The Quilt Show.com posts a pattern each year, month by month. I thought it might be fun to do this Block of the Month project. Each month I would get a new section to work on, then put it away and work on other things I enjoyed the process.
Once it was done I decided to have a friend, long arm quilter, Susan from Top to Bottom Stitches quilt it for me.
Well it's been quite a project. My piece for the large skirt is complete and so are the others! Here is a picture of the almost complete circle, it still needs binding sewn on...but it's just about ready to go. Mine is just to the right of the bottom. Aren't they all pretty!
There is also a 12' skirt for another large tree, this one is made up of panels of forest service posters that have been printed on fabric. Each panel also has a 9" quilt block inset. They are pretty simple, but look really great when all sewn together.
I finished my portion of the 15' US Capitol tree skirt. It has been fun to be a part of this project.
Once all of the pieces are finished, several quilters will gather and assemble the pieces together. There are a variety of styles and subjects which will make up the whole. The rules indicated that we depict "California" with no religious or political topics.
Of course, my favorite topic is redwood trees. I decided to top mine off with a Christmas star. I'll show you how I designed that.
I drew out what I wanted the star to look like, transferred the shapes onto paper backed fusible and then appliqued to quilt top.
The chalk lines and masking tape indicate where the quilt will be cut to the proper size. Here is what it will look like.