I was day dreaming during one of way too many Zoom meetings today and came up with a new idea for some holiday ornaments. More trees, but different approach.
I had an idea to make these using Heat and Bond to affix the trees to the fabric and then do some free form quilting over the top. Here’s the result.
The first one I made was the bright green one with the really pointy trees. I sewed it all together before I decided that I should do some quilting. But at that point it was too late.
I’m not feeling very confident that these trees will actually stay attached to this ornament. The Heat and Bond was basically absorbed by these batik fabrics! I’ve never seen that happen.
So on the next two I fused a piece of fleece to the back of the appliqued piece and then did some quick quilting. Here’s a close up.
Haha! That quilting is sort of a mess! You can tell this is the first one I did.
And here’s the second one.
The quilting is a little bit better, but it’s not going to win any awards! Good thing I don’t care about awards!
I like these little ornaments better than the ones I made earlier. They feel sort of vintage and rustic to me. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I like the muted colors! I’m sure I’ll make some more out of brighter colors.
To make these appliqued trees I fused some Heat and Bond to the back of some batik scraps and then used a ruler to draw the trees on the paper backing. I rounded the corners on these when I cut them out so it would be easier to quilt the points.
And I had a brainstorm on what to use for the hanging strings. Several years ago I bought a good selection of colors of faux leather cord to use with wooden beads as zipper pulls on pouches. So I dug out a pouch I made to hold all those small spools and found this perfect green for these little trees.
I’ve hardly used any of this stuff. Most of it is still in the plastic wrapper. this next photo shows the zipper pull made from some of this material.
I love using up scraps on small projects like this, but it looks like a bomb went off in my sewing room!
I did a little grocery shopping tonight and used this pig feed bag tote for the first time. That’s $96 worth of groceries in one bag!!! These bags are big… and it was really heavy! Good thing it’s sturdy.
A friend of mine sent me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers for my birthday last week. I’ve had them for a week now and they are still gorgeous.
I trimmed the stems and changed the water tonight. I’m guessing they will last at least another week. She sent me flowers last year from the same place and they lasted forever. It’s so nice to have fresh flowers in the house when the days are so short.
We had an absolutely amazing sunset tonight. I stood and watched it for quite some time.
I have a three hour meeting first thing in the morning. Yikes.