Many years ago (well about 8 or 9) I did a class called "trees" with an amazing tutor, Helen Howes. The background was pieced with an assortment of scraps (all left overs from various quilts and bags!). The idea was to applique trees into place, and to free motion quilt in the spaces - well my free motion quilting, along with my creative inspiration, was sadly lacking, and this was rolled up and put away, and had been long forgotten about. That is until I unpacked box upon box of goodies for my sewing studio. This was the perfect project to practice my free motion quilting skills with...
...I finally had permission to "play" with my new Bernina 570QE and practiced lots of squiggles and feathery shapes and plumes and leaves under the expert guidance and tuition of Philippa Naylor. As you can see, this wall hanging was finished without a binding - instead, it was finished with a facing, and I've added a sleeve to the back so it can be displayed on the wall of my sewing studio...
...an assortment of quilting threads were used for this project - mostly YLI variegated threads, along with some King Tut and some gorgeous Sulky threads that had never been used before! I still need to practise those feathery plumes, and I'm definitely not up to Philippa's standards yet, but I'm not longer afraid to try, and really have enjoyed time to "play" with my machine in an arty way, rather than having to make something specific!
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