Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hexagon Tree for do. Good Stitches

Look, look!  I had such fun making this:

Hexagon Tree Block


It's my block for the Love circle of do. Good Stitches, a charity quilting bee.  This month, Ara Jane asked us for tree blocks on white.  My head was spinning with so much freedom until I landed on a bowl full of hexagons that have been languishing in my kitchen...


I arranged the hexagons randomly on a white block and then sketched the tree trunks and branches in between with pencil.  Then, I removed the hexagons and machine stitched the outline of the trunk and branches in medium brown thread.  The idea to fill in the tree with free-form stitching came from Meg's book "Sew Liberated".  She makes some cool tree pillows with trunks like these.  Meg suggested free motion stitching using a stabilizer fabric underneath.  After some trial and error, I decided not to mess with stabilizer or free motion.  I stitched this with a simple clear presser foot.  It was quick and fun!  Last I machine appliqued the hexagons in place.


Fun Stitching!


But, guess what, I need to make TWO blocks!  Hmm... what to do next?

13 comments:

  1. I love it, too -- it looks great! I made a similar pillow to Meg's a while ago and just started a second with my garden party fabrics. Making the trunk is my favorite part!

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  2. Seriously lovely! Your stitching is gorgeous!

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  3. WOW!!! I'm speechless, this is by far the coolest block I have ever seen, EVER! Way to go. I'm going to have to try this. This block is AMAZING!

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  4. You did an excellent job on the tree trunk! Now I have to make one!

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  5. I need to get on making my blocks for the bee! How can the month go by so quickly?

    Your tree block is so fun! I really like the trunk; I've been wanting to quilt in faux bois for a while now!

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  6. oh WOW!!! What an amazing, creative idea! Love it love it love it.

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  7. I just love the trunk! Fun way to use hexagons. I have been wanting to try some but have no desire to make a whole quilt (too much work). This is a great alternative.

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  8. this is amazing! so cute- i love it! :)

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  9. Wow -- I'm going to have to try this, and maybe finally get on the hexagon band wagon

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