This week I've started working on an appliqued tree design. This is something I've wanted to make for quite some time, there are numerous, beautiful example all over the internet, plus there are a couple of different versions in some of my craft books:-
I luckily managed to find a piece of pink, wood effect fabric in my stash that was big enough (I've completely forgotten who that fabric is by - any ideas anyone?) and some grey Quilters Linen for the background and then set to work.
Now, I won't deny that the tree shape was pretty fiddly to cut out, but I think it was worth it. I used Steam a Seam Lite to fuse it to the background, and then started on the extras. A couple of birdies and then lots of leaves - fab for using up all those tiny scraps that are really too small for anything else but you just can't bring yourself to bin them!
Now to start sewing! Although I invested in a darning foot for my machine before Christmas, all my attempts so far at free motion embroidery and quilting have left quite a lot to be desired (and that's an understatement!) I am also having real issues with tension (although I think that may be down to the fact that my machine is almost 2 years overdue for a service...?) and I would really like to take a class in free motion sewing too, but I'm far too impatient to wait so I'm going to hand sew all the applique. As you no doubt know by now, I really enjoy hand sewing, so this is no hardship for me. Hopefully, I will be able to get it all done over the next few days. I'm thinking this would look really lovely as a wall hanging, so that's the current plan.