...

What an amazing quilt - I love it!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Beautifully done quilt.

Janine said...

This quilt is stunning! Everything about it is beautiful!

crazyquilter said...

I know that I would have lovely working with those colours. Such a great artistic result, even down to a backing fabric that so suits the front of the quilt. Thanks for sharing - great result.

Kelly Young said...

This is a really beautiful quilt, and I (of course) love the way you did the label. It's exactly the way I do mine and I love it!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

Love,love,love this! The quilting is perfect and the label is too.

Deb A said...

Wow! What a beautiful quilt and lovely quilting. Love the echo in the middle and the quilting around the designs in the border. Great idea.

Valerie Reynolds said...

I'm so glad you rejevinated this post as I haven't seen it. I love the tree of life and would have never thought of the gorgeous border...it really adding to the stunning affect of this quilt! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Archives Vicki:)

Anita in Florida said...

Your echo quilting is great! I also am in love with the fabric you used for the border!

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